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    NY Yankees ace Kuroda silences Rangers bats

    Aug 15, 2012
    Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, right, is greeted by catcher Russell Martin after the 3-0 win over the Rangers. AP

    NEW YORK — Hiroki Kuroda pitched a shutout as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 in Tuesday's (Wednesday, Manila time) meeting of American League divisional leaders.

    Kuroda (11-8) pitched a two-hitter and the New York Yankees got consecutive homers from Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira in a victory over the Rangers.

    Kuroda held Texas hitless until an infield single leading off the seventh. He walked only two and struck out five in his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career.

    The Yankees too were held in check until the seventh, when consecutive homers broke the game open.

    Texas' All-Star Matt Harrison (13-7) took the loss.


    In Baltimore, Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in four runs to power Baltimore past Boston.

    Reynolds hit a solo shot in the fifth and a three-run drive in the sixth, while Omar Quintanilla also went deep for the Orioles, who moved 10 games over .500 for the first time since June.

    Baltimore starter Chen Wei-yin (11-7) gave up one run and one walk in six-plus innings.

    Red Sox starter Josh Beckett (5-10) surrendered six runs in 5 1/3 innings. He is 1-6 in his past 12 starts.

    Boston stranded 12 and went 1-of-10 with runners in scoring position.


    In Toronto, Jose Quintana snapped a five-start winless streak to steer Chicago to a rare win at Toronto.

    Quintana (5-2) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings, helping the White Sox win at Rogers Centre for only the fourth time in six years.

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    Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez (7-10) allowed two earned runs in seven innings.


    In Minneapolis, Miguel Cabrera became the first player to reach 100 RBIs this season with a run-scoring single as Detroit downed Minnesota.

    With the game locked 4-4 in the sixth inning, Andy Dirks hit a solo home run off Brian Duensing (2-8) to put the Tigers ahead for good. Cabrera got his 100th RBI in the seventh, becoming the third player in Tigers history to collect at least 100 RBIs in five or more consecutive seasons.

    Detroit starter Doug Fister (7-7) pitched eight strong innings, not allowing any earned runs and striking out seven.


    In Kansas City, Jeremy Guthrie allowed only three singles in seven innings as Kansas City rolled to a win over Oakland.

    Guthrie (5-12), who struck out a season-high eight, ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings. He has struck out 14 over his past two starts.

    The A's failed to get a runner past second base and were shut out for a major league-high 14th time.

    Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer delivered run-scoring singles in the Royals' five-run fifth inning. A's rookie right-hander Jarrod Parker (7-7) was pulled after 4 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs.

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    Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, right, is greeted by catcher Russell Martin after the 3-0 win over the Rangers. AP
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