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Detroit Tigers-Pittsburgh Pirates opener postponed because of weather

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DETROIT — The season opener between the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed because of bad weather.

The game has been pushed back to Friday.

The Tigers announced the postponement about four hours before the scheduled first pitch on a dreary, rainy day in the Detroit area. Last season’s opener for the Tigers — against the White Sox in Chicago — was also postponed because of rain. That day, the White Sox paraded onto the field for pregame introductions, but the game itself was pushed back a day.

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Terry Francona set to join Cleveland Indians’ postseason bubble

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Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will not return to the dugout during the regular season but is slated to join the team’s postseason bubble.

The 61-year-old has missed 42 games because of gastrointestinal surgery and blood-clotting issues.

“It gives Tito an opportunity to be around the team, even if it’s not in the dugout,” president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said.

The Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday to move within two games of the AL Central lead with their second straight last-at-bat victory.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Tampa Bay Rays wrap up first AL East crown since 2010

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NEW YORK — Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets.

Joey Wendle and Brandon Lowe also went deep for the Rays, who will be home at quirky Tropicana Field for a best-of-three first-round playoff series beginning next Tuesday.

It is the third division crown in franchise history for the thrifty Rays, who also won the AL East in 2008 and 2010. After missing a chance to clinch Tuesday, they went into Wednesday again needing just a win or a New York Yankees loss against Toronto to lock up the division championship.

The Rays (37-20) broke a 2-all tie in the sixth and took care of business themselves.

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Atlanta Braves’ Max Fried leaves after 1 inning with ankle injury

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ATLANTA — NL Cy Young Award contender Max Fried lasted only one inning in his final start of the regular season, leaving the Atlanta Braves‘ game against the Miami Marlins after tweaking his ankle fielding a bunt Wednesday night.

Fried (7-0) retired the first two hitters, including Starling Marte who dropped a bunt down the third-base line. The left-hander bounded off the mound, planted his left foot, grabbed the ball bare-handed, spun and threw to first just ahead of Marte.

Fried didn’t appear hurt but wasn’t the same pitcher after that play. After not having given up a homer all season, Fried grooved a fastball that Jesus Aguilar drove off the facade of the second deck. Brian Anderson sent a drive into the center-field seats and Garrett Cooper just missed a third straight homer, doubling off the wall.

Fried got out of the inning trailing 2-0, but he did not return in the second. He sat solemnly in the dugout chatting with manager Brian Snitker and getting what appeared to be a pep talk from teammate Freddie Freeman.

Luke Jackson took over in the second after the Braves scored three runs in the bottom of the first, at least ensuring Fried wouldn’t take his first loss of the season. But his ERA climbed from 1.96 to 2.25, which could hurt his Cy Young chances.

Fried is expected to start Game 1 of the NL wild-card series next Wednesday. The Braves clinched the NL East title on Tuesday night and earned the right to host the entire best-of-three series.

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