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Indians' Lindor ready for season debut

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CLEVELAND (AP) Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor is back after missing the season's first 18 games.

He was activated from the injured list Saturday before a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves. He had been out since spraining an ankle near the end of spring training while recovering from a calf sprain.

To make roster space, slugger Hanley Ramirez was designated for assignment.

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Yelich, Bellinger aim to resume HR surge

Two of the top home run hitters in baseball will resume their early-season duel Saturday, though time is running out to see the back-and-forth action.

After the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Brewers in Milwaukee on Saturday, Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich will have just one more regular-season game to go head-to-head.

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White Sox, Tigers postponed due to rain

DETROIT (AP) The game between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 6.

The teams will wrap up the series on Sunday with a different approach to pitching. The Tigers will bump left-hander Daniel Norris (0-0, 4.32 ERA) to Sunday, while the White Sox will skip right-hander Ervin Santana (0-1, 10.38) in favor of right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (1-2, 8.84).

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Mets ace deGrom to IL, will have MRI

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom is being put on the injured list and returning to New York for an MRI on his elbow after the NL Cy Young Award winner reported a sore right arm.

"He came in on the off-day and played a little catch and started feeling it a little bit," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before Friday night's game at St. Louis. "We're not sure what it is."

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KC's Keller, ChiSox's Anderson suspended

NEW YORK (AP) Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson didn't go into detail Friday about what he said during a bench-clearing fracas with Kansas City earlier in the week after a report that he directed a racial slur at Royals pitcher Brad Keller.

Anderson was suspended one game for his actions Wednesday. Tempers flared after Keller hit Anderson, who had celebrated an earlier home run, with a fastball. Keller was penalized five games by Major League Baseball and is appealing.

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Struggling Red Sox beat MLB-best Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Mookie Betts hasn't looked much like the 2018 AL MVP yet. Two key hits Friday night might help jumpstart the Boston star's season.

Betts and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back homers for the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and the struggling Red Sox beat the MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays 6-4.

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Altuve, Bregman homers back Verlander

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman homered on consecutive fastballs for the Houston Astros before the game's first out, giving Justin Verlander a three-run lead before he even took the mound.

Add in a few doubles, including one by George Springer that should have been a home run, and the Astros won for the 11th time in 12 games with a 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

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Angels' Bour blunders again on bases

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Justin Bour shouted, turned his head and headed back toward the bench.

He wasn't watching the ball, but Dee Gordon was watching him.

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Lyles sharp again as Bucs beat Giants

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates right-hander Jordan Lyles expects to make his next start after an injury scare Friday night.

It's not so certain if center fielder Starling Marte and shortstop Erik Gonzalez will be so lucky.

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