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Bryant out again after being hit in head

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CLEVELAND (AP) Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is out of the lineup for the second straight game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon made the decision to hold Bryant out of the series finale against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. The 2016 National League MVP didn't play in the Cubs' 10-3 win Tuesday.

Maddon said Bryant has been checked by doctors and could return Thursday night when the Cubs begin a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

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Star prospect Acuna, 20, joins Braves

CINCINNATI (AP) No break-in period needed for 20-year-old Ronald Acuna Jr.

Promoted by the Atlanta Braves from Triple-A, the youngest player in the majors was put into the starting lineup Wednesday night, batting sixth and playing left field against Cincinnati.

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Verlander, Altuve lead Astros by Angels

HOUSTON (AP) Justin Verlander, Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros did enough to deny the Los Angeles Angels a three-game sweep.

Verlander pitched seven sharp innings, Altuve hit his first home run of the season and the Astros won 5-2 Wednesday, ending the Angels' road winning streak at a team record-tying 11 in a row.

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Turner, Adams power Nats by Giants 15-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Washington manager Dave Martinez insisted Trea Turner and the Nationals would snap from their scoring slump soon, even as the losses piled up and the runs didn't.

Behind three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, Washington didn't need much, but got plenty.

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After 3 Tommy Johns, Venters back in MLB

BALTIMORE (AP) Jonny Venters is back in the big leagues, ready to pitch for the Tampa Bay Rays after enduring three Tommy John surgeries and a six-year absence.

Venters was sitting out a rain delay in the minors during a Wednesday morning game when he got word the Rays were recalling him from Triple-A Durham.

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Hamstring lands Rangers 3B Beltre on DL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is on the disabled list again with another leg issue, and is the third Texas starting infielder out with an injury.

"It's a gut punch," manager Jeff Banister said. "It doesn't feel good."

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Gray changes grip, Ks 11 to lead Rockies

DENVER (AP) Jon Gray altered the grip on his slider and set his aim higher in the strike zone.

It added up to a big change in fortune.

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Tigers outslug Bucs 13-10 in DH opener

PITTSBURGH (AP) Nicholas Castellanos is racking up hits at a remarkable rate, and the Detroit Tigers needed them in a slugfest Wednesday night.

Castellanos had four hits and a key home run, and the Tigers used 20 hits to outslug the Pittsburgh Pirates 13-10 in the opener of a doubleheader.

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Zunino homers to back Hernandez, M's win

CHICAGO (AP) Mike Zunino knew the ball hit the sweet spot. He just wasn't sure at first if it would clear the wall.

Zunino homered and scored twice to back Felix Hernandez in the Seattle Mariners' 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

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