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Cards knock off Rockies...Rays’ Beeks gets his first major league win... Crimson Tide ranks No.1 in coaches’ poll

August 2, 2018

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Jose Martinez sliced an opposite-field single to the right-center field gap off Wade Davis with one out in the ninth inning, driving in the tying and go-ahead runs and lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Colorado Rockies 3-2. The Cardinals have nine walk-off wins this season. Davis has a career-high five blown saves in 36 chances. Colorado lost three of four at the Cardinals, its first series loss since June.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — — Tampa Bay pitcher Jalen Beeks has gotten his first major league win. The Rays completed a three-game sweep against the Los Angeles Angels today. C.J. Cron also had a two-run single in the 4-2 win. Beeks, the second pitcher in a bullpen day, allowed two runs and two hits in five innings. The rookie left-hander was acquired from Boston for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on July 25,. Angels star Mike Trout didn’t play due to a sore right wrist.

UNDATED (AP) — Defending national champion Alabama is a unanimous No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State No. 3. The Crimson Tide received 61 one first-place votes from a panel of major-college coaches in the poll released today. The Associated Press media poll will be released Aug. 20. The Georgia Bulldogs were ranked fourth by the coaches and Oklahoma was fifth. Rounding out the top 10 were Washington, Wisconsin, Miami, Penn State and Auburn.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee safety Johnathan Cyprien will miss the season with a torn left ACL, and coach Mike Vrabel says veteran Eric Reid is among the safeties the Titans want to look at as a potential replacement. Cyprien left practice Wednesday after grabbing at his left knee. He walked to the locker room with trainers. Vrabel announced after practice today that Cyprien tore his ACL. Cyprien signed a four-year deal last season.

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) — The big thing missing for Minjee Lee in her impressive season is a strong performance at a major championship. She might get it at the Women’s British Open. The No. 8-ranked Australian shot a 7-under 65 to lead by one stroke after today’s first round. Mamiko Higa is a shot behind after a 66, while five players — Georgia Hall, Teresa Lu, Park Sung-hyun, Lee Mi-hyang and Pornanong Phatlum —are a further stroke back.

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