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Packers defense ready to deal with heightened expectations

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As they chase their fourth consecutive NFC North title and first Super Bowl berth in more than a decade, the Green Bay Packers may rely on a different formula than usual. The trade of All-Pro receiver Davante Adams could force the Packers to lean more on a defense that ...

Bears try to prove they can support QB Justin Fields

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — From his work ethic to understanding a new offense, quarterback Justin Fields has convinced his new coaches with the Chicago Bears that he is making progress. The real question facing the Bears is whether they have made enough progress supporting Fields. "I've seen ...

Clevinger, 2 relievers lead Padres past Phillies 3-0

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Clevinger's first major milestone after a year off from elbow surgery was simply getting back to the big leagues. Next was to pitch without restrictions and become a trusted member of San Diego's rotation. Clevinger seems back to form — and poised to help the ...

Reds blow lead, hit into 5 double plays and edge Guardians

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds made unwanted history two days ago by not allowing a hit and losing. On Tuesday night, they hit into five double plays, blew the lead in the ninth inning and scored the winning run without making contact. "That's baseball, man," said rookie starter Connor ...

Berríos sharp as Jays blank Mariners behind Springer triple

TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, George Springer provided all the offense with a bases-loaded triple and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-0 Tuesday. Berríos (3-2) stopped a two-start losing streak and matched his season-high of seven ...

Kiermaier, Phillips, Arozarena homer, Rays beat Tigers 8-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier, Brett Phillips and Randy Arozarena homered and drove in two runs each, Shane McClanahan struck out seven in seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night. Ji-Man Choi also drove in two runs for the Rays, who ...

White Sox and Royals split doubleheader

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brady Singer outdueled Davis Martin as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday. The White Sox won the first game 3-0. Singer (1-0) had his best outing since last September 5, when he threw seven shutout ...

Judge homers twice as Yankees edge Orioles 5-4

BALTIMORE (AP) — The new wall in left field at Camden Yards served its purpose, denying Aaron Judge a home run on his 399-foot drive in the first inning. "I learned my lesson and decided to go to right field after that," he said. The ballpark couldn't hold Judge's next two hits, a pair of ...

Cards’ O’Neill has winning hit, twinbill-record 6 Ks vs Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler O'Neill had the simplest of goals in the ninth inning of a tied game. "Just trying to get the ball in play," he said. For most of Tuesday, even that seemed impossible. He figured it out just in time. O'Neill redeemed himself after setting a Cardinals record for a ...

Rojas homers and gets 3 hits as Marlins beat Nationals 5-1

MIAMI (AP) — Miguel Rojas homered, doubled and singled to lead the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Tuesday night. Jesús Sánchez also went deep and Jesús Aguilar had two hits for the Marlins, who will attempt to complete their second three-game sweep of the season ...