The Cleveland Indians have played their way back into the thick of the playoff race, but the grind is only beginning. Manager Terry Francona’s team does not have another off day on the schedule until Sept. 25.

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The Oakland A’s acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi and two pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Saturday night.

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John Gibbons has a pretty standard rule for deciding when to discuss a bang-bang call with an umpire. ”I think that would be most objective and most consistent.” So no more manager challenges?

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. @SimplyAJ10 answers questions from our most loyal social followers at our #BirdlandSocial event. pic.twitter.com/NeXqHHFYz1 — Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 28, 2014   Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones says he was joking when he told fans at the team’s social media function Thursday that his favorite place in Baltimore was the “airport” so he could fly home. The Orioles advertised the event as ” Social Media Night with @SIMPLYAJ10 ” — Jones’s Twitter and Instagram handle — with a $50-$60 ticket including a Q&A with Jones, who frequently engages in an entertaining way on social media.  The Baltimore Sun reports that some of the 250 fans attending the second-annual social were “irked” by Jones’s short and/or snarky responses, particularly his line about the airport, to some of their questions. The Sun reports: After the game, Jones said he was joking, adding that he likes the airport because it’s where he picks up his friends and family who come to visit and support him. “I guess my shtick wasn’t appreciated at the time,” Jones said. “But I had a good time. I’ll do it again, and I probably should do it again.” Jones said his short answers were a result of the event’s timing; it leaked into the final hour before game time. Social Media Night is no place for snark, mister! Some were harder on Jones: Hey @Orioles , maybe u should pick a player that wants to come to #BirdlandSocial next year instead of dissing BMore @SimplyAJ10 #Birdland — Chris Grimsley (@grims127) August 28, 2014   I know you have a weird sense of humor sometimes @SimplyAJ10 but I’m taking this thing pretty seriously. No pies for you until you apologize — Alex (@VockLobster) August 29, 2014   Another fan (I can’t find the tweet) reportedly compared Jones to former Orioles player Aubrey Huff, who infamously went on a radio show and spoke negatively about Baltimore fans .   “That’s probably absurd to compare it in that narrative,” Jones said.   Part of the problem with the event was the timing: 5 p.m to 6:30 p.m., before the Orioles’ 7:05 p.m. game. Jones says team obligations prevented him from being there until about 6, when he more or less starts to put on his game face. Hold the event closer to 4 p.m. next time, Jones says, and he’ll have more time to be social. Was Jones on his absolute best behavior? Probably not, but he did manage to 2 for 3 with a walk (!) and a steal of home in Baltimore’s 5-4 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. The O’s magic number to clinch the AL East is 24. That’s what’s most important, right? Well, that, and this under-reported note:   . @justin_fenton In defense of @SimplyAJ10 ,it really is a wonderful airport. Better than average for sure. — BJH (@ActuallyBJH) August 29, 2014   B.W.I.! B.W.I.! B.W.I.! More MLB coverage at Yahoo Sports:      – - – - – - – David Brown is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rdbrown@yahoo-inc.com and follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnswerDave      

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When Tampa Bay picked up Drew Smyly as part of a three-team package that sent its ace David Price to Detroit, there were some rumblings about whether the Rays had gotten enough return in the deal. So far, Smyly has made Tampa Bay look smart … again. Smyly allowed just one run on two hits over seven innings, leading the Rays to a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.

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Drew Silva recaps Jorge Soler’s big debut and Drew Smyly’s dominance since the deadline as part of Thursday’s MLB Daily Dose.

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TORONTO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Danny Valencia had a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Wednesday night.

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