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Vázquez attempted to have sex with minor

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was being held Wednesday in a Pennsylvania jail on multiple felony charges after allegedly telling investigators he attempted to have sex with an underage girl during a meeting at her house in 2017.

Vazquez is charged with statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of indecent assault of a person under 16 years old.

The charges are related to Vazquez's alleged encounters with a girl starting in 2017, when she was 13 and living about an hour east of downtown Pittsburgh. Vazquez was expected to be arraigned Wednesday in Westmoreland County, though it was uncertain whether he would attend the hearing in person or do it via video from the Allegheny County Jail. Vazquez has been in the jail since surrendering to authorities Tuesday on a felony warrant issued in Florida stemming from illicit electronic communication with the same girl.

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Cole reaches 300 Ks in Astros' 100th win

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole wanted to get his milestone strikeout at home, and accomplished the feat in an important win for the Houston Astros.

Cole struck out 10 batters, including his 300th of the season, in eight strong innings, Yuli Gurriel and Jose Altuve homered and the Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 Wednesday night to lock up a postseason berth.

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Bochy wins 2,000th as Giants rip Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) The San Francisco Giants helped manager Bruce Bochy reach yet another milestone before his retirement at the end of the season.

San Francisco's 11-3 rout of the Red Sox on Wednesday night was Bochy's 2,000th career victory as a manager in the majors.

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Yanks fail to clinch AL East with loss

NEW YORK (AP) An hour after the Yankees missed a chance to clinch the AL East, reliever Adam Ottavino was back on the field with a ball and glove, standing solemnly halfway between the mound and the plate.

It may still be unofficial, but the Yankees are preparing for October baseball, and New York's mad scientist in the bullpen has work to do.

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Wainwright pitches Cards past Scherzer

ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright has pitched in his share of big games throughout a distinguished career. Taking the mound against an ace in a matchup with postseason implications, he delivered once more.

Wainwright put on another sharp performance to top Max Scherzer, right fielder Dexter Fowler made a sensational catch and the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 on Wednesday.

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Padres cool Brewers as Lamet Ks 14

MILWAUKEE (AP) Since losing Christian Yelich for the season, the Milwaukee Brewers stepped up their push for the playoffs, winning six of their first seven games without the reigning NL MVP.

But in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night, the Brewers were stymied by right-hander Dinelson Lamet, who struck out a career-high 14 and held them to three hits in six innings.

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Rays beat Dodgers in 11 to keep pace

LOS ANGELES (AP) With the Dodgers having twice erased their lead, the Tampa Bay Rays were staring at a third straight loss and a precipitous drop in the AL wild-card race.

But they tied it up in the bottom of the ninth inning and got a home run from Austin Meadows leading off the 11th to rally for an 8-7 victory that prevented the New York Yankees from clinching the AL East title Wednesday night.

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Cubs fall to Reds in 10, tied for 2nd WC

CHICAGO (AP) The improving Cincinnati Reds' pitching staff cooled off the previously surging Chicago Cubs' offense.

Jose Iglesias had an RBI double in the 10th inning and five Cincinnati pitchers combined for a four-hitter as the Reds recorded their second straight win over playoff-contending Chicago 3-2 on Wednesday night.

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A's top KC 1-0 on Canha's double in 11th

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mark Canha knew it was just a matter of time before the right pitch would come. He waited, and his patience paid off.

Canha hit an RBI double with two outs in the 11th inning and the Oakland Athletics edged the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Wednesday to hold their lead atop the AL wild-card race.

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