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BoSox to rename street for racist owner?

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BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox will ask the city to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park, to erase what owner John Henry called a haunting reminder of the ballclub's history of racial intolerance.

Henry told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he welcomes changing the name of the street that honors his predecessor Tom Yawkey, an inductee in the baseball Hall of Fame, and is the mailing address for the ballpark and team offices.

Under Yawkey, who owned the club for four decades, the Red Sox were the last team in the major leagues to cross the color barrier while choosing not to sign black players including Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.

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Nats' Lerner had cancer, leg amputated

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner said Thursday night in a letter to a Washington Post columnist that he had cancer and had his left leg amputated.

In the letter to columnist Barry Svrluga, the 63-year-old Lerner wrote:

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Reds beat Cubs after blowing 9-0 lead

CHICAGO (AP) Phillip Ervin may be a late-bloomer, but the Cincinnati outfielder has arrived in the majors with bang.

Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday.

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Sanchez has 5 RBIs as Yankees sweep Mets

NEW YORK (AP) This year's Subway Series was a one-way ride.

Gary Sanchez homered and matched a career high with five RBIs, Luis Severino got right back on track and the New York Yankees made it a four-game sweep of the crosstown-rival Mets with a 7-5 victory Thursday night.

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Arenado avoids injury in Rockies' loss

DENVER (AP) The Atlanta Braves didn't have long to process a bad loss to the Colorado Rockies. That was a good thing.

Ender Inciarte hit two of Atlanta's four homers and the Braves responded to the big loss by beating the Rockies 10-4 on Thursday.

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Kepler's HR helps Twins end Tribe's run

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Aaron Slegers calmly took the mound for Minnesota in his major league debut and helped the Twins beat Cleveland at home for the first time all season.

Then the emotion came, when he left the field to a standing ovation in the seventh inning.

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Fowler 2-run triple sparks Cards by Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Cardinals center fielder Dexter Fowler had not felt fully healthy for quite a while. But nothing was ailing him when St. Louis faced Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

Fowler's two-run triple sparked the Cardinals to an 11-7 comeback win over the Pirates.

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Mazara drives in 5, Rangers win 7th in 8

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Nomar Mazara keeps driving in runs, and it's helping the Texas Rangers climb in the AL wild-card race.

Mazara had five RBIs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Rangers held on to beat the Chicago White Sox 9-8 on Thursday night.

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Zimmerman's HR lifts Nats over Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Ryan Zimmerman homered with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the NL East-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday night.

Zimmerman homered to right field on 1-1 pitch from Kirby Yates (2-4), who struck out the first two batters of the inning. It was Zimmerman's 29th. Yates then struck out Adam Lind to end the inning.

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