Royals take 2 of 3 in key set vs. Tribe
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Alex Gordon homered on the game's first pitch, James Shields dominated after a shaky first inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Wednesday in a matchup of teams fighting for an American League playoff spot.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Texas manager Ron Washington says the Rangers expect to activate pitchers Neftali Feliz and Nick Tepesch and designated hitter Lance Berkman from the disabled list when rosters expand on Sunday.
Feliz, who has been sidelined for more than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, will complete his rehab assignment by throwing two to three innings on Wednesday for Triple-A Round Rock.
Tepesch, who is on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, is scheduled to make his final rehab assignment for Double-A Frisco on Friday. Washington says the right-hander will likely pitch out of the bullpen when he returns. Tepesch started each of his 16 appearances with the Rangers.
Berkman last played on Aug. 14 for Round Rock during a four-game rehab assignment. He's been on the DL since July 7 because of left hip inflammation. Berkman has six home runs and 34 RBI in 68 games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Zack Greinke came within one strike of his fifth career shutout, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-2 Monday night, ending a two-game skid.
The Cubs lost for the eighth straight time to the Dodgers, including a four-game sweep at Wrigley Field earlier this month. The Dodgers equaled their longest winning streak against the Cubs in franchise history, set from June 9, 1974-May 19, 1975.
Greinke (13-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts and he walked two while improving to 5-0 this month. The right-hander has won 10 of 11 decisions since June 22.
Greinke helped himself offensively, too, with a two-out hit in the fourth that scored the Dodgers' first run.
After giving up a single to Starlin Castro to open the game, Greinke retired the next 13 batters before Donnie Murphy singled in the fifth.
Greinke got the first two outs of the ninth before running into trouble. Anthony Rizzo doubled, then Greinke hit Nate Schierholtz before Brian Bogusevic's RBI double scored Chicago's two runs. Brian Wilson came in to strike out Murphy for the final out.
Greinke issued consecutive one-out walks to Murphy and Welington Castillo in the eighth before Darwin Barney grounded into a fielder's choice to third. Murphy advanced to third and Castillo was out at second. The Dodgers thought they had completed the double play, but second baseman Mark Ellis' throw didn't beat Barney to first, leading Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to shout, ''Out!'' from the dugout.
Greinke then got pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro to ground out to third, ending the inning.
Jake Arrieta (1-1) gave up four runs and six hits in five-plus innings, struck out three and walked five in his first road start for the Cubs since being acquired on July 2 from Baltimore.
Puig hit his 13th homer on his first pitch from Michael Bowden with two outs in the eighth.
Ramirez homered off Carlos Villanueva with one out in the seventh, extending the Dodgers' lead to 5-0.
Los Angeles had tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth on Nick Punto's RBI double and Carl Crawford's sacrifice fly that made it 4-0.
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on two-out hits by Greinke and Crawford. Greinke's single scored A.J. Ellis, who walked, while Crawford's ground-rule double to deep left scored Punto, who walked.
Notes: Dodgers OF Matt Kemp got a day off from rehabbing the sprained left ankle that has had him on the DL since July 24. He will run the bases on Tuesday and Wednesday. ''When you start running the bases you're usually getting closer,'' Mattingly said. ... The Cubs fell to 30-35 on the road, where they are better than at home (25-41). ... The Dodgers clinched the 15th calendar month with 20 or more wins since 1958. Their previous was a 20-8 mark in May 2010.
Harvey and General manager Sandy Alderson both say they we're shocked when they were given the results of the MRI performed Monday.
The right-hander said he was dealing with forearm discomfort for some time this season and that it got worse after his start Saturday against the Detroit Tigers.
The NL All-Star game starter has some swelling in the arm and a more complete prognosis will not be made for a week or two. For now, the Cy Young Award candidate will rest.
Harvey says he will do everything he can to avoid Tommy John surgery that would likely force him to miss an entire season.
Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland's two-run sixth inning. Crisp also had a solo homer during his three-hit performance.
A.J. Griffin (11-9) earned his first win since July 29 despite allowing four runs and seven hits in five-plus innings. The right-hander was 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA in his previous four starts.
Omar Infante and Victor Martinez also homered for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who had won three in a row. Martinez went 4 for 5 and Torii Hunter had two hits.
Cabrera went deep in the fifth, sending a 3-1 pitch from Griffin over the wall in right for a two-run shot that tied it at 4. He leads the AL with a .359 batting average and 130 RBIs, but he trailed Baltimore slugger Chris Davis for the home run lead by three.
Oakland responded in the sixth, jumping all over reliever Jose Alvarez (1-4). Barton, who was called up from Triple-A Sacramento earlier in the day, had the last of three consecutive singles to open the inning, driving in Nate Freiman. Crisp added an RBI single.
Alberto Callaspo added a run-scoring single against Al Alburquerque in the seventh and Jed Lowrie's RBI double in the eighth made it 8-4.
Martinez connected against Sean Doolittle in the eighth, making it 8-5 with a leadoff drive for his 11th homer. After a flyout, Doolittle was replaced by Ryan Cook, who loaded the bases with two outs on two singles and a walk. But Cook got out of the jam by striking out Hunter on three pitches.
Grant Balfour allowed an unearned run in the ninth on Matt Tuiasosopo's grounder before finishing for his 33rd save.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin made an unusual decision after Dan Otero threw two balls to Cabrera with runners on the corners and two out in the seventh. Melvin had Otero finish off an intentional walk, putting the tying run on base, and Doolittle got Prince Fielder to fly out to center to end the threat.
Anibal Sanchez got the start for the Tigers and allowed four runs and five hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.
NOTES: Crisp also made a diving catch in right-center to rob pinch hitter Tuiasosopo of extra bases in the eighth. ... Oakland placed RF Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist. Reddick sprained the wrist on Sunday. Barton took Reddick's place on the roster. Oakland also designated RHP Pat Neshek for assignment. Right-hander Evan Scribner was recalled from Sacramento to take Neshek's roster spot. ... Detroit SS Jose Iglesias returned after missing two games because of soreness above his left elbow. ... The pitching matchup for the second game of the series on Tuesday night is Tigers ace Justin Verlander (12-9, 3.68 ERA) against LHP Tommy Milone (9-9, 4.30 ERA).
Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer as St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29. The Cardinals lead idle Pittsburgh by a half-game and Cincinnati by 3 1/2 games in the top-heavy division.
Rookie Carlos Martinez (1-1) pitched two innings for his first major league win and Edward Mujica worked a perfect ninth for his 35th save.
Zack Cozart had two hits and three RBIs for the Reds, who dropped to 4-9 against St. Louis this season. Jay Bruce hit his 25th homer in the eighth.
Cozart and Todd Frazier each hit a two-run triple off Tyler Lyons in the second, helping Cincinnati to a 4-0 lead. But Holliday belted a three-run drive deep to left in the third.
Holliday's 18th homer came against Mike Leake and traveled an estimated 443 feet for the longest shot by a St. Louis player at Busch Stadium this season.
The Cardinals went ahead to stay in the seventh. Jon Jay drove in a run with a bases-loaded grounder off Manny Parra (1-3). J.J. Hoover then came in and walked Holliday on a full-count pitch and Craig drove the next pitch over the wall in right for his 13th homer.
The crowd of 35,159 roared as Craig rounded the bases. The big first baseman then came out for a curtain call.
Bruce connected against Seth Maness, but that was it for Cincinnati, which lost for the third time in four games.
Lyons settled down after the rough start and was charged with one earned run in five innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Leake allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander is 1-1 with an unseemly 5.20 ERA in his last six starts.
NOTES: Joe Kelly (5-3, 3.01 ERA) will face Cincinnati's Mat Latos (13-4, 2.93 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series on Tuesday. Latos is 5-1 with a 1.47 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. ... The Cardinals are 24-3-2 in home series against Cincinnati since the start of the 2003 season.
TORONTO (AP) -- When a rare error by Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki opened the door, the Toronto Blue Jays took full advantage.
R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning, Jose Reyes sparked Toronto's offense, and the Blue Jays snapped a 10-game losing streak against New York with a 5-2 victory on Monday night.
Suzuki said he felt ashamed after failing to catch Edwin Encarnacion's fly ball to deep right in the fifth inning, a play that keyed a three-run inning for Toronto.
''If I could have just gone straight home from right field, I would have,'' Suzuki said through a translator. ''I was that embarrassed.''
It was just the third error of the year for Suzuki, who has never had more than five miscues in any of his 13 major league seasons.
''Something you're not going to see very often,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''It just looked like he jumped for it and maybe he didn't have to. Maybe he was closer to the wall than he thought.''
Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th home run, a leadoff drive in the fifth, but the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 road games this month. Rodriguez is 10 homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list, which would secure a $6 million bonus for the third baseman.
Derek Jeter went hitless in his return to New York's lineup. Jeter, who started at shortstop and batted second, finished 0 for 3 with a walk, grounding into a double play in the third.
''He looked fine,'' Girardi said. ''Everything looked OK to me.''
Reyes walked and scored in the third, and doubled and scored in Toronto's three-run fifth as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees for the second time in 14 meetings this season. Toronto had lost 10 straight to its division rival since an 8-4 home win on April 21.
''Everything fell in line tonight,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Dickey (10-12) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 6 1-3 innings to win for the first time since Aug. 5 at Seattle. The knuckleballer was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his three previous starts.
''Unfortunately for us, we couldn't figure out the knuckleball,'' Jeter said.
It was Dickey's first victory over the Yankees since May 21, 2011, when he pitched for the New York Mets.
''He gave us just what we needed,'' Gibbons said.
Rodriguez's home run was the 29th allowed by Dickey this season, second only to Oakland's A.J. Griffin. Dickey has given up 20 homers in 14 home starts.
Aaron Loup worked 1 1-3 innings, Sergio Santos got one out in the eighth, and Casey Janssen finished for his 24th save in 26 chances.
New York right-hander Phil Hughes (4-13) allowed five runs, four earned, and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. He is 0-6 with a 5.84 ERA in his last nine starts.
''I left a lot of sliders over the middle of the plate,'' Hughes said. ''It didn't really seem like it had the bite that it did in the last couple (of starts).''
Girardi said Suzuki's error was tough on Hughes, and insisted that the righty's spot in the rotation is safe.
''Right now he's in our rotation and we haven't talked about taking him out,'' Girardi said.
Even so, Girardi acknowledged that the Yankees, who are pushing for an AL wild card berth, are ''thinking all the time'' about their starters.
New York scratched out a run in the first when Brett Gardner singled, went to second on a passed ball, took third on Jeter's grounder, and scored when Dickey couldn't handle Robinson Cano's comebacker.
The Blue Jays tied it in the second on an RBI single by Kevin Pillar, and then took the lead on Edwin Encarnacion's RBI single in the third.
Rodriguez connected in the fifth, but Toronto responded with three in the bottom half, making the most of Suzuki's drop.
Reyes hit a one-out double, Ryan Goins singled, and Reyes scored when Suzuki couldn't handle Encarnacion's fly to deep right, with the ball hitting off the heel of his glove.
''You never see Ichiro drop a pop-up but it worked out good for us,'' Reyes said.
Adam Lind followed with an RBI double, and Brett Lawrie was intentionally walked to load the bases for Moises Sierra, who chased Hughes with a sacrifice fly. David Huff came on and fanned Josh Thole on three pitches.
NOTES: Rodriguez has 35 home runs at Rogers Centre, the most by any Toronto opponent. ... Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus (strained left oblique) is still sore and was unable to resume baseball activities as previously scheduled, Gibbons said. Rasmus has been out since Aug. 12. ... Toronto reinstated Loup from the paternity list and designated RHP Chien-Ming Wang for assignment. ... Blue Jays Triple-A C Sean Ochinko was suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. ... Musician Paul Simon attended the game.
''Excited, looking forward to it, anxious, happy,'' Jeter said. ''What else could you have?''
Jeter was activated off the disabled list before New York's game Monday at Toronto, starting at shortstop and batting second against the Blue Jays.
Jeter broke his left ankle in the AL championship series last October and missed the first 91 games this year. Since then, the 13-time All-Star has twice been forced back on the DL, first with a strained right quadriceps and more recently with a strained right calf.
''Hopefully we can keep him this time,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''We haven't been so fortunate the last two times.''
Indeed, neither of Jeter's previous comebacks have lasted very long. He was healthy for just three at-bats as a designated hitter before suffering his quadriceps strain, then made it through a mere four games before being shelved by the calf injury.
''I'm hoping I have no other problems, I really am,'' Jeter said, adding that he hasn't been able to condition his legs as much as he'd like ever since October's initial injury.
''Really, when you think about it, it's not that surprising that something happened to them because it's the first time I'm playing without working them out,'' Jeter said. ''I'll try to do as much as I can to keep them strong for this last month but all I can do is go out and play and hope everything is fine.''
Monday's game marked the first time this season that both Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were in New York's starting lineup.
''It's probably as whole as we've been all year long,'' Girardi said.
Girardi said he'll monitor Jeter's status on a daily basis, particularly over three games on Toronto's artificial turf, and conceded that the 39-year-old may need the occasional day off over the final few weeks of the season.
''I'm just going to watch each day and make a decision,'' Girardi said. ''Depending on how he feels and how we think he feels, we'll make a decision.''
Jeter is batting .211 (4 for 19) with one home run and two RBIs in five games. He has been absent for 125 games this season, more than the 82 total games he missed in five previous career trips to the DL.
The Yankees have gone 12-5 since Aug. 9, vaulting them back into the AL wild-card race. New York entered play Monday 3 1/2 games behind wild-card leaders Tampa Bay and Oakland, with Cleveland and Baltimore both ahead of them.
''I'm happy that the team is playing well, but we have to continue that,'' Jeter said.
New York has reached the playoffs in 17 of the past 18 seasons, only missing out in 2008.
Right-hander Preston Claiborne was optioned to Class A Tampa following Sunday's 11-inning win over the Rays to open a roster spot for Jeter.