The Oakland Athletics sent the left-hander Scott Kazmir to his hometown Houston Astros on Thursday for a pair of Class-A minor leaguers, the right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden and catcher Jacob Nottingham. Kazmir went 5-5 with a 2.38 E.R.A. in 18 starts for Oakland.
The A’s made the announcement ahead of hosting Toronto, so instead of Kazmir starting the game, he said goodbyes in the clubhouse. His replacement, Drew Pomeranz, allowed two runs before being pulled after one and two-thirds innings in a 5-2 loss. Toronto was powered by home runs from Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson.
PIRATES GET RAMIREZ AND WIN Aramis Ramirez is headed back to Pittsburgh after it acquired him from the Milwaukee Brewers for the minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. Ramirez, 37, a three-time All-Star, is hitting .247 with 11 home runs and 42 R.B.I. in what he says is his final season.
Pittsburgh went on to host the Washington Nationals and notched a 7-3 win behind homers from Andrew McCutchen, Francisco Cervelli and Pedro Álvarez. Francisco Liriano (6-6) earned the win, striking out 11 against three walks. Doug Fister (3-6) let up four runs in five innings.
DODGERS 3, METS 0 Clayton Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, retiring the first 18 batters, striking out 11 and walking none in his second shutout of the season, as Los Angeles beat the Mets at Citi Field, 3-0.
Kershaw (8-6) has thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings. Bartolo Colon (9-9) allowed five hits and one run in eight innings.
YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 3 Jacoby Ellsbury finished a triple shy of the cycle and drove in four runs and Chase Headley hit a three-run double in the first inning as the Yankees completed a three-game home sweep of Baltimore.
Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) won his third straight start, allowing three solo homers and a pair of doubles in seven and two-thirds innings. Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (7-6) gave up seven runs for the second consecutive time.
MARINERS 3, TIGERS 2 Mike Zunino’s R.B.I. double in the top of the 12th inning gave Seattle a road win over Detroit.
Chris Taylor started the 12th with a single off Ian Krol (1-3), and Zunino tried to bunt him to second. After two failed attempts, Zunino doubled down the left-field line. Yoenis Cespedes misread the bounce off the fence, allowing Taylor to score.
TWINS 3, ANGELS 0 Ervin Santana pitched eight innings of four-hit ball against his former team, and Minnesota snapped its four-game skid and host Los Angeles’s seven-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory.
Trevor Plouffe hit a three-run homer in the fourth, while Santana (2-0) was outstanding in his fourth start after being suspended for the first 80 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1 Jeff Samardzija (7-5) allowed one run in eight innings and Melky Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate, leading Chicago to an 8-1 victory in Cleveland.
ROYALS 4, CARDINALS 3 Randal Grichuk and Matt Carpenter hit two-run homers as St. Louis beat visiting Kansas City in the makeup of a rainout last month.
John Lackey (9-5) allowed two runs in the first, but allowed just two hits over the next six innings. Chris Young (8-6) surrendered four runs in three innings.