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CORRECTS DATE - In this July 8, 2018 photo, Kaito Yuki poses for photographers at a press conference in Osaka, western Japan. Yuki is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization instead of attending high school in Japan. The team signed Yuki, a 16-year-old pitcher, out of junior high to a standard seven-year minor league contract Sunday. He is thought to be the first Japanese junior high school player to sign with a major league club. (Kyodo News via AP)
July 08, 2018 - 10:16 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kaito Yuki is headed to the Kansas City Royals organization instead of attending high school in Japan. The team signed Yuki, a 16-year-old pitcher, out of junior high to a standard seven-year minor league contract Sunday. He is thought to be the first Japanese junior high...
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Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, drops his bat as he hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
July 08, 2018 - 8:20 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani's pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning sent Andrew Heaney and the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Heaney allowed only three hits and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings to help the Angels take...
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Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
July 08, 2018 - 7:33 pm
Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL. Power in the center of power. A capital-sized All-Star Game. Baseball unveiled the rosters for its midsummer showcase Sunday...
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Chicago Cubs' fans celebrate after Jason Heyward scored on a two-run single by Javier Baez during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
July 08, 2018 - 5:32 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — In registering a string of comeback wins, the Cubs have come through with big hit after big hit late in games. On Sunday, they produced a rally without the benefit of a hit. David Bote drove in the game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning, lifting Chicago to a 6-5...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Nathan Eovaldi delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, July 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
July 08, 2018 - 4:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The weather was nearly perfect and so was Nathan Eovaldi. The right-hander retired his first 18 batters, C.J. Cron hit an early three-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays routed the New York Mets 9-0 on Sunday. "The fastball location was really there, and the cutter," Eovaldi said. "...
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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, right, is congratulated by Yuli Gurriel after hitting a home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 08, 2018 - 3:26 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's offense cooled off on Sunday after the Astros piled up 23 runs and 30 hits combined in their last two games. The Astros managed just three hits and two runs in the series finale against the White Sox, but it was just enough to get a 2-1 win to complete the four-game sweep...
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Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar leaps to avoid a pitch thrown by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 08, 2018 - 12:17 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar was not in the Kansas City Royals' lineup on Sunday for the first time since 2015 as the struggling club made a plethora of moves. Escobar had started 421 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors, before Royals manager Ned Yost benched him against...
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Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt celebrates with Nick Ahmed (13) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning during a baseball game, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
July 07, 2018 - 11:36 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Five home runs, 18 hits, 20 runs. The Arizona Diamondbacks have never had a better offensive night than they did Saturday against the San Diego Padres. David Peralta drove in three runs and matched his career best with five hits and the Diamondbacks set a single-game franchise...
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Washington Nationals Mark Reynolds rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 07, 2018 - 9:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Reynolds may have sent his manager toward a sleepless night. How is Dave Martinez supposed to rest when he's got to figure out whether Reynolds' career night earned him another start Sunday? "Well, I mean I'm going to sleep just fine. That's his problem," Reynolds joked...
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Atlanta Braves' Anibal Sanchez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
July 07, 2018 - 5:24 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anibal Sanchez abruptly ended Atlanta's season-long losing streak. Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh and Freddie Freeman added three hits, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. "I know the potential for this team to be in the...
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