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Urena banned 6 games for hitting Acuna

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NEW YORK (AP) Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena has been suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for intentionally hitting Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves with a pitch.

Major League Baseball announced the penalties Thursday, a day after Urena hit Acuna on the left arm with his first pitch in the Marlins' 5-2 loss in Atlanta. The 20-year-old Acuna went into the game having homered in five straight games, including four homers in the three games against Miami - three of them leading off.

The 25-year-old Urena, from the Dominican Republic, is 3-12 with a 4.74 ERA in 24 starts. Unless appealed, the suspension is scheduled to begin Friday at Washington.

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Puig banned 2 for brawl with Giants

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed fine for fighting and inciting a bench-clearing incident against San Francisco.

Major League Baseball announced the sanctions Thursday, two days after the Cuban player took a swing at Giants catch Nick Hundley in the seventh inning of the Dodgers' 2-1 home loss. Hundley also was fined.

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Acuna in lineup, singles in first at-bat

ATLANTA (AP) Rookie star Ronald Acuna Jr. was back in the lineup for the Atlanta Braves on Thursday, one day after being plunked in the left arm with a pitch that sparked a national debate about whether it's ever acceptable to throw at a hitter intentionally.

Acuna said his elbow felt fine - less than 24 hours after he took a 97 mph fastball from Miami's Jose Urena - and proclaimed himself ready to go in the opener of an important four-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

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Mets blast Phils for team-record 24 runs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The New York Mets didn't care who was on the mound. They kept swinging and scoring.

Jose Bautista hit a grand slam and had a career-high seven RBIs and the Mets set a franchise record for runs, forcing the Phillies to use two position players for the final three innings of a 24-4 victory in the first game of a doubleheader Thursday.

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Cards set sights on ninth straight win

The St. Louis Cardinals just keep on winning. On Wednesday night, the victories took place on and off the field.

Minutes before they polished off a 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals that stretched their season-long winning streak to eight, they got the evening's biggest triumph: X-rays on National League home run leader and MVP candidate Matt Carpenter came back negative.

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Cubs' Darvish to mark rehab start Sunday

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish will begin a rehab assignment Sunday with a minor league team to be determined.

Signed to a $126-million, six-year contract as a free agent in February, Darvish last pitched for the Cubs on May 20 and is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts. He has been sidelined with right triceps tendinitis and an impingement in his right shoulder.

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Beltre still out because of hamstring

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is still out of the lineup because of his troublesome left hamstring, but still on the active roster and hoping to avoid a third trip to the disabled list this season.

"That's the question right now. We want to wait a couple days," the 39-year-old Beltre said Thursday.

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Musk proposes tunnel to Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (AP) Traffic-weary baseball fans could someday travel to and from Dodger Stadium on a public transportation system underneath Los Angeles - if Elon Musk's latest bold plan comes to fruition.

The billionaire's Boring Company tweeted a proposal Wednesday for autonomous, zero-emissions electric sleds that would run through a tunnel between the stadium and a location in the city's Hollywood area.

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Mariners' Paxton to DL with arm bruise

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have placed ace James Paxton on the disabled list with a forearm bruise, one day after the left-hander was struck by a line drive.

Paxton was facing the third batter in the first inning Tuesday night when Jed Lowrie lined a ball back up the middle, hitting the pitcher hard. Paxton walked toward second base in obvious pain as a team trainer and manager Scott Servais rushed onto the field.

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