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Cubs' Russell on leave after abuse claim

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CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was placed on administrative leave Friday following fresh allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wife.

Last year, Melisa Reidy posted a photo on her Instagram account with a caption suggesting her husband of about 18 months had been unfaithful to her. In another post, a user - described by Melisa as a close friend - made the accusation that Russell had "hit" his wife. The post was later deleted. Russell denied the allegation and the two divorced.

Late Thursday, a blog post attributed to Reidy contained more detailed allegations, including years of physical and emotional abuse. Less than 12 hours later, Major League Baseball announced Russell had been put on leave under the 2015 domestic violence agreement between management and the players' union.

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Rangers fire Banister after 4 seasons

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister on Friday after the team stumbled to its first consecutive losing records in 10 years following AL West titles in each of his first two seasons.

Texas announced the move with 10 games left in Banister's fourth season, and general manager Jon Daniels said the decision wasn't based on the record.

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DeGrom boosts Cy Young resume, tops Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) Jacob deGrom turned in a record 23rd consecutive quality start, lowered his ERA to 1.77 and boosted his record to .500 as he bids to earn the NL Cy Young Award, allowing one run in seven innings to help the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Friday night.

Throwing fastballs in the 97-99 mph range, deGrom (9-9) struck out eight and walked one while allowing just one run and three hits, all singles. Bob Gibson (in 1968) and Chris Carpenter (2005) each had single-season runs of 22 quality starts, the previous major league mark.

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White Sox rough up Quintana, beat Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs announced Friday that shortstop Addison Russell had been placed on administrative leave after he was accused of domestic violence by his ex-wife.

Then Jose Quintana struggled against his former team.

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Tribe's Bauer to return vs. BoSox's Sale

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer will take the mound Friday night for the first time in more than a month as the Cleveland Indians host the Boston Red Sox in the first contest of a three-game series at Progressive Field.

Both teams have clinched their respective divisions, but the game is still important for both, considering the starting pitchers: Bauer and Boston's Chris Sale. They were leading candidates for the Cy Young Award when they went on the disabled list, almost simultaneously, six weeks ago.

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Kennedy works into 8th, Royals end skid

DETROIT (AP) Ian Kennedy pitched three-run ball into the eighth inning, and the Kansas City Royals stopped a five-game slide by holding off the Detroit Tigers for a 4-3 win on Friday night.

Alex Gordon had three hits for the Royals, who led 4-0 after four innings.

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Galloway's double in 10th lifts Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Pinch-hitter Isaac Galloway smacked an opposite-field double in the 10th inning to score Brian Anderson and give the Miami Marlins a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Galloway drove David Hernandez's 3-2 slider past right fielder Phillip Ervin to plate Anderson, who had reached on a double to right.

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Mattingly likely back as Marlins manager

MIAMI (AP) Derek Jeter signaled Thursday that Don Mattingly is expected to return next year as manager of the Miami Marlins, providing some dugout continuity for a last-place team in transition.

Mattingly has one season to go on a four-year contract he signed when he joined the Marlins for the 2016 season.

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Red Sox clinch third straight East title

NEW YORK (AP) Sitting on Alex Cora's desk in the visiting manager's office at Yankee Stadium were two bottles of chilled champagne and a handwritten note congratulating him.

After waiting a few days, the Boston Red Sox finally got to break out the bubbly in the Bronx.

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