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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell hits a three-run home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. Bell is among eight competitors in this year’s All-Star Game Home Run Derby, which is handing out a $1 million prize to the winner. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
July 08, 2019 - 1:49 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: DERBY DAY The All-Star Game might not count anymore, but the Home Run Derby is upping the stakes. This year's derby includes a $1 million top prize, and the participants are taking it seriously. Milwaukee's Christian Yelich, Toronto's Vladimir...
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Sam Huff, of the Texas Rangers, runs after hitting a two-run home run during the seventh inning of the MLB All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Cleveland. The MLB baseball All-Star Game is to be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 07, 2019 - 9:44 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — On this night, baseball's future stayed undecided. Texas catching prospect Sam Huff's two-run homer in the seventh inning rallied the American League to a 2-2 tie with the National League on Sunday — and provided the first glimpse of an All-Star tiebreaker — in a Futures Game that...
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Members of the National Guard load water onto an SUV in the aftermath of an earthquake Sunday, July 7, 2019, outside Trona High School in Trona, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 07, 2019 - 8:52 pm
RIDGECREST, Calif. (AP) — Shaken residents were cleaning up Sunday from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded "Big One" strikes. California is spending more than $16 million to...
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Los Angeles Angels' Jonathan Lucroy, center, is helped by medical personnel after colliding with Houston Astros' Jake Marisnick during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 07, 2019 - 7:45 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy was carted off the field Sunday after a violent collision at the plate with Houston's Jake Marisnick, and manager Brad Ausmus thinks the league should consider suspending the Astros outfielder. The team said Lucroy was taken to a hospital...
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Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann pulls back from the tag as Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro, left, is out sliding home during the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 7, 2019, in Atlanta. The Braves won 4-3. (AP Photo/John Amis)
July 07, 2019 - 5:32 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Charlie Culberson has only a lukewarm acceptance of his "Charlie Clutch" nickname. Culberson only made the moniker more difficult to shed with his game-saving throw to the plate in the ninth inning against Miami. Josh Donaldson capped his strong first-half finish by hitting a two-run...
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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty throws to a San Francisco Giants batter during the first inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Sunday, July 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 07, 2019 - 4:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty has completed six no-hit innings against the San Francisco Giants. Flaherty has thrown 70 pitches and struck out six. The 23-year-old retired his first 12 batters before walking Alex Dickerson leading off the fifth. He struck out...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell hits a three-run home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Adbert Alzolay during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. Bell is among eight competitors in this year’s All-Star Game Home Run Derby, which is handing out a $1 million prize to the winner. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
July 07, 2019 - 3:26 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jim Thome holds the record for the longest home run in Progressive Field history, a 511-foot shot against Kansas City in 1999. Two years earlier, the Hall of Fame slugger recorded a more dubious mark during the All-Star Home Run Derby. "I didn't hit one," Thome said sheepishly. It'...
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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Charlie Morton works from the mound against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday July 7, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Audette)
July 07, 2019 - 3:19 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings to help the Tampa Bay Rays split a four-games series with the AL East-leading New Yok Yankees, 2-1 on Sunday. Morton (10-2) allowed one run, five hits and one walk in lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.32. The AL All-Star has...
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FILE - In this July 2, 2019, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich hits a solo home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Tanner Roark during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Josh Bell and Yelich are among eight competitors in this year’s All-Star Game Home Run Derby, which is handing out a $1 million prize to the winner. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)
July 07, 2019 - 2:56 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers has pulled out of Monday's All-Star Home Run Derby with a back injury and will be replaced by Oakland Athletics slugger Matt Chapman. Major League Baseball announced Sunday that Yelich would sit out the Derby. Yelich leads...
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El abridor Max Scherzer, de los Nacionales de Washington, lanza en el tercer episodio del encuentro con los Reales de Kansas City, el sábado 6 de julio de 2019, en Washington. (AP Foto/Nick Wass)
July 07, 2019 - 1:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals ace Max Scherzer has determined that resting his ailing back is more important than pitching in the All-Star Game. A three-time Cy Young Award winner and seven-time All-Star, Scherzer struck out 11 over seven shutout innings on Saturday against Kansas City. Hours later,...
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