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FILE - In this July 20, 2020 file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg delivers a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during an exhibition baseball game in Baltimore.  Strasburg has been scratched from what was supposed to be his first start of the season for the Washington Nationals because of a nerve issue with his right hand. Nationals manager Dave Martinez announced the news about four hours before the scheduled first pitch against the visiting New York Yankees on Saturday, July 25.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

LEADING OFF: WS MVP Strasburg makes '20 debut, A's streaking

Aug. 9, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: STRASBURG SET World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for Washington after being sidelined by a nerve problem in his pitching hand. The right-hander is ready to start at Nationals Park against Baltimore. Strasburg missed what...

New York Mets' J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with teammate Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a three-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Mets hit 3 HRs, end makeshift Marlins' 6-game win streak 8-4

Aug. 9, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All those missing pitchers finally caught up to the Miami Marlins. J.D. Davis homered and drove in a career-high four runs, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto also connected, and the New York Mets slowed down the makeshift Marlins with an 8-4 victory Saturday. “We just got hurt by the...

Baltimore Orioles' Anthony Santander (25) and Austin Hays (21) celebrate with an elbow-bump after Santander hit a three-run home run during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki is at left. The Orioles won 5-3. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Santander, O's rough up Nats relievers, rally for 5-3 win

Aug. 8, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pat Valaika, Pedro Severino and Anthony Santander homered during a five-run rally in the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles roughed up Washington’s relievers and beat the Nationals 5-3 Saturday night. Nationals starter Austin Voth pitched five sharp innings, and the Orioles...

Philadelphia Phillies' Jake Arrieta pitches during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Arrieta tosses 6 scoreless in Phillies' 5-0 win over Braves

Aug. 8, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched like the healthy ace the Phillies needed for three years. He could help Philadelphia make some noise in the National League playoff push -- to the delight of a cluster of fans with horns, drums and chants from outside the park that produced a needed summer...

Miami Marlins' Francisco Cervelli celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Surprising Marlins win again, top Mets 4-3 for 6th straight

Aug. 8, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Cervelli hit a three-run homer, Humberto Mejia impressed in his abbreviated major league debut and the Miami Marlins kept up their surprising surge, beating the New York Mets 4-3 Friday night. The Marlins won their sixth in a row and improved to 7-1 - they’re 5-0 since...

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo, members of the St. Louis Cardinals wait to be introduced before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. The Cardinals 4-game series against the Detroit Tigers was postponed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, after more Cardinals players and staff staffers test positive for COVD-19. The series was to have been played in Detroit from Tuesday through Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Entire Cubs-Cards series postponed after more positive tests

Aug. 7, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball announced that the whole weekend set was off. Hours earlier, MLB...

The Baltimore Orioles celebrate a baseball game victory over the Washington Nationals in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Even Davis gets 2 hits as O's total 19 in 11-0 win at Nats

Aug. 7, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even Chris Davis got in on the act for the suddenly slugging Orioles, doubling his season total by collecting two of Baltimore’s 19 hits and raising his average from .087 to .143 in an 11-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night. It was the biggest margin of victory...

Braves-Phillies postponed due to rain, doubleheader Sunday

Aug. 7, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The game between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies scheduled for Friday night was postponed because of rain. The teams will play a doubleheader of seven-inning games on Sunday. The Phillies now have six doubleheaders on the schedule and already played a seven-inning twinbill...

FILE  - In this Monday, July 27, 2020, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson (28) wears a mask as Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, left, also wears one while taking a lead off first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Baseball's Western Divisions have so far avoided any COVID-related schedule disruptions and they're trying to keep it that way. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

So far in MLB, West is best at avoiding COVID-19 disruption

Aug. 7, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It was a rarity at the time and provided a very 2020-style photo op: Oakland's masked first baseman Matt Olson chatting with Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who was also masked as he prepared to run the bases. Less that two weeks later, it's clear it was the start of the trend. When it...

Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg (37) watches from the stands during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg to make 2020 debut Sunday

Aug. 7, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his season debut for the Washington Nationals on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles after being sidelined by a nerve problem in his pitching hand. Strasburg missed what would have been his first two appearances of 2020 after making...