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Dodgers spoil Moncada's debut, run at 11

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CHICAGO (AP) While the Chicago White Sox are looking to the future as their top prospect made his debut with the club, the Los Angeles Dodgers are just fine in the present.

The MLB-best Dodgers slugged their way to a 9-1 victory Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game, winning their 11th straight and spoiling the White Sox debut of Yoan Moncada.

Kike Hernandez homered in his first two at-bats, breaking out of a 1-for-23 slump and helping the Dodgers to their 31st victory in 35 games. The game was called in the top of the eighth inning after a 37-minute delay.


Bryant sprains finger, Cubs' run hits 6

ATLANTA (AP) The Cubs are on the roll that had been long expected from the defending World Series champions.

Manager Joe Maddon said he likes the momentum created by a season-best six straight wins and feels even better about the positive energy in his clubhouse.


Arenado goes 5 for 6 with 3 HRs, 7 RBIs

DENVER (AP) To fire up Nolan Arenado , just give him a day off.

His manager mandated he sit a game, and Arenado stewed over it for a night before taking it out on the baseball.


Martinez bruises hand in Arizona debut

CINCINNATI (AP) J.D. Martinez couldn't stop his swing and get out of the way of an inside pitch. The ball plunked him on the side of his left hand.

Just like that, Arizona's newest addition was headed for the trainer's room, a stunning blow to a team that felt so good about his arrival a few hours earlier.


Angels' Meyer, 2 relievers 1-hit Nats

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The book on Alex Meyer was pretty clear: big stuff, bigger control problems.

Not so much Wednesday night for the 6-foot-9 right-hander.


Twins get rare home series win vs. Yanks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jose Berrios was coming off his worst start of the season, during which his personal trainer spotted some stiffness on the right side of his delivery.

He loosened up. The Minnesota Twins did too, with an early burst.


Pomeranz wins 10th as Red Sox beat Jays

BOSTON (AP) When Drew Pomeranz has been on the mound this season, it's usually meant good things for the Boston Red Sox.

Pomeranz pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Dustin Pedroia drove in three and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 on Wednesday night.


Royals bail out Herrera, rally by Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Everything you need to know about Brandon Moss's season could be summed up by the way he greeted a pack of reporters that gathered around his locker after a crucial hit in the ninth inning helped lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

"This is really nice," he said, "to talk to you guys about something other than sucking."


A's Gray wins potential final home start

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray has no idea whether he will be traded or not, yet he soaked in the standing ovation when he walked off the Coliseum mound nonetheless.

Gray struck out six pitching into the seventh in what might have been his final home start in Oakland if the club tries to deal him before the trade deadline, and the Athletics rallied in the fifth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 on Wednesday.

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