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Ex-All-Star Mondesi gets 8 years in jail

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(TSX / STATS) -- Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison for corruption and mishandling of public funds while serving as mayor of San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic.

Mondesi, who was also fined 60 million pesos, was the 1994 National League Rookie of the Year. He had been under house arrest since February while awaiting trial.

The 46-year-old will be prohibited from holding any public office in the country for 10 years.

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Sale 1st in AL with 300 Ks since 1999

(TSX / STATS) -- BALTIMORE -- Chris Sale received a standing ovation from a large contingent of Boston Red Sox fans at Camden Yards.

They appreciated another dominant performance by the left-handed ace.

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Stanton hits 56th HR, Urena wins 14th

(TSX / STATS) -- MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins may never have another pitcher with the combined talent and outgoing personality of Jose Fernandez, who died last year in a boat crash.

But on the one-year anniversary of the last game ever pitched by Fernandez, another Jose showed yet more signs he is ready to step up to become Miami's new ace.

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Judge hits No. 45 as Yankees sweep Twins

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- The personal milestones were nice, and sweeping the Minnesota Twins to widen their lead in the American League wild-card race also was enjoyable for the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

What weighed on their minds was the controversial issue of protective netting in seats closest to the field.

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Indians beat Angels for 26th win in 27

(TSX / STATS) -- ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels picked a bad time to face the hottest team major league baseball has seen in many years.

The Angels are chasing the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild card, and the Twins lost Wednesday for the fifth time in their last six games.

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Cardinals recall IF Valera from Triple-A

(TSX / STATS) -- The St. Louis Cardinals recalled infielder Breyvic Valera from Triple-A Memphis, the team announced Thursday.

Valera, who will be making his second stint in the majors, will join the Cardinals prior to the team's game versus the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

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Dodgers' skid at 4, magic number still 2

(TSX / STATS) -- PHILADELPHIA -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' celebration is on hold. Aaron Altherr has a lot to do with it.

Altherr had four late-inning RBIs, including the game-deciding single in the eighth inning, as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Dodgers 7-5 on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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Rockies lose again but WC lead remains 1

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants sent general manager Bobby Evans to Japan this week to scout right-hander Shohei Otani, a potential 2018 Major League Baseball import.

As it turns out, the Giants might not be as desperate for starting pitching next season as it appeared when Evans got his passport stamped.

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Arizona overcomes Renfroe's 3 HRs in win

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN DIEGO -- Arizona turned San Diego's Petco Park into Muscle Beach on Wednesday night.

The Diamondbacks erased a four-run deficit and slugged four home runs to defeat the Padres 13-7 despite three home runs by Padres rookie Hunter Renfroe.

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