• Red Sox confident of maintaining pace
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    Red Sox confident of maintaining pace

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox had the second-best start in franchise history, and still they are struggling to shake the New York Yankees in the AL East.

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  • Twins surging but still far behind in AL
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    Twins surging but still far behind in AL

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins took nine wins from an 11-game home stand into the All-Star break, a midsummer surge that can boost a middling team into the postseason race.

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  • Indians deal for All-Star reliever Hand
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    Indians deal for All-Star reliever Hand

    CLEVELAND (AP) The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians have bolstered their bullpen with the acquisition of lefty All-Star closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catching prospect Francisco Mejia.

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  • PBS to air Ted Williams documentary
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    PBS to air Ted Williams documentary

    ALBQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio.

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  • Dodgers land All-Star Machado from O's
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    Dodgers land All-Star Machado from O's

    (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, garnering the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night.

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  • Angels praise Trout for not selling out
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    Angels praise Trout for not selling out

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.

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  • Revamped Marlins show signs of progress
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    Revamped Marlins show signs of progress

    MIAMI (AP) By one reading of the Derek Jeter meter, not much has changed with the Miami Marlins since he took over.

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  • So-so showings for Scherzer, Harper
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    So-so showings for Scherzer, Harper

    WASHINGTON (AP) For Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper and any Nationals Park regulars in attendance, this home All-Star Game probably felt rather familiar. A lot of hype, some so-so performances and, at times, a nearly silent ballpark.

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  • MLB willing to loosen spikes color code

    MLB willing to loosen spikes color code

    WASHINGTON (AP) Major League Baseball is willing to loosen the regulations for the color of players' spikes.

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  • MLB: Osuna can play with charge pending
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    MLB: Osuna can play with charge pending

    WASHINGTON (AP) Baseball does not have a problem with Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna returning from a domestic violence suspension while a legal charge could remain pending.

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  • Players open to expanded DH, wild card
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    Players open to expanded DH, wild card

    WASHINGTON (AP) Baseball players are open to extending the designated hitter to the National League and to expanding the winner-take-all wild-card playoff to a multi-game series. Management has little interest.

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