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Matinee game in New York

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(AP) — The Mets and Cubs are engaging in an afternoon game today. The contest is in New York and sends two losing teams to the field. The Mets are 59-66, 11 ½ games back of the Nationals in the National League East, while the Cubs are 53-70, 16 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National Central.

The hottest team in baseball is back in action tonight as the Royals face the Twins in Minneapolis. Kansas City has won 20 of its last 25 games to take over first place in the American League Central, and tonight the Royals end a series against the Twins. Despite all their success of late, the Royals have lost two of the first three games of the four-game set with the Twins.

Washington starts a home-series with the Diamondbacks tonight, while the Braves, who trail the Nats by six games in the NL East, are in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates.

The surging Los Angeles Angels, who are now in first place in the AL West by a percentage point over slumping Oakland, are on the road tonight. The Anaheim-based team is in Boston to face the defending world champion Red Sox.

After losing two of three in Cleveland, the AL East leading Orioles kick off a series in Chicago with the White Sox, while Seattle is in Philadelphia and St. Louis, the team breathing down Milwaukee’s neck in the NL Central, is home to the Reds.


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