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  • Perez helps Royals struggle to 3-2 win over Twins

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy trudged off the mound with the bases loaded and his team trailing by a run, and took a seat in the dugout to watch Jason Frasor try to bail him out. He roared when the Royals reliever struck out Chris Colabello to end the threat. "He came through with flying colors," Duffy said with a smile. Buoyed by the...

  • Base-running blunders doom Twins in 3-2 loss in KC

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eduardo Nunez was caught straying too far from first base. Sam Fuld was picked off first the next inning. Brian Dozier was thrown out while foolishly trying to score on an errant throw. Three outs, all made on the base paths by the Minnesota Twins in the span of a couple innings, and all proving costly in a 3-2 loss to...

  • Jeter's farewell to Texas a 3-2 Yankees loss

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Derek Jeter got more farewell gifts, and Brett Gardner hit another leadoff home run for the New York Yankees. The struggling Texas Rangers won the game — and the series. After Jeter got a surprise visit from former President George W. Bush in a pregame ceremony, Gardner led off with a homer for the second straight game...

  • White Sox allow 6 in 1st, lose 7-2 to Tigers

    DETROIT (AP) — Hector Noesi's first inning went so badly, what happened afterward didn't much matter. Noesi retired only one of the first nine hitters he faced, allowing six early runs to Detroit in the Tigers' 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Noesi did manage to keep Detroit off the scoreboard for the rest of his...

  • Angels muster only 4 hits in 4-3 loss to Orioles

    BALTIMORE (AP) — There isn't much of a disparity between how Garrett Richards has pitched recently compared to when he won seven straight starts. Except, perhaps, for the results. Richards gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Wednesday night. Despite giving up a...

  • Castellanos helps Tigers to 7-2 win over White Sox

    DETROIT (AP) — After missing a game with an injured finger on his right hand, Nick Castellanos returned to the lineup — and realized his swing felt a bit better. "I've been using a lot of top hand, kind of rolling over pitches I should stay through," Castellanos said. "Now, with my finger being hurt on my top hand, I have to use a lot more...

  • Gausman sharp as Orioles beat Angels 4-3

    BALTIMORE (AP) — For much of the first half of the season, the Baltimore Orioles were selective and cautious with their use of rookie Kevin Gausman. Now that things are getting serious, Gausman has become a fixture in a starting rotation that has thrust the Orioles into first place in the AL East. Gausman pitched seven innings of three-hit...

  • 4-3 loss to Nats ends Miami's 6-game win streak

    MIAMI (AP) — Despite a loss Wednesday to NL East leader Washington, the Miami Marlins believe they'll be in the playoff race in September. That's why they're shopping for an upgrade before Thursday's trade deadline, which is a change from recent seasons — and a change from mid-July. A ninth-inning rally fell short Wednesday and Miami lost to...

  • Gallardo, Brewers top Rays 5-0

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yovani Gallardo gave up three hits in seven innings, Martin Maldonado tied a career-high with four RBIs and the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 Wednesday. Gallardo (6-5) retired 13 in a row at one point, en route to moving past Ben...

  • Kemp's 2 homers help Dodgers beat Braves 8-4

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp is making a case for himself, regardless of where he's playing the rest of the season. With his name being bandied about ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers to power the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Tuesday night. His four RBIs were a season high as he surpassed...

  • Gardner, Yankees snap skid with 12-11 win at Texas

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brett Gardner got things started for the New York Yankees with a leadoff home run, then had three more hits after that. Despite all that and Mark Teixeira's two-run homer in his return to the starting lineup, the Yankees sweated it out until the very end before Gardner caught a flyball near the warning track in left...

  • Liriano fans 11 in Pirates' 3-1 win

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — His left oblique no longer a painful obstacle, Francisco Liriano is starting to look like the dominant pitcher he was for Pittsburgh in 2013. With the Pirates in the thick of the race in the NL Central, the timing couldn't be better. Liriano struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the...

  • Qualls blows lead in 9th, Astros lose to A's 7-4

    HOUSTON (AP) — With his name frequently mentioned as the trade deadline approaches, Houston Astros closer Chad Qualls had his worst outing of the season. Qualls blew a three-run lead, slumping Brandon Moss then hit a go-ahead single during a six-run rally in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-4 Tuesday night....

  • Gyorko, Ross lead Padres to 3-1 win vs Cardinals

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jedd Gyorko singled in Yangervis Solarte with the go-ahead run with two outs in the sixth inning and Tyson Ross and the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Tuesday night. Ross, a first-time All-Star, won his third straight start by holding St. Louis to one run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven,...

  • Angels fall to Orioles in 12 innings, 7-6

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Long after a potential pitching duel between Jered Weaver and Chris Tillman disintegrated, a showdown between two of the best bullpens in the American League came down to one lamentable pitch. Manny Machado led off the 12th inning with a solo shot off Cory Rasmus, and the Los Angeles Angels' three-game winning streak ended...

  • Soria roughed up, Tigers lose 11-4 to White Sox

    DETROIT (AP) — Joakim Soria said it might have been the worst outing of his career. Not a good way to endear himself to his new fans. Soria retired only one of the seven batters he faced, and the Detroit Tigers allowed seven runs in the seventh inning in an 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night. Soria was pitching at home for...

  • Royals' offense shut down in 2-1 loss to Twins

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Shields acknowledged that he didn't have his best stuff Tuesday night. He has the bruise on his rump to prove it. The Royals' ace struggled to find the strike zone against the Minnesota Twins, and was hit hard when he finally did. And while he managed to wiggle out of a series of jams, Shields still allowed both...

  • Gibson pitches Twins to 2-1 victory over Royals

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even after a lengthy replay, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire still thinks the call was wrong. No worry. When he was ejected for arguing the play in the third inning Tuesday night, it gave him a nice vantage point — a flat-screen TV and a comfy chair in the clubhouse — to see Kyle Gibson shut down the Kansas City...

  • Dbacks can't handle Leake, lose to Reds 3-0

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Cahill gave Arizona what it needed — a solid start that rested the bullpen. The Diamondbacks' offense couldn't hold up its end. Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Leake...

  • Leake leads Reds over Diamondbacks 3-0

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The bullpen was depleted. The Reds' offense was thread-bare. Mike Leake took care of both problems. Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. "Fantastic job," third baseman Todd...

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