Update on the latest sports
Jul. 15, 2018
Back-to-back homers in 1st carry Pirates past Brewers, 2-1
UNDATED (AP) — Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco hit back-to-back homers in the first inning, and that was enough to push the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Marte sent an 0-1 pitch from Chase Anderson over the center field wall to put the Pirates ahead 1-0. It was his 12th homer this season and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Polanco then drove Anderson's 3-2 offering over the wall in right for his 15th long ball.
Richard Rodriguez got the win, retiring all four batters he faced in relief of starter Ivan Nova.
Elsewhere around the majors:
— Austin Romine came all the way around to score when Cleveland committed two errors on his routine double in the seventh inning, sending the New York Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Indians. Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer and Greg Bird added a solo shot as the Yankees moved 30 games over .500. Jose Ramirez hit his 29th homer for the Indians.
— Jon Gray returned from a two-week demotion to the minors to pitch effectively into the eighth inning, Carlos Gonzalez homered and the Colorado Rockies extended their strong finish to the season's first half by beating the Seattle Mariners 4-1. Ian Desmond added a one-out RBI triple in the fifth that chased Wade LeBlanc, who lost for the first time in his 22 career starts for Seattle.
— Kole Calhoun homered on his first pitch from All-Star closer Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers after the Angels blew two leads in the Freeway Series. Four of the Angels' five games against the Dodgers this season have been decided by one run.
— Jake Bauers homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs, Carlos Gomez homered and had two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored 15 times in the final three innings to rally past the Minnesota Twins 19-6. C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer and Jesus Sucre, who entered in the sixth for injured catcher Wilson Ramos, drove in two runs for Tampa Bay. The Rays posted season-highs in runs and hits (20) after entering the game 2-34 this season when trailing after six innings.
— Rookie Yefry Ramirez and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Schoop drove in a run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 1-0 in a matchup of last-place teams. Making his fourth start and bidding for his first major league victory, Ramirez pitched five innings of two-hit ball before being pulled in a scoreless game. Brad Brach got the win and Zach Britton earned his third save.
— Gerrit Cole struck out eight in 5 2/3 strong innings, and the Houston Astros hit three home runs in a 9-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. Cole allowed one run and three hits with four walks after being activated from the bereavement list prior to the game. Josh Reddick and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth to chase Detroit starter Michael Fulmer. Tyler White added a two-run shot to left in the seventh.
— Zack Wheeler won for the first time since April 29, Michael Conforto homered and the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-4. Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes and Kevin Plawecki each had two hits as the light-hitting Mets scored seven runs for the first time since June 24.
— Zack Greinke added another road win to his strong first half by allowing only four hits in 7 2/3 innings, extending Atlanta's offensive slump, and the Arizona Diamondbacks shut out the Braves 3-0. Ketel Marte hit a sixth-inning homer.
— All-Star Aaron Nola gave up two runs in the first inning and the punchless Philadelphia Phillies never recovered, losing to the Miami Marlins 2-0. The NL East-leading Phillies have scored only 24 runs in their past nine games.
— Xander Bogaerts hit a game-ending grand slam with one out in 10th inning, and J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 29th homer to carry the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to 80 with a solo shot and red-hot Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 12 games with three singles to raise his majors' best average to .362 for Boston.
— Jorge Bonifacio homered for the first time since he was suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 for just their second win in July. Bonifacio hit a drive into the home bullpen in left after Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single. He also drove in Paulo Orlando with a triple to left-center in the fifth.
— Jake Bauers homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs, Carlos Gomez homered and had two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Ray scored 15 times in the final three innings to rally past the Minnesota Twins 19-6. C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer and Jesus Sucre, who entered in the sixth for injured catcher Wilson Ramos, drove in two runs for Tampa Bay.
Red Sox starter sprains an ankle
UNDATED (AP) — Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez left Saturday's game in the sixth inning with a sprained right ankle after tumbling over Toronto's Lourdes Gurriel Jr. attempting to cover first on a grounder.
Rodriguez, off to his third straight scoreless start, got to the bag at nearly the same time as Gurriel with one out in the inning and fell after his left leg hit the player's helmet as he was diving in headfirst when first baseman Blake Swihart's throw sailed wildly past the bag.
The club later says X-Rays were negative.
In other MLB news:
— Mike Matheny has been fired as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, putting an end to the former Gold Glove catcher's first managerial job during his seventh season. The Cardinals announced Matheny's firing after an 8-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, a defeat that dropped St. Louis to 47-46 overall on the season and seven games back of the National League-leading Chicago Cubs.
—The Atlanta Braves have placed closer Arodys Vizcaino on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. It is Vizcaino's second stint on the DL with the shoulder problem in four weeks.
— The Cleveland Indians have recalled top prospect Francisco Mejia from Triple-A Columbus amid speculation that he could be part of potential deadline trades. Mejia will bat sixth and serve as Cleveland's designated hitter for Saturday's game against the New York Yankees.
— Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez met with star Bryce Harper on Saturday, a day after the outfielder failed to run out a ground ball in the fifth inning of Washington's 4-2 loss to the New York Mets. It ended in an inning ending double play.
— White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada has left their game against Kansas City with a bruised right knee. Moncada got hurt while going to catch a pickoff attempt at second in the fifth inning. It looked as if he banged knees with the Royals' Paulo Orlando. X-rays were negative, and Moncada is day to day.
— New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday as he recovers from a groin strain. Sanchez has been sidelined since June 25. Yankees manager Aaron Boone says the plan is for him to start the first game after the All-Star break against the New York Mets.
—The Indians have recalled top prospect Francisco Mejia from Triple-A Columbus. Primarily a catcher, the Indians have been playing Mejia in the outfield with the Clippers. The 22-year-old's name has come up in numerous trade scenarios involving the Indians, who have been looking for relief help and potentially another outfielder before the July 31 deadline.
Djokovic outlasts Nadal to reach Wimbledon final
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has advanced to his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over Rafael Nadal.
The match — which began on Friday evening — finished after 5 hours, 14 minutes as Djokovic secured the only break of the fifth set.
It was the second-longest semifinal in Wimbledon history, trailing only Kevin Anderson's 26-24 victory over John Isner on Friday.
Three-time champion Djokovic will face Anderson in Sunday's final.
Also on Saturday, Mike Bryan won his record-tying 17th Grand Slam men's doubles title, and first without his brother, by teaming with fellow American Jack Sock to beat Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 in the Wimbledon final.
Kerber beats Williams 6-3, 6-3 to win 1st Wimbledon title
LONDON (AP) — Angelique Kerber has claimed her first Wimbledon title with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over seven-time champion Serena Williams.
Kerber made just five unforced errors compared to Williams' 24 as the 30-year-old German reversed the result of the 2016 final.
It is the third Grand Slam title of Kerber's career, adding to her Australian and U.S. Open triumphs in 2016.
The 36-year-old Williams was seeking a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, 10 months after having her first child.
Also on Saturday, Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won their second successive Grand Slam title with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 victory over Kveta Peschke and Nicole Melichar in the Wimbledon women's doubles final.
Iga Swiatek defeated Leonie Kung 6-4, 6-2 to win the Wimbledon girls' title.
Belgium finishes 3rd at World Cup, beats England 2-0
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Belgium earned its highest World Cup finish on Saturday by beating England 2-0 in the third-place match.
Belgium's previous best World Cup finish was fourth 1986.
France and Croatia will play in the final on Sunday.
Kim takes 5-shot lead at John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Michael Kim took a five-shot lead Saturday at the John Deere Classic in a third round delayed twice for a total of roughly four hours because of bad weather and concerns over lightning.
Kim, who has just one top-10 finish in 84 career PGA Tour starts, shot a 7-under 64 — closing with four straight birdies — for a three-day total of 22-under 191.
Bronson Burgoon is 17 under and Australian Matt Jones (66) is 16 under. Harold Varner III is alone in fourth place at 15 under. Andres Romero of Argentina is 14 under after shooting 64, as is Sam Ryder.
Tyler Duncan had the day's best round with a 63.
Knox's glorious summer of golf continues at Scottish Open
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — An 11-hour sleep and a hearty Scottish breakfast sparked the latest impressive round in Russell Knox's glorious summer of golf, putting him in contention to seal back-to-back wins on the European Tour at the Scottish Open on Saturday.
Knox mastered the windiest conditions of the week over the Gullane links to shoot a 4-under 66 in the third round, leaving him two strokes off surprise leader Jens Dantorb (68) and one behind a six-way tie for second place in the event used as a tune-up for next week's British Open.
PGA-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
McCarron, Maggert, Bryant tied for lead at Senior Players
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Defending champion Scott McCarron and Bart Bryant shot matching 65s on Saturday to move into a share of the lead with Jeff Maggert at the Constellation Senior Players Championship.
McCarron birdied two of the final four holes at Exmoor Country Club for a three-round total of 16-under 200 in the fourth of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule. Last year, he rallied to win the event at Caves Valley near Baltimore.
Maggert, who led most of the day, shot 66.
Vijay Singh (66) was one shot back. Three-time champion Bernhard Langer (67) and Illinois golf coach Mike Small (66) were another shot behind, and Scott Parel (70) was in a group at 13 under.
Henderson has 1-shot lead at Marathon Classic
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Brooke Henderson birdied the 17th hole after a so-so back nine, finishing with a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead at the Marathon Classic.
The late birdie moved the 20-year-old Canadian out of a tie for the lead as she seeks her second win this season. Henderson is at 11-under 202 after three rounds at Highland Meadows.
Angela Stanford and Brittany Lincicome are one stroke behind. Stanford vaulted into contention with a 6-under 65, which tied for the low round of the day. Lincicome had a 4-under 67, including birdies on two of the final three holes.
Jacqui Concolino is two strokes back while 11 players are three back, including defending champion I.K. Kim and NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho. The Wake Forest player is in the field on a sponsor's exemption.
Laura Davies shoots 66 to take US Senior Women's Open lead
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — Laura Davies has a five-shot lead after three rounds of the first U.S. Senior Women's Open Saturday.
The British golfer birdied six holes as she shot a 7-under 66. Davies, who is at 11-under 208 for the tournament, took control with a 60-foot, twisting, downhill eagle putt on the par-5 12th hole.
Until Saturday, no player had scored in the 60s over the par-73, 6,088-yard Chicago Golf Club. Not only did Davies do it with a women's course record, but American Juli Inkster moved into second with a 5-under 68. Inkster finished her round with a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 18.
After two rounds, Davies had been tied with fellow Brit Trish Johnson at 4-under 142. Johnson shot par Saturday and dropped seven back into third at 215.
Danielle Ammaccapane is fourth at 1-under 217 and Barb Mucha is fifth at 1-over 220.
Parker agrees to $40 million, 2-year deal with Bulls
UNDATED (AP) — Jabari Parker and the Chicago Bulls have agreed to a $40 million, two-year contract, bringing the talented and oft-injured forward to his hometown team.
Agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed the deal Saturday after the Milwaukee Bucks rescinded their qualifying offer. That made Parker an unrestricted free agent, clearing the way for him to join the rebuilding Bulls.
Parker led Chicago's Simeon Career Academy to four state championships and starred for one season at Duke before the Bucks drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2014.
Parker has averaged 15.3 points and 5.5 rebounds.
The Bulls are banking on him to stay healthy after he tore a ligament in his left knee twice in four seasons with Milwaukee.
In other NBA news:
— A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Cavaliers will re-sign forward Channing Frye for next season. Frye, who was traded by the Cavs in February to the Los Angeles Lakers, will get the $2.4 million veteran's minimum contract. The 35-year-old spent parts of three seasons with Cleveland, winning the NBA championship with the Cavs in 2016. He was dealt at the trading deadline last season along with guard Isaiah Thomas for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance.
Truex repeats at NASCAR Cup race in Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. has won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway, passing Brad Keselowski and then Kurt Busch on the way to repeating as champion on Saturday night.
Truex's No. 78 Toyota Camry appeared even more dominant than it was last July as he led 174 of 267 laps and swept the first two stages after starting on the pole. The defending Cup champion was always in contention in the 400-mile race, even while trailing. He became Kentucky's first repeat winner, earning his fourth victory this season and the 19th of his career.
Ryan Blaney was second and Keselowski was third, both in Fords, followed by Kyle Busch (Toyota) and Kevin Harvick (Ford).