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Red Sox look to clinch AL East in Bronx

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NEW YORK -- The last time the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox got together on July 1, Aaron Hicks hit three homers and David Price was roughed up. It added up to an 11-1 rout for the Yankees and both teams exited Yankee Stadium tied for first place in the American League East.

It seemed the dogfight for AL East supremacy was on, but the Red Sox gradually pulled away. When the rivals get together Tuesday night for the opener of a three-game series, they will have differing goals.

The game was originally scheduled to start in the afternoon but was moved back six hours due to the forecast of heavy rain in New York.

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Judge homers at Yankee Stadium workout

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge lofted an opposite-field homer during a series of simulated plate appearances against a Yankees minor leaguer Tuesday morning, another box checked as the All-Star slugger works his way back from a broken right wrist.

Judge hit against right-hander Adonis Rosa at Yankee Stadium shortly after New York announced it had moved its scheduled 1:05 p.m. game against the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox to 7:05 p.m. due to a forecast of rain.

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Kershaw aims to pitch Dodgers by Rockies

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will send their longtime staff ace to the mound Tuesday in a key National League West clash, while the Colorado Rockies will have their difference maker poised for another second-half masterpiece.

September matchups with a division title on the line do not get much better than three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw against outside Cy Young contender Kyle Freeland in a must-see duel of left-handers.

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Rays' Snell goes for MLB-best 20th win

There are plenty of baseball insiders who feel that Blake Snell, Tampa Bay's left-handed ace, has been the best pitcher in the major leagues this season. Racking up 19 wins in 24 decisions will help Snell make that claim as well.

Snell (19-5, 2.06 ERA) has a chance to tie club history on Tuesday when the Rays square off against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, in the middle game of a key three-game series.

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Kluber tries to bounce back vs. ChiSox

CLEVELAND -- Coming off the worst start of his major league career, two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber will be on the mound Tuesday night when the Cleveland Indians host the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a three-game series.

Kluber (18-7, 2.91 ERA) will make his first start since a 6-5 loss in Tampa Bay on Sept. 9, when Kluber only lasted 1 2/3 innings, throwing 55 pitches. Forty-four of those pitches came in the second inning and resulted in only two outs. It's the most pitches that Kluber has ever thrown in one inning.

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Yelich has 2nd cycle vs. Reds in 3 weeks

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich cycled his way into the record book.

Milwaukee's streaking slugger became the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle twice in one season against the same team, driving in four runs to lead the Brewers over the Cincinnati Reds 8-0 on Monday night.

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Rockies SS Story exits with elbow injury

LOS ANGELES (AP) Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has been removed from a critical game against the Los Angeles Dodgers with an elbow injury.

Story hurt his right elbow on a throw to first base in the first inning Monday night and aggravated it when he swung and missed at a pitch in the fourth. He walked a few steps up the third base line, got into a crouch and leaned on his bat as he was met by manager Bud Black and a trainer.

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Cardinals hit 4 HRs, outslug Braves 11-6

ATLANTA (AP) Miles Mikolas has been unbeatable this season when the St. Louis Cardinals score him a couple of runs.

He's 16-0 when getting at least two runs of support, a big asset for the Cardinals as they stay in the postseason hunt.

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Hendricks' gem sends Cubs past D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) Kyle Hendricks received a standing ovation from Chicago Cubs fans in Arizona for merely laying down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth inning.

He earned all that applause away from home with the way he pitched on the mound.

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