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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez reacts after allowing a soft bunt-single by Texas Rangers' Carlos Tocci during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 11-4. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
August 09, 2018 - 10:38 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Seattle's Felix Hernandez has lost his spot in the rotation in the wake of his latest terrible start in a season filled with struggles. The right-hander, who threw a perfect game in 2012, will pitch out of the bullpen for the first time in his career. He's having the worst season of...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) talks with home plate umpire Nic Lentz (59) after being called for a balk during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
August 09, 2018 - 10:26 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander got pushed around by the Seattle Mariners early Thursday night, and then umpire Nic Lentz sent him off for an early shower. Certainly not what the former Cy Young and MVP Award winner had in mind for his first shot at career win No. 200. Seattle jumped on Verlander...
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Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) and pitcher Kenley Jansen (74) celebrate the team's 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
August 09, 2018 - 10:06 pm
DENVER (AP) — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen went to the hospital with an irregular heartbeat before a game Thursday against Colorado and will be sent back to Los Angeles for more tests. Manager Dave Roberts said after the Dodgers' 8-5 win that Jansen was at the hotel earlier in the day and didn't...
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New York Yankees' Miguel Andujar reacts as he heads down the third base line after hitting a two-run home run against the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
August 09, 2018 - 8:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton's teammates jumped out of the dugout, amazed at how fast the power hitter's latest homer sped into the Yankee Stadium seats. The Yankee slugger? Well, it was just another one in his ledger. Stanton hit the hardest homer ever measured by Major League Baseball's...
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Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts is congratulated in the dugout after scoring against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 8:26 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Mookie Betts has circled a few potential cycles in his young career, not surprising considering his rare combination of power and speed. Boston's AL MVP contender finally knocked that milestone off his list with his final swing Thursday night. Betts homered in the ninth inning to...
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Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 09, 2018 - 7:59 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: MOOKIE MANIA Mookie Betts tries to follow up his first career cycle when Boston opens a series at Baltimore. The AL MVP contender homered off Ken Giles in the ninth inning Thursday to complete his first career cycle, though the Red Sox still lost...
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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Fernando Rodney celebrates after the Twins defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 09, 2018 - 7:37 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from the Minnesota Twins. The A's sent minor league right-hander Dakota Chalmers to Minnesota on Thursday to complete the deal that adds more depth to Oakland's stellar bullpen. The 41-year-old Rodney is 3-2 with 25...
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Boston Red Sox'sRafael Devers high-fives with Eduardo Nunez after Devers hit a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 08, 2018 - 8:26 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The streaking Red Sox have had plenty to be pleased about in recent weeks. The return of Rafael Devers gave Boston one more reason to smile. Devers came off the disabled list and hit a two-run home run, Brian Johnson pitched a season-high seven innings to win his second straight...
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Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor, center, is welcomed by teammates after he hit a walk-off three-run home run against the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Cleveland. The Indians won 5-2. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
August 08, 2018 - 7:50 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor connected for a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning as the Cleveland Indians again moved 10 games ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central with a 5-2 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. Lindor, who struck out with the winning run at second base in the...
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August 08, 2018 - 6:50 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday: LOSING GROUND Struggling Seattle turns to ace James Paxton as it opens a series against AL West-leading Houston. The Mariners have lost seven of nine overall and three of Paxton's past four starts dating to July 7. Paxton (9-5, 3.51) will...
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