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Pujols back in NL, signing with Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Dodgers are signing veteran first baseman Albert Pujols to a major league deal.

The source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal isn't expected to be finalized until Monday. The Los Angeles Times first reported the agreement.

The 41-year-old Pujols left the Los Angeles Angels earlier this month after nearly 10 seasons with the Dodgers' Orange County rivals. The oldest player in the majors batted .198 this season with five homers and 12 RBIs for the Angels.


D-backs' Escobar has 2 HRs, 7 RBI in win

PHOENIX (AP) Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run homer, a two-run homer and tied a career high with seven RBIs to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Washington Nationals 11-4 on Saturday night.

Escobar broke the game open in the fourth when he launched a full-count, two-out pitch from Joe Ross deep into the right field seats that made it 6-2. He added a two-run shot off Austin Voth in the eighth and started the D-backs' scoring with a two-run single in the first.


Harper, Realmuto exit early in loss

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and five Toronto pitchers combined on a six-hitter to beat Philadelphia 4-0 Saturday night in a game when Phillies star Bryce Harper exited early with right shoulder soreness.

Harper was replaced defensively in right field by Scott Kingery to start the bottom of the fourth. Harper struck out in both of his at-bats.


Padres rout Cards behind Nola's 6 RBIs

SAN DIEGO (AP) Austin Nola homered, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs, and Tommy Pham and rookie Kim Ha-seong also connected off Adam Wainwright to lead the San Diego Padres to a 13-3 laugher against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

The Padres beat the Cardinals for the second straight night in their first matchup since San Diego eliminated St. Louis from the playoffs last season.


Correa, Tucker homer, Astros' run now 5

HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker each homered to help Luis Garcia earn his first career win as the Houston Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers 6-5 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.

Correa capped a four-run first with a two-run homer to right as the Astros got to Texas starter Dane Dunning (2-3). Alex Bregman also had a two-run single in the inning.


Bauer Ks 10 over 7, Dodgers down Marlins

LOS ANGELES (AP) Trevor Bauer and the Los Angeles Dodgers are in a lot better spirits compared to six days ago.

Bauer - who expressed his frustration after the defending World Series champions dropped their fifth straight series last weekend - threw seven shutout innings and struck out 10 on Saturday night as the Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins 7-0 to extend their winning streak to four.


Anderson has no-no into 7th, Braves win

MILWAUKEE (AP) Ian Anderson flirted with a no-hit bid, and he knew it.

Anderson took his try into the seventh inning, Freddie Freeman hit his 250th career home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night.


Verdugo homers on birthday, Red Sox roll

BOSTON (AP) Alex Verdugo hit a solo homer in his first at-bat on his 25th birthday, Xander Bogaerts also went deep with a game-breaking, three-run shot and the Boston Red Sox beat the stumbling Los Angeles Angels 9-0 on Saturday.

Rafael Devers added a solo shot, Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run double and Franchy Cordero drove in two runs with two doubles for the Red Sox (25-16), who won their third straight and matched their season high by climbing nine games over .500.


Perez homers again, Royals beat Rodon

CHICAGO (AP) A little familiarity went a long way for the Kansas City Royals with Carlos Rodon.

Same for Mike Minor taking on the Chicago White Sox.

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