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Betts, Martinez HRs get BoSox by Braves

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) A surprising roster shakeup didn't disrupt the power surge that has the Boston Red Sox back in first place.

Hours after Boston designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment, Mookie Betts and three teammates homered as the Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Friday night.

"Offensively, don't get me wrong - we've done an outstanding job - but we feel that we're going to be better," manager Alex Cora said.


Epstein denies rumors of Machado trade

CHICAGO (AP) The idea of Manny Machado joining Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in a powerhouse lineup sure is a tantalizing one.

Whether that happens or not, the Chicago Cubs are banking on the players they have to perform up to expectations. So far, that hasn't happened. And if fans are frustrated, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein understands.


Torres homers in 4th straight, Yanks win

NEW YORK (AP) Gleyber Torres took a few moments, studied video of Jim Johnson on an iPad and then faced the pitcher for the first time.

A month into his big league career, the 21-year-old seized the moment, stroking a low, outside sinker over the right-field scoreboard for a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and becoming the youngest American League player to homer in four straight games.


Paxton fans 11 as M's edge Twins 2-1

SEATTLE (AP) James Paxton made one mistake, missing on his location with the only pitch he wanted back from another dominant performance.

It made the big Seattle lefty angry - well, at least as angry as Paxton can get.


Astros rally vs. Miller, beat Tribe 11-2

CLEVELAND (AP) The Houston Astros kicked off a late rally Friday night against relief ace Andrew Miller, then put their entire offensive arsenal on display.

Jose Altuve tied it with a two-run double off Miller in the eighth and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez's squeeze bunt, and the Astros scored 11 times in the final two innings to beat the Cleveland Indians 11-2.


M's get OF Span, RHP Colome from Rays

SEATTLE (AP) Rather than waiting to see where the Seattle Mariners are sitting by the time the trade market heats up, general manager Jerry Dipoto decided to be proactive.

Rewarding a strong start in spite of numerous injuries and the suspension of Robinson Cano, the Mariners pulled off the first big trade of the season Friday, landing outfielder Denard Span and right-handed reliever Alex Colome from the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers.


Scherzer wins No. 8 as Nats beat Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Max Scherzer took one look at the ball soaring toward the upper deck in right field and then spun away in disgust.

Despite an outing that was unsightly by Scherzer's standards, he earned his NL-leading eighth victory when the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 9-5 Friday night.


Musgrove beats Cardinals in Bucs debut

PITTSBURGH (AP) Joe Musgrove's first game with the Pittsburgh Pirates couldn't have gone much better.

On the mound. Or, at the plate.


D-backs rip A's 7-1 to snap 7-game skid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Some early offense and strong pitching provided just the recipe the Arizona Diamondbacks needed to snap out of their recent funk.

Patrick Corbin allowed four hits in seven innings and Nick Ahmed homered to help the Diamondbacks stop a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

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