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Suspect who plotted Ortiz shooting ID'd

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try and kill David Ortiz, adding that they were closing in on the mastermind and motive behind the shooting of the famous slugger who is recovering at a hospital in Boston.

The man was identified as Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, whom authorities say is a fugitive. The announcement was made as a judge held a hearing closed to the public for another suspect nicknamed "Bone." Officials did not release details, but according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press, the man, whose real name is Gabriel Alexander Perez Vizcaino, is accused of being the liaison between the alleged hit men and the person who paid them.

The documents state that a man who is in prison for an unrelated case reached out to Perez for the alleged job a week before the June 9 shooting at a bar in Santo Domingo and sent him a picture of the target so he could share it with the hit men.

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Yanks' Tanaka blanks Rays with 2-hitter

NEW YORK (AP) At the start of a tough week for his team, Masahiro Tanaka made things look easy on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays again.

Tanaka pitched a career-best two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major league shutout, and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 3-0 on Monday night to increase their slim lead in the AL East.

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Porcello stars as Red Sox's run hits 6

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) After an awfully sluggish start to their World Series title defense, the Boston Red Sox have begun to round into form.

Their latest stride came in the series opener at first-place Minnesota, with a dominant Rick Porcello on the mound.

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Machado appeals, homers in Padres' win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Backed by Manny Machado's home run, Joey Lucchesi gave the San Diego Padres' bullpen a chance to catch its collective breath.

The big left-hander threw seven brilliant innings in a combined four-hitter to lead the Padres to a 2-0 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

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Soroka moves to 8-1 as Braves win again

ATLANTA (AP) Mike Soroka knows he doesn't have to pitch perfectly when the Atlanta Braves keep scoring runs so often.

"Everything's just hard-hit baseball after hard-hit baseball," Soroka said. "It's contagious. It carries out to the mound for all of us."

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Upton homers in return, Angels drub Jays

TORONTO (AP) Angels outfielder Justin Upton came out swinging in his first game back from injury.

Upton homered on the first pitch he saw in his return from the injured list, Mike Trout had a solo homer among his four hits and Los Angeles used a seven-run second inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 Monday night.

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Syndergaard's hamstring strain low-grade

ATLANTA (AP) New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway says right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a low-grade hamstring strain and will miss at least one start.

Syndergaard underwent an MRI on Sunday and was placed on the 10-day injured list. Callaway hopes Syndergaard misses just one start but says it's too early to tell if he will need more time to recover.

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Giants' Beede beats Dodgers for 1st win

LOS ANGELES (AP) There's not much Bruce Bochy hasn't seen in his 25 years as a big-league manager. One of his favorite things is watching a young player achieve a career milestone.

Tyler Beede did just that against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Senzel, Castillo help Reds edge Astros

CINCINNATI (AP) A storm delay left both starters struggling to regain their touch. Luis Castillo did better handling the challenge.

Castillo pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Nick Senzel returned from an eye injury and drove in a pair of runs, and the Cincinnati Reds held on for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.

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