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Judge has 'pretty significant strain'

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NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge won't be back with the New York Yankees anytime soon, a further blow to an injury-decimated team with a mediocre record 3+ weeks into the season.

New York's biggest offensive threat and the heart of its clubhouse went on the injured list for the third time in four seasons Sunday, a day after straining the oblique muscle on the left side of his abdomen while hitting a sixth-inning single against Kansas City.

"Pretty significant strain in there," manager Aaron Boone said. "These next couple of weeks will kind of be a lot of just the healing process, so I think once we get through these first couple of weeks then we'll have a better timeline."


Rays put Meadows on IL with thumb sprain

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right thumb in a series of moves on Sunday.

Meadows was hurt when he awkwardly slid into third base on a two-run triple in the seventh inning of Saturday night's 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox. "Just kind of a freak accident," he said.


Diamondbacks 1B Walker sits out vs. Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Christian Walker is out of the starting lineup for the Arizona Diamondbacks' series finale against the Chicago Cubs because of a hip pointer.

Walker got hurt on a play at the plate during Saturday's 6-0 victory. The first baseman finished with a career-high four hits.


Yelich homers twice, Brewers top Dodgers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Braun stood in the on-deck circle, smiled and shook his head in disbelief as Christian Yelich crossed the plate after hitting his second home run of the game against Los Angeles on Saturday.

"I was just laughing. He is impossibly good right now," Braun said. "He's making something that's incredibly difficult look really easy. You kind of shake your head. What he's doing is incredibly impressive."


Mets' deGrom throws, may not need MRI

ST. LOUIS (AP) New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom played catch in the outfield of Busch Stadium and may not need an MRI on his elbow after all.

DeGrom said before the game at St. Louis on Saturday that his elbow soreness likely was from altering his routine during a recent bout of strep throat.


Harper homers as Phillies beat Rockies

DENVER (AP) Phil Gosselin grew up winning imaginary games for the Philadelphia Phillies. When his chance came as a major leaguer, the hometown kid came through.

Gosselin hit a three-run double that put Philadelphia ahead for good, and the Phillies got homers from Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen in beating the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Saturday night.


Indians' Lindor makes season debut

CLEVELAND (AP) Francisco Lindor's comeback got upstaged by one from Atlanta.

Ronald Acuna Jr.'s two-run double highlighted a five-run rally in the ninth inning as the Braves stormed back to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night, gaining a split and spoiling Lindor's season debut.


Pujols passes Ruth on RBI list, M's win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols was humbled after he caught and passed Babe Ruth for fifth place on baseball's career RBI chart.

Yet even the Los Angeles Angels slugger's 636th homer was no match for the Seattle Mariners' latest power display.


Reds beat Padres for 3rd straight win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Cincinnati Reds pitcher Luis Castillo wasn't sharp, but it was hard to tell.

"It's a pretty nice luxury when you don't have you best stuff and you strike out nine and walk one," Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart said.