A-Rod hitless in return to Yankees

Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 5 in his return to the lineup, but Curtis Granderson hit an inside-the-park home run and New York took three of four from Minnesota.

Cleveland Indian Kosuke Fukudome is tagged out at home plate by Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila to end the baseball game Sunday in Detroit. Fukudome was trying to score from third base. The Tigers defeated the Indians 8-7.

Cleveland Indian Kosuke Fukudome is tagged out at home plate by Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila to end the baseball game Sunday in Detroit. Fukudome was trying to score from third base. The Tigers defeated the Indians 8-7.

Yankees 3 at Twins 0

Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 5 in his return to the lineup, but Curtis Granderson hit an inside-the-park home run and New York took three of four from Minnesota.

Mark Teixeira also homered and Ivan Nova (13-4) pitched seven shutout innings for the Yankees, who had Rodriguez for the first time since July 7.

Nova allowed five hits and struck out five to rebound from a poor start in Kansas City and Mariano Rivera picked up his 33rd save in 38 tries.

Joe Mauer had three hits for the Twins, who lost starter Nick Blackburn in the second inning because of a strained right forearm. Phil Dumatrait (1-2) got the loss in two innings of relief.

Mariners 7 at Rays 8

Johnny Damon lost a grand slam to a video review in the seventh inning, then hit a game-ending home run in the ninth that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Seattle Mariners 8-7 Sunday.

Damon connected for a leadoff shot in the ninth on the first pitch from Dan Cortes (0-2), sending his 11th homer of the season into the right-field seats.

The Rays trailed 5-4 in the seventh when Damon launched a drive to right-centre field. First ruled a home run, the umpires changed the call to a three-run double after a video review.

After blowing an early four-run lead, Seattle tied it at 7-7 during the eighth when Wily Mo Pena hit a long two-run homer to centre off James Shields.

Kyle Farnsworth (5-1) pitched a perfect ninth as the Rays won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Indians 7 at Tigers 8

Centre-fielder Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play and first-place Detroit completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in the Tigers’ seven-run third inning.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 37th save in as many tries, but it wasn’t easy. He walked Fukudome to start the inning and then hit Jason Donald on an 0-2 pitch.

Jack Hannahan bunted the runners over, before pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta lined to centre field and Jackson threw a perfect strike to get Fukudome by a step.

Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs in 3 1-3 innings, but Rick Porcello couldn’t take advantage, allowing five in 3 2-3. Phil Coke, the fifth of seven Tigers pitchers, got the win to improve to 2-8.

Red Sox 6 at Royals 1

Jon Lester curbed the Kansas City Royals on three hits for six-plus innings and Jason Varitek tripled for the first time in more than four years.

Carl Crawford and Darnell McDonald hit solo home runs for Boston.

Lester (13-7) has allowed two runs and six hits in 13 innings in his past two starts to beat Kansas City and Tampa Bay.

Varitek’s two-out triple rolled to the right-centre fence, allowing Jed Lowrie to score in the fifth to break a scoreless deadlock.

Lowrie led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Crawford ground out. Varitek’s triple was his first since June 24, 2007, at San Diego off Jake Peavy.

McDonald, who had three hits, hit his fifth home run of the season in the sixth on an 0-2 pitch from Royals rookie left-hander Danny Duffy (3-7).

Rangers 0 at White Sox 10

Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Brent Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers, and Chicago took two of three from the AL-West leading Texas.

Chicago finished its first winning homestand (5-4) since June 3-12.

Floyd (11-10) coasted with a big lead. He allowed just three hits, struck out six and walked one.

The Rangers have dropped three of four after winning the first six games on their 10-game road trip.

Derek Holland (11-5) lost for the first time in five decisions since the all-star break. The left-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Orioles 1 at Angels 7

Jerome Williams pitched seven stellar innings to get his first major league victory in almost six years, Peter Bourjos homered for the third straight game and Howie Kendrick also went deep, leading Los Angeles to three-game.

Williams (1-0) posted his first victory in the majors since Sept. 25, 2005 with the Chicago Cubs, after losing his previous eight decisions. The 29-year-old Hawaiian-born right-hander allowed a run and six hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked none.

Brian Matusz (1-6) threw 84 pitches over four innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.

Torii Hunter’s hitting streak ended at 18 games (0 for 5) after Baltimore centre fielder Adam Jones robbed him of a home run in the fourth.

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