No distraction for Orioles' Jones
BALTIMORE ORIOLES centerfielder Adam Jones is moving on, a day after tweeting that a fan in San Francisco threw a banana onto the field near him during a game.
"It's unfortunate that things happen like that, but it ain't going stop me, myself and the Orioles," he told reporters before last night's game against Arizona. "We have games to win. It's mid-August. I've got a bigger concern in my head than someone's ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?"
Jones, who is black, homered in the top of the ninth and had four RBI in the Orioles' 10-2 win over the Giants on Sunday. He didn't say anything about the incident after the game, but posted a tweet with an expletive that a fan had thrown a banana onto the field during the ninth inning.
A Giants fan told the San Jose Mercury News yesterday that he threw the banana, but said it was out of anger at the Giants and not racially motivated. The Giants told the newspaper they were not able to verify the fan's claim.
The Giants issued an apology to Jones and the Orioles.
"We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday," the statement said. "The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark."
In AL games
* At Houston, Yu Darvish (12-5) was nearly perfect against the Astros once again, taking a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and striking out a career-high 15 to lead the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 win, their eighth straight.
Darvish dominated the Astros until Carlos Corporan lined a home run into the rightfield seats with one out in the eighth for Houston's only hit.
Outfielder Alex Rios chased Corporan's drive to the wall, but had to watch as it sailed about five rows into the stands. Darvish simply looked around, then wiped his brow with his arm before preparing to throw his next pitch.
Until the homer, Houston's lone runner came when rookie Jonathan Villar drew a two-out walk on a full count in the sixth. Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Ron Kulpa over a breaking pitch he called low for ball four.
* At Toronto, Alberto Callaspo hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Blue Jays, 5-1. Callaspo broke a 1-all deadlock with a bases-loaded double off Toronto closer Casey Janssen (4-1).
* At New York, minus Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, the Yankees used a pair of relievers to close out the Los Angeles Angels, 2-1, and preserve the win for Hiroki Kuroda (11-7), who tossed three-hit ball for eight shutout innings. Rivera was given the night off after blowing three straight save chances.
Fans chanted "We want Mo!" after Boone Logan relieved to begin the ninth and allowed a leadoff single to J.B. Shuck that hit first base.
Rivera was not even seen in the Yankees bullpen in the ninth. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game that he wanted to give Rivera a night off after the career saves leader pitched three times in the past 5 days.
* At Minneapolis, Andrew Albers threw a two-hitter in his second career start and the Minnesota Twins backed him with a pair of home runs to beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-0. Albers (2-0) allowed just two singles, walked none and struck out two.
* At Chicago, Chris Sale (8-11) scattered nine hits in his third complete game of the season, and the White Sox overcame Miguel Cabrera's fourth homer in four games to beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-2.
* At Kansas City, Wade Davis (6-9) came off the family emergency leave list and pitched six solid innings, Billy Butler homered and the Royals beat the Miami Marlins, 6-2. Davis had not pitched since Aug. 2, returning to Florida to be with his family after the death of his stepbrother Aug. 3.
In NL games
* At Chicago, Mat Latos (12-3) threw eight scoreless innings, and Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 2-0 win over the Cubs.
* The Arizona Diamondbacks placed outfielder Cody Ross on the disabled list with a dislocated right hip. The team said Ross will have surgery today to repair a small fracture in his hip.
* Boston outfielder Ryan Kalish is scheduled for neck surgery today. The Red Sox say Kalish will undergo cervical fusion surgery in Los Angeles. It's the latest blow in a series of injuries for the 25-year-old Kalish, who did not play this season.