>>Angels Slam White Sox
Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols homered in the first inning against Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks, and the Angels held on for a 5-3 victory Tuesday night to remain 2 1-2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West.
Garrett Richards (12-9) was charged with three runs - two earned - and eight hits in seven-plus innings with four strikeouts and no walks. The right-hander retired Melky Cabrera on double-play grounders his first two times up, then struck him out in the sixth with the potential tying run at the plate.
Danks (6-10) was charged with five runs - four earned - and five hits in seven innings, increasing his ERA to 4.61.
He hit Shane Victorino with his third delivery, then gave up Calhoun's career-high 18th homer on his next pitch and surrendered Pujols' 33rd homer and 553rd of his career one out later. Until Tuesday, no one on the Angels' active roster had ever homered against Danks.
Pujols tied Mike Trout for the team lead in home runs. They are trying to become the first set of teammates with at least 40 homers each since Jim Thome and Jermaine Dye of the 2006 White Sox.
The Angels added an unearned run in the fourth when Johnny Giavotella doubled with two outs and scored on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Tyler Saladino after Saladino backhanded Carlos Perez's grounder near the bag.
Kaleb Cowart, the Angels' No.1 draft pick in 2010, made his major league debut at third base and was 0 for 3. His contract was purchased from Triple-A Salt Lake earlier Tuesday when third baseman Conor Gillaspie was designated for assignment.
>>Giants Blank Cardinals
The San Francisco Giants got a rally-starting at-bat from an unusual source.
The bad news: No doubt Madison Bumgarner might be picking up a bat more often whenever the team needs a little kick.
Brandon Crawford doubled leading off the fifth for the Giants' first hit when left fielder Brandon Moss couldn't quite hold onto his drive down the line near both walls. He had a run-scoring groundout in the sixth for the first run.
The Giants have won six of eight and handed the Cardinals, who got a strong rebound outing from Lance Lynn, just their 19th home loss compared with 45 wins.
Vogelsong (9-8) struck out five and walked one while throwing 101 pitches. It was his third straight start in place of Mike Leake, who was acquired at the non-waiver trade deadline, but has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.
Lynn allowed four hits in 6 2-3 innings, five days after the shortest start of his career when he recorded just two outs in a loss to Pittsburgh. He walked a season-high five, one intentional.
Santiago Casilla got the last three outs to finish the two-hitter and earn his 29th save in 34 chances.
The teams have combined for five runs the first two games of a three-game series.
>>Tigers Outslug Cubs
Ian Kinsler had five of Detroit's 19 hits, including a home run, and the Tigers used a three-run eighth inning to rally for a 10-8 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Nick Castellanos had a two-run single and J.D. Martinez added a sacrifice fly in the tie-breaking eighth after Detroit couldn't hold a four run lead.
Kinsler, who added a double and sac fly, also scored three runs.
Martinez and Anthony Gose also homered for the Tigers in a game that was delayed for 2 hours and 17 minutes after a strong thunderstorm hit with one out in the bottom of the third.
After lining out three times earlier in the game, Castellanos' soft single in the eighth that drove in two runs turned out to be key.
Anthony Rizzo singled in Dexter Fowler to tie it 6-all in the seventh as the Cubs rallied. But they lost their second straight following a nine-game winning streak. Chicago's eight-game home winning streak also ended.
Rookie Kyle Schwarber launched a three-run homer, his ninth in 35 games, and Chris Coghlan hit a two-run shot for the Cubs.
Al Alburquerque (3-0), the fourth of six Detroit relievers, got one out and the win.
Cubs starter Jason Hammel was hit hard in three innings, allowing five runs and nine hits, including Detroit's three homers. Jason Motte, who took over in the fourth following the rain delay, allowed the first earned run given up by the Cubs' bullpen since Aug. 9.
Tom Gorzelanny relieved Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez following the delay.
Sanchez, who allowed Coghlan's homer among three hits in 2 1-3 innings, hasn't won since July 23. In his last five starts he has three losses and two no-decisions while permitting 20 runs in 25 2-3 innings.
After Hammel struck out Gose leading off, the next three Tigers ripped the ball. Kinsler and Martinez homered, and Cabrera doubled as Detroit jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first.
Cabrera's liner was caught by a fan who reached out with a glove over the basket above the wall in left field. The hit, originally called a homer, was changed to a double after a video review.
Coghlan's two-run opposite field shot in the bottom of the inning cut it to 3-2, but Gose replied with a two-run homer in the second to move Detroit ahead 5-2.
>>Dave Dombrowski Named Red Sox President
Longtime baseball executive Dave Dombrowski has agreed to become the Red Sox's president of baseball operations, CBS Sports MLB insider Jon Heyman has confirmed. In a related move, Ben Cherington will step down as general manager but stay on long enough to assist Dombrowski with the transition. Per the team, Dombrowski will assume his duties immediately and report directly to principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner. Dombrowski has indicated that he intends to hire a new GM.
These changes take place as the Red Sox play out the string of a deeply disappointing 2015 season. Despite some very prominent offseason additions and running the third-highest Opening Day payroll in baseball, Boston finds itself in last place in the AL East and on pace for 91 losses, which is precisely how many games the team lost last season. While the Red Sox haven't been eliminated yet, the SportsLine Projection Model prior to Tuesday's slate gave then a 0.0 percent chance of making the postseason.
Earlier this month, Dombrowski, 59, was released from his contract as general manager of the Tigers after a mostly successful 14-year tenure.
>>Giants OF Pence Headed To DL
The Giants will place outfielder Hunter Pence on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. He's expected to miss roughly the next two weeks (source: @AlexPavlovic). There won't be a corresponding roster move right away, as fellow outfielder Nori Aoki is slated to come off the DL on Thursday.
This season, Pence is batting .275/.327/.478 (125 OPS+) with 23 extra-base hits in 52 games. Pence's start to the 2015 season was delayed by a broken forearm suffered in spring training, and then he later went on the DL with a wrist injury.