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Harper's slam could be prelude to wild NL playoff race

Aug. 19, 2019 2:59 AM EDT

Bryce Harper's game-ending grand slam and sprint around the bases gave a jolt to the Philadelphia Phillies and could be the prelude to a fascinating National League playoff scramble. As thrilling as the win was for the Phillies , the 7-5 final Thursday night was a kick in the gut for the Chicago Cubs, since both...

LEADING OFF: Kluber checked, Ohtani streak, Brewers-Cards

Aug. 19, 2019 2:58 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: CHECK HIM The Indians will see how ace Corey Kluber is feeling, a day after he was pulled from a Triple-A rehab start because of abdominal tightness. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner pitched one scoreless inning for Columbus before exiting as a precaution....

Quintana, Rizzo lead Cubs past Pirates 7-1 at LLWS

Aug. 19, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — José Quintana, Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs put on quite a show. The grinning Little Leaguers soaked in every moment. Quintana pitched seven crisp innings, Rizzo hit a two-run homer and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Sunday night in the MLB Little...

Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A's 4-1

Aug. 18, 2019 9:02 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After earning his 200th win, Zack Greinke hopes he's on his way to even bigger achievements with the Houston Astros this season. Greinke reached the milestone with seven smooth innings Sunday, pitching the first-place Astros past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to avoid a four-game sweep....

Hampson's single in 10th rallies Rockies past Marlins, 7-6

Aug. 18, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Garrett Hampson didn't think about being a hero. He only wanted to hit a ball deep enough to score Yonathan Daza from third. His approach paid off and kept Colorado's faint playoff hopes alive. Hampson hit a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Rockies rallied to beat...

D-backs avoid sweep, top Giants in Bochy's Arizona farewell

Aug. 18, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks desperately needed a win to avoid falling further behind in the race for a National League wild-card berth, and a pitcher who hadn't won at home in 2 1/2 months delivered. Merrill Kelly held the San Francisco Giants to one run in 5 2/3 innings, and the Diamondbacks...

Alonso breaks NL rookie HR record, Mets crown Royals 11-5

Aug. 18, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Pete Alonso wasn't even sure he was going to make the New York Mets' opening day roster, so even he never could have imagined the incredible season he's having. The burly first baseman hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a late outburst by the...

Nationals match team HR record with 8, rout Brewers 16-8

Aug. 18, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington manager Dave Martinez wanted his team to shake off any ill effects from Saturday's marathon loss to Milwaukee by getting out to a fast start in the series finale. The Nationals carried out that order to perfection. The Nationals matched a team record with eight home runs...

Acuña yanked, Ortega slam lead Braves over Dodgers 5-3

Aug. 18, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. says he had never before failed to hustle out of the batter's box. Braves manager Brian Snitker made a bold move to make sure it never happens again with the 21-year-old All-Star outfielder. With Acuña banished for styling instead of sprinting, Rafael Ortega...

Phillies star Harper leaves game because of dehydration

Aug. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper left the game against the San Diego Padres after the fifth inning because of dehydration on a muggy Sunday. "I feel better now," Harper said after the 3-2 loss. "It's weird. An hour ago, I couldn't see in front of me kinda." Manager Gabe...