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Posted on June 15, 2013 at 7:04 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Luis Mendoza pitched six innings to win for the first time in six starts and Elliot Johnson had another big hit against his former team, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last night. Mendoza (2-3) gave up two runs and seven hits and three Royals relievers pitched three hitless innings as the Royals held a 13th straight opponent to three runs or fewer. Mendoza last won May 13.

MIAMI (AP) — Rookie Jose Fernandez outpitched a rusty Jake Westbrook, and Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4. Fernandez had a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings yesterday, and the Marlins spoiled Westbrook's return from an elbow injury.

MIAMI (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha has been optioned to Triple-A Memphis to create a roster spot for right-hander Jake Westbrook, who was activated as expected to start yesterday's game at Miami. The Cardinals chose to keep rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons in the rotation rather than Wacha. Lyons, who is 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in four games, will start tomorrow against the Marlins.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost could have been excused for missing his team's game on the night his daughter got married. But he didn't. Yost was in Sugar Hill, Ga., on Thursday night with one eye on the wedding ceremony of his daughter, Jenny, while the Royals were playing the Tampa Bay Rays about 500 miles away.

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