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Houston Astros' Martin Maldonado, right, celebrates with Alex Bregman (2) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Emilio Pagan in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 19, 2018 - 5:52 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Once they got behind closed doors in the clubhouse, the Houston Astros showered Justin Verlander with champagne. No, it wasn't for helping them avoid a sweep at the Coliseum. But that was a nice benefit, too. Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and...
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Chicago Cubs' Yu Darvish reacts after a pitch during the Great Lakes Loons at South Bend Cubs baseball game Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Ind. Darvish was on rehab assignment with the Class A affiliate of the major league team. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
August 19, 2018 - 3:47 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish lasted just one inning in his rehab start with Class A South Bend on Sunday, casting doubt on his availability for the rest of the year. Darvish, who has been sidelined by triceps and elbow injuries, shook his arm as he left the field...
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Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena begins to celebrate as he threw a complete baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
August 19, 2018 - 1:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jose Urena made the most of his borrowed time, pitching a two-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and leading the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 12-1 on Sunday. Urena (4-12) was suspended for six games by Major League Baseball after hitting Atlanta rookie...
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Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Dylan Floro reacts after being called for balk allowing the Seattle Mariners' Cameron Maybin to score from th third base during the tenth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won 5-4 in 10 innings. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
August 18, 2018 - 11:15 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Cameron Maybin scored with one out in the 10th inning when Los Angeles' Dylan Floro was called for a balk, giving the Seattle Mariners a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night. Seattle loaded the bases with one out, and with a one-strike count on Kyle Seager, Floro initiated his...
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San Diego Padres celebrate after Christian Villanueva, center right, hit a walk-off single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. The Padres won 7-6. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
August 18, 2018 - 9:45 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Christian Villanueva had a hard time walking, yet still managed to get a walk-off hit. Villanueva, who fouled a ball off his foot on Friday night, had a walk-off pinch-hit single in the ninth inning, and the San Diego Padres ended a five-game skid with a 7-6 win over the Arizona...
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
August 18, 2018 - 5:42 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jacob deGrom didn't take any chances of being lifted after a rain delay. Then, the New York Mets ace finished off one of his best performances of the year. DeGrom pitched his first complete game of the season and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.71, leading the Mets...
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Oakland Athletics pitcher Trevor Cahill works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 18, 2018 - 5:00 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics were an average team two months ago, a dozen games behind the Houston Astros and closer to the bottom of the AL West than the top. Well, look at the A's now. Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Athletics kept up their...
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August 18, 2018 - 3:02 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a story Aug. 18 about the game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Cubs matched San Francisco in 1969 and the Philadelphia Athletics in 1942 by turning seven double plays in a nine-inning game. The Cubs matched...
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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton watches his solo home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Sean Reid-Foley during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
August 18, 2018 - 2:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit one of New York's four homers, Luis Severino struck out eight in five innings and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 on Saturday. Didi Gregorius, Miguel Andujar and Greg Bird also connected as New York moved 31 games over .500, matching a season high...
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Former New York Yankees pitcher David Wells puts his hat on the 1998 World Series trophy during a ceremony honoring the team prior to a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
August 18, 2018 - 12:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada returned to the Bronx on Saturday for the New York Yankees' celebration of their 1998 World Series championship team. Darryl Strawberry and former manager Joe Torre also attended the ceremony before New York's game against the Toronto...
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