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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Cabrera powers White Sox rout

• CHICAGO 8, CLEVELAND 1: Jeff Samardzija, perhaps pitching for the final time in a Chicago uniform, allowed one run in eight innings and Melky Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate, leading the White Sox past the host Indians. Samardzija (7-5), who has been the subject of trade rumors with the July 31 deadline approaching, held the Indians to four hits, struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

• NEW YORK 9, BALTIMORE 3: Jacoby Ellsbury finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in four runs, and Chase Headley hit a three-run double in the first inning as the host Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles. Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) won his third straight start, allowing three solo homers and a double in 7 ⅔ innings to help New York to its ninth win in 11 games.

• TORONTO 5, OAKLAND 2: Russell Martin homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Josh Donaldson went deep against his former team and the Blue Jays powered past the host Athletics.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Kershaw's gem blinds Mets

• LOS ANGELES 3, NEW YORK 0: Clayton Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, retiring the first 18 batters in his second shutout of the season as the Dodgers beat the Mets at Citi Field. Kershaw (8-6) has thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings — 13 ⅔ less than teammate Zack Greinke — and 11 career shutouts. He was perfect until Curtis Granderson lined a leadoff single in the seventh inning.

• PITTSBURGH 7, WASHINGTON 3: Francisco Liriano allowed three hits over six-plus dominant innings and the host Pirates raced by the Nationals. Liriano (6-6) struck out 11 against three walks as the Pirates returned from a miserable post All-Star break road trip to drop the NL East-leading Nationals.

INTERLEAGUE

Lackey, Cardinals escape Royals

• ST. LOUIS 4, KANSAS CITY 3: John Lackey threw seven strong innings after a shaky beginning, Trevor Rosenthal escaped his own jam in the ninth and the host Cardinals beat the Royals. Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter hit two-run homers as the Cardinals won in the makeup of a rainout last month.

NOTES

Pirates get Ramirez via Brewers

• The Pirates acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez and cash from the Brewers in exchange for minor league righthander Yhonathan Barrios. With the Brewers this year, Ramirez has hit .247 with a .295 on-base percentage, .430 slugging percentage and 11 home runs. He and the Brewers both exercised his $14 million mutual option for 2015. Earlier this year Ramirez said that this season would be his last.

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