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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr., left, follows through with a double as Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp looks on in the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Dunedin, Fla. The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before their game against the Oakland Athletics, on Friday, April 26. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
April 24, 2019 - 11:02 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors today. VLADDY TIME Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his much-anticipated major league debut. The Toronto Blue Jays will promote their promising slugger before Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics, manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday...
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Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander, right, walks in the dugout after completing the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
April 24, 2019 - 10:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Verlander (4-0) retired the first 10 batters before Jorge Polanco crushed a pitch...
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In this Tuesday, July 31, 2018, photo, Buffalo Bisons third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. dives for the ball on a single by Lehigh Valley IronPigs' Aaron Altherr during first inning of a Triple-A minor league baseball game in Buffalo, N.Y. The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before their game against the Oakland Athletics, on Friday, April 26. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 24, 2019 - 9:49 pm
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Manager Charlie Montoyo announced the move after Toronto lost to San Francisco 4-0 on Wednesday. The Blue Jays are off Thursday. "Hopefully he becomes what...
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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright, left, talks with pitching coach Mike Maddux after working the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
April 24, 2019 - 4:42 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright was warm enough on a cool day, allowing one run in six innings for his 150th career victory, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Last year's MVP, Christian Yelich, had most of the day off but still...
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April 24, 2019 - 3:08 am
Atlanta Braves (11-11, third in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (9-13, fifth in the NL Central) Cincinnati; Wednesday, 6 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Mike Soroka (0-1, 1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 6 strikeouts) Reds: Tanner Roark (0-0, 3.60 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 20 strikeouts) LINE: Braves favored by 1...
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A trainer looks at Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, right, as he puts pressure on his knee after an injury at first base in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Cleveland. Carrasco pitched four innings and gave up two runs. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 23, 2019 - 10:26 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians' powerful pitching is suddenly problematic. Carlos Carrasco was pulled after four innings with an injured left leg and Miami quickly jumped on his replacement for three runs as the Marlins beat Cleveland 3-1 for their second road win Tuesday night. Carrasco, who was...
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New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 23, 2019 - 9:43 pm
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday: SABATHIA'S STRIKEOUTS Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia needs six strikeouts to join Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the only left-handers with 3,000 Ks, putting him within reach during a start against the Angels. Sabathia (1-0, 0.00 ERA) would...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper strikes out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 23, 2019 - 8:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big deals for Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others that included large signing bonuses masked an otherwise flat market for the second straight offseason that caused Major League Baseball's opening-day payrolls to drop by $43 million for 2019. Payrolls, however, rose by $131 million...
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New York Yankees' Kyle Higashioka, right, scores on a sacrifice fly hit by Gleyber Torres as Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, left, loses the ball during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 22, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 23, 2019 - 12:12 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After the Yankees' vaunted closer blew a 12th-inning lead, but before New York manufactured another run while striking out four times in the 14th, an Angels outfielder playing second base for the first time in his pro career dived to stop a grounder and made a fine throw to...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, left, is restrained while arguing with umpire Mark Carlson, right, during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Monday, April 22, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 23, 2019 - 1:35 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Muttering on his way back to the dugout, it was clear Bryce Harper was miffed. Moments later, the fans who had been heckling him at Citi Field saw just how mad he really was. Harper bolted from the bench , wildly pointing and yelling while confronting the plate umpire after being...
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