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OUT LOUD

"Rod [Carew] was very good to me early in my career when he was a hitting coach with the Angels and I was a young lad. So I really have a lot of respect and appreciation for Mr. Carew."

— Yankee Alex Rodriguez after tying the former Twin for 23rd on the all-time career hits list Sunday with his 3,053 hit, a single in the eighth in New York's 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.

GAME OF NUMBERS

22

Times this season Toronto has scored at least 10 runs, a club record.

9.45

ERA for Royals starter Johnny Cueto in his current four-game losing streak.

200

Homers at Fenway Park for Red Sox David Ortiz.

SEATTLE STOPPER

Hisashi Iwakuma

P, Mariners

He won for the fifth time in six starts as Seattle edged Oakland 3-2 Sunday. Iwakuma (7-3) allowed one run on five hits in his 6⅓ innings. "I have been working on keeping the ball down and I was able to do that," he said.