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Carli Lloyd scored three times as the U.S. jumped to a four-goal lead in the first 16 minutes, and the Americans overwhelmed defending champion Japan 5-2 for the team's first World Cup championship since 1999.
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Twins righthander Ervin Santana says his slider was all right early in Sunday's game, but became a strikeout pitch once he got a better grip.
Toronto third basemen Josh Donaldson set a new record for all-time single-season voting. Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Salvador Perez will represent the Royals in Cincinnati.