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Orioles allow 259th HR to set MLB record

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BALTIMORE (AP) For a while, there's been no doubt the Baltimore Orioles would set a dubious record for the most home runs allowed in a season.

It was just a matter of where and when.

And that came early Thursday night when Tampa Bay's Austin Meadows sent a drive sailing over the right field scoreboard at Camden Yards. Much later, the Rays finished off a rain-delayed, 5-2 win that ended shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.

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MLB bans players from Venezuelan league

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is banning players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League in one of the first public repercussions of new U.S. economic sanctions against the Venezuelan government.

MLB said Thursday it is in contact with the U.S. government to determine how to proceed under the new sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro's administration and at least temporarily suspending involvement in the league.

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Surging A's jump on Tanaka, sweep Yanks

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tanner Roark has been in Oakland long enough already to understand this winning vibe.

Roark is doing his part to keep the Athletics on a roll as the September stretch run approaches, striking out seven without walking a batter over six-plus innings in a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night for a three-game series sweep.

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Scherzer goes 4 in return, Nats top Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) To Max Scherzer, a short outing was totally OK.

"I can't get hurt again," the Washington Nationals ace said. "That's just the reality of this."

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Syndergaard stifles Tribe, Mets stay hot

NEW YORK (AP) The only thing that stopped Noah Syndergaard was the weather.

Syndergaard retired the first 16 hitters and allowed two hits over six dominant innings before a heavy storm interrupted him, and the New York Mets beat the Cleveland Indians 2-0 Thursday night in a rain-shortened game for their fifth straight win.

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Acuña lifts Braves to 5th straight win

ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. has found multiple ways to beat the Miami Marlins this year. He only wishes the season series wasn't over.

"Yeah, I definitely think it was an appropriate way and a fitting ending to the way we played the Marlins," he said through a translator. "But I would have much rather hit a home run against them."

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Cubs beat Giants 1-0 for 5th win in row

CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon says Wrigley Field plays like two different ballparks depending on the elements.

His team is finding success in both versions.

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Cole Ks 12 in 7 scoreless as Astros win

HOUSTON (AP) A day after failing to back a gem by ace Justin Verlander, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros were determined to convert on another from Gerrit Cole.

Cole struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings, Bregman homered and the Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 Thursday night. After the Tigers stunned Houston in a 2-1 win Wednesday despite Verlander's complete-game two-hitter, the Astros gave Cole more than enough run support.

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Fowler's HR in 7th caps Cards' comeback

ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina knew Dexter Fowler would come up big, even before Fowler did.

Marcell Ozuna, Paul DeJong and Fowler each hit two-run homers, and the St. Louis Cardinals came back to beat the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Thursday night.

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