Professional baseball

Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar leaps to avoid a pitch thrown by Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 25, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 08, 2018 - 3:17 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alcides Escobar was not in the Kansas City Royals' lineup on Sunday for the first time since 2015 as the struggling club made a plethora of moves. Escobar had started 421 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors, before Royals manager Ned Yost benched him against...
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Oakland Athletics' Stephen Piscotty, right, is congratulated by Khris Davis after the Athletics defeated the Cleveland Indians 6-3 in 11 innings of a baseball game, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 08, 2018 - 2:40 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: CHICAGO'S ACE Jon Lester has put together some ace-worthy seasons during his 13-year major league career, including four All-Star appearances and a runner-up finish in the Cy Young voting two years ago. The Chicago Cubs left-hander is in the...
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Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt celebrates with Nick Ahmed (13) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning during a baseball game, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
July 08, 2018 - 2:36 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Five home runs, 18 hits, 20 runs. The Arizona Diamondbacks have never had a better offensive night than they did Saturday against the San Diego Padres. David Peralta drove in three runs and matched his career best with five hits and the Diamondbacks set a single-game franchise...
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Washington Nationals Mark Reynolds rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the second inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 08, 2018 - 12:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Reynolds may have sent his manager toward a sleepless night. How is Dave Martinez supposed to rest when he's got to figure out whether Reynolds' career night earned him another start Sunday? "Well, I mean I'm going to sleep just fine. That's his problem," Reynolds joked...
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Atlanta Braves' Anibal Sanchez pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
July 07, 2018 - 8:24 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Anibal Sanchez abruptly ended Atlanta's season-long losing streak. Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh and Freddie Freeman added three hits, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday. "I know the potential for this team to be in the...
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 7, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 07, 2018 - 8:16 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez found his rhythm early, both on the mound and at the plate. It was another encouraging sign for the right-hander, who struggled through a rough May and wound up on the disabled list for the first time in his career. Martinez pitched seven...
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Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez (9) hits an RBI single against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
July 07, 2018 - 7:37 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — As far as Javier Baez is concerned, no deficit is too big for the Chicago Cubs to overcome. Baez and his teammates showed why he feels that way on Saturday. Baez homered and had four hits — including a game-tying infield single in the eighth — and the Cubs rallied from a five-run...
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Los Angeles Angels celebrate a walk-off single by Ian Kinsler during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 6, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
July 07, 2018 - 1:44 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels used a two-out walk by Shohei Ohtani and a throwing error on Yasiel Puig to rally for a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in the opening game of the Freeway Series. The Angels were down to their last strike in the ninth...
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Washington Nationals' Mark Reynolds, second from left, celebrates his walkoff home run with teammates after a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Friday, July 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 06, 2018 - 11:52 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals manager Dave Martinez acknowledged he was looking for someone who could end the game with one swing in the ninth inning Friday night. He chose the right guy. Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run that lifted the Nationals past the...
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Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Friday, July 6, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
July 06, 2018 - 10:28 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann knew two things when he took the mound against Bartolo Colon on Friday night. He was going to have to be good to keep Colon from making history, and the game wasn't going to take long. Zimmermann came through, outdueling Colon as the Detroit Tigers beat the Texas...
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