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Diaz enjoying resurgence as Mariners' closer
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As the Mariners have worked themselves back into postseason contention in the American League Wild Card chase with a strong three-week stretch, one of the many positive components has been a return of closer Edwin Diaz’s dominant ways.

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Youth movement taking shape in Oakland
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The youth movement seems to have begun in Oakland, and catcher Bruce Maxwell feels like the rookies are ready to do it together.

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Cotton eyes 2nd straight win as A's face Sox
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After playing 15 of their past 19 games on the road, the Chicago White Sox return home for a 10-game homestand beginning Friday against Oakland. Veteran right-hander Mike Pelfrey will face A’s righty Jharel Cotton in the series opener at 8:10 p.m. ET.

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Historic pace not fazing red-hot Astros
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With Thursday’s 12-9 win over the A’s at the Coliseum, the Astros secured a four-game sweep and became the first Major League team to reach the 50-win benchmark in 2017.

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7th heaven: Big frame leads Halos over Yanks
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Albert Pujols delivered a tiebreaking single and the Angels took advantage of two key errors to complete their surge back from an early deficit, scoring nine unanswered runs to stun the Yankees with a 10-5 victory on Thursday evening at Yankee Stadium.

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Meyer eyes dominant follow-up in Boston
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When the Red Sox and Angels take the field for tonight’s opener of a three-game series, the No. 34 will be hanging from the right-field facade at Fenway Park next to some other all-time greats.

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Jeffress moved to DL; Claiborne called up
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The Rangers made a pair of roster moves Thursday, placing right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress on the 10-day disabled list and purchasing the contract of right-hander Preston Claiborne from Triple-A Round Rock.

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Darvish, Tanaka to duel for first time in Majors
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Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka will meet for the first time in the Majors when the two Japanese right-handers square off in New York on Friday as the Rangers and Yankees open a three-game series.

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Rangers rope 4 homers to top Blue Jays
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The Rangers exploded for four home runs — including two from Carlos Gomez — and jumped out to an early lead they never relinquished in an 11-4 win over the Blue Jays in the series finale on Thursday at Globe Life Park.

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Go-Go, power Ranger! Carlos leads charge
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After playing five straight games following his return from the disabled list with a strained hamstring, Carlos Gomez got the day off on Wednesday to rest and recover. Whatever he did on that off-day evidently did wonders, as his career day catapulted the Rangers past the Blue Jays on Thursday, 11-4.

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King Felix set to return for opener vs. Astros
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Felix Hernandez is set to return to Safeco Field on Friday night as the Mariners open a three-game set against the Astros, who will arrive in the Pacific Northwest with the Majors’ best record.

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Cano slams door on Mariners' sweep of Tigers
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It’s taken the Mariners all season to climb over the .500 mark, but they finally made it as Robinson Cano cranked two home runs and a career high-tying six RBIs in a 9-6 victory over the Tigers on Thursday night to complete a four-game series sweep.

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