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Arrieta dominates Pirates again, now 6-0

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Seven months later, the Pittsburgh Pirates still can't hit Jake Arrieta.

Then again, they're hardly the only ones.

The Chicago Cubs ace scattered two hits in seven shutout innings in a 7-1 victory that looked more than a little like Arrieta's dominant performance in an NL wild-card playoff win at PNC Park last October. Arrieta (6-0) allowed only singles to Sean Rodriguez in the second and Francisco Cervelli in the seventh, striking out five and walking two while lowering his ERA to 0.84. He became the second six-game winner in the major leagues after Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox.

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Red Sox 3B Sandoval done for season

CHICAGO (AP) Pablo Sandoval's rocky second season with the Boston Red Sox was cut short by shoulder surgery on Tuesday.

Sandoval had a torn labrum repaired by Dr. James Andrews in Florida, and the estimated recovery time for the slugger is six months. He was placed on the disabled list in April with a strained left shoulder, but it was unclear when the injury occurred.

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Indians acquire C Gimenez from Rangers

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians acquired backup catcher Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations.

Cleveland was in need of another experienced catcher after Roberto Perez injured his right thumb last weekend making a tag in Philadelphia and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

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White Sox cool Red Sox, improve to 19-8

CHICAGO (AP) Jose Quintana supplied the pitching, Jose Abreu took care of the offense and the defense was there all night long.

The White Sox said goodbye to a longtime teammate, and then went right back to work.

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Markakis out due to family emergency

NEW YORK (AP) Braves right fielder Nick Markakis has left the team because of a family emergency, manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Wednesday afternoon's game against the Mets.

Gonzalez said Markakis called him Wednesday morning to say he needed to head home to Maryland. The veteran is expected to be back in time for Friday's home game against Arizona. Atlanta is off Thursday.

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Royals get 3 off Papelbon, rally by Nats

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It was hard to tell who'd been slumping more lately: Lorenzo Cain or the Kansas City Royals.

With one swing of the bat, Cain may have gotten both of them on track.

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White Sox to cut LHP Danks on Thursday

CHICAGO (AP) Sitting on top of the American League, the Chicago White Sox are going to try a new plan for one of their biggest problems.

Left-hander John Danks is out after a 10-year run in Chicago, and Erik Johnson will be promoted on Thursday to start against the Boston Red Sox. Looking to build on their surprising 19-8 start, the White Sox decided they had to cut Danks and search for a more reliable option at the back end of their rotation.

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O's Trumbo hits 2 HRs, Yanks' skid at 6

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles put on a complete performance in three key facets of the game: power, pitching and defense.

As has become the case recently, the New York Yankees were deficient in each category Tuesday night, and the result of a 4-1 defeat that extended their losing streak to six games.

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Smoak's second HR lifts Jays in 10th

TORONTO (AP) In a game where runs were at a premium, Justin Smoak's first two home runs of the season couldn't have come at a better time.

Trailing throughout Tuesday night's game against the Texas Rangers following Rougned Odor's first career lead-off home run on Marco Estrada's second pitch of the game, the Toronto Blue Jays first baseman stepped up in the bottom of the ninth. He promptly tied the game with a solo shot over the scoreboard in left-centerfield off closer Shawn Tolleson, before winning it one inning later with a two-run shot to left off Phil Klein (0-1) as the Blue Jays beat the Rangers 3-1.

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Howard homers, Nola beats Cardinals 1-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) Ryan Howard still gets psyched up to play in St. Louis.

The Philadelphia first baseman homered and Aaron Nola threw seven innings to lead the Phillies to a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

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