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Los Angeles Dodgers' Gavin Lux, left, trips over Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters, center, as he scores on a single by Enrique Hernandez while home plate umpire Greg Gibson watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 21, 2019 - 2:46 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While the Dodgers were rallying during a fourth inning that took 41 minutes, Clayton Kershaw was inside tossing some pitches against the wall trying to stay loose. Manager Dave Roberts was inside, too, having been ejected early in the pivotal inning that propelled Los Angeles to...
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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna (23) leans into the ivy after catching a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 21, 2019 - 2:36 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: TEXAS ONE-STEP The Astros can clinch a third straight AL West title with a win over the Angels or a loss by Oakland. Houston has won six straight games and is already assured a postseason spot, and it's getting shortstop Carlos Correa in the swing...
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Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly throws to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
September 21, 2019 - 2:36 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Merrill Kelly is putting a strong finish on his rookie season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 30-year-old right-hander pitched seven dominant innings and Josh Rojas hit a three-run double in the seven-run eighth for the Diamondbacks, who beat the lackluster San Diego Padres 9-0...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. reacts after defeating the San Francisco Giants 6-0 in a baseball game to clinch the NL east baseball title Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 21, 2019 - 1:49 am
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title as Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy's last year as San Francisco manager. Acuña scored three runs to...
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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna (23) leans into the ivy after catching a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 21, 2019 - 1:01 am
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday: TEXAS ONE-STEP The Astros can clinch a third straight AL West title with a win over the Angels or a loss by Oakland. Houston has won six straight games and is already assured a postseason spot, and it's getting shortstop Carlos Correa in the...
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Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, right, hugs George Springer after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
September 21, 2019 - 12:50 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa returned to the dugout after hitting his second homer Friday night, beat his chest and twice repeated the words: "I'm back." Houston's star shortstop finally looks healthy after missing 80 games with various injuries this season, great news as the Astros inch closer to...
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Pete Alonso (20) de los Mets de Nueva York recorre las bases tras batear un jonrón ante los Rojos de Cincinnati, el viernes 20 de septiembre de 2019. (AP Foto/John Minchillo)
September 21, 2019 - 12:33 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pete Alonso felt going into the season that reaching 50 home runs was possible. Now that he's there, it's become hard to believe. New York's rookie first baseman hit his major league-leading 50th home run, Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball for seven innings and the Mets beat the...
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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Carlos Carrasco pumps his fist after the Indians defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 in a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
September 21, 2019 - 12:03 am
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians are thriving under the pressure of playoff-race baseball. Philadelphia? Not so much. Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and Cleveland beat the Phillies 5-2 Friday night to remain tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card at 91-63. Cleveland trails...
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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, celebrates with teammates at the end of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 20, 2019 - 11:53 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals are taking charge of the NL Central by grinding out tough, ugly wins. And bouncing back after absorbing some unpleasant blows. Molina overcame a painful foul tip to get three of St. Louis' four hits, including a two-run single, and the...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. celebrates as he leaves the field after defeating the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game to clinch the NL East baseball title Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 20, 2019 - 11:48 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman didn't care that his eyes kept tearing up from all the beer and champagne soakings. It seemed like every teammate stopped by to blast him, and he loved every minute of it. "This is the first step of hopefully a few celebrations to come," he said with a big, wet smile...
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