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Leading Off, 8/11: Johnny Cueto makes a splash

Splash down, @johnnycueto47. #ForeverRoyal #Royals #JohnnyBeisbol đź’¦

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So far, so good for Johnny Cueto and the Kansas City Royals' new marriage.

In his first home start since being traded to the defending American League champions, the ace dominated, hurling a complete game, four-hit shutout. It resulted in a Gatorade shower, and dreadlocks flying everywhere.



Glorious.

Royals 4, Tigers 0


Around the League

Mets 4, Rockies 2
Clinging to a 1.5-game lead over Washington in the NL East, New York pulled off a three-run rally in the eighth inning to top Colorado. Sad Jose Reyes is sad.

White Sox 8, Angels 2
This one was a stinker for the Angels after giving up a four-run sixth inning, but the highlight of the night was an epic, 13-pitch battle between Mike Trout and Chris Sale in the fourth. As he typically does, Trout walked away victorious -- literally -- after taking ball four in pitch number 13.

Diamondbacks 13, Phillies 3

It's easy to get distracted when your offense won't stop scoring. #GotHeeeeem

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Arizona scored runs in the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings off Phillie pitching. That's typically a good recipe for success, and enough scoring to make it okay for teammates to stick bubble gum on each other's hats.

Orioles 3, Mariners 2
Seattle cut it close with a miniature rally in the ninth, but to no avail. At 57-54, though, Baltimore remains two games away from a Wild Card spot in the AL.

Nationals 8, Dodgers 3
Don't let the three runs on the board fool you -- this one was ugly for Los Angeles from start to finish. After seeing the Mets take a victory at home and momentarily stretch their division lead to two games, the Nats followed suit with a crucial, bruising victory of their own at Dodger Stadium.

Padres 2, Reds 1
Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning -- that's... all that really happened. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Padres, bringing them up to a disappointing 53-60 mark on the season.

Cueto Dominates in Royals Home Debut

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