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August 11, 2018


Rockies rally past Dodgers, DeSclafani blank DBacks

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks remain in a dead heat for first place in the NL West, but the Colorado Rockies are2 ½ games back after beating one of the co-leaders.

Ryan McMahon launched a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Rockies a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. DJ LeMahieu also hit a two-run blast and scored on McMahon’s third home run of the season.

Jake McGee worked 1 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win, with help from Adam Ottovino’s fifth save.

Anthony DeSclafani shut down the Diamondbacks on three hits over seven innings of the Reds’ 3-0 victory at Cincinnati. DeSclafani struck out nine before two relievers completed the five-hitter.

Jose Peraza had two hits and scored the tiebreaking run on a sacrifice fly by Eugenio (ay-oo-HAY’-nee-oh) Suarez in the sixth inning.

Clay Buchholz took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs over seven innings.

Paul Goldschmidt had two hits for Arizona, which will fall one game out of first if the Dodgers beat the Rockies in Colorado.

Checking out the rest of Friday’s major league action:

— Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh inning to break a tie in the Cubs’ 3-2 win over Washington. Nationals pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was working on a no-hitter until Jason Heyward tied the game with a two-run single in the sixth. Chicago grabbed a 3-2 lead in the seventh after Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected for arguing an interference call against Willson Contreras on the bases.

— The Cubs’ lead in the NL Central is up to three games after the Brewers were saddled with a 10-1 loss to Atlanta. Ender Inciarte (ihn-say-AHR’-tay) drove in four runs to back Kevin Gausman, who allowed six hits over eight innings of his SunTrust Park debut. Nick Markakis added three RBIs and Johan Camargo had two in the Braves’ ninth win in 12 games.

— Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and Andrew Benintendi launched three-run homers and the Red Sox hiked their lead in the AL East to nine games over the Yankees by slamming the Orioles, 19-12. Bogaerts had four RBIs and Mookie Betts followed his cycle in Thursday’s loss by going 3-for-4 with three ribbies and three runs scored. Cedric Mullins was 2-for-3 with two RBIs in his big league debut, but the Orioles blew an 8-3 and fell to a major league-worst 35-81.

— Ronald Guzman slammed two of his three home runs off Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) and drove in three as the Rangers hammered the Yankees, 12-7. Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer and four RBIs, while Elvis Andrus (AN’-droos) was 4-for-5 with three ribbies to help Texas end New York’s four-game winning streak. Tanaka was reached for six runs over five innings, raising his ERA to 4.08.

— Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to send the Mariners past the Astros, 5-2. Edwin Diaz struck out two in the ninth and recorded his major league-high 44th save. Gerrit Cole left with the game tied 2-2 in the eighth before dropping to 10-5.

— The White Sox pulled out a 1-0 win over the Indians on Daniel Palka’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. Carlos Rodon pitched four-hit ball over eight shutout innings before Jace Fry retired two batters in the ninth for his first major league victory. Shane Bieber struck out eight and held Chicago to three hits over 6 2/3s before the Indians failed to pad their 11-game lead in the AL Central.

— Homers by Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’), Matt Carpenter and Harrison Bader powered the Cardinals past the Royals, 7-0. Carpenter leads the National League with 32 home runs after going deep for the sixth time in his last seven games. Winning pitcher Austin Gomber limited Kansas City to four hits over five innings.

— Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias each hit two-run homers to back Jordan Zimmermann in the Tigers’ 5-3 win over the Twins. Zimmermann limited Minnesota to a pair of unearned runs despite allowing eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. Ervin Santana was tagged for five runs over six innings of the Twins’ third straight loss.

— Blake Snell threw five perfect innings and Joey Wendle drove in three runs as the Rays whipped the Blue Jays, 7-0. Toronto didn’t get its first hit until Luke Maile hit an infield single off Jake Faria leading off the bottom of the sixth. Ji-Man Choi and Michael Perez homered and Mallex Smith added an RBI triple to the rout.

— Zack Wheeler won his fifth straight start by holding the Marlins to two runs and four hits while fanning eight in the New York Mets’ 6-2 victory at Miami. Wheeler had a shutout until Miguel Rojas hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Austin Jackson had three hits and an RBI, while Amed Rosario added a two-run single.


Phillies get Bour

UNDATED (AP) — The NL East-leading Phillies have acquired first baseman Justin Bour (bohr) and cash from the Marlins for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills.

Bour is batting .227 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs. He’s expected to be a pinch-hitter in Philadelphia where Carlos Santana is the starting first baseman in the first year of a three-year, $60 million contract.

In other MLB news:

— Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has been placed on the 10-day disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat. Jansen didn’t feel right before Thursday’s game against Colorado and was taken to a Denver hospital for tests. The 30-year-old right-hander dealt with an irregular heartbeat in 2011 and underwent a procedure on his heart in October 2012 to return it to normal rhythm.

— Brewers right-hander Joakim Soria has been placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained right groin. Soria was injured while giving up a grand slam to Hunter Renfroe in the ninth inning on Thursday’s 8-4 loss to San Diego. He has a 1.59 ERA in seven games since Milwaukee acquired him in a trade two weeks ago with the Chicago White Sox.

— The Angels have placed Mike Trout on the disabled list after the All-Star outfielder missed seven games with an inflamed right wrist. The Angels were hoping Trout would avoid the DL after receiving a cortisone shot in the wrist he injured while sliding during a game against the Rays Aug. 1.

— The Orioles have moved longtime center fielder Adam Jones to right field to make room for rookie Cedric Mullins. Manager Buck Showalter called Jones “one of the great center fielders in Oriole history,” but said the 12-year veteran has known for a while that the switch was coming. The 23-year-old Mullins had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk and was immediately inserted into the starting lineup against Boston.

— The Cubs have signed veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa and transferred righty Yu Darvish to the 60-day disabled list to make room for him on the 40-man roster. The Cubs also optioned left-hander Randy Rosario to Triple-A Iowa to create a spot for De La Rosa on the active roster.

— Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE’-zuh) has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in California. Loiza acknowledged that he possessed about 44 pounds of cocaine with intent to distribute. He faces up a minimum of 10 years in a prison and maximum of life when he is sentenced Nov. 2.


Woodland leads when play is suspended at Bellerive

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gary Woodland was the clubhouse leader when the second round of the PGA Championship was suspended because of approaching storms at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

Woodland followed Thursday’s 64 with a 4-under 66 that leaves him 10-under and one shot ahead of Kevin Kisner. Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is two shots back as he seeks his second major championship of the year.

Charl Schwartzl tied with Koepka for the day’s best round, a 7-under 63 that puts him in a tie with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters at 7 under. The 63 matched a PGA Championship record and marked the first time the score was posted on the same day since Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf did in the opening round of the 1980 U.S. Open at Baltusrol.

Fowler had completed 10 holes Friday when play was stopped.

Also on the course was Tiger Woods, who was 3 under through seven holes and 3 under for the tournament.


Hamlin has Brooklyn pole

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch swept the front row in qualifying for Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

Hamlin went 202.794 mph in Friday’s session to win a pole for the second consecutive week as he seeks his first Cup win of the season.

Kevin Harvick was third in qualifying, followed by Erik Jones and Austin Dillon. Harvick and Busch are tied for most Cup Series victories this season with six.


Redskins’ Guice out for season

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

The second-round pick was injured in Washington’s preseason opener at New England on Thursday night. The team announced the prognosis Friday following an MRI, saying Guice should make a full recovery and be ready to play in 2019.

Guice was expected to be the Redskins’ starter after they selected him 59th overall in the draft.

In other NFL news:

— The NFL says a defective football was removed from play during the third quarter of the Steelers-Eagles game in Philadelphia and will be sent back to manufacturer Wilson for review. Questions about an underinflated football flared among fans online after Thursday’s game when a sideline radio reporter tweeted that he saw a ball looking “VERY deflated” after an incompletion thrown by Pittsburgh rookie Mason Rudolph.

— President Donald Trump has again lashed out at football players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. Trump tweeted Friday that NFL players “make a fortune doing what they love” and those who refuse to stand “proudly” for the anthem should be suspended without pay. A number of players demonstrated during the anthem before preseason games Thursday night. Players have been protesting police killings of black men, social injustice and racism.


Terps staff placed on leave

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Members of the University of Maryland athletic staff have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a review of the death of football player Jordan McNair in June.

In a statement to ESPN, Maryland said the alleged behavior of head coach DJ Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court were “troubling and not consistent with our approach to coaching and development of our student of our student athletes.”

The statement comes after an ESPN story, citing unidentified sources, described a program led by Durkin and Court rife with verbal abuse and humiliation of players.

The school said it was committed to “examining and addressing any such reports when they are brought to our attention.”


Red Wings re-sign Dylan Larkin

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed restricted free agent Dylan Larkin to a five-year, $30.5 million contract.

The 22-year-old center led the team with a career-high 63 points and was third with 16 goals last season. He has 56 goals and 140 points over three seasons, playing in at least 80 games each year.


Krzyzewski: No ‘plan of execution’ for NCAA hoops reforms

UNDATED (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) doesn’t believe the NCAA coordinated its reforms well enough, saying he approves the intent behind the changes but added that “they don’t have a plan of execution.”

The NCAA this week included provisions allowing agent relationships. The NCAA proposes that a few high school players identified as elite prospects by USA Basketball be allowed to sign with agents beginning July 1 before their senior year. But the NBA would have to change its age-limit restrictions.

Also, college players who sign with agents may return to school if undrafted, but only if they sought NBA advisory evaluations and participated in the league’s scouting combine. That also would require tweaks to NBA and players’ union rules.

In other college basketball news:

— Wake Forest says it has placed assistant basketball coach Jamill Jones on leave after police say he threw a punch that killed a New York City tourist. Athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement that he spoke with Jones on Friday and the coach agreed with the decision. Police say Sandor Szabo banged on Jones’ SUV window early Sunday, apparently thinking the vehicle was his Uber ride, after attending his stepsister’s wedding. Jones turned himself in to police Thursday and was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge.

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