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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander, left, yells at home plate umpire Pat Hoberg, right, as Joe Espada, first base umpire Greg Gibson and manger A.J. Hinch get between them after Verlander was ejected by Hoberg during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
August 28, 2019 - 6:20 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Justin Verlander was bracing for a pitcher's duel as he prepared to face former teammate Charlie Morton and the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Turned out quite differently than Verlander had imagined. Rookie Yordan Alvarez homered twice as Houston jumped on Morton to...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, right, walks off the field with a trainer during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Cleveland. Ramirez has not been ruled out for the postseason, if Cleveland can make it without him. He had surgery Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, on a broken hamate bone in his right hand, an injury he sustained with a hard swing over the weekend. The team said the two-time All-Star could return in 5-7 weeks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
August 27, 2019 - 10:39 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: MAKE DO José Ramírez's regular season is over. The postseason remains in play — if the Indians can make it without him. Cleveland's hard-hitting third baseman is expected to need five to seven weeks to recover after underdoing hand surgery...
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St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
August 27, 2019 - 9:52 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Not even the rain that fell inside Miller Park could stop Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals. The veteran catcher hit two home runs and the NL Central-leading Cardinals matched a season high with their sixth straight win Tuesday night, weathering a weird delay to beat the...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Sean Rodriguez gestures after hitting a double off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Steven Brault during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
August 27, 2019 - 7:47 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins kept Phillies fans booing when he inexplicably dropped a routine throw at first base in the ninth, turning what appeared to be an inning-ending double play into the go-ahead run for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 5-4 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night. After a pair...
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New York Mets' Pete Alonso (20) tosses his bat as he trots down the first base line after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in New York. With the home run, Alonso set the Mets' single-season home run record. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
August 27, 2019 - 6:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets slugger Pete Alonso has become the first rookie in 81 years to break his team's season home run record. Alonso launched his 42nd of the season on the first pitch from Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish in the fourth inning Tuesday night, a no-doubt drive to the opposite field...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, right, walks off the field with a trainer during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Cleveland. Ramirez has not been ruled out for the postseason, if Cleveland can make it without him. He had surgery Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, on a broken hamate bone in his right hand, an injury he sustained with a hard swing over the weekend. The team said the two-time All-Star could return in 5-7 weeks. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
August 27, 2019 - 1:02 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez's regular season is over. The postseason remains in play — if the Indians can make it without him. Cleveland's hard-hitting third baseman is expected to need five to seven weeks to recover after underdoing hand surgery Monday in New York. Ramírez, whose hot bat the...
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New York Yankees' Austin Romine (28) congratulates Mike Ford on Ford's two-run home run as Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez heads to the mound in the second inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
August 26, 2019 - 10:26 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Gleyber Torres hit his 13th home run this month, Mike Ford went deep twice and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 on Monday night. Torres launched his 33rd homer of the season on the first pitch of the second inning from Tommy Milone, who took over after Matt Wisler...
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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander works against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
August 26, 2019 - 8:21 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday: PAIR OF ACES Former teammates and 2019 All-Stars square off in a prime pitching matchup when Charlie Morton (13-5, 2.85 ERA) and the Rays face Justin Verlander (15-5, 2.77) in Houston. With the Rays locked in a close wild-card race and the...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, left, runs to first as he hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw watches during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
August 25, 2019 - 7:16 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Mike Ford homered, Domingo Germán outdueled Clayton Kershaw for his major league-leading 17th win, and the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 Sunday. The Yankees set a major league record for most homers in a month with 61 in August...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper stretches before batting during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019, in Philadelphia. Harper left after the fifth inning because of dehydration. The Padres won 3-2. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 25, 2019 - 6:49 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Monday: DADDY'S HOME Bryce Harper is expected to return from paternity leave as the Phillies open a home series against struggling Pittsburgh. Philadelphia dropped two of three at last-place Miami without him, managing only four hits and never batting...
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