MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jason Vargas threw seven scoreless innings, Raul Ibanez homered in his second game for Kansas City and the Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 Wednesday.
Vargas allowed four singles and two walks while striking out five, allowing only two runners from a diluted Twins lineup to reach second base.
In other major league play:
- The Atlanta Braves extended their longest winning streak of the season to seven games by beating the New York Mets 3-1.
- The Washington Nationals finished a three-game sweep of Colorado with a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Rockies.
- Edwin Encarnacion hit a walk-off three-run homer with two outs in the ninth to give Toronto a 7-4 win over Milwaukee.
- Tyson Ross threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout as the Padres completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati with a 3-0 win.
- Torii Hunter has three RBI singles to help Detroit trounce Oakland 9-3 in a meeting of American League division leaders.
- Ryan Flaherty swatted a tiebreaking seventh inning home run and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers for the third straight night, 6-4.
- The Chicago White Sox nipped the L.A. Angels 3-2 in the seventh walkoff victory of the season.
- The Cubs routed Boston 16-9 behind a 19-hit attack at Fenway Park.
-- The Pittsburgh Pirates beat Arizona 5-1 for their fifth win in six games.
-- Casey McGehee reached base three times, doubled home a run and scored another, helping the Miami Marlins to a 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
- Mike Aviles capped a three-run eighth inning with a two-run single against Brian Wilson, rallying Cleveland past Los Angeles, 5-4.
- Sean Rodriguez hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer and drove in three as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees 6-3.
- Logan Morrison drove in two runs in Seattle's four-run sixth inning in a 5-2 win over Houston.
- Adam Wainwright allowed four hits over 7 2-3 innings, Matt Carpenter continued to feast on San Francisco pitching and the St. Louis Cardinals ended a scoring drought, beating the Giants 2-0.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin Love is no longer on the list of participants in the celebrity softball game at Target Field during the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities.
MLB released the latest list of stars scheduled to take their swings in the exhibition July 13, and Love was not included. Twins spokesman Chris Iles said Love now has another commitment and will no longer be able to take part. Adrian Peterson, Zach Parise and Maya Moore remain among the standouts set to play.
Love's appearance surely would've caused a commotion, and likely boos from the crowd. Having told the Timberwolves he will opt out of his contract after next season, Love is on the trade market this summer.