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Mookie pads MVP resume with 31st HR

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Mookie Betts bashed a solo shot to center to lead off the top of the fifth inning on Sunday night against the Indians, tying the game at 3 and putting the AL MVP candidate a triple shy of the cycle.
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Rockies sweep, keep pace in postseason chase

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Kyle Freeland and three Rockies relievers shut out the D-backs to end a nine-game road trip. Freeland struck out six over seven innings and Wade Davis recorded his franchise-record-tying 41st save. Zack Godley gave up a pair of RBI hits over five frames on a day Arizona was officially eliminated from postseason contention.
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Kemp homers for 1,000th RBI on 34th birthday

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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp celebrated his 34th birthday on Sunday by slugging his 21st home run of the season to reach the 1,000 career RBI mark in L.A.’s 14-0 win over the Padres.
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Rays close to elimination as bats go cold

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Tyler Glasnow bounced back from a seven-run, 2/3 innings performance in his last start against the Blue Jays to record six innings of three-run baseball on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. But once again, his offense couldn’t come through for him and eventually the Blue Jays added a pair of tack-on runs in the eighth to deal Tampa a 5-2 loss.
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Mahtook's HR leads Tigers in V-Mart's finale

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Mikie Mahtook delivered the decisive blow for the Tigers in their 5-4 win over the Royals at Comerica Park on Saturday. On a night in which Victor Martinez would play the final game of his 16-year career, Detroit held on late for the win after seven innings of two-run ball from right-hander Jordan Zimmermann. Martinez collected the final hit of his career in the first before being lifted for a pinch-runner. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez hit solo homers for Kansas City in defeat, while Jakob Junis threw a quality start for the fourth time in his last five outings.
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Davis reflects on trying 2018, future with O's

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In a season that Chris Davis describes as “one disaster after another,” the Orioles’ first baseman said his focus is on “getting to the finish line” to end the worst offensive season of his 11-year career.
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deGrom adds quality-start record to Cy resume

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Jacob deGrom delivered his 23rd consecutive quality start in Friday’s victory at Nationals Park to set an MLB single-season record, and has compiled more consecutive starts of three runs or fewer (28) than anyone in Major League history.
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Matchups prompt Dodgers to shuffle rotation

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The Dodgers swapped starting pitchers for the first two games of this weekend series against the Padres, having Ross Stripling start Friday night, with Rich Hill slated for Saturday night. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the change was partly motivated by matchups that would avoid having Hill pitch against Arizona next week. Hill is 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA against the D-backs this season.
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History made as Gurriel Bros. each go deep twice

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Yuli and Lourdes Gurriel took the field in two different countries Friday night, roughly 1,500 miles apart. But each of them did what they’ve done ever since they grew up together in Cuba: Hit with authority.
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Yuli hits grand slam, 2-run jack vs. Angels

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Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel gave his club a 4-0 lead in the first inning with a grand slam off Angels starter Andrew Heaney, just left of the right-field foul pole, in the series opener on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
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Palka sets White Sox record with 4th pinch-hit HR

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When Daniel Palka launched a pinch-hit home run off Dillon Maples in the sixth inning of a 10-4 White Sox victory over the Cubs Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field, the rookie made no effort to retrieve the baseball.
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Tigers rookie hits 1st HR in 1st, then 2nd in 2nd

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The Tigers spent Thursday afternoon crushing tape-measure home runs in batting practice at Comerica Park, then took their big swings into their series opener against the Royals.
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A's amaze with 21-run eruption in rout of Angels

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The A’s brought out the heavy lumber on Thursday vs. the Angels, as eight starters crossed the plate at least twice in a 21-3 thumping at the Coliseum as Oakland moved closer to clinching a postseason berth.
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Seeking AL East title, Red Sox score 3 in 7th

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Looking to clinch their third straight American League East title, the Red Sox got some good fortune in the top of the seventh inning of their game vs. the Yankees on Thursday night.
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Cody Reed gets help from Gennett to earn 1st win

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Cincinnati’s Cody Reed got some help from Scooter Gennett to earn his first win this season on Friday. Reed tossed six scoreless frames, striking out six and walking no one in his best start of the season. Jeff Brigham countered with five innings of two-run ball, but walks shortened his outing. Two of those walks set up Gennett in the third inning for a two-run double, and the second baseman added a long two-run homer in the seventh, going 2-for-3 as he chases the National League batting title. The Marlins scored two in the eighth, but Raisel Iglesias pitched 1 1/3 innings to close out the victory.
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Aguilar's 4 RBIs power Crew to grow WC lead

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Jesus Aguilar got his 100th RBI with a first-inning single, and two innings later, he hit a three-run home run to power the Brewers to a victory that increased their NL Wild Card lead to three games. Manny Pina hit a three-run shot after a 13-pitch at-bat for Milwaukee, which got six impressive innings from Gio Gonzalez. Matt Harvey allowed seven runs over 5 1/3 innings for the Reds in defeat.
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Phillies shut out Mets, keep pace with Braves

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Zach Eflin delivered his second strong start in a row Wednesday night, throwing five shutout innings as the Phillies blanked the Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera both homered off Noah Syndergaard to lead the Philadelphia offense. The victory kept the Phillies 5 1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League East before the teams start a four-game series Thursday night in Atlanta.
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Puig sits again vs. lefty amid reverse splits

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The National League’s most recent Player of the Week was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive game as the Los Angeles Dodgers continued to trust the percentages.
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Stewart's career day leads O's to victory

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DJ Stewart had a couple career moments as the Orioles took the series finale from the Blue Jays. He lifted his first Major League home run off the top of the right-field foul pole in the third and worked a 12-pitch at-bat for his first career double in the seventh. Jimmy Yacabonis worked four scoreless frames to start the game, and Mychal Givens earned his eighth save with a 1-2-3 ninth. Marco Estrada posted a quality start for the Blue Jays, lasting six innings while allowing just four hits, but was handed the loss. Billy McKinney scored the lone run for Toronto with a homer in the eighth.
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Strasburg fans 11, including 6 straight, for 9th win

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Stephen Strasburg struck out 11, including six in a row at one point, to lead the Nationals past the Marlins, 4-2, on Tuesday to earn a split of the two-game series. Bryce Harper walked five times, falling one shy of his own Major League record in the win. Peter O’Brien homered, and J.T. Realmuto had two hits and drove in a run for the Marlins.
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Rizzo's 17-pitch AB tees up Javy's 33rd HR

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The D-backs planned to limit starter Matt Andriese to about 50 pitches on Tuesday, but they didn’t expect Anthony Rizzo’s at-bat would take up about a third of those pitches. Seeing the Arizona right-hander’s entire repertoire from the on-deck circle certainly helped Javier Baez, who gave Chicago a 2-0 lead with his 33rd home run and heard “M-V-P” chants rain down from Cubs fans in the Chase Field crowd.
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Boston bullpen struggles; magic number remains 2

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The champagne will have to stay in storage for at least another night. The Red Sox were nine outs away from a party, but instead the bullpen became an issue again and the Yankees came storming back for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday night.
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Odorizzi cruises in 2nd straight dominant win

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Jake Odorizzi put together a second consecutive dominant effort to earn a series win for the Twins against the Tigers at Comerica Park. Odorizzi allowed two runs — on Mike Mahtook’s two-run triple in the seventh — in 6 1/3 innings, besting his counterpart, Daniel Norris, who allowed two runs in 5 1/3. The Twins were able to run Norris in the sixth inning after four of the first five batters reached. They tacked on three more runs in the seventh on a leadoff homer from Chris Gimenez and a two-run double by Tyler Austin. Mahtook added an RBI single in the ninth before Trevor Hildenberger locked down his seventh save of the year.
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Stallings' first walk-off hit wins it for Bucs

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Adam Frazier went 2-for-2 with a walk, a run and a two-run double that he smashed to right field shortly after fouling a ball hard off his right knee. Right-hander Joe Musgrove gave up the lead in a four-run fifth, but the Pirates tied it in the eighth and catcher Jacob Stallings lined his second career walk-off hit — a single to left field — to give the Bucs a 7-6 win over the Royals at PNC Park.
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Yelich's historic 2nd cycle propels Crew

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A day after the end of an on-base streak that spanned 30 games, Christian Yelich started a new one in historic fashion. Yelich, who has hit his way into the National League MVP debate with a torrid second half, became the fifth player in Major League history to hit for the cycle twice in the same season, and the first to do it twice against the same team when he paced an 8-0 Brewers win over the Reds on Monday night at Miller Park.
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Rosario exits Twins game with right leg injury

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Eddie Rosario fielded a single hit by Jim Adduci in the fourth inning, but fell awkwardly as he tried to turn around for the throw. He remained on the ground for several moments before leaving the field under his own power.
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Phillies slowed by Mets in Wild Card chase

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The Phillies continue to wait for the hot streak that never comes.</p>
They dropped a 9-4 decision to the Mets on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park. It kept them at least 6 1/2 games behind the first-place Braves in the National League East.
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Bumgarner could open final series vs. Dodgers

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Should the National League West race remain undecided as the regular season’s final weekend approaches, Madison Bumgarner could pitch the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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Bullpen of the Week: Brewers

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With a 1.48 ERA over 24 1/3 innings last week, the Brewers’ bullpen was a big reason why Milwaukee has been able to remain within striking distance of the Cubs in the National League Central as the regular season winds down. The club’s relief corps struck out 32 and walked only eight to earn MLB Bullpen of the Week presented by The Hartford honors for the week of Sept. 10-16.
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Mejia's walk-off slam caps wild win for Padres

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Francisco Mejia’s only been a Padre for two weeks. He authored the moment of a lifetime on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park. Two outs, bases loaded, tie game, bottom of the ninth — the rookie catcher strode to the plate, and he wasted no time putting his stamp on a dramatic Padres victory. Mejia smashed the first pitch he saw from Rangers reliever Jeffrey Springs into the left-field seats, sending the Padres to a win, by way of their first walk-off grand slam in more than three years.
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Pitcher's bat helps Rockies forge NL West tie

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Antonio Senzatela’s two-run, bases-loaded single in the second inning ended the Rockies’ season-worst scoreless streak at 20 innings and was the key swing in a relief-bringing, 3-2 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday afternoon. Senzatela (5-6) also held the Giants to one run on five hits, with five strikeouts, in five-plus innings, allowing the Rockies to hold serve in the tight National League West race.
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Calhoun's clutch shot helps Halos snap skid

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Kole Calhoun launched a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to lift the Angels to a 4-3 win over the Mariners in Sunday’s series finale at Angel Stadium. Justin Anderson worked a scoreless eighth before giving way to Ty Buttrey, who struck out the side in the ninth to earn his third save of the year. Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the third, but the Mariners tied it on Daniel Vogelbach’s two-run shot.
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Edwin lifted as precaution with ankle sprain

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With the rout on against the Tigers on Saturday, the Indians took no chances when Edwin Encarnacion rolled his right ankle while running the bases in the fourth inning.
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Yankees calling up No. 1 prospect Sheffield

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The Yankees promoted Justus Sheffield to the Majors following Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s loss to Durham in the International League Governors’ Cup Finals, according to the Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune.
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4 HRs not enough for Yanks after CC struggles

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Despite the late power display, an early deficit and a rocky seventh inning by the bullpen prevented the Yankees from coming all the way back. An ineffective CC Sabathia was rocked for five runs in 2 1/3 innings, serving up three homers in his shortest start of the season, as the Yanks absorbed an 8-7 loss to Toronto at Yankee Stadium.
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Lester hurls gem as Cubs build on Central lead

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Jon Lester assured everyone he would be fine after exiting his previous start with back spasms. Taking the mound Saturday as scheduled, the veteran left-hander proved he was ready, completing seven scoreless innings in the Cubs’ 1-0 win over the Reds at Wrigley Field. The sole run of the game came in the sixth, when Javier Baez led off with an infield single, then scored on a two-out base hit from Willson Contreras.
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Donaldson clubs first home run with Indians

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Josh Donaldson’s first home run for the Indians was a solo shot to tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning against the Tigers at Progressive Field on Friday night.
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In return home, Yanks use big 1st to drub Jays

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Perhaps it was more than chitchat when Aaron Boone commented that his Yankees seem “eager to prove to the baseball world that we’re an elite club.” Then again, they’ve played like world-beaters against the Blue Jays all season long.
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Thor dominates as Mets hit 4 HRs to rout Sox

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Noah Syndergaard limited the Red Sox to three hits over seven innings in his first career start at Fenway Park. Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Austin Jackson and Amed Rosario homered for the Mets. Boston turned to five relievers after Hector Velazquez was a late scratch from his scheduled start.
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Altherr heats up, goes deep twice vs. Marlins

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Aaron Altherr went 4-for-5 with two homers and had five RBIs against the Marlins as part of an 18-hit, five-homer outburst for the Phillies’ offense.
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Strop injures left hamstring trying to beat throw

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The Cubs’ dramatic 4-3, 10-inning win over the Nationals on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park may have been soured by a left hamstring injury to closer Pedro Strop. Batting in the 10th inning, Strop injured his hamstring after trying to beat the throw to first on a bases-loaded ground ball to third baseman Anthony Rendon, who threw home to start the double play.
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Anderson diced up by O's as A's fall back in WC

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The A’s lost a starter on the same day they gained one back. So it goes in a most bizarre season somehow bound for October. As Trevor Cahill journeyed west to Oakland for an MRI on a strained back muscle, a now-healthy Brett Anderson returned to the mound — for all of an hour. Battered by singles, the lefty Anderson was responsible for four runs in a 5-3 loss to the Orioles on Thursday evening at Camden Yards.
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