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Ex-All-Star Mondesi gets 8 years in jail

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of embezzlement during his term as mayor of his hometown in the Dominican Republic.

The district court of San Cristobal, a town west of the capital Santo Domingo, also ordered this week that Mondesi pay a $1.3 million fine.

The Attorney General's office charged Mondesi of embezzling $6.3 million while he was mayor of San Cristobal from 2010-16, according to the court.

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Dodgers reduce NL West magic number to 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) It hasn't been easy of late, but the Los Angeles Dodgers are on the brink of taking their fifth straight NL West title.

Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier and Curtis Granderson homered as the Dodgers clinched a tie for the crown, ending a four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 Thursday.

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Indians sweep Angels for 27th win in 28

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) It's time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only . 1884 Providence Grays.

They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of 28 games.

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Vargas, Cabrera lead Royals past Jays

TORONTO (AP) Jason Vargas and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, Melky Cabrera had three hits and the game's only RBI, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 on Thursday night.

Vargas (17-10) struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. None of the three batters he walked advanced beyond first base.

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Dickey pitches Braves past Nationals 3-2

ATLANTA (AP) R.A. Dickey frustrated Washington with his knuckleball for eight innings, Ozzie Albies had three hits and the Atlanta Braves beat the Nationals 3-2 on Thursday night.

After Ryan Zimmerman's leadoff homer in the second inning, the 42-year-old Dickey gave up only one hit - a two-out single by Trea Turner in the third - over the next five innings. Turner was picked off first base.

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Arrieta returns as Cubs visit Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Jake Arrieta returns to the mound Thursday as the Chicago Cubs try to lock down the National League Central when they open a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The right-hander has been out since tweaking his right hamstring on Sept. 4. He missed two turns through the rotation but reported no issues after a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday and was cleared to return.

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Judge hits No. 45 as Yanks sweep Twins

NEW YORK (AP) Didi Gregorius took away one of Derek Jeter's titles.

Jeter always will be remembered for leading the Yankees to five World Series championships. In his third season as Jeter's replacement, Sir Didi surpassed his predecessor for the most home runs by a Yankees shortstop in a season.

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Stanton hits 56th HR, Marlins sweep Mets

MIAMI (AP) Home runs before small crowds in the eighth inning of lopsided games between also-rans count, too, which is fortunate for Giancarlo Stanton.

Now he needs only five more for 61.

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Girl hit by Yanks' foul ball in hospital

NEW YORK (AP) A young girl at Yankee Stadium was injured by a 105 mph foul ball off the bat of Todd Frazier during Wednesday's game against Minnesota, leading some players to call for protective netting to be extended.

The Yankees said the girl was taken to a hospital for treatment, and New York manager Joe Girardi said he had been told by team security that she was OK. The game was delayed for about 4 minutes while she was attended to and then carried from the seats in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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