Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez not only pitched 7 2/3 strong innings against the major leagues’ leading run-producing team Tuesday night, but he also made himself a more valuable commodity. Whether Gonzalez’s current team, the Baltimore Orioles, or another squad will be able to exploit that value firsthand in the near future remains to be seen. Gonzalez was mentioned as a possible component in a package the Orioles could use to acquire a veteran starting pitcher, such as Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee or right-hander A.J. Burnett, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price or San Diego Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.

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A potentially season-defining homestand for the Minnesota Twins is off to a rough beginning. After winning five of their final six games heading into the All-Star break, the Twins start the second half of the season with 10 games at home, giving them a chance to build on the momentum gained in series wins at Seattle and Colorado. The Twins, who started the homestand six games under the .500 mark, were swept at home by the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend before beating the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Monday in the series opener.

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Despite their major-league best record, the Oakland Athletics haven’t been an impressive offensive team in July. They may be on the way to changing that after their last game, however, and they’ve put together some impressive hitting displays against the Houston Astros this season. Oakland also looks to continue its outstanding pitching when it sends Scott Kazmir to the mound to open a three-game home series with the Astros on Tuesday night. Despite its July slump, Oakland is second in the majors with 4.95 runs per game and has won 10 of 14 after taking two of three from the AL East-leading Orioles.

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The New York Yankees came out swinging Sunday in response to a story that ran in the New York Post that tickets for Derek Jeter’s Yankee Stadium farewell game on Sept. 7 have skyrocketed in price. While the Post reported that the ticket hikes are occurring on the secondary market — that is, for resale on ticket-broker sites — the newspaper also wrote that the Yankees “hiked the cheapest tickets on its Web site from $16 to $250 before quickly selling out.” The Yankees released a statement Sunday that the team has not and will not increase ticket prices for games this season. “The New York Yankees have not, did not, and will not raise any ticket prices for the game to be played in Yankee Stadium on September 7, or for that matter, any other game to be played at Yankee Stadium this season,” the statement read.

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A year after a disappointing departure from Baltimore, Jake Arrieta is thriving in Chicago. Now he’ll try to stop the Cubs’ four-game skid Sunday against Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Arrieta’s undefeated stretch began with one of his shortest outings of the season, when he lasted 4 2-3 innings on June 3 against the New York Mets. He gave up seven hits and walked three, but he allowed one first-inning run in Chicago’s 2-1 win.

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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones knew what to expect in the first inning Saturday night when he came to the plate with two runners on base and faced Oakland A’s right-hander Jason Hammel, his teammate the previous two seasons. “I faced him a couple years back, a few of us, when he was with the Rays,” Jones said. Jones crushed a 2-0 Hammel pitch over the left-field fence for a three-run homer, shortstop J.J. Hardy launched a solo shot with two outs in the first, and the Orioles rolled to an 8-4 victory against the A’s at the O.co Coliseum. Jones had a career-high-tying five RBIs, helping the Orioles avenge their bitter 5-4 loss Friday night when A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a three-run, walk-off homer.

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(Adds late games) July 18 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Friday’s Major League Baseball Games – - Red Sox 5, Royals 4 Rookie third baseman Xander Bogaerts and pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes both hammered two-run homers in the sixth inning as Boston charged from behind for a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Outfielder Brock Holt drove in the other Boston run with a second-inning single. – - Yankees 4, Reds 3 Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to help the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. …

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