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Texas Rangers' Joey Gallo follows through on a two-run home run that came off a pitch from Los Angeles Angels starter Patrick Sandoval in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. The Rangers' Todd Frazier scored on the hit. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Gallo homers and Rangers use 6 pitchers to beat Angels 2-0

Aug. 8, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer after missing a game with a sore right wrist, six Texas pitchers combined on a four-hitter and the Rangers have consecutive wins for the first time this season after beating the Los Angeles Angels 2-0 on Saturday night. Gallo texted manager Chris...

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. 8, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on Sunday: 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...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas works against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Semien delivers again vs Astros; A's win 8th in row

Aug. 8, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Fresh off a game-finishing hit, Marcus Semien gave the Oakland Athletics a fast start. Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win 15 hours earlier, and the A's beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory. “A...

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke socially distances himself beside cardboard cutout fans in the stands of the Oakland Coliseum in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A's hold off Astros in 13th inning for seventh straight win

Aug. 8, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics insist it's harder than it looks to score when an automatic runner gets to start on second base. It took them a while Friday night to finally do it, too. Marcus Semien singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 13th in a game that matched the longest this...

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout waves to the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. The shot scored David Fletcher. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Trout homers again on birthday, but Angels fall to Rangers

Aug. 8, 2020 1:48 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Trout homered again on his birthday, but Robinson Chirinos drove in two runs without a hit and the Texas Rangers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Trout turned 29, and homered for the fifth time in the seven big...

Colorado Rockies' Elias Diaz slides safely across home as Seattle Mariners catcher Austin Nola puts on a late tag in the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Murphy drives in 4, Rockies keep rolling, beat M's 8-4

Aug. 8, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Daniel Murphy had a key two-run single and later hit a two-run home run, Garrett Hampson and Charlie Blackmon added solo shots, and the Colorado Rockies won for the sixth time in seven games, beating the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Friday night. The division-leading Rockies picked up their...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Federal prosecutors say a former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Prosecutors in Texas say Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in federal court. Kay was communications director for the Angels. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

Aug. 7, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A former Los Angeles Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year's overdose death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday. Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020, file photo, Ryan Christenson, of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, poses for a photo in Mesa, Ariz. Major League Baseball has been in touch with the Athletics about  bench coach Christenson making a gesture that appeared to be a Nazi salute following a win over the Texas Rangers. There has been no discipline announced against Christenson. He has apologized for raising his arm during a postgame celebration Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The team is giving him the benefit of the doubt that he intended no harm. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

A's players, staff support coach after gesture, no penalty

Aug. 7, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball has been in touch with the Oakland Athletics about their bench coach making a gesture that appeared to be a Nazi salute following a win over the Texas Rangers. No discipline has been announced against coach Ryan Christenson, who has apologized for the gesture....

A's coach apologizes for apparent Nazi salute

Aug. 7, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics bench coach Ryan Christenson has apologized for raising his arm during a postgame celebration in what looked like a Nazi salute. Christenson made the gesture while greeting closer Liam Hendriks following the A's 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Hendriks...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Starling Marte (2) celebrates scoring on a double by Christian Walker with teammate David Peralta (6) during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Dbacks beat Astros 5-4 on Calhoun's double in ninth

Aug. 6, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Kole Calhoun lined a two-run double in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the Houston Astros 5-4 Thursday night to win their first series of the season. “It's bases loaded, nobody out, we need one run, there's obvious pressure there,” said Calhoun,...