Update on the latest in sports:
Twins beat Orioles 4-3 for sweep
UNDATED (AP) — The American League’s worst team of 2016 has added another game to its division lead by earning its first three-game sweep in Baltimore since 1996.
Kennys (KEHN’-ees) Vargas hit a two-run single while the Minnesota Twins were scoring three times in the first inning of a 4-3 triumph over the Orioles. Eduardo Escobar singled home Vargas later in the first, one inning before Max Kepler’s RBI double put the Twins ahead 4-0.
Winning pitcher Jose Berrios sailed through the first six innings, allowing just two hits before running into trouble in the seventh. Jonathan Schoop hit the Birds’ third solo homer of the day to chase Berrios, who was reached for just four hits while striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings.
The Twins’ sixth win in seven games leaves them atop the AL Central by two games over Cleveland.
The Orioles have dropped four straight at Camden Yards since winning 15 of their first 18 home games.
The Indians lost ground on Minnesota by blowing a 3-2 lead in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to Cincinnati. Billy Hamilton scored the go-ahead run from first base on Zack Cozart’s two-run single off closer Cody Allen, who had converted his previous 22 save opportunities since last August.
Carlos Santana smacked a two-run homer and an RBI double to account for the Indians’ scoring.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Rockies continued the best start in team history by scoring seven times in the third inning of a 7-2 win at Philadelphia. Carlos Gonzalez belted a three-run homer during the big rally to help Tyler Chatwood improve to 4-6. Chatwood tossed one-hit ball with eight strikeouts over seven innings as Colorado improved to 31-17.
— Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk) allowed a run and eight hits over a season-high seven innings to pitch Washington past Seattle, 5-1. Anthony Rendon’s (rehn-DOHNZ’) three-run homer put the Nationals ahead 4-0 in the first inning. Rendon has three home runs and eight RBIs in his last two games.
— The Yankees were 3-0 winners over the Royals as Luis Severino scattered four hits while striking out seven over eight innings. Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) had two of New York’s seven hits and opened the scoring with a solo blast in the third inning. The Yanks now lead the AL East by 2 ½ games over Baltimore.
— Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROH’-uh) singled home a pair while the Red Sox erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning of a 9-4 comeback victory over Texas. Chris Sale pitched into the eighth inning to get his fifth win, but his string of double-digit strikeout games ended at a record-tying eight games. Sale fanned six and allowed Mike Napoli’s solo shot that put the Rangers ahead 2-1 in the fifth.
— Jose Iglesias cracked a two-run homer, scored three times and finished a triple shy of the cycle as the Tigers doubled up Houston, 6-3 to halt a three-game skid. Iglesias doubled in the eighth and came around to score the tiebreaking run before going deep in the ninth. The Astros had won the first two games of the series after being swept in Cleveland last weekend.
— Ryan Goins crushed a grand slam and three other Blue Jays homered in an 8-4 rout of the Brewers in Milwaukee. Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis and Jose Bautista hit solo shots as Toronto completed a two-game sweep and a 4-3 road trip. Marcus Stroman picked up his fourth consecutive win and was lifted after Domingo Santana’s three-run blast put the Brewers within 8-4 in the sixth.
— Anthony Rizzo crushed a pair of solo homers and Kyle Hendricks limited the Giants to two runs over seven innings of the Cubs’ 5-4 win at Wrigley Field. Rizzo has four homers over his last four games and 11 on the season. Wade Davis claimed his 10th save despite serving up a two-run bomb by Mac Williamson in the ninth and putting the potential tying run on base.
— The Cardinals got another nice outing from Mike Leake, who held Los Angeles to a run and four hits over eight innings of a 6-1 victory at Dodger Stadium. Kolten Wong put St. Louis ahead to stay with a two-run single in the second before Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina added a solo homer and a sacrifice fly. Dodgers starter Rich Hill lasted just four innings, walking a career-high seven while yielding five runs and four hits.
— Jake Lamb slammed a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks picked up their eighth win in nine games by outscoring the White Sox, 8-6 in Arizona. Five Diamondbacks had at least one RBI, with Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings collecting two apiece. Arizona scored six times in the fifth to chase losing pitcher Jose Quintana and take an 8-1 lead.
— Sonny Gray struck out 11 while holding the Marlins to one run and three hits over seven innings of the Athletics’ 4-1 victory. Jed Lowrie was 4-for-4 with an RBI double and a run-scoring single as the A’s won for the fourth time in six games. Khris Davis has 14 homers this season after slamming a two-run shot off Edinson Volquez, who fell to 0-7.
— Steven Souza Jr. homered twice and had three RBIs as the Rays topped the Angels, 5-2. Colby Rasmus and Souza slammed back-to-back solo shots in the seventh to cap the scoring. Erasmo Ramirez gave up just two runs and four hits in six innings, including Mike Trout’s eighth homer in his last 12 games.
— Pittsburgh’s seven-run 10th inning led to a 12-5 victory in Atlanta. Gift Ngoepe (ehn-GOH’-puh) doubled home the tiebreaking run and Jose Ramirez added a two-run single before David Freese (freez), Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer hit consecutive home runs. Osuna also tied the game with a two-run single in the ninth.
— Hunter Renfroe’s tiebreaking, solo blast in the eighth capped San Diego’s comeback in a 6-5 win over the Mets. Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR’-vihs soh-LAHR’-tay) had three RBIs, including a two-run double in the fifth after the Mets took a 5-1 lead. Brad Hand pitched in and out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the ninth to get his first save of the year.
Chapman awaits clearance
UNDATED (AP) — Injured All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman may be cleared by the Yankees to start a throwing program on Saturday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Chapman is scheduled to see a doctor Friday. Chapman has not pitched since May 12 because of what Girardi has called tendinitis and bursitis in the reliever’s left shoulder.
Also in the majors:
— Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Wednesday’s game against Kansas City with a concussion and sprained neck. The injuries occurred as he banged his head into the center-field wall while catching Alcides (al-SEE’-dehs) Escobar’s fly ball on Luis Severino’s opening pitch.
— Outfield Alex Gordon has been reinstated from the paternity list by the Royals, who put right-hander Nate Karns on the 10-day disabled list because of nerve irritation in his pitching arm.
— The Orioles have released outfielder Michael Bourn from his minor league contract, making him a free agent.
— The Mets have reinstated catcher Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) from the disabled list and placed pitcher Tommy Milone on the 10-day DL with a sprained left knee.
— Memorabilia from baseball Hall of Famer Willie Stargell is being auctioned and family members say they’re hurt and angry that his widow is selling the items, including his World Series ring and his National League MVP award. The Post-Gazette reports that the second wife of the late Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman, Margaret Weller-Stargell, decided on the auction, which she says is legal.
NBA All-Star game coming to Charlotte in 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NBA says its All-Star game will be held in Charlotte in 2019, two years after the North Carolina city was to host the event.
The All-Star game had been set for Charlotte last February, but the NBA moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. That law has since been modified.
AP Source: Bucks opening up GM search after Hammond exit
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Milwaukee Bucks are opening up their search for a new general manager after John Hammond left to join the Orlando Magic.
Assistant GM Justin Zanik was believed to be the heir apparent to Hammond when he left the Utah Jazz to join the Bucks. Zanik will interview for the position, but outside candidates will also be considered.
Bridgewater recovery still unclear despite progress
UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has reached the point in rehabilitation where he’s able to drop back to pass on his surgically repaired left knee. But general manager Rick Spielman says Bridgewater has not been cleared for full practice. That’s predictable, less than nine months after the dislocation, torn ACL and other damage occurred to his knee during a non-contact drill.
In other NFL news:
— First-round selection Charles Harris has signed his rookie deal with the Miami Dolphins, who now have all seven 2017 draft picks under contract. The defensive end from Missouri was the No. 22 choice overall.
— The Buffalo Bills have signed wide receiver Rod Streater and tight end Wes Saxton, while releasing tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and quarterback Josh Woodrum. The 29-year-old Streater had 18 catches for 191 yards last season with two touchdowns.
— The Pro Bowl will return to Orlando in 2018 for the second straight year. Orlando will host the Pro Bowl on Jan. 28th.
Swanigan leaving West Lafayette
UNDATED (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Caleb Swanigan has decided to stay in this year’s NBA draft.
Swanigan averaged 18.5 points and was second in the nation with 12.5 rebounds last season.
The sophomore becomes the first Purdue player to leave school early since Glenn Robinson was taken No. 1 overall in 1994.
Meanwhile, Boilermakers forward Vince Edwards will remain in school after exploring his NBA prospects. Edwards averaged 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Big Ten champs last season.
In other college basketball news:
— Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams has decided to return to school for his senior season after previously submitting his name for the NBA draft without hiring an agent. Williams is the leading scorer and rebounder returning to the Zags, averaging 10.2 points and 6.4 boards last season after transferring from Missouri.
— Maryland forward Justin Jackson will return for his sophomore season after considering a move to the NBA. The 6-foot-7 Jackson averaged 10.5 points and a team-high six rebounds to help the Terps reach the NCAA Tournament.
— Moe Wagner is returning to Michigan, while D.J. Wilson is staying in the NBA draft. The two Wolverines standouts said last month they were putting their names in the draft without hiring agents, but Wagner has now decided to withdraw and come back for his junior season.
— Kansas forward Svi Mykhailiuk is returning for his senior season after considering the NBA draft. Mykhailiuk is a strong perimeter shooter who averaged 9.8 points for the Jayhawks last season.
— North Carolina State says big man Omer Yurtseven will return for his sophomore season. The 7-foot center from Turkey missed the first nine games of his freshman season in an NCAA eligibility dispute, before averaging 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds.
— Former Nebraska forward Michael Jacobson is transferring to Iowa State. Jackson made 56 starts in two seasons with the Cornhuskers, averaging 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds a game.
NASCAR-HALL OF FAME
NASCAR Hall announces Class of 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Robert Yates will be one of the five newest members of NASCAR’s Hall of Fame next January.
Yates was a NASCAR Cup champion as both an engine builder and owner. He was voted in along with three-time NASCAR Cup championship crew chief Ray Evernham, drivers Red Byron and Ron Hornaday Jr. and broadcaster Ken Squier. Hornaday and driver Alan Kulwicki tied for the fifth and final spot, and Hornaday won the tiebreaker.