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Mazara, Texas stay hot, make WC gains
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Nomar Mazara’s torrid bat shows no signs of cooling. He had five RBIs on Thursday night — including a 3-run homer — to carry the Rangers to their fourth straight come-from-behind victory with a 9-8 win over the White Sox at Globe Life Park.

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'Bootsie' Kinsler ready for Players Weekend
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Ian Kinsler has gone by the nickname “Kins” ever since he joined the Tigers three seasons ago. Very few people know him by the nickname “Bootsie,” but the few that call him that have a story behind it.

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Inbox: Will Verlander be dealt before Aug. 31?
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Will the Tigers trade Justin Verlander to the Astros before Aug. 31? Beat reporter Jason Beck answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

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Astros unable to pick up Fiers vs. D-backs
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After the D-backs allowed nine runs to the Astros in consecutive games, left-hander Patrick Corbin restored order Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. Corbin came within one out from throwing his first career complete game as the D-backs rode his strong pitching and a pair of homers — including an inside-the-park one by Daniel Descalso […]

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Astros' hit-and-miss 'O' hopes to get healthy
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MLB hits leader Jose Altuve is wondering what’s off with his Astros over the past week. While scoring nine runs in back-to-back games against the D-backs, they were also shut out twice by Arizona — including a 4-0 loss Thursday at Minute Maid Park — and scored a total of 20 runs in their past […]

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Marisnick reveals story behind 'Big Fudge'
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When it came time to choose what to put on the back of his jersey for the Aug. 25-27 Players Weekend, Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick went with “Big Fudge.” MLB and the MLB Players’ Association are introducing the inaugural Players Weekend and all players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs.

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Inbox: Who will handle closing duties?
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How will the Angels handle the closer role? Beat reporter Maria Guardado answers this and more in the latest Inbox.

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Inbox: Was buying the right move for O's?
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Did the Orioles make the right decision at the Trade Deadline? Beat reporter Brittany Ghiroli answers fans’ questions in the latest Inbox.

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Salazar 'speaks' volumes with strong outing
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Indians right-hander Danny Salazar started to feel like he was rushing through his delivery in Tuesday night’s start against the Twins. In searching for a solution, he found something that worked: Salazar began talking to himself on the mound.

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Buxton homers in loss as 'pen allows 4-run 8th
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Yan Gomes takes pride in prioritizing defense, making anything he does in the batter’s box a bonus for the Indians. In the opener of a doubleheader against the Twins on Thursday, the catcher came up big on both fronts, helping Cleveland to a 9-3 win at Target Field.

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Perkins returns from DL, records an out in 9th
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When left-hander Glen Perkins strolled into the Twins clubhouse Thursday morning, he saw something he hadn’t seen in 16 months — his name on the lineup sheet.

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Inbox: Do Royals have pitching to contend?
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Jeffrey Flanagan answers fans’ questions and in the latest Royals Inbox.

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