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Bieber tunes up for playoffs, Guardians top Royals 7-5

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber allowed two runs over five innings in his final start before the postseason, Josh Naylor and rookie Will Brennan hit three-run homers and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Sunday. Bieber (13-8) is scheduled to start Game 1 of the ...

Hernández homers twice, Jays win 9th straight over Red Sox

TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit two home runs, Whit Merrifield also connected and the Toronto Blue Jays edged closer to clinching home-field advantage in the wild-card round by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-3 Sunday. "Guys are hungry not just to get to the playoffs but to make a run," ...

Tigers beat young Woods Richardson, sloppy Twins 5-2

DETROIT (AP) — Eric Haase and Victor Reyes homered and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of Minnesota's sloppy play, beating touted pitching prospect Simeon Woods Richardson and the Twins 5-2 Sunday. Woods Richardson made his big league debut five days after turning 22 years old, making him ...

Braves sweep Mets, take 2-game lead in East with 3 remaining

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Olson knew the Atlanta Braves were too talented to stay in a season-long slump. That's why no one panicked when the New York Mets' division lead swelled to double digits in May. Now the Braves are on the cusp of another NL East title. "It's a clubhouse full of guys who ...

Villar single in 10th, Giants beat D-backs in home finale

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rookie David Villar hit a two-run, bases-loaded single with nobody out in the 10th inning to give the San Francisco Giants a 4-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, a dramatic finish to the final game of the season at Oracle Park. The win also kept alive ...

Márquez goes six vs Dodgers, helps Rockies end 7-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Germán Márquez gave up one hit over six innings to help the Colorado Rockies end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers hit a home run for the Rockies, who were victorious for just the second time since Sept. ...

Marlins win in 12, putting Brewers’ playoff hopes on ropes

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Miguel Rojas knocked in the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning to give the Miami Marlins a 4-3 win over the Brewers on Sunday, deflating Milwaukee's playoff hopes in the race for the final National League wild-card spot. Milwaukee (84-75) is two games behind the ...

Contreras gets ovations, Stroman goes 6, Cubs beat Reds 8-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras got several standing ovations in what could be his final home game at Wrigley Field, Marcus Stroman threw six scoreless innings and the surging Chicago Cubs won their seventh straight, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 on Sunday. Nelson Velázquez drove in four ...

Phillies top Nats, cut magic number to 1 in NL wild-card bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — J.T. Realmuto's Phillies now need just one more victory — or one more loss by the Milwaukee Brewers — to end Philadelphia's 11-year postseason drought. And the three-time All-Star catcher in his ninth season in the big leagues finally wants a taste of the playoffs ...

Padres clinch playoff berth when Brewers lose to Marlins

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres clinched their first playoff berth in a full season since 2006 on Sunday when the Milwaukee Brewers lost 4-3 to the Miami Marlins in 12 innings. The Marlins-Brewers game ended with the Padres batting in the bottom of the seventh inning against the ...

Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits 702nd homer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 702nd career homer in the third inning of Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pujols drove a 0-1 pitch from Roansy Contreras deep to center for a solo shot. The 42-year-old Pujols is fourth on the career home run ...

Nuggets sign GM Calvin Booth to multiyear extension

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets agreed to a multiyear contract extension with general manager Calvin Booth on Sunday. Booth, 46, is in his sixth season with the franchise. He started in 2017 as an assistant general manager before being promoted to GM in 2020. "Calvin has been a huge part ...

AP source: Heat, Herro agree on 4-year, $130 million deal

MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Herro's future is secure, and the Miami Heat have him locked up for five years. Herro signed a four-year contract extension with the Heat on Sunday. A person with knowledge of the details said the deal could be worth as much as $130 million — less than the maximum that ...

Newly promoted Mazzulla wins preseason debut for Celtics

BOSTON (AP) — Not too many NBA first-timers get to take over a reigning conference champion and oddsmakers' favorite to win an NBA title. Joe Mazzulla knows he's one of the lucky ones. "I felt like I was coaching a great team that wanted to win, that was fun to coach," the newly promoted ...

Brown, Tatum, 3-point shooting lead Celtics past Hornets

BOSTON (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and Jayson Tatum added 16 on Sunday as the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics opened under new coach Joe Mazzulla with a preseason 134-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Sam Hauser finished with 14 points for Boston, ...

Behind the stripes: What 3 NHL officials enjoy off the ice

It has been almost three decades since the NHL took the names off the back of officials' jerseys and replaced them with numbers. Since then, with the notable exception of Wes McCauley and his popular, flamboyant calls, most referees and linesmen generally fly under the radar and don't mind the ...

Elliott advances in NASCAR playoffs with Talladega victory

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — As the stars of NASCAR raged over safety concerns with the new car, rumors swirled the drivers would organize some sort of protest at one of the most dangerous tracks on the circuit. Perhaps they'd outright boycott Talladega Superspeedway. Or maybe they'd send their ...

Warne tribute as Fox wins Dunhill Links Championship

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Ryan Fox paid tribute to his former amateur teammate Shane Warne after claiming a one-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday. New Zealand's Fox had finished second in last year's team event in Scotland alongside former Australia cricket ...

Charley Hull wins in Texas to end 6 years without LPGA title

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) — Charley Hull put a little extra time into putting practice and it paid off for her in a big way Sunday when she ran off four birdies on the back nine for a 7-under 64 to win The Ascendant LPGA. Hull won for the first time on the LPGA Tour in nearly six years, and the ...

Hughes wins Sanderson Farms with birdie on 2nd playoff hole

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Whether it was sheer confidence or remarkable resilience, Mackenzie Hughes never doubted he would win the Sanderson Farms Championship. He just never imagined how it would unfold Sunday evening. Hughes had to make six key putts on the final seven holes — four of them ...