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BoSox to rename street for racist owner?

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BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox will ask the city to rename Yawkey Way, the street alongside Fenway Park, to erase what owner John Henry called a haunting reminder of the ballclub's history of racial intolerance.

Henry told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he welcomes changing the name of the street that honors his predecessor Tom Yawkey, an inductee in the baseball Hall of Fame, and is the mailing address for the ballpark and team offices.

Under Yawkey, who owned the club for four decades, the Red Sox were the last team in the major leagues to cross the color barrier while choosing not to sign black players including Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.

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Reds beat Cubs after blowing 9-0 lead

CHICAGO (AP) Phillip Ervin may be a late-bloomer, but the Cincinnati outfielder has arrived in the majors with bang.

Ervin hit a two-run homer to snap a tie in the seventh inning and had four RBIs in his first major league start as the Reds rebounded from blowing a nine-run lead to defeat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday.

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Arenado avoids injury in Rockies' loss

DENVER (AP) The Atlanta Braves didn't have long to process a bad loss to the Colorado Rockies. That was a good thing.

Ender Inciarte hit two of Atlanta's four homers and the Braves responded to the big loss by beating the Rockies 10-4 on Thursday.

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Cubs' Lester allows 9 runs, hurts lat

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester left Thursday's game against Cincinnati in the second inning with left lat tightness after allowing nine runs by the Reds.

Lester was replaced by Mike Montgomery after facing 11 batters in the inning and Cincinnati leading 8-0 with two outs. He exited after giving up a double to Eugenio Suarez and was charged with seven earned runs.

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2nd Tommy John for Arizona P De La Rosa

HOUSTON (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

Manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement Thursday before the Diamondbacks play the Astros.

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Corbin goes 8 2/3, D-backs blank Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Patrick Corbin was kicking himself for one small mistake that led to his exit.

The Arizona pitcher came within an out of his first career shutout and first complete game since 2013 in the Daimondbacks' 4-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

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Smoak's HR snaps tie, Donaldson hits 2

TORONTO (AP) Justin Smoak hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson added two solo blasts and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Thursday.

Smoak hit a two-run drive off Tommy Hunter (2-4), his 33rd, as the Blue Jays took three of four from the Rays to remain on the fringes of the AL wild card race. Toronto is 10-5 in August.

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Indians 3B Ramirez OK after HBP in arm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez left Thursday's game against Minnesota after getting hit by a pitch, but X-rays showed no serious injury.

Ramirez was hit in the right forearm by a 93.1 mph pitch from Kyle Gibson in the top of the second inning. He kneeled a few feet down the first-base line and was quickly attended to by a trainer. He walked off holding his arm after a few minutes.

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Yanks put 1B Cooper on DL, recall Austin

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees put first baseman Garrett Cooper on the 10-day disabled list Thursday with tendinitis in his left hamstring and promoted Tyler Austin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Austin played first base and batted seventh as New York tried for a four-game sweep of its Subway Series against the crosstown-rival Mets. He singled his first two times up.

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