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Cubs' Bryant sprains ankle, DL possible

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WASHINGTON (AP) Chicago Cubs third baseman and 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant exited Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals with a "mild-to-moderate" right ankle sprain.

The Cubs announced X-rays on the injured ankle were negative and that a potential DL stint remains uncertain. Manager Joe Maddon said Bryant would sit out at least the next two games including Thursday's series finale.

Bryant, steps away from the third base bag in foul territory, camped under a pop-up off the bat of Nationals catcher Matt Wieters in the bottom of the sixth. He drifted slightly back toward the third base line when making the catch. In the process, Bryant clipped the base with his right foot.


Cubs DFA Montero after blasting Arrieta

WASHINGTON (AP) The Chicago Cubs cut ties with Miguel Montero on Wednesday after the veteran catcher blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in Tuesday's loss to the Washington Nationals.

Montero, who turns 34 on July 9, was designated for assignment, and the World Series champions recalled catcher Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa. Montero is batting .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games.


Andujar debuts with 4 RBIs, Yanks cruise

CHICAGO (AP) The New York Yankees are not sure how long they will keep Miguel Andujar. Games like this will make it harder to send him back to the minors.

Andujar had three hits and four RBIs in his big league debut, Aaron Judge added his major league-leading 27th homer and the struggling Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Wednesday night.


With Francona back, Tribe get by Rangers

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona watched his team's 2-1 loss Tuesday night on television after being released from the hospital.

The result and vantage point were much better Wednesday night.


Angels edge Dodgers on wacky walk-off

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ben Revere reached base on an error, advanced on a wild pitch and then scored the winning run on a passed ball and a throwing error caused by Cameron Maybin's walk-off strikeout.

Yeah, Revere could scarcely believe it either.


Hwang, Giants push Rockies' slide to 8

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jae-Gyun Hwang stepped out of his comfort zone and into a beer shower.

The native South Korean left behind lucrative contract offers to pursue a lifelong dream of playing baseball in the majors.


Mejia solid again as Twins top Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) Twins rookie lefty Adalberto Mejia is feeling more comfortable each time he takes the mound.

Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.


Trump welcomes some Cubs to White House

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump welcomed manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs into the Oval Office on Wednesday, their second visit to the White House in eight months since winning the World Series.

Trump entertained the Cubs in an informal visit Maddon said was set up by the team's owners, the Ricketts family, which donated millions of dollars to his campaign. The Cubs were honored as World Series champions by President Barack Obama in his last week in office in January.


Reddick, Springer lead Astros past A's

HOUSTON (AP) Houston manager A.J. Hinch didn't even take a second to think about it when he was asked about how well Josh Reddick has been playing lately.

"We should talk more about how good a baseball player Josh Reddick is," Hinch said. "He is really good at virtually everything ... he does something to help you win every night."

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