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Houston Astros' Martin Maldonado hits a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Maldonado's 3-run shot leads Astros over Giants 5-1

Aug. 12, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Martín Maldonado hit a three-run home run to back a strong start by Zack Greinke and help the Houston Astros to a 5-1 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. The game was tied with no outs in the sixth when Carlos Correa, Kyle Tucker and Abraham Toro hit consecutive...

Kansas City Royals' Trevor Rosenthal (40) reacts with catcher Salvador Perez (13) after a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The Royals won 5-4. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Salvador Perez has 3 more hits, hot Royals beat Reds 5-4

Aug. 12, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Bases loaded, one out, another close game on the verge of slipping away. The strain showed on Mike Matheny's face in the ninth inning — not that anyone could tell. Salvador Perez had three more hits, and Kansas City's bullpen barely held on for a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati...

Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joe Kelly (17) looks back at Houston Astros' Carlos Correa (1) after the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Houston. Both benches emptied during the exchange. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Joe Kelly's suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

Aug. 12, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal. Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of...

San Francisco Giants' Hunter Pence hits a three-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Crawford's RBI in 10th lifts Giants over Astros 7-6

Aug. 12, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The San Francisco Giants were confident that Hunter Pence would break out of his slump and get going this season. The 37-year-old finally did that in grand fashion on Tuesday night, and it helped the Giants rally for 7-6 a win over the Houston Astros in 10 innings. Brandon Crawford hit an...

Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano (22) charges the Houston Astros 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)

MLB: Astros coach receives 20-game suspension, Laureano six

Aug. 11, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón received a 20-game suspension and a fine Tuesday for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Oakland, while Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was given a six-game suspension and a fine. Cintrón’s suspension is the...

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo, the entrance to Sahlen Field, home of the Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate, in Buffalo, N.Y., is viewed. The Blue Jays will walk onto the field Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, as the host team for the first time in 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

LEADING OFF: Blue Jays debut in Buffalo; Clevinger out

Aug. 11, 2020 2:07 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ NEW DIGS Baseball's nomads, the Toronto Blue Jays, finally move into their new home at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, when they play the Miami Marlins. It'll be the first time this year the Blue Jays are the host team. Canada’s government...

Houston Astros' Lance McCullers Jr. throws against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

McCullers throws 7 scoreless, Astros beat Giants 6-4

Aug. 11, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — After a terrible road trip, Lance McCullers Jr. gave the Houston Astros just what they needed to get back on track Monday night. McCullers pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa drove in two runs each and the Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 6-4...

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo, the entrance to Sahlen Field, home of the Toronto Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate, in Buffalo, N.Y., is viewed. The Blue Jays will walk onto the field Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, as the host team for the first time in 2020. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)

LEADING OFF: Blue Jays debut in Buffalo; Clevinger out

Aug. 11, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday: ___ NEW DIGS Baseball's nomads, the Toronto Blue Jays, finally move into their new home at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, when they play the Miami Marlins. It'll be the first time this year the Blue Jays are the host team. Canada’s government...

Oakland Athletics' Ramon Laureano (22) charges the Houston Astros' dugout after being hit by a pitch thrown by Humberto Castellanos during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Laureano says Astros coach insulted mother, sparking fracas

Aug. 10, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Oakland outfielder Ramon Laureano says Houston Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday, and Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball. Laureano...

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 9:14 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...