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  • Kluber strikes out 14; Indians beat Twins 7-2

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Corey Kluber struck out a career-high 14 hitters for the second straight start and the Cleveland Indians didn't lose any ground in the playoff chase Sunday with a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley each had three hits for the Indians, who have won five of six. Cleveland began the day 3 1-2...

  • DeGrom strikes out 10, Mets sweep Braves

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves were knocked out of the playoff race Sunday after a stunning late-season collapse, losing to Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets 10-2. A half-game out of first place in the NL East on July 29, the Braves have gone 18-30 since then to fall 15 back of Washington. Atlanta was eliminated from the wild-card chase...

  • Pirates edge Brewers 1-0, move closer to playoffs

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Vance Worley is used to his body breaking down at this point in the season. An unexpected break allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander to regroup. He responded with his sharpest outing in two months to push the fading Milwaukee Brewers closer to an extended vacation of their own. Bumped from the starting rotation in...

  • Marisnick's homer leads Astros over Seattle 8-3

    HOUSTON (AP) — Seattle's playoff hopes took another hit, as Jake Marisnick had a three-run homer for the second straight game and Alex Presley drove in two runs to lead the Houston Astros to an 8-3 win over the Mariners on Sunday. Houston took two of three from the Mariners, who entered the day 1/2 game back for the second AL wild card....

  • Tigers win appeal, top KC to boost AL Central lead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A rarely-used backup infielder who never even got into the game made the play of the day for the Detroit Tigers. From the dugout, Hernan Perez spotted that a Kansas City runner failed to tag up. That set off a wild sequence Saturday that resulted in an out instead of the go-ahead score — plus a lot of discussion — as...

  • Kershaw gets 20th win as Dodgers pound Cubs 14-5

    CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw had his usual velocity, and that was about it. The rest of his considerable repertoire appeared in brief flashes during one of the shortest outings of his brilliant year. A.J. Ellis and company took care of the rest. Kershaw became the majors' first 20-game winner and Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading...

  • LaRoche hits 2-run homer, Nats beat Marlins 3-2

    MIAMI (AP) — The Washington Nationals have clinched a division title and are continuing to make a push toward home-field advantage for the playoffs. Adam LaRoche hit an early two-run homer to support Doug Fister and lead the NL-leading Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Fister (15-6) allowed two runs...

  • Cardinals beat Reds 2-1, stay 2 1-2 up in Central

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Lackey still isn't happy about getting pushed back in the rotation. After powering back into the St. Louis postseason pitching picture with 7 2-3 dominant innings in a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night, the veteran right-hander grudgingly admitted extra rest might have been a good thing. "Yeah, I guess...

  • Braves lose again behind sputtering offense

    ATLANTA (AP) — Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and the Atlanta Braves are running out of time and patience. "You've got to take it one at-bat at a time, one play at a time and hope for the best," Simmons said after getting three of the Braves' five hits in a 5-0 loss to the New York Mets on Friday night. "But it's really frustrating right now,"...

  • Ellsbury, Jeter, Yankees again beat Buehrle, Jays

    NEW YORK (AP) — From the get-go, Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter showed Mark Buehrle that it would be another no-go against the New York Yankees. Ellsbury lined a leadoff double to the wall, Jeter followed with a hard single and the Yankees beat Buehrle for the 12th straight time over a decade-plus, sending Toronto to its season-worst sixth...

  • Buehrle still winless vs Yankees in over a decade

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Buehrle took a few steps off the mound, turned around and didn't bother to watch Jacoby Ellsbury's home run sail deep to right field. He's seen this all too often. Buehrle lost his 12th straight decision to the New York Yankees, a winless streak that's over a decade after the Toronto Blue Jays fell 5-3 Friday night for...

  • Aviles sac fly lifts Indians over Astros in 13

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Cleveland Indians relied on their pitching again, and their offense came alive just in time to beat the Houston Astros. Mike Aviles' sacrifice fly in the 13th inning scored Jose Ramirez and gave the Indians a 2-1 win on Thursday night. Ramirez doubled with one out before Samuel Deduno (2-6) walked Michael Brantley and...

  • Five-run seventh gives Dodgers 8-4 win over Cubs.

    CHICAGO (AP) — About the only thing the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't mastered in the NL West pennant race is the art of the comeback. That is until Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Dee Gordon and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit RBI doubles in Los Angeles' five-run seventh inning, and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 to extend...

  • Blue Jays lose to Yanks 3-2 on Lind's error

    NEW YORK (AP) — On the morning of June 7, the Toronto Blue Jays were 38-24 and led the AL East by six games. Since then they've sputtered to a 39-51 record and have little chance to end their two-decade-plus postseason drought. The faded Blue Jays tied their longest losing streak of the season at five games Thursday night, losing to the New...

  • Gonzalez, Harper lead Nationals past Marlins, 6-2

    MIAMI (AP) — Already the NL East champions, the Washington Nationals are now totally focused on another race. Gio Gonzalez allowed two runs in seven innings, Bryce Harper had three hits, and the Nationals kept up their push for home-field advantage in the NL playoffs by beating the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Thursday night. Kevin Frandsen and...

  • Wainwright shutout, 19th win as Cards beat Brewers

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — With gruesome pictures of Giancarlo Stanton's smashed-up face all over the Internet, it's hard to forget what an errant pitch can do. Mike Fiers had no choice. "It's a different day, different team," he said. "You just got to go out there and focus on what I can do. It's not going to be good if you think about your last...

  • Giants snap tie in 9th, beat Arizona to narrow gap

    PHOENIX (AP) — Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble. The annual ritual of making rookies wear unflattering outfits on one of the last road trips of the season was underway in the Giants' clubhouse, but it hardly bothered Duffy....

  • Amarista's homer lifts Padres over Phillies 5-4

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres have always valued Alexi Amarista's defensive versatility. This time, the diminutive shortstop flashed a big bat. Amarista had three hits, including a two-run homer, to lead San Diego to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. Amarista's two-out homer in the sixth inning off A.J. Burnett (8-17)...

  • Rays beat angry Yankees 6-1 after Jeter gets hit

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays paid tribute to Derek Jeter, then plunked him. The retiring New York Yankees star was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning and both benches emptied in the Rays' 6-1 victory Tuesday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected after Jeter was hit on the left hand by a Steve Geltz pitch in the eighth...

  • Braves' new stadium has a name _ SunTrust Park

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are still more than two years away from moving into their new suburban ballpark. They already know what it will be called. At a groundbreaking celebration Tuesday, the Braves announced a naming rights deal with Georgia's largest bank that will result in the 41,500-seat stadium being known as SunTrust Park. The...