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Blue Jays' bats back solid outing by Pannone

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Thomas Pannone tossed 6 1/3 strong innings in a victory over Cleveland on Sunday afternoon at Rogers Centre. The rookie left-hander scattered four hits and three walks while striking out two to put up his second quality start in three outings. Justin Smoak went 2-for-4 with a home run, and Teoscar Hernandez added a three-run shot in the eighth. Jose Ramirez joined the 30-30 club with a steal in the first inning, becoming the third Indians player to reach the milestone.
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Crew pads Wild Card lead as Gio solid in debut

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Gio Gonzalez delivered 5 2/3 effective innings in his first Brewers start and was backed by home runs from Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich in a 4-3 win over the Giants at Miller Park. It was a promising restart for Gonzalez, who struggled to a 6.55 ERA in his final eight starts for the Nationals before the Brewers picked him up in an Aug. 31 trade to add depth and experience to their rotation. The Brewers extended their lead in the National League Wild Card race to 2 1/2 games over the Cardinals.
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Royals' Lopez loses perfecto, no-no in 9th

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After eight perfect innings, Jorge Lopez walked one batter and surrendered one hit in a dazzling win over the Twins at Target Field.
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Scherzer first to 17 wins in NL with CG

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Max Scherzer racked up 11 strikeouts and logged an RBI single as the Nationals cruised in Game 1 of a doubleheader that started after a rain delay of 2 hours, 10 minutes. Scherzer became the first National League pitcher to 17 wins with his second complete game of the season. Lefty Jaime Garcia labored in a short Cubs debut as he exited in a tone-setting three-run first inning, fueled by Juan Soto’s two-run single.
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Thor exits after getting hit by comebacker

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Noah Syndergaard exited Saturday’s game at Citi Field in the seventh inning after getting hit on the right side by a bases-loaded line drive off the bat of the Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez. Statcast™ recorded the comebacker at a 103.7-mph exit velocity.
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Indians erupt for 7 in 5th, hang on for win

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Cleveland plated seven runs in a two-homer, bat-around fifth inning that gave the Indians a lead they never surrendered in a victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre. Catcher Roberto Perez got the scoring started with a solo homer, his second of the season. Three batters later, Michael Brantley hit a two-run go-ahead homer. Perez came up again and smacked a bases-clearing double to center field. Randal Grichuk homered twice for the Blue Jays, who had the potential tying run on base in the ninth.
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Candelario crushes walk-off HR vs. Cardinals

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Jeimer Candelario hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning to lift the Tigers to a 5-3 win over the Cardinals at Comerica Park on Friday night.
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Snell K's 9, ties MLB high with 18th win

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Tampa Bay backed Blake Snell with four home runs in a 14-2 win over Baltimore on Friday night at Tropicana Field, giving the Rays their 14th win in their last 17 games and their ninth consecutive win at home. Snell struck out nine over 5 1/3 frames, earning his 18th win of the year, which ties him for the most in baseball. Ji-Man Choi slugged his second grand slam of the season in the bottom of the sixth, while Nick Ciuffo hit his first big league homer in the second. Joey Rickard supplied the power for Baltimore, slugging a two-run homer in the top of the sixth.
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Hoskins' late HR lifts Nola to win No. 16

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Rhys Hoskins skipped out of the batter’s box, then circled the bases with one arm raised toward the sky. The theatrics of his triumphant trot around the Citi Field diamond Friday night were the byproduct of the swing that lifted the Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Mets. It was a swing the left fielder and his team dearly needed.
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Polanco exits with injuries after awkward slide

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Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco exited Friday’s game against the Marlins at PNC Park during the sixth inning due to left knee and left shoulder discomfort.
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Double up: Tellez hits 2 more 2Bs, extends mark

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Rowdy Tellez is apparently starting to make the Daily Double part of his regular routine. Tellez made Major League history for the second consecutive game on Friday night and it had everything to do with his prowess for extra-base hits. If four doubles in his first two career games wasn’t enough, Tellez added a couple of more on Friday.
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Tellez sets MLB mark with doubles in first 3 PAs

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Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez made Major League history on Thursday night by becoming the first player to record extra-base hits in each of his first three plate appearances.
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Mejia hits 1st 2 MLB HRs in 1st SD start for win

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Francisco Mejia hit his first two Major League homers in his first two at-bats on Thursday to power the Padres to a win in the series opener vs. the Reds. Both of Mejia’s homers came against Reds starter Luis Castillo, who allowed a career-high three home runs. Hunter Renfroe hit his 20th homer for San Diego, which got four shutout innings and eight strikeouts from starter Eric Lauer. Scott Schebler and Mason Williams homered for Cincinnati.
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Lindor rakes as Tribe trims magic number to 7

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Francisco Lindor hit a pair of homers, including his seventh leadoff jack this season to tie a club record, and his two-run single in a three-run fifth helped the Indians trim their magic number to seven for the American League Central title. Blue Jays rookie Rowdy Tellez set a Major League mark by logging doubles in his first three plate appearances with two more against the Tribe.
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Dyson to undergo season-ending surgery

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Jarrod Dyson knew that he was risking further injury if he continued to try to come back this year, but the D-backs outfielder was not ready to give up. However, Dyson re-injured his lower core, the same issue that he sustained last year, and will undergo season-ending surgery next week.
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Blue Jays bust out against Rays in lopsided win

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The Blue Jays needed six hits to snap a dubious streak against the Rays, and they ended up getting that and more in the first inning. After Tyler Glasnow allowed RBI singles to Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales, Aledmys Diaz put the exclamation point on a seven-run first with a three-run homer. Devon Travis added two hits and an RBI in the opening frame. Kevin Kiermaier was a bright spot for Tampa Bay with two homers, but the rest of the Rays’ offense was unable to generate runs in a lopsided loss to the Blue Jays.
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Phillies fall flat in finale, unable to gain ground

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The Phillies watched the Braves fold in incredible fashion Wednesday afternoon, but they could not take advantage of a remarkable opportunity to gain ground in the National League East standings Wednesday night in a 2-1 loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park.
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Alcantara stymies Phillies in return to Majors

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Prospect Sandy Alcantara pitched seven-plus scoreless innings in his second big league start as the Marlins captured the series over the Phillies. Fellow rookie Austin Dean drove in both of Miami’s runs. Philadelphia, chasing Atlanta in the National League East, stranded two runners in the ninth inning.
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Ohtani homers after TJ surgery recommended

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The Angels have recommended that two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani undergo Tommy John surgery after an MRI exam on Wednesday revealed new damage in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right pitching elbow.
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Kiermaier keeps pounding Jays with 2 HRs

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Kevin Kiermaier’s bat is heating up. Wednesday night he delivered with two home runs against the Blue Jays. His previous multi-home run game came on Aug. 23, 2017, against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Both came against right-hander Marcus Stroman.
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KC's Phillips exits after crashing into wall

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Royals left-hander Danny Duffy left Tuesday’s game in the first inning after facing seven batters, and right fielder Brett Phillips left the game in the third inning, an inning after crashing into the right-field wall.
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Surging Rays blank Jays for 4th straight win

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The Rays kept up their winning ways thanks to opportunistic hitting and great pitching. Tampa Bay scratched across a run in the third on a groundout by Mallex Smith, and they tacked on three more runs in the seventh, with Ji-Man Choi delivering a crucial pinch-hit RBI double. Ryan Borucki acquitted himself well for Toronto, allowing two runs on just three hits in six-plus innings, but the Blue Jays’ bats were stifled by the Rays, who sent out seven pitchers in the shutout victory.
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Ohtani clubs first homer of season off lefty

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Shohei Ohtani collected his first career home run off a left-hander on Tuesday night, launching a solo shot off Mike Minor in the sixth inning of the Angels’ game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
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Wil Myers contrite over online remarks on Green

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Padres slugger Wil Myers has apologized for an online video in which he’s heard criticizing manager Andy Green for holding extra defensive drills before a game last week.
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Monday's top prospect performers

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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.
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Crew walks off; should Bryant have gone home?

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Mike Moustakas took a tying four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, and National League Player of the Week Christian Yelich legged out an RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the ninth to finish a seesaw win over the Cubs, 4-3, that boosted the Brewers’ hopes in the NL Central.
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Rockies rally late, move into tie for 1st with LA

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Pinch-hitter Noel Cuevas hit a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth to lift the Rockies over the Giants on Monday at Coors Field. The win moved Colorado into a tie for first in the National League West with the Dodgers. The Rockies led for most of the game as Trevor Story slugged two homers and drove in five off Madison Bumgarner. The Giants chipped away and received back-to-back pinch-hit homers from Alen Hanson and Chris Shaw in the eighth to put them ahead, 8-7, before Colorado rallied.
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Wild Card race gets wilder as A's top Yankees

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The A’s bested the Yankees in the first installment of a potential Wild Card Game preview Monday afternoon. Trevor Cahill wasn’t his sharpest in the early goings, but neither was his counterpart, and the A’s took advantage, tagging CC Sabathia for five runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings in a crucial 6-3 win at the Coliseum, which pulled the A’s within 3 1/2 games of the Yankees for the top American League Wild Card spot.
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Acuna ties Braves' record for leadoff HRs

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Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. has put together a special rookie season, and with another leadoff home run on Sunday, it became record-tying.
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Ohtani returns to mound amid Ruthian season

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Shohei Ohtani made his first start since June 6 on Sunday night in Houston, making the Angels two-way sensation the only player besides Babe Ruth to start 10 games and hit at least 10 home runs in the same season.
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Lowe, Wendle lead Rays to series win vs. Tribe

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Brandon Lowe homered for the second consecutive game and established career highs of three hits and three RBIs on Sunday, leading the red-hot Rays to a win over Cleveland at Progressive Field. Joey Wendle filled a highlight reel of defensive plays and added two hits and RBI in the victory, and C.J. Cron hit his 26th home run. Melky Cabrera had two RBIs for the Indians, who scored three in the ninth inning.
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Syndergaard nails down first career CG

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Last week in Chicago, Noah Syndergaard crept out of the clubhouse early to work on his form. In the shallow outfield grass at Wrigley Field, Syndergaard played a game of catch, slowing things down as he exaggerated every motion. His work appeared to pay immediate dividends. Returning to the mound Sunday at AT&T Park, Syndergaard pitched his first complete game of his career, delivering easily his best start of the year in a win over the Giants.
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Hollywood sequel! Kemp gives LA West lead

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The Dodgers moved back into sole possession of first place in the seesaw National League West on Sunday with another stunning win over the D-backs on Sunday, a 3-2 walk-off on another game-winner by Matt Kemp against Archie Bradley, this time a two-run double.
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Braves storm back with 4-run 8th to down Bucs

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The Braves were in a small offensive skid to start their homestand with three straight losses of three runs or fewer. Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman did their best to change that on Saturday night. Following yet another strong outing from starter Kevin Gausman, the Braves stormed back against the Pirates’ bullpen to pull off a 5-3 win at SunTrust Park.
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E-Rod excellent in 12-K return, as Red Sox roll

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Red Sox manager Alex Cora wasn’t exactly certain what he would get out of Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday night. It didn’t take long for Rodriguez to give Cora his answer. In his first Major League start since July 14, Rodriguez struck out a season-high 12 hitters and began his outing with four perfect innings against the White Sox en route to a 6-1 victory at Guaranteed Rate Field .
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Bryant's return sparks Cubs in win over Phils

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For the first time since late July, the Cubs’ lineup looked more complete with the return of Kris Bryant. Back after missing more than a month because of a sore left shoulder, Bryant doubled in the third inning to help set up Kyle Schwarber’s two-run triple, and Ian Happ added a solo home run in the Cubs’ victory on Saturday night over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
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Newest Dodgers get right into action

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World Series-winning veterans David Freese and Ryan Madson wasted no time before joining the Dodgers after their Friday acquisitions, Freese starting at first base and Madson ready for bullpen duty in Saturday night’s game against the D-backs.
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Yankees unsure when Chapman may return

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Aroldis Chapman has had two platelet-rich plasma injections in his ailing left knee, and though the Yankees expect him to resume playing catch shortly, general manager Brian Cashman said there is no guarantee that the closer will return this season.
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Crew makes moves, then rides 3 HRs to victory

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After acquiring pitching help in Gio Gonzalez and Xavier Cedeno, Travis Shaw, Erik Kratz and Jesus Aguilar went deep as the Brewers beat the Nationals in the series opener. Jhoulys Chacin allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings, while Tanner Roark gave up the three homers over six frames. Washington left the bases loaded in the ninth.
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Fired-up Yanks rally for win after Boone tossed

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Aaron Boone’s ejection preceded a midgame fireworks show by his hitters, as Brett Gardner homered to break up Jordan Zimmermann’s no-hit bid before Aaron Hicks and Miguel Andujar cracked back-to-back homers. After another lead change, Gleyber Torres’ hit highlighted an eighth-inning rally that lifted the Yankees to a 7-5 victory over the Tigers.
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Donaldson traded to Indians ahead of deadline

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Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has been traded to the Indians, sources told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Friday night. It wasn’t immediately clear what Toronto will be receiving in the deal, which was first reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. Tonight at 11:59 ET is the deadline for clubs to acquire players who will be eligible to join postseason rosters.
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Kluber blanks TB, wins 17th; Edwin hits 29th HR

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Corey Kluber turned in a vintage performance, blanking the Rays over seven innings in a victory for the American League Central-leading Tribe at Progressive Field on Friday. Kluber scattered two hits and struck out eight, outdueling Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who flirted with a no-hitter. Glasnow allowed a single in the fifth and a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the seventh, the only two hits he allowed in seven innings.
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Cards soar past Bucs for 10th straight series win

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John Gant threw 5 2/3 shutout innings and hit back-to-back homers with Harrison Bader to send St. Louis to its 10th straight series win. Both of Gant’s career hits have been home runs. Pirates starter Joe Musgrove opened the game with 21 straight strikes, but ran into trouble the second time through the order, and the Bucs’ bats were anemic, stranding 10 men.
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All he does is hit HRs … and he's a pitcher

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Two weeks after snapping a homerless stretch that dated back to his high school days, Cardinals starting pitcher John Gant tallied his second career home run on his second career hit to give the Cards a 2-0 cushion over the Pirates in the third inning on Thursday.
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Yelich completes cycle with game-tying triple

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In the midst of perhaps the hottest streak of his career, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich reached a historic milestone on Wednesday night against the Reds, completing the second cycle in the Majors this season with a seventh-inning triple that tied the game at 10.
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