OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Yoenis Cespedes homered twice before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury as the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 last night. The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock for his 15th and 16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid.
NEW YORK (AP) - Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish as the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 last night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning. David Phelps pitched out of a jam just before the storm. Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games on a 10-game homestand.
NEW YORK (AP) - The first-place Detroit Tigers have reinforced the back end of their shaky bullpen by acquiring closer Joakim Soria from the Texas Rangers for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Soria is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 chances. Detroit has been looking to upgrade a relief corps that ranked 12th out of 15 American League teams with a 4.37 ERA.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) - Jerry Jones found a new way to say Jason Garrett isn't coaching for his job. The Dallas Cowboys owner says this isn't a "make or break" season for Garrett. That comes a year after opening training camp by declaring that last season wouldn't be "Armageddon" for his coach if the once-proud franchise missed the playoffs again.
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