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Kershaw starts strong, shaky in return

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NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw was encouraged by how he felt after a shaky, abbreviated return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Kershaw came off the disabled list and allowed two runs in three innings against the New York Mets. He threw 55 pitches, starting out strong before laboring through his final inning in an 8-3 win.

"Good to be back," Kershaw said. "Now I can focus on getting better."

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Kemp hits slam, Dodgers' run vs. Mets 11

NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw felt strong - if not quite effective - in his return from the disabled list.

That was good enough for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had muscle to spare against the New York Mets.

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Reds P DeSclafani has slam, beats Cubs

CINCINNATI (AP) The last-place Cincinnati Reds slammed the Chicago Cubs - again.

Anthony DeSclafani hit the first grand slam by a Cincinnati pitcher in 59 years, helping the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 11-2 on Saturday for their sixth consecutive victory.

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Bauer Ks 11 as Indians push run to 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer is piling up the strikeouts. And, the Cleveland Indians are piling up the wins.

Bauer (7-5) struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading Cleveland past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win overall.

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Rangers top Twins for 7th straight win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Beltre has helped the Texas Rangers win a lot of games over the years. On Saturday, he found a surprising way to spark his team to its seventh straight victory.

Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered to help Yovani Gallardo win for the first time since last July as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Saturday.

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Leake goes 8, M's top BoSox to end skid

BOSTON (AP) The toughest moment of Mike Leake's stellar night was missing a chance for a shutout.

Leake pitched eight sparkling innings, Mitch Haniger drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

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Franco 4 for 4 as Phillies defeat Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) Nicked in the first inning, Aaron Nola figured he'd be fine if could find his form.

He did, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage.

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Correa's hit in 12th gets Astros by KC

HOUSTON (AP) Houston's deep lineup can create all sorts of problems for its opponents.

Like deciding whether to pitch to Jose Altuve or Carlos Correa.

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Greinke blanks Bucs for 6, D-backs win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had quite the dilemma when the game was stopped by rain for the second time in the middle of the fourth inning.

When the showers subsided, Lovullo gave the ball back to Zack Greinke, and the ace right-hander delivered.

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