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Houston Astros Yuli Gurriel pours candy near the mouth of Jake Marisnick, who had hit a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
August 04, 2018 - 11:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Astros are doing more than just getting by without injured Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Josh Reddick's three-run homer highlighted Houston's seven-run eighth, and the Astros routed the Dodgers 14-0 to hand Los Angeles its biggest shutout loss at home in 95 years Saturday...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Roberto Osuna throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during a baseball game in Baltimore. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has met privately with the team’s owner and general manager ahead of Osuna being activated following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Hinch says Osuna will join the Astros in Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 5, and be activated for the series finale against the Dodgers. The Astros acquired the right-handed reliever from the Blue Jays at the trade deadline this week. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 04, 2018 - 10:55 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch met privately with the team's owner and general manager on Saturday, a day ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna's activation following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Hinch discussed the matter with owner...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
August 04, 2018 - 10:45 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. will head back to Houston to have his right elbow examined after leaving his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of discomfort Saturday night. The right-hander gave up two hits in four innings, struck out five and walked two before departing with a 1...
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Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto yells to the Washington Nationals' dugout as he walks off the field during the eighth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Washington. Votto was hit by a pitch after Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper and Spencer Kieboom were hit by pitches. The Nationals won 6-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 04, 2018 - 9:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper got hit by a pitch and soon left the field. Then Reds star Joey Votto got hit and immediately went off — on the Nats. The second game of a doubleheader turned testy Saturday night after a pair of former NL MVPs got plunked during Washington's 6-2 win...
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 04, 2018 - 8:08 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber appears to be over whatever was making him look ordinary. The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout this season and new arrival Leonys Martin homered again for Cleveland, leading the Indians to a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels...
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Boston Red Sox's Nathan Eovaldi pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
August 04, 2018 - 3:57 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi pitched eight dominant innings and closer Craig Kimbrel held on during a shaky ninth to help the Boston Red Sox beat the second-place Yankees for the third game in a row and expand their lead in the AL East to season-high 8½ games with a 4-1 victory on Saturday. One...
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New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak, left, talks with catcher Devin Mesoraco during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 in New York.the Braves won 2-1. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
August 04, 2018 - 12:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans struggling with their team's lousy season now have somewhere to cope besides sports talk radio. An online mental health marketplace is giving free, confidential therapy sessions to Flushing faithful who fill out a form asking for their most difficult moments as...
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Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano (22) celebrates after making the game winning hit against the Detroit Tigers in the 13th inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 04, 2018 - 12:29 am
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ramon Laureano reached his hands out to each side and knew he had his first major league hit at last, a big one at that to end the game. Laureano somehow forced himself to relax with the game on the line and two outs in the 13th inning, having already failed at the plate four...
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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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