Update on the latest sports
Milone shuts down Mets, Nationals earn 2-game sweep
UNDATED (AP) — Tommy Milone worked seven strong innings to get his first win in more than a year, Anthony Rendon (ren-DOHN’) homered and the Washington Nationals moved back above .500 with a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday.
The Nationals followed their 25-4 blowout of the Mets on Tuesday night by jumping on Noah Syndergaard early. Bryce Harper singled in the first inning to drive in Trea Turner, who had stolen second. In the third, Rendon got hold of a hanging curveball for his 16th homer this season, scoring Turner. Rendon has six RBIs in two games since returning to the team after the birth of his first child.
Jose Reyes homered from both sides of the plate for the Mets, his 11th career multihomer game and his first since Sept. 8.
Washington completed a two-game sweep of its depleted NL East rival and moved within five games of first-place Philadelphia.
In other MLB action:
— Jose Iglesias drove in three runs, Jim Adduci homered and the Detroit Tigers survived the loss of pitcher Mike Fiers to an early injury and beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 for a two-game sweep. Fiers left after the second with a bruised left shin, sustained on a comebacker off the bat of Mason Williams. X-rays on Fiers’ shin were negative, and it was unclear whether he will make his next scheduled start. Winner Drew VerHagen with three scoreless innings.
Nationals jettison Kelley after his outburst on mound
UNDATED (AP) — Shawn Kelley’s outburst on the mound got him booted from the Washington Nationals. The Nationals designated Kelley for assignment on Wednesday, a day after he threw his glove to the ground and glared into the dugout while working the ninth inning of a 25-4 blowout of the New York Mets.
Manager Dave Martinez and general manager Mike Rizzo say Kelley’s actions were disrespectful and unprofessional.
Washington recalled right-hander Jimmy Cordero from Triple-A Syracuse to take Kelley’s place on the roster.
In other baseball news:
— New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz will be evaluated by doctors after experiencing forearm discomfort. Manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Matz reported the pain after he failed to get out of the first inning in Tuesday night’s 25-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. Matz threw 32 pitches, faced 11 batters and allowed seven runs on eight hits. Callaway says the 27-year-old was experiencing tightness and a “dead arm.”
— Tigers right-hander Mike Fiers left Detroit’s game against Cincinnati on Wednesday with a left lower shin bruise. Fiers was hit by a comebacker off the bat of Mason Williams in the top of the second inning. He was able to finish that inning, but Drew VerHagen relieved him to start the third. X-rays were negative.
—Slick fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was designated for assignment by the Tampa Bay Rays to open a roster spot for outfielder Tommy Pham. The 29-year-old infielder was hitting .258 with three homers and 26 RBIs, and he had lost his starting role to rookie Willy Adames. Tampa Bay made the move Wednesday and has seven days to trade or release Hechavarria, who had beaten the Rays in salary arbitration last winter. If Hechavarria is released, the Rays would be responsible for the remainder of his $5.9 million salary.
— A lawyer for former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna says his client will plead not guilty to an assault charge. Osuna was suspended for 75 games for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy and was traded to the Houston Astros. His lawyer says Osuna is remorseful of the circumstances of the situation but plans to plead not guilty in the criminal case.
MLB offense rebounds in July after a historic drop
NEW YORK (AP) — Offense is on the rebound in Major League Baseball.
After a historic drop during the season’s first three months that concerned the sport’s leadership, big league batting average in July was .255, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, raising the season’s average from .246 to .248. Unless it goes up to at least .251 during the final two months, the season average would be the lowest since .244 in 1972.
There were 6,546 hits and 6,195 strikeouts in July, reversing an anomaly in which strikeouts exceeded hits in two of the first three full months.
Overall this season, batters have whiffed more than hit: There have been 27,285 strikeouts and 27,218 hits with the season about two-thirds through. Strikeouts topped hits in April (6,656 to 6,360) and June (6,776 to 6,640) while hits slightly exceeded strikeouts in May (7,033 to 6,971). Before this year, the previous low differential for a full month was in April 2017, when there were 138 more hits than strikeouts.
Eagles hold back Carson Wentz for 3rd straight practice
UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz didn’t participate in 11-on-11 drills for the third straight practice for precautionary reasons after taking part the first three days.
Coach Doug Pederson emphasized Wednesday that Wentz hasn’t suffered any setbacks. He says he’s encouraged by Wentz’s recovery from surgery to repair a torn left ACL last December. Wentz again was on the field for the 7-on-7 portion of practice.
Wentz says he feels great physically and understands that the medical staff wants to keep him in a controlled environment. He still hasn’t been cleared for contact. His goal is to be ready for Week 1 when the defending Super Bowl champions host the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 6.
In other NFL news:
—Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay insists he wasn’t scared when his right knee needed to be evaluated during practice. Slay limped off the field Wednesday after falling in coverage, trying to keep weight off his right leg. He returned to participate in drills and was running full speed to keep up with Detroit’s wide receivers. Slay emerged as one of the NFL’s top cover corners last season and earned All Pro honors. He is in the second season of a $50 million, four-year contract.
—Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Jack Mewhort unexpectedly has announced his retirement. Mewhort’s decision was made public following a morning practice at training camp. His once-promising career got derailed by a series of injuries that kept him out of 11 of the Colts’ last 20 games. He finished each of the last two seasons on injured reserve.
—The Dallas Cowboys have activated defensive end Randy Gregory after a year away from football on a substance-abuse suspension. Gregory has played in just two of the past 32 regular-season games because of multiple suspensions. Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated him not long before the Cowboys reported to training camp. The 25-year-old former Nebraska star participated in a walkthrough practice for the first time Wednesday.
Coyotes to retire Shane Doan’s number in February
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes will retire former captain Shane Doan’s number during a pregame ceremony on Feb. 24.
Doan will have his No. 19 retired before the Coyotes face the Winnipeg Jets, joining former Coyotes players Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick and Teppo Numminen in the franchise’s ring of honor. Former Winnipeg players Bobby Hull, Thomas Steen and Dale Hawerchuk also are in the Coyotes’ ring of honor.
Doan spent his entire 21-year career with the Coyotes before retiring prior to the 2017-18 season. A two-time All-Star, he is Arizona’s all-time leader in games, goals, assists, points, power-play goals and game-winning goals.
In other NHL news:
—The New Jersey Devils have chosen Mark Dennehy as the coach of their top minor league affiliate. Devils general manager Ray Shero said Wednesday that Dennehy will take over the job with the Binghamton Devils. The former Merrimack coach had accepted a position this summer in Wheeling as its head coach and director of hockey operations. Dennehy will be leaving for Slovakia this week to coach Team USA’s Under-17 team for the Five Nations Tournament.