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St. Louis Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna (23) leans into the ivy after catching a fly ball hit by Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 21, 2019 - 2:36 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: TEXAS ONE-STEP The Astros can clinch a third straight AL West title with a win over the Angels or a loss by Oakland. Houston has won six straight games and is already assured a postseason spot, and it's getting shortstop Carlos Correa in the swing...
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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 21, 2019 - 12:02 am
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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Pete Alonso (20) de los Mets de Nueva York recorre las bases tras batear un jonrón ante los Rojos de Cincinnati, el viernes 20 de septiembre de 2019. (AP Foto/John Minchillo)
September 20, 2019 - 11:31 pm
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pete Alonso felt going into the season that reaching 50 home runs was possible. Now that he's there, it's become hard to believe. New York's rookie first baseman hit his major league-leading 50th home run, Jacob deGrom pitched shutout ball for seven innings and the Mets beat 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 - 10:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves clinched their second straight NL East title as 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 three runs to...
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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, right, celebrates with teammates at the end of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
September 20, 2019 - 8:09 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals are taking charge of the NL Central by grinding out tough, ugly wins. And bouncing back after absorbing some unpleasant blows. Molina overcame a painful foul tip to get three of St. Louis' four hits, including a two-run single, and the...
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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 - 6:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán is being investigated for an alleged domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend at home this week. The person spoke to the AP on Friday under condition of anonymity...
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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, center, poses with president of baseball operations Michael Hill, left, and CEO Derek Jeter, right, after a news conference Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in Miami. Mattingly will be back with the Marlins in 2020. His contract extension announced Friday is for two years, plus a mutual option for a third year in 2022. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
September 20, 2019 - 5:52 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Don Mattingly says he's glad to be returning next year as the Miami Marlins manager to provide stability for a struggling franchise, because as a player he experienced the other extreme. Mattingly played for the New York Yankees from 1982 to 1995, when they made 12 managerial changes...
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New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown carries his helmet during an NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
September 20, 2019 - 5:38 pm
The bad news comes almost daily, a reminder if anyone still needs it that sports is not all fun and games. The worst comes from off the field, where Antonio Brown is accused of rape by his former trainer in a lawsuit, and Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez is jailed and charged with attempting to 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 - 11:35 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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Atlanta Braves center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) follows through on a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Atlanta. The homer was Acuna's 40th of the season. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
September 20, 2019 - 3:02 am
A look at what's happening around the majors today: POPPIN' Ronald Acuña Jr. and the Braves are poised to break out the bubbly, with a magic number of one to clinch their second straight NL East title. They can celebrate when Mike Foltynewicz (7-5, 4.80 ERA) starts at SunTrust Park against San...
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