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St. Louis Cardinals' John Gant is congratulated by teammates after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
August 15, 2018 - 12:42 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even John Gant cracked a smile. Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory. Kolten Wong had three...
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Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun (8) reacts after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game,Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
August 14, 2018 - 7:36 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Braun supplied the power at the plate and Jhoulys Chacin dominated on the mound to give the Milwaukee Brewers the lift they needed to tighten the NL Central race. Braun hit two of Milwaukee's four homers, Chacin struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings and the Brewers cut...
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
August 14, 2018 - 5:42 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cleveland Indians placed right-hander Trevor Bauer on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a small stress fracture in his right leg. Cleveland is in complete control in the AL Central, leading second-place Minnesota by 12 1/2 games coming into the day. But any lingering issue...
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Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) drives in a run with a single in the sixth inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 in Atlanta. There Braves won 6-1. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 14, 2018 - 10:51 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. is only 20 years old, so he never gives much thought to his still-fledgling place in baseball history. There'll be plenty of time for that. So, it wasn't until Acuna got back to the Atlanta clubhouse after a long, brilliant day that he finally realized what a feat he...
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File - In this June 12, 1939 file photo, these baseball stars were pictured as they attended the dedication and their induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Front row; Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, Cy Young; Rear row left to right; Hans Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Napoleon Lajoie, George Sisler and Walter Johnson. A baseball with the signatures of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and eight other legends of the game has sold for more than $600,000. The players all signed the ball on the same day in 1939, when they had gathered to become the first class to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. SCP Auctions said Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, that it has sold for just over $623,000. That crushes the previous record of $345,000 for a signed ball, set in 2013. (AP Photo/File)
August 14, 2018 - 2:02 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — How could a baseball artifact possibly top a ball signed by both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? How about a ball signed by Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Pete Alexander, on the day...
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San Francisco Giants' Nick Hundley, left, celebrates as he hits a two-RBI single as Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Scott Alexander, center, watches along with catcher Austin Barnes during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
August 14, 2018 - 1:32 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to give the Giants their first lead, and San Francisco rallied for a 5-2 victory on Monday night, handing the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen its fourth consecutive loss. This time, the Dodgers wasted a masterful...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong (12) connects for a walk-off home run, as Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters looks on, in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in St. Louis. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 7-6. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
August 14, 2018 - 1:20 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nationals manager Dave Martinez was awake most of the night after Washington lost on a walk-off grand slam Sunday. He likely won't be catching up on that missed sleep Monday. Paul DeJong handed the Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with...
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New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
August 13, 2018 - 11:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — For Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets, there's still one prize left in play. No, not a playoff spot. Those plans were wiped out long ago during a disappointing season. Rather, the NL Cy Young Award for their ace. DeGrom kept pumping up his resume, striking out 12 while the Mets...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, file photo, Robinson Cano smiles on the field during his first rehab start with the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. Cano is set to return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement when Seattle plays at Oakland. The All-Star second baseman has been out since May 15, though he’s been playing in the minor leagues for the past week. (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP, File)
August 13, 2018 - 11:23 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday: SET FREE Robinson Cano is set to return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball's drug agreement when Seattle plays at Oakland. The All-Star second baseman has been out since May 15, though he's been playing in the minor leagues for...
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Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) celebrates with Ozzie Albies (1) after hitting a solo-home run in the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
August 13, 2018 - 10:41 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. pulled off one of the rarest feats in baseball history, hitting leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader to lead the first-place Atlanta Braves to a sweep of the Miami Marlins on Monday. The 20-year-old rookie hit an opposite-field drive into the Braves'...
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