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Tigers manager Ausmus out after season

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(TSX / STATS) -- DETROIT -- Brad Ausmus will not be brought back as manager of the Detroit Tigers, the club announced Friday, but he and his staff will finish out the season.

"This is not a happy day for me or for the organization," general manager Al Avila said. "We will not be extending the contract of Brad Ausmus for 2018.

"The club got a point where we needed a change on the field. We needed to change the roster. That's when we started trading players. So we said, 'You know what? Let's just take a whole new road and open up to new things.' We'll have fresh leadership, new leadership as we move forward. He understood that very well."

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Verlander beats Angels, 4-0 with Astros

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards was so overwhelmingly dominant on Friday night that the best course of action for the Houston Astros was to patiently wait for Richards to hit his predetermined pitch count and then take their hacks against the Angels' vulnerable bullpen.

After Richards departed, first baseman Yuli Gurriel slugged a three-run homer in the seventh inning, lifting Justin Verlander into the win column for the fourth time in four starts and pushing the Astros to a 3-0 victory over the reeling Angels at Minute Maid Park.

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Red Sox rally, extend AL East lead to 4

(TSX / STATS) -- CINCINNATI -- The Boston Red Sox have won 12 of their last 15 games but have struggled to distance themselves from the equally hot New York Yankees in the American League East standings.

On Friday night, the Red Sox overcame a first-inning grand slam by Scooter Gennett, rallied for an important win over the Cincinnati Reds and gained some ground on the Yankees.

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Cubs get by Brewers on bases-loaded walk

(TSX / STATS) -- MILWAUKEE -- Another late night, another nail-biter and ultimately, another victory for the Chicago Cubs who inched closer to a NL Central title with a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night at Miller Park.

This time, Tommy La Stella was the offensive hero, drawing a bases-loaded walk off Corey Knebel in the top of the 10th inning while Carl Edwards Jr. put up a zero in the bottom of the frame to give the Cubs their second consecutive victory over the Brewers and extend their division lead to 5 1/2 games.

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Goins' trick, slam help Jays rip Yankees

(TSX / STATS) -- TORONTO -- Ryan Goins made the baseball disappear twice on Friday night,

The first time the Toronto Blue Jays shortstop did it, he ended the top of third by tagging out New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier at second base on the hidden ball trick.

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Cardinals rally in 9th, push streak to 4

(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- One shortstop made an error, then the other did. Pinch-hitters and pinch-runners got involved. Leads changed.

"It's amazing, just all the way around. A lot of guys contributing in a lot of ways," St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said after Friday night's 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

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Cruz's HR denies Indians 28th win in 29

(TSX / STATS) -- SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz hit a two-run walk-off homer in the ninth inning, and the Seattle Mariners defeated Cleveland 3-1 to dampen the Indians' historic run of victories.

Tied 1-1 in the ninth, Robinson Cano singled off Cleveland reliever Cody Allen. Cruz followed with a bomb to right field.

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Rockies top Padres to increase WC lead

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN DIEGO -- The Colorado Rockies backed starting pitcher Jon Gray with three solo homers Friday night to score a 4-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The Rockies' win allowed them to gain a half-game in the race for the second National League wild-card spot.

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Olson, A's knock Rangers back in WC race

(TSX / STATS) -- OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kendall Graveman threw seven strong innings, Matt Olson hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics delivered a blow to the Texas Rangers' wild-card playoff hopes with a 4-1 victory on Friday night at Oakland Coliseum.

The Rangers (76-77) fell 3 1/2 games behind the Minnesota Twins, who defeated Detroit 7-3, for the second wild-card spot in the American League. Texas remained tied with the Los Angeles Angels.

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