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Big league ballparks broil as heat wave grips much of majors

Jul. 21, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

At Wrigley Field, misters in the back of the bleachers tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the majors. The...

Heat, humidity keeps hold on Eastern US as weekend slogs on

Jul. 21, 2019 5:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A heat wave will continue to keep much of the Eastern United States in its grip Sunday, while a cold front that could lower temperatures in the middle of the country may be accompanied by thunderstorms that threaten flash floods. The National Weather Service says the "oppressive and...

LEADING OFF: Cooperstown calling, moonshots and revved Yanks

Jul. 21, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: HALL OF A DAY Will closer Mariano Rivera rattle? Will clutch hitter Edgar Martinez choke up? We'll see whether the baseball greats get overwhelmed by emotion when they're enshrined at the Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies in Cooperstown include another full...

Beaty's 3-run HR helps Dodgers recover to beat Marlins 10-6

Jul. 21, 2019 2:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Beaty keeps making it difficult for the Los Angeles Dodgers to send him down to Triple-A again. The rookie came off the bench to play left field during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night and then delivered a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to...

Moustakas homers, Brewers rally to beat Diamondbacks 8-3

Jul. 21, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke stymied Milwaukee's hitters most of the night, wriggling out of one jam while moving up baseball's all-time strikeouts list. Once Arizona's ace left, the Brewers took advantage. Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Brewers scored six runs after...

Musgrove pitches, hits, runs Pirates past Phils for 5-1 win

Jul. 21, 2019 12:14 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Musgrove considers himself a bit of a throwback. The four days in between starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher can be monotonous. He wants to go out and play. Pinch-run. Pinch-hit. Whatever the situation requires. On Saturday night, the situation required him taking his turn in...

Sánchez, Adams pace Nationals past Braves, 5-3

Jul. 20, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Nationals closer Sean Doolittle knew his team couldn't afford to falter in the late innings for the second straight night. "I hesitate to use the phrase that today was a must-win game because it's still the third week of July," Doolittle said. "But after a tough one (Friday) night and...

Guerrero hits 1st slam, Blue Jays rally past Tigers 7-5

Jul. 20, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first career grand slam, a 441-foot drive toward the bushes at Comerica Park that helped the Toronto Blue Jays rally for a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night. Guerrero's home run erased a 5-1 deficit in the fifth, and Brandon Drury added a...

Reds snap 4-game losing skid with 3-2 win over Cardinals

Jul. 20, 2019 10:42 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh VanMeter's attempt to move the runner cleared the bases. Yasiel Puig hit a game-tying double to end Miles Mikolas' shutout bid, VanMeter followed with his first major league home run and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals...

Hot day, hot bats: Yanks torch Rockies 11-5, win 5th in row

Jul. 20, 2019 9:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees were a tripleheader of hot on Saturday. First was the temperature: 94 degrees at game time, the highest for New York this season. Next was the offense, which torched Colorado pitching for the second straight day and romped over the Rockies 11-5 to extend the Yankees' winning...