Cubs win 96th as Jon Lester continues to build Cy Young case

The Chicago Cubs have had Cy Young winners and MVPs and Rookies of the Year. What they haven’t had in a long time is a World Series championship. But when a team is going so well, sometimes the personal accolades go hand in hand with the ultimate team honor. At least that’s how the Cubs …

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There will be no toasting in St. Louis as Cubs offense stalls

ST. LOUIS — Put the champagne on ice, because it won’t be needed until the Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field later this week. The Cubs’ magic number to clinch the National League’s Central Division remained at three after a 4-2 loss Tuesday night to the team behind them, the St. Louis Cardinals. “It’s inevitable …

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Non-reviewable gaffe by umpire results in A.J. Hinch ejection vs. Indians

The Cleveland Indians were the beneficiaries of a blown call by the plate umpire that was not reviewable and resulted in the ejection of Astros manager A.J. Hinch during Houston’s 10-7 loss Thursday. Lonnie Chisenhall was at the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning and — on a 1-2 …

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Mike Trout: No doctor visit, no lingering pain after crash

SEATTLE — Mike Trout, hitting in his usual No. 3 spot for the Los Angeles Angels, had a three-run homer his first time up Friday night, two days after he was involved in a multi-vehicle accident. Puig rejoined the Dodgers on Friday after a spending a month with the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City. …

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josh donaldson homers again for blue jays

BALTIMORE — After blasting three home runs in a game for the first time in his career during the Blue Jays’ win Sunday, Josh Donaldson nearly left the yard in his first two at-bats during Monday’s 5-1 win at Camden Yards. Orioles center fielder Nolan Reimold made a terrific running catch on his fly ball …

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Cooperstown Cub? Kris Bryant’s career is off to a Hall of Fame start

LOS ANGELES — There’s something going on with Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant that is bigger than the National League MVP race. Few teammates — and certainly not Bryant himself — want to go there yet, but those observing him can: Bryant is a Hall of Fame player in the making. This isn’t about a …

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With Chris Tillman headed to DL, Orioles’ road to postseason got rockier

BALTIMORE — It’s official. Chris Tillman is headed to the DL. For the season, he is hitting .377 with eight homers and 15 RBIs in 18 games. “He’s playing himself into playing every day,” Girardi said. “That’s what he has done. It’s impressive. He was impressive [Monday] night. Not only what he did offensively, but …

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Yankees’ Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge have ‘Core’ values

“I think what is hard for them to prepare for here is what they face inside the clubhouse with the media,” manager Joe Girardi said. Girardi was talking about how rookies adjust to being Yankees. At times, Sanchez had fallen short as he went through the minors, from not being in the best shape to …

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Lourdes, 22, brother of Astros signee Yulieski, expected to hold showcase for all 30 teams

Lourdes, who played six seasons in Cuba, won’t be 23 until October. He will not be subject to the guidelines if he signs after he turns 23, and therefore stands to have more leverage if he signs after his birthday because teams would not have to use money from their international bonus pool to sign …

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Brandon Marshall says Darrelle Revis ‘baited’ him into skirmish

“He kind of baited me to do it, and I did it. It kind of went too far, but there’s a thin line between football and being a man.” Jets receiver Brandon Marshall on his scuffle with Darrelle Revis From there, Revis dominated Marshall at the start of team drills and held him without a …

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