Professional baseball

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers in the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
September 21, 2018 - 11:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Boston Red Sox went 86 years between World Series titles, and are now on the cusp of eclipsing an even older milestone. Sam Travis and Tzu-Wei Lin hit their first major league home runs and the Red Sox tied a team record more than a century old with their 105th win, beating the...
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran works against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 21, 2018 - 11:25 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Baby Braves are all grown up. It's almost time to celebrate. With another gutty performance that pushed Atlanta to the brink of its first NL East title since 2013, the Braves bounced back from Ronald Acuna Jr.'s defensive blunder with a five-run seventh inning that carried them...
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
September 21, 2018 - 10:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — No pitcher ever has put together a season quite like Jacob deGrom's 2018 for the New York Mets. The 23 consecutive quality starts are a record. So are the 28 starting assignments in a row allowing three runs or fewer. The 1.77 ERA isn't too shabby, either. And he might just wind...
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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell flips a baseball in the dugout in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, following fresh allegations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 21, 2018 - 7:41 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wife. Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister watches from the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers fired Banister on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike Stone, File)
September 21, 2018 - 7:34 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister on Friday after the team stumbled to its first consecutive losing records in 10 years following AL West titles in each of his first two seasons. Texas announced the move with 10 games left in Banister's fourth season, and general...
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Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor fields a ball hit by Chicago White Sox's Omar Narvaez during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Cleveland. Narvaez was out at first. (AP Photo/Tom E. Puskar)
September 21, 2018 - 1:50 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: BACK ON THE BUMP Trevor Bauer returns to the mound for AL Central champion Cleveland when the Indians host Boston in a potential playoff preview. Bauer has been sidelined with a broken right leg since he was struck by a line drive off the bat of...
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Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, center, celebrates with teammates after they clinched the AL East title Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York. The Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 11-6. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
September 21, 2018 - 12:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting on Alex Cora's desk in the visiting manager's office at Yankee Stadium were two bottles of chilled champagne and a handwritten note congratulating him. After waiting a couple of days, the Boston Red Sox finally got to break out the bubbly in the Bronx. Mookie Betts and the...
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Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Matt Duffy (5) steals second base past Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (13) during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 20, 2018 - 9:34 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak homered with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 9-9 victory over Tampa Bay on Thursday night, dealing a blow to the Rays' wild-card playoff hopes. Smoak hit his 25th homer of the season and third career walk-off blast. Sergio Romo (3-4) blew his...
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New York Yankees' Luke Voit watches his two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 20, 2018 - 8:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Voit and the New York Yankees have set two home run records with one swing of the bat. The brawny first baseman hit a two-run shot to straightaway center field in the second inning Thursday night against Boston, giving the Yankees a major league-record 12 players with at least...
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Oakland Athletics' Marcus Semien hits a double to drive in three runs against the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
September 20, 2018 - 7:28 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — With a postseason berth within their sights, the Oakland Athletics are leaving nothing to chance. Marcus Semien had three hits and a career-high five RBIs, Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in four runs and the Oakland Athletics hammered the Los Angeles Angels 21-3 on...
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