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TORONTO (AP) -- J.A. Happ won his eighth straight decision, Devon Travis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays used a seven-run fifth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 Saturday and take sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since…IAN HARRISON (Associated Press)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was activated Saturday and in the starting lineup against the Nationals after missing 48 games with a strained right hamstring that required surgery.
The Washington Nationals found their reliable new man for the ninth inning, acquiring All-Star closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Washington sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates…JANIE McCAULEY (AP Baseball Writer)
Buyers at the trade deadline for a change, the Miami Marlins believe they now have enough starting pitching to make a playoff push. The Marlins acquired the rotation reinforcements they sought in a trade Friday that cost them four players.…STEVEN WINE (AP Sports Writer)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez is back as the New York Yankees' designated hitter for the first time in a week, looking to snap his struggles at the plate.