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Umps end protest, will meet with Manfred

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NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball umpires have ended their protest of what they called "abusive player behavior" after Commissioner Rob Manfred offered to meet with their union's governing board.

Most umpires wore white wristbands during Saturday's games after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez. Kinsler said Tuesday that Hernandez was a bad umpire and "just needs to go away."

The World Umpires Association announced Sunday in a series of tweets that Manfred had proposed a meeting to discuss its concerns.

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Red Sox beat Yankees, go 5 up in AL East

BOSTON (AP) Jackie Bradley Jr. knows all about the Fenway Park triangle, and how long it can take to get the ball back to the infield from the 420-foot marker.

So when the Red Sox center fielder saw, as he pulled into second, that his Yankees counterpart had just picked up the ball, Bradley sped off for third. The two-run triple was all Boston needed, but Bradley added an RBI single in the sixth to help the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-1 on Sunday and extend their margin in the AL East to five games.

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Cubs get 3 in 10th to cap sweep of Jays

CHICAGO (AP) Alex Avila felt for Raffy Lopez. It was quite a day for catchers.

Avila capped Chicago's three-run 10th inning with a two-run single, and the Cubs swept the Toronto Blue Jays with a wild 6-5 victory on Sunday.

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Stanton hits 45th HR, Conley Ks 11 Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Mets rookie Amed Rosario learned a painful lesson: When speedy Dee Gordon is running, there's no time to waste.

The 21-year-old shortstop scooped up a seventh-inning grounder Sunday and patted his glove with the ball before throwing to first base, allowing Gordon to beat the play for an infield single.

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Verlander outduels Maeda to cool Dodgers

DETROIT (AP) Justin Verlander approached this start like a postseason game, fully aware of how tough the Los Angeles Dodgers are to beat right now.

After five innings, Verlander had a no-hitter going - but so did Kenta Maeda. Then Detroit broke through for four runs in the sixth, giving Verlander a little more margin for error.

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Rosario has slam as Twins score 9 in 1st

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins knew Arizona spot starter T.J. McFarland would be on a pitch count, so they hoped to get into the Diamondbacks' bullpen early.

After a 52-pitch first inning Sunday, the Twins had a 9-0 lead and McFarland was out of the game.

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Sharp Snell, 2 HRs help Rays blank M's

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) There was a long stretch early in the season when Blake Snell was the lone pitcher in the Tampa Bay rotation who couldn't get a win. Now he seems to be the only one who can.

Snell allowed just two hits in seven innings for his second consecutive victory, and the Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-0 on Sunday.

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Aguilar hits 2 HRs, Brewers beat Rockies

DENVER (AP) A day after coming off the bench to hit a decisive home run, Jesus Aguilar made the most of his start at first base.

Aguilar picked up where he left off and homered twice, Chase Anderson won in his return from the disabled list and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Sunday for their sixth victory in seven games.

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Cuthbert, Escobar lead Royals by Indians

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It took the bottom of a makeshift lineup filled with mostly with backups for the Kansas City Royals to finally put some runs on the board against the Cleveland Indians.

Jorge Bonifacio had three hits to start rallies, fill-in third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs, and Alcides Escobar also had three RBIs to help the Royals to a 7-4 victory Sunday and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the AL Central leaders.

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