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FILE - This is a July 4, 2020, file photo showing the Miami Marlins running drills during a baseball workout at Marlins Park in Miami. Marlins Park will have a new look for its 2020 season debut Friday, thanks to cozier dimensions and a switch to artificial turf. Also, the home team is in first place. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

LEADING OFF: Marlins home at last, Cole seeks 20th straight

Aug. 14, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: HOME AT LAST Miami finally gets to play its pandemic-delayed opener at Marlins Park, which has a new look for 2020 thanks to cozier dimensions and a switch to artificial turf. Also, there will be a first-place team in the home dugout when the Marlins...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits his third home run of a baseball game during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Betts ties MLB mark with 3 of Dodgers' 6 HRs in rout of Pads

Aug. 14, 2020 1:46 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts hit three home runs Thursday night — for the sixth time in his career. Now nobody's done it more often. Betts launched half of the season-high six long balls socked by the Los Angeles Dodgers during an 11-2 rout of the San Diego Padres. His sixth three-homer game...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Darvish takes no-hitter into 7th, Cubs beat Brewers 4-2

Aug. 14, 2020 12:54 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish knew his pitch count was climbing, but he wasn't exactly showing signs of fatigue, either. Darvish took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his third straight dominant start, and the major league-leading Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 on Thursday night. Darvish...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts hits his third home run of a baseball game during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Mookie Betts ties MLB mark with 6th career 3-homer game

Aug. 14, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts hit three home runs Thursday night for the sixth time in his career, matching a major league record held by Sammy Sosa and Hall of Famer Johnny Mize. The star outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers launched a two-run shot in the second inning against the San Diego Padres,...

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

Darvish's no-hit bid for Cubs broken up on HR in 7th inning

Aug. 13, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish's bid for a no-hitter ended when Justin Smoak homered off the Chicago Cubs pitcher with one out in the seventh inning to put the Milwaukee Brewers on the scoreboard Thursday night at Wrigley Field. Smoak connected on Darvish's 98th pitch, sending a shot to right field that...

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta walks to the dugout after being pulled during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Orioles beat Phillies 11-4, complete 3-game sweep

Aug. 13, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — These aren't the 100-loss Baltimore Orioles anymore. Pedro Severino and Rio Ruiz hit homers to back Thomas Eshelman and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-4 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. Eshelman (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings to...

FILE - In this June 30, 2017, file photo, John Mozeliak, right, newly named St. Louis Cardinals president of baseball operations, speaks during a news conference at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. St. Louis' series opener against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed to Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, giving the Cardinals an extra day to recover from a coronavirus outbreak. The Cardinals, who have not played since July 29, were set to resume their season Friday night in Chicago. But the series opener was pushed back to a doubleheader on Saturday, the beginning of an extended stay in the Windy City for the Cards. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, File)

Cardinals-White Sox opener pushed back to Saturday

Aug. 13, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis' series opener against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed to Saturday, giving the Cardinals an extra day to recover from a coronavirus outbreak. The Cardinals, who haven't played since July 29, were set to resume their season Friday night in Chicago. But the series opener was...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Moran (19) celebrates with teammate Bryan Reynolds (10) after hitting a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Pirates connect 3 times off DeSclafani, roll 9-6 over Reds

Aug. 13, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam Frazier hit the first of three homers off Anthony DeSclafani, who hasn't beaten Pittsburgh in his last seven tries, and the Pirates returned from a three-day layoff with a flourish, beating the Cincinnati Reds 9-6 Thursday night. Pittsburgh's three-game series in St. Louis was called...

FILE - In this July 31, 2020, file photo, San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. heads to the plate to lead off the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Tatis continues to shine as one of the baseball's bright young stars, building on his electrifying first season when he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting despite playing in only 84 games due to injuries. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Tatis Jr. brings talent, swagger as Padres hope to contend

Aug. 13, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — “El Niño” is bringing a welcome wallop to San Diego. Soon, it could be to all of baseball. Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. continues to shine as one of baseball’s bright young stars, building on his electrifying first season when he finished third in the NL...

Tomas Nido homers twice to power Mets past Nationals 8-2

Aug. 13, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tomas Nido had his first two-homer game as a professional, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the fifth to lead the New York Mets to an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals and a split of the four-game series. Nido, who entered Thursday with five homers and 26...