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Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce celebrates his two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
August 02, 2018 - 8:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — When Steve Pearce's third homer of the game clanged off the light tower above the Green Monster, a few fans behind home plate tossed their caps onto the field to celebrate his first career hat trick. When he came to the plate in the eighth for his final at-bat, he received a standing...
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Archer, newly acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays, talks with reporters at PNC Park after a long toss workout before a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
August 02, 2018 - 8:33 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: MORE THAN A RENTAL Chris Archer makes his first start for the Pirates in what the team hopes could be the beginning of a long and productive stint in Pittsburgh. The Pirates acquired Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays ahead of Tuesday's non-waiver...
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Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout (27) gets tagged out by Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy while trying to steal third base during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
August 02, 2018 - 12:57 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout missed Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays because of a bruised right wrist. Trout got hurt while sliding during a stolen base attempt of third in the first inning of Wednesday night's 7-2 defeat to the Rays. "When I slid into...
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Boston Red Sox's Ian Kinsler looks back as he rounds second base while advancing on a pick-off attempt during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, July 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
August 01, 2018 - 11:19 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: DEPLETED RIVALRY The Yankees and Red Sox open a four-game series at Fenway Park with the two best records in the majors, but minus key players. Chris Sale, who tops the big leagues in strikeouts and leads the AL in ERA, had been scheduled to start...
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Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman hits a home run during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 25-4. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 01, 2018 - 6:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Offense is on the rebound in Major League Baseball. After a historic drop during the season's first three months that concerned the sport's leadership, the big league batting average in July was .255, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, raising the season's average from .246 to ...
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray, left, reacts as he leaves the game during the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in New York. The Orioles won 7-5. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
August 01, 2018 - 5:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Booed as he walked off the Yankee Stadium mound in the third inning, Sonny Gray smiled. A few moments later, third base coach Phil Nevin screamed at players in the New York dugout. The Yankees headed to their four-game series at Fenway Park after perhaps their worst performance this...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tommy Milone throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 01, 2018 - 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As he slogged through a season at Triple-A Syracuse that didn't appear to be leading anywhere, Tommy Milone started rediscovering the control that made him a reliable starter in the majors. Now, the 31-year-old left-hander is pitching meaningful games for a team trying to get back...
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FILE - This Oct. 15, 2015, file photo shows the exterior of Harrah's Resort Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J. Harrah’s casino plans to start taking sports bets at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, two days after its sister property, Bally’s, did. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry, File)
August 01, 2018 - 10:58 am
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Frank Sinatra impersonator asked Luck to be a lady as he bet on the New York Yankees on Wednesday and an Elvis impersonator thanked the clerk very much for handing him a similar bet slip as Harrah's became the fourth Atlantic City casino to offer sports betting. The...
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August 01, 2018 - 4:05 am
Most people who collect sports cards when they are kids usually end up storing them in boxes for years and years. That's where they stay until something prompts the desire to go through them. For a 76-year-old man from New Jersey who asked to be identified only by his first name, John, it was...
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New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes pitches in relief during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. The Nationals won 25-4. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 31, 2018 - 11:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets have been searching for any reason to smile during a miserable season. This laugher wasn't exactly what they had in mind. In the highest-scoring game in Nationals franchise history, Daniel Murphy hit two early home runs and Washington kept pouring it on against...
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