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Torii Hunter and Austin Jackson homered, Justin Verlander moved into third place on Detroit's career strikeout list, and the Tigers opened their interleague series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Monday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Guthrie fine with payback after hit by pitchesMLB.com 8 hours agoThere was a bit of baseball gamesmanship that, in the opinion of Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, was handled quite properly. And he was the guy who set it off by hitting two batters early in Monday night's 3-1 loss to the White Sox.Upvote Share TweetChris Sale fired seven strong innings with eight strikeouts, while Adam Dunn delivered a decisive two-run single in the first to help the White Sox earn a 3-1 win over the Royals on Monday night.Upvote Share TweetReliever Casey Fien couldn't hold a one-run lead in the eighth, but Josh Willingham connected on a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the inning to lift the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Indians on Monday night at Target Field.Upvote Share Tweet
Former D-back Scherzer returns to Chase FieldMLB.com 11 hours agoDespite being traded in the three-team deal that sent Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, Max Scherzer doesn't hold any grudges toward the D-backs. Since he was dealt to the Tigers, he has blossomed from a prospect into a bona fide Major League ace.Upvote Share TweetCleveland Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left the game against the Minnesota Twins on Monday due to lower back spasms.Upvote Share Tweet
Vargas eyes return to KC's rotation vs. TribeMLB.com 12 hours agoRoyals lefty Jason Vargas, who is out after having an appendectomy, will miss at least two turns of the rotation. But, if all goes well, he might return as soon as next Sunday against the Indians.Upvote Share Tweet
Masterson to make another rehab startJustin Masterson is going to make one more start at Triple-A Columbus before returning to the Indians.Upvote Share Tweet
Royals' Hosmer scratched with bruised handESPN.com 13 hours agoEric Hosmer has been scratched from the Kansas City Royals' lineup against the Chicago White Sox with a bruised right hand.Upvote Share Tweet
Baines: La Russa made me a smarter playerWhite Sox assistant hitting coach Harold Baines, who finished his 22-year big-league career with 2,866 hits, 384 homers and 1,626 RBIs, credited Hall of Fame inductee Tony La Russa for making him a better player.Upvote Share Tweet
Butler hoping to extend stay with Kansas CityBilly Butler has had a struggle this season and no one, including him, is sure when or if he'll come out of it. One thing Butler does know is that he'd like to remain with the Royals -- even if it means renegotiating his contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Chamberlain's Arm and Beard Fitting in With Tigersnytimes.com 18 hours agoThe Detroit Tigers have gotten a good return on their short-term investment in right-hander Joba Chamberlain.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers fan wins tug-of-war with Indians fan for Torii Hunter home runyahoo.com 21 hours agoTorii Hunter hit an otherwise unremarkable home run Sunday, one that extended a lead for the Detroit Tigers in a 5-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians. It was the struggle for the souvenir that was most notable about Hunter's two-run blast in the bo…Upvote Share Tweet
Red Sox Sweep RoyalsJul 20Jon Lester pitched eight scoreless innings and David Ross hit his sixth home run of the season in the Red Sox's 6-0 win over the Royals.
Hunter, Tigers Avoid Four-Game SweepJul 20Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer to power the Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Indians.
Price, Rays Shut Down TwinsJul 19David Price struck out nine batters over eight scoreless innings to lead the Rays past the Twins 5-1.
Napoli Homers Red Sox Past RoyalsJul 19Mike Napoli's sixth-inning solo home run was the difference for the Red Sox, who beat the Royals 2-1.
The Sammy ShowJul 22PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Over coffee Monday morning, Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley told me a story about first-round receiver Sammy Watkins reporting, alone, for an offseason practice at the Bills training center at 6:45 a.m. “He wanted to get his footwo…
Bills Report: Watkins Wows, But in the End It’s Up to E.J.Jul 21I’m in Pittsford, N.Y., summer home of the Buffalo Bills, on the campus of St. John Fisher College, 78 miles east of Orchard Park. I watched the first practice of camp, on Sunday night, and then an afternoon session on Monday. The Bills are in this Roch…
NBA: Why San Antonio Spurs won summer tooJul 21While LeBron took his talents back north, the Spurs showed why retaining is the new improving in the NBA.
Welcome to Camp HopeJul 21PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Sunday night was precisely what the NFL wants out of the preseason. The night of the first practice of the NFL summer simply couldn’t have gone better. Hope was for sale everywhere on the St. John Fisher campus here, the same way it wi…