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World Team Touki Toussaint, of the Atlanta Braves works against the U.S. Team during the eighth inning All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh)
July 16, 2018 - 12:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Touki Toussaint was about to settle down for his pregame nap when Atlanta Braves director of player development Dom Chiti called. "When I saw his name pop up, I did kind of get nervous," Toussaint said. "You see that name pop up, you're like, 'Oh, snap.'" Chiti was calling earlier...
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CORRECTS DATE Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester delivers to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
July 15, 2018 - 9:08 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs are on top of the National League at the All-Star break. Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Cubs beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 7-4 on Sunday for a three-game series sweep. Chicago closed out a 4-...
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Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier (2) is greeted at home base by teammates Eddie Rosario, Ehire Adrianza and Mitch Garver (23) after Dozier hit a grand slam home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Andriese in the tenth inning during a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Twins defeated the Rays 11-7. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
July 15, 2018 - 9:05 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier wrapped up a wild back-and-forth finish with the game-winning grand slam for Minnesota. After 3½ months of setbacks and slumps, the Twins finally have some momentum heading into the All-Star break. Dozier drove in five runs for the Twins, including the slam in the...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez, right, and Matt Kemp, left, celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
July 15, 2018 - 8:54 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has returned to form since coming off the disabled list and the Los Angeles Dodgers are leading the NL West after a disappointing start to the season. They can't wait for the second half. "Now it's kind of a sprint to the finish," Kershaw said. "We like where we'...
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World Team Manager David Ortiz (34) speaks with U.S. Team Manager Torrii Hunter, before the All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 15, 2018 - 8:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — David Ortiz drew so many pals and well-wishers, it took him nearly three minutes just to climb a few dugout steps. He then swung behind the batting cage, gave Vladimir Guerrero a playful pat, and spotted another Hall of Famer along the first base side. "What's goin' on, Papi?" a...
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Colorado Rockies' Gerardo Parra, front, hugs Trevor Story (27) who crosses home plate after hitting a solo walkoff home run off Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Nick Vincent in the ninth inning of an interleague baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
July 15, 2018 - 8:22 pm
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story tuned up for the All-Star Game with one memorable swing. Story led off the ninth inning with his 20th homer, and the Colorado Rockies completed a series sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 4-3 victory on Sunday. "It was awesome. That's what you dream of, for sure," said...
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Oakland Athletics' Stephen Piscotty swings for an RBI-single off San Francisco Giants' Andrew Suarez in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
July 15, 2018 - 8:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With a 21-6 record since mid-June, the Oakland Athletics are storming into the All-Star break on quite a roll. Their ace is pitching like he was earlier in the season and they're continuing to hit home runs on the road at a sizzling rate. Stephen Piscotty went deep for the...
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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera, right, and catcher Jamie Burke celebrate after the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in New York. The Nationals defeated the Mets 6-1. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 15, 2018 - 7:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dave Martinez picked the right moment for Daniel Murphy. The first-year manager is hoping for more big plays for Washington in the final part of the season. Murphy drove in two runs against his former team with a pinch-hit single in Washington's five-run seventh inning, helping the...
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Chicago White Sox's Daniel Palka celebrates his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)
July 15, 2018 - 6:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Although the White Sox head into the All-Star break with nearly twice as many losses as wins, the players remain optimistic. Sunday certainly provided a reason for hope. Daniel Palka and Yoan Moncada homered, and Lucas Giolito tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning, lifting...
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Pittsburgh Pirates starter Joe Musgrove (59) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
July 15, 2018 - 6:28 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — One late-inning rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors in nearly a dozen years. With two men on and...
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