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Cahill dominant, A's tie Astros for 1st

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics were an average team two months ago, a dozen games behind the Houston Astros and closer to the bottom of the AL West than the top.

Well, look at the A's now.

Trevor Cahill pitched one-hit ball for seven shutout innings and the Athletics kept up their unlikely turnaround, tying Houston for the division lead by beating the Astros 7-1 Saturday.

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Red Sox ace Sale goes back on DL

BOSTON (AP) Chris Sale understands it's a perfect time for the Boston Red Sox to be cautious with his troublesome shoulder.

He's just frustrated that he's back on the disabled list.

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DeGrom beats Phils with CG, ERA now 1.71

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jacob deGrom pitched his first complete game of the season and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.71, weathering a rain delay and leading the New York Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 Saturday.

DeGrom (8-7) kept boosting his NL Cy Young Award credentials and allowed only an unearned run, the result of his own error. He walked none, struck out nine and threw his hardest pitch, a 99 mph fastball, on the next-to-last of his 108 pitches.

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Stanton's HR, Severino's 8 Ks lift Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) Another day, another big swing for Giancarlo Stanton.

The slugger just loves this time of year.

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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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Nats P Strasburg could start Tuesday

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals have put Jeremy Hellickson on the 10-day disabled list with a right wrist sprain and recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez to start against the Miami Marlins.

Washington made the moves before Saturday night's game. The Nationals also recalled pitcher Jimmy Cordero from Syracuse and optioned reliever Trevor Gott to Triple-A.

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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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Indians retire Thome's No. 25

CLEVELAND (AP) His red socks pulled high to his knees, Jim Thome pointed his bat outward in his well-known stance before taking a swing and one last trip around the bases in a ballpark where his number is now on permanent display.

On Saturday, the Cleveland Indians retired Thome's No. 25 honoring the Hall of Fame slugger during an emotional pregame ceremony before hosting the Baltimore Orioles - another of the six teams he played for from 1991 to 2012.

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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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