It wasn’t a blockbuster, but the Toronto Blue Jays took measures Monday to balance their lineup. With the trade deadline looming Thursday afternoon, Toronto acquired infielder Danny Valencia from the Kansas City Royals in a deal for catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks. Valencia, a right-handed hitter, slots into a lefty-leaning lineup, especially with infielders Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie on the disabled list.

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The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Danny Valencia from the Kansas City Royals on Monday in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and right-hander Liam Hendriks.

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Hall of Famers Reggie Jackson and Jim Rice didn’t do it. Neither did Mark McGwire, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, Barry Bonds nor any other opposing slugger who played at Kansas City. Carlos Santana hit five home runs in a series at spacious Kauffman Stadium, connecting for two more shots Sunday and leading the Cleveland Indians over the Royals 10-3. Santana tied a team record for homers in a series, finishing off this four-game set with a pair of two-run shots.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — First baseman Carlos Santana completed a huge series, homering twice and driving in four runs as the Cleveland Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 10-3 Sunday to prevent a four-game sweep.

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Nate Grimm talks about Carlos Santana’s scorching hot weekend, the Giants acquisition of Jake Peavy and more in Monday’s Daily Dose.

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Don’t stand too close to Carlos Santana. One might get burned hot as Santana is. The Cleveland first baseman homered twice and drove in four runs as the Indians routed the Kansas City Royals 10-3 Sunday to prevent a four-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium. Santana hit .643 (9-for-14) with five home runs and eight RBIs in the series.

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NEW YORK — Dan Johnson had a tie-breaking infield single with one out in the top of the seventh inning and hit a three-run home run in the ninth as the Toronto Blue Jays ended a 17-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium with a 6-4 victory Saturday afternoon.

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Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie had a shaky start, but a winning finish. Guthrie gave up five runs in the second, but nothing more, and first baseman Billy Butler belted a two-run homer as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5 on Saturday. Guthrie (6-9) allowed just three more hits in the next 3 2/3 innings after the Indians’ big second to pick up the victory, snapping his personal three-game losing streak. “Jeremy’s pitching performance was really impressive,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.

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Billy Butler and the surging Kansas City Royals wrecked things for the Cleveland Indians for the second straight night. Butler homered for the second consecutive game and the Royals overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Indians 7-5 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win. A day after his pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning beat Cleveland, Butler connected for a tiebreaking shot in the fifth inning. It was 5-5 when he tagged Nick Hagadone for a 433-foot drive over the Royals bullpen in left field, 11 feet further than Friday’s shot.

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The San Francisco Giants acquired right-handed starting pitcher Jake Peavy on Saturday, sending pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree to the Boston Red Sox.

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