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Nationals owner Lerner had leg amputated

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(TSX / STATS) -- Mark Lerner, a principal owner of the Washington Nationals, had his left leg amputated following complications from cancer surgery.

Lerner, 63, said in a letter to the Washington Post that doctors discovered spindle cell sarcoma -- a rare type of cancer -- in his left leg in early January. Lerner's radiation treatments ended in March, and surgery in April successfully removed the cancer.

But "the radiation treatment eventually caused the wound not to heal properly," Lerner wrote.

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Reds blow 9-0 lead but win, Lester hurt

(TSX / STATS) -- CHICAGO -- The Cincinnati Reds' 2018 tryout tour may have uncovered a potential star in Phillip Ervin.

Ervin drove in four runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning, as the Cincinnati Reds blew an early nine-run lead and then outlasted the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Thursday afternoon.

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Severino carries Yanks to sweep of Mets

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Luis Severino and Steven Matz looked as if they would be linked together in New York for years in the summer of 2015, when they made their major league debuts within six weeks of one another and pitched dynamically as rookies.

However, Severino and Matz never seemed further apart than Thursday night, when Severino took another step toward becoming the New York Yankees' long-desired homegrown ace and Matz sent the New York Mets back to the drawing board.

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Rockies lose as Arenado hurts hand again

(TSX / STATS) -- DENVER -- It wasn't complete payback for the Atlanta Braves. But it was more than enough.

Ender Inciarte hit two of Atlanta's four solo home runs, and the Braves staggered the Colorado Rockies with a six-run seventh Thursday in a 10-4 victory and gained a split of their four-game series.

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Kepler HR helps Twins split with Indians

(TSX / STATS) -- MINNEAPOLIS -- By the time the first game of the Thursday day-night doubleheader was finished, the Twins had endured eight consecutive home losses to the Indians, Minnesota's pitching was a mess, and the offense hadn't done much against Cleveland's pitching.

A starting pitcher making his major league debut helped turn the momentum, and Max Kepler got some redemption with a big home run as Minnesota finally beat the Indians at Target Field.

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Fowler helps Cards top Pirates, end skid

(TSX / STATS) -- PITTSBURGH -- Dexter Fowler drove in three runs and scored three Thursday night as the St. Louis Cardinals broke a three-game losing streak with an 11-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The Pirates (58-63), who blew an early four-run lead, have lost five straight to fall four games behind the third-place Cardinals (62-59) in the National League Central. St. Louis is 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the division.

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

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin fell just shy of his first complete game in four seasons while concluding what was an all-or-nothing series for the Houston Astros offensively.

Corbin pitched brilliantly while scattering four hits over 8 2/3 innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned a split of their four-game, home-and-home interleague series with the Houston Astros with a 4-0 victory on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

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Zimmerman's HR gets Nats by Padres

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN DIEGO -- Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson didn't have a surfboard, just his reliable right arm, in beating the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday.

"You just try to ride the wave," Jackson said.

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Smoak, Donaldson HRs lift Jays over Rays

(TSX / STATS) -- TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson is hot right now. Justin Smoak has been hot nearly all season.

They form a dynamic duo with Smoak following Donaldson in the lineup.

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