Rodriguez breaks left hand in loss

Associated Press / July 25, 2012
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Alex Rodriguez broke his left hand after being hit by a pitch from Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 4-2 loss to the Mariners in Seattle Tuesday night.

Rodriguez was the third player to be hit by a pitch from Hernandez. He immediately fell to the ground, wincing in pain and was removed from the game.

The Yankees said afterward that A-Rod had a non-displaced fracture of the left hand, and there was no timetable for his return.

He will be placed on the disabled list and will see the team’s doctor when the club returns to New York after Wednesday’s series finale.

Hernandez also hit Derek Jeter and former teammate Ichiro Suzuki.

Athletics 7, Blue Jays 2 — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run single and streaking Oakland beat host Toronto for its season-best sixth win in a row.

Derek Norris hit a two-run homer and Travis Blackley won his third straight decision as the A’s improved to 15-2 in July.

Rays 3, Orioles 1 — Jeremy Hellickson took a three-hitter into the seventh inning to earn his first win in 10 starts, and visiting Tampa Bay got a home run from light-hitting Brooks Conrad to beat Baltimore.

Indians 3, Tigers 2 — Aaron Cunningham bunted home the go-ahead run with a suicide squeeze as host Cleveland beat Detroit, moving within three games of the AL Central-leading Tigers and White Sox.

White Sox 11, Twins 4 — Adam Dunn tied the game with his major league-leading 30th homer and Dayan Viciedo hit a bases-loaded single to cap a four-run seventh as host Chicago rallied to beat Minnesota.

Giants 3, Padres 2 — Brandon Crawford singled home the winning run in the ninth as host San Francisco won its ninth in 11 games since the All-Star break.

Brandon Belt walked to open the ninth and Angel Pagan singled. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch ahead of Crawford’s single against Joe Thatcher (0-4).

Braves 4, Marlins 3 — Tim Hudson pitched seven innings, Jason Heyward drove in two runs, and Atlanta beat host Miami. Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman both drove in a run for the Braves, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

Jose Reyes homered and drove in two runs for the Marlins as he extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Cubs 5, Pirates 1 — Paul Maholm pitched eight strong innings to win his fifth straight start and lead visiting Chicago over Pittsburgh. Maholm gave up one run and four hits. He struck out seven and walked one.

Nationals 5, Mets 2 — Adam LaRoche and visiting Washington handed R.A. Dickey his first loss in three months, beating New York behind Gio Gonzalez’s seven crisp innings.

LaRoche hit a tiebreaking homer and Gonzalez (13-5) gave up only two singles in a rematch of All-Star pitchers.

Phillies 7, Brewers 6 — Hunter Pence singled in the go-ahead run after Carlos Ruiz hit a tying, three-run double and host Philadelphia rallied with six runs in the eighth inning to beat Milwaukee.

The Brewers wasted a sensational outing by Zack Greinke, who also homered off Cliff Lee.

Cardinals 8, Dodgers 2 — Adam Wainwright’s first two RBIs of the season helped knock out Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the sixth inning in a game that began in 103-degree heat as host St. Louis ended Los Angeles’s five-game winning streak.

Reds 4, Astros 2 — Drew Stubbs hit a go-ahead homer as visiting Cincinnati rallied for three runs in the ninth inning against Francisco Cordero and beat Houston, tying its longest winning streak of the year at six.

Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2 — Joe Saunders scattered three hits over seven innings and Chris Young homered to help host Arizona beat Colorado for its fifth straight win. The Diamondbacks have won eight games in a row at home. Young also singled, stole a base, and scored a pair of runs.

Royals 4, Angels 1 — Will Smith pitched two-hit ball over seven innings in the longest of his five major league starts, Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer in the first, and visiting Kansas City beat Los Angeles.

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