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Red Sox DFA Ramirez, take Pedroia off DL

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BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox designated Hanley Ramirez for assignment on Friday to make room for Dustin Pedroia on the 25-man roster as he returns from the disabled list.

The 34-year-old Ramirez was hitting .254 with six homers and 29 RBIs in 44 games this season while splitting his time between first base and designated hitter. Ramirez had been with the Red Sox since 2015 after signing a four-year, $88 million contract as a free agent.

During his four seasons with the Red Sox, Ramirez batted .260 with 78 homers and 255 RBIs. By designating Ramirez for assignment, the Red Sox clear the way for Pedroia to make his 2018 debut. The 34-year-old Pedroia has spent all season on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on his left knee in October.

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Epstein denies rumors of Machado trade

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein insists his team has not engaged in trade talks, despite speculation about a potential deal for Baltimore Orioles superstar Manny Machado.

Epstein wouldn't comment on reports that the Cubs could be a landing spot for the slick-fielding slugger. He says there are "zero trade talks" at the moment. He also says the Cubs have enough to win the World Series for the second time in three years.

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Giants activate OF Williamson from DL

CHICAGO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have activated outfielder Mac Williamson from the 10-day disabled list and sent left-hander Josh Osich to Triple-A Sacramento.

Williamson started in left field against the Chicago Cubs on Friday after being sidelined since April 24 because of a concussion. He was hurt when he stumbled on a bullpen mound and crashed into the left-field wall chasing a fly ball during a home game.

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Astros' Morton tops Indians, goes to 7-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season - and knew where to place the credit for his latest victory.

Morton (7-0) pitched six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and the Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-2.

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ChiSox C Castillo gets 80-game PED ban

NEW YORK (AP) - Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball on Thursday following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

The commissioner's office cited use of EPO. Erythropoietin is a hormone that stimulates the red-blood cell production and often turns up in test results for cyclists.

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Angels push back next Ohtani mound start

TORONTO (AP) The Los Angeles Angels are pushing back Shohei Ohtani's next outing as a starting pitcher to manage the workload of the two-way rookie, meaning he'll miss a much-anticipated showdown at Yankee Stadium against Masahiro Tanaka.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the announcement before Thursday's 8-1 win over the Blue Jays.

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O's Bundy Ks 14 White Sox in 2-hitter

CHICAGO (AP) Backed by a bunch of runs right away, Dylan Bundy dominated.

Bundy struck out a career-high 14 and pitched a two-hitter for his second complete game in the majors, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Chicago White Sox 9-3 on Thursday.

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Nimmo, Matz lead Mets over Brewers 5-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brandon Nimmo is making a strong case to remain in the New York Mets' everyday lineup.

Nimmo reached base five times, Steven Matz pitched six solid innings and the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-0 on Thursday night.

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A's beat Hernandez, end M's 5-game run

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Another day, another rocky first inning for six-time All-Star Felix Hernandez.

Stephen Piscotty and the Athletics tagged Hernandez early, and Oakland ended the Seattle Mariners' five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Thursday.

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