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SAN DIEGO (AP) Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.

Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the suspension, and that he regrets making contact with umpire Joe West on Sunday.

But the right-hander insisted he wasn't making a vulgar motion toward fans as he walked off the field to boos after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. He apologized to Phillies fans in the statement.


Orioles 1 win away from AL East title

BALTIMORE (AP) It's time for the Baltimore Orioles to put the champagne on ice.

The Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night.


Ex-Bucs P Tekulve has heart transplant

PITTSBURGH (AP) Former Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Kent Tekulve is recovering from heart transplant surgery.

Allegheny General Hospital said Tuesday the 67-year-old Tekulve was discharged Friday after the Sept. 5 operation. Tekulve works for Root Sports Pittsburgh, regularly appearing on studio shows before and after Pirates games.


Nats beat Braves, cut magic number to 2

ATLANTA (AP) A strong and healthy Stephen Strasburg has the Washington Nationals feeling optimistic about their postseason chances.

Strasburg pitched seven scoreless innings to end a long run of frustration against Atlanta, and the Nationals beat the struggling Braves 4-2 on Monday night to move to the verge of the NL East title.


Angels make playoffs, magic number 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels refused to indulge in champagne, cigars or self-congratulation after securing their first playoff spot in a half-decade.

Their goals extend far beyond the mere formality they reached with yet another dominant victory over a division rival.


Kemp, Puig argue as Dodgers stay hot

DENVER (AP) Matt Kemp helped fire up the offense with his first-inning homer. He also got fired up over something Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Yasiel Puig either said or did.

Even teammates quarrel in the middle of a heated pennant race.


Tigers win fourth in row, stay 1 1-2 up

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) That large early lead was long gone for the Detroit Tigers. They saw Kansas City's comeback slowly unfolding on the out-of-town scoreboard.

No sweat. One big swing by Torii Hunter eased the pennant-race tension.


Appendectomy ends year for Yanks' Prado

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees infielder-outfielder Martin Prado has had an appendectomy and will miss the rest of the season.

The team announced that Prado had the surgery early Tuesday. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list.


Braves' new stadium to be SunTrust Park

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves new suburban stadium already has a name - SunTrust Park.

The team announced the naming-rights deal at a ceremony Tuesday to officially break ground on the 41,500-seat stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The festivities - including Major League Baseball's next commissioner, Rob Manfred, and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron - took place in a tent situated in the middle of the massive construction zone.

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