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  • 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...

  • Orioles clinch AL East with 8-2 win over Blue Jays

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create. The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a long overdue celebration in the Baltimore clubhouse. "The guys are having a...

  • Nats beat Braves to clinch another NL East title

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Washington Nationals bounced up and down in unison near second base, not bothered at all by a smattering of boos from the crowd at Turner Field. They were saving the real celebration for the clubhouse. The Nationals wrapped up their second NL East title in three years against the team that knocked them out of the top spot...

  • Flores homers twice in Mets 9-1 win over Marlins

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets told Wilmer Flores the starting shortstop job is open next year, and the young infielder might just win the job with his bat. Flores homered twice and drove in six runs for the second time this year, Ruben Tejada capped a four-run fourth inning with a two-run double, and the Mets routed the Miami Marlins 9-1...

  • Iwakuma drilled as Mariners lose 8-1 to Angels

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma had never lost to the Los Angeles Angels, and he set their first eight batters down with perhaps the best stuff Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon had ever seen from him. And then Iwakuma walked Efren Navarro on four pitches. The Japanese right-hander and the Mariners never recovered in a loss that knocked...

  • Angels clinch playoff spot, beat Mariners 8-1

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels refused to indulge in champagne, cigars or self-congratulation after securing their first playoff spot in a half-decade. Their goals extend far beyond the mere formality they reached with yet another dominant victory over a division rival. The Angels became the first team in the majors to clinch a...