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     The Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hit his 652d home run, leaving him eight short of tying Willie Mays for fourth place all-time. Rodriguez batted second in the order for the first time since Aug. 26, 2006.

     Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and manager Jim Leyland were ejected in the first after the third baseman complained to umpire Brian Gorman that he was struck in the right leg by a pitch. Leyland was tossed for the 72d time of his career.

     A crowd of only 9,794 attended the Indians game, despite the matchup of two contenders. Several hundred dogs were also in attendance with a ‘‘Puppypalooza’’ promotion.


     Washington’s Denard Span extended his hit streak to 20 games, the majors’ longest active run.