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15-game winners Kluber, Porcello meet

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BOSTON -- The Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox are both headed for the postseason for the third straight year and could wind up facing each other for the second time in those three seasons.

First, though, there is the rest of the regular season.

On Monday night, the Indians send Corey Kluber to the mound against Rick Porcello in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park -- the first of seven games between the teams the rest of the way.


Mariners host Astros in AL West showdown

Felix Hernandez's banishment to the bullpen did not last long.

With staff ace James Paxton on the 10-day disabled list after taking a line drive off his left forearm in the first inning last Tuesday in Oakland, "King Felix" will return to the rotation when the Seattle Mariners host the American League West-leading Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.


Cards visit Dodgers to open key series

LOS ANGELES -- With some newfound momentum gained during a successful homestand, the St. Louis Cardinals will now take their positive energy on the road.

The Dodgers have been searching for consistency in August but appear to be feeling confident after a series victory at Seattle when the offense emerged. The Dodgers' two victories in the interleague series were by 11-1 and 12-1 scores.


Ex-Indians manager Edwards dies at 81

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) Doc Edwards, a major league catcher who went on to manage the Cleveland Indians for three seasons in the 1980s, has died. He was 81.

His death in San Angelo was announced by his family through longtime friends. Other details were not disclosed.


Cubs' Darvish leaves rehab start early

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish lasted just one inning in his rehab start with Class A South Bend on Sunday, casting doubt on his availability for the rest of the year.

Darvish, who has been sidelined by triceps and elbow injuries, shook his arm as he left the field after striking out Great Lakes' Romer Cuadrado with a 95-mph fastball for the last out of the first. But he said the first inning was great.


Rockies complete 4-game sweep of Braves

ATLANTA (AP) DJ LeMahieu and the Colorado Rockies are quite comfortable on the road. Even against baseball's best teams.

LeMahieu homered, German Marquez pitched seven solid innings and the Rockies closed out their first four-game sweep in Atlanta with a 4-2 victory over the Braves on Sunday.


Mets rout Phils in Little League Classic

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) Jason Vargas never talks to fans from the on-deck circle, just like major league teams never line up after a game and shake hands.

Put a big league game in a tiny park full of 11 and 12 year olds, though, and those kinds of customs get tossed aside.


Pollock's HR puts D-backs over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) A.J. Pollock is regaining his form right when his team needs him most.

Pollock homered in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Sunday to stay on top of the NL West.


Frazier's HR in 11th lifts Bucs by Cubs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh's pitchers delivered once again, and Adam Frazier rewarded them with one big swing.

Frazier hit a game-ending homer in the 11th inning, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.