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Kuroda shutout leads Yankees to win

BATTLE OF PITCHERS:Texas almost held New York to a shutout as well, until Swisher and Teixeira belted in back-to-back homers, breaking the game wide open


Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Harrison points to the ball after New York Yankees batter Nick Swisher popped it up for an out in the first inning of their game in New York on Tuesday.

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New York’s Hiroki Kuroda pitched a shutout as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 in Tuesday’s meeting of American League divisional leaders.

The New York Yankees got consecutive homers from Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira in a victory over the Rangers.

Kuroda (11-8) held Texas hitless until an infield single leading off the seventh. He walked only two and struck out five in his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career.

The Yankees, too, were held in check until the seventh, when consecutive homers from Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira broke the game open.

Texas’ All-Star Matt Harrison (13-7) took the loss.


In Toronto, Jose Quintana snapped a five-start winless streak to steer Chicago to a rare win at Toronto.

Quintana (5-2) allowed two runs in 6-2/3 innings, helping the White Sox win at Rogers Centre for only the fourth time in six years.

Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez (7-10) allowed two earned runs in seven innings.


In Seattle, Washington, Eric Thames’ two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Seattle victory and snapped Tampa Bay’s seven-game winning streak.

Kyle Seager started the winning rally with a single to right field off Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney (2-2). Chone Figgins pushed a bunt that first baseman Carlos Pena fielded. Pena glanced at second, pivoted and then threw wide of first base, allowing Seager to sprint to third and Figgins to advance to second.

Justin Smoak’s deep sacrifice fly scored Seager to tie the game 2-2.

Thames’ hit into short right field scored Figgins and made a winner of Stephen Pryor (2-0), who worked 1-2/3 innings.


In Anaheim, California, Zack Greinke won for the first time in four starts since being acquired by Los Angeles, delivering a victory over Cleveland.

Greinke (1-1) allowed eight hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked only one.

Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs for the Angels.

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12) gave up eight runs through four innings, matching a career-worst for earned runs allowed.


In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miguel Cabrera became the first player to reach 100 RBIs this season with a run-scoring single as Detroit downed Minnesota.

With the game locked 4-4 in the sixth inning, Andy Dirks hit a solo home run off Brian Duensing (2-8) to put the Tigers ahead for good. Cabrera got his 100th RBI in the seventh, becoming the third player in Tigers history to collect at least 100 RBIs in five or more consecutive seasons.

Detroit starter Doug Fister (7-7) pitched eight strong innings, not allowing any earned runs and striking out seven.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Royals 5, Athletics 0



San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game, steering the Giants to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals in Tuesday’s clash of National League title contenders.

Bumgarner (13-7) struck out six and walked one in his second complete game this season.

Brandon Belt had three hits and three RBIs for the Giants, who bounced back from the previous day’s 16-1 thrashing at the hands of the Nationals.

National League ERA leader Jordan Zimmermann (9-7) took the loss, ending a six-game winning streak, despite only allowing two runs.


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