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LEADING OFF: Gausman brings bat, arm for NL West-leading SF

Sep. 21, 2021 02:14 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ PITCH AND POP Kevin Gausman returns to the mound — and plate — as he tries to help the Giants protect their lead in the NL West. Gausman (14-6, 2.78...

Braves ride big 5th inning to win, extend NL East lead

Sep. 21, 2021 02:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Austin Riley was smacking baseballs all around Chase Field on Monday night. Adam Duvall hit one so hard it left the yard by a long, long way. The Atlanta Braves have ridden the ups and downs of a playoff race for weeks now. It's safe to say this was...

Valdez, González, Maldonado send Astros past Angels 10-0

Sep. 21, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — With a well-rested Framber Valdez on the mound turning in one of his best performances in an outstanding season, the Houston Astros really didn't need all the runs they racked up on a blowout night at the Big A. Valdez pitched seven innings of...

Phillies' NL East-chase hindered in 2-0 loss to 100-loss O's

Sep. 21, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper gave the 96 mph fastball a deep ride that had a few thousand straggling fans that paid for $1 hot dogs and a pennant race standing in euphoria. Harper's ball landed 401 feet away in Baltimore center fielder Cedric Mullins's glove, the...

Seager's three RBIs help Mariners stop A's 5-game win streak

Sep. 21, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland's starting pitchers had been so dominant during this recent stretch until Kyle Seager and Seattle swung away and took it to Sean Manaea. Seager had a two-run double in the decisive third inning among his three hits and three RBIs, Mitch...

Sánchez homers, Yanks beat Rangers 4-3 to gain in wild card

Sep. 21, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Maligned for poor defense and a bat that failed to fulfill promise for long stretches, Gary Sánchez impresses the Yankees with resilience. With New York reeling after consecutive blowouts, Sánchez sparked a revival with an early go-ahead home run. Chad...

Shane Baz wins MLB debut, Rays cut Blue Jays' wild-card lead

Sep. 21, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane Baz pitched two-hit ball for five innings to win his major league debut and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays cut Toronto's lead in the wild-card chase, holding off the Blue Jays 6-4 on Monday night. Tampa Bay has a seven-game...

White Sox lose 4-3 to Tigers but close in on division crown

Sep. 20, 2021 23:10 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Rodón was pulled after a rocky third inning and the Chicago White Sox, closing in on the AL Central title, squandered a three-run lead in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Despite the defeat, Chicago's magic number to clinch the...

Perez breaks Bench's home run record; Royals sweep Indians

Sep. 20, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Salvador Perez hit his 46th home run, breaking Johnny Bench’s record for most by a catcher in a season to highlight the opener, then the Kansas City Royals completed a doubleheader sweep by beating the Cleveland Indians 4-2 Monday night. Perez hit a...

Former OF Gose flashes 100 mph heat for Indians, fans Perez

Sep. 20, 2021 22:36 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Formerly a fleet outfielder, Anthony Gose returned to the majors five years later Monday night as a rocket-armed reliever for the Cleveland Indians, flashing 100 mph heat and fanning Royals slugger Salvador Perez. Gose pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing...