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Pujols in lineup after missing 3 games

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols is back in the lineup after missing three games in a row because of tendinitis in his right hamstring.

Pujols is listed as the designated hitter and batting third against Tampa Bay on Monday night. He was hitting .247 with five homers and 32 RBIs in 40 games before being sidelined.

Pujols is four homers away from 600 in his career.


Gomes has 5 RBIs as Indians sweep Astros

HOUSTON (AP) In an up-and-down season, the American League champion Cleveland Indians left Houston feeling pretty good after sweeping the Astros.

Yan Gomes homered and tied a career high with five RBIs to lead the Indians over the Astros 8-6 on Sunday.


Rockies top Reds, move to NL-best 28-17

CINCINNATI (AP) Kyle Freeland hadn't rounded the bases since 2011, back when he was a senior in high school. He remembered the way on Sunday.

The rookie pitcher hit one of Colorado's four solo homers off Bronson Arroyo, leading the Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the struggling Cincinnati Reds. Freeland pulled a 71 mph pitch over the wall in right field for his first major league homer.


Strasburg fans 11, Nationals avoid sweep

ATLANTA (AP) A strong start by Stephen Strasburg provided much-needed relief for Washington's drained bullpen. Then Koda Glover made a convincing pitch to be the Nationals' closer.

Strasburg struck out a season-high 11 and kept up his recent domination of the Atlanta Braves, leading Washington to a 3-2 win Sunday that stopped the Nationals' four-game losing streak.


Bryant has 2 HRs, Cubs beat Brewers 13-6

CHICAGO (AP) Through the first seven weeks of the season, the Cubs' offense has rarely produced as consistently as expected. Kris Bryant, though, was never concerned.

Bryant hit two home runs and Jake Arrieta tossed six steady innings to lead Chicago to a 13-6 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.


Loney granted release from Braves

ATLANTA (AP) First baseman James Loney has requested and received his release from the Braves' Triple-A Gwinnett team.

The 33-year-old Loney signed a minor league deal with the team on Thursday after the Braves learned first baseman Freddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist.


Baseball coming to VR headsets in June

NEW YORK (AP) Baseball games will soon arrive on virtual-reality headsets.

Video in the new At Bat VR app won't be in VR. Rather, the app places you behind home plate and shows you graphical depictions of each pitch, including a colored streak (red for strikes and green for balls) tracing the ball's trajectory. The data come from sensors Major League Baseball already has installed in all of its stadiums.


Astros place C McCann on concussion DL

HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion disabled list.

The move is retroactive to Saturday and comes a day after Houston placed ace Dallas Keuchel on the 10-day disabled list because of a pinched nerve in his neck.


Rangers' Darvish moves to 7-0 vs. Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Mike Napoli and Yu Darvish are still tormenting the Tigers.

Napoli homered to the camera platform beyond center field, and Darvish picked up yet another win over Detroit, helping the Texas Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers on Sunday night. Darvish has won all seven of his starts against the Tigers, and Napoli's fifth-inning drive was reminiscent of a home run he hit in Detroit in the playoffs a few years back.

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