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Nationals one win from World Series after pummeling Cardinals

Washington DC without a World Series team in 86 yearsNationals starters continue to dominate struggling St LouisStephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals’ struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and d…

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Washington Nationals send LA Dodgers to shock playoff exit on Kendrick’s slam

Howie Kendrick’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Nats to 7-3 winDodgers crash out after league-best 106 wins in regular seasonWashington will open NLCS at St Louis Cardinals on FridayHowie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th in…

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Teammates turn on Acuna for lack of hustle after Braves’ playoff loss to Cardinals

21-year-old star admired drive rather than sprinting to secondAtlanta ended up losing tight game with St Louis 7-6Acuna has been benched for similar hiccup in pastIn a one-run playoff loss, Ronald Acuna Jr’s lack of hustle was the obvious mistake the A…

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MLB playoff preview: will the Dodgers finally hold their nerve?

The Boston Red Sox didn’t make the postseason, meaning we’re guaranteed a new World Series champion. We break down the final eight contendersThe wildcard games have been decided and the business end of the season is now upon us. Nothing is guaranteed i…

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Pete Alonso hits 53rd home run of season to break Aaron Judge’s rookie record

Mets slugger hits record HR in penultimate game of seasonJudge says he will buy Alonso dinner as a congratulationsOn the next-to-last day of his first major league season, the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run to break the rookie record …

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How the greatest Red Sox team in history turned into an embarrassment

There are World Series hangovers and there’s whatever is going on in Boston. And now the team have no general manager – and an uncertain futureIt hasn’t even been 12 months since the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, but it’s felt like far longer fo…

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Pirates’ All-Star closer Felipe Vázquez arrested for solicitation of a child

Two-time All-Star closer arrested on Tuesday in PittsburghVázquez, 28, could face more charges after search of devicesFelipe Vázquez, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ two-time All-Star closer, has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography…

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Detroit Tigers minor leaguer dies after skateboarding accident aged 27

Chace Numata has died days after being injured in an accidentCatcher, 27, was in his first season with the Tigers organizationTigers minor league catcher Chace Numata died Monday, days after being injured in a skateboarding accident in Pennsylvania. He…

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Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander throws third no-hitter of career

Astros righty tosses third career no-hitter against Blue JaysVerlander, 36, struck out 14 and threw 120 pitches in 17th winHouston Astros ace Justin Verlander tossed the third no-hitter on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.Verlander struck out 14 an…

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MLB warns players against dangers of over-the-counter sexual enhancers

MLB warns players against using gas-station sexual enhancersAt least two players have blamed failed drug tests on OTC pillsMajor League Baseball has warned its players about the “very real risk” of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at lea…

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Fast bowlers have not hit a new peak – they’ve just reached a plateau | Andy Bull

There is a school of thought that bowlers such as England’s Jofra Archer are bound to be faster now, simply because of the advances in sport science – reality suggests something differentAt 96mph the ball travels from the bowler to the batsman in the b…

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Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

Tweet came during two-game series between Florida teamsAustralian TV presenter was killed by stingray in 2006The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV…

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Houston Astros acquire Zack Greinke in stunning deadline pitching grab

Astros eclipse Yankees as AL favorites with stunning tradeNL-leading Dodgers add infield depth with Jedd Gyorko dealNationals reshape bullpen, adding three relievers at deadlineZack Greinke held the New York Yankees to two runs on two hits over five in…

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Yasiel Puig is ejected and traded in same inning as Reds and Pirates brawl

Outfielder involved in fight as NL Central rivals clash againNews of trade to Indians emerges just as fight takes placeCall it Pirates v Reds, round two and a fitting farewell for Yasiel Puig. Jarred Hughes hit Starling Marte with his first pitch in th…

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‘Like pitching in a rainforest’: MLB fans and players struggle in brutal heatwave

Temperatures have soared across large parts of United StatesTeams have stopped taking batting practice in extreme heatAt Wrigley Field, mist machines tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cle…

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Angels pay tribute to late Tyler Skaggs with ‘too-good-for-Hollywood’ no-hitter

Angels toss combined no-hitter while honoring fallen teammateRarity was first in California since 13 July 1991: Skaggs’ birthdaySkaggs, a pitcher, was found dead aged 27 in hotel room on 1 JulyWhen the Los Angeles Angels think about Tyler Skaggs in the…

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Improbable star Bieber shines as American League takes MLB All-Star Game

American League wins exhibition for seventh straight seasonLate roster addition Shane Bieber named Most Valuable PlayerAL pitchers combined to strike out to NL batters in ClevelandFor one night, the pitchers took back the power.Hours after an awesome H…

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Mets rookie Pete Alonso wins $1m in one night after victory in Home Run Derby

Prize dwarfs player’s 2019 salary from Mets of $555,000First baseman will give 10% of prize money to charityVlad Guerrero Jr hits 91 HRs over three rounds but loses finalMets rookie Pete Alonso has a million-dollar swing. New York’s newest slugger outl…

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Mets rookie Pete Alonso wins $1m in one night after victory in Home Run Derby

Prize dwarfs player’s 2019 salary from Mets of $555,000First baseman will give 10% of prize money to charityVlad Guerrero Jr hits 91 HRs over three rounds but loses finalMets rookie Pete Alonso has a million-dollar swing. New York’s newest slugger outl…

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Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dies aged 27

Team confirm player died before Texas Rangers gamePitcher also played for Arizona DiamondbacksThe Los Angeles Angels have confirmed pitcher Tyler Skaggs died before Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers. He was due to turn 28 on 13 July.“It is with g…