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June 7, 2017


Scooter Gennett of the Reds ties MLB record with 4 home runs

CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT’) has tied a major league record by homering four times for the Cincinnati Reds against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight.

Gennett, who drove in 10 runs, connected for his second career grand slam off Adam Wainwright, then had a solo homer and two two-run shots as he became the 17th major leaguer with four in a game and the first since Josh Hamilton in 2012. No player has ever hit more than four in a game.

Gennett singled his first time up and then homered in four straight at bats as Cincinnati hammered the Cards 13-1. His 10 RBIs matched the club record.

In other games Tuesday night:

— Robbie Ray is on a roll, and the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks continue to take advantage of home field advantage. Ray won his fourth straight game and recorded his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, leading the Diamondbacks to a 10-2 rout of the San Diego Padres.

— Thanks to Seattle’s resurgent lineup, James Paxton was able to afford a rare inconsistent outing. Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager each hit a three-run homer, and Paxton was effective enough for five innings to help the Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 12-3.

— Jesse Hahn was admittedly a little too excited in the first inning after coming off the disabled list earlier in the day, and it showed when he gave up back-to-back singles with one out. Once he calmed down and got Toronto cleanup hitter Kendrys Morales to ground into a double play, the Oakland right-hander was as effective as he’s been all season. Hahn allowed an unearned run over six innings and the Athletics beat the Blue Jays 4-1.

—The Boston Red Sox powered up, both at the plate and on the mound. Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Benintendi later connected off struggling Masahiro Tanaka, boosting Boston over the New York Yankees 5-4. Overpowering closer Craig Kimbrel finished it, striking out five in 1 1/3 innings. Yep, that math adds up — one batter reached on a wild pitch.

— Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron homered as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3. Jesse Chavez (5-6) picked up the win, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

— Aaron Nola allowed a run over eight innings, Odubel Herrera doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth and the Philadelphia Phillies survived a ninth-inning scare to beat the Atlanta Braves 3-1. Nola (3-3) earned his first win since April 20 and became the Phillies’ first starter to pitch past the seventh inning this season.

— Chase Anderson pitched 7 2-3 shutout innings, drove in a run and won his third straight game, Hernán Pérez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2. Anderson (5-1) extended his scoreless streak to 21 2-3 innings with the win. He walked one, struck out four and helped the Brewers beat the Giants for just the third time in the last 17 games against them.

—Joey Gallo hit a towering two-run homer that put the Texas Rangers ahead to stay, and they ended a four-game losing streak with a 10-8 victory over the New York Mets. Nomar Mazara had four hits and also homered for the Rangers.

—Rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela hit a three-run double and Mark Reynolds homered twice to drive in five runs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Cleveland Indians 11-3. Carlos Gonzalez also hit a home run for the Rockies, who can sweep the two-game interleague set on Wednesday.

—Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning after Kansas City rallied from a six-run deficit, and the Royals snapped the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak with a 9-7 victory. Moustakas drove a 0-1 pitch from Ken Giles (1-2) out to right with Salvador Perez aboard. Moustakas had four hits and three RBIs.

— Avisail Garcia, Volmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered, helping the Chicago White Sox stop a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Chris Beck (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to get the victory in relief of Jose Quintana, who avoided becoming the first pitcher in the major leagues to lose eight games this season.

—Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 10-2 for their season-high fifth straight win. Arrieta (6-4) allowed two runs, struck out five and walked three in just his second win in the past month. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner retired 16 in a row over one stretch, showing signs of rounding into form after a bumpy start to the season.

—Jonathan Schoop tied it in the ninth inning with his second home run of the game and Mark Trumbo singled home a run in the 10th to rally the Baltimore Orioles past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5. Baltimore trailed 4-1 after six innings and 5-3 in the ninth before coming back. Schoop’s two-run drive off closer Tony Watson knotted it at 5, setting the stage for Trumbo’s big hit.

— Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 14, outpitching Brandon McCarthy and leading the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers that ended with a testy exchange between the teams. With a runner on second base, Koda Glover fanned Yasiel Puig for the final out and shouted in the direction of home plate. Puig walked toward the mound and twice appeared to ask Glover what he said. Players from both teams quickly intervened to keep the two separated.


Manfred stands firmly with D-backs in stadium dispute

PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the league stands behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in their lawsuit claiming that Maricopa County is responsible for $187 million in repairs that team ownership feels are needed at Chase Field.

Manfred was at the ballpark Tuesday and reaffirmed statements supporting the club that he made during spring training. He says for Chase Field to remain a major league-quality stadium, substantial capital expenditures must be made. He says if they aren’t, there may come a point when the franchise seeks an alternative home.

Manfred says Major League Baseball has reviewed studies of state-of-the-art ballparks and determined what is required in renovation and capital investment. He says the league concurs “wholeheartedly with the Diamondbacks’ position that there are substantial needs here.”

The Diamondbacks have sued the county, seeking to remove a clause from the team’s lease that prevents it from seeking a move.

Chase Field opened in 1998.


Schmidt says his remarks about Phillies player misconstrued

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt says Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera can be a team leader as he “becomes more comfortable with the language.”

Schmidt drew criticism Tuesday for saying in an interview on 94 WIP-FM that Herrera’s language barrier prevented him from being a player the Phillies can build their team around.

He later clarified his remarks in a statement.

Schmidt tells The Associated Press: “All I said was the language barrier he has now would make it difficult to be a team leader.”

He adds, “In the future when he learns to communicate better, he can be anything he wants.”

Herrera, a Venezuelan native, was an All-Star in 2016. Schmidt, a part-time analyst and spring training instructor for the team, said he picked him to win the NL batting title this season. The 25-year-old Herrera speaks to reporters through an interpreter and isn’t as comfortable doing interviews as some of his Spanish-speaking teammates. Freddy Galvis, a fellow Venezuelan, is the team’s clubhouse leader.


Cavaliers trying to start a comeback on home court

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the unenviable position of being down 2-0 in the NBA championship series against the soaring Golden State Warriors, who haven’t lost a game so far in the playoffs.

But LeBron James and his teammates have been here before. They started off last season’s championship series by losing the first two games of the best-of-seven series to the Warriors on their home court.

Now the Cavaliers are home to host Golden State for Game 3 Wednesday night, likely reeling from those losses by lopsided margins in the first two games but also encouraged by the memory of their come-from-behind miracle a year ago to win the series and the championship trophy.

Maybe because of that comeback, Cavaliers Coach Tyronn Lue isn’t changing his lineup for tomorrow night’s face-off.dc uight3dThursday n kp

Lue believes his team can equal the Warriors’ frenetic pace and flip the script as it did in 2016.

Following practice today at Quicken Loans Arena, Lue told reporters: “We just have to take care of the basketball. I think taking good shots when we’re playing with pace and not turning the basketball over, letting them get out in transition. So that’s our game. We’re not going to change our game because of who we’re playing. And I’m confident that we can play that way, and we did it last year.”


Djokovic loses to Thiem at French Open

PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is out of the French Open.

The defending champion from Serbia lost today to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem (teem) 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals.

Thiem will next face Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL’) in the semifinals. The 23-year-old Austrian beat Nadal last month in Rome in the Spaniard’s only loss on clay this season.

The second-seeded Djokovic had two set points in the opener but couldn’t convert either. Thiem took over after that, winning the third set in only 20 minutes.


Latvian teen advances

PARIS (AP) — Play has started in the final two women’s quarterfinal matches at the French Open.

The last French player in the tournament, 28th-seeded Caroline Garcia, is facing No. 2 Karolina Pliskova on Court Philippe Chatrier. Third-seeded Simona Halep is playing No. 5 Elina Svitolina on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

None of the women left at the French Open have won a Grand Slam title, while Garcia and Svitolina have never before reached the semifinals of a major.


Eunice Kennedy Shriver to receive posthumous Ashe award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Special Olympics founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver will be posthumously honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards in July.

Timothy Shriver, one of Shriver’s sons and chairman of the Special Olympics, will accept the award on July 12.

Eunice Shriver founded Special Olympics in 1968 to help individuals with intellectual disabilities through sports as a result of her sister Rosemary, who had such disabilities.

Shriver died in August 2009. The Special Olympics will mark its 50th anniversary next year.

The Ashe award is given to individuals whose contributions transcend sports.


3 Michigan St players charged in campus sexual assault case

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Three Michigan State football players have been charged with criminal sexual conduct in connection with an incident that occurred on campus in January.

Arrests warrants signed Tuesday by an Ingham County judge name Donnie Corley, Demetric Vance and Josh King. It was not clear when they would be arraigned.

Corley and Vance face third-degree criminal sexual conduct. King is charged with first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct and distributing an image of an unclothed person.

Coach Mark Dantonio says all three players have been dismissed from the football program.

Vance, 20, is a redshirt defensive back from Detroit. Corley, 19, is a receiver from Detroit. King, also 19, is a freshman defensive end from Darien, Illinois.


Jets release David Harris, franchise’s 2nd-leading tackler

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have released linebacker David Harris, a stunning move in which they part ways with the second-leading tackler in franchise history.

Harris, who practiced with the team Tuesday and was in the locker room afterward, will save the Jets $6.5 million on the salary cap by being cut.

The move came as a surprise because of Harris’ status as the Jets’ longest-tenured player and one if its most-respected leaders. Coach Todd Bowles calls it “an organizational decision,” and discussions about redoing Harris’ contract “broke down.”

The 33-year-old middle linebacker was a second-round draft pick out of Michigan in 2007.

The Jets reacquired Demario Davis from Cleveland last Thursday for safety Calvin Pryor, but Bowles says he doesn’t believe that played a role in the Jets’ decision to release Harris. Davis is the front-runner to assume Harris’ starting spot.


Deal for Beckham’s Miami soccer stadium land gets approval

MIAMI (AP) — David Beckham is a step closer to finally being able to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami.

Commissioners in Miami-Dade County have approved a deal to sell Beckham’s group nearly three acres of county land, which would become the last piece in a nine-acre site for a planned 25,000-seat stadium.

Beckham’s group will pay just over $9 million for the land in the city’s Overtown neighborhood. Beckham’s group says the planned stadium would be privately funded, and the stadium would also be subject to county property tax.

Beckham has aimed to bring MLS back to Miami since 2013. South Florida had an MLS team from 1998 through 2001. The Miami Fusion actually played about a half-hour’s drive north in Fort Lauderdale, and folded because of poor attendance.


Longtime Caribbean soccer official Horace Burrell dies at 67

UNDATED (AP) — Horace Burrell, a longtime Caribbean soccer official and former ally of several controversial FIFA vice presidents, has died. He was 67.

The governing body of soccer in North America said the Jamaican, a senior vice president, died Tuesday. Media in Jamaica reported that Burrell was a patient at Johns Hopkins Cancer Treatment Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Burrell oversaw Jamaica’s qualification for the 1998 World Cup during two stints as president of the soccer federation from 1994-2003 and since 2007.

He was a FIFA disciplinary committee member, but lost that duty when he was banned for three months in a Caribbean bribery case during the 2011 FIFA presidential election.

Burrell was not implicated in taking money in a scandal which removed CONCACAF president Jack Warner from soccer.


Al Pacino to star as Penn State’s Joe Paterno in HBO biopic

NEW YORK (AP) — Al Pacino will star as late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO biopic directed by Barry Levinson.

HBO says the film will focus on Paterno dealing with the fallout from the child sex abuse scandal involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The all-time winningest coach in major college football history was fired days after Sandusky’s Nov. 2011 arrest and died two months later at the age of 85.

A report commissioned by the university and conducted by a team led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh concluded that Paterno and three administrators hushed up the allegations against Sandusky.

The three administrators were sentenced to jail terms Friday. One of them, former university President Graham Spanier, plans to appeal his conviction.

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