State & National News

August 24, 2016 - 7:02pm
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At A Glance
All Times EDT
North Division
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)8149.623
Lehigh Valley (Phillies)7753.5924
Rochester (Twins)7358.557
Pawtucket (Red Sox)6762.519...
August 24, 2016 - 7:01pm
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At A Glance
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Eastern Division
Reading (Phillies)8246.641
Trenton (Yankees)8149.6232
Hartford (Rockies)7057.55111½
New Hampshire (Blue Jays)6267.48120½
August 24, 2016 - 6:51pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six effective innings and the Chicago Cubs finished off a three-game sweep, beating the San Diego Padres 6-3 Wednesday.

Hendricks (12-7) gave up two runs and four hits, striking out eight and leaving with a 2.19 ERA. He has allowed no more than three earned runs in 17 straight starts.

There Cubs relievers took over for the NL Central leaders, with Aroldis Chapman pitching the ninth for...

August 24, 2016 - 6:39pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes says he has no plans to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract with the New York Mets.

The outfielder from Cuba is in the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal that has an escape clause after the first season. He said through an interpreter before Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals that he intended to honor the deal.

Cespedes added that he would like to finish his career with the Mets if...

August 24, 2016 - 6:31pm
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HOUSTON (AP) — Fans waved American flags and cheered as Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles arrived home in Texas following the games in Rio de Janeiro.

The 19-year-old gymnast from Spring thanked the crowd Wednesday as part of the celebration at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.

Mayor Sylvester Turner was among the dignitaries on hand and proclaimed Wednesday as "Simone Biles Day" in Houston. Turner presented Biles with a copy of the...

August 24, 2016 - 6:31pm
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Geno Smith remains the New York Jets' No. 2 quarterback and will play after starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in the preseason game against the Giants on Saturday night.

There had been some uncertainty about the pecking order of the backups after Bryce Petty had a good performance and Smith struggled against Washington. Coach Todd Bowles had also been vague about the situation a few days ago.

But Bowles says Tuesday that Smith will...

August 24, 2016 - 6:29pm
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kendall Graveman pitched into the seventh inning to become Oakland's first 10-game winner this season, and the Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Wednesday to win the series.

The A's took two of three games from the AL Central leaders, who had swept a three-game set from Oakland in July. Cleveland went into the day with the best record in the American League, but was held to one run for the third consecutive game while being outscored 14-3 in...

August 24, 2016 - 6:24pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The New York Mets have put pitcher Jonathan Niese on the 15-day disabled list and are leaning to toward knee surgery for the left-hander.

Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday the plan had not been finalized. Niese got only one out in his start Tuesday at St. Louis before being forced to leave the game.

Right-hander Erik Goeddel was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Niese is 8-7 with a 5.50 ERA in 29 games, 20 of...

August 24, 2016 - 6:23pm
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have given team president and chief executive officer Derrick Hall an eight-year contract extension.

Hall said Wednesday there have been discussions about the extension for several months. He said he is "thrilled" to have it completed because, as he put it, "this is home" and there's nowhere else he'd rather be.

Hall joined the Diamondbacks in 2005 as senior vice president for communications and was named...

August 24, 2016 - 6:19pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Three minor league pitchers in the Cincinnati organization and a pitcher in the Atlanta system have been suspended for drug violations.

The commissioner's office announced the penalties Wednesday.

Right-handers Israel Cuevas, Felix Jimenez and Enyer Morales were banned 72 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. Cuevas and Morales are on the roster of the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Reds...

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