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Kansas City Royals spoil Derek Jeter's day, Nelson Cruz stars

The New York Yankees honoured Derek Jeter but were beaten in MLB on Sunday, while Nelson Cruz starred.

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Jeter, 40, was honoured in a ceremony before the Yankees suffered a 2-0 loss to the American League (AL) Central-leading Kansas City Royals.

Yordano Ventura produced six strong innings for the Royals, giving up just three hits.

Jeter went one-for three as the Yankees managed just four hits in a disappointing loss.

The Royals are two games clear atop the AL Central, with the Detroit Tigers staying close after a 6-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Miguel Cabrera had three RBIs for the Tigers, who are half a game behind the Seattle Mariners in the race for a wildcard spot.

The Mariners' five-game winning streak was ended in a 1-0 loss to the Texas Rangers.

The Oakland Athletics also hold a wildcard, but they gave up two runs in the ninth to lose 4-3 to the Houston Astros.

Also chasing an AL wildcard, the Cleveland Indians are three-and-a-half games back after completing a sweep of the Chicago White Sox with a 2-0 victory.

Jose Bautista's three-run homer saw the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox to be five games back.

The AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles needed a standout individual performance from Nelson Cruz to edge the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 through 11 innings.

Cruz had seven RBIS " a two-run homer, a three-run triple in the ninth and another two-run homer in the 11th.

The Los Angeles Angels, leaders of the West, thrashed the Minnesota Twins 14-4 to move four games clear.

In the National League (NL), divisional leaders the Washington Nationals, St Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers all won.

The Nationals edged the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2, the Cardinals continued the Milwaukee Brewers' poor form with a 9-1 victory and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2.

The Miami Marlins were 4-0 winners over the Atlanta Braves, the New York Mets edged the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 and the Pittsburgh Pirates had 19 hits in a 10-4 victory against the Chicago Cubs.

The Colorado Rockies had no problems in a 6-0 victory against the San Diego Padres.

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