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Correa HRs twice, Astros magic number at 1 for AL West

Sep. 21, 2019 12:53 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa returned to the dugout after hitting his second homer Friday night, beat his chest and twice repeated the words: "I'm back." Houston's star shortstop finally looks healthy after missing 80 games with various injuries this season, great news as the Astros inch closer to the...

Twins top Royals 4-3, move closer to AL Central title

Sep. 21, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two years ago, Randy Dobnak had no idea he would be pitching in the majors this September. Without worry, Dobnak and his girlfriend planned their wedding. Now he's getting married eight days after his first big league win. Dobnak pitched 5 1/3 effective innings, and the Minnesota Twins...

Indians beat Phillies 5-2, remain tied for 2nd AL wild card

Sep. 21, 2019 12:03 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians are thriving under the pressure of playoff-race baseball. Philadelphia? Not so much. Carlos Carrasco got his first save in five years, and Cleveland beat the Phillies 5-2 Friday night to remain tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card at 91-63. Cleveland trails AL...

Turner homers twice to lead Nationals over Marlins

Sep. 20, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Trea Turner welcomed back manager Dave Martinez with two big swings. Turner hit two solo homers, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Friday night. Washington stayed one game ahead of Milwaukee for the top spot in the NL wild-card standings. The Nationals had dropped four...

Braves beat Giants 6-0, clinch 2nd straight NL East title

Sep. 20, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title as Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy's last year as San Francisco manager. Acuña scored three runs...

Jiménez's slam helps White Sox rout Tigers 10-1

Sep. 20, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Eloy Jiménez, Yoán Moncada and Tim Anderson are giving Chicago some encouraging glimpses of a better future for the White Sox. Jiménez hit a grand slam in the fourth inning, and Moncada also went deep as the White Sox breezed to a 10-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday...

Cruz hits 2 of 4 homers by Twins in 8-5 win over Royals

Sep. 20, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the Minnesota Twins facing an early deficit, Nelson Cruz fixed that with one big swing. The 39-year-old designated hitter has sure had his hand in a lot of this team's remarkable success. Cruz hit two of Minnesota's four home runs and matched his season high with five RBIs, igniting...

Indians move into a tie for wild-card spot, beat Tigers 7-0

Sep. 20, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have work to do on their postseason push, and no games left against their favorite pushovers. Mike Clevinger pitched six shutdown innings, Franmil Reyes homered in his return to the lineup and Cleveland moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 7-0 win over the Tigers...

Yankees beat Angels 9-1, claim 1st AL East title since 2012

Sep. 19, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The resilient New York Yankees powered their way to the club's first AL East title since 2012, routing the Los Angeles Angels 9-1 Thursday night behind three RBIs each from old mainstay Brett Gardner and newcomer DJ LeMahieu. A day after wasting a chance to clinch first place, the...

Indians' Ramírez takes 1st BP since breaking right hand

Sep. 19, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians third baseman José Ramírez took batting practice Thursday for the first time since breaking his right hand last month and is hoping to return before the end of the regular season. Ramírez had surgery for a broken hamate bone Aug. 26, and the expected recovery window...