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Royals 5, Astros 1

Royals 5, Astros 1 HOUSTON -- Ace right-hander James Shields nearly matched his season total for strikeouts Thursday night while hurling eight dominant innings, and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game series sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 victory at Minute Maid Park. Shields (1-2) allowed one run on four hits and two walks while fanning 12 batters, including seven in succession starting with Astros center fielder Dexter Fowler leading off the sixth inning.

Kiermaier, Loney lift Rays past Reds

Kiermaier, Loney lift Rays past Reds CINCINNATI -- Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was optioned back to Triple-A Durham, but not before the 23-year-old's arm helped preserve a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in his first major-league start Saturday.

Baseball: Cards catcher Molina nabs sixth Gold Glove award

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was awarded a Gold Glove for the sixth straight season on Tuesday as baseball announced its awards for outstanding fielding. Molina's Cardinals teammate Adam Wainwright edged all National League pitchers for the award. In the American League, the Boston Red Sox -- who hold a commanding 3-2 lead over St. Louis in the World Series -- had two players honored in second baseman Dustin Pedroia and right fielder Shane Victorino. Pedroia won his third Gold Glove and Victorino his fourth.

World Series Game Five play-by-play

(Reuters) - Play by play of Monday's Game Five in Major League Baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Pre-game: The series is tied at 2-2 after the teams split the first two games at Fenway Park then the next two in St. Louis. The Red Sox won the opening game 8-1 at home then the Cardinals won the second game 4-2. St. Louis won Game Three, when the series switched to Missouri, 5-4 on an obstruction call, then Boston won Game Four 4-2.

World Series Game Four play-by-play

(Reuters) - Play by play of Sunday's Game Four in Major League Baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Pre-game: St. Louis lead the series 2-1 after the teams split the first two games at Fenway Park and the Cardinals won Game Three at home. The Red Sox won the opening game 8-1 then the Cardinals won the second game 4-2 and third game 5-4 on an obstruction call.

World Series Game Three play-by-play

(Reuters) - Play by play of Saturday's Game Three in Major League Baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Pre-game: The series is tied at 1-1 after the teams split the first two games at Fenway Park, with the Red Sox winning the opening game 8-1 and the Cardinals winning the second game 4-2.

List of World Series winners

(Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2012 - San Francisco Giants won 4 games, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 - San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 - New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 - Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 - Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1

Orioles add starter Norris in trade with Houston

(Reuters) - The Baltimore Orioles, striving to make up ground in the competitive American League East division, made another move to bolster their starting pitching by swinging a trade deadline deal on Wednesday to acquire Houston Astros starter Bud Norris. Baltimore (59-48), who earlier this month traded with the Chicago Cubs for right-handed starter Scott Feldman, sent outfield prospect L.J. Hoes, left-hander Josh Hader and a draft pick to the lowly Astros (35-70).

Detroit Tigers - PlayerWatch

LHP Darin Downs was scheduled to make another rehab appearance, this one Sunday for Triple-A Toledo. Downs, who had left shoulder soreness, pitched a perfect inning Thursday for low Class A West Michigan. "I feel good," he said Friday in the Tigers' clubhouse.

Detroit Tigers - PlayerWatch

LHP Darin Downs was scheduled to make another rehab appearance, this one Sunday for Triple-A Toledo. Downs, who had left shoulder soreness, pitched a perfect inning Thursday for low Class A West Michigan. "I feel good," he said Friday in the Tigers' clubhouse.
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