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1:05 AM ET, May 14, 2012

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NBCSports.com:
Six-run 7th powers streaking Red Sox  —  BOSTON (AP) - Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered during a six-run seventh inning and drove in five runs and the suddenly successful Boston Red Sox routed the Cleveland Indians 12-1 on Sunday.  —  Rookie Will Middlebrooks hit his fourth homer for the Red Sox …
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Michael Vega / Boston Globe:
Red Sox call up Gomez from Pawtucket
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AJ Cassavell / MLB.com:
Five Dodgers greet surprised fans at gates  —  LOS ANGELES — On Sunday morning, the first thing fans walking into Dodger Stadium did was a double take.  —  Stationed at entrances throughout the ballpark when the gates opened at 11:15 a.m. PT were five Dodgers players, waiting to greet the fans, chat with them and sign autographs.
Discussion: True Blue LA and Purple Row
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Tony Jackson / ESPN:
Matt Kemp (hammy) leaves game
Associated Press:
Hamilton doesn't homer, but Rangers rout Angels  —  ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his third career grand slam, Josh Hamilton drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 13-6 on Sunday night to hand Jered Weaver his first loss.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball and Halos Heaven
Associated Press:
Mariners dispatch Yankees to spoil Andy Pettitte's return … NEW YORK — Andy Pettitte made his much-anticipated return to the Yankees on Sunday, getting lavished with adoration while pitching into the seventh inning despite giving up a pair of two-run homers in New York's 6-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
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Phelps to return to bullpen after rotation stint
Associated Press:
Johnson, Zobrist Homer as Rays Beat Orioles 9-8  —  BALTIMORE (AP) — Elliot Johnson and Ben Zobrist homered, Carlos Pena ended an extended slump with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-8 Sunday and avert a three-game sweep.
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Cabrera, Blanco Lead Giants Past Arizona 7-3  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Melky Cabrera singled four times to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, Gregor Blanco drove in three runs with a pair of hits and the San Francisco Giants beat Arizona 7-3 on Sunday to take two of three from the Diamondbacks.
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit and Associated Press
Associated Press:
Marlins' Stanton shocks Mets with walkoff slam  —  MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-out grand slam to cap a ninth-inning rally by the Miami Marlins , who beat an angry Frank Francisco and the New York Mets 8-4 Sunday.  —  The walk-off victory was the second in the three-game series for the Marlins …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com and ESPN
Brian Costa / Wall Street Journal:
Mets Likely to Offer Wright a Long-Term Deal  —  MIAMI—The Mets waved goodbye to one franchise player last winter.  They are not about to lose another, at least not without making an aggressive push to re-sign him.  —  The team is quietly preparing to offer third baseman David Wright …
Associated Press:
Hamels Returns to Pitch Phillies Over Padres 3-2  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels was stellar on the mound in his return from a five-game suspension, working seven innings of one-run ball Sunday to help the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-2.
Discussion: Associated Press and ESPN
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Padres defeat Halladay, Phillies again
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Stewart, Cubs Beat Brewers 8-2 to Avoid Sweep  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ian Stewart hit a solo homer and scored the go-ahead run on an error, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-2 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep by their division rivals.  —  It was the fourth homer of the season …
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Jeff Fletcher / MLB.com:
Balfour unhappy with closer demotion  —  OAKLAND — Grant Balfour is upset that he's lost his job as the A's closer, and he told manager Bob Melvin as much.  —  “I told him I wasn't happy,” Balfour said before Sunday's series finale against the Tigers.  “I was [ticked] off.  That's fine.  Whatever.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Associated Press:
Votto's Slam, 3 HRs Rally Reds Past Nationals 9-6  —  CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for his third home run of the game, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a rain-delayed 9-6 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.  —  Votto hit solo homers …
Discussion: Associated Press
 
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