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Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers scuffle after Athletics' Ramon Laureano charged the dugout after being hit by a pitch thrown by Astros' Humberto Castellanos during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Astros, A's clear benches, empty seats; Oak wins 9th in row

Aug. 9, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros apparently were tired of playing nice. So following two quiet games at the Coliseum, true feelings seemed to come out and tempers flared Sunday, months after Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike...

Los Angeles Dodgers' A.J. Pollock, left, hits a three-run home run as San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Tyler Rogers, right, watches along with catcher Tyler Heineman, second from right, and home plate umpire Adam Hamari during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Pollock, Betts launch 3-run homers, Dodgers beat Giants 6-2

Aug. 9, 2020 8:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — AJ Pollock and Mookie Betts each hit a three-run homer, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Sunday. The Dodgers have won nine of 12, and they took two of three from their NL West rivals in the series. They've homered in 11 straight games, and their 29...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

AP source: Indians' Plesac sent home after protocol misstep

Aug. 9, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

Zach Plesac understood the importance of players behaving in order for baseball to have its season amid a global pandemic. He broke the rules anyway. The Indians sent Plesac back to Cleveland on Sunday in a rental car after the young right-hander violated team rules and Major League Baseball's coronavirus...

CORRECTS TO STARTING PITCHER - Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justus Sheffield throws against the Colorado Rockies in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Sheffield shuts down Rockies for 1st W as Mariners win 5-3

Aug. 9, 2020 8:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Justus Sheffield pitched six shutout innings for his first major league win, Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Sunday. Sheffield (1-2), one of three pitchers 24 or younger in the Mariners’ starting rotation, gave up four hits...

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich hits an RBI triple during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Brewers rally to beat Reds 9-3 for 1st home win

Aug. 9, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich and Milwaukee’s slumping hitters finally busted out, enabling the Brewers to earn their first home victory of the year. Yelich homered, tripled and drew a bases-loaded walk as the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-3 on Sunday to avoid their first 0-5 home start...

Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell puts his hands on his head after a fly ball by Texas Rangers' Nick Solak popped out of his glove and over the right field wall for a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

4-base error on ball over fence helps Rangers top Angels 7-3

Aug. 9, 2020 8:20 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jo Adell went back on a deep fly ball in the fifth inning Sunday. Looked like a fairly routine play — until it turned into anything but that. Adell was charged with a rare four-base error when the ball popped out of the rookie’s glove...

Kansas City Royals Hunter Dozier hits a two-run single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Dozier, Singer lead Royals over Twins 4-2 for 3-game sweep

Aug. 9, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first at-bat since testing positive for COVID-19, prized prospect Brady Singer earned his major league win and the Kansas City Royals swept the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday. The Royals won their fourth in a row overall. The Twins lost all...

Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano is restrained by Houston Astro's Dustin Garneau after Laureano charged the dugout after being hit by a pitch thrown by Humberto Castellanos in the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Astros, Athletics clear benches as rivals' tempers flare

Aug. 9, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Benches cleared during the seventh inning of the Astros-Athletics series finale Sunday, tempers flaring at last between the AL West rivals months after Houston's sign-stealing scandal was brought to light by Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers. Oakland's Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch from...

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera drives in Jonathan Schoop with a hit in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Cabrera's bat, Turnbull's arm help Tigers sweep Pirates 2-1

Aug. 9, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Spencer Turnbull pitched seven strong innings and Miguel Cabrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth as the Detroit Tigers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 on Sunday to sweep the three-game series. After the Tigers posted 17-13 and 11-5 wins at PNC Park, the finale turned into...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Strasburg's debut shaky; O's-Nats suspended by tarp issues

Aug. 9, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg's season debut was about to unravel in a five-run fifth inning Sunday, when he walked a batter and vigorously shook his right hand. Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez and a trainer exited the dugout to go check on the World Series MVP, who's had a nerve issue in...