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Sanchez, Abreu power White Sox past Twins 7-6 in 1st game

CHICAGO (AP) - Yolmer Sanchez homered and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu hit his 25th of the season and the Chicago White Sox held on to beat the Minnesota Twins 7-6 in the first game of a doubleheader Monday. Carlos Rodon (2-4) pitched effectively into seventh inning for the fifth straight outing to earn his first win since July 3.

Clayton Kershaw to make first career AAA start on Saturday

Anyone attending the Oklahoma City Dodgers game on Saturday will see something that's never happened before — Clayton Kershaw appearing in a AAA game.It was announced on Monday that Kershaw will ma

With turmoil at home, Venezuela Little Leaguers get big lift

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - The players from Venezuela look as happy as any other team, dancing to "Shake Your Groove Thing" with the tournament mascot before a win over Mexico and raising the roof to "Taking Care of Business" before a loss to Canada. They go through all the baseball routines - greeting a slugger after a home run, blessing themselves before at-bats and cheering their pitcher.

Astros’ Jose Altuve closing in on another 30-steal season

Altuve, who because of his bat is arguably the leading candidate for AL MVP, accounts for 38 percent of the Astros' stolen bases (76) this season.

Baseball teams schedule games to coincide with solar eclipse

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Baseball fans in more than a half-dozen cities are heading to ballparks to watch the solar eclipse as teams look to cash in with game-day viewing parties. Minor league teams from Oregon to South Carolina have scheduled games Monday to coincide with the total eclipse as it streaks across the United States.

On Deck: Astros vs. Nationals

The Astros haven't played the Nationals since 2014, when they lost each of the four meetings in the season series.

Semien and Cotton send Athletics past sloppy Astros 3-2

The play in the 3-2 victory reminded Semien of the last time he was involved in something similar — which actually was in Little League...

LEADING OFF: Royals all set to watch eclipse on day off

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE PARK The Kansas City Royals are off, and several of them already have big plans for their day away from Kauffman Stadium - they're going to watch the eclipse. Manager Ned Yost says he has the special glasses to see it, along with the app for his iPad to track the phenomenon.

Bullpens looming large again for this year’s postseason

Around this time last year, the Cleveland Indians were providing a preview of the American League postseason. Manager Terry Francona was using newly acquired reliever Andrew Miller in all sorts of situations, and for more than one inning if necessary.

Bell powers Pirates past Cards 6-3 in Little League Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Despite spending the afternoon with 12-year-old Little Leaguers who idolize pros like himself, Josh Bell didn't find himself dispensing much advice. "No one came to me and asked, 'What do you think about my swing?'" Bell said. "It was more like, 'Follow me on Instagram' or like this or that picture. It was more lighthearted." So he gave them a firsthand demonstration of how to hit one out.

Errors, quiet bats plague Astros in loss to Athletics

The Astros (76-47) managed only seven hits off A's starter Jharel Cotton and two relievers. Two fielding errors on the same play in the first inning and a passed ball in the sixth proved decisive in a sloppily played game for the American League leaders.

Cardinals, Pirates in awe of Little League spectacle

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Mike Matheny took a moment to look around the Lamade Stadium bleachers and was transported back in time. The sights reminded him of his childhood when the Cardinals manager idolized big leaguers just like the hundreds of Little Leaguers stretched out before him Sunday in seats beside their major league counterparts do.

Pirates top Cardinals in Little League Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Josh Bell homered and drove in four runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in the Little League Classic on Sunday night.

Gonzalez pitches 6 scoreless, White Sox hold off Rangers 3-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Miguel Gonzalez and Juan Minaya pitched out of trouble just well enough on Sunday. Gonzalez escaped early trouble to finish six scoreless innings and Minaya recorded the final out after giving up a two-run homer, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Texas Rangers 3-2.

Getaway Day: The playing field is leveling off as the wild-card chase takes shape

In a week that may be best remembered for Giancarlo Stanton's one-man war on the seats over outfield walls of Marlins Park or Aaron Judge's monogamous relationship with striking out, there was a much m