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Detroit Tigers' Niko Goodrum (28) slides into second with an RBI double as the throw from Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Cole Tucker heads to second baseman Erik Gonzalez (2) in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Pittsburgh. The hit drove in two runs. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Tigers outslug Pirates 17-13 in 11 innings after layoff

Aug. 8, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Niko Goodrum drove in five runs, two on a double in a big 11th inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 17-13 in a startling slugfest on Friday night. Both teams finished with 16 hits, surprising since each club had four players in the starting lineup batting under...

Cincinnati Reds' Nicholas Castellanos is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Bauer strikes out 12 as Reds defeat Brewers 8-3

Aug. 8, 2020 12:18 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trevor Bauer turned in another stellar outing, and Matt Davidson and Nick Castellanos homered to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Friday night. Bauer (2-0) gave up three hits and one run in six innings while striking out 12. The strong performance comes on the...

Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez keeps an eye on a fly ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

White Sox slugger Eloy Jiménez wants to stay in left

Aug. 8, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Eloy Jiménez has no interest in the designated hitter job with the Chicago White Sox. Doesn't want to hear anything about a late-inning defensive replacement, either. His team wants the same thing for him. Jiménez was back in left field for Chicago's 2-0 victory over Cleveland on...

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cease, White Sox blank Indians 2-0

Aug. 8, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Cease got into trouble over and over again. He also escaped each time. The young right-hander isn't a rookie anymore. Cease showed off his poise while working five shutout innings, and the Chicago White Sox beat Aaron Civale and the Cleveland Indians 2-0 on Friday night. “With...

FILE - In this July 24, 2020, file photo, members of the St. Louis Cardinals wait to be introduced before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. The Cardinals 4-game series against the Detroit Tigers was postponed Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, after more Cardinals players and staff staffers test positive for COVD-19. The series was to have been played in Detroit from Tuesday through Thursday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Entire Cubs-Cards series postponed after more positive tests

Aug. 7, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball announced that the whole weekend set was off. Hours earlier, MLB...

New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

LEADING OFF: Cole goes for 20th win in row, Cubs-Cards off

Aug. 7, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

A look at what's happening in the majors on Saturday: RED-HOT COLE Gerrit Cole tries for his 20th straight regular-season win when he pitches for the Yankees at Tampa Bay. Cole is 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts since signing a $324 million, nine-year contract with New York. Cole’s streak dates to May...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2015, file photo, Southern Utah celebrates with the trophy after defeating Northern Arizona in an NCAA college football game for the Big Sky Conference title Cedar City, Utah. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.(Jordan Allred/The Spectrum via AP)

The Latest: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence considered opting out

Aug. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence said he considered opting out of this season when he was unsure what college football would look like going forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. But Lawrence said Friday once he understood...

FILE  - In this Monday, July 27, 2020, file photo, Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson (28) wears a mask as Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout, left, also wears one while taking a lead off first base during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Baseball's Western Divisions have so far avoided any COVID-related schedule disruptions and they're trying to keep it that way. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

So far in MLB, West is best at avoiding COVID-19 disruption

Aug. 7, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It was a rarity at the time and provided a very 2020-style photo op: Oakland's masked first baseman Matt Olson chatting with Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who was also masked as he prepared to run the bases. Less that two weeks later, it's clear it was the start of the trend. When it...

Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich, right, celebrates with manager Craig Counsell after hitting an inside-the-park home run against the Chicago White Sox during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Yelich hits inside-the-park homer, Brewers beat White Sox

Aug. 7, 2020 1:23 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his first career inside-the-park homer and walked four times, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Thursday night. Jedd Gyorko homered and drove in three runs for Milwaukee, and Mark Mathias had two hits and two RBIs. Josh Lindblom (1-0) struck...

Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez (13) and Alex Gordon (4) celebrate following a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Royals beat Cubs 13-2, stop 6-game slide

Aug. 6, 2020 10:54 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco and Jorge Soler homered, and the Kansas City Royals stopped a six-game slide by pounding the Chicago Cubs 13-2 on Thursday night. Soler and Salvador Pérez each had three hits and two RBIs, helping Brad Keller to the win in his first major league...