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Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu (79) and Eloy Jimenez celebrate the team's 4-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Chicago. The White Sox clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
September 17, 2020 - 6:47 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — After clinching a postseason berth for the first time since 2008, the Chicago White Sox were low key during their on-field celebration. Bigger bashes await greater achievements. “We said we're going to save it for when we clinch our division,” Eloy Jiménez said Thursday after his...
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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
September 17, 2020 - 2:00 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: NOW AND LATER Shane Bieber (7-1, 1.53 ERA) tries to get the Indians headed in the right direction when they open a series at Detroit. Cleveland has dropped eight straight, its longest slide since June 2013. Bieber, a top contender for the AL Cy...
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Seattle Mariners left fielder Tim Lopes reaches into seats occupied by cutouts while unsuccessfully trying to catch a foul by hit by San Francisco Giants' Wilmer Flores during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. This is a makeup of a postponed game from Tuesday in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
September 17, 2020 - 1:08 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Wednesday night in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington. Donovan Solano and...
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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom points to the outside during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
September 16, 2020 - 10:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jacob deGrom's balky hamstring forced an untimely exit Wednesday night. Now, the New York Mets ace hopes it won't mean an early end to his season. DeGrom left a rare rough outing because of a right hamstring spasm, then watched his teammates erase a four-run deficit in rallying...
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Toronto Blue Jays' Jacob Waguespack reacts as New York Yankees' Kyle Higashioka runs the bases after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
September 16, 2020 - 9:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Higashioka hit a career-high three home runs, DJ LeMahieu connected twice and the resurgent New York Yankees hit a season-best seven homers in another Bronx air show, thumping the Toronto Blue Jays 13-2 on Wednesday night. Luke Voit lofted a three-run drive for his major league...
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Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Cole Hamels throws a pitch to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
September 16, 2020 - 9:21 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Cole Hamels finally got on the mound in an Atlanta uniform, allowing three runs to the Baltimore Orioles before reaching his predetermined pitch count in the fourth inning, and the Braves struggled offensively in a 5-1 loss Wednesday night. Rookie Keegan Akin struck out nine over...
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New York Mets' Jacob deGrom pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
September 16, 2020 - 7:53 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom left his start against the Philadelphia Phillies after two innings Wednesday night with a right hamstring spasm. He exited after a surprisingly rough two innings that could put a wrinkle in his bid for a third straight NL Cy Young Award. The right-...
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St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt and Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell talk to the umpires before the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
September 16, 2020 - 5:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Major League Baseball umpire tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting a late shift in crew assignments in Florida this week, several people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The affected umpire, who wasn’t identified, was not on the field...
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Seattle Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis prepares to throw the ball back to the infield after making a catch as the air is filled with wildfire smoke during the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
September 16, 2020 - 1:15 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: SHIFTED SITE The Mariners and Giants play at Oracle Park after their two-game series in Seattle was postponed because of poor air quality caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play twice in San Francisco. Forecasters are calling...
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Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dane Dunning delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
September 15, 2020 - 11:44 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Pitching in a big game during a pennant race, Dane Dunning resembled a seasoned veteran in his fifth major league start. He had some company, too. No longer just a bunch of promising young kids, the Chicago White Sox are looking down at the rest of the American League. Dunning tossed...
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