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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Austin Gomber throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gomber pitches playoff-hunting Cards to 5-0 win over Royals

Sep. 22, 2020 11:56 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Austin Gomber heard longtime Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright say that his goal before pitching a complete game against Milwaukee last week was to throw no more than 12 pitches in any inning. Sounded like a good idea to him. With the same target in mind, the reliever-turned-starter...

Pittsburgh Pirates players and coaches lift their caps at the end of the national anthem on Roberto Clemente Day before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (Matt Freed/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

For the 'Great One'; Pirates, MLB honor Roberto Clemente

Sep. 10, 2020 1:18 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Roberto Clemente's iconic No. 21 has been a fixture in Pittsburgh for more than 60 years. Its presence has only grown since the Hall of Fame outfielder's death at age 38 on New Year's Eve 1972 in a plane crash off the coast of his native Puerto Rico. His jersey remains one of the...

File-Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente. The Pittsburgh Pirates will honor Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente when they wear No. 21 against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The team believes this is an important step into having Clemente's number retired by Major League Baseball(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, File)/

LEADING OFF: Pirates, Puerto Rican MLBers wear Clemente's 21

Sep. 9, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ REMEMBERING ROBERTO All Pirates players and coaches will wear No. 21 against the White Sox as part of Roberto Clemente Day. Major League Baseball has also given permission for players of Puerto Rican descent on other teams to wear the number for the day. The...

Chicago White Sox's Nick Madrigal (1) is tagged out by Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings while attempting to score on a single by Tim Anderson during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Watching is umpire Jeremie Rehak. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Error in ninth inning gives Pirates 5-4 win over White Sox

Sep. 9, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-runner Jason Martin scored the winning run on catcher Yasmani Grandal’s error in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. With the score tied at 4, the Pirates loaded the bases with none...

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Scott Barlow is congratulated by Cam Gallagher after the Royals defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-6 in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Royals snap seven-game losing skid, beat Indians 8-6

Sep. 8, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Maikel Franco drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and had an RBI single in the ninth as the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 8-6 Tuesday night to snap a seven-game losing streak. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run homer and Cam Gallagher had an RBI...

File-Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente. The Pittsburgh Pirates will honor Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente when they wear No. 21 against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The team believes this is an important step into having Clemente's number retired by Major League Baseball(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, File)/

All Puerto Rican players can wear 21 on Clemente Day

Sep. 8, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — All Puerto Rican players will be allowed to wear No. 21 on Wednesday during Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number, similar to MLB’s celebration of Jackie Robinson's No. 42 each April 15, started with the Pittsburgh Pirates....

Oakland Athletics Tony Kemp hits an RBI double against the Houston Astros during the second inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Murphy hits homer, two-run single, A's take 1st from Astros

Sep. 8, 2020 12:30 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When their star players go down, the Oakland Athletics turn to their depth. Sean Murphy homered and hit a two-run single to help Chris Bassitt snap a three-start winless stretch, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 6-0 on Monday night with both teams missing star players. Tony Kemp...

Chicago Cubs' Willson Contreras, right, and Nico Hoerner celebrate after both scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Derek Holland during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. The Cubs won 8-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Baez and Hendricks lead Cubs over Pirates.

Sep. 3, 2020 12:33 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Javier Baez hit a three-run home run and Kyle Hendricks pitched one-run ball over six innings Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Baez connected in the fourth inning to put Chicago in front 3-1. The blast carried 443 feet to the back set...

File-Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente. The Pittsburgh Pirates will honor Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente when they wear No. 21 against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. The team believes this is an important step into having Clemente's number retired by Major League Baseball(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP, File)/

Pirates to wear No. 21 on Sept. 9 to honor Roberto Clemente

Sep. 2, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Roberto Clemente's legacy in Pittsburgh and his native Puerto Rico is secure. The club the Hall of Fame outfielder spent two decades playing for is trying to ensure that legacy — both on and off the field — is acknowledged regularly by the masses. The team announced Tuesday...

This combination photo shows, from left, Gavyn Batiste, 7, dressed as Black Panther and surrounded by action figures in Lafayette, La. on Aug. 31, 2020, actor Chadwick Boseman in character as T'Challa in

In mock funerals and '42' jerseys, kids mourn Black Panther

Sep. 2, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In their driveways or in their bedrooms, using little cardboard boxes or piles of backyard dirt, young fans of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman paid their respects with lots of Wakanda salutes and mock funerals attended by action figures. Soon after the shocking news of...