Rougned Odor quickly atoned for his baserunning blunders with a big blast for the Texas Rangers. Odor, thrown out on the bases twice after hits, ended it with a two-run homer to give the AL-best Rangers an 8-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. ''Fitting for Rougned to be the guy that did it, coming off a couple of baserunning situations where he was aggressive trying to make things happen, and backfired on him,'' manager Jeff Banister said.
Curtis Granderson needed only three innings of playing time to do all sorts of damage. Granderson came off the bench and homered twice, Jose Reyes had four hits and the surging New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-4 on Tuesday night. Asdrubal Cabrera added to his recent tear at the plate, hitting a two-run homer after missing one start with a sore knee.
Mired deep in last place in the AL East standings, the Tampa Bay Rays rallied late and kept the Boston Red Sox from moving within a game of the division lead. Luke Maile's two-run homer in the seventh put Tampa Bay into a 3-3 tie and set up Evan Longoria's game-winning solo shot in the eighth as the Rays rallied to beat the Red Sox 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Rays have won all of 56 games this season and needed to come from behind for 27 of them.
Josh Tomlin is running out of time, if he hasn't already. October is right around the corner, and if he's going to pitch then - or in any meaningful games down the stretch - Tomlin knows he had better start performing for the Indians. Tomlin didn't get out of the second inning Tuesday night, continuing a run of bad starts for the right-hander, but Cleveland rallied and got another strong outing from its bullpen to beat Minnesota 5-4 and extend the Twins' losing streak to 12 games.
Kyle Hendricks began the season as the Cubs' No. 5 starter. Hendricks threw seven dominant innings to lower the majors' best ERA to 2.09 and Anthony Rizzo homered to lead the Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Tuesday night for Chicago's 21st victory in August. ''He has to be in Cy Young contention,'' Maddon said.
Ian Kinsler broke out of a slump and helped the Detroit Tigers win Tuesday night. At the end of the game, though, everyone was paying attention to JaCoby Jones. Jones had two hits and two RBIs in his major league debut, including a sixth-inning double to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.
For Max Scherzer, it was just another day at the office. Scherzer didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and he was dominant through eight as the Washington Nationals continued their mastery of the Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night. Scherzer (15-7) allowed three hits and struck out 11 while walking one.
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter considered taking Matt Wieters out of the game after the catcher took a hard foul ball off his mask in the fifth inning. Wieters hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth to lead the Orioles to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Baltimore pulled within three games of the first-place Blue Jays, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Coco Crisp is headed back to his first baseball home. The switch-hitting outfielder is on the verge of returning to the Cleveland Indians, who have agreed in principle to a trade with the Oakland Athletics, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. Major League Baseball still must approve the deal, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Tim Tebow crushed a batting-practice fastball with a confident left-handed swing, sending it into the trees next to the scoreboard beyond right field. Declaring his football career essentially over, Tebow insists he is serious about becoming more than a baseball curiosity. ''The goal would be to have a career in the big leagues,'' Tebow said.