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Yankees beat Angels 9-1, claim 1st AL East title since 2012

Sep. 19, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The resilient New York Yankees powered their way to the club's first AL East title since 2012, routing the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 Thursday night behind three RBIs each from old mainstay Brett Gardner and newcomer DJ LeMahieu. A day after wasting a chance to clinch first place, the...

Acuña hits 40th HR, Braves clinch tie for first in NL East

Sep. 19, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club. He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title. Acuña became the second-youngest player in baseball history to hit 40 homers in a season, Freddie Freeman also drove in two runs and the...

Flowers, Keuchel help Braves beat Phillies 3-1

Sep. 12, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dallas Keuchel made the Philadelphia Phillies look foolish for not calling him when he was available. Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer, Keuchel struck out eight in six innings and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 3-1 Wednesday night. The Braves reduced their magic...

Donaldson, Albies homer again, Braves win 9th straight

Sep. 8, 2019 2:07 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Brian McCann helped Houston win the World Series in 2017. He feels the same vibe with the streaking Atlanta Braves. "I think this series just showed we're a complete team," the veteran catcher said. "We can beat you in any phase of the game. We can beat you with speed. We can beat you with...

Fried's dominating performance leads Braves past Nats 4-2

Sep. 5, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried knew his night was about done. So, with the final pitch of the most dominating performance of his big league career, he unleashed a 96 mph fastball. "Just leave it all out there," Fried said. "If he got me, he got me." No worries. Juan Soto swung and missed. Strike three. Fried...

Camargo, Donaldson hit HRs as Braves beat Blue Jays 6-3

Sep. 2, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — With Bobby Cox in the house, the Atlanta Braves found instant extra motivation. Josh Donaldson and Johan Camargo hit two-run homers and Mike Soroka snapped a streak of eight starts without a win as the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Monday. The NL East-leading Braves have won five...

Freeman 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, Braves top Chisox for 4th win in row

Sep. 1, 2019 9:59 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman has no idea where he stands in the NL MVP conversation. He just knows he's producing big numbers on a team that keeps winning. "If I have to keep putting numbers up, I'll keep doing it," he said. "But I think we've got a pretty good team around me to take some pressure off."...

Fried, Flowers, Freeman power Braves past ChiSox 10-7

Aug. 31, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried is finding it easier this season to command his fastball now that he has opponents worried about his slider. "It was big," he said. "I thought my fastball command was really good, too, for most of the night. Just being able to locate to both sides, up and down, was working really...

Donaldson, Keuchel, Braves top Mets 2-1 for 8th win in row

Aug. 25, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Dallas Keuchel were playing T-ball back in the days when Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves began tormenting the New York Mets. They've picked up the tradition pretty quick. Donaldson hit two more home runs against the Mets, Keuchel pitched his best game of the season...

Hamilton, Braves outlast Mets 2-1 in 14 after deGrom shines

Aug. 24, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With Jacob deGrom and the Mets hard-throwing bullpen missing bats at a historic pace, the NL East-leading Braves were ready to win with small ball Friday night. That's exactly what Billy Hamilton is there for — although this first contribution wasn't exactly on script. Hamilton...