baseball

Jake Sheehan, 9, wears an Akron RubberDucks cap as he watches a minor league baseball game between Akron and the Bowie Baysox, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Akron, Ohio. Up in New England, there are yard goats. In the Deep South, there are spacebound raccoons. A wider scan of the American map reveals a menagerie of unlikely characters, from quarrelsome jumbo shrimp to aggrieved prairie dogs. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 21, 2019 - 11:05 pm
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — On a spring evening in eastern Pennsylvania, upon a bluff overlooking the Lehigh Valley, a carnival of baseball and pork products is at hand. From loudspeakers, swine-like sounds reverberate. Vendors roam the stands in clothing festooned with outsized strips of bacon. And yes...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich (22) celebrates with Lorenzo Cain (6) after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
April 21, 2019 - 11:05 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: DON'T PITCH TO HIM NL MVP Christian Yelich gets yet another chance to feast on St. Louis pitching when the Brewers visit Busch Stadium. The teams have already played seven times this season — Yelich has eight home runs and 19 RBIs in those...
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Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano jumps to catch a fly ball hit by Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
April 21, 2019 - 6:28 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics caught Justin Smoak early, ending a wild sequence that began with another eye-popping play by center fielder Ramon Laureano. But the A's couldn't totally stop Smoak and the Toronto Blue Jays, who finished off a three-game sweep with a 5-4 victory Sunday...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Kolten Wong, left, and teammate Yadier Molina celebrate after scoring past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, right, during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 21, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 21, 2019 - 5:32 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Noah Syndergaard has found his health, and even a little bit of luck at the plate, but he's still off to a vexing start to the season. Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs and Syndergaard hit a home run with Dexter Fowler's help, but he struggled on the mound as the St. Louis...
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New York Yankees' Austin Romine, right, is congratulated by teammates after hitting a walk off single during the tenth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
April 21, 2019 - 4:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Austin Romine and Clint Frazier, backups carrying the burden while most of the Bronx Bombers are out for repair, kept the Yankees from a devastating loss and boosted the injury-decimated team back to a winning record. On a day that began when Aaron Judge became the 13th New York...
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Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez hits a sacrifice fly ball to center field to knock in the game-winning run off Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jose Alvarado during the 11th inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 21, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Red Sox beat the Rays 4-3. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)
April 21, 2019 - 3:40 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Christian Vazquez hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning and the Boston Red Sox completed an uplifting three-game sweep of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays with a 4-3 victory Sunday. Rafael Devers singled off Jose Alvarado (0-2) to start the 11th and went to second...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh looks towards the outfield as Texas Rangers' Hunter Pence (24) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Mike Stone)
April 21, 2019 - 3:39 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo had the first sacrifice fly of his career in his 1,337th plate appearance and matched his best with five RBIs, helping Shelby Miller get his first major league victory in two years as the Texas Rangers held on to beat the Houston Astros 11-10 on Sunday. The Astros...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
April 21, 2019 - 3:36 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg walked off the field after a 1-2-3 eighth inning, and when his manager and teammates lined up in the dugout to punctuate his performance with a round of handshakes, he ignored them and made a beeline down the steps toward the clubhouse tunnel. Strasburg wanted to keep...
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Chicago Cubs' David Bote (13) reacts after hitting a walk off single during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
April 21, 2019 - 3:34 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — David Bote had to go. So he took matters into his own hands. Bote hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs used a terrific performance by Tyler Chatwood to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday. Moments after his fourth career game-ending RBI, Bote...
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Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, right, tips his helmet to fans after hitting an RBI double as Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham claps during the third inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. With that RBI, Pujols tied Babe Ruth for 5th place on the all-time RBI list with 1,992. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 20, 2019 - 10:58 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols was humbled after he caught and passed Babe Ruth on baseball's career RBI chart. Yet even the Los Angeles Angels slugger's 636th homer was no match for the Seattle Mariners' latest power display. Pujols passed Ruth with an early RBI double and a late solo homer...
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