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BOSTON — Andrew Benintendi bolstered his All-Star credentials with a pair of doubles and two RBIs in his final game before fan votes are tallied, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to eight games. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of RBI doubles and Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple as Boston scored five runs in the third and won for the 15th time in 18 games. By Doug Alden. SENT: 500 words, photos.
HOUSTON — Alex Bregman homered twice and his tapper just in front of the plate in the 11th inning led to a bizarre play that ended the game, as catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s throwing error handed the Houston Astros a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Justin Verlander pitched six sharp innings and the Astros took a 4-0 lead into the ninth before Oakland tied it. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 1,000 words, phtoos.
Retired Houston Astros first-base coach Rich Dauer will be among the coaches for the American League at next week’s All-Star game. Dauer was a part of Houston’s World Series championship last season, but was rushed to a hospital immediately after the team’s victory parade — surviving a difficult surgery on a blood clot in his brain. The 65-year-old Dauer will join Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash on AL manager AJ Hinch’s staff, MLB announced on Tuesday. SENT: 380 words, photo.
BKN--SUMMER LEAGUE RDP
LAS VEGAS — These are highly uncertain times for the San Antonio Spurs. That’s why Lonnie Walker IV might be so valuable. This is a summer when Spurs mainstay Tony Parker has already left for Charlotte, when four-time NBA champion Manu Ginobili is going through what now seems like his annual contemplation of retirement and when 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard’s future is most uncertain — both in terms of where he may play next and if his quadriceps injury is healed to the point where he can return to the court. But Walker IV is here, and he’s eager to be a part of whatever will be in San Antonio. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.
BKL--AROUND THE WNBA
NEW YORK — Several players have etched their names in the WNBA record books. Rebekkah Brunson is now the league’s all-time leading rebounder while Diana Taurasi broke the mark for most field goals mad. Brunson broke Tamika Catchings’ record with 12 boards last Thursday against Los Angeles. The longtime Lynx forward started the day in third all-time before also passing Lisa Leslie. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— MERCURY-WINGS: Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 20 points and the Dallas Wings won their fourth straight with a 101-72 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday night.
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