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Cards ax scouting director amid scandal

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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.

The Cardinals declined to say why Correa was fired but confirmed he'd been let go a day earlier after a team-imposed leave of absence. The team is investigating the alleged hacking, as is the FBI.

"At this time, it's still an ongoing investigation and there's really nothing more I can add at this point," general manager John Mozeliak said before a game against San Diego.


Scherzer tosses 5-hitter but Braves win

ATLANTA (AP) Cameron Maybin got exactly what he wanted - a chance to make up for his fielding mistake with a big hit against one of the game's best pitchers.

Maybin drove in the go-ahead run with a chopper against Max Scherzer that bounced over third base in the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.


Jose Fernandez goes 6, homers in return

MIAMI (AP) Jose Fernandez's comeback required a comeback.

The precocious right-hander shook off a rocky start in his return from Tommy John surgery, pitching six innings and hitting a homer Thursday to help the Miami Marlins rally past the San Francisco Giants 5-4 and complete a three-game sweep.


Gallardo extends streak, Rangers top O's

BALTIMORE (AP) The Texas Rangers used a different approach to beat the Baltimore Orioles and win a series for the first time since mid-June.

Leonys Martin ended a scoreless duel with an RBI single in the ninth inning, and Texas carved out a 2-0 victory Thursday night behind a dominant pitching performance by Yovani Gallardo and three relievers.


Red Sox score 8 in 1st, defeat Jays 12-6

TORONTO (AP) Wade Miley warmed up in the bullpen, then he waited nearly half an hour to take the mound for the bottom of the first inning.

In between, Boston staked their starter to an eight-run lead.


Padres hand Cards third straight loss

ST. LOUIS (AP) Will Venable was hardly the ideal choice to grab a bat cold off the bench. Good thing Padres interim manager Pat Murphy didn't know Venable had been 1 for 17 as a pinch hitter.

And a good thing Venable put it out of his head.


Liriano pitches Bucs to sweep of Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Francisco Liriano knows very well what the Detroit Tigers have done to him over the last five years.

Since pitching eight shutout innings in a 2-0 win for Minnesota on April 27, 2010, Liriano had faced the Tigers 14 times - 11 as a starter - and gone 1-9.


Gibson goes 8 as Twins beat Royals 2-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) With his pitch count well into triple-digits and the Twins clinging to a one-run lead, even Kyle Gibson thought Paul Molitor was going to bring in a reliever for him.

Then the manager stayed in the dugout with two Royals aboard in the eighth inning.


Astros' Springer on DL with broken wrist

HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right wrist.

Springer was injured when he was hit on the wrist by a 95 mph fastball thrown by Edinson Volquez in the fifth inning of Houston's win over Kansas City on Wednesday night.


Cubs extend winning streak vs. Mets to 9

NEW YORK (AP) By the time Jonathan Herrera and Miguel Montero homered, the Chicago Cubs didn't really need the extra runs.

Once again, their pitchers had shut down the feeble New York Mets.



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