Professional baseball

Fans try to catch a two-run home run ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt as Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger looks on during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
June 18, 2018 - 3:58 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt each hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help the San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep at Los Angeles with a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday. Hundley got the Giants going early with a homer in the...
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Atlanta Braves' Ender Inciarte, right, hugs to Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
June 18, 2018 - 3:09 am
On the morning of June 18 two years ago, the Atlanta Braves were 21-46. Now they're atop the NL East. Atlanta has turned its stocked farm system into a major league contender faster than expected, and after Sunday's 4-1 win over San Diego, the Braves lead second-place Washington by 3 1/2 games. At...
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Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run to tie the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
June 18, 2018 - 2:31 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: HOT HOUSTON The Astros aim for their 12th straight victory, which would tie for the longest winning streak in franchise history set in 1999 and duplicated in 2004. Fresh off a 10-0 road trip to Texas, Oakland and Kansas City in which they...
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, June 17, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
June 18, 2018 - 12:53 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team's archrival from earning its first sweep in nearly eight years at Busch...
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June 17, 2018 - 8:59 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez left Sunday night's game against the Cardinals after being hit in the left elbow by a pitch from St. Louis starter Jack Flaherty in the top of the third inning. Baez, who leads the Cubs with 14 home runs, was replaced by Addison Russell. Chicago...
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Oakland Athletics' Jonathan Lucroy hits an RBI-single to drive in the winning run during the eleventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
June 17, 2018 - 8:56 pm
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy flied out in his first chance at getting the winning hit. The next time up, he didn't miss. Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and the Athletics capped their comeback Sunday with a 6-5 win over the Los...
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Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts hits a two-run home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Chasen Bradford during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
June 17, 2018 - 8:48 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Boston's offense showed why it is one of the best in baseball. Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts all homered and the Boston Red Sox routed the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Sunday. "Today we did an outstanding job finishing the game and we got the W," Red Sox manager...
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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo, left, celebrates with Jose Bautista after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
June 17, 2018 - 8:45 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — For the first time in nearly two months, the New York Mets have won two in a row. And they did it with style. "The way we won," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said, "is probably more significant than just getting a back-to-back win." Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera makes a leaping catch at the wall during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Phillies won 10-9. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
June 17, 2018 - 7:46 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco didn't know he'd be in Philadelphia's starting lineup until he arrived at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers likely wish he'd been on the bench. Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Phillies held off Milwaukee's ninth-inning rally for a 10-9 victory. "We didn...
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Detroit Tigers' JaCoby Jones, right, is tagged out by Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson after being picked off on a steal-attempt of second base during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
June 17, 2018 - 7:20 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Blaine Hardy was supposed to be a short-term starter while injured Tigers pitchers recovered. A string of solid outings by the veteran left-hander, though, has Detroit management reconsidering that plan. Nicholas Castellanos homered and Hardy pitched one-run ball into the sixth,...
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