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Nats put Strasburg on DL for back strain

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MILWAUKEE (AP) Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an upper back strain.

The move is retroactive to June 16.

Strasburg was scratched from his start on Sunday against the Brewers in Milwaukee after experiencing pain in his back while throwing before Saturday's game. He was replaced by Tanner Roark.


Indians hit 4 HRs in 5th, run now at 9

DETROIT (AP) Terry Francona did something Sunday at Comerica Park that he rarely gets to do. He relaxed while sitting in the visiting manager's office.

The Cleveland Indians had just beaten the Tigers 9-3, winning their ninth straight game and improving to 9-0 against Detroit this season.


ChiSox's Sale earns MLB-best 13th win

CHICAGO (AP) Pitching on a hot, muggy afternoon against one of the majors' best lineups, Chris Sale made it look easy.

Sale tossed eight innings of two-run ball to become the majors' first 13-game winner, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday.


Pirates end Kershaw's 9-game win streak

PITTSBURGH (AP) Chad Kuhl seemingly didn't stand much of a chance in his major league debut against a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner on a nine-game winning streak.

Yet Kuhl pitched five effective innings and David Freese hit a three-run double that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates past Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Sunday night.


Fernandez Ks 13 to beat slumping Cubs

MIAMI (AP) When Jose Fernandez reached second base with a standup double, he looked to his dugout, pulled up his right sleeve and flexed his biceps.

He showed some muscle on the mound, too, and his teammates were no pushovers either against the Chicago Cubs.


Roark sharp as Nats end skid 7-game skid

MILWAUKEE (AP) Tanner Roark did a stellar job in taking the place of Stephen Strasburg.

Roark, called on to replace the Nationals' injured ace, held the Brewers without a run over seven innings and Washington ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.


Kennedy Ks 11, KC ends Astros' run at 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ian Kennedy knew Kansas City needed a long outing, and he delivered.

Kennedy struck out 11 over seven innings, Kendrys Morales hit two home runs and the Royals snapped the Houston Astros' seven-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory Sunday.


Davis' slam keys O's historic sweep

BALTIMORE (AP) Following an unprecedented sweep of the Rays, Orioles manager Buck Showalter insisted his team was fortunate to catch a Tampa Bay team riddled by injuries.

Then again, given the way Baltimore has been playing lately, it appeared as if the Rays were in the wrong place at the wrong time.


Bochy earns 800th win, Giants edge Phils

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bruce Bochy's 800th victory as Giants manager was anything but typical.

Three blown leads, four hit batters, a rare shaky outing from Johnny Cueto, and back-to-back doubles in the ninth inning by two seldom-used players that provided the winning run.


Perez helps Rangers win another series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Martin Perez won his sixth straight decision and helped the surging Texas Rangers to yet another series victory.

The left-hander kept rolling despite a bout with control issues that had his manager questioning his body language on the mound.