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Grooming at ballpark becoming trend for baseball players

Grooming at ballpark becoming trend for baseball players SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Quackenbush's full beard needed a little attention considering he had gone since spring training in February without a trim. The San Diego Padres relief pitcher and his bench coach, Big Mac, only had to walk out of the visitor's clubhouse and down a set of stairs toward the dugout to duck into a room typically used for equipment storage and get spiffed up by Lara Albertsen long before first pitch.

Padres knock off Mets 7-5 behind rookies Margot, Coleman

Closer Brad Hand, a constant subject of published trade speculation, ran his scoreless streak to 18 1/3 innings and bagged his fifth save as scouts from other teams looked on. Jabari Blash's "circuitous" route that turned a fly ball into a double, Wil Myers getting a tardy "secondary lead" before he was thrown out at home plate on a double-steal, Luis Torrens trotting off the field with two outs, and Corey Spangenberg bunting the ball to the pitcher, getting a teammate thrown out at home.

Schwarber powers streaking Cubs to 6-3 win over White Sox

Schwarber homered twice and drove in four runs, and the rolling Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Thursday night for their third consecutive victory. Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester pitched seven effective innings as the Cubs improved to 11-2 since the All-Star break.

Martinez’s grand slam lifts Diamondbacks past Cardinals 4-0

Martinez hit a grand slam and Zack Godley pitched seven innings as the Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 on Thursday night.

Infield mixup, Gardner homer lead Yanks over Rays 6-5 in 11

NEW YORK (AP) — Shortstop Adeiney Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham watched Gary Sanchez's playable grounder bounce between them on the left side of the infield for a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning, Brett Gardner homered leading off the 11th, and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Thursday night for their fourth straight win. Girardi was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Stu Scheurwater for arguing balls and strikes.

O’Grady pitches 7 scoreless innings in Miami’s 4-1 win

O'Grady pitches 7 scoreless innings in Miami's 4-1 win O'Grady pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Miami Marlins beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 to open a four-game series on Thursday night. Derek Dietrich, who drove in five of Miami's franchise-record 22 runs in a win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, homered and knocked in three.

Report: Rangers telling teams they will trade Yu Darvish

With just a few days to go before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, some major news was shared.Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Texas Rangers have informed other teams that they will tr

Tony Kemp’s adjustments paying off as he awaits his chance

All Tony Kemp has wanted in baseball is a chance. Standing 5-foot-6, he was never the projectable prospect that had scouts dreaming of...

Astros’ Jeff Bagwell deal among baseball’s all-time most lopsided trades

Twenty-seven years ago, the Astros landed Red Sox farmhand Jeff Bagwell in a deadline deal that would go down as one of the great trades in baseball history (depending, at least, on which team you were).. Twenty-seven years ago, the Astros landed Red Sox farmhand Jeff Bagwell in a deadline deal that would go down as one of the great trades in baseball history (depending, at least, on which team you were).

Rays acquire Duda from Mets, Jennings from White Sox

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Jennings walked into the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse, saw Logan Morrison walk by and gave his old Miami Marlins teammate a poke on the arm. Tampa Bay acquired Jennings from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday to boost the left side of the bullpen and obtained first baseman Lucas Duda from the New York Mets.

Astros’ Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio among top duos of all time

[...] a three-step methodology: 1 finding baseball's top 30 duos, based on accumulated WAR during their time together as lineup regulars; 2 reordering the list based on average annual WAR to account for varying spans during which the players were teammates; and 3 arriving at a final ranking by giving two-thirds weight to accumulated WAR and one-third weight to average annual WAR. To ensure no one could ride a superstar's coattails just because he was a longtime teammate, each player in the duo had to account for at least 30 percent of accumulated WAR (disqualifying, for example, pairings such as Stan Musial/Enos Slaughter and Ted Williams/Bobby Doerr).

Astros turning their attention towards Justin Wilson?

With just a few days to go before the trade deadline, the Houston Astros appear to be calling an audible of sorts.According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Thursday, the Astros may be the "most focused

Nationals hit 8 HRs to blast Brewers 15-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals staged their own version of the Home Run Derby, with Michael Blazek serving as the unwilling batting practice pitcher. Washington tied a franchise record with eight homers and matched two major league marks during a prolific third inning that highlighted a 15-2 rout of the fading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Pearce hits 10th-inning grand slam, Jays sweep A’s, win 8-4

Pearce hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the 10th inning and Toronto beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep. Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks (3-2) walked the bases loaded with two outs before Pearce hooked a 3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the second deck.

Rangers’ Adrian Beltre on the brink of 3,000th career hit

[...] 38 and in his 20th major league season, the Texas Rangers third baseman goes into a weekend series at home against Baltimore just four hits shy of 3,000 in his career. On the same weekend that former Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez is in Cooperstown for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Beltre could get his 3,000th hit.