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CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Addison Russell had a two-run single to key a five-run sixth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Friday in a matchup of slumping division leaders.The Cubs returned from the All-Star break to win for the seventh time in 22 games, while the Rangers lost their eighth in 10 games thanks to a rough sixth that included Prince Fielders throwing error in a rare start at first base.Hendricks (8-6), a former Rangers draft pick, lowered his team-best ERA to 2.41. He allowed three hits in six innings.Russells bases-loaded hit in the sixth was followed by pinch-hitter Matt Szczurs two-run single against Martin Perez (7-6).NATIONALS 5, PIRATES 1WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg threw eight masterful innings and drove in a run with a bunt, and Michael Taylor hit a two-run homer as Washington beat Pittsburgh.Strasburg (13-0) allowed one run and three hits with six strikeouts while matching his longest start of the season. Hes won a franchise-record 16 straight decisions since September and permitted a total of five hits in three starts since coming off the disabled list July 3.Washington improved to 16-1 with Strasburg on the mound this year. He is the only qualified starter in the majors without a loss.Francisco Liriano (5-9) yielded three runs and five hits in six-plus innings.ORIOLES 4, RAYS 3ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and AL East-leading Baltimore came back from an early deficit to beat Tampa Bay.Schoop got his 15th homer leading off the inning against Chris Archer (4-13), who leads the majors in losses.Mychal Givens (7-1) worked a scoreless seventh for the win one day after his daughter was born. Pedro Alvarez homered and had two RBI for the Orioles.With runners at the corners, Zach Britton struck out Logan Morrison and Steven Souza Jr. for his 28th save in as many chances.Tampa Bay lost for the 23rd time in 26 games.INDIANS 5, TWINS 2MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Napoli had three hits, including his 19th home run, and Carlos Carrasco pitched into the seventh inning as Cleveland beat Minnesota.The first-place Indians had lost four of five before the All-Star break. They maintained their 6 1/2-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.Napoli scored three runs, one on his solo shot in the eighth that stretched Clevelands lead to three. That was more than enough for Carrasco (6-3), who allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He won for the fourth time in five starts.Cody Allen closed for his 19th save in 21 chances.Ervin Santana (3-8), coming off a shutout in his previous start, was chased in the sixth. Brian Dozier homered and drove in both runs for the Twins.TIGERS 4, ROYALS 2DETROIT -- Victor Martinez drove in two runs with a tiebreaking infield single in the seventh inning, and Detroit took advantage of that fluky hit in holding off Kansas City.With the bases loaded and two outs, Martinezs comebacker deflected off reliever Joakim Soria and rolled to the area between first and second. With the second baseman playing deep, there was no chance to retire Martinez, and two runs came home on the play.Tyler Collins, just called up from the minors, hit a solo homer earlier in the inning off Luke Hochevar (1-2) to tie it at 2. Ian Kinsler also homered for the Tigers.Justin Verlander (9-6) allowed one earned run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out 10.Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 25th save in 27 chances.RED SOX 5, YANKEES 3NEW YORK -- Ryan Hanigan, Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts homered to back knuckleballer Steven Wright, and Boston opened the second half with a win over New York.Hanigans third-inning homer was his first since last Aug. 19 off Clevelands Corey Kluber. Shaw hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Bogaerts made it 5-0 with a two-run drive in the sixth.Wright (11-5), who began the night with an AL-leading 2.68 ERA, was a first-time All-Star at age 31 but didnt pitch in Tuesday nights game and was moved up in Bostons rotation for the series opener. He retired his first 14 batters before Alex Rodriguezs infield single.Wright won for the eighth time in nine decisions. Koji Uehara finished the four-hitter for his fifth save, his third since closer Craig Kimbrel hurt a knee.New York (44-45) is under .500 after the All-Star break for the first time since 1995. Michael Pineda (3-9) gave up five runs and five hits in five-plus innings.METS 5, PHILLIES 3PHILADELPHIA -- Neil Walker hit a three-run homer and Juan Lagares also went deep to lead New York over Philadelphia.Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for the Mets, who opened the second half by snapping a three-game skid while All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes missed his third straight game with a strained right quadriceps.Peter Bourjos had an RBI triple for Philadelphia, which won 10 of 13 before the break.Bartolo Colon (8-4), one of four Mets chosen for the All-Star Game, started out sensational before a rocky sixth inning ended his night. Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless ninth for his 32nd save while extending his club record for consecutive saves to 48, dating back to last Aug. 1.Jeremy Hellickson (6-7) yielded four runs and seven hits in six innings.REDS 5, BREWERS 4CINCINNATI -- Adam Duvall and Tucker Barnhart doubled home runs in the sixth inning, rallying Cincinnati past Milwaukee to snap a three-game slide.The bottom two teams in the NL Central went into the All-Star break with downturns. The last-place Reds pulled off a three-run rally, then barely held on.Duvalls double off Matt Garza (1-3) cut Milwaukees lead to 3-2. Barnharts two-run double off Carlos Torres gave Cincinnati its first lead. Jay Bruce added an RBI double in the seventh.Anthony DeSclafani (4-0) allowed six hits in six innings, including Scooter Gennetts homer. Gennett fouled out against Tony Cingrani with the bases loaded for the second out of the ninth. Ross Ohlendorf retired Ryan Braun on a popup for his second save.The Brewers have lost three straight and 10 of 14.ROCKIES 11, BRAVES 2ATLANTA -- Carlos Gonzalez had three hits, Nolan Arenado scored three times and pinch-hitter Ryan Raburn capped a big offensive performance for Colorado with a ninth-inning grand slam against Atlanta.After averaging 2.7 runs in their previous seven road games against the Giants and Dodgers, the Rockies took advantage of baseballs worst team. The Braves dropped to 13-35 at home and 31-59 overall.Jorge De La Rosa (6-6) gave up two runs in six innings for the win.Lucas Harrell (1-1) allowed seven hits and seven runs -- five earned -- in 3 2/3 innings. He also walked three in his third start for Atlanta. Cyber Monday Knicks Jerseys . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. 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Last season, Graham Arnold mocked Western Sydneys Pirtek Stadium as a little shed.Now hes tried claim their new A-League home as his own, declaring ANZ Stadium actually belongs to the Sky Blues.Unsurprisingly, Arnold threw the first barb ahead of Saturdays blockbuster Sydney derby.The headline opening-round clash will be held at ANZ Stadium where, along with Spotless Stadium, the Wanderers will play home matches while Pirtek is knocked down and rebuilt.A year ago, Arnold launched one of his famous verbal projectiles by welcoming his cross-town rivals to Sydneys mansion, apparently aiding their escape from Parramattas corrugated-iron dwelling.Asked on Wednesday to describe ANZ Stadium - which boasts nearly double the capacity of Sydneys Allianz Stadium - he took a different tack.Its our stadium, Arnold said.Were loaning the Wanderers our stadium for the game.Weve played Chelsea and Tottenham there; we played Newcastle there last year.So its more our stadium than theirs because weve been on it more than them.While the words will surely mean precious little to Wanderers coach Tony Popovic, recent history suggests Sydney might have the wood over last seasons grand finalists.When the teams kick off, it will have been 1001 days since Western Sydney won a Sydney derby, in January 2014.The match also follows a successful pre-season for a revamped Sydney squad, in contrast to the Wanderers mixed results and 4-1 FFA Cup thumping by Melbourne City.ddddddddddddArnold reiterated his mantra that form went out the window in the heat of derbies, but said strong pre-season displays had boosted his players confidence.If we do have one little edge on them its our experience in the derby, he said.Theyve got 15 or 16 new players this year and it will be a new experience for them.(Suspended captain) Nikolai Topor-Stanley will be a big loss for them.Hes their leader and he knows what derbies are about.My biggest concern - if there is any - is what starting XI do I put out out there when Ive got 15-16 players fighting for first-team spots?Western Sydney officials have forecast a crowd of at least 60,000, which would easily break the record for any competitive club football match in Australia.Most spectators are expected to be clad in red and black, and Sky Blues skipper Alex Brosque has told his team to use the atmosphere as fuel for on-field hate.You definitely can get too hyped, you feel the anticipation and excitement that comes into this game, Brosque said at the clubs season launch.Id be lying if I said you treat it like any other game.We go out there, and Ive told the boys previously in games, we hate every single one of them. 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