Saturday, June 23, 2018
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Another rookie sparks Tigers

DETROIT — JaCoby Jones is the latest youngster to give the Tigers a boost in their push for a postseason spot.

Jones doubled twice in his second major-league game, then dashed home for the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Collins in the ninth inning to lift Detroit over the White Sox 3-2 on Wednesday.

A day after doubling, singling and driving in two runs in his debut, Jones scored twice to help the Tigers complete a three-game sweep.

"He's been a real spark plug for us, a shot in the arm," teammate Justin Verlander said. "It's a lot of fun to watch, and hopefully it's the beginning of an amazing career."

The Tigers acquired Jones last year when they traded reliever Joakim Soria to the Pirates. Around the same time, they also traded left-hander David Price and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, receiving pitchers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Michael Fulmer in those deals.

Fulmer has become a front-runner for rookie of the year this season, and Norris and Boyd have also made contributions. Now Jones is in the majors and off to a fine start.

"It's great; it's amazing. There's so many words I could use to describe it," Jones said. "Just amazing, and I'm just happy."

BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 3: Jose Bautista homered on the game's first pitch and Russell Martin went deep four batters later in support of Aaron Sanchez, and visiting Toronto took two of the three in the pivotal American League East series.

INDIANS 8, TWINS 4: Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 11 for host Cleveland, which handed Minnesota its 13th straight loss, one shy of tying the club record. Kluber has a 1.94 ERA in his past 10 starts.

RANGERS 14, MARINERS 1: Rougned Odor homered twice a day after hitting a game-ending shot and Carlos Gomez hit a grand slam off Felix Hernandez, helping host Texas complete a three-game sweep.

ASTROS 4, A'S 3: Evan Gattis hit an RBI single to cap a three-run eighth-inning rally keyed by a wild pitch on a strikeout, leading host Houston.

METS 5, MARLINS 2: Kelly Johnson's three-run double in the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted host New York to its ninth win in 11 games.

NATIONALS 2, PHILLIES 1: Jayson Werth homered and Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings to lead visiting Washington to a three-game sweep and a franchise-record ninth straight victory over Philadelphia.

GIANTS 4, DiamondBACKS 2: Former Rays left-hander Matt Moore struck out seven over 51/3 innings in his best start at AT&T Park since being acquired by San Francisco.

ROCKIES 7, DODGERS 0 (GAME 1): Tyler Anderson pitched efficiently into the seventh inning and Nolan Arenado set a team record with his 34th RBI in August for host Colorado.

Around the league

PITCHER IN REHAB: Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress will remain on the restricted list while entering an unspecified treatment program after a drunken-driving arrest.

DODGERS: Left-hander Rich Hill was scratched from his start because of a blister.

METS: Second baseman Neil Walker has a herniated disc in his back and is considering season-ending surgery.

RED SOX: Infielder Yoan Moncada, 21, considered by many to be baseball's top prospect, is expected to be called up from Double-A Portland on Friday.

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