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16-2 Red Sox seek 8th win in row at A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics take a step up in class when they attempt to improve upon their four-game winning streak Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.

The A's will send staff ace Kendall Graveman (0-3, 9.87 ERA) in search of his first win of the season against Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who is expected to be activated off the disabled list in time to make his first start of 2018.

Oakland used a "Free Baseball" promotion to attract more fans to the ballpark, then thrilled them with a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox earlier this week. The A's scored at least eight runs in all three wins of the fan-friendly series.

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Reds fire Price after 3-15 start

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds' worst start since the Great Depression prompted a quick hook for Bryan Price.

Cincinnati fired its fifth-year manager on Thursday because of a 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season. The Reds hadn't changed managers so early in a season since Tony Perez was fired after 44 games in 1993.

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Arrieta 1-hits Bucs thru 7 in Phils' win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jake Arrieta threw like an old-school ace wearing a retro powder blue Phillies uniform fit for a throwback outing.

Arrieta flashed the All-Star form that made Philadelphia covet him in free agency, striking out 10 and tossing one-hit ball over seven innings to lead the Phillies to a 7-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.

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Braves' Freeman avoids serious injury

ATLANTA (AP) One-half inch may have been the difference between Freddie Freeman facing another extended stay on the disabled list and remaining in the Atlanta Braves' lineup.

The first baseman avoided serious injury when he was hit on his left wrist by a pitch from Philadelphia's Hoby Milner Wednesday night. Freeman said the ball hit one-half inch from where he was hit by a pitch last season, causing a fracture that forced him to miss seven weeks.

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Judge HR helps Yanks hold off Blue Jays

NEW YORK (AP) David Robertson went wild and loaded the bases in the eighth inning, and the Yankees weren't all that concerned.

"Whenever it's a tough situation like that, I want D-Rob on the mound," Aaron Judge said.

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Greinke extends D-backs' series streak

PHOENIX (AP) A 10-inning loss on Wednesday night stung the Arizona Diamondbacks. They let too many opportunities slip away and put their run of series victories in jeopardy.

A dominant performance by Zack Greinke and clutch hitting kept the streak going.

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Morton dominant as Astros rout Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) In a four-game series that displayed the depth and talent of the Houston Astros starting rotation, it was their No. 5 starter that turned in arguably the best performance.

Charlie Morton pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Jose Altuve hit a three-run double and the Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 9-2 on Thursday.

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Tucker, Wisler key Braves' rout of Mets

ATLANTA (AP) Matt Wisler pitched like he was making a bid to stay in Atlanta for longer than just a fill-in start.

Matt Harvey pitched like he is in danger of losing his spot in the New York Mets' rotation.

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Cain, Braun power Brewers past Marlins

MILWAUKEE (AP) Lorenzo Cain credited his Brewers teammates for his big night at the plate. Ryan Braun acknowledged them for helping him achieve a major milestone.

Cain homered, doubled twice and scored four times, Braun launched a pinch-hit, three-run homer that gave him 1,000 RBIs and Milwaukee romped to a 12-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday.

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