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Longball sparks Cardinals

Matt Carpenter's two-run homer in the sixth added to the Cardinals' lead as they look to win the finale of their three-game series against the in-state rival Royals.

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Saturday's power rankings

Anthony Rizzo's power display for the Cubs against the Diamondbacks headlines Saturday's rundown of top performers on big-league diamonds.

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Baseball is dying ... again

A Wall Street Journal report shows that participation in youth baseball appears to be in heavy decline.

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Brew crew baffled by Braves rookie

Mike Foltynewicz's 5th MLB start was by far his best, as he gave up just one run and three hits in Atlanta's 2-1 win over Milwaukee. Box score

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Final: Pirates 9, Mets 1

Francisco Liriano started the fun with a 6-inning, 12-strikeout performance -- Pittsburgh's third straight SP with 10 or more K's. Starling Marte ended it with a 3-run HR. Box score

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No Bryce bomb today... just a game-winner

Bryce Harper went homerless today. However, he had two hits and two RBIs, one of which was the deciding run in a 4-1 Nationals win over the Phillies. Box score

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Trevor Bauer keeps dealing

For the third straight start the Indians SP went 7+ innings and allowed just one run. Cleveland beat the Reds 5-2. Box score

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Keep Mike Napoli in Fenway Park

Napoli homered, doubled and drove in 4 runs in the Red Sox's 6-1 win over the Angels. He entered Saturday's game hitting .389 with 4 HRs in the first 5 games of Boston's homestand. Box score

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With his single in the 8th, Ichiro now has 2,876 career Major League hits, tied with Mel Ott for 41st place on the all-time list.

A's win, but Gray leaves early

Athletics SP Sonny Gray had to leave today's 7-2 win over the Rays after 5 innings due to a bruised right ankle. The injury occurred on a comebacker. Box score

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Final: Blue Jays 8, Mariners 2

Edwin Encarnacion crushed an upper-deck homer, and punctuated it with this superb bat flip.

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Francisco Liriano out after 6 IP. So final K totals for Pirates starters in series: Gerrit Cole (10), A.J. Burnett (10) and Liriano (12).