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Sanchez exits; Yanks fall to Rays again

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NEW YORK (AP) Sluggish to start their AL title defense, the Tampa Bay Rays have found their bearings in the Bronx.

"This venue can motivate you really quick," manager Kevin Cash said.

Manuel Margot hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Tyler Glasnow overcame cramps and poor control to pitch five innings of one-run ball and the Rays held off the struggling New York Yankees 6-3 Saturday.


Brewers place OF Yelich 10-day IR

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich, who has missed four straight games because of a sore back, was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday.

"There's nothing new, nothing to add," manager Craig Counsell said. "That's what it is. We'll take a couple more days without baseball activities and see where that leaves us."


Kazmar back in majors after 13 years

CHICAGO (AP) Sean Kazmar Jr. returned to the major leagues after an 13-year absence, pinch hitting for the Atlanta Braves and grounding into a double play on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs.

The 36-year-old infielder's contract was selected by the Braves from their alternate training site before the game. He pinch hit in the fifth inning grounded into a 4-6-3 double play.


Bryant, Contreras hit 2 HRs as Cubs roll

CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each homered twice, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Braves 13-4 Saturday on an afternoon when Atlanta returned Sean Kazmar Jr. to the major leagues for the first time in 13 years.

Javier Baez and David Bote also homered for the Cubs. who stopped a three-game losing streak. Chicago entered hitting a major league-worst .166 and then took an 11-0 lead in the fifth.


Matz marvels as Jays beat Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Steven Matz held the Kansas City Royals without a hit into the sixth inning, and Jonathan Davis and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-1 victory in the seven-inning opener of their doubleheader Saturday.

Matz (3-0) only allowed a pair of walks before Nicky Lopez's blooper to left with one out in the sixth. Matz gave up Andrew Benintendi's two-out double later in the inning for the only other blemish on an otherwise dominant performance.


Rays activate Gold Glove CF Kiermaier

NEW YORK (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays activated Gold Glove center fielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 10-day injured list prior to a game Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Kiermaier had been out since April 5 with a strained left quadriceps. He took live at-bats against taxi squad pitcher David Hess prior to Saturday's game and was deemed ready. He was available off the bench, with Brett Phillips starting in center.


Bellinger has hairline fracture in leg

SAN DIEGO (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger has a hairline fracture in his left fibula, manager Dave Roberts said Friday before the defending World Series champions opened a highly anticipated three-game series against the Padres.

Roberts said Bellinger had a scan Thursday that showed the hairline fracture. The manager said there is no timetable for his return.


Seager lifts Dodgers over Padres in 12th

SAN DIEGO (AP) Whew! And still 18 more to go.

Corey Seager hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer on Tim Hill's first pitch of the 12th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 11-6 Friday night in a tense, entertaining first matchup this season between NL West rivals who have visions of deep playoff runs.


Montas pitches A's to 6th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Frankie Montas allowed two hits in six sharp innings and the Oakland Athletics won their sixth straight game by beating the Detroit Tigers 3-0 on Friday night.

After opening the season with six consecutive losses, the roller-coaster A's are back at .500 after 14 games thanks to their follow-up winning streak.

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