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A's try to move past Astros atop AL West

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- First place in the American League West will be on the line for the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics when they meet as co-leaders in the finale of a three-game series Sunday afternoon.

The A's completed a climb from 10 games out July 10 to catch the Astros on Saturday with a 7-1 victory that featured brilliant pitching by right-hander Trevor Cahill and an eight-double assault on Astros' pitching.

The A's (74-49), who began the series two games behind, also won 4-3 in 10 innings Friday night to get within arm's length of the Astros (74-49) entering Saturday's matchup.

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Indians' Martin released from hospital

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Leonys Martin is being released from the Cleveland Clinic after being hospitalized because of a life-threatening infection.

Team president Chris Antonetti says Martin was to be released later Sunday.

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Cards look to complete sweep of Brewers

ST. LOUIS -- For the first time in weeks, the Milwaukee Brewers find themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff race.

They have nobody to blame for themselves.

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Red Sox ace Sale goes back on DL

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale understands it's a perfect time for the Boston Red Sox to be cautious with his troublesome shoulder.

He's just frustrated that he's back on the disabled list.

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DeGrom beats Phils with CG, ERA now 1.71

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jacob deGrom didn't take any chances of being lifted after a rain delay. Then, the New York Mets ace finished off one of his best performances of the year.

DeGrom pitched his first complete game of the season and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.71, leading the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Saturday.

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Martinez hits 38th HR, Red Sox win again

BOSTON (AP) David Price believes he's finally become the pitcher the Boston Red Sox were looking for when they signed him.

Price pitched seven solid innings, J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 38th homer after Boston jumped to a quick lead and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Saturday night for their 17th victory in 20 games.

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Musgrove stifles Cubs, Pirates snap skid

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates held the Chicago Cubs to one run for a third straight game.

This time, the Pirates scored enough to win it.

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Stanton's HR, Severino's 8 Ks lift Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) Another day, another big swing for Giancarlo Stanton.

The slugger just loves this time of year.

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Cobb's rare CG helps O's end Tribe's run

CLEVELAND (AP) Alex Cobb looked a lot better than his major league-leading 15 losses.

Cobb pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in five years, and the Baltimore Orioles snapped Cleveland's six-game win streak with a 4-2 victory over the Indians on Saturday.

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