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Sabathia tops Verlander in prime pitching duel

CC Sabathia beat All-Star Justin Verlander in a prime pitching matchup that lived up to its billing, and Alex Rodriguez's pop-fly homer sent the New York Yankees over the Detroit Tigers 2-1 in the American League on Saturday.

Sabathia (9-6) tossed seven shutout innings, working out of trouble most of the afternoon for his eighth victory in 11 decisions.

Rodriguez's 571st home run left him two behind Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew for ninth place on the MLB career list. Melky Cabrera legged out an infield single to drive in the second run against Verlander (10-5), who took a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning.

Detroit's Marcus Thames homered in the eighth off Alfredo Aceves.

In Toronto, Adam Lind hit a two-run homer and Marc Rzepczynski earned his first MLB win as Toronto ended a three-game skid and snapped Boston's four-game winning streak with a 6-2 win.

Jose Bautista added a two-run double for Toronto.

The left-handed Rzepczynski (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.

In Chicago, Mark Buehrle allowed one run pitching into the eighth inning and Jermaine Dye hit a go-ahead two-run homer as Chicago pulled within 1? games of AL Central-leading Detroit with a 4-3 win.

In other action, it was: Angels 11, Athletics 6; Rays 4, Royals 2; Mariners 3, Indians 1; and Twins 4, Rangers 1.

In the National League, Charlie Morton allowed three hits over seven innings, and the San Francisco offense again struggled in rainy Pittsburgh during the Pirates' 2-0 victory over the Giants on Saturday.

Also, it was: Mets 5, Braves 1; Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 2; Brewers 5, Reds 1; Dodgers 5, Astros 2; Cubs 6, Nationals 5; and Padres 3, Rockies 1.


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