Update on the latest in sports:
Jul. 08, 2017
Bosox batter Rays to stretch lead in AL East
UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have added another game to their lead in the American League East.
Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) belted a two-run homer and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot and two RBIs in an 8-3 rout of Tampa Bay. Hanley Ramirez provided three of the Red Sox's 11 hits, including a solo homer that capped the scoring.
Drew Pomeranz is 9-4 after limiting the Rays to two runs and six hits over six innings.
Boston ended a two-game skid and pushed 4 ½ games ahead of the New York Yankees.
The Brewers did the Red Sox a favor and maintained their own 4 ½-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central by thumping the Yanks, 9-4 in the Bronx. Jesus Aguilar (AG'-ee-lahr) put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the seventh and finished with two home runs and seven RBIs.
The Yankees lost for the 17th time in 23 games despite Aaron Judge, who set a team rookie record with his 30th home run of the season.
Chicago kept pace with Milwaukee as Kris Bryant homered twice and had four RBIs in a 6-1 win over the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Bryant delivered a solo shot, a two-run blast and an RBI triple to help Chicago improve to 7-9 since June 21. Anthony Rizzo added a two-run homer that chased Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams in the fourth inning.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Kenta Maeda (mah-EH'-dah) combined with three relievers on a five-hitter and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened a three-game series by knocking off Kansas City, 4-1. Yaisel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) belted his 16th home run and Chase Utley added an RBI double to help Los Angeles capture its fourth in a row. The Dodgers' 24th win in 28 games keeps them 5 ½ games ahead of Arizona in the NL West and drops the Royals two games off the AL Central lead.
— The Diamondbacks doubled up the Reds, 6-3 behind Zack Greinke's seven shutout innings. Greinke gave up just four hits and improved to 11-4 overall this season, including a 9-0 mark at home. Paul Goldschmidt banged out his 20th homer to help Arizona bounce back after being swept by the Dodgers.
— Michael Brantley doubled home a pair of runs and had four RBIs as the Indians ripped the Tigers, 11-2 to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Twins in the AL Central. Lonnie Chisenhall's two-run homer capped the Indians' five-run third before Bradley Zimmer's solo shot sparked a four-run sixth. Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR') had two RBIs to back Carlos Carrasco, who struck out 11 and held Detroit to a pair of runs over seven innings.
— The Twins trailed 6-0 before Kennys Vargas and Chris Gimenez drove in two runs to lead Minnesota's comeback in a 9-6 comeback against the Orioles. Minnesota took the lead with a five-run fifth as Vargas hit a two-run double and scored on an RBI single by Gimenez. The Birds wasted Manny Machado's two home runs and four RBIs.
— Daniel Murphy's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th capped the Nationals' late rally in a 5-4 win over Atlanta. The Braves carried a 4-1 lead into the ninth until Murphy and Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') lined run-scoring singles before Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) tied it with a sacrifice fly off Jim Johnson. The NL East leaders stretched their lead to 9 ½ games over Atlanta after R.A. Dickey held Washington to one run and three hits over seven innings.
— The Astros crushed the Blue Jays, 12-2 as leadoff hitter George Springer went 4-for-4 with five RBIs and four runs scored. Springer hit a three-run homer and a solo shot for Houston, which also got round-trippers from Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis (GAT'-ihs). Charlie Morton was sharp over six innings, giving up just one run and four hits as the Astros stretched their lead in the AL West to 16 ½ games over the Angels and Rangers.
— Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH'-doh) was the hitting star in the Rockies' 12-4 thrashing of the White Sox, going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs. D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY'-hyoo) and Charlie Blackmon also homered in support of German Marquez, who gave up nine hits but only three runs over seven innings. Colorado is 4-4 since its eight-game losing streak.
— Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) launched a three-run homer and Nomar Mazaro added a two-run shot and three ribbies as Texas hammered the Los Angeles Angels, 10-0. Cole Hamels scattered three hits over 7 2/3s to move to 4-0. Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and an RBI single.
— Nelson Cruz contributed a three-run homer and five RBIs to the Mariners' 7-2 win against the Athletics. Cruz lined a pair of RBI singles before his 16th homer of the season put Seattle ahead 6-2 in the eighth. James Paxton struck out nine over seven innings and combined with three relievers on a three-hitter.
— Giancarlo Stanton slammed his 24th homer and Dee Gordon went 4-for-5 with two runs scored as the Marlins knocked off the Giants, 6-1. Miami scored four times in the first, with Stanton drilling a two-run homer. J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO'-toh) also homered and Dan Straily pitched into the ninth for his seventh victory.
— Jay Bruce smacked a solo homer among his three hits as the New York Mets held off the Cardinals, 6-5. Jose Reyes also hit a solo shot and T.J. Rivera drove in two runs in helping New York end a three-game skid. Jacob deGrom picked up his ninth win despite surrendering solo homers by Randal Grichuk (GRIH'-chuhk), Dexter Fowler, Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) and Paul DeJong.
— Austin Hedges homered twice and provided a tiebreaking, sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lead the Padres past the Phillies, 4-3. Jose Pirela also homered in San Diego's fourth win in five games.
Cano, Archer, Osuna among replacement All-Stars
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced seven replacement players for Tuesday's All-Star game at Miami.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (kah-NOH'), Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer and Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna have been added to the American League roster, as have Astros reliever Chris Devenski, Twins reliever Brandon Kintzler and Tigers outfielder Justin Upton. Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood was selected to the National League squad.
They are replacing seven players who are on the disabled list or won't be active because they are scheduled to pitch Sunday.
Terry Francona has heart procedure, will miss All-Star Game
UNDATED (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona has undergone a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat that sidelined him for a few games and will prevent him from managing in the All-Star Game next week. The 58-year-old Francona had been experiencing dizziness, fatigue and a rapid heart rate for several weeks.
The Indians say he is resting comfortably following a cardiac ablation at the Cleveland Clinic.
Brad Mills will manage the AL squad for Tuesday's midsummer classic at Miami.
Also in the majors:
— The Twins have placed Joe Mauer on the 10-day disabled list with a strained lower back. Mauer was batting .286 with 17 doubles in 74 games before hurting himself Tuesday against the Angels. The Twins recalled first baseman Kennys (KEHN'-ees) Vargas from Triple-A Rochester.
— Minnesota also has worked out a minor league deal with 44-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon, who was let go by the Braves after going 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts.
— Cincinnati Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan has had surgery after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder during an off-field fall. The 24-year-old is 1-1 with a 4.14 ERA in four starts this season.
— The Cardinals have activated outfielder Dexter Fowler from the 10-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Jose Martinez to Triple-A Memphis. The 31-year-old Fowler missed 12 games with a right heel spur. He is hitting .245 with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs.
Murray, Nadal advance
LONDON (AP) — Men's top seed Andy Murray and No. 4 Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') are among those advancing to the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Murray dropped a set before the defending Wimbledon champ came through a difficult fourth set to beat Fabio Fognini 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5. Fognini led 5-2 in the fourth set and had five set points, but Murray won the final five games to reach the fourth round.
Nadal beat Karen Khachanov 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 on Centre Court. If he reaches the final at the All England Club, the two-time Wimbledon champion will take over from Murray as the top-ranked player in the world.
Seventh seed Marin Cilic (CHEE'-leech) also won his third-round match, but ninth seed Kei Nishikori (kay nee-shee-KOHR'-ee) was knocked out by Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOO') in four sets. American Sam Querrey was one game away from a four-set victory when his match with 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (SAHN'-gah) was halted by darkness.
Women's 10th seed Venus Williams was the lone American singles player to advance Friday, joining second seed Simona Halep (HA'-lehp), fourth seed Elina Svitolina (svih-toh-LEE'-nuh) and French Open champ Jelena Ostapenko (ahs-tah-PEHN'-koh) in Round 4.
Victoria Azarenka has extended her Grand Slam comeback into the second week, seven months after giving birth to her first child. She beat Heather Watson in three sets.
And No. 1 women's doubles player Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. says she needs surgery on her right knee after dislocating her kneecap and rupturing her patella tendon during a second-round singles match on Thursday.
Video seems to back Williams
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Palm Beach police are now indicating that tennis star Venus Williams may not have been at fault when she was involved in a fatal car accident on June 9.
Police say video released Friday shows that Williams legally entered an intersection but was cut off by another car, setting off a chain of events that resulted in the crash. A police spokesman says the video has caused investigators to rescind their original conclusion that Williams was at fault and that no blame has yet been determined.
Pistons get Bradley, sending Morris to Celtics
UNDATED (AP) — NBA general managers stayed busy just a day after the league lifted its embargo on official player moves.
The Pistons picked up guard Avery Bradley from the Celtics for forward Marcus Morris, a move that allowed Detroit to renounce its rights to restricted free agent Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Bradley averaged 16.3 points per game last season for the Celtics but became expendable when Boston signed free-agent forward Gordon Hayward. Morris averaged 14 points for Detroit.
Checking out other NBA maneuvers:
— The defending-champion Warriors are keeping Zaza Pachulia (ZAH'-zah pah-CHOOL'-yuh) on their roster. The agent for the 33-year-old Pachulia says the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. Pachulia averaged 5.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 14.1 minutes a game during the postseason, and scored in double digits four times.
— The Pacers have inked free agent Darren Collison to a reported two-year package worth $20 million. Collison averaged 11.9 points and 5.0 in 139 games during his first stint with the Pacers.
— A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cavaliers have agreed a one-year, $2.3 million contract with Jeff Green. The veteran forward averaged 9.2 points and 3.1 rebounds for the Magic last season.
— The Hawks have waived guard Jamal Crawford just a day after acquiring him in a three-team swap with the Clippers.
— The Heat have traded oft-injured forward Josh McRoberts to the Mavericks for center A.J. Hammons and a 2023 second-round draft pick.
Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein retires after 12 NHL seasons
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Rangers defenseman Kevin Klein has retired after 12 NHL seasons. He played 627 games for the Rangers and Predators, scoring 38 goals and 154 points.
Klein was bothered by back spasms last season, limiting him to 14 points in 60 regular-season games.
Busch takes Kentucky pole
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Kyle Busch beat the rain and the rest of the field in taking the pole for Saturday's race at Kentucky Speedway.
Busch set a track record with a lap of 190.282 mph in the No. 18 Toyota. It was his third pole of the season and 22nd of his career as he goes for his third win at Kentucky.
Martin Truex Jr. will start second with Busch's JGR teammate Matt Kenseth third as Toyotas claimed four of the top five spots in the 40-car field. Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.
Drivers managed to complete qualifying before thunderstorms hit the area, postponing the Xfinity series race.
Munoz stretches lead
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Sebastian Munoz was able to expand his lead in the second round of the PGA's Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia.
Munoz followed his opening-round 61 with a 3-under 67 that puts him three strokes ahead of Ben Martin and Hudson Swafford.
Davis Love III is four shots back as he attempts to become the oldest winner in PGA Tour history at age 53.
BOB KNIGHT INVESTIGATION
Report: FBI investigated claims that Bob Knight groped women
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI and the U.S. Army investigated complaints from four women that Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight groped or touched them inappropriately during a visit to a U.S. spy agency in 2015.
One of the women told the newspaper that Knight groped her on the buttocks shortly before he gave a speech. The Post reported that the woman also filed a discrimination complaint in which she claimed she was pressured to drop the matter.
The inquiry concluded without charges being filed.