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Rangers prez Daniels out after 17 years

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jon Daniels was the general manager of the Texas Rangers for their only two World Series appearances more than a decade ago. His 17 years leading the club ended with a string of bad seasons.

Daniels was relieved of his duties as president of baseball operations Wednesday, when team owner Ray Davis informed him that his contract wouldn't be renewed at the end of this season. Davis said he had been contemplating the move for several months.

"Bottom line is we're not good, and we haven't been good for six years," Davis said. "To be competitive going forward, I felt that we needed to make a change."

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Angels star Trout planning Friday return

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout intends to return to the Los Angeles Angels' lineup on Friday in Detroit.

Trout hasn't played since July 12, missing the Angels' past 30 games with an injury to his upper back and ribcage. He faced live pitching Monday and worked out Wednesday, leaving him confident he will be able to play against the Tigers when the Angels open a 10-game trip.

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Baty homers in 1st AB, Mets cool Braves

ATLANTA (AP) The first time Brett Baty stepped on the field in the big leagues, he simply took a look around.

"I wanted to soak it all in," he said.

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Yanks top Rays on Donaldson walkoff slam

NEW YORK (AP) Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning as the clock struck midnight, and the struggling New York Yankees salvaged an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Gleyber Torres singled leading off the 10th of Jalen Beeks (2-2) and Anthony Rizzo walked before Donaldson lifted a one-strike, 97 mph fastball to the short porch in right field. He flipped his bat and raised his arms immediately after he connected.

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Gonsolin dominates, 1st in NL to 15 wins

MILWAUKEE (AP) Tony Gonsolin pitched seven scoreless innings for his 15th victory, Austin Barnes and Max Muncy homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Gonsolsin (15-1) matched the Astros' Justin Verlander for the major league lead in wins. Los Angeles is 21-5 since the All-Star break and has the majors' best record at 81-35.

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Valdez, Astros snap White Sox's run

CHICAGO (AP) Framber Valdez threw seven solid innings, Yordan Alvarez drove in a run and scored one, and the Houston Astros beat the White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday night, ending Chicago's five-game winning streak.

The AL West-leading Astros hung on after blowing late leads in the first two games of the series. The White Sox trail AL Central-leading Cleveland by two games.

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Stripling perfect for 6, Jays beat O's

TORONTO (AP) When Ross Stripling made his big league debut with the Dodgers on April 8, 2016, he was pulled from a no-hitter in the eighth inning.

It didn't come to that for Stripling Wednesday, but the Blue Jays right-hander wasn't prepared to give up the ball willingly this time.

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Guardians rally by Tigers with 6-run 8th

CLEVELAND (AP) All-Star Jose Ramirez blooped a go-ahead, two-run double as the Cleveland Guardians scored six runs with two outs in the eighth inning, rallying for a 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Rookies Steven Kwan and Oscar Gonzalez had RBI doubles, and Amed Rosario and Owen Miller added run-scoring singles in the eighth for the AL Central-leading Guardians. Cleveland trailed 4-1 in the sixth and 4-2 entering the eighth.

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Ohtani has 4 hits but Mariners sweep

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani's latest one-man show for the Los Angeles Angels included a two-run homer, a run-scoring triple, four hits and four RBIs.

Ohtani is a two-way superstar, but he's only one man - and the Seattle Mariners didn't have much trouble with the other 25 Angels while completing an impressive series sweep.

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