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MLB roundup: Angels beat Yankees to avoid sweep

Published: Sunday, July 15 2012 11:18 p.m. MDT

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws to the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game in Baltimore, Sunday, July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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NEW YORK — Kevin Jepsen got Alex Rodriguez to pop out with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Angels took advantage of New York's baserunning follies to beat the Yankees 10-8 Sunday.

Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar hit consecutive home runs off Ivan Nova (10-4) in the first inning for Los Angeles. The American League rivals combined for eight homers on an ideal day for the long ball.

Jered Weaver (11-1) pitched seven innings to get the win.

TIGERS 4, ORIOLES 0: At Baltimore, Justin Verlander returned to form after his uncharacteristic start in the All-Star game, allowing three hits in eight innings to carry Detroit to the win.

Austin Jackson and Miguel Cabrera homered for the Tigers.

RED SOX 7, RAYS 3: At St. Peterburg, Fla., Josh Beckett pitched six effective innings and Will Middlebrooks had a key two-run single to lead Boston to the victory.

WHITE SOX 2, ROYALS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Chris Sale scattered a season-high 10 hits over eight innings and Adam Dunn homered for the third consecutive game, pushing the White Sox to the win.

Sale (11-2) allowed one run, struck out four and walked none, improving to 8-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 10 starts since his last loss on May 12 against Kansas City.

ATHLETICS 9, TWINS 4: At Minneapolis, Yoenis Cespedes had his first career four-hit game, including a homer and three RBIs, and Oakland completed a three-game series sweep.

RANGERS 4, MARINERS 0: At Seattle, Matt Harrison tossed a five-hitter, Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBIs, and the Rangers won for the fourth time in five games spanning the All-Star break.

BLUE JAYS 3, INDIANS 0: At Toronto, Carlos Villanueva struck out a career-best eight in six innings and Jose Bautista had two hits for Toronto.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

NATIONALS 4, MARLINS 0: At Miami, Stephen Strasburg pitched six scoreless innings and drove in a run for the Nationals. Strasburg (10-4) allowed six hits and struck out seven. Steve Lombardozzi, Michael Morse, and Danny Espinosa also drove in a run for the Nationals.

BRAVES 6, METS 1: AT Atlanta, Ben Sheets pitched six scoreless innings in his first game in two years and Atlanta beat New York for its season-high seventh straight victory.

BREWERS 4, PIRATES 1: At Milwaukee, Yovani Gallardo struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Milwaukee used a four-run sixth to beat Pittsburgh.

Gallardo (8-6) gave up four hits, including Andrew McCutchen's homer in the fourth.

CUBS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Chicago, Darwin Barney homered and Matt Garza threw seven shutout innings to lift Chicago to a three-game sweep of Arizona.

PHILLIES 5, ROCKIES 1: At Denver, Cole Hamels pitched eight innings of one-run ball, Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer and Philadelphia beat Colorado for its first series victory in nearly a month.

GIANTS 3, ASTROS 2: At San Francisco, Buster Posey had three hits and two RBIs to back Matt Cain, and San Francisco finished a three-game series sweep.

PADRES 7, DODGERS 2: At Los Angeles, Chase Headley homered for the second straight game, and San Diego scored six unearned runs.

REDS 4, CARDINALS2: At Cincinnati, Scott Rolen hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning, sending Cincinnati to a victory and three-game sweep of St. Louis.

Associated Press

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jason Hammel will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday and is expected to be out for at least a month.

Baltimore placed Hammel on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.

Hammel's knee has been bothering him since May, but the injury became more serious Friday night when he was forced to leave a game against Detroit after throwing a pitch in the fourth inning.

CUETO QUESTIONABLE: The Reds aren't sure whether right-hander Johnny Cueto will be able to start as planned on Tuesday because of a blister on the index finger of his pitching hand.

The first-place Reds aren't used to worrying about a starter. Cincinnati has used only five different starters, the first time in modern franchise history that it's gone this deep into the season with its rotation intact.

Cueto was supposed to start on Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals, but was pushed back two days after he developed the blister during a bullpen session. The current plan is to have Cueto pitch against Arizona on Tuesday.

Manager Dusty Baker was waiting to see how Cueto's finger responds to treatment before deciding whether to consider other options for next Tuesday's game.

ASTROS SHELVE LOWRIE, CASTRO: The Houston Astros placed infielder Jed Lowrie and catcher Jason Castro on the disabled list on Sunday.

Lowrie was injured during a collision at second base in the third inning of Houston's 12-inning 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Lowrie suffered a sprained right ankle and damaged a nerve in his right leg.

Castro has been bothered by soreness in his right leg, the same one he had surgery on in March 2011. Astros manager Brad Mills had hoped Castro could avoid the DL and previously talked about the possibility of putting him in the lineup Sunday before the team decided to make the move.

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