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DeGrom exits with sore shoulder amid gem

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NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom left his start Wednesday night with right shoulder soreness after three perfect innings, yet another injury scare for the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner amid a historic start to this season.

One start after being pulled from a gem against San Diego with right flexor tendinitis, deGrom went directly down the clubhouse tunnel after finishing the third against the Chicago Cubs. He struck out eight of his nine batters, including his final seven.

DeGrom apeared to grimace after a third-inning pitch to Eric Sogard. He threw 51 pitches, the last a 99 mph fastball to strike out pitcher Robert Stock.

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Rays' Hill rips union on substance rule

CHICAGO (AP) Veteran Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Rich Hill says the players' union "dropped the ball" when it came to this week's announcement from Major League Baseball about grip-enhancing substances.

MLB said pitchers will be ejected and suspended for 10 games starting Monday for using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs.

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ChiSox top Rays on Grandal's walkoff hit

CHICAGO (AP) Yasmani Grandal hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-7 on Wednesday, taking two of three from the Rays in a matchup of division leaders.

Jose Abreu hit his 12th homer of the season for the White Sox, who've won 10 of 13.

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Bregman leaves with strained quadriceps

HOUSTON (AP) Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left a game Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers with a strained left quadriceps.

Bregman was injured in the first inning while running to first base when he grounded into a double play. He pulled up a few steps before first base and hobbled off the field after the play before heading to the clubhouse.

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Reds' Mahle fans 12 to best Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Tyler Mahle tied his career high with 12 strikeouts, Tucker Barnhart drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the seventh inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday to finish a three-game sweep.

Cincinnati has won six straight and 11 of 13. The Brewers dropped three straight for the first time in nearly a month and were swept for the third time this season. Milwaukee totaled nine hits and four runs in the series against the Reds.

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Rockies shake off Tatis' mammoth homer

DENVER (AP) Pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies shook off a monster homer by Fernando Tatis Jr. to beat the stumbling San Diego Padres 8-7 on Wednesday.

Tatis hit a 477-foot homer, the longest of his career and his NL-leading 21st. He also doubled, but the Padres lost for the 13th time in 17 games.

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Cards score in 9th to beat Marlins 1-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina grounded an RBI single down the third base line in the ninth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals edged the Miami Marlins 1-0 Wednesday to sweep the season series.

Molina's eighth career regular season walk-off hit came with one out and sent Miami to its fourth straight loss.

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Espino gets 1st MLB win, Nats sweep Bucs

WASHINGTON (AP) Paolo Espino got his first major league win at age 34, Josh Bell hit a two-run homer against his former team and the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Wednesday for a three-game sweep.

Espino (1-2) allowed three hits in five scoreless innings. He struck out two, walked none and threw 39 of his 53 pitches for strikes, a 74% strike rate.

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D-backs try to avoid longest road skid

Merrill Kelly will try to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the Major League Baseball record book on Wednesday when he seeks to put an end to his club's 21-game road losing streak in a matchup with the San Francisco Giants.

The Diamondbacks appeared headed to their first road win since April 25 when they jumped on the Giants for seven runs in the first two innings Tuesday.

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