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Fister can't execute in first loss since April
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For the better part of Sunday afternoon, Astros right-hander Doug Fister was as efficient and controlling of the tempo on the mound as he’s done for the past six weeks. Things unraveled quickly in the seventh, though, and the Royals handed Fister his first loss since April 25.

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Astros dinged by Royals' dingers in finale loss
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Kendrys Morales homered twice, and right-hander Ian Kennedy struck out a season-high 11 over seven strong innings as the Royals snapped a four-game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Astros on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

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McHugh, Astros eye contined success against Angels
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Houston will send right-hander Collin McHugh (5-5, 4.70 ERA), who held the Angels to two runs in seven innings last Tuesday, to the mound to face righty Matt Shoemaker (3-8, 4.43) in the series opener on Monday.

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Altuve isn't buying the hype for AL MVP race
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Nearing the midpoint of the regular season, the Astros are back in the postseason picture, thanks in large part to dynamic second baseman Jose Altuve.

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Bregman, Hernandez to be called up to Triple-A
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The Astros plan to send top prospect Alex Bregman and outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez to Triple-A Fresno following Tuesday’s Texas League All-Star Game, where both will play representing the Corpus Christi Hooks.

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MRI reveals bone bruise on Escobar's left knee
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An MRI on Yunel Escobar’s left knee revealed that the Angels third baseman has a bone bruise, manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday.

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Confident Tolleson rounding into form
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Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson said there was no real mystery as to why he’s had success of late. “There’s no secret, anything I tell you I’m going to be making up,” he said.

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Rangers hope Yu's back before All-Star break
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In his first bullpen session since being placed on the 15-day disabled list June 13, Yu Darvish threw 30 pitches before the Rangers’ 6-2 victory against the Red Sox on Sunday.

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Niese, Iwakuma square off in series opener
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Jonathon Niese gets the start for the Pirates in the series opener on Tuesday against the Mariners, who will counter with Hisashi Iwakuma.

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Long ball sinks Mariners in sweep bid
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The Cardinals had 13 extra-base hits on Sunday, including six home runs, to salvage a victory against the Mariners in the series finale at Safeco Field.

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A's, Giants renew spirited Battle of the Bay
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The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have headed in different directions this year. While the Giants have enjoyed one of their best stretches in franchise history as of late, the A’s sit more than 10 games outside of the division lead in the American League West. Yet that may not be an accurate predictor […]

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Simmons' adjustment pays dividends at plate
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When he first came off the 15-day disabled list on June 15, Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons didn’t feel right at the plate.

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