Professional baseball

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
August 03, 2018 - 11:51 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a game dripping with World Series nostalgia, not everybody was willing to embrace the symbolism Friday after the Houston Astros earned a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Justin Verlander struck out 14 Dodgers and George Springer brought home two runs...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Eric Thames celebrates after hitting a three-run walk off home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Brewers won 5-3. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
August 03, 2018 - 9:10 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The first pitch Eric Thames swung at made him look foolish — a looping curveball that bounced at the plate. "I was like, 'OK, see the ball and trust whatever happens, happens,'" Thames said. Thames found what he was looking for, hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth...
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Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 03, 2018 - 8:58 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shohei Ohtani, who sometimes wows opponents with his pitching, put on a display with his bat. Ohtani hit two home runs in a game for the first time in the major leagues, had a career-high four hits and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Friday night...
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Blaine Hardy works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 03, 2018 - 8:43 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Detroit Tigers left-hander Blaine Hardy gave up Jed Lowrie's infield single to begin the seventh inning for the Athletics' first hit, ending a no-hit bid as the clubs opened a weekend series Friday night. Hardy had issued only a pair of walks to Matt Olson — the first on a 13...
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August 03, 2018 - 4:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora was ejected one pitch into the bottom of the first inning for arguing after an inside pitch to Mookie Betts. Both benches were warned when Luis Severino threw a fastball high and inside to Betts on his first pitch. In the top of the first, New York leadoff...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger hits a grand slam during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
August 02, 2018 - 11:35 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It took 56 years for Dodger Stadium to see a game like this. Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 on Thursday night. Brian Dozier and Justin Turner also went deep as Los...
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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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