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Judge hurts oblique, likely headed to IL

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NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge took a swing, winced and then labored to make it all the way to first base.

Quickly, the crowd at Yankee Stadium went silent, realizing this was a most costly hit.

Judge hurt his left oblique and was expected to go on the injured list as the already banged-up New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 9-2 Saturday.


Mets' deGrom throws, may not need MRI

ST. LOUIS (AP) New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom played catch in the outfield of Busch Stadium and may not need an MRI on his elbow after all.

DeGrom said before the game at St. Louis on Saturday that his elbow soreness likely was from altering his routine during a recent bout of strep throat.


Yelich homers twice, Brewers top Dodgers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Braun stood in the on-deck circle, smiled and shook his head in disbelief as Christian Yelich crossed the plate after hitting his second home run of the game against Los Angeles on Saturday.

"I was just laughing. He is impossibly good right now," Braun said. "He's making something that's incredibly difficult look really easy. You kind of shake your head. What he's doing is incredibly impressive."


Twins bash 11 HRs in DH sweep of O's

BALTIMORE (AP) Eddie Rosario and the Minnesota Twins bashed their way into the team record book with a power display that began in the late afternoon and extended well into the night.

With Rosario leading the way, the Twins hit 11 home runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, squeezing out a 6-5 victory before cracking eight long balls in a 16-7 rout.


Red Sox beat Rays for first series win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Perhaps the Boston Red Sox will look back at this weekend as the games that got their title defense back on track.

The World Series champions won a series for the first time this season when Andrew Benintendi hit a grand slam and a tiebreaking ninth-inning sacrifice fly and catcher Christian Vazquez picked off Tommy Pham for the final out in a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.


Indians' Lindor makes season debut

CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor's comeback got upstaged by one from Atlanta.

Ronald Acuna Jr.'s two-run double highlighted a five-run rally in the ninth inning as the Braves stormed back to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night, gaining a split and spoiling Lindor's season debut.


Reds beat Padres for 3rd straight win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo wasn't sharp, but it was hard to tell.

"It's a pretty nice luxury when you don't have you best stuff and you strike out nine and walk one," Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said.


Marlins tag Scherzer in win over Nats

MIAMI (AP) Less than 24 hours after firing their hitting coach, the Miami Marlins broke out against one of baseball's best pitchers.

Curtis Granderson homered and the Marlins roughed up Max Scherzer in beating the Washington Nationals 9-3 on Saturday night to win a series for the first time this season.


Greinke dominant as D-backs blank Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Zack Greinke made it look easy in his first victory at Wrigley Field. Then, he got upstaged by a teammate making a memorable major league debut.

Greinke pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Taylor Clarke got a save and a hit after being called up from the minors, and the Arizona Diamondbacks knocked out three home runs in a 6-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

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