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Judge, Andujar HRs help Yanks sweep M's

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NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Boone bristles at the notion his New York Yankees are all or nothing, built entirely on home runs.

"I think it's a silly argument," the manager said. "That does bother me, actually."

Maybe, but it's sure a quick way to light up the scoreboard.

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Porcello 1-hits Twins for 7, Red Sox win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) What Rick Porcello did six days ago carried over into an outstanding performance.

Porcello allowed one hit in seven innings, Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-2 Thursday to avoid a series sweep.

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Arenado homers again, has 5 RBIs in win

DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado should have no trouble getting to sleep now.

Arenado homered for the third straight game and drove in five runs to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday. After hitting .171 while the Rockies lost eight of 10 over the last two weeks, Arenado hit .538 in the last three games.

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Straily banned 5 for throwing at Posey

NEW YORK (AP) Miami pitcher Dan Straily has been suspended for five games for intentionally throwing a pitch at San Francisco's Buster Posey while warnings were in place for both teams.

Major League Baseball also suspended Marlins manager Don Mattingly for one game Thursday and fined Straily and Mattingly undisclosed amounts.

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Nats' Scherzer tries again for 11th win

WASHINGTON -- Their winning streak against the Baltimore Orioles ended, the Washington Nationals will turn to Max Scherzer on Thursday night as they look to win the three-game series against the team with the worst record in baseball.

Scherzer (10-3, 2.06 ERA), seeking to avoid losing three starts in a row for the first time since 2015, will be opposed by Kevin Gausman (3-6, 4.48).

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D-backs set to take RHP Miller off DL

PITTSBURGH (AP) Shelby Miller is scheduled to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks' rotation Monday, 14 months after the right-hander underwent Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery.

Miller will face the Marlins in Miami. He rejoined the NL West-leading Diamondbacks before their game Thursday night against the Pirates after making four rehab starts in the minor leagues.

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Ortiz, Hunter to manage MLB Futures Game

NEW YORK (AP) David Ortiz will manage the World team in the All-Star Futures Game next month and Torii Hunter will lead the U.S.

Major League Baseball announced the managers on Thursday for the July 15 game in Washington, D.C. This will be the 20th Futures Game, involving top minor league prospects.

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Astros hit 3 straight homers to top Rays

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch might want to consider giving Jose Altuve more days off.

A night after he was out of the starting lineup for the first time all season, the 2017 American League MVP homered twice, including the last of three straight by the Astros in the sixth inning, to lift Houston to a 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

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Kluber first to 11 wins as Indians roll

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber shut down the White Sox and became the first pitcher with 11 wins this season. So what else is new for the reigning AL Cy Young winner?

Kluber allowed one hit over seven dominant innings and retired his final 14 batters Wednesday as the Cleveland Indians routed Chicago 12-0. The right-hander struck out seven and issued a lone walk in his latest masterpiece.

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