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Astros pitching magic continues to dominate AL opponents

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ With Houston enjoying a 9.5 game lead over the A’s and rolling to a third straight division title as they arrive in Oakland for a four game weekend series, the Astros pitching philosophy has become the cornerstone of their sustained success in the AL West. But what …

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Former mate Parra’s three run homer haunts Giants in 4-1 loss

BY RICK PORCARO The Giants post season hopes were dealt another blow Wednesday afternoon as they fell 4-1 to Washington, completing a three-game series sweep for the Nationals. Washington didn’t waste any time jumping on Giants starter Shaun Anderson (3-4, 5.33), manufacturing a run in the first on a Juan …

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A different perspective on the trade deadline – five years later

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ Most of the attention around the trade deadline is rightfully focused on the teams that are in contention for a playoff berth, and whose roster machinations in search of the perfect combination of talent and opportunity drives the news cycles in late July. It was wonderful theatre …

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Chapman’s eighth inning blast lifts A’s past Brewers

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Matt Chapman’s two run eighth inning home run came at a perfect time to break out of a 1-27 slump, giving the A’s a 5-3 come from behind win over the Milwaukee Brewers in a battle of playoff contenders at the Oakland Coliseum Thursday afternoon. The win keeps Oakland …

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Cubs early homers put streaking Giants run on hold 4-1

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Home runs by Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora Jr. set the tone for an off day for Tyler Beede and the Giants Wednesday afternoon as the Chicago Cubs salvaged the final game of their three game series with a 4-1 win at Oracle Park. Cubs scheduled starter Jon Lester was a …

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