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A look at what’s happening around the majors today: PULLING TOGETHER The grieving Angels go for their sixth consecutive victory since the All-Star break when they host Houston again. Los Angeles (50-46) has won eight of 11 since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs and moved four games above .500 for the first time since …

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — All-Star Matt Chapman homered and had five RBIs, leading the Oakland Athletics past the Seattle Mariners 9-2 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight win. Matt Olson followed Chapman’s fifth-inning drive with a solo homer that extended his hitting streak to 11 games, marking the seventh time the A’s hit back-to-back …

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colin Moran drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored twice in the ninth for a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night. Francisco Liriano (4-1) pitched the eighth and earned the victory. Felipe Vazquez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 21st …

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a two-run double off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen with one out in the bottom of the ninth after pinch-hitter Matt Beaty hit a three-run homer off Philadelphia closer Hector Neris in the top half, rallying the Phillies to a 9-8 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Pinch-hitter Andrew …

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce left Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers in the third inning with a right oblique strain. Bruce appeared to get hurt on a checked swing. He grabbed his side and departed after a trainer came out to see him. The Phillies already lost two of their original …

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NEW YORK (AP) — Benches cleared but no punches were thrown following a shouting match between Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia and Tampa Bay Rays hitter Avisaíl García during a game Tuesday night. Sabathia struck out García looking to strand two runners in the sixth inning. Sabathia appeared to say something to García as he walked …

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Montgomery and Danny Duffy are being reunited on a pitching staff for Kansas City for the first time since 2011, when they were highly regarded left-handers in the Royals’ minor league system. Montgomery was traded to Kansas City by the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs for catcher Martin Maldonado on …

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have activated Hunter Pence from the injured list after he missed 23 games and his chance to start in the All-Star Game. Pence, out since June 17 with a right groin strain, was activated before Tuesday night’s game against Arizona. He was set to bat third as the …

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels all acknowledge they’re still mourning Tyler Skaggs‘ death, even if the relentless grind of the baseball schedule doesn’t give them much time to do it. Kevan Smith believes that pain contributes to the passion with which the Angels are climbing the standings without their teammate and friend. …

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CHICAGO (AP) — With their All-Star catcher sidelined, the Chicago Cubs quickly found some experienced help behind the plate. The NL Central leaders acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City on Monday night that sent left-hander Mike Montgomery to the Royals. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced the deal following Chicago’s …

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