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Nationals acquire Papelbon from Phillies

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MIAMI (AP) The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies.

That means their newly demoted closer isn't happy.

And the NL East race is shaping up to be a whole lot of fun down the stretch.

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Yankees score 11 in 2nd, rip Texas 21-5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi figures he will never see another game like this one, especially after trailing 5-0 in the first inning.

The Yankees charged back in a hurry, with an 11-run second inning and 8 1-3 hitless innings of relief to overcome the Texas Rangers 21-5 on Tuesday night.

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Mets' Mejia suspended 162 more games

NEW YORK (AP) Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was banned for an additional 162 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball following a second positive test for performance-enhancing substances.

The right-hander was suspended April 11 after testing positive for Stanozolol and said in a statement then "I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system."

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A's trade utilityman Zobrist to Royals

CLEVELAND (AP) Back in college, Ben Zobrist once kicked Ned Yost out of his apartment.

He'll now play for Kansas City's manager.

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Hamels won't pitch before deadline

TORONTO (AP) Cole Hamels is being pushed back one day in Philadelphia's starting rotation and is not scheduled to start for the Phillies again until after Friday's trade deadline has passed.

Hamels threw a season-high 129 pitches in Sunday's no-hitter over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He is 6-7 with a 3.64 ERA in 20 starts.

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Altuve's 5 RBIs power Astros past Angels

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve is the spark plug that powers the Houston Astros.

The boost he provides was on full display Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels, as he had a career-high five RBIs to lead the Astros to a 10-5 victory.

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Indians send OF Murphy to Angels

CLEVELAND (AP) Their season wasting away, the Cleveland Indians started looking toward 2016.

One of baseball's most underachieving teams, the Indians traded veteran outfielder David Murphy to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday for minor league shortstop Eric Stamets.

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Gray 3-hits Dodgers as A's snap skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) With every pitch in a masterful three-hitter, Sonny Gray reminded the Oakland Athletics that their season is far from finished after a tumultuous few days.

Gray struck out nine in his second shutout in July, and Oakland snapped its four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.

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Syndergaard perfect into 7th as Mets win

NEW YORK (AP) Noah Syndergaard had the fans on their feet and the Padres in the palm of his hand. With one pinpoint pitch after another, he nearly turned a sour day for the New York Mets into a thrilling night at Citi Field.

Syndergaard retired his first 18 batters in the rookie's latest overpowering performance, and New York got two-run homers from Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson to beat San Diego 4-0 Tuesday night.

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Hosmer's HR in 9th lifts Royals by Tribe

CLEVELAND (AP) Eric Hosmer pointed at his teammates celebrating wildly in the dugout and continued his trot around the bases.

With one swing, Hosmer gave the Royals another thrilling moment in a season getting better by the second.

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