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Yankees win 1st AL East title since 2012

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NEW YORK (AP) Aroldis Chapman got Albert Pujols to swing over a slider in the dirt, and the New York Yankees jogged to the infield to exchange handshakes and hugs after clinching their first AL title since 2012.

No wild celebration, not this year.

"We're just trying to avoid injuries," DJ LeMahieu said.

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P Germán on leave for domestic violence

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees star pitcher Domingo German was placed on administrative leave under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy on Thursday, casting doubt over whether New York's top winner this season will be available for the playoffs.

Manager Aaron Boone was informed of the decision while he was driving to Yankee Stadium for a game against the Los Angeles Angels. New York won 9-1 to clinch its first AL East title since 2012.

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Acuña third to 40 HRs at 21 or younger

ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. was pumped to join a very exclusive club.

He's even more thrilled about the chance to properly celebrate a division title.

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Marlins' Mattingly agrees to extension

MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has agreed to a contract extension and will return for a fifth season in 2020, a person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins hadn't announced the deal. A news conference with CEO Derek Jeter was scheduled for Friday.

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Indians top Tigers again, tie for 2nd WC

CLEVELAND (AP) Mike Clevinger pitched six shutdown innings, Franmil Reyes homered in his return to the lineup and the Cleveland Indians moved into a tie for the second AL wild card with a 7-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.

Francisco Lindor added three hits, and Cleveland matched Tampa Bay at 90-63 with the Rays idle. Both teams trail Oakland by two games for the top spot. The Indians trailed Minnesota by four games in the AL Central going into the game.

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Cubs, Cards start big series at Wrigley

The ballpark always buzzes when the Chicago Cubs take on the rival St. Louis Cardinals.

However, this weekend, the intensity of the rivalry could reach another level.

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Cubs activate Kimbrel for Cards series

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs activated closer Craig Kimbrel from the injured list and returned slugger Anthony Rizzo to the lineup Thursday night for the opener of a crucial four-game series against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals.

Kimbrel has been out since Sept. 1 due to inflammation in his right elbow. He'll be available Thursday against the Cardinals, who are three games ahead of the Cubs.

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P Betances told surgery not recommended

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has been told surgery is not recommended for the partially torn Achilles tendon that ended his season after eight pitches.

Betances received a second opinion from Dr. Martin O'Malley of the Hospital for Special Surgery, who concurred with Dr. Justin Greisberg of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Dodgers' add two to ownership group

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers' ownership group is expanding with the addition of two businessmen described as lifelong fans of the team.

Chairman and owner Mark Walter on Thursday announced Robert L. Plummer and Alan Smolinisky have joined the group.

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