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Keuchel looks to keep A's out of 1st

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Houston Astros will turn to their hottest pitcher, left-hander Dallas Keuchel, when the Oakland Athletics make a bid to move into a tie for first place in the American League West on Saturday afternoon.

On Friday night, Oakland's Nick Martini tied the game with a ninth-inning double and Matt Olson won it with a leadoff home run in the 10th, allowing the A's (73-49) to move within one game of the Astros (74-48) atop the West with a 4-3 triumph.

Keuchel (9-9, 3.43 ERA) was a 16-2 winner the last time he pitched in Oakland in May, and that was before he really got rolling.

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Jeter absent as Yanks celebrate '98 team

NEW YORK (AP) Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada returned to the Bronx on Saturday for the New York Yankees' celebration of their 1998 World Series championship team.

Darryl Strawberry and former manager Joe Torre also attended the ceremony before New York's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Derek Jeter did not make the trip because of his daughter Bella's first birthday, but sent a video message for the fans.

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Giants P Strickland comes off 60-day DL

CINCINNATI (AP) The San Francisco Giants have activated reliever Hunter Strickland from the 60-day disabled list.

Strickland broke his pinkie finger on his right hand when he punched a door in frustration after a blown save against Miami on June 18. He is 3-3 with a 2.84 ERA and 13 saves in 34 games.

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Bauer has leg fracture, out 4-6 weeks

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer isn't going to let a stress fracture in his right leg get in the way of throwing a baseball.

Cleveland's right-hander, one of the leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award, will be out four to six weeks with the injury, but that's not stopping him from keeping his arm in shape.

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Scherzer goes 6 scoreless, 1st to win 16

WASHINGTON (AP) Max Scherzer is using all his tools to help keep the Nationals' playoff hopes alive.

Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings, doubled and scored twice as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-2 on Friday night for his major league-leading 16th win.

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Machado hits 2 HRs, Dodgers rip Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) For a welcome change, the Los Angeles Dodgers made the job easy for manager Dave Roberts after a stretch of close games and debatable moves.

Manny Machado hit two of Los Angeles' five home runs, Walker Buehler allowed one run in six innings, and the Dodgers routed the Seattle Mariners 11-1 to open a key three-game series on Friday night.

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Ramirez's 37th backs Carrasco's 15th win

CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Carrasco's stretch of dominant pitching has come at a perfect time for the Cleveland Indians.

Carrasco pitched seven scoreless innings and moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 15th win, Jose Ramirez hit his 37th home run and Cleveland beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Friday night.

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Nola Ks 11, beats Mets to go 9-0 at home

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once Aaron Nola got an early lead, he was home free.

Nola struck out 11 in seven impressive innings to stay unbeaten at Citizens Bank Park, pitching the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets 4-2 on Friday night.

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Closer Jansen hopes to return next week

SEATTLE (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen hopes doctors will clear him to return to pitching sometime next week.

Jansen threw about 20 pitches during a bullpen session Friday, continuing his light workload after being placed on the disabled list last week with an irregular heartbeat. Jansen said he feels good and is hopeful his physicians will clear him to return to the Dodgers bullpen when they meet Monday.

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