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Judge eyes No. 61 for East champ Yankees

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The New York Yankees are the American League East champions, but Aaron Judge has some unfinished business to tend to Wednesday night against the host Toronto Blue Jays.

The Yankees clinched the AL East and a first-round playoff bye on Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays while Judge went 0-for-1 with four walks and two runs.

Judge remains with 60 home runs for the season going into the rubber match of the three-game series. He is chasing the AL record of 61 set in 1961 by New York's Roger Maris.

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Astros aim to wrap up AL's No. 1 seed

The Houston Astros would wrap up home-field advantage throughout the American League postseason if they can earn another victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Houston took the opener of the two-game interleague series 10-2 on Tuesday, but the triumph came with a bit of a scare.

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Braves seek sole possession of 1st place

The Atlanta Braves will shoot for a three-game sweep of the host Washington Nationals on Wednesday, looking to maintain their momentum heading into a weekend series with the visiting New York Mets.

Winner of four straight, Atlanta (97-58) moved into a first-place tie with New York (97-58) atop the NL East when the Mets dropped a 6-4 decision to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. The Braves watched the conclusion of the Mets' game from their clubhouse.

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Glasnow back for wild card-chasing Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have been anticipating the return of Tyler Glasnow for quite some time, and the wait is about to come to an end in Cleveland.

The former Rays ace will make his first major league start in over 15 months when Tampa Bay tries to win a three-game series against the American League Central champion Guardians on Wednesday night.

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Cardinals top Brewers, clinch NL Central

MILWAUKEE (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals finally separated themselves from the Milwaukee Brewers in early August after chasing them for much of the season.

They haven't looked back since, turning what had been a nip-and-tuck NL Central race into something of a runaway.

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Orioles waste 4 HRs, lose 13-9 to BoSox

BOSTON (AP) Baltimore wasted four homers, including two more by Anthony Santander, in a 13-9 loss to Triston Casas and the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, hurting the Orioles' chances of earning an AL wild card.

Adley Rutschman and Ramon Urias also went deep, but Baltimore (80-74) lost for the third time in four games. The Orioles remained 3 1/2 back of Seattle for the third AL wild card after the Mariners lost 5-0 to the Rangers.

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Rangers send M's to 8th loss in 11 games

SEATTLE (AP) Robbie Ray has an idea for how to get the Seattle Mariners refocused and hopefully out of their late-season slide.

Stop worrying about what is happening elsewhere.

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Stroman, Gomes power Cubs past Phils

CHICAGO (AP) Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, and Yan Gomes hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.

The Phillies' magic number to clinch a National League playoff berth is stalled at eight after their third straight loss. The Cubs (68-86) won for the sixth time in seven games.

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Wallner, Ober lead Twins past White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Matt Wallner hit a two-run homer, Bailey Ober had a career-high 10 strikeouts and the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Ober (2-3) threw a career-high 7 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits.

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