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Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe watches his RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
August 16, 2018 - 12:09 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Lowe went through his first 100 minor league games this season without a clue of what a slump felt like. Tampa Bay's 24-year-old rookie got a quick dose of it in the majors. Wednesday night's starter, Jake Faria, even joked that Lowe was nearing Stephen Vogt's major league...
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, right, greets Todd Frazier (21) after Frazier scored on Kevin Plawecki's grand slam during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 15, 2018 - 11:58 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — The New York Mets enjoyed a memorable night in the midst of a season that's worth forgetting. Kevin Plawecki hit his first career grand slam during a nine-run sixth inning, Brandon Nimmo went 5 for 5 with three RBIs and the Mets breezed past the Baltimore Orioles 16-5 on Wednesday...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Wilson Ramos is doused by Odubel Herrera after the Phillies' 7-4 win in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 15, 2018 - 11:52 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Wilson Ramos became an instant favorite with his new team. Ramos had three extra-base hits and three RBIs, helping the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night in his first game wearing red pinstripes. The Phillies, who remained two games behind first...
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Cleveland Indians' Melky Cabrera, left, gets a hug from Yonder Alonso following Cabrera's a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Cody Reed during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
August 15, 2018 - 11:50 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The sight of Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton speeding home with the potential tying run didn't shake up Yonder Alonso. Cleveland's first baseman calmly fielded Joey Votto's bouncer and made a strong throw to catcher Roberto Perez, cutting down Hamilton for the first out of the ninth...
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Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts after being hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins' Jose Urena during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Atlanta. Both dugouts emptied and Urena was ejected. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 15, 2018 - 11:45 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna's chance to extend his three-game streak of leadoff homers was put on hold when the Marlins' Jose Urena hit him with his first pitch on Wednesday night, triggering a melee that led to benches and bullpens for Atlanta and Miami emptying twice. Urena and Braves manager...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Marcell Ozuna is congratulated by teammates after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
August 15, 2018 - 11:34 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcell Ozuna homered and Austin Gomber tossed six shutout innings to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. St. Louis has won a season-high eight straight. The Cardinals, who are 18-9 since the All-Star break, captured their...
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Atlanta Braves' Dansby Swanson is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins in a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 15, 2018 - 10:39 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was hit by a pitch before he could take the Marlins deep again, but Dansby Swanson filled the power void for Atlanta, hitting a two-run homer that led the Braves to a 5-2 win over Miami on Wednesday. Acuna, who had hit leadoff homers in the last three...
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Seattle Mariners' Dee Gordon watches a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the 12th inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
August 15, 2018 - 8:12 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Dee Gordon doesn't have many home runs this season. Two to be exact. So when Seattle's light-hitting utility player muscled up in the 12th inning, he celebrated by kissing both biceps as he stood in the dugout after crossing home plate. It was a good-natured gesture toward a...
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FILE - This is a 2018 file photo showing pitcher Jimmy Nelson of the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team. The Brewers are casting doubt on Jimmy Nelson's chances of returning this season. Nelson had shoulder surgery in September after he got hurt diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. "Jimmy pitching for us this year is unlikely," manager Craig Counsell said before Wednesday's, Aug. 15, 2018, game against the Chicago Cubs. "And that's not due to a setback of any nature. That's just due to the pace of his rehab right now. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
August 15, 2018 - 7:22 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are casting doubt on Jimmy Nelson's chances of returning this season. Nelson had shoulder surgery last September after he got hurt diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. It was a tough conclusion to a breakout year for the right-hander, who...
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Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, right, celebrates with David Bote after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
August 15, 2018 - 7:19 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — It's purely about the math for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs. A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage, and that was all that mattered Wednesday. Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee...
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