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7/4/2015 | Key things to watch for in today's games

By the end of the day Sunday, we'll know the All-Star fate of 17 of the game's top stars.


7/4/2015 | Braves light up Phillies early with big innings

Cameron Maybin finished a triple shy of the cycle and the Braves provided Alex Wood more than enough support with two four-run innings against Kevin Correia during Saturday night's 9-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field.


7/4/2015 | Bryant's 6 RBIs fuel Richard's victorious return

Rookie Kris Bryant celebrated the Fourth of July with a pair of home runs, including his second career grand slam, to back Clayton Richard's Chicago debut and power the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Marlins on Saturday night.


7/4/2015 | Gomez day to day with left wrist contusion

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was taken out of the game in Saturday's 7-3 Brewers win with a left wrist contusion after being hit by a Josh Smith pitch in the fifth inning -- the fourth Smith plunking victim of the game. X-rays came up negative and he is listed as day-to-day.


7/4/2015 | Bryant's 2nd career slam his 2nd homer of night

Kris Bryant ignited the fireworks at Wrigley Field a little early in Saturday's 7-2 Cubs win over the Marlins. The rookie belted two home runs, including his second career grand slam, and drove in six runs in the first two innings against the Marlins. The effort was Bryant's second career multihomer game, and he now leads all Major League rookies as well as all Cubs players with 49 RBIs.


7/4/2015 | Felix takes rare loss in Oakland

Even on a bad day, Felix Hernandez s good enough to keep his team in a game. But even the King needs a little help, and he didn't get any on Saturday as the Mariners fell to the A's, 2-0, to end his string of 13 straight games without a loss at the Coliseum.


7/4/2015 | Flag will always mean more to some Marlins

Before taking the field on Saturday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a couple of members of the Marlins reflected on what playing on the Fourth of July truly means. Over the past year and a half, manager Dan Jennings and first baseman Justin Bour each represented the organization on separate overseas trips to visit United States troops stationed around the world.


7/4/2015 | Russell recalls 'whirlwind' year after megadeal

The Fourth of July means more than fireworks for rookie Addison Russell. This year, the date marks the one-year anniversary of when the infielder was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs.


7/4/2015 | Avisail jumps into highlight reels, robs HR

David Robertson didn't keep the baseball used to strike out Matt Wieters and close out a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field. Yes, it was Robertson's 18th save as White Sox closer, and he keeps a baseball from each one. But on this afternoon, the ball went to right fielder Avisail Garcia.


7/4/2015 | Graveman's arm, Zo's bat carry A's past M's

A's rookie Kendall Graveman outdueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Saturday as Oakland won a Fourth of July afternoon showdown, 2-0, at the Coliseum.


7/4/2015 | D-backs could homer at home vs. De La Rosa

These players could provide difference-making stats for DraftKings participants on Sunday.


7/4/2015 | Matz, eyeing encore, faces Dodgers

This time around, Steven Matz will have no family in the crowd, no screaming throngs of friends behind the home dugout. When Matz takes the mound for his second career start Sunday at Dodger Stadium, it will be normal.


7/4/2015 | Plouffe, Mauer power Twins over Royals

Joe Mauer ripped a two-run homer and the Twins' bullpen tossed five scoreless innings to bail out starter Mike Pelfrey as Minnesota topped the Royals, 5-3, on Saturday in front 37,917 fans at Kauffman Stadium.


7/4/2015 | Mattingly believes Puig's power will return

Yasiel Puig made a return from the disabled list on June 6, but his home run power has yet to return.


7/4/2015 | Greinke lifts Dodgers over Harvey, Mets

When the National League's hottest pitcher met the game's coldest offense on Saturday, the result was as advertised. Zack Greinke delivered seven shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak in a 4-3 Dodgers win over Matt Harvey and the Mets.


7/4/2015 | Pham fuels Cards' skid-busting win vs. Padres

The Cardinals' offense didn't exactly break out on Saturday, but it did enough to snap a season-long four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Padres in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.


7/4/2015 | Questions remain if Cueto will pitch in All-Star Game

Unlike his dynamic 2014 season, Reds ace Johnny Cueto isn't a lock to make the 2015 National All-Star team this year when reserve rosters and pitchers are revealed on Monday night.


7/4/2015 | Error hands Yankees 2nd straight walk-off win

The Yankees and Rays were tied in the ninth when Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance pinch-runner Jose Pirela to third and Chris Young to second. But reliever Brad Boxberger's errant throw to first base allowed Pirela to come sliding into home as the Yanks topped the Rays, 3-2, on Saturday at Yankee Stadium with their second straight walk-off victory.


7/4/2015 | Buchholz stifles AL-leading Astros

Clay Buchholz continued his mastery of the Houston Astros -- and his recent dominance against everyone -- by firing a gem on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, leading the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory.


7/4/2015 | Nats' bats provide Fourth of July fireworks

The Nationals displayed their own set of fireworks in the batter's box and defeated the Giants, 9-3, in Saturday's Independence Day matinee at Nationals Park. Michael Taylor and Bryce Harper homered and Tyler Moore had four RBIs for Washington. Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner allowed six runs over five-plus innings.


7/4/2015 | Panda raises the bar in defensive clinic

Although he's not quite known for his fleetness of foot, Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval still has a penchant for flashing moments of highlight-reel defense at the hot corner. In Saturday's 6-1 win vs. the Astros, he added another quality play to the list at Fenway Park.


7/4/2015 | Avila makes terrific grab in 1st start at first

Alex Avila didn't expect much from himself at first base in the Tigers' 8-3 win over the Blue Jays. It only took until the fourth inning on Saturday to prove himself wrong, as he made a spectacular catch on Russell Martin's popup.


7/4/2015 | In face of injuries, Cardinals persevere

With the season reaching the midway point this weekend, the Cardinals find themselves not only sitting atop the National League Central, six games in front of the second-place Pirates, but they're the only big league team on pace to win 100 games.


7/4/2015 | Sox keeping options open on Pedroia's return

Dustin Pedroia took batting practice for the second straight day, and the Red Sox haven't ruled him out for a return against the Yankees next weekend.


7/4/2015 | Miller needs rehab appearance before return

When he finally awakened following Friday's night's extra-innings win, Yankees closer Andrew Miller headed to Yankee Stadium to throw long toss and a 30-pitch bullpen session Saturday morning, the latest step in his rehab from a strained left flexor muscle.




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