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DENVER (AP) — Ian Desmond hit a three-run homer as part of a six-run second inning and the playoff-chasing Colorado Rockies beat Miami 15-9 on Wednesday, hours after Major League Baseball approved the sale of the Marlins to an investment group featuring Derek Jeter. Charlie Blackmon reached 100 RBIs for the Rockies, who with three …

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CLEVELAND — Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano took 60 swings on Wednesday, a positive step as he tries to recover in time for the postseason. Sano has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20 with a stress reaction in his left shin. He’s not traveling with the team and worked out back in …

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CLEVELAND (AP) Michael Brantley’s chances of playing in the postseason for the Cleveland Indians have taken a surprising turn. The All-Star outfielder, who has been sidelined since Aug. 9 with a sprained ankle ligament and seemed destined to sit out his second straight playoff run, did some running Wednesday and manager Terry Francona said there’s …

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CLEVELAND — The Minnesota Twins are so close to the postseason that they can’t wait to play their next game. Minnesota’s magic number for claiming the American League’s second wild-card spot is one. A win Wednesday night over the Cleveland Indians or a loss by the Los Angeles Angels to the Chicago White Sox would …

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PHOENIX (AP) San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain says he’ll retire after his start at home on Saturday against San Diego. The 32-year-old Cain told his teammates on Wednesday in a closed meeting before the game at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched the first perfect game in Giants’ history in 2012. Cain, 3-11 …

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has reached 200 hits for the fourth season in a row. With his single in the first inning of Wednesday’s game at Texas, Altuve became only the fourth right-handed hitter in major league history with four consecutive 200-hit seasons. The last right-handed hitter with at least …

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MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins are Derek Jeter’s problem now. Major league owners on Wednesday unanimously approved the sale of the woebegone franchise by Jeffrey Loria to an investment group led by Jeter and Bruce Sherman. The deal needed 75 percent approval. A signed $1.2 billion agreement was submitted to Major League Baseball last …

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ST. LOUIS (AP) When Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell took out a St. Louis Cardinals fan’s plate of nachos while trying to catch a foul ball, the spectator had no idea he’d end up all over the internet. KSDK-TV reports that a video circulating on social media shows Russell running into the stands at Busch …

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LOS ANGELES — The San Diego Padres might be the most forlorn team in the major leagues. They were the odd team out in the National League West in 2017. The Los Angeles Dodgers set the division ablaze in the summer. The Arizona Diamondbacks have clinched an NL wild card. The Colorado Rockies are hanging …

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