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Pulisic scores, assists on Balogun goal to lead U.S. over Bolivia 2-0 in Copa America opener

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Pulisic scores, assists on Balogun goal to lead U.S. over Bolivia 2-0 in Copa America opener
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Pulisic scores, assists on Balogun goal to lead U.S. over Bolivia 2-0 in Copa America opener

2024-06-24 09:48 Last Updated At:09:50

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Christian Pulisic spread his arms wide with a big smile, then wanted to find the coach in the stands who drew up the fastest goal for the U.S. against a South American team.

Plenty of emotion against an overmatched opponent, in a tournament the Americans call their biggest test ahead of co-hosting the 2026 World Cup.

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Weston McKennie of the United States and teammates celebrate their team's 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the end of a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Christian Pulisic spread his arms wide with a big smile, then wanted to find the coach in the stands who drew up the fastest goal for the U.S. against a South American team.

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his team's 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the end of a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his team's 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the end of a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra makes a save after a shot by Ricardo Pepi of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra makes a save after a shot by Ricardo Pepi of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his side's opening goal against Bolivia scored by teammate Christian Pulisic during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his side's opening goal against Bolivia scored by teammate Christian Pulisic during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States reacts during a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States reacts during a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Players of United States stand during the national anthem prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Players of United States stand during the national anthem prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Coach Gregg Berhalter of United States looks on prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Coach Gregg Berhalter of United States looks on prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra reacts after Folarin Balogun of the United States, scored his side's 2nd goal during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra reacts after Folarin Balogun of the United States, scored his side's 2nd goal during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Tyler Adams of the United States jumps over Bolivia's Fernando Saucedo during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Tyler Adams of the United States jumps over Bolivia's Fernando Saucedo during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Joe Scally of the United States, left, is challenged by Bolivia's Cesar Menacho during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Joe Scally of the United States, left, is challenged by Bolivia's Cesar Menacho during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Folarin Balogun of the United States, right, celebrates with teammate Kristoffer Lund after scoring his side's 2nd goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Folarin Balogun of the United States, right, celebrates with teammate Kristoffer Lund after scoring his side's 2nd goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Christian Pulisic of the United States, during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Christian Pulisic of the United States, during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Christian Pulisic of the United States celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Christian Pulisic of the United States celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pulisic scored in the third minute and assisted on Folarin Balogun's goal in the 44th as the United States cruised past Bolivia 2-0 in their Copa America opener on Sunday night.

“I feel like I’m always pretty excited after I score," Pulisic said. "This is a big moment. It’s a major tournament.”

Pulisic joined Clint Dempsey as the only U.S. players with a goal and an assist in a Copa America match and reached 30 goals in 69 international appearances, the fewest among Americans.

“We came out flying with a lot of intensity. Obviously, that early goal helped us a lot,” Pulisic said. “All around, a pretty dominant performance. I think we could have put it away and had more goals there.”

Among six invited guests to South America’s championship, the U.S. is expected to advance from Group C to the quarterfinals along with Uruguay.

“It's a start that's massive for us. Build the confidence,” American defender Antonee Robinson said. “If we were being picky, we could have been a lot more clinical. We could have put another two, three goals away.”

Bolivia lost its 13th straight Copa America match dating to 2015 and has one win in its last 31.

“I’m not happy because I think we can deliver more. We had a match against an opponent that had a better physical performance,” Bolivia coach Antônio Carlos Zago said through a translator. “Minute three there was a goal, and it was downstream from there.”

The 11th-ranked U.S. plays Panama on Thursday at Atlanta and closes the group against Uruguay on July 1 at Kansas City, Missouri. No. 84 Bolivia meets Uruguay on Thursday at East Rutherford, New Jersey, then plays Panama on July 1 at Orlando, Florida.

A crowd of 47,873 attended the match under the retractable roof at 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium, which will host a World Cup semifinal in 2026. It was 97 degrees Fahrenheit outside (36 Celsius) the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys at kickoff but air-conditioned inside.

Playing a day before his 30th birthday, goalkeeper Matt Turner had three saves in his 25th international shutout. The U.S. improved to 6-0 at AT&T as the Americans opened their fifth Copa America appearance, the first since reaching the semifinals as host in 2016.

The U.S. had 18 touches inside the attacking penalty area in the first half to Bolivia's none.

“I’m happy with the performance,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said. “A lot of guys got their first Copa America game, first Copa America win, first Copa America shutout. And we’re in a good position.”

Pulisic put the U.S. ahead 2:23 in, the fastest American goal in 34 competitive matches against South American opponents. He played a short corner kick to Tim Weah and ran toward the penalty area. Weah returned the ball to Pulisic, who took a touch and from just inside the area curled a right-foot shot off the outstretched fingertips of goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra and into the far upper corner.

As he approached the bench, Pulisic wanted to slow down the celebration and have someone help him find Gianni Vio, hired as U.S. set piece coach after the Americans' restarts were largely ineffective during the previous World Cup cycle. Mission accomplished, Pulisic pointed with both arms into the stands.

“He set up our set-piece play,” Pulisic said. “He told me before, if I get in that situation, basically shoot to the back post. So I just wanted to give him some credit.”

Balogun doubled the lead when he received a pass from Pulisic, took several touches and threaded a low, left-foot shot along the ground, past defender Jesús Sagredo and inside Viscarra’s far post for his fourth goal in 13 appearances.

Balogun put the ball in the net again in the 53rd off a pass from Weah, but Weah was whistled for offside when he received the ball from Weston McKennie in the buildup, a decision confirmed in a video review.

Midfielder Tyler Adams, regaining fitness after a back injury, played the first half in his first start for club or country since March 30. Adams and Bologun were inserted into the starting lineup in place of Yunus Musah and Ricardo Pepi in the two changes from the lineup for the 1-1 exhibition draw against Brazil on June 12. Musah replaced Adams at the start of the second half and Pepi entered in the 65th.

Viscarra pushed Pepi’s 79th-minute shot over the crossbar, then stopped Pepi in the 90th on a point-blank initial attempt and another off the rebound.

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Weston McKennie of the United States and teammates celebrate their team's 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the end of a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Weston McKennie of the United States and teammates celebrate their team's 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the end of a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his team's 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the end of a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his team's 2-0 victory over Bolivia at the end of a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra makes a save after a shot by Ricardo Pepi of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra makes a save after a shot by Ricardo Pepi of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his side's opening goal against Bolivia scored by teammate Christian Pulisic during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States celebrates his side's opening goal against Bolivia scored by teammate Christian Pulisic during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States reacts during a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Goalkeeper Matt Turner of the United States reacts during a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Players of United States stand during the national anthem prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Players of United States stand during the national anthem prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Coach Gregg Berhalter of United States looks on prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Coach Gregg Berhalter of United States looks on prior to a Copa America Group C soccer match against Bolivia in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra reacts after Folarin Balogun of the United States, scored his side's 2nd goal during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra reacts after Folarin Balogun of the United States, scored his side's 2nd goal during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Folarin Balogun of the United States during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Tyler Adams of the United States jumps over Bolivia's Fernando Saucedo during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Tyler Adams of the United States jumps over Bolivia's Fernando Saucedo during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Joe Scally of the United States, left, is challenged by Bolivia's Cesar Menacho during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Joe Scally of the United States, left, is challenged by Bolivia's Cesar Menacho during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Folarin Balogun of the United States, right, celebrates with teammate Kristoffer Lund after scoring his side's 2nd goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Folarin Balogun of the United States, right, celebrates with teammate Kristoffer Lund after scoring his side's 2nd goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Christian Pulisic of the United States, during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Bolivia's goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra fails to stop a goal by Christian Pulisic of the United States, during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Christian Pulisic of the United States celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Christian Pulisic of the United States celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal against Bolivia during a Copa America Group C soccer match in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, June 23, 2024. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez's two-run single highlighted a six-run eighth inning, Tanner Bibee and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the American League Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat the San Diego Padres 7-0 on Friday night.

Cleveland had five hits and a bases-loaded walk by David Fry in the eighth, but the big hit was a single up the middle by Ramírez that gave him 79 RBIs — the second-most in the majors behind Yankees slugger Aaron Judge (86).

Brayan Rocchio added a two-run single and Tyler Freeman had a sacrifice fly in the inning for the Guardians, who have the best home record in the majors at 31-11. Their 59-37 overall mark trails only Philadelphia (62-35).

Bibee (8-4) worked 5 2/3 innings, limiting San Diego to two hits and not allowing a runner past second base. Cade Smith, Hunter Gaddis and Nick Sandlin wrapped up Cleveland’s ninth shutout of the season.

The Padres, who have played an MLB-high 100 games, slipped to .500. They are 1 1/2 games out of the final NL wild-card spot.

Luis Arraez led off and served as San Diego’s designated hitter, going 2 for 4. The third-time All-Star sat out the Midsummer Classic in Texas this week to rest his jammed left thumb.

“I know he wanted to play, but being the team guy he is, Luis decided to hold himself out,” manager Mike Shildt said before the game. “I think it did his thumb a lot of good.”

The Guardians took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on Daniel Schneemann’s double off Matt Waldron (5-9). Fry scored on the play and went 3 for 3, three days after singling home a run in his All-Star Game debut.

Waldron gave up six hits, did not issue a walk and struck out six. The righty was drafted by Cleveland and traded to the Padres in a nine-player deal that included Josh Naylor.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: OF Fernando Tatis Jr. (right leg stress reaction) missed his 18th straight game, but is swinging a bat and playing catch. “It’s still there -- the actual stress reaction — but the swelling and fluid is pretty well gone,” Shildt said. “That’s obviously a positive.”

Guardians: LHP Matthew Boyd (Tommy John surgery) struck out seven over three innings, allowing an unearned run, in his initial rehab appearance for the Arizona Complex League Guardians. Boyd is targeting mid-August for his return to the majors.

UP NEXT

Padres RHP Dylan Cease (8-8, 3.99 ERA) takes on Guardians RHP Gavin Williams (0-1, 3.77 ERA) in the second game of the series. Cease has thrown 1,078 breaking balls over his 20 starts, the most in the majors.

This story has been corrected to show that the Guardians scored six runs in the eighth inning, not ninth.

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Cleveland Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, left, helps Guardians first-round draft pick Travis Bazzana, right, of Australia, with his jersey at a news conference before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, left, helps Guardians first-round draft pick Travis Bazzana, right, of Australia, with his jersey at a news conference before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Bo Naylor reacts after striking out against San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron during the third inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Bo Naylor reacts after striking out against San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron during the third inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron delivers against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron delivers against the Cleveland Guardians during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka reacts after getting caught stealing second base by Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka reacts after getting caught stealing second base by Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Ha-Seong Kim, second from left, is late with a tag as Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan, right, steals second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Ha-Seong Kim, second from left, is late with a tag as Cleveland Guardians' Steven Kwan, right, steals second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jackson Merrill reacts after a strike out by Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jackson Merrill reacts after a strike out by Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez, left, tags San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka out at second base on a steal attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Andres Gimenez, left, tags San Diego Padres' Kyle Higashioka out at second base on a steal attempt during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth watches his single off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

San Diego Padres' Jake Cronenworth watches his single off Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee delivers against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Daniel Schneemann watches his RBI single off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron as catcher Kyle Higashioka looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Cleveland Guardians' Daniel Schneemann watches his RBI single off San Diego Padres starting pitcher Matt Waldron as catcher Kyle Higashioka looks on during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cleveland, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

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