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Jays' Guerrero Jr. to make debut Friday

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TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Manager Charlie Montoyo announced the move after Toronto lost to San Francisco 4-0 on Wednesday. The Blue Jays are off Thursday.

"Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become," Montoyo said of Guerrero, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.

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Down 5, Yanks rally for 6th straight win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) DJ LeMahieu hardly ever shows emotion between the lines, so his modest celebration after rounding first base must have meant his ninth-inning hit was something even bigger than the moment.

Whether it's a 5-0 deficit in the sixth inning or their dismaying list of injured stars, these New York Yankees are surmounting every obstacle with an early season determination that's already worth cheering.

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Ohtani faces live pitching, nears return

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani has faced live pitching to begin the probable final step in the Los Angeles Angels slugger's return from Tommy John surgery.

Ohtani made four plate appearances Wednesday in a simulated game at Angel Stadium, several hours before the Angels faced the Yankees.

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Hoskins takes slow trot on HR off Rhame

NEW YORK (AP) Rhys Hoskins fired up the engines of an NL East rivalry by cooling down his jets after a memorable homer.

A night after getting buzzed twice by high fastballs from Jacob Rhame, Hoskins got the ultimate revenge with a ninth-inning homer and taunted the New York Mets reliever with a slow jog around the bases in the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-0 win Wednesday night.

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Verlander moves to 4-0, Astros top Twins

HOUSTON (AP) Watching Wade Miley go right at the Minnesota Twins' lineup the night before inspired Justin Verlander.

The right-hander followed suit and pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday night.

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Wainwright helps Cardinals sweep Brewers

ST. LOUIS (AP) One St. Louis Cardinals pitcher reached a career milestone, while another added to his growing reputation as one of the league's toughest relievers.

Adam Wainwright was warm enough on a cool day, allowing one run in six innings for his 150th career victory as Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

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Rays' Snell loses to Royals in return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Blake Snell was frustrated with his performance, but at least his toe came through OK.

The Tampa Bay ace Blake lasted one out into the fourth inning in his return from a broken right fourth toe as the Rays lost 10-2 to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

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D-Backs roll to 9th straight win at Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) There was no stopping Ketel Marte and the Diamondbacks - especially not in Pittsburgh.

Marte homered from both sides of the plate, and Arizona won at PNC Park for the ninth straight time, beating the Pirates 11-2 on Wednesday night.

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Rockies top Nats for 8th win in 10 games

DENVER (AP) Daniel Murphy's home debut at Coors Field was nearly cut short when he got in the path of a mascot. The Rockies are happy he survived that - and he's back in the lineup.

Murphy returned after missing 20 games with a fractured left index finger, Raimel Tapia had two doubles and drove in three runs to back a solid outing from German Marquez, and Colorado beat the Washington Nationals 9-5 on Wednesday.

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