- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 25, 2012

SEATTLE (AP) - Alex Rodriguez sustained a broken left hand when he was hit by a pitch from Seattle ace Felix Hernandez in the Mariners’ 4-2 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

The Yankees said Rodriguez has a non-displaced fracture and there is no timetable for his return. He will be put on the disabled list.

Hernandez (9-5) got his fifth straight win. He hit three batters, plunking Derek Jeter, former teammate Ichiro Suzuki and later getting Rodriguez in the eighth inning.

Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Yankees starter Freddy Garcia (4-4) struck out a season-high eight and retired his final 15 batters before being pulled with one out in the eighth.


TORONTO (AP) _ Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run single and the streaking Oakland Athletics beat Toronto for their season-best sixth win in a row.

Derek Norris hit a two-run homer and Travis Blackley won his third straight decision as the A’s improved to 15-2 in July. Oakland (52-44) is eight games over .500 for the first time since July 12, 2008.

Travis Snider and J.P. Arencibia each hit solo homers and Brett Lawrie had three hits for the Blue Jays, whose three-game winning streak came to an end.

Blackley (3-2) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out a career-best eight.

Brett Cecil (2-3) has won just once in his past six starts.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Mike Aviles blooped a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox beat Texas, ending a four-game losing streak.

Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla (4-0) escaped a first-and-third jam in the eighth. He hit Adrian Beltre in the helmet with a pitch, leaving the Texas star with a bruise on his head.

Rangers closer Joe Nathan (1-3) issued a pair of two-out walks in the ninth and Aviles singled just beyond the reach of shortstop Elvis Andrus.

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