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  • 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...

  • Hunter, Cabrera homer in 9th; Tigers top Twins 8-6

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — That large early lead was long gone for the Detroit Tigers. They saw Kansas City's comeback slowly unfolding on the out-of-town scoreboard. No sweat. One big swing by Torii Hunter eased the pennant-race tension. Hunter and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning to help the Tigers tighten their grip on...

  • Rizzo's walk-off homer gives Cubs 1-0 win vs. Reds

    CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo called his first two at-bats a battle. The last one was a whole lot better. The first baseman capped his return to the Cubs lineup with a walk-off home run in the ninth inning that gave Chicago a 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. Rizzo had missed the last 18 games due to a back problem but led off...

  • Nats beat Braves 4-2 to close in on NL East title

    ATLANTA (AP) — A strong and healthy Stephen Strasburg has the Washington Nationals feeling optimistic about their postseason chances. Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title. The...

  • Orioles beat Blue Jays 5-2, near AL East title

    BALTIMORE (AP) — It's time for the Baltimore Orioles to put the champagne on ice. The Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night. Baltimore can clinch the division crown with a win over Toronto on Tuesday....

  • Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire. Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the suspension, and that he regrets making contact with...

  • Angels' 10-game streak ends in 6-1 loss to Astros

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels scored 86 runs while winning 10 straight games and running out to a huge lead in the AL West. On a 100-degree afternoon at the Big A, the Angels' bats finally cooled down. Dallas Keuchel took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, and the Houston Astros ended the Angels' 10-game winning streak with...

  • Keuchel, Astros end Angels' 10-game win streak 6-1

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dallas Keuchel got plenty of sleep, did extra cardio work and stayed constantly hydrated over the last few days to prepare for his start on a scorching afternoon. After all that work, not even the majors' most productive offense could keep Keuchel from a dominant victory for the Houston Astros. Keuchel took a no-hit bid...

  • Indians lose 6-4 to Tigers; 5 back in wild card

    DETROIT (AP) — The Cleveland Indians can start thinking about October vacation plans. Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Tigers beat the Indians 6-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep that left Cleveland five games back for the second AL wild card with 14 games left. "Now we're going to have to get real hot...

  • Marlins beat Phils 5-4; 1st win since Stanton hurt

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Miami Marlins had been reeling since Giancarlo Stanton was struck in the face by a fastball on Thursday night. A four-run, ninth-inning rally against Jonathan Papelbon and the Philadelphia Phillies made them feel a lot better. "It's probably the biggest win of the year for us," Miami manager Mike Redmond said after...

  • Papelbon blows save as Phils lose to Marlins 5-4

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jonathan Papelbon lost the lead and then lost his cool. The Phillies closer made a lewd gesture to fans and was ejected after giving up four runs in the ninth inning during Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Papelbon grabbed his crotch as he walked to the dugout and was ejected by crew chief Joe West....

  • Cubs title wait 106 years and counting

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' century-plus failure to win the World Series will go on for at least one more year. Josh Harrison started Pittsburgh's first triple play at home in 21 years and hit a tying two-run double in a six-run fifth inning Sunday that helped the Pirates rally past the Cubs 7-3. "I don't allow our guys to put their...

  • Harrison leads Pirates over Cubs 7-3

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — A triple play helped the Pittsburgh Pirates maintain their 1 1/2-game lead for the NL's second wild card. Josh Harrison started Pittsburgh's first triple play at home in 21 years and hit a tying two-run double in a six-run fifth inning Sunday as the Pirates rallied past the Chicago Cubs 7-3. "It was fun," Pirates manager...

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