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SAN DIEGO (AP) Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.

Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the suspension, and that he regrets making contact with umpire Joe West on Sunday.

But the right-hander insisted he wasn't making a vulgar motion toward fans as he walked off the field to boos after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. He apologized to Phillies fans in the statement.

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Orioles top Jays, magic number now 1

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night.

Baltimore can clinch the division crown with a win over Toronto on Tuesday. That would assure the Orioles their second playoff berth in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

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Nats beat Braves, cut magic number to 2

ATLANTA (AP) Stephen Strasburg threw seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.

The Nationals can clinch the division by beating the defending champion Braves on Tuesday night.

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5 scoreless for Tanaka in simulated game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka pitched five scoreless innings against minor leaguers in an instructional league simulated game Monday, perhaps the final step before the injured Japanese pitcher rejoins the New York Yankees.

Tanaka threw 65 pitches at Steinbrenner Field, allowing six hits and striking out four. His fastball reached 92 mph.

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Dodgers' Ryu gets injection in shoulder

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder on Monday and won't throw for at least four days.

The team said that Ryu had an MRI with dye, which showed no changes from his previous MRI that was done in May.

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Mets' deGrom Ks first 8, ties MLB record

NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has tied a major league record by striking out his first eight batters.

The rookie whiffed eight consecutive Miami Marlins to begin Monday night's game at Citi Field, matching the mark set by Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 23, 1986.

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Slumping Jeter out of lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Derek Jeter, in an 0-for-24 slump, was out of the New York Yankees' starting lineup at Tampa Bay on Monday night.

New York manager Joe Girardi said last weekend he was planning to give the Yankees captain a break during a three-game series with the Rays. Jeter's season average is down to .250.

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Light-headed Harper leaves Nats game

ATLANTA (AP) Washington left fielder Bryce Harper has left the Nationals game against the Atlanta Braves after feeling light-headed.

Nate Schierholtz pinch-hit for Harper on Monday night with two outs in the fourth inning and a runner on third base. Schierholtz struck out to end the inning.

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Rizzo, Soler return to Cubs' lineup

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler are back in the Chicago Cubs' starting lineup against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Rizzo was sidelined for 18 games because of a lower back strain. He was down to bat third and play first base.

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Mets' Harvey throws off Citi Field mound

NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Matt Harvey threw off the main mound at Citi Field on Monday, the final step this season in his rehab program from Tommy John surgery last October.

Harvey, who won't pitch this year, will now rest his right elbow so it continues to heal, and then begin his regular offseason work. New York general manager Sandy Alderson said everything the team wanted Harvey to accomplish this season has been accomplished, and he is considered on track and ready to go for spring training next year.

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