TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays has had his no-hit bid broken up after six innings against the Boston Red Sox.

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Yoenis Cespedes flashed his Home Run Derby form Wednesday night. The Oakland left fielder hit two homers and drove in a career-high-tying five runs, leading the A’s to a 9-7 victory against the Houston Astros at the O.co Coliseum. The question now for the A’s is whether Cespedes will be able to play Thursday in the finale of the three-game series. Cespedes, who won the All-Star Home Run Derby on July 14 for the second consecutive year, snapped a career-high-tying 25-game homerless streak, but he sprained his right thumb in his third at-bat.

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With the All-Star Game and the first closer trade in the rearview, it’s time to some good old fashioned closer talk.

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(Adds late games) July 22 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Tuesday’s Major League baseball games. – - – Rays 7, Cardinals 2 The Tampa Bay Rays knocked out St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright after just 4 2/3 innings, as the Rays extended their season-high winning streak to six games. In his first start since the All-Star break and looking for his Major League-best 13th win, Wainwright (12-5) gave up six hits and six runs. He walked four, including three in the fifth, struck out four and hit a man in his second-shortest outing of the year. …

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David Ortiz hit the 452nd and 453rd home runs of his career, moving past Boston great Carl Yastrzemski into 36th place on the all-time list, and the Red Sox won their fifth straight game Monday night, routing the Toronto Blue Jays 14-1.
Dustin Pedroia was the only Boston starter without a hit as the Red Sox set season highs in runs and hits (18). Pedroia went 0 for 4 before being replaced and is hitless in 13 at-bats.
John Lackey (11-6) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings to win his second straight start. Felix Doubront worked the eighth and Craig Breslow finished.
The Red Sox took the lead with two runs in the second and added four in the third, chasing Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison . Boston blew it open with two more in the fourth and six in the fifth against Mills.
Hutchison (6-9) matched a career-high with six earned runs, the second straight outing he allowed that many, and gave up a career-high nine hits in 2 2-3 innings, his shortest non-injury start. Hutchison, who lost for the first time in three outings against Boston, fell to 2-5 with a 7.71 ERA in eight home starts.
Boston’s Brock Holt made the defensive play of the game, leaping into the right field wall to retire Dan Johnson for the first out of the fifth.
NOTES: Ted Williams holds the Red Sox record with 521 home runs, followed by Yastrzemski (452) and then Ortiz (395). … Red Sox OF Shane Victorino did not start. Victorino returned Saturday after being out since May 23 with an injured right hamstring. This was the first of seven straight games on turf for the Red Sox, who visit Tampa next. … Toronto designated RHP Sergio Santos for assignment and recalled LHP Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo. … Boston 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway went 0 for 4 in the first game of his rehab assignment at Double-A Portland. Lavarnway has been out since May 30 with a fractured left hand. … Cleveland Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson, who was born in suburban Toronto, threw out the first pitch. … Boston RHP Jake Peavy (1-8) faces Toronto LHP J.A. Happ (7-5) on Tuesday.
Ortiz matched Yastrzemski with a two-run blast to center off left-hander Brad Mills in the fourth, then broke the short-lived tie with another two-run shot off Mills in the fifth, his 21st and 22nd homers of the season.
It was the third multihomer game of the season for Ortiz and the 44th of his career.
Ortiz’s first homer ended his 0-for-18 skid against Toronto and an 0-for-11 slump overall.
Mike Napoli followed Ortiz’s second shot with his 12th homer, the fourth time this season Boston has gone back-to-back.
Stephen Drew added a three-run homer as the Red Sox connected a season-high four times and won for the eighth time in nine games.
 

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About the only pitch that Chris Sale wouldn’t make Monday night was his case for the American League’s Cy Young Award. Sale pitched seven effective innings in his first outing since the All-Star break and Adam Dunn had two RBIs and scored a run to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 3-1 victory over the slumping Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

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Springer sits out with sore knee

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The New York Yankees came out swinging Sunday in response to a story that ran in the New York Post that tickets for Derek Jeter’s Yankee Stadium farewell game on Sept. 7 have skyrocketed in price. While the Post reported that the ticket hikes are occurring on the secondary market — that is, for resale on ticket-broker sites — the newspaper also wrote that the Yankees “hiked the cheapest tickets on its Web site from $16 to $250 before quickly selling out.” The Yankees released a statement Sunday that the team has not and will not increase ticket prices for games this season. “The New York Yankees have not, did not, and will not raise any ticket prices for the game to be played in Yankee Stadium on September 7, or for that matter, any other game to be played at Yankee Stadium this season,” the statement read.

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Rubby De La Rosa looks pretty cozy at Fenway Park. De La Rosa pitched seven sharp innings and Mike Napoli homered to lead the surging Boston Red Sox to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. “It’s fun to pitch here,” said De La Rosa, who improved to 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA at home this season. De La Rosa (3-2) gave up one run and five hits, walking four and striking out two.

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A year after a disappointing departure from Baltimore, Jake Arrieta is thriving in Chicago. Now he’ll try to stop the Cubs’ four-game skid Sunday against Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arrieta’s undefeated stretch began with one of his shortest outings of the season, when he lasted 4 2-3 innings on June 3 against the New York Mets. He gave up seven hits and walked three, but he allowed one first-inning run in Chicago’s 2-1 win.

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