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Yanks try to deny Red Sox clincher again

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NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox are trying to secure their third straight American League East title while the New York Yankees are preventing it from happening and auditioning potential starting pitchers for the wild-card game.

So far, the Yankees are 2-for-2 in keeping the champagne in storage for their rivals and New York will try to complete the sweep and keep the Red Sox from clinching Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

"We don't want them to celebrate here and we're going to do everything we can to not do that," New York's Neil Walker said Tuesday.

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Dodgers star Puig has home burglarized

LOS ANGELES (AP) Burglars caused $10,000 worth of damage to Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig's home while attempting to steal a safe.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the suspects broke into Puig's San Fernando Valley home Tuesday night. They ransacked the residence, found a safe in the second-floor master bedroom, and dragged it downstairs to the front door.

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Desperate Phils open series vs. Braves

ATLANTA -- The Phillies get the Braves in Philadelphia for three games to end the regular season, but it may not matter after the teams' four-game series at SunTrust Park starting Thursday night.

The Braves' magic number to win the National League East is down to six and that means they can clinch before the Phillies leave Atlanta on Sunday.

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Nats' Scherzer seeks 18th win vs. Mets

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals begin their final homestand of the season Thursday night when they host the New York Mets.

They'll play seven games over seven days against the Mets and Marlins, but the stakes are much lower than in previous years. They won't be clinching a playoff berth or setting a rotation or auditioning players for a post-season roster spot.

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Indians RHP Bauer to return Friday

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation.

The next step will come Friday night against the Boston Red Sox in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month.

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Braves beat Cardinals to end 4-game skid

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman spent the previous four seasons playing for an Atlanta team that averaged 90 losses a year.

Now that the Braves are back challenging for a division title, the All-Star first baseman knows his club can't afford any long losing streaks.

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Ray shuts down Cubs, D-backs rip Hamels

PHOENIX (AP) After resting most of their regular hitters, the Arizona Diamondbacks came through with a big win to avoid falling further behind in their playoff chase.

Christian Walker and Chris Owings homered off Cole Hamels, and Robbie Ray held the Cubs to one hit over six innings as Arizona beat the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs 9-0 Wednesday night.

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Piscotty's 5 RBIs help A's rout Angels

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have rarely endured even short losing streaks this season.

They're unfazed. These A's just keep swinging for the fences - and, they hope, right into the playoffs.

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Kipnis' walk-off slam lifts Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Jason Kipnis' game-ending grand slam and 1,000th career hit came on one big swing.

"I couldn't have drawn it up much better than that one," he said.

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