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Washington Nationals first baseman Clint Robinson (25) is congratulated by third base coach Bob Henley (14) as he rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Jordan Zimmermann sharp as Nationals beat Braves again

- Associated Press

Zimmermann took a shutout into the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 6-1 on Tuesday night to continue their season-long dominance of the division rivalry.

Sonoma Stompers pitcher Sean Conroy, left, warms up during practice at Arnold Field, in Sonoma, Calif. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  Conroy, 23, of Clifton Park, N.Y., is the first openly gay player to enter the professional baseball ranks, according to the Stompers.   (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat via AP)

Sean Conroy, baseball’s first openly gay pro, makes history

- Associated Press

Baseball history was made in Northern California when the sport’s first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer.

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St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher John Lackey pumps his fist after getting Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers to ground into a double play ending the top of the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Quintana paces White Sox to 7-1 win over Cardinals

- Associated Press

Sweeping a two-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals made it easier for the Chicago White Sox to overlook the three rain delays in the finale after needing 11 innings to win the opener.

Baseball Capsules

- Associated Press

Carlos Carrasco came within one strike of throwing the Cleveland Indians' first no-hitter since 1981 on Wednesday night, giving up an RBI single to Joey Butler over leaping second baseman Jason Kipnis' glove in an 8-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve  welcomes Chris Carter (23) after his solo homer against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Altuve helps Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 win

- Associated Press

After the Kansas City Royals tied Wednesday night's game in the seventh inning, manager Ned Yost felt pretty good about his team's chances with a bullpen that has the American League's lowest ERA.

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia watches from the dugout during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

GM Jerry Dipoto resigns after 3 1/2 years with Angels

- Associated Press

For 3 1/2 years, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia managed to survive disputes and reconciliations in their arranged marriage with the Los Angeles Angels.

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Casilla blows save and Giants lose to Marlins 6-5

- Associated Press

San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla took the mound in the ninth inning with a two-run lead, and was heading for the dugout after just 11 pitches.