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June 22, 2017


Dodgers thump Mets...Diamondbacks torch Rockies

UNDATED (AP) — The National League West has a new leader. The Dodgers now top the division by a half-game over Colorado, with Arizona just one game back.

The Dodgers clobbered the Mets for the third straight night as Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) crushed a three-run homer in an 8-2 victory at Dodger Stadium. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) added a pair of homers to help the Dodgers win for the 12th time in 13 games.

Pitcher Rich Hill hit a sacrifice fly and was reached for just one run and four hits over five innings.

Los Angeles has scored 30 runs in the first three games of the series, and 48 runs in their last five contests. The Dodgers have also smacked 30 homers in their last 11 games.

The Rockies were riding a six-game winning streak until the Arizona Diamondbacks put together a 20-hit attack in a 16-5 pounding of Colorado. Brandon Drury had a big night at the plate, going 4-for-6 and collecting three of his six RBIs during the Diamondbacks’ 10-run fourth.

Arizona had seven extra-base hits, including Nick Ahmed’s (ah-MEHDZ’) two-run homer and two doubles each from Jake Lamb and Chris Iannetta (eye-uh-NEH’-tuh). Lost in the barrage were David Peralta’s four hits and four runs scored.

Taijuan (TY’-wahn) Walker struck out eight over six innings before gaining his sixth victory.

Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman entered the game 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA before he was scorched for nine runs and eight hits over 3 2/3s.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Salvador Perez belted a grand slam in the eighth inning to turn the Royals’ 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 triumph over the visiting Red Sox. The Boston bullpen walked the bases loaded before Perez connected for his first career grand slam to send Kansas City to its ninth win in 11 games. Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts hit successive home runs in the Boston fourth.

— The Yankees are back atop the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Bosox after Jordan Montgomery worked into the sixth inning of an 8-4 whipping of the Angels. Matt Holiday broke a 2-2 tie with a solo homer in the fifth to help New York end a seven-game losing streak. Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) smacked a two-run homer and Austin Romine provided a two-run double.

— The Indians beat Baltimore, 5-1 behind Carlos Carrasco, who struck out 10 while allowing no runs and seven hits over six-plus innings. Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs in Cleveland’s seventh win in eight games. The outcome keeps the AL Central leaders 1 ½ games ahead of Minnesota.

— The Twins kept pace by getting eight stellar innings from Jose Berrios (beh-REE’-ohs) in a 4-2 decision over the White Sox. Berrios gave up two runs and four hits with eight strikeouts as Minnesota won its second straight since dropping four straight to the Indians last weekend. Chicago led 2-1 in the third until Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) homered and Max Kapler singled home the tiebreaking run later in the inning.

— Houston’s lead in the AL West is up to 12 ½ games over Seattle after Evan Gattis (GAT’-his) and Jake Marisnick drove in two runs apiece to back Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) in a 5-1 verdict over Oakland. Carlos Correa capped the scoring with a solo shot in the ninth. Fiers was reached for just one run and three hits over six innings as the Astros improved to a major league-best 49-24.

— Max Scherzer took a no-hitter into the eighth before the Marlins reached him for a pair of unearned runs in a 2-1 victory against Washington. A.J. Ellis broke up the no-hitter with an infield single and scored on a wild pitch by Scherzer before Giancarlo Stanton singled home the lead run later in the eighth. Ryan Raburn homered for the Nationals, who have dropped three of four since taking three straight from the Mets in New York last week.

— Domingo Santana’s third RBI of the day was a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Brewers over the Pirates, 4-3. The Brewers trailed 3-1 in the seventh until Eric Thames (thaymz) hit an RBI grounder and Santana slammed his 12th homer of the year. Josh Bell’s solo shot gave the Bucs a two-run cushion before the Brewers stopped a two-game slide.

— The Brewers lead the NL Central by 1 ½ games after the second-place Chicago Cubs wasted Ian Happ’s two-run homer by collecting just one other hit in a 3-2 loss to San Diego. Erick Aybar (EYE’-bahr) tied it with a solo blast in the sixth, two innings before Luis Torrens walked with the bases loaded. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 to end his career-high 14-game hitting streak.

— Tigers ace Justin Verlander had a perfect game and a 4-0 lead until the Mariners scored three times in the sixth and four in the seventh to beat Detroit, 7-5. Verlander retired 16 in a row before Jarrod Dyson singled in the sixth. Mitch Haniger tied it with a solo homer in the seventh, Robinson Cano (kah-NOH’) followed with a two-run double and Nelson Cruz added an RBI single to finish with three RBIs.

— The Cardinals slammed four home runs to turn a 5-0 deficit into a 7-6, 10-inning win at Philadelphia. Tommy Pham tied the game in the ninth with his second solo shot of the night after Jedd Gyroko (JUR’-koh) and pinch-hitter Jose Martinez went deep. Martinez also led off the 10th with a double and scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pickoff throw.

— Darwin Barney’s two-run homer capped a six-run first before Toronto held on to beat Texas, 7-5. Ryan Goins collected three RBIs, including a two-run double in the first. Joey Gallo hit an inside-the-park home run for the Rangers.

— Mallex Smith extended his hitting streak to 12 games and made a nice defensive play in the Rays’ 8-3 pounding of Cincinnati. Smith charged in from left field to tag out speedster Bill Hamilton following a lengthy rundown between home and third. Steven Souza Jr. and Logan Morrison drove in two runs apiece for the Rays, who also got homers from Trevor Plouffe and Taylor Featherston.

— The Braves pulled out a 5-3 win over San Francisco on Matt Kemp’s two-run blast in the bottom of the 11th. Matt Adams and Tyler Flowers also left the yard in Atlanta, and Hunter Pence extended the game with a solo shot in the ninth. Braves rookie starter Sean Newcomb was in line for his first major league win after limiting the Giants to a run and three hits over six innings.


Mets put Wheeler in DL

UNDATED (AP) — The Mets have placed another starting pitcher on the disabled list.

Zack Wheeler has been shelved because of biceps tendinitis, two days after he was roughed up in a loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Wheeler joins starters Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) and Matt Harvey on the DL.

The Mets promoted pitchers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel, while optioning Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas.

In other major league news:

— Braves star Freddie Freeman plans to move from first to third base to keep Matt Adams’ bat in the Atlanta lineup. Freeman took grounders at third base before batting practice Wednesday and also made throws to first base as he recovers from an injury. He was leading the National League with 14 homers when his left wrist was broken by a pitch last month.

— The Indians and Twins are scheduled for a two-game series at San Juan next April. It will be Major League Baseball’s first regular-season games in Puerto Rico since 2010.

— Addison Russell’s wife has filed for divorce nearly two weeks after the Chicago Cubs shortstop was accused of hitting her. Melisa Reidy-Russell filed the divorce petition in Cook County last week, according to a filing provided by her attorney. Russell has denied the allegation.

— Former Red Sox star David Ortiz is getting a street named in his honor in Boston, joining the bridge already named after him in the city. Mayor Marty Walsh, Red Sox brass, Boston public school students as well as the man known as Big Papi himself are scheduled to attend Thursday’s ceremony.


Pats to ink ex-Jet

BOSTON (AP) — Former New York Jets linebacker David Harris is about to join the New England Patriots.

A person familiar with the situation says Harris and the Pats have worked out a two-year contract that could be worth as much as $6.75 million. The former second-round pick had spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Jets and ranked second on the team’s all-time list in tackles when he was released this month.


Handing out the hardware

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Connor McDavid was the big winner at the NHL awards presentation.

The second-year Edmonton Oilers forward and captain came away with the Hart Trophy as the league MVP, and the Ted Lindsay Award that goes to the most outstanding player chosen in a vote by NHL players association members.

McDavid scored 30 goals and led the league with 70 assists and 100 points to help Edmonton make its first playoff appearance since 2006.

Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) was the recipient of the Vezina (VEH’-zih-nuh) Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. Bobrovsky also was a finalist for the Hart Trophy after leading the league with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.

The league’s top defenseman is San Jose’s Brent Burns, who accepted the Norris Trophy for the first time.

Toronto forward Auston Matthews is the Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s best rookie.

Boston’s Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) has captured the Selke Trophy for the fourth time in six years, an award that goes to the best defensive forward.

Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has picked up the Lady Byng (bihng) Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly play.

John Tortorella is the Jack Adams Award winner after leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in club history.

Nashville’s David Poile (poyl) is the General Manager of the Year.

Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson received the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Columbus forward Nick Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh) has come away with the Mark Messier Trophy for leadership and the King Clancy Trophy for humanitarian contribution to hockey.


Knights make their picks

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights now have 30 more players after making their selections in the expansion draft on Wednesday.

The biggest name is former No. 1 pick Marc-Andre Fleury, who had won three Stanley Cups while spending his entire 13-year career with the Penguins.

The Knights opened the draft by taking Florida forward Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-sheh-soh), Dallas forward Cody Eakin and Los Angeles defenseman Brayden McNabb. Marchessault had 30 goals and 51 points for the Panthers last season.

Other players taken included Predators forward James Neal, Blues forward David Perron, Wild forward Erik Haula and Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.


Blackhawks’ Hossa to miss 2017-18 season with skin disorder

CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss the entire 2017-18 NHL season because of a progressive skin disorder.

The 38-year-old veteran says severe side effects associated with medication to treat the disorder has made playing hockey next season impossible. Hossa says he has privately been undergoing treatment for the last few years under the supervision of Chicago’s medical staff.

The 19-year veteran has only missed 46 games over the past six seasons and scored 45 points last season.


James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowship

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city’s police watchdog agency.

The fellow will serve two-year terms and the city will fund it for six years.

Blake’s legal team also received about $175,000 that included travel expenses for the 37-year-old Blake.

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