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Vladimir Guerrero Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays, hits during the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. The MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 08, 2019 - 9:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the All-Star Game (all times local): 10:25 p.m. Toronto rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will face New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso for the All-Star Home Run Derby title. Guerrero beat the Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson 40-39 in the semifinals after they extended to a...
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Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana speaks at a news conference, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Santana is a first-time All-Star at 33, another special moment for the Indians first baseman, who is having a storybook season after returning to Cleveland after a year in Philadelphia. The 90th All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 08, 2019 - 8:38 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Looking Cleveland summer chic, Carlos Santana strutted into the convention center's massive ballroom fashionably late. The first baseman's delayed entrance came long after Mike Trout, Francisco Lindor, J.D. Martinez and all the other American League players went to their assigned...
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Houston Astros' Justin Verlander speaks during a news-conference, Monday, July 8, 2019, in Cleveland. Verlander will be the American League starting pitcher for the 90th All-Star Game played on Tuesday in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
July 08, 2019 - 4:29 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sitting next to Justin Verlander, American League manager Alex Cora cheekily declared "we've got the opener" as he described his pitching plans. Touché! Houston's ace has been among the players most critical of some teams' practice of using relief pitchers as ersatz starters for an...
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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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