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Altuve at DH in ALCS Game 3 vs. Red Sox

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HOUSTON (AP) Six-time All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve is a designated hitter for the Houston Astros in the playoffs for the first time.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch has Altuve as the DH for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against Boston. Altuve bruised his right knee during the playoffs and it is still bothering him. Last year's AL MVP has dealt with right knee soreness since July, when he went on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Altuve was still batting second against the Red Sox and right-hander Nathan Eolvadi on Tuesday night. Marwin Gonzalez, who had played left field the first two ALCS games, moved to second base. Tony Kemp was the left fielder.

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Up 2-1 on Dodgers, Brewers turn to 'pen

LOS ANGELES -- The Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen roared back to life in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series and can now further its influence in Game 4 on Tuesday night.

The Brewers can move one game from their first World Series appearance since 1982 with a victory in a Game 4, and will try to do it on a bullpen day. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez will start the game, but the relievers are expected to get to work early, just as they did when Gonzalez pitched just two innings in Game 1.

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Red Sox uncertain when Sale will pitch

HOUSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox were still unsure Tuesday when Chris Sale would be available to pitch again, but the lefty ace was back with the team for Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.

When players for both teams were introduced before the first series game in Houston, Sale lined up with the Red Sox along the third-base line. Sale started the series opener but missed Game 2 and didn't travel with the team after being hospitalized for a stomach illness.

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Angels opt out of Angel Stadium lease

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels opted out of their Angel Stadium lease with the city of Anaheim on Tuesday, renewing the possibility they could build a stadium somewhere near their longtime Orange County home.

The team and the city will negotiate on a new deal to keep the Angels in the fourth-oldest ballpark in the major leagues. The Angels also will renew their explorations of the feasibility of building a stadium elsewhere in Southern California.

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Hernandez sorry for ripping Dodger fans

LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers infielder Enrique Hernandez has apologized after complaining "the fans had no energy" during Los Angeles' Game 3 loss in the NL Championship Series.

Hernandez tweeted a statement Tuesday claiming his comments were taken out of context. He says he was "really frustrated" following a 4-0 loss to the Brewers on Monday at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles trails the best-of-seven series 2-1.

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Marlins to remove home run sculpture

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins' home run sculpture is outta here.

The team won county permission Tuesday to move the kitschy, widely disliked Red Grooms sculpture out of Marlins Park to the plaza outside the ballpark. The vote was a victory for Marlins CEO Derek Jeter, who can now remove from the ballpark one reminder of unpopular previous owner Jeffrey Loria's regime.

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Braves' Snitker gets 2-year extension

ATLANTA (AP) Brian Snitker has a two-year contract for only the second time in his 43 years with the Braves.

It's little wonder that Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday, said Monday he never assumed he'd be asked to return as manager even after leading Atlanta to a surprise NL East division title and its first playoff berth since 2013.

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Dodgers' Grandal's woes extend to Game 3

LOS ANGELES (AP) When the Dodger Stadium crowd wasn't booing Yasmani Grandal or chanting his backup's name, the fans largely sat in a disappointed hush while the Milwaukee Brewers' pitching staff mowed down their team.

The Dodgers' miserable Monday night only got more intriguing after the Brewers' 4-0 victory in Game 3 of the NL Championship Series, when Enrique Hernandez wondered aloud why his team and its fans didn't come to play.

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Rangers talk to 2 managerial candidates

The Texas Rangers have now interviewed a half-dozen candidates in their search for a new manager.

According to people familiar with the details, the Rangers conducted two more interviews Monday to increase the total to six. They spoke Monday in Arlington with Rocco Baldelli and David Bell. The Rangers are not making public comments about the first round of managerial interviews.

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