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Maddon back in Tampa with streaking Cubs

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- So much has changed since the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays last met in early July.

When the Cubs won the finale split a two-game set at Wrigley Field, it moved them to 42-42, while the Rays came out of the series with a 44-42 record.

Fast-forward to Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.


MLB homer record on pace to fall Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton's smacks, Aaron Judge's jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable.

Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sport is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday - and not just top the old mark, but smash it like one of those upper-deck shots that have become commonplace in the Summer of the Slugger.


Cards' Wainwright off DL to join bullpen

CINCINNATI (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have activated right-hander Adam Wainwright from the 10-day disabled list.

The 36-year-old Wainwright had been sidelined by a right elbow impingement. Manager Mike Matheny says he will pitch of the bullpen.


Yankees move Severino start to Wednesday

NEW YORK (AP) Luis Severino was moved up two days by the New York Yankees and is scheduled to start Wednesday against Minnesota.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday the move was made to give Severino three more regular-season starts as New York tries to overtake Boston in the AL East.


Stanton hits 55th HR as Marlins rip Mets

MIAMI (AP) Maybe it was the breather Giancarlo Stanton requested and received, or the move one spot down in the batting order that rejuvenated his home run swing.

Perhaps it was Mets pitching.


Altherr's slam off Kershaw lifts Phils

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Through 10 seasons, 287 starts and more than 1,900 innings, Clayton Kershaw had never given up a grand slam. Until Monday night.

Aaron Altherr hit his second career grand slam, a 418-foot blast to left off Kershaw in the sixth, to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ace, 4-3.


Benintendi lifts Red Sox over O's in 11

BALTIMORE (AP) Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East.

They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason.


Brewers gain ground by blanking Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) While a few key players in the NL playoff picture took a night off Monday, Brewers left-hander Brent Suter got in a little extra work.

Suter pitched five efficient innings, Ryan Braun homered and Milwaukee beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 to gain ground in its playoff chase.


Renfroe's HR gets Padres by Arizona

SAN DIEGO (AP) Hunter Renfroe's second swing back with the San Diego Padres was a big one.

The rookie hit a three-run home run in his first big league game in a month and Austin Hedges also connected for the Padres, who beat NL wild card leader Arizona 4-2 on Monday night.

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