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Fehr: Up to players to decide on probe

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ATLANTA (AP) The biggest number for Cole Hamels after six innings wasn't the zero in the hits allowed column but the 108 pitches thrown by the Philadelphia Phillies' starter.

That was enough, even though it meant giving up a chance at reaching one of baseball's most special personal milestones.

No worries. The boys in the bullpen gave the entire pitching staff something to celebrate as a team.

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Astros fire Porter, Lawless takes over

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros are looking toward the future, and they decided there is no time like the present to get going on that.

Entering the final month of a dismal season, the Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team's 59-79 record than the need for "new direction" and a "united message throughout the entire organization."

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Cardinals beat Pirates to move into 1st

ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Holliday is keeping quiet about his recent hitting surge.

However, his St. Louis teammates are more than happy to praise him after Holliday hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning Monday to rally the Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Dunn homers in first at-bat as A's roll

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Adam Dunn is in a pennant race at last, and what an impression he made on his new team as the September stretch run began.

Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his debut at-bat for Oakland to highlight a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Monday in a matchup of playoff contenders.

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Nats' Gonzalez tops Dodgers for rare win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Gio Gonzalez picked a good time to earn his first victory for Washington in the second half, coming against a talented Dodgers lineup the Nationals could see in the postseason.

Backed by four homers, including two from Denard Span, Gonzalez snapped his five-game skid with a 6-4 victory on Monday night in a matchup of division leaders.

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Price, Cabrera help Tigers rout Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) David Price would like to forget everything about Aug. 27, maybe the ugliest game of his career.

He erased some it from his memory.

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Castillo, Soler lead Cubs past Brewers

CHICAGO (AP) Jorge Soler has never lacked confidence. Even before being promoted to the major leagues last week, the Cuban slugger declared this season to be "his time."

But his blistering start with the Chicago Cubs has caught even him off-guard.

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Royals top Rangers 4-3 to snap skid at 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tough to catch the Kansas City Royals when they are leading after six innings. Greg Holland leads one of the majors' best bullpens.

Ventura pitched into the seventh inning and three relievers shut the door in a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Monday night.

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Rockies win on walkoff, end Giants' run

DENVER (AP) The new kids got things rolling and the familiar face with the bushy beard brought the win home.

Charlie Blackmon lined a two-out single in the ninth inning off reliever Sergio Romo, helping the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco 10-9 on Monday and stop the Giants' six-game win streak on a long day at Coors Field.

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Hughes, Twins avoid 4-game sweep by O's

BALTIMORE (AP) The Minnesota Twins were counting on their best pitcher to pull the team out of its latest funk, and Phil Hughes delivered.

Hughes held Baltimore without an earned run over eight innings, Joe Mauer had four RBIs and the Twins won 6-4 Monday to avoid a four-game sweep.

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