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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister watches from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers fired Banister on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, File)
September 21, 2018 - 5:34 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister on Friday after the team stumbled to its first consecutive losing records in 10 years following AL West titles in each of his first two seasons. Texas announced the move with 10 games left in Banister's fourth season, and general...
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Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor fields a ball hit by Chicago White Sox's Omar Narvaez during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. Narvaez was out at first. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
September 20, 2018 - 11:50 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK ON THE BUMP Trevor Bauer returns to the mound for AL Central champion Cleveland when the Indians host Boston in a potential playoff preview. Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right leg since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of...
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Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, center, celebrates with teammates after they clinched the AL East title Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York. The Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 11-6. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
September 20, 2018 - 10:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting on Alex Cora's desk in the visiting manager's office at Yankee Stadium were two bottles of chilled champagne and a handwritten note congratulating him. After waiting a couple of days, the Boston Red Sox finally got to break out the bubbly in the Bronx. Mookie Betts and the...
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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy (5) steals second base past Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (13) during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 8:38 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Tampa Bay's stirring September run took a sudden sour turn in Toronto. Justin Smoak homered with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays a 9-8 victory over the Rays on Thursday night, dealing a blow to Tampa Bay's wild-card playoff hopes. "This one definitely puts us in a...
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New York Yankees' Luke Voit watches his two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 20, 2018 - 6:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit and the New York Yankees have set two home run records with one swing of the bat. The brawny first baseman hit a two-run shot to straightaway center field in the second inning Thursday night against Boston, giving the Yankees a major league-record 12 players with at least...
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Oakland Athletics' Marcus Semien hits a double to drive in three runs against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
September 20, 2018 - 5:28 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a postseason berth within their sights, the Oakland Athletics are leaving nothing to chance. Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics hammered the Los Angeles Angels 21-3 on...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price walks on the mound as New York Yankees' Luke Voit runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
September 19, 2018 - 9:38 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — David Price has been pummeled over and over at Yankee Stadium. This time, it was Luke Voit's turn — with a big assist from the short right-field porch. Voit hit two homers off Price, Miguel Andujar popped another one barely into the right-field seats and the New York Yankees stalled...
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Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis watches his ball after hitting a game-winning grand slam off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Ian Hamilton in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, in Cleveland. Rajai Davis, Yan Gomes and Greg Allen scored on the play. The Indians won 4-1. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
September 19, 2018 - 7:56 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis hit a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 4-1 win over the Chicago White on Wednesday night. Kipnis hit a 3-2 pitch from Ian Hamilton into the right field seats for his 1,000th career hit and was doused with buckets of...
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 photo, friends hold a banner they found in Somerville, Mass., that proclaims the Boston Red Sox are the 2018 American League East Champions, though the team has not yet clinch the division. A Red Sox spokesman said the banner apparently fell off a vendor's delivery truck, and planned to send a courier to retrieve the banner Wednesday. (Ted Daniel/Boston 25 News via AP)
September 19, 2018 - 3:14 pm
SOMERVILLE, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year's American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled. Boston-area friends Louie Iacuzzi, James Amaral and Randy Baldasarri say they found the banner on a...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor gestures after hitting a walk-off solo home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
September 18, 2018 - 11:51 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor couldn't have picked a better time to launch his first career walk-off home run. He hit a high-arching, two-strike solo shot to left field in the 10th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies that extended Los Angeles' NL West lead to 1...
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