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Cubs pad lead...Redbirds hammer Royals...Nats nip Fish...AL MVP Baylor dies...QB showcases



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UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs now top the NL Central by 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee after Javier Baez smacked a two-run, inside-the-park home run in Chicago's 5-3 win at San Francisco. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and an RBI to back Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-eh), who worked into the seventh for his 11th victory. Eddie Rosario doubled home the tying run in the seventh and came around to score on a balk to complete Minnesota's rally from a 4-1 deficit in a 5-4 win against the Brewers.

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians' lead in the AL Central is back up to three games after the second-place Kansas City Royals were hammered by the St. Louis Cardinals, 11-3. Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer, collected four RBIs and scored on Matt Carpenter's three-run blast as the Cards dealt the Royals their sixth loss in eight games. Carlos Martinez gave up two runs over eight innings as the Redbirds stayed 3 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper slammed his 150th career home run and Adam Lind delivered a tiebreaking, RBI single in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals beat Miami, 3-2. Harper became the 14th player in major league homers to hit 150th home runs before his 25th birthday, helping the Nats pad their lead in the NL East to 14 games over the Marlins. Max Scherzer was pretty sharp after being pushed back in the rotation due to neck spasms, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out nine over seven innings.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former American League MVP and 19-year major league veteran Don Baylor has tied at age 68 following a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma. Baylor earned his MVP with the 1979 California Angels after batting .296 with 36 homers and league highs of 139 RBIs and 120 runs. He also was the first manager of the expansion Colorado Rockies, leading them to a playoff berth in their third season.

UNDATED (AP) — In NFL quarterback news, Brock Osweiler (AHS'-wy-lur) will start the Cleveland Browns' exhibition opener on Thursday against New Orleans. Trevor Siemian he has earned the starting nod over Paxton Lynch in the Denver Broncos' preseason opener at Chicago. And quarterback Jay Cutler won't play in the Miami Dolphins' exhibition opener Thursday, but coach Adam Gase says he will give his newest acquisition plenty of time to compete for a possible starting job.

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