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BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was suspended for eight games by Major League Baseball on Monday for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.

Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

Matusz entered Saturday's game against the Marlins in the 12th inning. Miami manager Dan Jennings asked umpire Paul Emmel to inspect Matusz's right arm, and Emmel ejected the pitcher.

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Hamilton strikes out in first at-bat

CLEVELAND (AP) Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday.

At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years.

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Yanks score 8 in 1st, romp past KC 14-1

NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Chase Headley homered during an eight-run first inning and the New York Yankees quickly erased the memory of a lost weekend, romping past the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 14-1 Monday to end a six-game skid.

Stephen Drew added another three-run homer off a favorite foil of the Yankees, Jeremy Guthrie (4-3), before New York made an out in the second.

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Orioles deal Astros' Keuchel first loss

BALTIMORE (AP) With the exception of two mighty swings, the Baltimore Orioles did very little offensively against Dallas Keuchel.

Baltimore didn't strand a runner and never got one in scoring position. In six of eight innings, the Orioles sent only three batters to the plate.

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Colon beats Phils, notches seventh win

NEW YORK (AP) Wilmer Flores hit a tiebreaking three-run homer off Justin De Fratus in the sixth inning to help Bartolo Colon win a day after the pitcher's 42nd birthday, and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 Monday to stop a three-game losing streak.

With the score 3-all, Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with a single off Elvis Araujo (1-1), De Fratus walked Michael Cuddyer and Flores homered off the original 16-foot left-field wall, over the 8-foot blue fence erected in front of it for the 2012 season.

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Blue Jays activate SS Reyes from DL

TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays have activated shortstop Jose Reyes from the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo.

Reyes has been sidelined since April 27 with a fractured left rib sustained on a check swing in the fourth game of the season. He's batting .250 with no home runs and seven RBIs.

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Mets 3B Wright visits back specialist

NEW YORK (AP) Hoping David Wright can find "magic fingers somewhere in California" to cure the Mets captain's ailing back, New York general manager Sandy Alderson has sent the third baseman across the country to work with the staff of specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

Wright hasn't played since pulling his right hamstring against Philadelphia on April 14. His rehabilitation was put on hold May 6 when back pain developed. While Wright resumed baseball activities on May 18 at their training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, the Mets said Saturday the seven-time All-Star felt lingering back pain and was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.

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Rockies extend Reds' losing streak to 9

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Reds lost their ninth straight game Monday as Nolan Arenado homered, had three hits and drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning off Aroldis Chapman that gave the Colorado Rockies a 5-4 victory.

This is the Reds' longest losing streak since they dropped 11 straight in June 1998 under manager Jack McKeon.

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Reds' Mesoraco to DL, Cueto examined

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sore left hip that limited him to pinch hitting and filling in as an interleague DH for the past six weeks.

They'd been hoping that Mesoraco - an All-Star last season - could get better without going on the DL. The hip bothered him when he went through catching drills over the weekend, prompting the move.

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Broken finger lands Rays 1B Loney on DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have put first baseman James Loney on the 15-day disabled list with a broken left middle finger.

Loney was hurt sliding while stealing third base in the eighth inning of Sunday's game against Oakland.

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