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Jays top Royals; benches, bullpens clear

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Edinson Volquez is given a warning by home plate umpire Jim Wolf after brushing Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson back with a pitch during the third inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Toronto, Sunday Aug. 2, 2015. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in testy matchup Sunday, taking three of four from the AL's top team.

Both benches and bullpens emptied after Toronto reliever Aaron Sanchez was ejected for throwing at Kansas City's Alcides Escobar in the eighth. It was the climax of a game-long spat that began when Royals starter Edinson Volquez hit Josh Donaldson on the left arm in the first.

Donaldson and Volquez traded stares and words as the Blue Jays slugger took a slow walk to first base. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf warned both dugouts.

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Norris, J.D. Martinez lift Tigers by O's

BALTIMORE (AP) Daniel Norris forged a Price-less memory in his debut with Detroit.

Norris took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Sunday to earn a split of the four-game series.

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Pirates beat Reds 3-0 in testy game

CINCINNATI (AP) Bryan Price thinks the heated rivalry between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati is a credit to the pitching.

Charlie Morton pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Neil Walker hit a review-aided home run and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 Sunday in a testy game in which benches cleared after stars Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Phillips were hit by pitches.

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Moss' walkoff hit lifts Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Brandon Moss had his first big hit with St. Louis, a game-ending single in the ninth inning, and Randal Grichuk had a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.

Moss' one-out hit to left off reliever Scott Oberg (2-2) drove in Jason Heyward, who doubled with one out.

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Bryant injured as Cubs complete sweep

MILWAUKEE (AP) Closer Hector Rondon nearly squandered a three-run lead, and Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant got hurt in a 4-3 win on Sunday that completed a four-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Starter Clayton Richard (2-0) and the Cubs' bullpen held off the Brewers until the ninth, when Rondon allowed the first two runners to reach base with his team leading 4-1.

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Yankees rough up Samardzija, rout ChiSox

CHICAGO (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered against Jeff Samardzija, and the New York Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Sunday.

Stephen Drew added three hits and four RBIs, helping the AL East-leading Yankees close out a 6-4 road trip - matching a season long. Ellsbury drove in three runs, and Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBIs.

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Perez sharp as Rangers beat Giants 2-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer and Martin Perez allowed only two hits to earn his first win in his comeback from Tommy John surgery as the Texas Rangers edged the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Sunday.

Perez (1-2) threw 8 1-3 innings, leaving after allowing a one-out, ninth-inning double to Angel Pagan. Sam Dyson earned his first career save, getting a game-ending double play after allowing a bases-loaded, RBI single to Buster Posey.

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Rays demote LHP Moore after rough start

BOSTON (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have decided the minors would be the best place for left-hander Matt Moore to continue his return from Tommy John surgery.

Moore will go to Triple-A Durham and pitch on a regular schedule, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday.

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Astros' McHugh rolls to 13th victory

HOUSTON (AP) Collin McHugh threw seven solid innings, and Carlos Gomez delivered a two-run, go-ahead single as the Houston Astros beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Sunday.

Evan Gattis added a solo home run in the fifth to give Houston the three-run lead.

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Hurting Red Sox RHP Porcello goes on DL

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have placed struggling right-hander Rick Porcello on the 15-day disabled list because of soreness in his right triceps.

To fill his spot on the roster, Boston added newly acquired right-handed reliever Ryan Cook.

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