Michael Bourn believes Cleveland’s five-game winning streak is proof the Indians are going to be in contention down the stretch despite a slow start. Bourn drove in three runs, Brandon Moss homered and Trevor Bauer pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Indians beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on a rainy Friday night in a game that stretched past midnight. Cleveland’s latest win follows a four-game sweep at Tampa Bay, but the Indians are still three games under .500 at 38-41 and in fourth place in the AL Central, eight games in the AL Central.

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Justin Bour is doing his best impersonation of Giancarlo Stanton as the Miami Marlins continue to win without arguably the top slugger in the majors. The rookie has homered in each of Miami’s four straight victories and the last three proved to be game-winning shots for the Marlins, who look to match their season-high win streak Saturday night against the Chicago Cubs. Bour had a solo home run in Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over San Francisco, hit a walk-off three-run blast in a 6-5 win the next day and put Miami (35-46) ahead with another three-run shot in a 5-4 victory Thursday to complete the sweep.

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J.D. Martinez is doing everything he can to keep the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central race. Martinez hit a 3-run homer in the eighth inning Thursday, his 21st of the season and 12th in 20 games, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the Pittsburgh Pirates finishing a three-game sweep with an 8-4 victory. The Tigers are now back to .500 (39-39) for the season, having lost five of seven.

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The hot-hitting Pittsburgh Pirates can match their longest interleague win streak when they face struggling Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer at PNC Park on Friday night. Bauer, though, has often shined in interleague games and will try to lead Cleveland to a fifth consecutive victory. Pittsburgh (45-33) completed a three-game sweep of Detroit with an 8-4 victory Thursday, its seventh in a row in interleague play.

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DETROIT (AP) — Neil Walker homered twice, including a two-run shot in a five-run third, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 9-3 on Wednesday night.

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The interleague series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers got off to an intense start Tuesday night at Comerica Park. The spark happened in the fourth inning when Tigers starter Justin Verlander clipped Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte on the forearm with a 1-2 pitch. During the next half-inning, Pirates’ ace Gerrit Cole drilled Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez with a 95-mph fastball to the backside. That did not sit well with Martinez, who shot a glare toward Cole as he slowly made his way to first base.  Martinez wasn’t alone in feeling the pitch was intentional. In the next half-inning, Justin Verlander returned the favor again by drilling Pedro Alvarez with his first pitch. At that point, both benches were warned, but the bad blood was already boiling and it doesn’t appear to have settled down as the teams entered play on Wednesday.  In fact, Martinez was quoted as saying he’s lost respect for the Pirates organization as a result of the perceived targeting, which sets the stage for some more potential hostilities.  “I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff,” said Martinez, who was adamant that Cole intentionally hit him. “Yeah, everyone knows that,” Martinez said when asked by 97.1-FM’s Jeff Riger if he thought it was a retaliation pitch. Martinez is casting a wide net, but he’s probably safe to assume the Pirates are in this together.  As we noted over the weekend, the Pirates have grown frustrated this season with the number of times they’ve been hit by a pitch. Entering play on Wednesday they’ve been hit a league-high 44 times. Andrew McCutchen, who’s been hit 27 times over the past three seasons, was particularly annoyed after being forced from Saturday’s game after being hit on the left elbow by Atlanta’s Julio Teheran. McCutchen later joked that he might dropkick the next pitcher who plunks him , but the greater point was clear and serious. He’s fed up with the aches, pains, bumps and even the broken rib he sustained last season, and the Pirates as a whole are losing patience.  With that said, Cole and the Pirates weren’t admitting to any form of retaliation in Tuesday’s game. Here’s what Cole had to say on the subject.  “I mean, that’s his opinion, man. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. I can’t control who he respects and who he doesn’t.”    Added Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. “I wasn’t aware that [Martinez] was the voice of reason,” said Hurdle, adding that he is “never surprised by what players say.” The problem with the Pirates being so outspoken is that it will immediately create suspicion when an opponent is hit. It’s also likely to create a few new enemies for them moving forward. We can already count Victor Martinez among them, and one can also bet the league will be taking a closer look at how business is handled as well.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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It took 10 seasons, 10 teams and more than five hours but Deolis Guerra finally has his first major league win. In his third game after a long career in the minors, Guerra pitched three shutout innings of relief as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 in 14 innings early Wednesday morning. Miguel Cabrera singled to move Ian Kinsler to second with one out, but Victor Martinez hit into a game-ending double play.

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A year ago, Gregory Polanco was the next big thing. When the Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder was called up to the big leagues last June, his arrival was viewed as a coronation. On a team desperate for power, the impossibly raw kid with the seemingly effortless swing appeared to be the jolt the Pirates needed.

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Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead. Major League Baseball released the results Monday, and voting continues through Thursday night. MLB said more than 500 million votes had been cast.

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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Tuesday:

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