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LEADING OFF: Playoffs begin, Bieber vs Cole in prime matchup

A look at what's happening around the majors today:MARQUEE MATCHUPShane Bieber dominated this year for Cleveland, leading the...

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Hall of Famer Larkin's postseason bat labels promote healing

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Larkin is gladly giving Major League Baseball a helping hand in these playoffs.Two of them, actually.Look...

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Greinke, Astros to face Maeda, Twins

Houston Astros (29-31, second in the AL West) vs. Minnesota Twins (36-24, first in the AL Central)Minneapolis; Tuesday, 2 p.m....

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Giolito scheduled to start for White Sox at Athletics

Chicago White Sox (35-25, third in the AL Central) vs. Oakland Athletics (36-24, first in the AL West)Oakland, California;...

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Shoemaker, Blue Jays to take on Snell, Rays

Toronto Blue Jays (32-28, third in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (40-20, first in the AL East)St. Petersburg, Florida;...

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Bieber expected to start for the Indians against the Yankees

New York Yankees (33-27, second in the AL East) vs. Cleveland Indians (35-25, second in the AL Central)Cleveland; Tuesday, 7...

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Monday Sports in Brief

NHLEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are the champions of bubble hockey.Brayden Point scored his playoff-best...

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Opinion: MLB season like no other gets playoffs like no other

The playoffs are here, and there's no better way to start than by throwing out the first ball Tuesday in Minnesota with the...

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Twins tout home-field edge against Astros, even without fans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins were determined to defend their division title and start this unusual postseason at...

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A capsule look at the Yankees-Indians playoff series

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians in Cleveland beginning...

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A capsule look at the Blue Jays-Rays playoff series

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida,...

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A capsule look at the White Sox-Athletics playoff series

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics in Oakland, California,...

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Young Blue Jays say they aren't intimidated by top seed Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays opened the pandemic-delayed season a little over two...

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A capsule look at the Astros-Twins playoff series

A capsule look at the best-of-three playoff series between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis beginning...

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Angels to begin another early offseason with GM search

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Several weeks after stumbling out to another miserable start in another dismal season, the Los Angeles...

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AL West champion Athletics finally get their playoff series

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics earned themselves a full playoff series at last as division...

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Lots of unfamiliar territory in 2020 baseball playoffs

CHICAGO (AP) — Mookie Betts, meet Devin Williams and his devastating changeup. Aaron Judge, take a closer look at a much...

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Bumpy season ends in big disappointment for frustrated Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many things in everyday life this year, little went according to plan for the New York Mets.And with a...

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Johnstone, 2-time WS champ and popular prankster, dies at 74

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay Johnstone, who won World Series championships as a versatile outfielder with the New York Yankees and...

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Yanks to start C Higashioka, sit Sánchez in wild-card opener

CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping slugger Gary Sánchez will be benched in favor of Kyle Higashioka in the New York Yankees lineup for...

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Young pitchers arrive for Detroit, but growing pains follow

DETROIT (AP) — Shortly after his final start of the season, Casey Mize sounded ready to get right back to work.“I’m going to be...

Can Steven Adams open up the Thunder's offense?

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Thunder general manager Sam Presti made the suggestion and the hairs stood up on the back of fans’ necks. As of now, the Thunder isn’t going to get shooting out of its centers. As of now. "But maybe we can push Steven into a development...

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For Marlins, playoff berth could be start of a new era

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins' first playoff appearance since 2003 is not supposed to last long.They're regarded as young,...

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Pocket Aces: Bieber, Cole square off as Yankees play Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber's first playoff appearance for Cleveland will come against the team that personifies postseason...

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Red Sox face more changes (again) after firing Roenicke

BOSTON (AP) — The manager won’t be back, and there could be more changes for the Boston Red Sox after their last-place finish...

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Arenado, Rockies miss playoffs for 2nd straight season

DENVER (AP) — Hampered by a sore left shoulder, Nolan Arenado couldn’t carry the Colorado Rockies to the postseason.Don't be...

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Hayes' sparkling arrival gives Pirates something to build on

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates began 2020 with plenty of questions. The truncated 60-game schedule provided few...

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Column: A season like no other gets playoffs like no other

The playoffs are here, and there’s no better way to start than by throwing out the first ball Tuesday in Minnesota with the...

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Rangers rebuilding while their new stadium hosting playoffs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Playoff games and the World Series will be played this October in the new Texas Rangers ballpark. The...

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Mariners see development, progress in truncated season

SEATTLE (AP) — Sometime around the midpoint of the truncated 60-game season, Scott Servais noticed an obvious shift in the...

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Royals conclude 2020 season with eye on progress of youth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals spent the 60-game season in 2020 saying farewell to longtime outfielder Alex...

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Not much went right in disappointing season for Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was one of many reasons the Arizona Diamondbacks fell well short of expectations this season....

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Another September collapse could spur changes for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A third straight September collapse left the Philadelphia Phillies out of the postseason for the ninth...

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Giants just miss playoffs, losing on season's final day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — From a false-positive coronavirus test for outfielder Alex Dickerson that postponed a pair of road games...

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Orioles show progress in second year of rebuild under Elias

If Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias was to assess his rebuilding project on results alone, he'd take no...

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Champs to chumps: Age, injuries drop 2020 Nats to last place

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t tell Max Scherzer this year didn’t count. Yes, there were fewer than half as many games as normal....

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LeMahieu, Soto batting champs in shortest season in century

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu became the first player to win undisputed batting titles in both leagues and Juan Soto the youngest...

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This Date in Baseball

Sept. 291913 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators finished the season with 36 victories by virtue of a 1-0 decision over...

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Sept. 291923 — Gene Sarazen beats Walter Hagen 1 up to capture the PGA championship.1941 — Joe Louis knocks out Lou Nova in the...

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Weekend Sports in Brief

MLBNEW YORK (AP) — All the playoff matchups in Major League Baseball have been set.The expanded 16-team field was filled out on...

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LEADING OFF: Ailing players heal up, Yanks back in Cleveland

A look at what's happening around the majors today:HOW DOES IT FEEL?American League playoff teams get only one day off to...

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Despite virus-related obstacles, baseball reaches postseason

The 2020 baseball season began with Juan Soto testing positive for COVID-19. Now, he's a 21-year-old batting champion — after...

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Marlins beat Yanks 5-0 for winning season, face Cubs

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami heads to its first postseason appearance since the Marlins' 2003 World Series title with its first...

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Angels fire GM Billy Eppler after 5 straight losing seasons

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels fired general manager Billy Eppler on Sunday after the long-struggling franchise...

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Reds beat Twins 5-3 in 10; Minnesota wins AL Central

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tucker Barnhart and Eugenio Suárez had RBI singles during a three-run 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds...

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Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records

Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a ragged start this year. They never got above .500. And they dropped...

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Ohtani wants to remain 2-way player for Angels in 2021

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani wants to remain a two-way player for the Los Angeles Angels, even though he didn’t come close...

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A's beat Mariners 6-2, earn 2 seed and will face White Sox

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics came back to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 on...

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Pollock hits 2 HRs, playoff-bound Dodgers blank Angels 5-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AJ Pollock homered twice and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the...

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Slow start sends White Sox to costly 10-8 loss vs Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria had a succinct message for his team after a disappointing finish to a...

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Indians rally past Pirates, will host Yankees in playoffs

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians are staying home for the first round of the postseason — and the New York Yankees are...

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Phillies eliminated from race by AL East champion Rays, 5-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies were eliminated from the playoff race Sunday with a 5-0...

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Braves face Reds in playoffs; Red Sox win Roenicke finale

ATLANTA (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. homered and made a leaping catch as the last-place Boston Red Sox won their final game under...

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Cardinals beat Brewers, both clinch postseason berths

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader tripled and homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a postseason berth on the final day...

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Cardinals top Brewers, both reach postseason on final day

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader tripled and homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals clinch a postseason berth on the final day...

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Roenicke fired by Red Sox after 1 pandemic-shortened season

BOSTON (AP) — Ron Roenicke waited five years after his previous managerial job for another opportunity.When it finally came, it...

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Astros to playoffs with losing record after loss to Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Houston Astros are going into the playoffs with a losing record, a year after having the most wins...

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Nationals' Soto youngest ever to win NL batting crown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juan Soto became the National League’s youngest batting champion, Trea Turner hit a grand slam and drove in...

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Giants lose to Padres, miss playoffs on season's final day

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Giants will look back at several missed chances over the final week that cost them a playoff berth...

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Bumgarner gets 1st win in final start for D-backs, 11-3

PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched five scoreless innings to win his first game for Arizona in his ninth and final start...

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Singer, Royals beat Tigers 3-1 in Gordon's finale

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brady Singer finished his rookie season with a stellar performance, Alex Gordon wrapped up his long...

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Jays lose finale to Orioles 7-5, will face Rays in playoffs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are set to face the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the postseason after losing...

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Brewers lefty Anderson exits key game vs Cards with blister

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers lefty Brett Anderson exited his start Sunday in a key game at St. Louis in the third inning...

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Marlins' Starling Marte, José Ureña hurt against Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) — Miami outfielder Starling Marte and right-hander José Ureña left Sundays' regular-season finale against the New...

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Braves remove Acuña from lineup with renewed wrist soreness

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. has been removed from the Atlanta Braves' lineup in their regular season finale due to...

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Boston Red Sox say manager Ron Roenicke won't return in 2021; team in last place in AL East

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox say manager Ron Roenicke won't return in 2021; team in last place in AL East.

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On final day, 2 NL spots and AL Central crown in play

Four teams, two National League playoff spots.And the AL Central champion.Besides postseason seeding, that's what remains to be...

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Wilson expected to start for Atlanta against Boston

Boston Red Sox (23-36, fifth in the AL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (35-24, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Sunday, 3:10 p.m....

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Rockies visit the Diamondbacks after Marquez's strong outing

Colorado Rockies (26-33, fourth in the NL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (24-35, fifth in the NL West)Phoenix; Sunday, 3:10...

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Smyly expected to start as San Francisco hosts San Diego

San Diego Padres (36-23, second in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (29-30, third in the NL West)San Francisco; Sunday,...

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Zimmermann, Tigers to face Singer, Royals

Detroit Tigers (23-34, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (25-34, fourth in the AL Central)Kansas City, Kansas;...

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Nationals, streaking Stevenson set for matchup with Mets

New York Mets (26-33, fourth in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (25-34, fifth in the NL East)Washington; Sunday, 3:05...

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Urena, Marlins to face Schmidt, Yankees

Miami Marlins (30-29, second in the NL East) vs. New York Yankees (33-26, second in the AL East)New York; Sunday, 3:05 p.m....

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Alzolay, Cubs to face Lopez, White Sox

Chicago Cubs (33-26, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago White Sox (35-24, second in the AL Central)Chicago; Sunday, 3:10 p.m....

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Springer takes 12-game hit streak into matchup with Rangers

Houston Astros (29-30, second in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (21-38, fifth in the AL West)Arlington, Texas; Sunday, 3:05...

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Roark expected to start for the Blue Jays against the Orioles

Baltimore Orioles (24-35, fourth in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (32-27, third in the AL East)Buffalo, New York; Sunday,...

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Gray expected to start for the Reds against Twins

Cincinnati Reds (30-29, third in the NL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (36-23, first in the AL Central)Minneapolis; Sunday, 3:10...

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Brewers face St. Louis, look to build on Woodruff's strong outing

Milwaukee Brewers (29-30, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (29-28, second in the NL Central)St. Louis; Sunday,...

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Gonzales, Mariners to take on Montas, Athletics

Seattle Mariners (27-32, third in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (35-24, first in the AL West)Oakland, California; Sunday,...

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Angels to face Dodgers on the road

Los Angeles Angels (26-33, fourth in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (42-17, first in the NL West)Los Angeles; Sunday,...

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Nola, Phillies to face Fleming, Rays

Philadelphia Phillies (28-31, third in the NL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (39-20, first in the AL East)St. Petersburg, Florida;...

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Pirates in action against the Indians after Musgrove's strong showing

Pittsburgh Pirates (19-40, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (34-25, third in the AL Central)Cleveland; Sunday,...

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Betts exits after HBP, Dodgers edge Angels following outage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts exited early after getting hit by a pitch, giving the Dodgers a brief scare with the playoffs...

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LeMahieu, Voit near milestones for Yankees in win over Miami

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu moved into position to become the first player to earn undisputed batting titles in both leagues,...

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LEADING OFF: NL race down to final day — and maybe Monday

A look at what's happening around the majors today:___LET'S GET IT SETTLEDSt. Louis, Milwaukee, San Francisco and Philadelphia...

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Giants need win, help to reach playoffs after loss to Padres

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 17th home run and the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco 6-2 on Saturday...

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Brewers boost playoff chances with 3-0 win over Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Woodruff allowed two hits in eight innings and the Milwaukee Brewers boosted their playoff prospects...

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Rays beat Philadelphia 4-3, hurt Phillies' playoff hopes

ST. PETERSBURG. Fla. (AP) — Mike Zunino, Brandon Lowe and Willy Adames each hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the fifth...

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Moncada homers as White Sox win 9-5; Cubs clinch NL Central

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox picked up a victory they sorely needed and the Cubs clinched a division championship. Consider it...

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Power outage causes 25-minute delay at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Freeway Series game at Dodger Stadium resumed after a 25-minute delay caused by the ballpark's power...

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Rockies roll past Diamondbacks 10-3 despite four errors

PHOENIX (AP) — Elias Diaz and Ryan McMahon each hit two-run homers, German Márquez threw seven impressive innings and the...

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Twins beat Reds 7-3, clinch home field in 1st round

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There was no excited reaction Saturday night after the Minnesota Twins guaranteed they’ll be at home when...

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Tigers use big first inning to edge Royals 4-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Niko Goodrum and Austin Romine keyed a three-run first inning, and the Detroit Tigers edged the Kansas...

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Houck, Vazquez grand slam lead Red Sox to 8-2 rout of Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie right-hander Tanner Houck struck out 10 in another dominant performance, Christian Vazquez capped a big...

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LeMahieu batting title, Voit HR crown near as Yanks win

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu is on the verge of a first in more than a century of Major League Baseball: the first player to win...

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Indians' playoff positioning hurt by 8-0 loss to Pirates

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians will have one eye on the field and one eye on the scoreboard on the final day of the regular...

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Five-run 7th inning powers Rangers past Astros 6-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jeff Mathis hit a tie-breaking, three-run home run and Leody Taveras followed with a solo blast in a...

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Biggio and Grichuk homer as Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-2

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Cavan Biggio broke up a no-hit bid with a solo home run in the sixth inning, Randal Grichuk added a...

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Betts leaves Dodgers game after being hit by pitch

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts left Saturday night's game after being hit by a pitch.Betts was...

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J.P. Crawford delivers all day as Mariners sweep DH with A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics sure would like to be swinging better in late September with the playoffs fast...

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Mets eliminated from playoffs, then swept by Nats in DH

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets were eliminated from playoff contention in a mistake-filled loss to the Nationals in the...

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Too little, too late: Angels, Trout miss playoffs again

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Trout is out again. Out of the postseason, that is.For the ninth time in 10 years, the Los Angeles...

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Nats GM Rizzo won't reveal length of Martinez's new contract

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez spoke Saturday about managing the Washington Nationals for “many, many years” and over the...

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Giants release veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants released veteran right-hander Jeff Samardzija on Saturday, a day after he...

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Outfielder Hunter Pence announces retirement after 14 years

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Four-time All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement Saturday following 14 major league...

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White Sox P Cordero suspended 3 games for hitting Contreras

CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox reliever Jimmy Cordero for three games Saturday and fined him...

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Astros' Pettis diagnosed with multiple myeloma, leaves club

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Houston Astros third base coach Gary Pettis has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and will miss the...

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From Mideast to AL East: Orioles’ Israeli prospect blooms

Dean Kremer is a budding celebrity in Israel and a developing star in the big leagues.Kremer this month became the first...

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Marlins clinch 1st playoff berth since 2003, beat Yanks 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Forced from the field by COVID-19, the Miami Marlins returned with enough force to reach the playoffs for the...

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Friday Sports in Brief

MLBNEW YORK (AP) — The Marlins clinched an improbable playoff berth in their coronavirus-decimated season, beating the New York...

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Mets visit Washington, aim to build on Peterson's strong showing

New York Mets (26-31, fourth in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (23-34, fifth in the NL East)Washington; Saturday, 3:05...

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San Diego to visit San Francisco Saturday

San Diego Padres (35-23, second in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (29-29, third in the NL West)San Francisco; Saturday,...

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Castillo scheduled to start for Reds at Twins

Cincinnati Reds (30-28, third in the NL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (35-23, first in the AL Central)Minneapolis; Saturday,...

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Tigers look to stop 5-game losing streak against Royals

Detroit Tigers (22-34, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (25-33, fourth in the AL Central)Kansas City, Kansas;...

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Means, Orioles to face Shoemaker, Blue Jays

Baltimore Orioles (24-34, fourth in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (31-27, third in the AL East)Buffalo, New York;...

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Davidson expected to start as Braves host the Red Sox

Boston Red Sox (22-36, fifth in the AL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (35-23, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Saturday, 7:10 p.m....

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Athletics play the Mariners following Bassitt's strong performance

Seattle Mariners (25-32, fourth in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (35-22, first in the AL West)Oakland, California;...

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Cubs take on the White Sox following Darvish's strong showing

Chicago Cubs (33-25, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago White Sox (34-24, third in the AL Central)Chicago; Saturday, 7:10...

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Bundy scheduled to start for Los Angeles against Los Angeles

Los Angeles Angels (26-32, third in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (41-17, first in the NL West)Los Angeles; Saturday,...

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Curtiss expected to start for the Rays against the Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies (28-30, third in the NL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (38-20, first in the AL East)St. Petersburg, Florida;...

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Astros, streaking Springer set for matchup against Rangers

Houston Astros (29-29, second in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (20-38, fifth in the AL West)Arlington, Texas; Saturday, 7:05...

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New York takes 3-game losing streak into matchup with Miami

Miami Marlins (30-28, second in the NL East) vs. New York Yankees (32-26, second in the AL East)New York; Saturday, 1:05 p.m....

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Civale expected to start as Cleveland hosts Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Pirates (18-40, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (34-24, second in the AL Central)Cleveland; Saturday,...

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Wainwright expected to start for St. Louis against Milwaukee

Milwaukee Brewers (28-30, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (29-27, second in the NL Central)St. Louis;...

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Bumgarner expected to start for the Diamondbacks against the Rockies

Colorado Rockies (25-33, fourth in the NL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (24-34, fifth in the NL West)Phoenix; Saturday, 8:10...

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Morning Roundup: Lakers on the brink of returning to NBA Finals

HIGH SCHOOLS Millwood follows OKCPS in hitting pause on athletics Beginning Monday, Millwood Public Schools will suspend all...

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LEADING OFF: 2 NL playoff spots still open with 2 days left

A look at what's happening around the majors today:PLAYOFF CHASEAfter manager Don Mattingly’s Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds...

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Dodgers 5 HRs, bounce Angels 9-5; Astros get last AL spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner homered twice and AJ Pollock, Will Smith and Edwin Ríos also went deep as the Los Angeles...

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Astros clinch final AL playoff spot despite loss to Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ryan Pressly had no interest in waiting to see if the Astros would get the help they needed to clinch...

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Padres optimistic on Lamet's injury, split DH with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are still very much counting on a healthy Dinelson Lamet making his playoff start...

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Cardinals, Brewers split doubleheader amid playoff chase

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched one-hit ball over six innings, Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis...

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D-backs sweep doubleheader, beat Rockies in 11-5 in nightcap

PHOENIX (AP) — Josh VanMeter hit a three-run homer, David Peralta and Tim Locastro both had three hits and the Arizona...

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Marlins, Reds, Astros lock up spots in the postseason

NEW YORK (AP) — The Marlins clinched an improbable playoff berth in their coronavirus-decimated season, beating the New York...

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Canha homers in 10th inning, rallies A's past Mariners 3-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha hit a two-out, two-run home run in the 10th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1...

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Reds top Twins 7-2, clinch 1st playoff spot since 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From three soaring home runs to an exuberant race out of the dugout in celebration of their postseason...

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Darvish, five homers lead Cubs past fading White Sox 10-0

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish pitched seven strong innings for his NL-leading eighth win, Willson Contreras homered twice and the...

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Freeman's 2-run HR in 11th lifts Braves past Red Sox, 8-7

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer to lead off the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox...

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Column: No asterisk needed for most unusual baseball season

No need for an asterisk.Defying all skepticism that this was nothing more than a watered-down money grab with little chance of...

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Keller, Mondesi carry Royals past Tigers 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brad Keller threw six scoreless innings, Adalberto Mondesi had three hits and an RBI as the Kansas City...

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Walk away: Indians rally again, keep AL Central hopes alive

CLEVELAND (AP) — Once again, the Indians grabbed water bottles, poured from the dugout and danced around the infield grass like...

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Wendle's hit in 8th helps Rays ding Phillies' playoff hopes

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Joey Wendle had a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning and the AL East champion Tampa Bay...

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Grichuk, Shaw homer, Pearson returns as Blue Jays beat O's

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Randal Grichuk and Travis Shaw homered, Nate Pearson returned from an elbow injury to earn his first major...

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Cards' Ponce de Leon loses no-hit bid with 6 outs left

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon lost his no-hit bid when Milwaukee's Orlando Arcia hit a leadoff...

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Pirates' Keller pulled 5 no-hit innings, Indians bunt in 7th

Pittsburgh Pirates starter Mitch Keller was pulled after five innings despite not allowing a hit — and walking eight — against...

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Clevinger gets shot, Padres hope he can pitch in playoffs

San Diego pitcher Mike Clevinger got a cortisone shot for his ailing right elbow Friday and the Padres are hopeful he'll be OK...

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Reds say broadcaster Brennaman resigns after anti-gay slur

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds say team broadcaster Thom Brennaman has resigned following his use of an anti-gay slur on...

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Mets-Nationals postponed; doubleheader set for Saturday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets' already slim playoff chances could be even skinnier by the time they play again.Friday...

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AP Source: Martinez, Nationals agree to extend his contract

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manager Dave Martinez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to work out a contract extension that will...

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White Sox slugger Jiménez sidelined with bruised foot

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal...

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Brewers' Burnes goes on IL with strained left oblique

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes was placed on the injured list Friday with a strained left oblique,...

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Dodgers' Betts unseats Yankees' Judge for MLB's top jersey

NEW YORK (AP) — Dodgers star Mookie Betts supplanted Yankees slugger Aaron Judge on Friday for baseball's top-selling jersey in...

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Toronto plays Baltimore after Ryu's strong performance

Baltimore Orioles (24-33, fourth in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (30-27, third in the AL East)Buffalo, New York; Friday,...

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New York visits Washington following Peterson's strong performance

New York Mets (26-31, fourth in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (23-34, fifth in the NL East)Washington; Friday, 6:05...

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Padres, streaking Profar set for matchup with Giants

San Diego Padres (34-22, second in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (28-28, third in the NL West)San Francisco; Friday,...

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Kershaw expected to start as Dodgers host the Angels

Los Angeles Angels (26-31, third in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (40-17, first in the NL West)Los Angeles; Friday, 9:40...

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Wright scheduled to start as Atlanta hosts Boston

Boston Red Sox (22-35, fifth in the AL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (34-23, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Friday, 7:10 p.m....

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Rangers look to break 4-game losing streak against Astros

Houston Astros (29-28, second in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (19-38, fifth in the AL West)Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8:05...

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Morton expected to start for the Rays against the Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies (28-29, third in the NL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (37-20, first in the AL East)St. Petersburg, Florida;...

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Profar takes 10-game hit streak into matchup with Giants

San Francisco Giants (28-28, third in the NL West) vs. San Diego Padres (34-22, second in the NL West)San Francisco; Friday,...

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Yankees, streaking Urshela set for matchup with Marlins

Miami Marlins (29-28, second in the NL East) vs. New York Yankees (32-25, second in the AL East)New York; Friday, 7:05 p.m....

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Reds play Minnesota, aim to build on Bauer's strong showing

Cincinnati Reds (29-28, third in the NL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (35-22, first in the AL Central)Minneapolis; Friday, 8:10...

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Flaherty scheduled to start for St. Louis against Milwaukee

St. Louis Cardinals (28-26, second in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (27-29, fourth in the NL Central)St. Louis; Friday,...

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Kikuchi scheduled to start for Mariners at Athletics

Seattle Mariners (25-31, fourth in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (34-22, first in the AL West)Oakland, California; Friday,...

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Pirates visit Cleveland, look to build on Kuhl's strong performance

Pittsburgh Pirates (18-39, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (33-24, third in the AL Central)Cleveland; Friday,...

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Struggling Tigers look to break 4-game losing streak against Royals

Detroit Tigers (22-33, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (24-33, fourth in the AL Central)Kansas City, Kansas;...

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Milwaukee to visit St. Louis Friday

Milwaukee Brewers (27-29, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (28-26, second in the NL Central)St. Louis; Friday,...

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White Sox take 5-game slide into matchup with Cubs

Chicago Cubs (32-25, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago White Sox (34-23, second in the AL Central)Chicago; Friday, 8:10 p.m....

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Gallen expected to start as Arizona hosts Colorado

Colorado Rockies (25-31, fourth in the NL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (22-34, fifth in the NL West)Phoenix; Friday, 6:40...

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Thursday's Sports in Brief

COLLEGE FOOTBALLA major college football season that was in peril six week ago as conferences succumbed to concerns about...

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Myers enjoying bounceback season with playoff-bound Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers is back.While Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado have grabbed most of the attention on the...

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LEADING OFF: NL playoff race wide open, AL nearly locked in

A look at what's happening around the majors today:___CRUNCH TIMEEight teams in the National League are vying for four...

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Molina leads Cards over Brewers 4-2 to open key 5-game set

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Despite having no fans to witness his career milestone, Yadier Molina's teammates managed to make it special...

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Buehler looks playoff ready, Dodgers beat A's 5-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Walker Buehler proved he and his fickle right index finger are playoff ready, Corey Seager homered and the...

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López, Marlins boost playoff hopes by beating Braves 4-2

ATLANTA (AP) — Pablo López delivered big in a must-win situation, even after a long rain delay gave the right-hander and the...

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Blue Jays top Yanks, back in playoffs for 1st time since '16

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hyun Jin Ryu (5-2) pitched seven shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first postseason...

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Astros magic number 1 for AL playoff spot after win at Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Houston Astros are on the verge of clinching the American League's last playoff spot, powered by...

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Mattingly's Marlins could clinch berth at Yankee Stadium

MIAMI (AP) — Don Mattingly returns this weekend to the Bronx, where his best years as a player always ended when the regular...

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Auction of Vin Scully's memorabilia tops $2 million

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Items from the personal collection of Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully sold at auction for over $2...

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Perez, Franco homer as Royals beat Tigers 8-7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run, Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and the...

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Hays, Orioles bash Red Sox 13-1 to avoid last in AL East

BOSTON (AP) — José Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays homered to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Boston Red Sox 13-1...

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Blue Jays clinch 1st playoff spot since 2016, beat Yanks 4-1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Barred from playing in their own ballpark this year because of COVID-19, the vagabond Toronto Blue Jays...

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Indians beat Chisox for 4-game sweep, playoff seeds at stake

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the...

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Chirinos homers as Mets maintain playoff hopes, top Nats 3-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Robinson Chirinos homered and drove in three runs, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on...

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MLB moving amateur draft to All-Star week in July

ATLANTA (AP) — Major League Baseball is moving its amateur draft to the All-Star break beginning next season.A three-day draft...

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Giants lose 5-4 to Rockies, miss chance in NL wild-card race

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Colorado Rockies are determined to do anything to stay in a crowded National League playoff race.The...

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Alderson to become Mets' president if Cohen purchase OKed

NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime baseball executive Sandy Alderson will return to the New York Mets as team president if Steve Cohen’s...

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Kuhl goes 7 sharp innings, Pirates beat slumping Cubs 7-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl pitched seven sharp innings and Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each homered in three-hit games in...

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Mets place outfielder Conforto on IL with hamstring ailment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets placed Michael Conforto on the injured list Thursday with a hamstring injury, ending the...

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Democrats in Pa. scramble to limit number of 'naked ballots'

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats are launching a digital ad targeting Pennsylvanians voting by mail to explain how to correctly...

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Alex Gordon retiring after playing entire career with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to...

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MLB teams find creative ways to stay energized without fans

The absence of fans didn't stop Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto from receiving an ovation after hitting a homer to put...

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AP-Sportlight-Week Ahead

Oct. 11903 — The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Pilgrims 7-3 in the first World Series game. Jimmy Sebring hits the first...

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This Date in Baseball-Week Ahead

Oct. 11903 — The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Red Sox, 7-3, in the first World Series game. Jimmy Sebring hit the...

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Champs done: Time to look toward 2021 for eliminated Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Yan Gomes was asked about the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals essentially playing out...

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Turner Sports expands rights deal with MLB through 2028

Turner Sports will continue broadcasting Major League Baseball after agreeing to an extension of rights through the 2028...

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Marlins look to stop 4-game skid against Braves

Miami Marlins (28-28, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (34-22, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Thursday, 7:10 p.m....

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Tigers look to stop 3-game slide against Royals

Detroit Tigers (22-32, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (23-33, fourth in the AL Central)Kansas City, Kansas;...

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Kuhl expected to start for the Pirates against the Cubs

Chicago Cubs (32-24, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (17-39, fifth in the NL Central)Pittsburgh; Thursday, 1:35...

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Fiers scheduled to start for Athletics at Dodgers

Oakland Athletics (34-21, first in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (39-17, first in the NL West)Los Angeles; Thursday,...

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White Sox look to end 4-game slide against Indians

Chicago White Sox (34-22, second in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (32-24, third in the AL Central)Cleveland; Thursday,...

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Kim scheduled to start as St. Louis hosts Milwaukee

Milwaukee Brewers (27-28, fourth in the NL Central) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (27-26, second in the NL Central)St. Louis;...

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Peterson expected to start for the Mets against Nationals

New York Mets (25-31, fourth in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (23-33, fifth in the NL East)Washington; Thursday, 6:05...

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Boston's Verdugo puts 10-game hit streak on the line against Orioles

Baltimore Orioles (23-33, fourth in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (22-34, fifth in the AL East)Boston; Thursday, 7:30 p.m....

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Yankees, streaking Urshela set for matchup with Blue Jays

New York Yankees (32-24, second in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (29-27, third in the AL East)Buffalo, New York; Thursday,...

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Gausman expected to start for the Giants against the Rockies

Colorado Rockies (24-31, fourth in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (28-27, third in the NL West)San Francisco; Thursday,...

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Springer takes 10-game hit streak into matchup with Rangers

Houston Astros (28-28, second in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (19-37, fifth in the AL West)Arlington, Texas; Thursday, 8:05...

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Wednesday Sports in Brief

MLBNEW YORK (AP) — Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years...

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Giants beat Rockies 7-2 to take lead in NL wild-card race

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mauricio Dubón hit a three-run homer off reliever Yency Almonte in the fifth inning and the San Francisco...

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Rays clinch first AL East title in 10 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years Wednesday...

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A's beat Dodgers 6-4 on Laureano's 9th-inning homer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Rámon Laureano singled. Feeling emboldened, he choked up on...

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Rays beat Mets 8-5, clinch 1st AL East title in 10 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Confetti instead of champagne. Silly string instead of beer.The Tampa Bay Rays, long accustomed to doing more...

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Harper's 2 HRs help Phils top Nats 12-3, eliminate champs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper showed up to Nationals Park, his old stomping grounds, about six hours before Wednesday night’s...

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Perez, Cordero power Royals to 12-3 rout of contending Cards

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cardinals are headed back to Busch Stadium with their playoff fate still in their hands.No thanks...

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Twins assume first in AL Central with 7-6 win against Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Cave hit a pair of home runs, Kenta Maeda finished off his regular season with another strong start and...

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Braves beat Marlins again 9-4, but Fried hurt in 1st inning

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried sat glumly in the dugout after the first inning, pondering another potential blow to the Atlanta...

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Yankees make four errors, lose 14-1 to Blue Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gary Sánchez made two of his team’s season-high four errors and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the sloppy...

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Eovaldi's solid outing, Devers' hit lift Sox over O's 9-1

BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi struck out eight over six scoreless innings, Rafael Devers hit a three-run double that capped a...

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Pirates cool off Hendricks, slip past playoff-bound Cubs 2-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are heading to the playoffs for the fifth time in six years. If their offense doesn't pick...

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Bieber lowers ERA to 1.63, Indians top White Sox 3-2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber lowered his ERA to 1.63 in his final regular-season start, the lowest in the American League...

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Mariners keep slim playoff hopes alive, beat Astros 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) — In what was supposed to be a rebuilding season the Seattle Mariners will go into the final weekend with an...

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Votto homers, Bauer sharp as surging Reds top Brewers 6-1

CINCINNATI (AP) — The grounds crew that had been banging drums and raising a din in the stands all game long lined up and...

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Rookie Mathisen hits 2 HRs, D-backs beat Rangers 7-3

PHOENIX (AP) — Rookie Wyatt Mathisen hit his first two career homers, fellow rookie Daulton Varsho knocked in the go-ahead run...

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LEADING OFF: Padres check Clevinger, Burnes' ERA title bid

A look at what's happening around the majors on Thursday:PADRES PREDICAMENTFresh off clinching their first playoff berth in 14...

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Clevinger suddenly pulled after 1 inning, Pads fall to Halos

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The euphoria of clinching their first playoff berth in 14 seasons three days earlier was tempered for the San...

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Braves' Fried leave final start after tweaking ankle on bunt

ATLANTA (AP) — NL Cy Young Award contender Max Fried lasted just one inning in his final start of the regular season, leaving a...

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Nats sweep Phils, drop Philadelphia below playoff position

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies tumbled out of a playoff position, getting swept in a doubleheader by the...

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Clevinger lasts just one inning in start for Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Right-hander Mike Clevinger of the playoff-bound San Diego Padres lasted only one inning in his start against...

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MLB makes independent Atlantic League 1st 'partner league'

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is making the independent Atlantic League its first “partner league,” a distinction...

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Covering the bases: Fenway Park expected as voting venue

BOSTON (AP) — There's the windup, the pitch — and the vote.Election officials in Boston are expected to approve Fenway Park as...

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Tuesday Sports in Brief

MLBLOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager had three hits, including one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, as the Dodgers clinched the...

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LEADING OFF: Glasnow, Rays try to win AL East, Bieber ready

A look at what's happening around the majors today:RAYS THE BANNERRays right-hander Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 4.21 ERA) gets his...

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Miami takes 3-game skid into matchup with Atlanta

Miami Marlins (28-27, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (33-22, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Wednesday, 7:10 p.m....

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Houser scheduled to start for Milwaukee against Cincinnati

Milwaukee Brewers (27-27, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (28-28, third in the NL Central)Cincinnati; Wednesday,...

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New York visits Toronto, looks to build on Cole's solid performance

New York Yankees (32-23, second in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (28-27, third in the AL East)Buffalo, New York;...

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Mize, Tigers to take on Maeda, Twins

Detroit Tigers (22-31, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (34-22, second in the AL Central)Minneapolis; Wednesday,...

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Urias expected to start as Los Angeles hosts Oakland

Oakland Athletics (33-21, first in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (39-16, first in the NL West)Los Angeles; Wednesday,...

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Los Angeles' Walsh puts 14-game hit streak on the line against Padres

Los Angeles Angels (25-31, third in the AL West) vs. San Diego Padres (34-21, second in the NL West)San Diego; Wednesday, 4:10...

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Philadelphia takes 4-game slide into matchup with Washington

Philadelphia Phillies (27-29, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (23-32, fifth in the NL East)Washington;...

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Young expected to start for Arizona against Texas

Texas Rangers (19-36, fifth in the AL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (21-34, fifth in the NL West)Phoenix; Wednesday, 6:10 p.m....

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Martinez, Cardinals to take on Duffy, Royals

St. Louis Cardinals (27-25, second in the NL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (22-33, fifth in the AL Central)Kansas City,...

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Webb expected to start for San Francisco against Colorado

Colorado Rockies (24-30, fourth in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (27-27, third in the NL West)San Francisco; Wednesday,...

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Bieber scheduled to start as Cleveland hosts Chicago

Chicago White Sox (34-21, first in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (31-24, third in the AL Central)Cleveland; Wednesday,...

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Wacha expected to start as New York hosts Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Rays (36-20, first in the AL East) vs. New York Mets (25-30, fourth in the NL East)Flushing, Queens; Wednesday, 7:10...

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Astros visit the Mariners following Valdez's strong performance

Houston Astros (28-27, second in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-31, fourth in the AL West)Seattle; Wednesday, 6:40 p.m....

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Eovaldi scheduled to start as Boston hosts Baltimore

Baltimore Orioles (23-32, fourth in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (21-34, fifth in the AL East)Boston; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m....

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Pirates host the Cubs after Brault's strong outing

Chicago Cubs (32-23, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (16-39, fifth in the NL Central)Pittsburgh; Wednesday,...

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Dodgers clinch NL's top seed, West title with win over A's

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wrapping up an NL West title has become routine for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but in a year in which no one...

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Dickerson's pinch-hit homer helps keep Giants in playoff mix

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants got some timely swings off the bench to stay right in the playoff...

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Dodgers top NL seed; Braves claim East; Indians in playoffs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager had three hits, including one of Los Angeles’ four home runs, as the Dodgers clinched the...

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Stassi, Canning lead Angels over playoff-bound Padres 4-2

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Max Stassi, Griffin Canning and the Los Angeles Angels cooled off the playoff-bound San Diego Padres two days...

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Maldonado, Valdez push Astros past Mariners 6-1

SEATTLE (AP) — Martin Maldonado hit a three-run home run, Framber Valdez struck out eight to set career highs for wins and...

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Kelly hits 3-run homer, Diamondbacks beat Rangers 7-0

PHOENIX (AP) — Carson Kelly had a three-run homer, Caleb Smith and Riley Smith combined to throw a six-hitter and the Arizona...

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Yankees' Lyons kept from game after lineup card mix-up

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Tyler Lyons walked to the mound to relieve Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, then walked right back to New York’s...

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Twins top Tigers 5-4 in 10th, sit half-game behind White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As a gift from third baseman Josh Donaldson, each of the Minnesota Twins now have dark blue jersey-style...

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Alonso, Mets put Rays' clinch party on hold with 5-2 win

NEW YORK (AP) — The thrifty Tampa Bay Rays have spent a decade trying to take down the big spenders in their division.They'll...

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Gomber pitches playoff-hunting Cards to 5-0 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Austin Gomber heard longtime Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright say that his goal before pitching a complete...

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Pivetta sharp in Red Sox debut; Boston beats Orioles 8-3

BOSTON (AP) — Nick Pivetta struck out eight in five innings of one-run ball in his Boston debut, Christian Vázquez hit a...

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Cole has sharp playoff prep as Yankees rout Blue Jays 12-1

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gerrit Cole limited the Toronto to five hits over seven innings in his final preparation for the playoffs,...

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Ramírez, Indians clinch playoff spot with 5-3 win over WSox

CLEVELAND (AP) — With one sweet swing, José Ramírez pushed the Cleveland Indians into the playoffs and strengthened his case...

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Ozuna, Braves beat Miami, clinch 3rd straight NL East title

ATLANTA (AP) — After clinching their third straight NL East title, the Atlanta Braves set their sights on ended a much longer...

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Cubs clinch playoff spot, Pirates win on Stallings HR in 9th

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs clinched a playoff spot under rookie manager David Ross, returning to the postseason after a...

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Brewers rally in 7th, bolster chances with 3-2 win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Facing a loss that could have deeply dented their playoff chances, the Milwaukee Brewers pulled one out...

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Angels SS Andrelton Simmons opts out of final 5 games

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the Los Angeles Angels' season.The Angels...

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Cardinals put Hudson on 45-day IL, bring Whitley back

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals shut down Dakota Hudson for the season by transferring him to the 45-day...

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Mariners' Moore placed on concussion list, out for season

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners second baseman Dylan Moore’s season is over after he was placed on the seven-day concussion...

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Twins reinstate Bailey from injured list to start vs. Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins reinstated right-hander Homer Bailey from the 45-day injured list on Tuesday so he could...

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Pillar, Márquez help Rockies hand Giants costly loss, 7-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Pillar homered against his former team and German Márquez pitched six strong innings to snap a...

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LEADING OFF: Rays, Indians try to clinch; Cole, Gray on hill

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:___ONE AND DONETampa Bay can clinch its first AL East crown since 2010 with...

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Monday's Sports in Brief

MLBOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist...

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New York hosts Tampa Bay, looks to build on deGrom's strong outing

Tampa Bay Rays (36-19, first in the AL East) vs. New York Mets (24-30, fourth in the NL East)Flushing, Queens; Tuesday, 7:10...

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Singer expected to start as Royals host the Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals (26-25, second in the NL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (22-32, fifth in the AL Central)Kansas City,...

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Newsome expected to start for the Mariners against the Astros

Houston Astros (27-27, second in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (24-30, third in the AL West)Seattle; Tuesday, 9:10 p.m....

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Detroit Tigers to visit the Minnesota Twins

Detroit Tigers (22-30, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (33-22, second in the AL Central)Minneapolis; Tuesday,...

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Lyles scheduled to start for Texas against Arizona

Texas Rangers (19-35, fifth in the AL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (20-34, fifth in the NL West)Phoenix; Tuesday, 9:10 p.m....

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Lopez scheduled to start for White Sox at Indians

Chicago White Sox (34-20, first in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (30-24, third in the AL Central)Cleveland; Tuesday,...

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Montas, Athletics to take on May, Dodgers

Oakland Athletics (33-20, first in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (38-16, first in the NL West)Los Angeles; Tuesday, 9:40...

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Nola, Phillies to take on Voth, Nationals

Philadelphia Phillies (27-27, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (21-32, fifth in the NL East)Washington; Tuesday,...

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Pirates look to break 5-game skid against Cubs

Chicago Cubs (32-22, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (15-39, fifth in the NL Central)Pittsburgh; Tuesday, 7:05...

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Akin, Orioles to take on Pivetta, Red Sox

Baltimore Orioles (23-31, fourth in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (20-34, fifth in the AL East)Boston; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m....

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New York's Urshela puts 10-game hit streak on the line against Blue Jays

New York Yankees (31-23, second in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (28-26, third in the AL East)Buffalo, New York; Tuesday,...

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Wilson expected to start as Braves host the Marlins

Miami Marlins (28-26, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (32-22, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Tuesday, 7:10 p.m....

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Gray expected to start as Reds host the Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers (26-27, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (28-27, third in the NL Central)Cincinnati; Tuesday,...

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Walsh takes 13-game hit streak into matchup with Padres

Los Angeles Angels (24-31, fourth in the AL West) vs. San Diego Padres (34-20, second in the NL West)San Diego; Tuesday, 9:10...

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Freeland expected to start for the Rockies against Giants

Colorado Rockies (24-29, fourth in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (26-27, third in the NL West)San Francisco; Tuesday,...

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Harper hitless, Girardi ejected, Phils lose to Nats 5-1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper was hitless in his return from back stiffness and Philadelphia manager Joe Girardi was ejected...

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Mariners beat Astros 6-1, help Athletics claim AL West title

SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales threw eight shutout innings, Evan White broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh...

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Oakland Athletics clinch first AL West title since 2013

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics clinched their first AL West title since 2013 on Monday night with an assist from...

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Gonzales shuts down Astros as Mariners roll to 6-1 victory

SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales pumped his fist and let out a scream after striking out Michael Brantley on a full-count pitch to...

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Lowe homers, Rays inch past deGrom, Mets 2-1 despite 16 Ks

NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are ready for a party — and mum on the details.“I’m not saying nothing," closer Nick...

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Bullpen, defense preserves Braves 5-4 win over Marlins

ATLANTA (AP) — At the start, it looked like a slugfest.By the end, it came down to defense.The Braves ad-libbed a brilliant...

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Santana's homer lifts Indians to win, brink of playoff berth

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians left Progressive Field on the brink of a playoff berth and went home. The party's on hold.In 2020,...

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Royals rally behind stout bullpen to beat Cardinals, 4-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were into the Kansas City bullpen by the fourth inning, and Adam Wainwright was...

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Rookie Alejandro Kirk has HR, 4 hits, Jays beat Yankees 11-5

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rookie Alejandro Kirk became the first catcher 21 or younger since Johnny Bench with at least four hits...

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Lester cruises, Schwarber responds as Cubs top Pirates 5-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Schwarber found the quickest way to get back in his manager's good graces: hit the ball hard and deliver...

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Eugenio Suárez homers, surging Reds beat Brewers 6-3

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds aren't wilting in their first exposure to September playoff pressure in many years.Eugenio Suárez...

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Arenado goes on injured list with sore left shoulder

The Colorado Rockies will chase after a flickering playoff spot without All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was placed on...

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LEADING OFF: Yankees' Cole, Reds' Gray take the mound

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:HE'S BACKCincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray is expected to come off the...

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Jared Walsh's 1st grand slam powers Angels past Rangers, 8-5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jared Walsh was a 39th-round pick who got a humble $3,000 signing bonus from the Los Angeles Angels. He...

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LHP Cole Hamels done for year after just 1 start for Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — After making just one start for the Atlanta Braves, Cole Hamels is done for the season.Hamels reported shortly...

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Girardi, Quinn ejected from Phils' game vs Nationals

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi and center fielder Roman Quinn were ejected from Monday night’s game against the...

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Cubs plan to activate P Quintana for start against Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — José Quintana is back in time to help the Chicago Cubs' playoff push.The NL Central-leading Cubs plan to...

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Royals' Soler comes off injured list for season's final week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals reinstated outfielder Jorge Soler from the injured list and optioned infielder Kelvin...

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Cardinals activate Fowler, Gallegos from injured list for KC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Dexter Fowler and right-hander Giovanny Gallegos from the...

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Jays closer Giles to undergo elbow surgery, out for season

Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, likely causing him to miss all of 2021 and...

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Seeding, not record determines who bats last in World Series

NEW YORK (AP) — The higher seeded team reaching the World Series will have last at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and if needed Games 6...

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Yankees celebrate playoff berth with hotel lobby toast

The New York Yankees found an unusual place to celebrate clinching a playoff berth in an atypical season.After losing at Boston...

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MLB, union commit $10M to increase Black participation

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association say they have committed $10 million to fund programs of the...

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Harper back in lineup as Phillies DH after back stiffness

WASHINGTON (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper was the designated hitter for Monday's game against Washington, a...

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‘Match made in heaven’: Deion Sanders to coach Jackson State

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deion Sanders wiped away tears of joy and passion before speaking.Jackson State’s new football coach then...

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Gonzales scheduled to start as Seattle hosts Houston

Houston Astros (27-26, second in the AL West) vs. Seattle Mariners (23-30, third in the AL West)Seattle; Monday, 9:10 p.m....

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Cleveland hosts Chicago, looks to build on Carrasco's strong showing

Chicago White Sox (34-19, first in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (29-24, third in the AL Central)Cleveland; Monday,...

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Sanchez scheduled to start as Washington hosts Philadelphia

Philadelphia Phillies (27-26, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (20-32, fifth in the NL East)Washington; Monday,...

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Royals look to stop 3-game losing streak against Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals (26-24, second in the NL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (21-32, fifth in the AL Central)Kansas City,...

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Pirates look to stop 4-game skid against Cubs

Chicago Cubs (31-22, first in the NL Central) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (15-38, fifth in the NL Central)Pittsburgh; Monday, 7:05...

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Ynoa expected to start as Atlanta hosts Miami

Miami Marlins (28-25, second in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (31-22, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Monday, 7:10 p.m....

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Walsh takes 12-game hit streak into matchup with Rangers

Texas Rangers (19-34, fifth in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (23-31, fourth in the AL West)Anaheim, California; Monday,...

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Mets host the Rays following Porcello's solid performance

Tampa Bay Rays (35-19, first in the AL East) vs. New York Mets (24-29, fourth in the NL East)Flushing, Queens; Monday, 7:10...

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Castillo expected to start as Reds host the Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers (26-26, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (27-27, third in the NL Central)Cincinnati; Monday,...

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Yankees to take on Blue Jays on the road

New York Yankees (31-22, second in the AL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (27-26, third in the AL East)Buffalo, New York; Monday,...

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Colorado's Story puts 12-game hit streak on the line against Giants

Colorado Rockies (23-29, fourth in the NL West) vs. San Francisco Giants (26-26, third in the NL West)San Francisco; Monday,...

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Opinion: Losing Justin Verlander is massive blow to Astros' present and future as big decisions loom

The storm shutters were placed on the Houston Astros’ championship window Saturday, leaving this proud franchise wondering how...

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Column: Another grim chapter for Atlanta's sports history

ATLANTA (AP) — As the ball spun slowly along the turf at Jerry’s World, the black-clad players backing away like it was a live...

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Reds, Brewers and Cardinals charging hard in NL Central

All the Cincinnati Reds needed was one extended winning streak to turn a disappointing season into a possible playoff...

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Upheaval among Utah's soccer teams takes another turn

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Utah Royals coach Craig Harrington has been placed on a leave of absence in the latest round of tumult to...

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LEADING OFF: 9 of 16 playoff spots open going into last week

A look at what's happening around the majors today:FINAL WEEKFernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres are headed to the playoffs, so...

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Kepler homers and Twins beat Cubs and Darvish 4-0

CHICAGO (AP) — Max Kepler homered, José Berríos threw six shutout innings to outduel Yu Darvish and the Minnesota Twins beat...

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Padres win, back in playoffs for 1st time in 14 years

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are returning to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years after beating the Seattle...

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Rally puts Padres back in playoffs for 1st time in 14 years

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After 14 long years, the San Diego Padres are back in the playoffs, this time with a cast of stars who never...

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Carrasco, Ramirez star as Indians top Tigers 7-4

DETROIT (AP) — With Carlos Carrasco looking sharp down the stretch, the Cleveland Indians could be a dangerous team in the...

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Wright, Acuña lead 1st-place Braves to 7-0 win over Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Wright allowed only one hit in the best start of his big league career, pitching into the seventh inning...

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After a pair of shutouts, Giants respond to rout A's 14-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Crawford hit a grand slam, Chadwick Tromp and Darin Ruf added two-run homers, and the San...