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Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Royals Clinch First Postseason Berth Since 1985

Zoonar/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — For the first time in 29 years, the Kansas City Royals are heading to the playoffs. Kansas City clinched their first postseason berth since 1985 with a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night, ending the longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American sports.

Jeremy Guthrie (13-11) tossed seven scoreless innings for the Royals (88-72), who scored three times in the first inning. Norichika Aoki tripled, scoring Alcides Escobar, while a pair of RBI singles from Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler added to the advantage.

It the White Sox (72-88) until the eighth inning before finally scoring, getting an RBI single from Alexei Ramirez. In the bottom of the ninth, Greg Holland retired the side in order, getting Michael Taylor to pop up to secure the win. The last time Kansas City was in the postseason, George Brett led the squad to a World Series title over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Royals are still in contention for the AL Central division crown. The Detroit Tigers sit just one game ahead in the standings with two contests left in the regular season.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Chicago Bears 27 (2-1) – New York Jets 19 (1-2) 

MLB: New York Yankees 5 (81-75) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (93-63)

Kansas City Royals 2 (85-71) – Cleveland Indians 0 (82-75)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (79-77) – Seattle Mariners 4 (83-73)

Chicago White Sox 2 (72-84) – Detroit Tigers 0 (86-70)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (85-71) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-80)

Texas Rangers 4 (63-93) – Houston Astros 3 (69-88)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-94) – Minnesota Twins 2 (66-90) 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (88-69) – Chicago Cubs 0 (69-88) 

Oakland Athletics 8 (86-70) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (96-61)

San Diego Padres 1 (75-81) – Colorado Rockies 0 (65-92)

San Francisco Giants 5 (85-71) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (89-68) -13 Innings

 

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White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

White Sox Sweep Twins on Viciedo Walk-Off

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — A less than impressive season for Chicago saw a bright spot on Saturday. The White Sox swept a doubleheader with the Minnesota Twins at home, winning Game 1, 5-1, before a walk-off homer in Game 2 notched a 7-6 victory.

Jose Quintana paced the White Sox (68-80) in the opener with 13 strikeouts while Alexei Ramirez homered in the third to open the scoring. His 15th long ball of the year gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third inning before the team tacked on three more in the eighth. Meanwhile, Quintana (8-10) walked just two batters in seven innings of work.

The nightcap was a little more stressful for the White Sox as Minnesota (62-86) opened up a 4-0 lead in the first inning. After Trevoe Plouffe’s RBI single started the scoring, Oswaldo Arcia slammed a three-run shot off Logan Darnell.

Chicago did battle back though, Avisail Garcia’s three-run blast in the bottom of the first made it a one run game before rookie Jose Abreu tied things up with his 34th homer of the year. The White Sox rallied again in the seventh, tying the game on a Conor Gillaspie single, before the Twins took the lead in the ninth.

Kurt Suzuki doubled off Jake Petricka to give Minnesota a 6-5 lead, and seemingly the win. However, Abreu worked a 15-pitch walk from closer Glen Perkins, starting a rally. Pinch runner Jordan Danks was retired on a fielder’s choice from Garcia, but Dayan Vicideo launched a walk-off, two-run homer to left for the victory.

Chicago has now won four straight games for just the second time all season, the first since May 4-7.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/11/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Week 2: Baltimore Ravens 26 (1-1) – Pittsburgh Steelers 6 (1-1)

MLB: Cleveland Indians 8 (75-69) – Minnesota Twins 2 (62-83) Game One

Cleveland Indians 2 (76-69) – Minnesota Twins 0 (62-84) Game Two

Cincinnati Reds 1 (70-77) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (80-67)

Chicago White Sox 1 (66-80) – Oakland Athletics 0 (81-65)

San Francisco Giants 6 (81-65) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (59-87)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (77-69) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (67-79)

New York Yankees 5 (75-69) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (70-77)

Washington Nationals 6 (83-62) – New York Mets 2 (71-76)

Los Angeles Angels 7 (91-55) – Texas Rangers 3 (54-92)

Boston Red Sox 6 (64-83) – Kansas City Royals 3 (80-65)

Milwaukee Brewers 4 (76-71) – Miami Marlins 2 (71-74)

 

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White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

White Sox DH Paul Konerko Plans to Return Next Week

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — In the midst of the final weeks of his professional career, Chicago White Sox DH Paul Konerko hopes to return to the team’s lineup next week.

The 38-year-old Konerko has been out of action since Sept. 2 with a broken bone in his left hand when he was tagged out by Minnesota Twins outfielder Danny Santana.

Konerko said he might take some swings on Friday, and thinks that he could rejoin the team next week for a nine-game road trip.

Now in his 18th and final season in Major League Baseball, Konerko’s farewell tour has been plagued with injuries. He’s appeared in just 74 games this season, which will be his lowest mark since 1998.

Konerko is in his 16th season with the White Sox as he joined the club back in 1999, and has been a team staple ever since.

The team captain, Konerko has hit .281 with 432 home runs and 1,383 RBIs, and helped the team win the World Series back in 2005.

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Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Athletics Acquire Adam Dunn From White Sox

Brian Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Athletics acquired power-hitter Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn and cash considerations Sunday.

According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, the A’s will pay Dunn approximately half of the remaining $2.5 million that is owed to him this season.

The 34-year-old Dunn can help an Athletics’ team that has ranked 20th in runs scored since trading away slugger Yoenis Cespedes on July 31.

Dunn is playing in his 15th major league season. During that time he’s compiled a .237 batting average, 460 home runs, 1,158 RBIs and a .365 on-base percentage.

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Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Gordon Beckham-era is over in Chicago as the White Sox have traded the second baseman to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later.

“This trade, quite frankly, was more about creating an opportunity for some of our young players to come up here, get some playing time and become part of this next core of White Sox players that we have put together over the last several months and are going to continue to work on over the next several months,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.

Beckham was the eighth overall pick by the White Sox back in 2008 and much was expected of him once he made his MLB debut back in 2009. Even though he’d been the team’s primary second baseman since being called up, he never quite lived up the lofty expectations placed on him.

In 739 games with the White Sox, Beckham hit just .244 with 61 home runs and a .306 on base percentage.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/6/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB:  San Diego Padres 5 (52-61) – Minnesota Twins 4 (51-61) 10 Innings

Texas Rangers 3 (45-69) – Chicago White Sox 1 (55-60)

Tampa Bay Rays 7 (55-59) – Oakland Athletics 3 (69-44)

Seattle Mariners 7 (59-54) – Atlanta Braves 3 (58-56)

New York Yankees 5 (59-54) – Detroit Tigers 1 (62-49)

Philadelphia Phillies 10 (51-63) – Houston Astros 3 (47-67)

Pittsburgh Pirates 7 (60-53) – Miami Marlins 3 (55-58)

Washington Nationals 7 (61-51) – New York Mets 1 (54-60)

Toronto Blue Jays 5 (61-54) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (64-49)

Cincinnati Reds 8 (58-56) – Cleveland Indians 3 (57-57)

San Francisco Giants 7 (62-52) – Milwaukee Brewers 4 (62-52)

Colorado Rockies 13 (45-68) – Chicago Cubs 4 (48-64)

Boston Red Sox 2 (50-63) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (60-52)

Kansas City Royals 4 (59-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (49-65)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (65-50) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (67-46)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/4/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: San Francisco Giants 4 (61-51) – New York Mets 3 (53-59)

Baltimore Orioles 7 (63-48) – Washington Nationals 3 (60-50)

Cleveland Indians 7 (57-55) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (56-56)

New York Yankees 2 (58-53) – Detroit Tigers 1 (61-48) 

Chicago White Sox 5 (55-58) – Texas Rangers 3 (43-69) – 7 Innings

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (67-44) – Los Angeles Dodgers 0 (63-50)

Oakland Athletics 3 (68-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (54-58) 10 Innings

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/21/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Boston Red Sox 14 (47-52) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (51-49)

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (56-45) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (52-47)

San Francisco Giants 7 (55-44) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (43-56)

Texas Rangers 4 (40-59) – New York Yankees 2 (50-48)

Miami Marlins 3 (46-52) – Atlanta Braves 1 (54-45) – 10 Innings

Chicago White Sox 3 (48-52) – Kansas City Royals 1 (48-50)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (55-45) – Cincinnati Reds 2 (51-48)

Minnesota Twins 4 (45-53) – Cleveland Indians 3 (50-49)

Washington Nationals 7 (54-43) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-59) 

Detroit Tigers 4 (55-41) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (43-56)

Seattle Mariners 5 (53-46) – New York Mets 2 (46-53)

Baltimore Orioles 4 (54-44) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (59-39)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – Third Round:

1.  Rory McIlroy -16  (4-under for the day)

2. Rickie Fowler  -10  (4-under for the day)

T3. Sergio Garcia -9 (3-under for the day)

T3. Dustin Johnson -9  (1-under for the day)

5.  Victor Dubuisson -8 (4-under for the day)

MLB: New York Yankees 7(49-47) – Cincinnati Reds 1 (51-46)

 Toronto Blue Jays 4 (50-48) – Texas Rangers 1 (39-58)

Cleveland Indians 6 (49-47) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-40) Game 1

Cleveland Indians 5 (50-47) – Detroit Tigers 2 (53-41) Game 2

St. Louis Cardinals 4 (54-45) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (54-44)

Boston Red Sox 2 (45-52) – Kansas City Royals 1 (48-48)

Philadelphia Phillies 2 (43-54) – Atlanta Braves 1 (53-44)

San Francisco Giants 5 (54-43) – Miami Marlins 3 (44-52)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (46-53) – Minnesota Twins 1 (44-52)

Washington Nationals 8 ( 52-43) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (54-44)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (51-46) – Colorado Rockies 2 (40-57) 11 Innings

Chicago White Sox 4 (47-51) – Houston Astros 3 (40-58)

Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (42-56) – Chicago Cubs 3 (40-56)

San Diego Padres 6 (42-55) – New York Mets 0 (46-51)

Seattle Mariners 3 (52-45) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2 (58-38) 12 Innings

NASCAR: Chase Elliott wins EnjoyIllinois.com 300 at Chicagoland Motor Speedway

WNBA All-Star Game: East 125 – West 124

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Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

Abreu Launches MLB-Best 29th Homer in Win

(Major League BaseballCLEVELAND) — Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu continues to dazzle. On Saturday, the first baseman launched his 29th home run of the season, the most in the MLB so far this year.
“He’s good,” said White Sox manager Robin Ventur…

Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

Sale, Rizzo Win MLB Final Vote

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — On Thursday, MLB’s fan base spoke, electing Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo as the Final Vote winners for the 2014 All-Star Game.

It is the 13th season in which the social media/Internet voting method has taken place to decide the final member for both the American League and National League teams.

Sale, an ace on the Chicago White Sox staff, received 6.7 million votes to earn his third All-Star spot. The lefty is 8-1 on the year with a 2.08 earned run average and has been the most dominant pitcher on the White Sox staff.

The 8.8 million votes cast for Rizzo gave the Chicago Cubs first baseman his first ever All-Star appearance. Rizzo his currently hitting .277 for the Cubs and is tied for second in the NL with 20 home runs. He joins shortstop Starlin Castro on the NL roster.

Meanwhile, Erik Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will replace Kansas City’s Alex Gordon on the AL squad. Gordon received an injection on Thursday to help combat a sprained right wrist.

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Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

Red Sox Walk-Off for Second Straight Night

iStockphoto(BOSTON) — For the second consecutive night, the Boston Red Sox walked-off against the Chicago White Sox in an afternoon affair at Fenway Park on Thursday.

Mike Carp’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the tenth scored Daniel Nava to give Boston (41-51) the win.

For Carp, it was a grateful return to the lineup after missing more than a month with a broken right foot. After being placed on the disabled list back on June 2, Carp was activated Monday before delivering a game-winner on Thursday.

“Some of the nights, I almost had to turn the TV off in those situations because you can’t be there to help,” said Carp. “It’s tough being on the DL with a boot on my foot.”

The Red Sox trailed 1-0 early but scored three runs in the sixth against Jose Quintana to take the lead.

Chicago (44-49) tied things up in the ninth when Koji Uehara gave up a two-run homer to Conor Gillaspie, forcing extra innings. 

Nava led off the bottom of the tenth with a pinch-hit walk before being advanced to second on Mookie Betts’ sacrifice bunt. Stephen Drew was intentionally walked to set up the double play, but Carp singled to left field for the winning run.

It is the eighth time this season that Boston has won in walk-off fashion.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Chicago Cubs 6 (39-52) – Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-43) – 12 Innings

Philadelphia Phillies 9 (41-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-41)

Boston Red Sox 4 (41-51) – Chicago White Sox 3 (44-49) 10 Innings

Oakland Athletics 6 (58-34) – San Francisco Giants 1 (50-42)

Atlanta Braves 3 (50-42) – New York Mets 1 (42-50) 

Baltimore Orioles 4 (50-41) – Washington Nationals 3 (49-41)

Pittsburgh Pirates 9 (48-44) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (50-43) 

Cleveland Indians 9 (45-46) – New York Yankees 3 (46-45)

Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (52-42) – San Diego Padres 1 (40-52)

Minnesota Twins 4 (42-49) – Seattle Mariners 2 (49-43)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Baltimore Orioles 8 (49-40) – Washington Nationals 2 (48-40) 11 Innings

New York Mets 4 (40-49) – Atlanta Braves 3 (49-40) 11 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 9 (46-42) – Chicago Cubs 3 (38-49)

Chicago White Sox 4 (43-47) – Boston Red Sox 0 (39-50)

Kansas City Royals 6 (46-42) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (41-51)

New York Yankees 5 (45-43) – Cleveland Indians 3 (43-45)

Houston Astros 12 (37-54) – Texas Rangers 7 (38-51)

Seattle Mariners 2 (49-40) – Minnesota Twins 0 (39-49)

Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (38-53) – Miami Marlins 1 (43-46)

San Diego Padres 6 (40-49) – Colorado Rockies 1 (37-53)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (48-42) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (47-42)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (38-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (52-38)

Oakland Athletics 5 (56-33) – San Francisco Giants 0 (49-40)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (52-36) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (47-44)

 

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Scherzer Gets First Complete Game Shutout in Tigers Win

Scherzer Gets First Complete Game Shutout in Tigers Win

David Banks/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) — In baseball’s modern era (since 1900), no starting pitcher had gone longer than Detroit’s Max Scherzer before tossing their first complete game. On Thursday night that drought ended as the righty struck out eight batters and scattered three hits in a 4-0 win over the White Sox.

“I was finally able to go nine and finish the deal, so it’s good feeling,” said Scherzer, who made his 179th career start on Thursday.

The Tigers (34-28) provided enough offense for the 2013 Cy Young winner. Victor Martinez put Detroit on top 1-0 in the fifth inning with his 16th home run of the season. Miguel Cabrera later drove in two runs with an infield single in the eighth before Bryan Holaday singled in another run.

It was billed as a matchup of aces with Scherzer dueling opposite Chicago’s Chris Sale. Despite 10 strike outs from the White Sox (33-34) starter, his offense could do nothing against Scherzer.

“I was surprised when I found out that he had no complete games,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “But he wanted this one for sure. He was on his game tonight.”

Scherzer turned in a much needed effort, giving up 20 runs in his last four starts. The six-year hurler tossed nine innings on other time in his career, a ten inning 2-1 loss to Minnesota in 2010.

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Trout Hits Grand Slam as Angels Rally in 8th

Trout Hits Grand Slam as Angels Rally in 8th

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM, Calif.) — The Los Angeles Angels trailed 5-0 when they came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. When the final out of the inning was recorded, Mike Trout had hit a game-tying grand slam and Erik Aybar drove in the go-ahead run in a 6-5 win over the Chicago White Sox.

“I was just [using a] two-strike approach,” said Trout. “I wasn’t trying to hit a home run, but it went out.”

It was the 12th homer of the year for Trout and chased White Sox (31-32) starting pitcher Chris Sale, who had shutout the Angels (33-28) through seven innings, from the game. Aybar, who led off the eighth with a double, singled home Josh Hamilton a few batters later to give Los Angeles the lead.

Ernesto Frieri came on in the top of the ninth and picked up his ninth save of the year by setting down Chicago in order. Hamilton finished the day with three hits while Aybar added a pair for the Angles.

“We needed a victory like this,” Trout said. “We never stopped fighting, had great at-bats, put some things together and we came out and got the W.”

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 117 – Indiana Pacers 92 (Heat win series, 4-2)

NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Los Angeles Kings 3 (Series Tied, 3-3)

MLB: Washington Nationals 9 (26-27) – Texas Rangers 2 (28-27)

Atlanta Braves 3 (29-25) – Miami Marlins 2 (28-26)

Minnesota Twins 6 (25-27) – New York Yankees 1 (28-25)

Kansas City Royals 6 (26-28) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (32-24)

Cleveland Indians 5 (25-30) – Colorado Rockies 2 (28-26)

Milwaukee Brewers 11 (33-22) – Chicago Cubs 5 (19-33) 

San Diego Padres 4 (25-30) – Chicago White Sox 1 (28-28)

Boston Red Sox 3 (25-29) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-32) – 10 Innings

Houston Astros 2 (24-32) – Baltimore Orioles 1 (26-27) 

San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (24-28) – New York Mets 5 (25-29) – 14 Innings

San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) – St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)

Cincinnati Reds 6 (24-29) – Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (23-34)

Detroit Tigers 6 (31-20) – Seattle Mariners 3 (26-28)

Oakland Athletics 9 (33-22) – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (30-24)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (25-29) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (29-27)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/19/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Eastern Conference Finals: New York Rangers 3 – Montreal Canadiens 1 (New York leads, 2-0)

NBA Playoffs – Western Conference Finals:  San Antonio Spurs 122 – Oklahoma City Thunder 105 (San Antonio Leads, 1-0)

MLB: Atlanta Braves 9 (24-19) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (27-18)

Cleveland Indians 5 (20-25) – Detroit Tigers 4 (27-13)

Chicago White Sox 7 (22-24) – Kansas City Royals 6 (22-22)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (20-23) – Washington Nationals 3 (23-21) 15 Innings

Houston Astros 5 (17-28) – Los Angeles Angels 2 (24-20)

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