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Surging Rays extend win streak to 6 gamesChris Archer pitched six strong innings, while Matt Joyce and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs apiece to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays extend their winning streak to a season-best six games with a 4-1 victory over the sputtering Minnesota Twins.Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Jul 9, 2013Things are not going well for the Minnesota Twins this season. Tonight they picked up their 50th loss of the season, falling again to the Rays in St. Petersburg.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Royals send Yankees to third straight defeatJames Shields wiggled out of early trouble and got home run help from Billy Butler and David Lough as the Kansas City Royals sent the New York Yankees to their third straight loss, 3-1 Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Archer's skilled marksmanship keeps Rays hotGames like Tuesday night's happen when you're on a roll. And make no mistake about it, the Rays are riding a major one, which continued in a 4-1 win over the Twins at Tropicana Field as Chris Archer allowed three hits in six innings.Upvote Share Tweet
Shields outduels CC for much-needed victoryForget the moral victories. James Shields was hungry for an actual win. The Royals have had trouble scoring for Shields, and as a result, he doesn't win nearly as often as he should. Only one half of that equation rang true for Shields on Tuesday night,…Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Jul 9, 2013The 30th anniversary of the infamous George Brett pine tar game is July 24. The Royals are currently back in the Bronx to play the Yankees, and Brett is back with the Royals as their interim hitting coach, with a press conference planned for today so he…Upvote Share Tweet
Infante bound for DL; Perez recalledDespite Omar Infante's best attempts to make it back into the Tigers' lineup over the weekend, he'll have to settle for a stint on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained left ankle. The Tigers recalled second baseman Hernan Perez from Double-A Erie.Upvote Share Tweet
Marijuana case of Indians' Perez continuedThe marijuana possession case against Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez and his wife could extend to the final month of the season.Upvote Share Tweet
Twins’ Samuel Deduno pitches to himself — twiceyahoo.com Jul 9, 2013If baseball were football, Minnesota Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno would have been charged with two false starts Monday night. Twice against the Tampa Bay Rays he started to deliver a pitch but stopped mid-windup and flipped the ball to himself inste…Upvote Share TweetJeremy Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a long rain delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-1 Monday night.Upvote Share Tweet
D’Ohio! Nick Swisher regrets not running it outyahoo.com Jul 9, 2013Your browser does not support iframes. Other than "use two hands!" it's the oldest axiom in baseball: Always run it out, because you never know. Cleveland Indians slugger Nick Swisher thought he knew on Monday night that his nubber in the eigh…Upvote Share Tweet
Almost not fair: Pena's slick 'D' nails NickBaseball has always been a game of inches. Never was that more apparent than in the eighth inning of Monday's game between the Tigers and Indians.Upvote Share Tweet
Big eighth inning gives Cubs crosstown sweepLuis Valbuena knocked in three runs, including the go-ahead runs with a two-run double during a five-run eighth inning, to lift the Cubs to an 8-2 victory over the White Sox on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.Upvote Share Tweet
The GM's Office: ChiSox On The Move?Jul 9Jim Bowden takes a look at several players on the White Sox that could be traded before the deadline.
Buster Blog: Garza's Trade MarketJul 9Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has said a contract extension with the team is a possibility, but Buster Olney blogs that there is no chance Garza will sign a long-term deal with the Cubs.
SweetSpot TV: MVP/Cy Young PredictionsJul 9Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield give their predictions on which players will win the MVP and Cy Young award.
Rays Win Sixth StraightJul 9The Rays handed the Twins their ninth loss in 10 games with the 4-1 win on Tuesday.
Lakers top luxury tax list at nearly $30 millionJul 10Six NBA teams have been billed for luxury-tax payments they owe for last season's payrolls, according to official league figures obtained by ESPN.com on Tuesday night. And the heftiest, not surprisingly, belongs to the Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers hit with luxury tax of over $29 millionJul 10Six NBA teams have been billed for luxury-tax payments they owe for last season's payrolls, according to official league figures obtained by ESPN.com on Tuesday night. And the heftiest, not surprisingly, belongs to the Lakers.
Tyler Hansbrough close to deal with Toronto Raptors - sourcesJul 9The Toronto Raptors are close to finalizing a multi-year deal with free-agent forward Tyler Hansbrough, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.
Tyler Hansbrough has deal with Toronto Raptors - sourceJul 9The Toronto Raptors are close to finalizing a multi-year deal with free-agent forward Tyler Hansbrough, according to sources with knowledge of the talks.