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Brewers beat Dodgers 7-2 to force Game 7

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Ryan Braun slid across home plate and raised his arms in sheer joy.

A big lead, a bruising bullpen and a boisterous crowd have the Milwaukee Brewers all set up for Game 7.

Jesus Aguilar sparked Milwaukee's slumping lineup with three RBIs on a pair of two-out hits, and the Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 on Friday night to even the NL Championship Series at three games each.

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Sale to start Series opener, Price next

BOSTON (AP) Boston ace Chris Sale will start Tuesday's World Series opener and David Price probably will follow in Game 2, Boston manager Alex Cora says.

Cora tells WEEI radio he will meet with the team on Saturday to determine the rest of the rotation. Cora says Sale is ready to return after missing his scheduled start in Game 5 of the Championship Series because of a stomach issue that led to a hospital stay.

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Machado 0 for 4, fails to silence boos

MILWAUKEE (AP) Manny Machado gestured with hands, appearing to egg on the booing crowd as he retreated down the dugout steps following a first-inning strikeout.

The jeers kept coming for the Los Angeles Dodgers star. So did the outs.

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Price pitches Red Sox into World Series

HOUSTON (AP) What a birthday present for rookie manager Alex Cora. He's taking the Boston Red Sox back to the World Series.

David Price put his postseason woes behind him, pitching the Red Sox past the defending champion Houston Astros 4-1 Thursday night in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series.

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Bradley Jr. totals 9 RBIs, wins ALCS MVP

HOUSTON (AP) Jackie Bradley Jr. had only three hits in the AL Championship Series. He certainly made them count.

Batting at the bottom of the order, Bradley homered twice and drove in nine runs to win Most Valuable Player honors as the Boston Red Sox powered their way past Houston and into the World Series.

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Selig: Baseball wants to cut game times

MILWAUKEE (AP) Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig still would like to cut down the time it takes to play a game.

The average length of time for a nine-inning game was 3 hours, 44 seconds this year, down from 3:05:11 in 2017. Games have gradually taken longer since 2005, when the average length was 2:46.

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Pirates P Musgrove has abdominal surgery

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove has had abdominal surgery.

Dr. Craig Smith operated in Los Angeles on Friday to repair Mugrove's abdominal wall and address a stress reaction in the pitcher's pelvic bone.

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Cards' Wainwright's contract put on hold

Adam Wainwright's contract with the St. Louis Cardinals has been put on hold because it violates the maximum-cut rule, and the pitcher will have to become a free agent before the agreement can be finalized, people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

St. Louis announced the agreement with the 37-year-old right-hander on Oct. 11. He has finished a $97.5 million, five-year contract that paid $19.5 million annually.

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Machado fined for kicking 1B Aguilar

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers star Manny Machado has been fined by Major League Baseball for kicking Milwaukee first baseman Jesus Aguilar in the NL Championship Series.

MLB fined Machado an undisclosed amount Wednesday, a day after the baserunning incident caused the benches to clear at Dodger Stadium and prompted Brewers MVP candidate Christian Yelich to call Machado a "dirty player."

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