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Melky Cabrera hit a two-run homer and a three-run shot and Ryan Goins added four RBIs as the Blue Jays came into Fenway Park and walked all over the Red Sox in a 14-1 victory Monday night.
These days, each win carries with it implications. The Mets are relevant again, or at least relatively relevant, sitting four games under .500 after Monday's 7-1 dismantling of the Phillies at Citi Field. They are demonstrating obvious growth on a daily basis. They are -- dare it be said -- thriving.
Ervin Santana tied a career high with 11 K's over eight shutout frames and Evan Gattis provided the offense as the Braves downed the Padres, 2-0, on Monday at Turner Field.
Danny Salazar overcome a slow start, while Carlos Santana belted his fourth and fifth homers of the series to help the Indians earn a 10-3 win over the Royals on Sunday.
David Ortiz hit a three-run moon shot in the third inning Sunday afternoon, and it held up for the Red Sox in a 3-2 victory over the Rays in the finale of a three-game series at Tropicana Field. It also marked the end of a seven-game road trip in which the Sox won the first and last games, but lost the five in between.
The Reds needed a win in the worst way on Saturday. They turned to their ace, and he delivered. Johnny Cueto tossed seven sparkling innings, and Brayan Pena singled home the game's only run in the fifth as Cincinnati snapped a season-long seven-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Nationals at Great American Ball Park.
Jerome Williams' debut with the Rangers couldn't have gone much better as he allowed a run in six innings as Texas defeated first-place Oakland, 4-1, on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
Mark Buehrle allowed six runs over three innings as the Blue Jays' losing streak at Yankee Stadium was extended to 17 games with a 6-4 loss to the Yankees on Friday night. Jose Bautista hit his 19th and 20th homers of the season in the defeat.
Juan Francisco's bat has cooled down considerably after a scorching-hot May, but he showed signs of turning it around with a 3-for-4 game on Thursday in which he fell a double shy of the cycle.
The air around PNC Park cooled dramatically Wednesday night. But matters heated up between the foul lines. While an odd weather front dropped afternoon mid-80s temperatures into the upper 60s, the Pirates were dropping the Dodgers, 6-1.
Bartolo Colon has defied the odds in his late-career renaissance, and right now the Mets are reaping the spoils. Taking a perfect game into the seventh inning Wednesday at Safeco Field, Colon settled for 7 1/3 strong innings in a 3-2 win over the Mariners with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline -- and all its implications -- looming over him.
Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs during the Indians' 8-2 win against the Twins on Tuesday night at Target Field.
Melky Cabrera played a pivotal role in the Blue Jays' 7-3 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night, doing so in rather unique fashion. Cabrera had a pair of RBI singles that went off opposing pitchers' legs. In both cases, the ball didn't travel very far, but was enough out of Boston's reach to make an impact.
Escaping a few jams, left-hander J.A. Happ tossed six scoreless innings while Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro homered in the Blue Jays' 7-3 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
Gregory Polanco took a few long strides and watched to make sure his bases-loaded line drive would land in the outfield. The way the last two weeks have gone for the rookie, it had to. Polanco broke out of a slump with three RBIs, and his tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning powered a four-run rally as the Pirates topped the Dodgers, 12-7, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.
Milwaukee took advantage of two Cincinnati errors and several other fielding miscues to score five runs over two frames in a 5-2 victory at Miller Park.
With his two-run shot in the top of the fourth inning Monday night, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz tied Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for No. 36 on the all-time home run list with 452. Ortiz then hit No. 453 in the fifth to take sole possession of 36th place.
The Red Sox won their fifth straight game with a 14-1 trouncing of the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Monday night. David Ortiz crushed two homers and Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew also went deep as Boston climbed out of the basement in the American League East, passing Tampa Bay in the opener of a four-game set.
Melky Cabrera hit a homer and drove in three runs to lift the Blue Jays to a 9-6 win and a series victory over the Rangers at Rogers Centre on Sunday afternoon.
Mike Napoli belted a go-ahead homer over the Green Monster in the sixth to back a solid outing from Red Sox starter Rubby De La Rosa in a 2-1 win over the Royals on Saturday night.
On Saturday night, Chris Dickerson continued to deliver for his new club, launching a pair of home runs to help power the Tribe to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers in the nightcap of a doubleheader.
Travis Snider's pinch-hit double proved to be the difference, as the Pirates returned from the All-Star break with a 4-2 win against the Rockies on Friday night, keeping pace with division-leading Milwaukee.
When the Seattle Mariners made the 10-year commitment to free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, it was about a lot more than just stats.
Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones arrived at Target Field looking for a win, and that's what they got, as the American League downed the National League, 5-3. Representing a team that is in first place in the AL East, they don't discount the impact this All-Star victory could have in October.
Reds starter Alfredo Simon, who didn't even know he would be in the 2014 All-Star Game until Sunday, found himself in a prime spot of the game Tuesday night. Simon will be the last pitcher to face Derek Jeter in an All-Star Game. The National League fell to the American League, 5-3, at Target Field.
Wily Peralta allowed just three singles over seven innings and benefited from a 19-hit attack as the Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak with an 11-2 victory over St. Louis on Sunday for a one-game lead over the Cardinals heading into the All-Star break.
Alfredo Simon is heading to Minneapolis as an All-Star. Selected as an All-Star for the first time in his seven-year career, Simon has posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 18 starts this season.
Rookie Kristopher Negron delivered his first Major League home run and All-Star Todd Frazier hit his 19th of the season to help Cincinnati to a 6-3 win over the Pirates at Great American Ball Park on Sunday.
This must be why they show up and keep playing the game, as manager Clint Hurdle plainly put it the other day. After getting flattened and being flat for three straight nights here, on the fourth night the Pirates made it all right with a 9-1 beating of the Cardinals.
Arismendy Alcantara expected to be headed back to Triple-A Iowa, but instead he sparked a Cubs win and earned a few more days in the big leagues. Alcantara had four hits and three RBIs in his second Major League start and Luis Valbuena smacked a two-run triple with two outs in the 12th inning to lift the Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Reds Thursday to snap a six-game losing streak.
The Phillies limped into Milwaukee on Monday as losers of 13 of their previous 16 games, but they have won the first three games of their four-game series against the National League Central-leading Brewers at Miller Park, including Wednesday's 4-1 victory.
Alfredo Simon became the National League's first 12-game winner when a three-run bottom of the fifth inning led the Reds to a 4-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.
Albert Pujols' seventh-inning home run Wednesday lifted the Angels to an 8-7 win but also moved him up the all-time home run list, tying him for 21st all-time with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews.
Albert Pujols' seventh-inning two-run homer made up for C.J. Wilson's rocky outing and the Angels' shaky defense as Los Angeles beat Toronto, 8-7, on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.
Jose Reyes went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and R.A. Dickey pitched seven scoreless innings as the Blue Jays snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-0 victory over the Angels on Tuesday night.
Down to his last strike with two outs, Marcell Ozuna hit a go-ahead two-run homer off D-backs closer Addison Reed after the Marlins had trailed for much of the game, giving the Marlins a 2-1 win at Chase Field on Tuesday.
Manny Parra stranded the bases loaded in the seventh to make Jay Bruce's homer stand up, as the Reds took the opener of a split doubleheader.
Monday night was an offensive showdown between the AL West's two bottom teams, each desperately seeking a win -- the Astros with a seven-game losing skid, the Rangers returning home after a 1-6 road trip. And as their bats showed, each were relentless in their quest for the win column. The Astros set the tone early, and it carried them to a 12-7 win.
The AL and NL rosters for the July 15 Midsummer Classic were unveiled Sunday night, featuring 26 first-time All-Stars. Balloting for the final spot on both rosters -- the Final Vote -- has begun.
Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was named to the National League All-Star team along with former teammate Jeff Samardzija, who was traded to the Athletics on Saturday.
The Orioles will once again be well-represented at this year's All-Star Game, with Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters all selected as American League starters during Sunday night's Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on ESPN. Wieters, who played in just 26 games before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery last month, still plans on attending despite not being able to participate.
Hector Noesi spun a gem against his former team, tossing 6 2/3 scoreless innings as the White Sox defeated the Mariners, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.
Albert Pujols followed pinch-hitter David Freese's two-run shot with another two-run homer in the seventh inning and C.J. Cron added more fuel to the fire with a three-run blast as the Angels rallied for an 11-5 victory over the Astros on Saturday night for their ninth straight home win.
The Pirates continued their feast of sub-.500 teams Saturday, pushing their record the furthest north of the break-even mark it has been all season with a 3-2 victory over the Phillies at PNC Park
The Orioles used a four-run sixth to turn the tables on the Red Sox, along solid relief pitching and a career night from Nelson Cruz, who had five hits and fell a triple short of the cycle. The result, a 7-4 win that gave them a doubleheader split with the Red Sox -- coupled with the Blue Jays' loss to the A's -- has the Orioles (47-40) alone atop the American League East.
The Braves extended their season-best winning streak to eight games with Friday night's 5-2 win over the D-backs. Ervin Santana delivered his most impressive start in more than a month, tossing 7 1/3 strong innings of two-run ball for the win.
Billy Hamilton launched his fifth home run and made a sparkling defensive play in center field, while Alfredo Simon won his 11th game of the season with 7 1/3 strong innings as the Reds beat the Brewers, 4-2.
Ventura pitched into the ninth inning as he snapped a personal two-loss skid and the Royals rode Mike Moustakas' three-run homer to a 7-1 victory over the Indians on Friday night at Progressive Field, giving them five wins in their last seven games.
With a 7-2 victory over the Giants on Thursday afternoon, the Cardinals managed an even split of the 10-game road trip. Carlos Martinez allowed a run and drove in two, and Jhonny Peralta hit a two-run homer.
Leury Garcia's one-out single in the ninth inning lifted the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Wednesday night in Chicago. Left-hander John Danks struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings, but a pair of solo homers left him with a no-decision.