AROUND THE HORN
Red Sox: Rick Porcello became the first 20-game winner in the majors, Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox increased their AL East lead to two games by routing the Blue Jays 13-3. Porcello (20-3) allowed two runs on six hits to become the Red Sox’s first 20-game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007. Xander Bogaerts homered and Dustin Pedroia had three hits and four RBIs in an 18-hit attack.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw threw 66 pitches in three innings against the Marlins in his return from the DL. Kershaw, who had not pitched since June 26 because of back problems, gave up two runs on five hits, including a homer by J.T. Real- muto. He struck out five and walked none. Jose Fernandez tied a career high with 14 strikeouts in the Marlins’ 4-1 victory.
Tigers: Victor Martinez’s home run broke a tie in the eighth in a 4-3 win over the Orioles that tied the teams for the second AL wild card. Michael Fulmer allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings. Francisco Rodriguez got his 40th save, tying the Orioles’ Zach Britton for the AL lead. J.D. Martinez drove in two runs.
Cardinals: Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty hit two-run homers to fuel a 4-3 win over the Brewers that kept the Cards a half-game out of a wild-card spot.
Nationals: Trea Turner’s second home run of the game was a two-out walk-off hit to give the Nats a 5-4 win over the Phils.
Marlins: RHP Andrew Cashner would like to re-sign if the Marlins scrap their no-beard policy, according to the Miami Herald. Cashner has been cleanshaven since joining the Marlins in July but wore a beard for years with the Padres. The policy “is a big deal to me in free agency,” said Cashner.
Twins: Alex Anthopoulos has withdrawn from consideration as the new GM, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The former Blue Jays GM and current vice president of baseball operations for the Dodgers said family considerations would make the rumored move problematic.