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The state of Indiana is sandwiched pretty thick into the middle of this World Series, even literally so by virtue of its locale between Illinois and Ohio, but also in other ways.

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CHICAGO (AP) — James Shields insisted career win No. 130 was just like every other one. He offered no sign of relief or satisfaction. There was just praise for his defense and a big smile.

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DETROIT (AP) — With two on and two out in the third inning, Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging at a pitch that was low and inside, and the slugger was so off balance he ended up on one knee.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Just when the White Sox thought they had started to turn the corner, Jose Quintana got back on the mound and the lineup was mostly silent once again.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo legged out his first inside-the-park homer on Wednesday — another unusual moment in a series full of oddities — and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 for a three-game sweep that got them back on solid footing after a rough week.

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CINCINNATI — After wasting 72/3 innings of three-hit ball from Jon Lester, the Cubs rallied for a 7-2 victory over the Reds in 15 innings. Kris Bryant hit a tie-breaking single, and Javier Baez followed with a grand slam. Relievers Travis Wood, Spencer Patton and Pedro Strop each took turns …

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Kris Bryant became the first major leaguer to hit three homers and two doubles in a game, and Jake Arrieta added a solo shot in the ballpark where he threw a no-hitter in April, leading the Chicago Cubs to an 11-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

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DETROIT (AP) — When the Detroit Tigers won the AL Central every year from 2011-14, the title often seemed to come down to a handful of head-to-head matchups between the champions and their closest challengers.

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have promoted right-hander Joel Peralta from the minors to help their bullpen for the start of a series at the Cincinnati Reds.

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have been credited with an extra run from the last play of Friday night’s loss to Cleveland, making the final score 7-5 in favor of the Indians.

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MIAMI — Fans were still strolling to their seats with food and drink in hand as the Chicago Cubs extended batting practice into the first inning Friday at Marlins Park.

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MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton was the target of his teammates’ postgame celebration for a change Thursday, and afterward he stood at his locker with shaving cream in his hair, on the side of his face and even under his chin.

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