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Houston Astros' George Springer, right, celebrates his two-run home run off Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jose Rodriguez with Michael Brantley during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
September 22, 2019 - 2:19 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer has hit a career-high three homers for the Houston Astros, all of them in the first four innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. The MLB record of four home runs in a game has been done 18 times. J.D. Martinez did it most recently for Arizona on Sept. 4,...
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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, front right, celebrates after defeating the San Francisco Giants n a baseball game to clinch the NL East baseball title Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 22, 2019 - 2:16 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves star Freddie Freeman is remaining in Atlanta for treatment on his sore right elbow instead of joining the team for its next series at Kansas City. Freeman, a MVP candidate for the NL East champions, left Sunday's game in the eighth inning against San Francisco after a...
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San Diego Padres manager Andy Green walks off the field during the eighth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in San Diego, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
September 21, 2019 - 4:43 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rod Barajas was at his daughter's soccer game in Del Mar on Saturday morning when general manager A.J. Preller called to say that Andy Green was out as manager of the underperforming San Diego Padres. "I jumped in the car and came over straight to the field, and he asked me if I...
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Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, right, hugs George Springer after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
September 20, 2019 - 9:02 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit two home runs, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman also connected and the Houston Astros dropped their magic number to clinch the AL West to one by beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 Friday night. Houston could lock up a third straight division title by the end of the...
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Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuna Jr., center, reacts after hitting a two-RBI home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning of a baseball game on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
September 20, 2019 - 6:59 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title when Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 41st homer in a 6-0 win over San Francisco on Friday night that eliminated the Giants from postseason contention in Bruce Bochy's last year as San Francisco manager. Acuña scored four runs...
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New York Yankees' Domingo German pitches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
September 20, 2019 - 3:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán is being investigated for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend at home this week, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke under condition of anonymity because no details have...
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FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2004, file photo, Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State in 1955, autographs a Hula Bowl T-shirt for a fan in Kaanapali, Hawaii. Cassady, a Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL running back, died early Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Tampa, Fla., Jerry Emig, the Ohio State associate athletic director said. He was 85. Cassady played both football and baseball at Ohio State in the early 1950s, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1955. He also played 10 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Detroit, and got the nickname "Hopalong" from local sports writers after the black-hatted Western star of the 1950s. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
September 20, 2019 - 8:35 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, the 1955 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State and running back for the Detroit Lions, died Friday. He was 85. He died in Tampa, Florida, his longtime home, the university said. "We've lost not only a legendary Buckeye, but also a wonderful person in...
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Players spray New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone as they celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels and clinching the AL East title with a 9-1 win in a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 19, 2019 - 10:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman got Albert Pujols to swing over a slider in the dirt, and the New York Yankees jogged to the infield to exchange handshakes and hugs after clinching their first AL East title since 2012. No wild celebration, not this year. Hours after the startling news that pitcher...
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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) gestures after reaching second base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 19, 2019 - 7:01 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club. He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title. Acuña became the second-youngest player in baseball history to hit 40 homers in a season, Freddie Freeman also drove in two runs and the Atlanta...
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Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (44) celebrates with Nicholas Castellanos, left, after Rizzo hit a home run against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 19, 2019 - 5:46 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit a tying home run in his surprise return to the lineup Thursday night for the opener of a crucial four-game series against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals. Four days after suffering a sprained right ankle that threatened his status for the...
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