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Alonso, Mets power up to pound Giants 11-4

Jul. 20, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pete Alonso came off the bench and hit his 33rd home run, setting the Mets rookie record for RBIs as New York beat San Francisco 11-4 Saturday to end the Giants' seven-game winning streak. Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier all went deep as the Mets powered up with four home...

Big league ballparks broil as heat wave grips much of majors

Jul. 20, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

At Wrigley Field, misters in the back of the bleachers tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the major...

'It's brutal': Heat wave gripping half the US cancels events

Jul. 20, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of their seats and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system. The National Weather Service said "a dangerous...

Hot day, hot bats: Yanks torch Rockies 11-5, win 5th in row

Jul. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees were a tripleheader of hot on Saturday. First was the temperature: 94 degrees at game time, the highest for New York this season. Next was the offense, which torched Colorado pitching for the second straight day and romped over the Rockies 11-5 to extend the Yankees' winning...

Báez, bullpen lead streaking Cubs over Padres 6-5

Jul. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Báez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and four Cubs relievers combined for one-hit ball over the final four innings, lifting Chicago to a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday. The game started out as a slugfest in sweltering conditions at Wrigley Field before the wind...

Ryu strong again as Dodgers get past Marlins 2-1

Jul. 20, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen says he is tired, and it has nothing to do with an exhausting road trip to start the second half that included a handful of games that went late into the night. After Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda shut down Miami, Jansen struck out the side on 15...

LEADING OFF: Heat wave, surging Giants and Indians, Gio back

Jul. 20, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: BE CAREFUL The extreme heat gripping much of the country is having an effect around the major leagues. The Yankees and Rockies have called off most of the pregame activities for their afternoon game — New York is forecast to come close to its first...

Diamondbacks hit natural cycle in 10-7 win over Brewers

Jul. 20, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks fell into an early hole against a team ahead of them in the NL wild-card standings. Once they cycled through the third inning, the hits kept coming. Christian Walker hit a two-run homer to cap the first natural cycle by consecutive batters in Arizona's history,...

Giants win 7th straight thanks to botched play by Mets

Jul. 20, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The way the pitchers on both teams were dealing, it figured that it might take a miscue in the field for either team to score. A botched fly ball between New York Mets left fielder Dominic Smith and shortstop Amed Rosario did the trick for the San Francisco Giants for a second straight...

Mercado gets 5 hits, Indians top Royals 10-5, 6th win in row

Jul. 20, 2019 12:25 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Oscar Mercado is giving the Cleveland Indians a major boost in his rookie season. Mercado went 5 for 5 and drove in two runs as the Indians won their sixth straight game, beating the Kansas City Royals 10-5 on Friday night. Mercado had an RBI double in the third inning and a run-scoring...