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Mariners’ Paxton returns from DL to face Astros

With their postseason hopes hanging by a thread, the Seattle Mariners welcome back their current ace on Friday after their previous ace rejoined the rotation Thursday. Seattle left-hander James Paxton (12-3, 2.78 ERA) will be reinstated from the disab…

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Marlins prepare to ‘host’ Brewers in Milwaukee

After an eight-game road trip that took them through Atlanta and Philadelphia, the Miami Marlins were looking forward to returning home for a week, beginning with a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Marlins Park. Hurricane Irma spared…

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Rays carry sense of urgency into series with Red Sox

The Tampa Bay Rays are running out of time. The Rays (72-75) have flirted with .500 baseball all year long — and with that, lingering contention for the last of two American League wild-card spots — but losing five of seven games has left them 5 1/2…

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Dodgers’ Wood seeks first victory at Nationals Park

Nationals Park is not foreign to left-hander Alex Wood, who is slated to start there Friday for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he hasn’t tasted victory in the nation’s capital. Wood (14-3, 2.81 ERA) used to pitch for the Atlanta Braves, who make three trips a year to Washington. After going 10

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Yankees look to continue battering Orioles

When the Yankees face the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, New York never seems to stop scoring runs. New York seeks another productive showing at the plate Friday night when it continues a four-game series against the Orioles. The Yankees (80-66…

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Pirates, Reds start series with only pride on line

When the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds start a three-game series Friday night at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the only things at stake will be the accomplishment of individual goals and contractual obligation. The National League Central’s fourth and fifth place teams are

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Cardinals, Cubs gear up for important division series

If the Chicago Cubs expect to secure another National League Central title, they are going to have to earn it. Scoreboard-watching and hoping for the best is no longer sufficient as the season moves into the home stretch, with the St. Louis Cardinals …

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Braves, Mets looking at future talent

When the Atlanta Braves played in New York to open the season, the Mets were seen as potential challengers to the Washington Nationals in the National League East and the Braves as a possible .500 team after two years in a deep rebuild. The injury-rav…

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Indians host Royals with 23rd straight win in sights

Fresh off the most electrifying victory yet in their American League-record, 22-game winning streak, the Cleveland Indians will host the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Progressive Field in the second game of a four-game series. Cleveland beat K…

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Rookies in spotlight as A’s begin series in Philadelphia

Two of baseball’s best young hitters should provide some entertaining offense as the Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday evening. The Athletics (64-82) arrive at Citizens Bank Park having just dropped two of three to the Boston Red Sox, though

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Angels search for series win over Astros

The Los Angeles Angels remain two games back of the second American League wild-card position with 17 games remaining, and manager Mike Scioscia believes they have the right lineup to stay in the hunt heading into their series finale against the Housto…

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1,000-hit man Goldschmidt leads D-backs in finale vs. Rockies

For Paul Goldschmidt, his 1,000th career hit Wednesday was a nothing-to-see-here moment. “I don’t care,” the Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman said matter-of-factly. Later, Goldschmidt, A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb helped the Diamondbacks (84-62) beat the Colorado Rockies 8-2, halting

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Mariners try to use Rangers as steppingstone

One night after inching past the Texas Rangers in the wild-card race, the Seattle Mariners look to increase the gap against their American League West rival. Going into Thursday night’s series finale at Globe Life Park, Seattle is in position to take three of four against Texas.

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Marlins try to avoid sweep vs. Phillies, contain Hoskins

The Miami Marlins spent the past 2 1/2 weeks playing themselves out of a wild-card contention. Compounding their problems, they are now dealing with the monster known as the Philadelphia Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins, who is the first major l…

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Orioles, Yankees enter series going in opposite directions

Since Manny Machado hit a game-winning home run against Dellin Betances on Sept. 5 at Camden Yards, things are trending differently for the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees going into a four-game series that starts Thursday night at Yankee Stadiu…

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Red Sox’s Pomeranz tries for win No. 16 vs. A’s

Drew Pomeranz, one of the truly pleasant surprises for the Boston Red Sox as they steam toward the postseason, is proving especially tough at home. Pomeranz (15-5, 3.35 ERA) is 8-2 with a 3.24 ERA at home as he gets set to face Oakland rookie Daniel G…

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