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Wilson Ramos and the Philadelphia Phillies' bullpen prevented the ballclub from losing any more ground in the NL East.

Ramos drove in three runs in his Phillies debut and the pen allowed no earned runs over 6 2/3 innings of a 7-4 win over Boston Red Sox. Ramos came within a home run of the cycle and scored three times for the Phillies, who remain two games behind the division-leading Braves.

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J.A. Happ allowed one soft single in seven shutout innings to win his third consecutive start since joining the New York Yankees, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1. The wild card-leading Yankees remained 10 games behind the runaway Red Sox in the AL East despite having the second-best record in the majors at 75-44. The series continues Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.

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Ronald Acuna Jr. pulled off one of the rarest feats in baseball history, hitting leadoff homers in both games of a doubleheader to lead the first-place Atlanta Braves to a sweep of the Miami Marlins on Monday.

The 20-year-old rookie hit an opposite-field drive into the Braves' bullpen in Game 1 , powering Atlanta to a 9-1 victory. Haitian-American Touki Toussaint pitched six strong innings to claim the win in his major league debut.

It was more of the same from Acuna in the nightcap. He sent a towering shot into the seats in left-center, sparking the Braves to a 6-1 win behind another strong outing on the mound from Mike Foltynewicz.

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Brooks Koepka has won his first PGA Championship, playing poised and mistake-free golf down the stretch amid ear-splitting roars for Tiger Woods and a late charge from a revitalized Adam Scott.

The U.S. Open champion closed with a 4-under 66 to reach 16 under for the tournament. That left Koepka three shots clear of Scott and two ahead of Woods, whose Sunday charge electrified the packed grounds of Bellerive Country Club as if it were a decade ago.

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The Atlanta Braves have shaved another game off the Philadelphia Phillies' lead in the NL East.

Charlie Culberson belted a three-run homer and Mike Foltynewicz worked into the sixth inning of the Braves' eighth victory in 10 games, an 8-3 dismantling of the Nationals in Washington. Tyler Flowers and Ronald Acuna Jr. added two-run blasts in the fourth off Tommy Milone, who was torched for seven runs over six innings.

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Mitch Moreland belted a three-run homer while the Red Sox scored five times in the 10th inning of their fifth consecutive win, 10-7 at Toronto. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run homer later in the 10th and Moreland finished with four RBIs for Boston. Bosox slugger J.D. Martinez also had four RBIs and slammed his major league-leading 34th home run, a three-run blast in the eighth. Game 2 is Wednesday at 7:07 p.m.

The Red Sox still lead the AL East by nine games over the Yankees after Miguel Andujar homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning of New York's 4-3 victory against the White Sox. Giancarlo Stanton added a two-run shot as New York won its second straight following a five-game skid. After Stanton's homer made it 3-1 in the 10th, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer against Zach Britton in the bottom half to extend the game. The series wraps up at 8:10 p.m.

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Lance Lynn had two hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings in the Yankees' 7-0 shutout of the White Sox. Gleyber Torres and Neil Walker homered and drove in two runs apiece as the Yanks ended a five-game losing streak. New York is nine games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and top the Athletics by three games for the first wild-card berth. The series continues Tuesday at 8:10 p.m.

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The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep by scoring three times in the ninth before Andrew Benintendi's RBI single gave them a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Aroldis Chapman blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth as J.D. Martinez hit a two-run single before a two-out error by second baseman Miguel Andujar brought in the winning run. Mookie Betts homered for the Bosox, who now lead the AL East by 9 1/2 games over the Yanks. New York travels to Chicago to take on the White Sox Monday at 8 p.m.

Boston has the night off, heading to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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The Boston Red Sox didn't let an early 4-0 deficit stop them from opening a 6 ½-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Steve Pearce launched a go-ahead, three-run homer while the Bosox scored eight times in the fourth inning of a 15-7 assault on the Yanks. Pearce homered three times and had six RBIs to help the Red Sox move a major league-leading 42 games over .500 at 76-34.

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Ohio State has placed coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of abuse against an assistant coach years before he was fired last week.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have overtaken the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the National League West.

Zack Godley matched a career high with 10 strikeouts while pitching two-hit ball over seven innings of the DBack's 6-0 shutout of the Rangers. A.J. Pollock's first-inning homer cleared the high wall in center field and put the Diamondbacks ahead. Nick Ahmed hit a two-run double as part of a three-run fourth inning to give Godley more than enough support to improve to 12-6.

Arizona took over first place with the Dodgers' 1-0 loss to Milwaukee. Wade Miley is 4-0 with a sparkling 2.06 ERA in seven starts at Dodger Stadium after limiting the home team to a pair of hits over seven innings.

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The Houston Astros' lead in the AL West continues to shrink as the defending World Series champs endure their longest losing skid of the season.

James Paxton pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and Nelson Cruz delivered a two-run double as the Mariners handed the Astros their fifth consecutive loss, 2-0. Paxton struck out eight and threw 82 pitches in his first game off the disabled list.

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Sunday's major league action included a near no-hitter and a pair of strong debuts by recently-traded hurlers.

The no-hit bid was authored by Sean Newcomb, who pitched the Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers. Newcomb was one strike away from completing the gem until Chris Taylor hit a single through the hole, ending his afternoon after a career-high 134 pitches.

Newcomb was trying to throw Atlanta's first no-hitter since Kent Mercker in 1994.

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The New York Yankees inched closer to first place in the American League East last night, but they lost one of their slugging outfielders in the process.

Aaron Judge suffered a chipped fracture in his right wrist when he was hit by a fastball in the first inning of the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Royals. Surgery won't be necessary, but the slugging outfielder is expected to miss three weeks.

The injury took some fun out of the Yankees' ability to get within 4 ½ games of the first-place Boston Red Sox. Didi Gregorius went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer that put New York ahead 6-0 in the fourth. That was more than enough offense for Sonny Gray, who tossed three-hit ball over five scoreless innings. The series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m.

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All-Star Trevor Bauer helped the Cleveland Indians end the Pittsburgh Pirates' 11-game winning streak.

Bauer struck out 10 while limiting the Bucs to two hits over seven innings of the Indians' 4-0 shutout victory. Brad Hand fanned three of the four batters he faced for his 25th save of the season and first since being acquired from the Padres.

Edwin Encarnacion opened the scoring with a two-run single in the third inning. Yonder Alonso added a two-run homer in the eighth to help Cleveland salvage the finale of the three-game series.

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There was a point in my distant past where I thought I would go to law school. This period came largely before I got to the heart of college coursework and realized that law school could be unpleasant and lead to unintended consequences- namely then having to be a lawyer. 

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have run their winning streak to 11 games by clobbering the AL Central leaders for the second straight night.

Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte each hit two-run homers while the Bucs were building a 7-0 lead by the second inning of a 9-4 trouncing of the Indians in Cleveland. Polanco's blast chased Shane Bieber, who was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings.

Marte collected three RBIs, Josh Bell smacked a two-run homer and Corey Dickerson was 2-for-3 with a two-run triple. Marte has hit safely in his last 17 games.

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Add another game to the Boston Red Sox's lead in the American League East, thanks to some help from the Tampa Bay Rays. Rick Porcello pitched six shutout innings and Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run double as the Red Sox topped the Orioles, 5-3. Mitch Moreland put the Bosox ahead to stay with a solo homer in the second before Boston scored four times in the fifth. Jonathan Schoop smacked a two-run homer in the eighth to end the Red Sox's shutout bid.

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Francesco Molinari has earned his first major championship by capturing the British Open at Carnoustie.

Molinari was able to hoist the claret jug after emerging from a crowded pack in a wild final round. He closed with a bogey-free, 2-under 69 for an 8-under total.

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The NL West leading LA Dodgers have acquired All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from the Orioles for a package of five minor league prospects. The trade ends weeks of speculation concerning Machado's landing spot with Baltimore sitting deep in the AL East cellar. Machado is scheduled to become a free agent this fall.

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The American League crushed five home runs in outlasting the National League, 8-6 in 10 innings at Washington. It's the sixth straight win for the junior circuit, which now leads the all-time series, 44-43-2.

Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer homered to open the 10th against Ross Stripling of the Dodgers, one inning after Reds utilityman Scooter Gennett tied it with a two-run blast. Indians outfielder Michael Brantley added a sacrifice fly to cap the AL's 10th-inning rally.

North Adams, Massachusetts is celebrating baseball across the nation with "One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball."  “Shades of Greatness” from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City anchors the exhibit, which also includes features on Berkshire County players like Hall of Famer Frank Grant and Jack Chesbro and memorabilia from Berkshire County teams through the years.

Dan Bosley is a lifelong baseball fan and was the president of the North Adams SteepleCats, a team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League for 7 years following 24 years in the Massachusetts State House. The North Adams SteepleCats have had over 120 former players drafted into professional baseball with nine making it to the Major Leagues.

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Bryce Harper may have entered the All-Star break with a disappointing .214 batting average, but Monday night was all about his power.

The Washington Nationals outfielder won the Home Run Derby in his home ballpark, defeating Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber, 19-18. Harper was down 18-9 with about 80 seconds remaining in the finals before ending with a flourish, taking advantage of his 30-second bonus time to overtake Schwarber. He homered on nine of his last 10 swings before entering extra time.

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France is celebrating its second World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the highest-scoring World Cup final since 1966.

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Some are calling it the greatest generation of Croatian soccer players and who could argue? Mario Mandzukic scored the go-ahead goal in the 109th minute and Croatia stunned England 2-1 in Moscow in their World Cup semifinal. It was the third consecutive extra time win for Croatia, which advanced to the World Cup final for the first time.

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The Boston Red Sox keep improving their major league best record, beating the visiting Texas Rangers 8-4 in and extending their winning streak to eight games. Andrew Benintendi bolstered his All-Star credentials with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in his final game before fan votes are tallied. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of RBI doubles and Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple as Boston scored five runs in the third. The series continues Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Ken Bensinger has been a journalist for more than twenty years. He has worked at The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and, since 2014, for BuzzFeed News, as a member of its investigations team, and has written about sports, labor, art, automobiles, and politics, among other topics. He has been a winner of the ASME National Magazine award and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Finance & Business Reporting, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.

In his first book, "Red Card," Bensinger explores the FIFA scandal; the biggest international corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by US investigators, involving dozens of countries, and implicating nearly every aspect of the world’s most popular sport, soccer, including its biggest event, the World Cup.

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J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 28th home run, Steve Pearce hit a two-run shot and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched 5 2/3 innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers. 

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the leading vote-getter for the July 17 All-Star game and will head an American League squad that has dominated the game over the last 25 years.

Altuve claimed 4.8 million votes, one season after being named the AL MVP.

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The Milwaukee Brewers won a matchup of division leaders on Thursday to move 1 ½ games ahead of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Hernan Perez was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer as the Brewers whipped the Braves, 7-2. Jhoulys Chacin and Dan Jennings combined for a three-hitter and blanked Atlanta after the first inning. Chacin gave up the three hits over seven frames and improved to 7-3.

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