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CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is the majors' first 20-game winner of the season after the Los Angeles Dodgers belted four homers in a 14-5 pounding of the Chicago Cubs on Friday. Kershaw worked just five innings and allowed three runs and seven hits while striking out nine. The Dodgers wrapped up a playoff spot. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) hit three-run homers, and A.J. Ellis added a pair of two-run blasts as the NL West leaders moved 3 1-2 games ahead of San Francisco.
UNDATED (AP) — St. Louis still leads the NL Central by 2 1/2 games over Pittsburgh after Randal Grichuk and Matt Holliday hit back-to-back homers in the first inning of the Cardinals 2-1 win over Cincinnati. Winning pitcher John Lackey held the Reds to a run and six hits in 7 2/3 innings. Russell Martin belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to fuel the Pirates 4-2 win over Milwaukee and help the Bucs open a 4 ½-game lead over the Brewers for the second NL wild-card berth.
UNDATED (AP) — Ian Kinsler was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs as the Detroit Tigers ripped Kansas City 10-1. The Tigers now lead the AL Central by 1 ½ games over the Royals after Justin Verlander held Kansas City to a run and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. The Royals are just a half-game ahead of Seattle for the second AL wild-berth after the Mariners beat Houston 10-5.
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') said Friday that the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl. In his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence, Goodell did not announce any specific changes, and also said he has not considered resigning.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games after the league announced changes to its drug policy. He's eligible to play Nov. 23 against Atlanta.
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