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Hall of Fame pitcher Bunning dies at 85

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's family said the ex-senator and baseball great died late Friday of complications from a stroke suffered last October. Bunning was the patriarch of a large family that included his wife, Mary, and their nine children, 35 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

"The family is deeply grateful for the love and prayers of Jim's friends and supporters," his family said in a statement. "While he was a public servant with a Hall of Fame career, his legacy to us is that of a beloved husband, caring father and supportive grandfather."


Strasburg Ks 15 as Nats blank Padres

WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg downplayed any notion that starting pitchers on the same team attempt to top each other. On the mound one day after Max Scherzer overwhelmed the San Diego Padres, the right-hander did just that.

Strasburg dominated San Diego with a career-high 15 strikeouts while allowing three hits over seven innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Padres 3-0 on Saturday.


Keuchel wins 8th in return, O's skid 6

HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel picked up right where he left off on Saturday night in his return from a short stint on the disabled list.

Keuchel (8-0), who missed one start with a pinched nerve in his neck, allowed four hits and one run while fanning eight in six innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.


Brewers' Anderson no-hits thru 7 in win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Chase Anderson's smile following a near no-hitter barely masked what it meant to perform well against the Diamondbacks franchise that decided to move him.

"I knew those guys as friends, as the team that traded you away," Anderson said. "You always have a little bit of a chip on your shoulder, you want to make them second guess that trade."


Johnson shuts out M's, BoSox's run at 6

BOSTON (AP) Brian Johnson had quite a turnaround in his second time on Fenway Park's mound.

Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.


A's Cotton no-hits Yanks for 5 but loses

NEW YORK (AP) Just back from the minors, Jharel Cotton totally knew what he was doing.

He was taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium.


Tribe ace Kluber expected back Thursday

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber, sidelined most of the month with a strained lower back, is expected to rejoin the Cleveland Indians rotation on Thursday against Oakland.

Cleveland's ace right-hander hasn't pitched since May 2 when he left his start against Detroit after three innings. He threw five scoreless innings for Double-A Akron on a minor league rehab assignment Friday.


Cards' Wainwright masters Rockies again

DENVER (AP) Adam Wainwright silenced Colorado's bats yet again - maybe even some critics, too.

"No matter how many times I keep telling people, `I'm sick and tired of hearing he's not what he once was,' I've got to prove it," the 35-year-old Wainwright said. "I'm working on shutting those people up."


Bautista powers surging Jays by Rangers

TORONTO (AP) Giving up a home run on the first pitch of the game didn't spoil Marco Estrada's good mood.

Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer that backed Estrada, and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Texas Rangers 3-1 Saturday and matched their longest winning streak this season at five.

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