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Sanchez homers again as Yankees rout O's

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NEW YORK (AP) Gary Sanchez's at-bats are becoming must-see events.

The 23-year old rookie homered for the eighth time in nine games and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 14-4 Friday night in the opener of their weekend series.

"Guys are excited to watch," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's as good as I've seen to start a career."


Rangers reliever Jeffress booked for DWI

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress, twice suspended in the minor leagues for violating drug rules, was away from the team Friday following his overnight arrest in Dallas on a drunken driving charge.

The club placed Jeffress on the restricted list before a game against Cleveland, but general manager Jon Daniels said he expected the former Milwaukee closer acquired in a trade Aug. 1 to be back with the team Saturday.


Sale Ks 14 but outdueled by King Felix

CHICAGO (AP) Felix Hernandez was so excited to face Chris Sale he loaded up on caffeine before the game and briefly got dizzy.

King Felix needed the extra energy to beat the dominant White Sox ace.


Bryant's second HR lifts Cubs by Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kris Bryant heard the "MVP" chants from the contingent of Chicago fans at Dodger Stadium. Inside the clubhouse, his teammates showered him with more of the same.

Bryant hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning to go with an earlier solo shot, lifting the Cubs over the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4 on Friday night in the series opener between NL division leaders.


KC wins 11th in 12 despite Betts' 5 hits

BOSTON (AP) August continues to be kind to the Kansas City Royals.

Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon homered, and Ian Kennedy allowed one run through five innings as the Kansas City Royals continued their monthlong hot streak with a 6-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.


Samardzija, bats help Giants top Braves

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jeff Samardzija had a simple game plan against the Atlanta Braves that helped him earn a much-needed win and moved the slumping-but-still-surviving San Francisco Giants closer to first place in the NL West.

"Just made them hit it to (shortstop Brandon) Crawford mostly," Samardzija said, referring to his Gold Glove teammate.


Indians' Kluber wins sixth straight

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Corey Kluber's second-half surge rolled on, and a trip home didn't help Texas left-hander Martin Perez.

The Cleveland right-hander pitched six strong innings to match a career best with his sixth straight victory and Abraham Almonte hit two run-scoring doubles, helping the Indians beat the Rangers 12-1 on Friday night in a matchup of division leaders.


Astros win on back-to-back homers in 9th

HOUSTON (AP) Evan Gattis knows he probably shouldn't have taken a swing at a shoulder-high pitch from Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome in the ninth inning on Friday night.

Considering what happened next, he's glad he did.


Martin, Smoak total 10 RBIs as Jays roll

TORONTO (AP) Backed by a big offensive outburst, Francisco Liriano earned his first win with the Blue Jays and helped the team into the AL East lead.

Russell Martin and Justin Smoak each homered and drove in five runs as Toronto hammered Minnesota 15-8 Friday night, handing the Twins their eighth straight loss.


Verlander works into 8th, Tigers' run 5

DETROIT (AP) The way Justin Verlander has pitched since July, he rarely needs much offensive support from his teammates.

On Friday night, the Detroit Tigers didn't score until the sixth inning, but four late runs were more than enough for Verlander to beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2.