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Burnes sets mark with 58 Ks before 1 BB

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MILWAUKEE (AP) St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty put his frustrating history at Milwaukee's American Family Field behind him.

These days, Flaherty is finding a way to win just about anywhere.

Flaherty became the major leagues' first seven-game winner this year with a 2-0 victory over Milwaukee on Thursday as the Brewers' Corbin Burnes extended his streak to 58 consecutive strikeouts before his first walk.


Plesac loses no-no in 8th, Indians win

SEATTLE (AP) Zach Plesac's day started with a frantic search for a pair of cleats after learning he'd left his normal road spikes behind in Cleveland.

After a replacement pair was found, Plesac came within six outs of ending the longest no-hitter drought in the majors.


Torres positive despite being vaccinated

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated and having previously contracted the coronavirus during the offseason.

Torres is among eight so-called breakthrough positives among the Yankees - people who tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.


Pujols free agent after clearing waivers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols was released by the Los Angeles Angels after clearing waivers on Thursday, one week after the 41-year-old star slugger was designated for assignment.

Pujols became a free agent and can sign with any team. The Angels remain responsible for his $30 million salary in the final season of a $240 million, 10-year contract. A team signing the first baseman and designated hitter would pay only a prorated share of the $570,500 major league minimum, which would be offset against what the Angels owe him.


White Sox beat Twins to push streak to 6

CHICAGO (AP) Tim Anderson and Jake Lamb homered, Billy Hamilton made a leaping catch at the wall to end a bases-loaded threat and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Thursday for their sixth straight win.

Lance Lynn (4-1) struck out nine in five innings for Chicago, which has won seven of eight while sweeping two straight series. Liam Hendriks retired the last five Minnesota batters for his seventh save in nine chances.


DeSclafani leads NL-best Giants by Bucs

PITTSBURGH (AP) Anthony DeSclafani allowed one hit over five scoreless innings and Steven Duggar hit his first home run in nearly two years to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Thursday night.

DeSclafani (3-1) struck out five and walked one while improving to 3-7 against the Pirates. The lone hit off him was a first-inning single by Jacob Stallings.


Bogaerts, Dalbec homer, Red Sox rout A's

BOSTON (AP) Red Sox manager Alex Cora has been searching for contributions from the rest of his lineup with Boston's biggest bats struggling to produce during a sudden scoring slump.

He got that and a lot more to finally slow down the red-hot Athletics.


Hill stifles Yankees as Rays avoid sweep

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rich Hill joined Cy Young and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to strike out nine against the Yankees at age 41 or older, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat coronavirus-impacted New York 9-0 Thursday night to avoid getting swept in a three-game series.

Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single in the first inning off Jameson Taillon, Austin Meadows doubled the lead with a two-run homer in the fourth and Randy Arozarena added a three-run homer in the sixth for the first runs off Michael King this season.


Astros top Rangers on wild pitch in 11th

HOUSTON (AP) Myles Straw scored on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to give the Houston Astros a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

After the Rangers loaded the bases with an intentional walk to Alex Bregman that brought up Chas McCormick, reliever Brett Martin (0-1) uncorked a 1-2 pitch that bounced away, and Straw raced home from third.

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