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Javier (13 K's) leads Houston's 'shocking' combined no-hitter vs.  Yanks

Javier (13 K’s) leads Houston’s ‘shocking’ combined no-hitter vs. Yanks

NEW YORK — A sellout crowd swarmed Yankee Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon hoping perhaps to see a no-hitter, which is always a chance with ace Gerrit Cole on the mound. They instead witnessed the coming-out party of Astros pitcher Christian Javier, who outshone Cole and the Yankees and helped make history in the …

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Benches clear, but White Sox provide little fire afterward

Benches clear, but White Sox provide little fire afterward

CHICAGO — There were thankfully no hits involved when benches and bullpens emptied during the top of the second inning in Baltimore’s 4-1 victory over the White Sox Friday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. That disruption came after White Sox starter Michael Kopech hit Baltimore shortstop Jorge Mateo on the back with a 99 mph …

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Bro!  Austin Nola's 1st hit off brother Aaron is a game-winner

Bro! Austin Nola’s 1st hit off brother Aaron is a game-winner

SAN DIEGO — Last August, when Aaron and Austin Nola met at Petco Park, it marked the first time the two brothers had squared off on a big league stage. Aaron, the Phillies right-hander, dialed up three fastballs. Austin, the Padres catcher, struck out swinging. Come December, Aaron had a Christmas present for Austin: the …

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'Now's the time': Pirates calling up No.  3 prospect Oneil Cruz

‘Now’s the time’: Pirates calling up No. 3 prospect Oneil Cruz

PITTSBURGH — He’s here. “Now’s the time that we think [Cruz] can help us,” Shelton said. “We’ve talked about a lot of things developmentally. There’s still things we’re going to continue to work on, but we think now’s the time that he’s going to help us.” There has been speculation that Cruz would be called …

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Is this pitching prospect a righty or a lefty?  Yes

Is this pitching prospect a righty or a lefty? Yes

SAN DIEGO — Jurrangelo Cijntje is one of the most intriguing prospects at the second annual Draft Combine. He was also the most impressive player on the field at Petco Park in a game featuring high schoolers Wednesday. A switch-pitcher from Champagnat Catholic School (Hialeah, Fla.), Cijntje naturally throws left-handed, but he has better stuff …

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'Just freeing': Bassitt turns it around with 8 shutout innings

‘Just freeing’: Bassitt turns it around with 8 shutout innings

NEW YORK — In the days following statistically one of the worst starts of his career, Chris Bassitt spoke to his longtime teammate, Mark Canha, who urged him to stop pitching so tentatively to hitters. Bassitt apologized to his catchers, Tomás Nido and Patrick Mazeika, for not being more direct with them about his game …

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