Sports LEADING OFF: Herrera's HR streak, Kershaw back, Mariners dip

LEADING OFF: Herrera's HR streak, Kershaw back, Mariners dip

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: PHILLY SPECIAL Odubel Herrera has homered in five straight games, tying a Philadelphia record. Chase Utley (twice in 2008), Bobby Abreu (2005), Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969) also connected five in row for the Phillies. Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987) and Dale …

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Sports Richard sets down 18 of 21 in Padres' 6-2 win over Giants

Richard sets down 18 of 21 in Padres' 6-2 win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Hosmer’s first single barely stayed fair and never made it past third base. His second was a little crisper and gave the Padres a little cushion in the ninth inning. It also assured Clayton Richard’s career-best winning streak stayed intact. Hosmer reached base three times, Richard pitched three-hit ball over …

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Sports Rockets' draft picks Melton, Edwards ready to get started

Rockets' draft picks Melton, Edwards ready to get started

The Houston Rockets introduced their two second round picks, De’Anthony Melton and Vincent Edwards, on Friday at Toyota Center, about two weeks before each is expected to headline the roster for the Rockets summer league team in Las Vegas. Melton, a guard from the University of Southern California, can’t wait for that opportunity considering he …

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Sports Solid outing by Heaney leads Angels past Blue Jays 2-1

Solid outing by Heaney leads Angels past Blue Jays 2-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Heaney feels awfully comfortable on the mound in Anaheim — and the results reflect that. Heaney pitched seven solid innings in another quality start, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. In his last six starts at Angel Stadium, Heaney …

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Sports Rookie Bieber tames Tigers in 10-0 win by Indians

Rookie Bieber tames Tigers in 10-0 win by Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber has made believers out of the Cleveland Indians. In return, they plan on making him a fan of the Grammy-winning singer with his surname. The rookie right-hander walked onto the field with “Baby” by Justin Bieber blaring on the sound system, and then struck out nine in a career-high seven …

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Sports Gray strikes out 12 in Rockies' 11-3 win over Marlins

Gray strikes out 12 in Rockies' 11-3 win over Marlins

DENVER (AP) — No sooner did Jon Gray get into trouble in the first inning than he got out of it. It was a pattern he would emulate throughout the night. Combining power pitching with sleight of hand, Gray struck out 12 in seven dominant innings, Nolan Arenado homered in Colorado’s six-run fourth, and the …

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Sports Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7

Machado hits 2-run HR in 15th as Orioles beat Braves 10-7

ATLANTA (AP) — Manny Machado hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 15th inning, lifting the Baltimore Orioles to a 10-7 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night after each team staged dramatic ninth-inning rallies. The Braves surrendered six runs in the ninth, and then scored four times in the bottom of the inning. …

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Sports Aguilar connects in 9th for 2nd HR, Brewers beat Cards 2-1

Aguilar connects in 9th for 2nd HR, Brewers beat Cards 2-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neither Jesus Aguilar nor Bud Norris wanted to let their team down. Aguilar succeeded twice. Aguilar homered to break up rookie Jack Flaherty’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning, then homered again in the ninth to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Friday night. Both teams got …

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Sports Minor pitches Rangers past Twins for 6th straight win

Minor pitches Rangers past Twins for 6th straight win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Minor apparently isn’t superstitious. Rolling along in June after a rough May, Minor didn’t flinch when asked how he’s feeling about his new mustache. “I think I might take it off,” the veteran left-hander said, adding that he’s getting tired of the new look. Everything else is working pretty well at …

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Sports Martinez HR helps Red Sox rally from 5 down, top M's 14-10

Martinez HR helps Red Sox rally from 5 down, top M's 14-10

BOSTON (AP) — In a showdown of All-Star sluggers, Nelson Cruz had more RBIs, but J.D. Martinez had more help. Martinez homered and drove in five, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 14-10 on Friday despite a monster night from Cruz. Cruz had a pair of …

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