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P Germán on leave for domestic violence

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NEW YORK (AP) Yankees star pitcher Domingo German was placed on administrative leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy on Thursday, casting doubt over whether New York's top winner this season will be available for the playoffs.

Manager Aaron Boone was informed of the decision while he was driving to Yankee Stadium for a game against the Los Angeles Angels. New York was in position to clinch its first AL East title since 2012 with a victory.

"Set baseball aside, this is a bigger issue, obviously," Boone said. "When you hear the words domestic violence, it's one of those things that stops you in your tracks."

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Acuña third to 40 HRs at 21 or younger

ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club.

He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title.

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Cubs, Cards start big series at Wrigley

The ballpark always buzzes when the Chicago Cubs take on the rival St. Louis Cardinals.

However, this weekend, the intensity of the rivalry could reach another level.

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Yankees try again to clinch AL East

The New York Yankees stuck around in their vast clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night to find out if they would be American League East champions for the first time since 2012.

Instead, they watched the Tampa Bay Rays prolong the waiting by staging a ninth-inning rally against the Los Angeles Dodgers and eventually winning 8-7 in 11 innings.

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P Betances told surgery not recommended

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has been told surgery is not recommended for the partially torn Achilles tendon that ended his season after eight pitches.

Betances received a second opinion from Dr. Martin O'Malley of the Hospital for Special Surgery, who concurred with Dr. Justin Greisberg of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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M's beat Bucs on unusual double play

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Seattle Mariners are on their way to finishing at the bottom of the AL West, but they plan to do more than merely play out the string over the final two weeks.

"We've got a lot of young guys who are trying to make an impression," manager Scott Servais said.

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Vázquez attempted to have sex with minor

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sex with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in 2017.

Vazquez is charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years old.

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Cole reaches 300 Ks in Astros' 100th win

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole wanted to get his milestone strikeout at home, and he accomplished the feat in an important win for the Houston Astros.

Cole struck out 10 batters, including his 300th of the season, in eight strong innings, Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve homered and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 Wednesday night to lock up a postseason berth.

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Alonso hits 49th, Mets rally by Rockies

DENVER (AP) Pete Alonso didn't need a big swing in the ninth inning - just a good eye.

Alonso hit his major league-leading 49th homer, then drew a bases-loaded walk during a four-run rally in the ninth that sent the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday.

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