Professional baseball

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, watches his two-run home run with Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, left, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
August 18, 2019 - 8:33 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Griffin Canning had never been caught by fellow rookie Anthony Bemboom. Maybe Sunday was the start of a productive partnership. Canning had perhaps the best start of his career, going seven innings and allowing just one run, and Bemboom hit his first homer in the majors to...
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New York Mets' Pete Alonso hits a solo home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Jacob Barnes during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
August 18, 2019 - 7:49 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pete Alonso wasn't even sure he was going to make the New York Mets' opening day roster, so even he never could have imagined the incredible season he's having. The burly first baseman hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a late outburst...
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Boston Red Sox's Rafael Devers, right, follows through on an RBI double in front of Baltimore Orioles' Chance Sisco during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
August 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Standing in the middle of Boston's clubhouse answering questions, a baby-faced Rafael Devers found himself immersed in Red Sox history. Devers went 4 for 5 with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs to reach 101 this season, and Boston rallied from an early six-run deficit for a 13-7...
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Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. tosses his glove after losing a three-run home run by Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
August 18, 2019 - 6:29 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. says he had never before failed to hustle out of the batter's box. Braves manager Brian Snitker made a bold move to make sure it never happens again with the 21-year-old All-Star outfielder. With Acuña banished for styling instead of sprinting, Rafael Ortega stepped...
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Washington Nationals' Juan Soto celebrates his home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
August 18, 2019 - 5:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals matched a team record with eight home runs — including two by Juan Soto — in a 16-8 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday as Washington took two of three from a fellow contender in the NL playoff race. Matt Adams and Victor Robles hit back-to-back homers in the...
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Cleveland Indians' starting pitcher Mike Clevinger winds up during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
August 18, 2019 - 5:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Clevinger struck out 10 in five shutout innings, Mike Freeman had three extra-base hits and the Cleveland Indians tamed the New York Yankees 8-4 Sunday for a four-game split between AL pennant contenders. A day after manager Aaron Boone and two other Yankees were ejected for...
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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning a baseball game in Toronto, Sunday Aug. 18, 2019. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)
August 18, 2019 - 5:04 pm
TORONTO (AP) — After watching his team use seven pitchers Saturday, Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi wanted to give the bullpen a break. His first big league shutout fit the bill perfectly. Kikuchi needed just 96 pitches to complete a two-hitter Sunday that led the Mariners over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-0,...
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jack Flaherty (22) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
August 18, 2019 - 4:51 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer, Tommy Edman added a solo shot among his three hits and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Sunday to split their four-game series. Jack Flaherty's scoreless streak was snapped at 23 innings, but he allowed only one run...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Ji-Man Choi celebrates his two-run walk-off single off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Jimenez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
August 18, 2019 - 4:50 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ji-Man Choi's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth completed a rally from a late three-run deficit and gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Rays trailed 4-1 after seven before coming back with two in the eighth and then the winning hit...
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Tampa Bay Rays' Ji-Man Choi gets doused after his walk-off two-run single off Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Jimenez during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
August 18, 2019 - 4:48 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ji-Man Choi's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth completed a rally from a late three-run deficit and gave the Tampa Bay Rays a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. The Rays trailed 4-1 after seven before coming back with two in the eighth and then the winning hit...
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