Major league highlights

Scherzer gets 13th win; Davis hits 32nd homer

July 4, 2013 

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Brandon Bollig of the National Hockey League champion Chicago Blackhawks brought the Stanley Cup with him when he threw the ceremonial first pitch before the Chicago White Sox played Baltimore on Wednesday.

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Tigers 6, Blue Jays 2: Max Scherzer worked into the seventh inning to become the first pitcher in 27 years to get off to a 13-0 start, Alex Avila hit a three-run homer and Victor Martinez belted a solo shot as Detroit beat Toronto for the eighth time in 10 meetings.

Scherzer (13-0) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out eight and walked one. He is the first pitcher to begin the season with 13 wins and no losses since Roger Clemens was 14-0 for the Boston Red Sox in 1986.

Orioles 4, White Sox 2: Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 32nd homer and added a tiebreaking two-run double. Scott Feldman pitched six solid innings in his debut for the Orioles, who held on to win for the fifth time in six games after the White Sox threatened against Jim Johnson in the ninth.

Brewers 4, Nationals 1: Kyle Lohse tossed eight sharp innings on short rest as Milwaukee shut down Bryce Harper and Co. for the second night in a row.

Lohse (4-6) allowed one run and four hits, and had a season-high seven strikeouts against the eager-swinging Nationals, who barely avoided back-to-back shutouts and fell back to .500. Harper, in his third game back from a knee injury, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and dropped a ball in left field for the second consecutive game.

Lohse pitched on two days' rest after he threw less than two innings Sunday because of a rain delay.

Marlins 6, Braves 3: Ricky Nolasco tossed seven strong innings amid persistent trade rumors and Justin Ruggiano hit a three-run homer. Marlins manager Mike Redmond said before the game that Nolasco has not been affected by trade speculation, and the right-hander supported that claim by giving up only two runs on six hits.

Notes

Rockies: Michael Cuddyer's team-record 27-game hitting streak ended Tuesday night in an 8-0 loss to the Dodgers. Cuddyer was 0-for-4, including a fly out to right field to end the game.

Rangers: The Texas Rangers have signed Manny Ramirez to minor league contract. Ramirez spent three months playing in Taiwan for the Rhinos before leaving the team on June 20. He hit .352 with eight homers and 43 RBIs for the Rhinos. The team tried to keep the 12-time All-Star, but the 41-year-old slugger wanted to return to his family in New York.

Yankees: Infielder Jayson Nix was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right hamstring, and free agent Luis Cruz was signed to fill in. Nix has started 40 games at shortstop and 24 games at third base, almost 80 percent of their games with the season-long absences of stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

Brewers: Ryan Braun and Wily Peralta were both feeling better Wednesday, but the team couldn't put a return date on either injured player. Manager Ron Roenicke was heartened by Braun's response to a batting cage session Tuesday. Braun was scheduled to take some more swings and play some catch before Wednesday's game. Braun has been out since June with a bruised right thumb.

Cubs: Former Kentucky pitcher Chris Rusin got his first major-league start of 2013 Tuesday, replacing Scott Feldman, who was traded to the Orioles. Rusin struggled early, giving up a two-run home run in the first and a solo shot in the second. Throwing on three days rest, he was removed after 31⁄3 innings. He was optioned to Iowa on Wednesday.

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