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Snell moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 17th win as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 on Saturday night.Snell (17-5) is tied with New York’s Luis Severino and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber — two other top candidates for the award — for the most wins in the majors. Snell is 5-0 in his last six starts and his 2.02 ERA is second in the AL behind Chris Sale’s 1.97.Snell allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings Sammy Sosa Jersey , giving up both in the second with one being unearned thanks to a throwing error by third baseman Matt Duffy. The left-hander worked around trouble early but retired nine of the last 10 hitters he faced and struck out the side in the sixth.“We always talk about what his best start is, this and that,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “You can argue that was his best start because he didn’t have anything. He didn’t cruise by any means. He had to work. But that was a pretty telling performance from Blake and how far he’s come.”Snell said his stuff improved as the night progressed.“I started slow, frustrated about that,” Snell said. “But I’m very happy with how I came back, fastball started to jump there towards the end, slider, everything started to work a lot better.”The Indians had nine baserunners in the first four innings, including stealing three bases in the first.“We had some really good at-bats early just to get what we did,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “His stuff is phenomenal. Velocity, breaking ball Joe Maddon Jersey , changeup. He’s got the whole package.”Tampa Bay scored four times in the sixth off Shane Bieber (8-3). Matt Duffy tied the game with a two-run double. Tommy Pham’s RBI double put the Rays ahead before Kevin Kiermaier added a run-scoring single.Brandon Lowe homered off the foul pole in right field to in the ninth.Jason Kipnis, whose playing time will decrease after the Indians acquired third baseman Josh Donaldson from Toronto on Friday, started the ninth with a pinch-hit home run off Chaz Roe.Roe retired the next two hitters and Adam Kolarek got pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso for his second save. The Rays have won 10 of 12.Duffy’s two-base error on Brandon Guyer’s ground ball started Cleveland’s rally in the second. Melky Cabrera and Yan Gomes drove in runs with back-to-back doubles. Snell retired the next two hitters before Michael Brantley singled to center. Gomes was waved home, but was an easy out at the plate on Kiermaier’s throw.“It was big,” Cash said. “Not that we can’t come back from three runs, but there’s a big difference between three and two runs.”Cleveland’s lead quickly disappeared in the sixth. Lowe singled and took third on Joey Wendle’s double. Duffy’s double down the right field line tied the game. Pham’s one-out double to left-center gave Tampa Bay the lead and finished Bieber.Kiermaier’s single off Tyler Olson scored Pham, with the run charged to Bieber. The rookie right-hander allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.TRADE FALLOUTDonaldson arrived at the ballpark shortly before game time after having flight issues that delayed him. The 2015 AL MVP was given a loud ovation and waved to the crowd when he was shown from the dugout on the scoreboard in the seventh inning.Donaldson has been sidelined for three months by a strained calf and it’s not clear when he’ll make his Indians debut. Donaldson will play third base with All-Star Jose Ramirez moving to second.Francona said Kipnis will be affected more than any player on Cleveland’s roster by Donaldson’s addition.“Nobody will ever root against him, I can promise you that,” Francona said. “Getting Donaldson is good for us, and I don’t know where Kip ends up, but I guarantee every time he hits I’ll be pulling for him like I always do. He can help us. We don’t think otherwise.”TAKING A SHOTIndians left-hander Oliver Perez remained in the game after being hit on his pitching hand by Lowe’s comebacker in the sixth. Perez threw a couple of warmup pitches and joked with his teammates before play continued.TRAINER’S ROOMRays: Kiermaier was removed the game in the seventh inning after his back tightened up when he threw Gomes out at the plate. He expects to play in Sunday’s series finale.Indians: Francona said additional tests on the stress fracture in Trevor Bauer’s right leg showed minimal improvement Willson Contreras Jersey , a diagnosis the team was expecting. Bauer was hit by a line drive on Aug. 11. The team is still hopeful he’ll return before the regular season ends.UP NEXTIndians RHP Carlos Carrasco (16-7, 3.38 ERA), who is 8-2 in his last 11 starts, will start the series finale on Sunday. RHP Diego Castillo (3-2, 3.73) will start for the Rays. NEW YORK (AP) — MGM Resorts International became Major League Baseball’s official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan, a deal made as the sport tries to ensure more prevalent legal sports betting does not lead to any scandals of the type sparked by illegal wagers in its past.“Over the past 18 months we’ve had various senior people in the office involved various aspects of the sports gaming project,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said at Tuesday’s announcement. “I think that we have ensured ourselves on the integrity front by updating our policies, making clear what employees and players can and cannot do on the one hand, and on the other developing clear guidelines for the commercial activity that central baseball, meaning Major League Baseball will engage in and similarly the kind of commercial activities that will be allowed on the club level, as well.”The U.S. Supreme Court in May overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-david-ross-jersey , which prohibited every state but Nevada from allowing betting on most sporting events.Baseball was plagued by betting scandals in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the biggest a thrown World Series in 1919 that led to lifetime bans for eight Chicago “Black Sox” players imposed by the first baseball commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis.Major League Rule 21 specifies “any player, umpire or club or league official or employee, who shall bet any sum whatsoever upon any baseball game in connection with which the bettor has no duty to perform, shall be declared ineligible for one year” and adds the penalty for betting on a game in which the “bettor has a duty to perform, shall be declared permanently ineligible.”That led to the 1989 investigation of then-Cincinnati manager Pete Rose. The probe concluded Rose bet on the Reds to win with illegal bookmakers, and the career hits leader agreed to a lifetime ban.MLB is considering updated policies that would prohibit employees, including players, from causing bets to be made and from distributing confidential information that could impact betting, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the policies were not final.MLB also is discussing its prohibition against team owners also owning entities that provide sports betting Kyle Hendricks Jersey , a policy in place before the Supreme Court decision, the person said.Manfred declined to detail the updated policies, which he said were discussed at last week’s owners’ meeting. He said final revisions were being made.MGM will become an MLB-authorized gambling operator and will promote itself with teams and on the MLB Network, MLB.com and the MLB At Bat app. Manfred said MGM will have a presence at baseball’s top events.“There’s been a huge change in public opinion” on sports gambling, Manfred said.MLB will make a limited part of its Statcast data available to MGM on an exclusive basis. That data also is available to the 30 clubs.“It has presented an opportunity for all sports and baseball in particular,” he added. “We have to take advantage of every opportunity to drive engagement by fans.”Manfred said he does not expect there will be betting windows open at London’s Olympic Stadium during the two-game series in June between the New York Yankees and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox — the first MLB games in Britain.MGM in August became the official gambling partner of the NBA and WNBA, and last month it became the first official sports betting partner of the NHL.MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren spoke about the importance of the MLB deal and said he “will do whatever I can as a fan, as an executive in the gaming industry and as a sports partner to ensure that this is a partnership that will last forever.”
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