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Estrada stays with Jays for 1 year, $13M

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TORONTO (AP) Pitcher Marco Estrada has signed a one-year, $13 million contract to remain with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2018.

Estrada is 9-8 with a 4.84 ERA in 31 starts this season, his third with Toronto.

After reaching the ALCS in each of Estrada's first two seasons, the Blue Jays have slumped to last in the AL East this season. Estrada is one of five current starters now under contract for 2018, including left-hander J.A. Happ and right-handers Joe Biagini, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman.


Struggling Dodgers near NL West crown

PHILADELPHIA -- A series between the team with the best record in baseball and one with the second-worst certainly hasn't gone the way one might expect.

Just a few games away from clinching their fifth division title in a row, the Los Angeles Dodgers have run into a surprisingly difficult Philadelphia Phillies squad in the City of Brotherly Love.


KC's Gordon hits MLB's record 5,694th HR

TORONTO (AP) Kansas City's Alex Gordon broke Major League Baseball's season home run record with 12 days to spare, hitting the 5,694th long ball of 2017 on Tuesday night.

Gordon's home run off Toronto reliever Ryan Tepera broke a mark set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. The drive, which drove in the last run in the Royals' 5-2 loss, was his eighth this season and the 159th of his 11-year big league career.


Cubs push run to 7 in Maddon's return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Back at Tropicana Field, Joe Maddon got to show off his Chicago Cubs.

Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit his 28th home run and the Cubs extended their winning streak to a season-high seven by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 Tuesday night.


Sabathia helps Yankees go 6 up on Twins

NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia found himself in trouble as soon as he stepped on the mound Tuesday night.

The veteran left-hander was able to escape an early jam, setting the tone for the rest of the game.


Indians down Angels, now 25-1 last 26

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jay Bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, Austin Jackson singled four times and the incredible Cleveland Indians rolled on by beating the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 Tuesday night for their 25th victory in 26 games.

Roberto Perez added a solo home run for the AL Central champions to support a strong outing by Mike Clevinger (11-5).


Brewers blank Bucs again to keep pace

PITTSBURGH (AP) The zeroes keep piling up for Brewers' pitchers. So are the wins.

Chase Anderson had eight strikeouts in six innings, Domingo Santana homered and the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second straight day, 1-0 on Tuesday night.


Loss drops Rockies' WC lead to 1 game

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Carlos Gonzalez could have let the ball drop and watched Hunter Pence end the game with a hit. Instead, with the Rockies playing five infielders, Gonzalez ran down a difficult fly ball in center field and Pence had a sacrifice fly.

Colorado is in contention, and Gonzalez is committed to going hard and hustling until the final out to prove these Rockies should be a playoff team.


Fowler has 2 key hits as Cards win in 10

CINCINNATI (AP) Dexter Fowler is doing everything he can to get the St. Louis Cardinals into the playoffs

Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the Cardinals knock off the Cincinnati Reds 8-7 on Tuesday night.

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