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NEW YORK — Corey Kluber pitched four-hit ball for a superb six innings Saturday and Jose Ramirez hit his first career homer as the Cleveland Indians ended a four-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees.
Michael Brantley also homered and had three hits for Cleveland, which won at Yankee Stadium for the first time in eight games. Ramirez hit a two-run drive in the second inning and had three hits.
Derek Jeter had an infield single in the sixth inning to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the career list with No. 3,431. But New York was 0 for 9 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position in losing for just the second time in eight games.
Kluber (13-6) did not allow a hit until Jacoby Ellsbury doubled with one out in the fourth. He struck out 10 to beat New York for the first time in three tries. The right-hander has allowed only one earned run since the ninth inning of a win against Detroit on July 19. He has won five straight decisions.
Scott Atchison, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each pitched an inning with Allen finishing the five-hitter for his 15th save.
Brandon McCarthy (4-1) lost for the first time in six starts with New York. He received a scare in the third when he took a liner off his right foot but he continued for 6 1-3 innings, yielding two runs and seven hits. McCarthy was hit in the head by a liner in 2012 and looked briefly shaken this time.
Brantley was starting for the second straight game as the designated hitter because manager Terry Francona thought the All-Star outfielder’s legs could use a break. He hit a soaring flyball off the right field pole in the eighth inning off Chris Whitely.
Indians: Outfielder Michael Bourn (left hamstring strain) went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in a rehab outing with Double-A Akron. He was hitless in three at-bats Thursday. But Francona is not concerned with Bourn’s batting average. He just wants Bourn to see pitches. ... Left fielder David Murphy left after the fifth inning with soreness in the right side.
Yankees: Catcher Brian McCann was placed on the seven-day concussion list. He was hit in the facemask by a foul ball Friday night in the third inning and was feeling foggy when manager Joe Girardi pulled him for a pinch hitter in the sixth. ... First baseman Mark Teixeira missed a third straight game with an injured pinkie. He said it was too sore to play.
Indians: Carlos Carrasco (3-4) will make his first start since April 25 for Cleveland, taking Danny Salazar’s spot. Salazar was demoted to the minors last week. Carrasco was 0-3 with a 6.95 in four starts before being relegated to the bullpen. He has a 2.30 ERA in 26 appearances.
Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda (7-7) is 14-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 24 day games since joining New York in 2012.
Jays 3, Tigers 2
TORONTO — Nolan Reimold hit a game-winning double in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Saturday, spoiling Max Scherzer’s bid to become the first 14-game winner in the American League.
Danny Valencia singled off Joba Chamberlain to begin the 10th and Reimold followed with a double to the wall in left-center as Valencia scored without a play.
Scherzer allowed one run and four hits in eight innings. He walked none and struck out 11, two shy of his season high.
Chamberlain (1-5) came on to start the 10th after Joakim Soria, who finished the ninth, appeared to suffer a back injury while warming up before the inning.
Aaron Loup (4-3) worked one inning for the victory.
Toronto trailed 2-1 through eight innings but Jose Reyes singled off Tigers closer Joe Nathan to begin the ninth, then stole second before advancing to third on Melky Cabrera’s fly ball to right. Jose Bautista was intentionally walked to bring up Dioner Navarro, who grounded a tying single past a diving Miguel Cabrera at first base.
A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third before Colby Rasmus walked to load the bases, bringing Soria out of the bullpen to replace Nathan, who blew his sixth save in 30 chances.
Soria sent it to extra innings by getting Juan Francisco to pop up on the first pitch, then retiring Munenori Kawasaki on a ground ball.
Soria came back out to start the tenth but appeared to suffer and injury before throwing his first pitch, forcing manager Brad Ausmus to turn to Chamberlain.
Detroit took a 2-0 lead in the sixth on a two-out double by Victor Martinez, but Toronto cut the deficit to one in the bottom half on a two-out double by Cabera.
Blue Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman rallied after allowing a season-high five runs in a loss at Houston last week. Stroman allowed two runs and four hits in a career-high nine innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Blue Jays: First baseman Edwin Encarnacion (right quadriceps) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday night with Class-A Dunedin, manager John Gibbons said, while first baseman Adam Lind (right foot) is scheduled to rejoin the team Monday in Seattle.
Tigers: Right-hander Luke Putkonen (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Friday at Detroit’s spring training facility in Florida. It was the first time Putkonen had thrown from the mound since undergoing surgery in June.
Left-hander David Price makes his second start for the Tigers Sunday in a battle of southpaws, going up against Toronto’s Mark Buehrle. Price struck out 10 in 8 2-3 innings to win his Detroit debut last week. Buehrle is 1-7 with a 4.73 ERA since June 7.
Venus tops Serena,
reaches Montreal final
MONTREAL — Venus Williams defeated Serena 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-3 Saturday for the first win against her sister in more than five years and advanced to the final of the Rogers Cup.
The 34-year-old Venus hadn’t beat her 32-year-old sister in five matches going back to Dubai in 2009. Top-ranked Serena still leads the all-time series 15-11.
Unseeded Venus started with strong serving and took a 3-1 lead before Serena tied it 3-3. The younger sibling and defending champion prevailed in the tiebreaker, taking a 4-0 lead.
The second set was all Venus, who earned two service breaks while her sister struggled with unforced errors.
Serena made two errors and dropped serve to trail 4-2 in the third set. Venus — who dropped serve only once in the match — served for the win at 5-3. Venus hit a rocket serve on her third match point that Serena returned into the net.
Serena had 19 aces and nine double-faults, while Venus had six aces and two doubles-faults.
by finger injury
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Michelle Wie has a finger injury that forced her to withdraw from LPGA Championship next week at Monroe Golf Club and will sideline her at three to five weeks.
IMG Golf said Saturday that Wie has a stress reaction in a bone in her right index finger. The U.S. Women’s Open champion withdrew from the Meijer LPGA Classic on Thursday in Michigan after playing nine holes in the first round.
IMG said she was examined by hand surgeon Dr. Tom Graham of the Cleveland Clinic.
“I was looking forward to playing the next three weeks,” Wie said in the statement released by IMG. “It’s honestly one of my favorite stretches on tour. It’s extremely disappointing to miss these events, but I am relieved to have a proper diagnosis.”
Graham also worked with Wie in 2007 when she broke her wrist. He said that injuries of this severity typically require about three to five weeks of limited practice and play before returning to competition.
“Michelle has developed an `acute-on-chronic’ injury influenced by the volume in which she practices and plays,” Graham said. “Michelle is very aware of her body and was keen to pick up on this injury before it may have created a more severe problem.”
Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open on June 22 for her second victory of the year and fourth on the LPGA Tour. She also will miss the Canadian Women’s Open on Aug. 21-24, an event she won in 2010.
“Seven years ago, I would have tried to play through this injury and it is important to me not to make that mistake again,” Wie said. “I feel more comfortable now listening to my body and, while it’s hard to miss this stretch of events, I know I will be better suited to continue a great year and finish strong.”MORE IN Sports WireGLENDALE, Ariz. — Jen Welter’s groundbreaking days as an interim NFL coach are nearing an end. Full Story
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