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August 7, 2019

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The New York Yankees went deep five times against the Orioles in Wednesday night’s 14-2 win at Camden Yards, giving them 52 homers against Baltimore to break the record for most by a team against a single opponent in one season.

The record-breaking 49th homer came in the top of the fifth inning, when Gio Urshela sent a 97 mph sinker from reliever Miguel Castro over the left-center-field fence for a two-run shot.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis had to be restrained during a clash in the dugout with manager Brandon Hyde during Wednesday night’s 14-2 loss to the New York Yankees.

The New York Yankees have taken a wait-and-see approach to infielder Gleyber Torres’ perplexing core injury.

Torres went to a hospital on Sunday to be treated for a core issue. He received treatment and medication, proclaimed himself to be fine and served as New York’s designated hitter Monday against the Orioles.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Davis was lifted for pinch hitter Jace Peterson. Shortly afterward, the MASN broadcast showed a clip of Davis getting into a heated exchange with Hyde.

The rookie season for Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi and the transition from pitching in Japan to pitching in the majors has proved to be a challenge.

Kikuchi threw five strong innings, Mallex Smith doubled leading off the eighth and scored when Daniel Vogelbach beat out a potential inning-ending double play, and the Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday.

“I thought Yusei was outstanding today in the fact he went into the game trying to make an adjustment with his mechanics and he did,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “And he got some results. The ball had life on it today. That was the difference.”

Keston Hiura hit two home runs and drove in three runs Wednesday night, powering the Milwaukee Brewers to an 8-3 win and three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Brewers moved past the St. Louis Cardinals and into second place in the NL Central, three games behind the division-leading Chicago Cubs. Milwaukee entered the series mired in a four-game losing streak, and had lost six of seven. The Pirates fell to 4-21 since the All-Star break.

Jose Ramirez homered in both games, Cleveland’s bullpen combined on a four-hitter in the second game and the Indians swept a doubleheader Wednesday from the Texas Rangers to set up a four-game showdown series against the AL-Central leading Twins.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the opener as the Indians won 2-0, and he connected again in his first at-bat in the second game as Cleveland rolled to a 5-1 victory.

Gerardo Parra came back to haunt his former team. Parra hit a three-run homer, Joe Ross pitched six shutout innings of three-hit ball and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday.

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Ian Happ and Jose Quintana are both locked-in right now, and that’s good news for the Chicago Cubs.

Happ hit his second career grand slam, Quintana tossed two-hit ball through seven innings to win his sixth straight decision and the Cubs ripped the Oakland Athletics 10-1 on Wednesday.

Kyle Schwarber hit a three-run homer, Victor Caratini connected and Javier Baez kept up his latest hot streak with two hits and two RBI as the Cubs responded with a rout of their own after Oakland pounded them 11-4 on Tuesday night. NL Central-leading Chicago took two of three from the A’s and won its fifth in six games.

Manager Joe Maddon says the Chicago Cubs have signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The 33-year-old Lucroy was designated for assignment by the Angels last Friday, then cleared waivers and was unconditionally released by Los Angeles on Wednesday. The 10-year veteran and two-time All-Star is expected to join the NL Central-leading Cubs in Cincinnati on Thursday.

Yuli Gurriel drove in a team-record-tying eight runs, Gerrit Cole won his 10th consecutive decision and the Astros routed the Colorado Rockies 14-3 for their sixth victory in a row.

“It’s really incredible with this team, and I feel a big responsibility to drive runners in when they are on base,” Gurriel said in Spanish through an interpreter. “To be in that spot, I’m always focused and concentrating to get those runners in.”

Russell Martin drove a two-run, two-out single up the middle for the Dodgers’ 10th walk-off win of the season, and Los Angeles swept the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Martin delivered after a frustrating offensive day for the Dodgers, who have won five straight despite the best efforts of Jack Flaherty. Los Angeles couldn’t score during seven brilliant innings of four-hit ball by the Cardinals starter in his hometown ballpark, but the Dodgers still came through against St. Louis’ bullpen.

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Ozzie Albies homered twice in his second straight four-hit game, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Freddie Freeman both went deep, and the Braves again bashed their way past the Twins 11-7 on Wednesday.

“They’re relentless. That’s a really good ballclub,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said, reflecting on the Twins and their majors-most 224 home runs that is well on pace to break the all-time season record. “You never feel good against this club until the game’s over.”

The Minnesota Twins turned a triple play for the second time in less than three weeks when they achieved the rare feat Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves.

Twins left-hander Martin Perez was on the mound for both of the triple plays.

With three runs already in for Atlanta in the third inning and the bases loaded on Wednesday, Tyler Flowers hit a sharp grounder straight to third baseman Miguel Sano. He stepped on the bag and threw the ball to second baseman Jonathan Schoop, whose relay to first baseman C.J. Cron was in plenty of time to beat Flowers.

The Chicago White Sox came to Detroit on Monday with baseball’s third-worst offense. According to Fox Sports Detroit, the White Sox became the first major league team since at least 1974 to put a runner on base in every inning of a four-game series. They scored 26 runs and won three times, including an 8-1 rout on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash was blunt after the Rays closed out a homestand against Miami and Toronto with a 3-2 record.

“Not good enough,” Cash said after a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday. “You’ve got to do better than that. Where we’re at, we’ve got to find ways to win.”

Reliever Brock Stewart allowed two hits over four scoreless innings in his Toronto debut as the Blue Jays withstood a late Tampa Bay rally in a bullpen day.

Tampa Bay was able to maintain its one-half game lead for the second AL wild card spot over the Oakland Athletics, who lost 10-1 to the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Rays fell to 31-28 at home, a major drop-off from last season’s 51-30 mark.

Michael Conforto homered twice, Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil hit two-run shots and surging New York beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep.

The Mets took another early lead and posted their sixth straight victory, winning for the 13th time in 14 games. New York has swept the last-place Marlins three times this season.

They sat a season-high 11 games under .500 after dropping their first following the All-Star Game, but the Mets (59-56) have won at a torrid pace and own a major league-best 19-6 record since the break.

Relief pitcher Greg Holland, a three-time All-Star who led the National League in saves in 2017 with 41, was designated for assignment Wednesday by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Holland, in his ninth season and first with the Diamondbacks, is 1-2 with a 4.54 earned run average in 40 games. He has 17 saves in 22 chances but saw his ERA climb from 2.33 at the end of June to its current number. He has given up at least one earned run in seven of his past 13 appearances.

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