MLB Highlights: Royals tie Tigers in 9th, win in 10th

Royals 3, Tigers 2 (10 innings): Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run homer off Jose Valverde to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th as host Kansas City overcame Justin Verlander's seven scoreless innings. Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest pitch total this season.

Angels 9, Orioles 5: Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols homered during a six-run seventh inning, helping Los Angeles stop a four-game losing streak.

Padres 5, Braves 3: Edinson Volquez struck out a season-high nine in seven innings as he rebounded from the worst start of his career. The Braves, who have lost five of seven, were swept for just the second time this season.

Pirates 12, Giants 8: Starling Marte had a career-high four hits and scored four times. Neil Walker and Alex Presley homered for Pittsburgh and Jordy Mercer, Andrew McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three hits each. The Pirates set season highs for both runs and hits.


Athletics: In what is believed to be a first, 13-year-old Nick LeGrande threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Yankees-Athletics game in Oakland Wednesday night from his hometown of Kansas City by using a telerobotic pitching machine. It was a first pitch from 1,800 miles away. LeGrande is an A's fan with a rare blood disorder called severe aplastic anemia, and the former Little Leaguer's illness no longer allows him to attend games.

Giants: Second baseman Marco Scutaro is out indefinitely with an injury to the pinkie on his left hand, the result of getting hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh's Tony Watson. X-rays were negative, but Scutaro, who is hitting .332, said he has some ligament damage.

Dodgers: Rookie Yasiel Puig was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday night because he has a strained right shoulder. The Cuban defector is hitting .471 with 10 RBIs and four homers in his first 1½ weeks in the major leagues.