Athletics fall to Rangers in ninth inning

Just as one might expect, there isn't much that separates the Athletics and Texas Rangers this season, as was the case the past two seasons when the teams finished one-two, respectively, in the American League West.

Recap: Toronto vs. Baltimore

Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera each clubbed a three-run homer during an eighth-inning rally that boosted the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game set Tuesday from Rogers Centre.

Rangers rally past A's in opener

Yu Darvish labored through six innings Monday against his nemesis, the Oakland A's, but the Texas Rangers scored the game's final three runs and rallied to a 4-3 victory at Coliseum.

NL Capsules

Albert Pujols became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night.

Lee, Ruiz, Howard shine as Phillies blank Dodgers

Ryan Howard dropped his black bat. He watched a Paul Maholm slider fly Monday while the Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander screamed curse words. The Phillies won consecutive games for the first time in eight days, and both times, Howard supplied the calming presence.