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Ellsbury suffers concussion as Yanks win

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NEW YORK (AP) Luis Severino opened with a 97 mph fastball on the low, inside corner of the plate, and Alcides Escobar drove it deep to center field.

Jacoby Ellsbury sprinted 107 feet, raised his glove above his head and snagged the ball as his head jarred into the wall. He landed on his back, toppled head over heels to the warning track but held on.

"It set the tone of the game. Escobar is standing on third or it's 1-0 if it comes out of his glove," said left fielder Brett Gardner, who ran over to comfort his New York Yankees teammate.


Sale fails to set strikeout mark in win

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.


Chapman may be cleared to throw Saturday

NEW YORK (AP) Injured All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman may be cleared by the New York Yankees to start a throwing program on Saturday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the reliever is scheduled to see a doctor Friday and the team hopes he will be given the go-ahead.


Rizzo homers twice as Cubs edge Giants

CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo provided more power for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, and they needed every bit of it when their perfect closer nearly let an easy opportunity slip away.

Rizzo homered twice, Kyle Hendricks tossed seven strong innings and the Cubs hung on to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 after closer Wade Davis gave up a two-run homer in the ninth inning.


Leake pitches Cardinals past Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mike Leake isn't shocked to see his name atop the National League ERA leaderboard. The St. Louis Cardinals emerging ace gets why it's a surprise to others, though.

Leake allowed four hits over eight innings and dropped his ERA to 1.91, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Wednesday night.


Chatwood sharp as Rockies pound Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Colorado manager Bud Black said recently that Tyler Chatwood has the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in the National League.

Chatwood made a convincing argument Wednesday night.


Bucs tie it with 2 in 9th, get 7 in 10th

ATLANTA (AP) Clint Hurdle was managing to get one run in the 10th inning.

His Pittsburgh Pirates got it, then smacked three straight homers and added six more runs, leaving their manager struggling for an explanation.


Berrios helps Twins to road sweep of O's

BALTIMORE (AP) After becoming the first team this season to win a series at Camden Yards, the Minnesota Twins wanted more.

Beating the Baltimore Orioles twice in a row simply wasn't good enough for these upstart Twins, who entered Wednesday's series finale determined to complete a sweep.


Gray fans 11 in A's 4-1 win over Miami

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sonny Gray wanted to lighten the mood in the Athletics' clubhouse before the game so he lit a few candles in an adjacent locker, lowered the lights and had peaceful, pan-flute music piped into the overhead speakers.

Then the Oakland ace went out and put the Miami Marlins' offense to sleep with his best outing in two years.

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