Brewers edge Reds....Indians outlast Twins...Fitzgerald honors McCain
CINCINNATI (AP) — Lorenzo Cain hit a home run off the top of the left field fence in the 11th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers, a day after winning a slugfest that went extras, edged the Cincinnati Reds 2-1. NL batting leader Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) went 0 for 4 with a bases-loaded walk for Milwaukee.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer that broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 5-3. The AL Central-leading Indians opened a 14-game lead over second-place Minnesota. Cleveland is 31-11 against division opponents, and needed this win to beat the Twins 10-9 in the season series.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald said his friendship with Sen. John McCain was a testament to the war hero’s ability to reach out to people from all walks of life. Fitzgerald, speaking at a Phoenix church, said while he does everything to avoid contact on the field, McCain was the “epitome of toughness.” McCain died Saturday.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots has all the incentives to become the NFL’s highest paid tight end. Gronk’s agent says the Patriots have added $4.3 million in incentives to the contract for the next two seasons. Gronkowski has the potential to make $12.3 million this season and $13.3 next year when his base salary jumps to $9 million.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David West, a key big man who had a knack for providing a timely lift off the bench during the Golden State Warriors’ past two championship seasons, retired Thursday. West’s Twitter announcement — one day after his 38th birthday — wasn’t a surprise as he made it clear he would take some time after the team’s latest title run to contemplate calling it a career.