CHICAGO - Wins haven't come as easily as strikeouts for Chris Sale this season. That's why the left-hander had no regrets about losing his bid to break a strikeout streak record in one of the Chicago White Sox's more rousing wins.
Sale pitched a six-hitter that led the White Sox past the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Monday night in the fastest major league game in almost four years.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game.
Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Louis' Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park.
The voting results were announced Sunday.
DETROIT - Turns out the Toronto Blue Jays got a break by facing Justin Verlander.
Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered in a six-run fifth inning against the 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner and MVP, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Detroit Tigers 10-5 Sunday.
Toronto stopped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.
DETROIT - The Detroit Tigers know that in the long run, Miguel Cabrera is impossible to replace.
For the first 24 hours, though, they are doing pretty well.
Saturday, J.D. Martinez homered and the Tigers scored eight runs for the second straight game, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3. Fifteen of Detroit's 16 runs have come after Cabrera's calf injury in the fourth inning of Friday's win.
DETROIT - Miguel Cabrera's calf injury overshadowed Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid for the Detroit Tigers.
Miguel Cabrera left Friday night's 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning when he got hurt while breaking for second base on an attempted hit-and-run. Detroit expects the two-time AL MVP to go on the disabled list.
"I'm not optimistic at all," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "When Miggy says he can't play, it is serious, because Miggy plays through everything."
DETROIT - Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez lost his bid for a no-hitter when Toronto's Ezequiel Carrera singled with one out in the eighth inning Friday night.
After lining a ball just foul down the right-field line, the former Tiger lined a clean single into shallow left.
Sanchez, who no-hit the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 6, 2006, while with the Marlins, was vying to become the fifth pitcher since 1901 to throw no-hitters in both leagues.
PARIS - Simply by playing ball, Melissa Mayeux is busting through barriers.
Becoming the first ever woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams, is just the latest trail blazed by the 16-year-old shortstop from France. Previously, she successfully got a "no-girls-allowed" rule abolished so she could keep playing baseball with French boys.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hoping to make a hitting slump disappear, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried a trick.
Presto! He hired a magician.
Known for his unusual, motivational and tension-cutting clubhouse activities while with the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon thought a five-game losing streak was the perfect time to pull out some fun.
"We're trying to lighten things up a little bit," Maddon said Tuesday night before the Cubs played the New York Mets. "We're always trying to create some magic around here, so why not bring a magician in?"
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.
Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.
If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.
Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.