"I hate doing that — I absolutely hate it. I've been managing for a long time and that's only the second time I've ever done it. There was just no one left in our bullpen."
— Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire on using a position player — outfielder Brandon Dixon — to pitch in a 17-3 loss to the A's on Thursday. Dixon, the Tigers' fifth pitcher, gave up a two-run homer and struck out one in the ninth inning.
GAME OF NUMBERS
Consecutive losses by the Royals in the rubber game of a series, dating to last season, after Kansas City was routed 16-1 by Texas on Thursday.
Career batting average of Ryan Braun at Phillies' Citizens Bank Park, with 27 extra-base hits and 45 RBI in 38 games. He had three hits in Milwaukee's 11-3 win there Thursday.
From being Cut to Hero
1B/RF • Washington
Parra, released by the Giants last week, hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and scored the winning run in the seventh as the Nationals beat the New York Mets 7-6 on Thursday. He was 3-3 with three runs scored and three RBI. With the Nationals, Parra is batting .294 with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI.