Texas Rangers' Ian Desmond (20), Delino DeShields (3) and others wait for Rougned Odor, right, at home after Odor hit a walk-off two-run home run in a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 8-7. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Rougned Odor quickly atoned for his baserunning blunders with a big blast for the Texas Rangers. Odor, thrown out on the bases twice after hits, ended it with a two-run homer to give the AL-best Rangers an 8-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. ''Fitting for Rougned to be the guy that did it, coming off a couple of baserunning situations where he was aggressive trying to make things happen, and backfired on him,'' manager Jeff Banister said.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 4:50 am

New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera celebrates with right fielder Curtis Granderson after the Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 7-4 in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in New York. Grandson hit two home runs. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Curtis Granderson needed only three innings of playing time to do all sorts of damage. Granderson came off the bench and homered twice, Jose Reyes had four hits and the surging New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera added to his recent tear at the plate, hitting a two-run homer after missing one start with a sore knee.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 4:31 am

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is embraced by Brad Miller (13) after the Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Boston. Longoria scored the go-ahead run on a home run, breaking a 3-3 tie, in the Rays' 4-3 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Mired deep in last place in the AL East standings, the Tampa Bay Rays rallied late and kept the Boston Red Sox from moving within a game of the division lead. Luke Maile's two-run homer in the seventh put Tampa Bay into a 3-3 tie and set up Evan Longoria's game-winning solo shot in the eighth as the Rays rallied to beat the Red Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Rays have won all of 56 games this season and needed to come from behind for 27 of them.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 4:17 am

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) and catcher Chris Gimenez celebrate a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Josh Tomlin is running out of time, if he hasn't already. October is right around the corner, and if he's going to pitch then - or in any meaningful games down the stretch - Tomlin knows he had better start performing for the Indians. Tomlin didn't get out of the second inning Tuesday night, continuing a run of bad starts for the right-hander, but Cleveland rallied and got another strong outing from its bullpen to beat Minnesota 5-4 and extend the Twins' losing streak to 12 games.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 4:00 am

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Kyle Hendricks began the season as the Cubs' No. 5 starter. Hendricks threw seven dominant innings to lower the majors' best ERA to 2.09 and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead the Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Tuesday night for Chicago's 21st victory in August. ''He has to be in Cy Young contention,'' Maddon said.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 3:59 am

Detroit Tigers' JaCoby Jones watches as he hits an RBI double during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Detroit. The hit was Jones' first hit as a Tiger. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Ian Kinsler broke out of a slump and helped the Detroit Tigers win Tuesday night. At the end of the game, though, everyone was paying attention to JaCoby Jones. Jones had two hits and two RBIs in his major league debut, including a sixth-inning double to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 3:31 am

Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa (8) collides with Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp after being tagged out trying to score on a single by Trea Turner during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

For Max Scherzer, it was just another day at the office. Scherzer didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and he was dominant through eight as the Washington Nationals continued their mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. Scherzer (15-7) allowed three hits and struck out 11 while walking one.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 3:12 am

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ, left, walks off the field after being relieved in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Baltimore won 5-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter considered taking Matt Wieters out of the game after the catcher took a hard foul ball off his mask in the fifth inning. Wieters hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Baltimore pulled within three games of the first-place Blue Jays, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 2:53 am

Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp reacts after being called out on strikes in the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Coco Crisp is headed back to his first baseball home. The switch-hitting outfielder is on the verge of returning to the Cleveland Indians, who have agreed in principle to a trade with the Oakland Athletics, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. Major League Baseball still must approve the deal, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity.


Posted: August 31, 2016, 12:23 am

Former NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow smiles during a work out for baseball scouts and the media during a showcase on the campus of the University of Southern California, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016 in Los Angeles. The Heisman Trophy winner works out for a big gathering of scouts on USC's campus in an attempt to start a career in a sport he hasn't played regularly since high school. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Tim Tebow crushed a batting-practice fastball with a confident left-handed swing, sending it into the trees next to the scoreboard beyond right field. Declaring his football career essentially over, Tebow insists he is serious about becoming more than a baseball curiosity. ''The goal would be to have a career in the big leagues,'' Tebow said.


Posted: August 30, 2016, 11:29 pm

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