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Cubs send slumping Schwarber to Triple A

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MIAMI (AP) The Chicago Cubs are hoping a stint in the minors will help Kyle Schwarber find his swing again.

The 24-year-old Schwarber was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, giving the slumping slugger a chance to catch his breath after a difficult start to the season.

"We talked to him after the game yesterday and he took it really well," manager Joe Maddon said. "We're doing it to help reset him and get him back to a fresh start. As you would expect he was very professional about it. He understood it entirely."

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Athletics DFA 2-time All-Star Vogt

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Already told he would be cut, catcher Stephen Vogt asked the Oakland Athletics to announce his departure Thursday rather than be a distraction before a game against Houston the previous night.

That was typical for team-first Vogt, designated for assignment as the struggling A's transition toward youth and give Bruce Maxwell a shot behind the plate.

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Goldschmidt helps Arizona rout Rockies

DENVER (AP) Zack Godley got off to a rough start, quickly recovered and turned in a gem for the surging Arizona Diamondbacks.

Godley shook off a leadoff home run to throw well into the eighth inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings hit three-run homers, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Thursday.

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Astros sweep A's, Springer hurts hand

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Josh Reddick will take a three-hit game any time. This one meant just a little bit more to the Houston Astros outfielder, though.

"You always want to do well against your former team," said Reddick, who played in Oakland for parts of five seasons. "I enjoy beating them regardless. Whether I got 0 for 4 or I go 4 for 4. So, it is fun."

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Jeter still short on cash in Marlins bid

MIAMI (AP) Derek Jeter told Major League Baseball on Thursday he doesn't yet have the necessary money to buy the Miami Marlins and is still seeking help from other investors, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

The person described the status of the Marlins' sale talks to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team isn't discussing the negotiations publicly.

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Knebel sets Ks mark as Brewers down Bucs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Travis Shaw and Corey Knebel were too much for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shaw drove in three runs with a home run and two doubles and Knebel set a modern-era record for most consecutive games by a reliever with a strikeout at a season's start and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pirates 4-2 on Thursday.

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Nola stymies Cards, ends Phillies' skid

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Nola felt like himself again.

Nola pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph homered, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Thursday to stop a five-game losing streak.

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Twins underway after near 5-hour delay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins have started their game after a 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay.

The Twins announced the wait to play Thursday was the longest in the team's 57-year history in Minnesota. They played 28 seasons under a roof at the Metrodome. This is their eighth year at Target Field.

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Angels activate reliever Street from DL

NEW YORK (AP) Reliever Huston Street has been activated by the Los Angeles Angels after recovering from a strained latissimus dorsi muscle in his back that had sidelined him since spring training.

The 33-year-old right-hander allowed one hit over 1 1/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake in a rehab outing on Monday.

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