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Chicago White Sox's Daniel Palka celebrates his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young)
July 15, 2018 - 6:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Although the White Sox head into the All-Star break with nearly twice as many losses as wins, the players remain optimistic. Sunday certainly provided a reason for hope. Daniel Palka and Yoan Moncada homered, and Lucas Giolito tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning, lifting...
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Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado follows through on a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
July 15, 2018 - 6:18 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — For well over six seasons, Manny Machado's value to the Baltimore Orioles has been solely his ability to hit and play the field. All that has changed, now that the Orioles are looking to receive a huge return for their All-Star shortstop in a blockbuster trade. Machado homered...
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Cleveland Indians' Edwin Encarnacion reacts after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees reliever Chad Green during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
July 15, 2018 - 5:50 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — With a flight to catch, Michael Brantley quickly dressed and stuffed some batting gloves, cleats and other gear into a red-white-and-blue duffel bag. Brantley's headed to the All-Star Game. Before leaving, he again showed why he's going. Brantley homered leading off the eighth...
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Boston Red Sox's J.D. Martinez (28) welcomes home Xander Bogaerts, right after Bogaerts hit a home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 15, 2018 - 5:45 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts homered in his first at-bat a day after hitting a walk-off grand slam and drove in two runs, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday to enter the All-Star break with their best record since 1949. Brock Holt also drove in two runs for the AL...
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France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy aloft after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
July 15, 2018 - 5:44 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Taking turns sliding across the rain-soaked turf holding the World Cup trophy tight, teenager Kylian Mbappe and the rest of France's players acted like the youthful bunch they are. Nothing, not a Pussy Riot protest nor a postgame downpour that soaked Russian President Vladimir Putin,...
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Miami Marlins' Brian Anderson looks up as he scores on his three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
July 15, 2018 - 5:36 pm
MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins' rally in the fifth lasted so long Phillies first baseman Carlos Santana headed for the dugout after the second out, thinking the inning was over. Instead Miami scored four more runs. Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in Miami's eight-run fifth, sending the Marlins to a...
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France's Antoine Griezmann, points to two stars on his jersey indicating two world cup wins, as he celebrates with Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
July 15, 2018 - 5:23 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The ball skidded across the pristine Moscow pitch and time seemed to slow. This was Kylian Mbappe's moment, at just 19, to become the youngest player since Pele to score in a World Cup final. Did he hesitate? Did he wilt under the weight of hundreds of millions of eyes trained on TV...
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Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, left, presents a T-shirt to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP)
July 15, 2018 - 5:16 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Despite a national wave of elation from the World Cup that bathed Russia in a rosy light, President Vladimir Putin will face some challenges in extending the post-soccer glow at home and abroad. Well-organized, festive and friendly, the World Cup has shown off a welcoming and modern...
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Stewards pull a woman off the pitch after she stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
July 15, 2018 - 5:13 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin's side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards tackled...
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Detroit Tigers' John Hicks hits a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros Sunday, July 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
July 15, 2018 - 4:54 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — John Hicks hit one of Detroit's four home runs off Justin Verlander, and the Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Sunday. Verlander (9-5) allowed a season-high six runs on six hits, striking out 12, as he lost his third straight decision...
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