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Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodney walks toward the dugout after being removed during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Nationals call up veteran reliever Rodney, 42

The Washington Nationals plan to promote veteran right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney, 42, from Triple-A Fresno in time for the series opener Tuesday at Miami.

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., left, and Dansby Swanson celebrate with teammate Josh Donaldson after scoring on Freddie Freeman's single in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Saturday, June 22, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Swanson homers in 8th, Braves rally past Nationals 13-9

- Associated Press

Dansby Swanson hit a tie-breaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, Freddie Freeman drove in five runs and the Atlanta Braves rallied from a four-run deficit against Washington’s beleaguered bullpen and beat the Nationals 13-9 on Saturday night.

Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki raises his glove with the ball after tagging out Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper at the home plate during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Thursday, June 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Nationals hit 3 HRs, complete sweep of Phillies with win

- Associated Press

Anthony Rendon and Victor Robles homered in a four-run sixth inning, and the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 Thursday night to complete a sweep of their rain-shortened series.

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This undated family photo provided by the Shearer family shows Ed Shearer, a longtime sports writer with The Associated Press. Shearer covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series and Hank Aaron's 715th homer, but left his most lasting mark as the "SEC Seer," a prognosticator of Southern football known throughout the nation. Shearer's son, Jim, said he died Monday, June 24, 2019. He was 82. (Courtesy of the Shearer family via AP)

Longtime AP sports writer Ed Shearer dies at 82

- Associated Press

Ed Shearer, a longtime sports writer with The Associated Press who covered the Olympics, Super Bowl, World Series and Hank Aaron's 715th homer but left his most lasting mark as the "SEC Seer," a prognosticator of Southern football known throughout the nation, died Monday. He was 82.

Rodriguez looking to improve in ESPN baseball booth

- Associated Press

Alex Rodriguez had to make some adjustments when he switched from shortstop to third base after signing with the New York Yankees. He is having the same type of learning curve as a game analyst.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Will Smith (16) celebrates along with Russell Martin, back left, as he rounds first after hitting a two-run walkoff home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Rookie trifecta: Smith delivers 3rd straight walk-off for LA

- Associated Press

Will Smith had seen fellow Los Angeles Dodgers rookies Matt Beaty and Alex Verdugo deliver walk-off homers during their weekend series against the Colorado Rockies. Hours after being called up from the minors on Sunday, it was Smith's turn to join the fun.

Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham, right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Rays come out swinging to beat A's 8-2, end long stretch

- Associated Press

Over four games, the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics played about as even as it can get - knowing full well they could meet again in a matter of a few months come playoff time.

A young fan holds ice to her head after being hit with a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Sunday, June 23, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ** FILE **

Fan taken to hospital after struck by Bellinger's foul

- Associated Press

A woman at Dodger Stadium was taken to a hospital Sunday for precautionary tests after being struck in the head by a foul ball from Los Angeles star Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies.