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Doubles by Michael Cuddyer and Joe Crede to open the sixth touched off a four-run inning Wednesday and rallied the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over Texas. The Twins came back from a five-run deficit to down the Rangers Tuesday climbed out of a four-run hole Wednesday. The setback dropped the Rangers out of a share of the lead with Boston in the American League wild-card race and pushed them 6 Â½ games behind the hot Los Angeles Angels for the top spot in the AL West. Minnesota's rally...
CC Sabathia struck out seven over eight innings Tuesday to lead the New York Yankees past the Oakland Athletics 7-2. Sabathia (14-7) limited the home team to two runs on five hits and one walk.
The Texas Rangers got catcher Ivan Rodriguez from the Houston Astros Tuesday in exchange for two minor leaguers. Rodriguez, 37, batted .251 with eight homers and 34 RBI in 93 games as Houston's starting catcher this year.
Marlon Byrd had two hits and three RBI Monday in the Texas Rangers' 8-5 victory over Minnesota. Michael Young, Kevin Richardson and Josh Hamilton had two hits each for the Rangers, who have won three straight games and five of their last six.
Garrett Mock worked six innings Friday, and four relievers paraded to the mound to complete a shutout, bringing Washington a 2-0 win over Cincinnati. The Nationals snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the ninth time in 12 games. Mock (2-4) won his second straight start, striking out six, walking four and allowing six hits.
Willie Bloomquist drove in two runs and Alex Gordon hit a solo homer Thursday, pacing a 5-4 Kansas City win over the Minnesota Twins. Billy Butler added an RBI for the Royals, who handed the Twins their ninth defeat in 12 games. Gil Meche (5-9), in his first appearance since recently coming off the disabled list, got the win, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings.
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Delwyn Young had a two-run triple Tuesday to help the Pittsburgh Pirates get a rare road win with a 7-3 victory over Colorado. Pittsburgh, which has won only three times in its past 21 away games, scored once in the second inning and four times in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Ross Ohlendorf (10-8)
Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning Tuesday to lead the New York Yankees to a 7-5 win over Toronto. New York had back-to-back homers for the third consecutive game and has 13 back-to-back homers this season. Posada had two RBI for the Yankees, who have won eight of their last nine games.
Merlyn Mantle, the widow of baseball great Mickey Mantle, has died in Plano, Texas, at age 77 from Alzheimer's disease, a family spokesman said. Mantle died Monday at a hospice facility, spokesman Marty Appel said. Mantle, born Merlyn Louise Johnson in Cardin, Okla., married her husband Dec.
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