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Orioles release OF Bourn, now free agent

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BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have released outfielder Michael Bourn from his minor league contract.

Bourn agreed to a minor league deal on Feb. 20 that paid $2 million with incentives if he reached the majors. Not long after that, he broke his right ring finger catching a football.

Bourn exercised the opt-out clause on the contract Tuesday, and the Orioles on Wednesday chose to let him go rather than promote him to the big league club


Twins' Santana blanks O's on 2-hitter

BALTIMORE (AP) Sometimes, Ervin Santana is so good it's difficult to describe in words.

Santana pitched a two-hitter for his 10th career shutout, and the surging Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Tuesday night.


Dodgers outlast Cards in 13-inning duel

LOS ANGELES (AP) Logan Forsythe batted in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for the first time in a month and promptly struck out in his first four at-bats.

After getting a few extra innings to find his stroke, the infielder put a celebratory cap on his return.


Blackmon hits 2 HRs as Rockies top Phils

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Charlie Blackmon has given the Colorado Rockies a cleanup hitter's production out of the leadoff spot.

Blackmon hit a pair of two-run homers , German Marquez tossed six effective innings and the Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Tuesday night.


Lester 4-hits Giants as Cubs beat Cueto

CHICAGO (AP) Once Jon Lester waited out the rain, it was mostly smooth sailing for the rest of the night.

Not so much for Johnny Cueto.


Late power surge lifts Royals past Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) Danny Duffy noticed a flaw in his delivery a few weeks ago: His front hip was opening too soon and he was yanking pitches.

"Obviously, it takes more than 30 pitches in a side session," he said. "Repetition is everything."


Bogaerts has 3 RBI, BoSox cool off Texas

BOSTON (AP) Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox don't need help putting runs on the board right now. They got some from the Texas Rangers anyway.

Bogaerts had three RBIs and twice scored on wild pitches, Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double during a four-run sixth inning and the Red Sox beat the Rangers 11-6 on Tuesday night.


Dodgers' Pederson leaves after collision

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson left a game against the St. Louis Cardinals after a frightening collision with Yasiel Puig on the warning track Tuesday night.

Just before crashing into Pederson, Puig sprinted from right field to right-center and caught Yadier Molina's long flyball to end the 10th inning. Puig's left elbow appeared to knock Pederson on the side of his head, and Pederson's hat and glove went flying as the center fielder slammed face-first into the outfield wall.


Call-up Centeno helps Astros down Tigers

HOUSTON (AP) For the second straight night the Houston Astros got a big contribution from a role player filling on for one of their injured stars.

Juan Centeno homered to help the Astros to a 6-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night after Brad Peacock had a solid start in place of ace Dallas Keuchel to help Houston to the win on Monday.

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