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A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: — ANTHEM PROTESTS Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics became the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem on Saturday, adopting a protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in response to police treatment of blacks. More players …

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PHOENIX (AP) Giancarlo Stanton extended his club record with his 57th home run and set a team mark with his 125th RBI, lifting the Miami Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-6 on Saturday night. Arizona could have clinched a playoff spot with a win, but will have to wait another day at least. The Diamondbacks …

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Lance Lynn allowed eight runs in the first inning and the St. Louis Cardinals slipped up against the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-6 on Saturday night. St. Louis (81-73) entered the day 1 1/2 games behind Colorado, which plays San Diego on Saturday night, for the second NL wild card. The loss ended the Cardinals’ …

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CHICAGO (AP) Alex Gordon homered, Whit Merrifield drove in three runs and Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning to lead the Royals to an 8-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, keeping Kansas City’s slim playoff hopes alive. Salvador Perez went 2 for 4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles. With …

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ATLANTA (AP) Pinch-hitter Johan Camargo doubled in two runs in the three-run eighth inning, Rio Ruiz homered and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 on Saturday night. The Braves wiped out a 2-1 deficit against reliever Luis Garcia (2-5) when pinch-runner Micah Johnson replaced Matt Adams, stole second base and scored on Dansby …

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CINCINNATI (AP) The Red Sox took another step toward a division title, putting up another shutout that ended with a feel-good moment for their manager. Mitch Moreland ended his long slump with a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the eighth inning, and Boston beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Saturday. Boston has …

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SEATTLE (AP) Francisco Lindor led off the game with his 33rd home run, the most by a Cleveland middle infielder, and the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners 11-4 Saturday for their 28th victory in 30 games. Carlos Carrasco (17-6) matched teammate Cory Kluber and Boston’s Chris Sale for the most wins in the AL, allowing …

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ATLANTA (AP) Catcher Kurt Suzuki and the Atlanta Braves agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract for 2018. The 33-year-old has a career-high 18 homers, and the Braves value his work with young starting pitchers. ”You can see the potential and a lot of positives coming out of this,” Suzuki said. ”It is only going …

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Waiting for Travis Shaw at the plate after his game-winning, two-run homer were giddy teammates holding orange Gatorade buckets. Finally, the Milwaukee Brewers had something to celebrate in extra innings against the Chicago Cubs. Shaw went deep with one out in the 10th inning off All-Star closer Wade Davis, and the playoff-hopeful Brewers …

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