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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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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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