Update on the latest in sports:
Marlins turn no-hitter into victory
UNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer spent much of the afternoon working on his third career no-hitter. Instead, he was pinned with his fifth loss of the season.
The Marlins scratched out a pair of unearned runs in the eighth inning off Scherzer to earn a 2-1 victory over the Nats in Miami. Scherzer carried a no-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the eighth before A.J. Ellis poked an infield single. Ellis scored the tying run on a wild pitch before Scherzer surrendered a go-ahead single by Giancarlo Stanton.
Ryan Raburn homered for the Nationals, who have dropped three of their last four since taking three straight from the Mets in New York last week.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Salvador Perez belted a grand slam in the eighth inning to turn the Royals’ 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 triumph over the visiting Red Sox. The Boston bullpen walked the bases loaded before Perez connected for his first career grand slam to send Kansas City to its ninth win in 11 games. Andrew Benintendi and Xander Bogaerts hit successive home runs in the Boston fourth.
— The Yankees are back atop the AL East, a half-game ahead of the Bosox after Jordan Montgomery worked into the sixth inning of an 8-4 whipping of the Angels. Matt Holiday broke a 2-2 tie with a solo homer in the fifth to help New York end a seven-game losing streak. Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) smacked a two-run homer and Austin Romine provided a two-run double.
— The Milwaukee Brewers will spend another day atop the NL Central after the second-place Chicago Cubs wasted Ian Happ’s two-run homer by collecting just one other hit in a 3-2 loss to San Diego. Erick Aybar (EYE’-bahr) tied it with a solo blast in the sixth, two innings before Luis Torrens walked with the bases loaded. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 to end his career-high 14-game hitting streak.
— Mallex Smith extended his hitting streak to 12 games and made a nice defensive play in the Rays’ 8-3 pounding of Cincinnati. Smith charged in from left field to tag out speedster Bill Hamilton following a lengthy rundown between home and third. Steven Souza Jr. and Logan Morrison drove in two runs apiece for the Rays, who also got homers from Trevor Plouffe and Taylor Featherston.
Mets put Wheeler in DL
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets have placed another starting pitcher on the disabled list.
Zack Wheeler has been shelved because of biceps tendinitis, two days after he was roughed up in a loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Wheeler joins starters Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) and Matt Harvey on the DL.
The Mets promoted pitchers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel, while optioning Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas.
In other major league news:
— Braves star Freddie Freeman plans to move from first to third base to keep Matt Adams’ bat in the Atlanta lineup. Freeman took grounders at third base before batting practice Wednesday and also made throws to first base as he recovers from an injury. He was leading the National League with 14 homers when his left wrist was broken by a pitch last month.
— The Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins are scheduled for a two-game series at San Juan next April. It will be Major League Baseball’s first regular-season games in Puerto Rico since 2010.
— Addison Russell’s wife has filed for divorce nearly two weeks after the Chicago Cubs shortstop was accused of hitting her. Melisa Reidy-Russell filed the divorce petition in Cook County last week, according to a filing provided by her attorney. Russell has denied the allegation.
Pats to ink ex-Jet
BOSTON (AP) — Former New York Jets linebacker David Harris is about to join the New England Patriots.
A person familiar with the situation says Harris and the Pats have worked out a two-year contract that could be worth as much as $6.75 million. The former second-round pick had spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Jets and ranked second on the team’s all-time list in tackles when he was released this month.
Handing out the hardware
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ten days after presenting the Stanley Cup to the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second straight year, the NHL handed out its individual hardware at the awards show in Las Vegas.
Oilers captain Connor McDavid has won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the most outstanding player chosen in a vote by NHL players association members. The second-year player scored 30 goals and led the league with 70 assists and 100 points to help Edmonton make its first playoff appearance since 2006.
The league’s top defenseman is San Jose’s Brent Burns, who accepted the Norris Trophy for the first time.
Toronto forward Auston Matthews is the Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s best rookie.
Boston’s Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES’ BEHR’-zhuh-rahn) has captured the Selke Trophy for the fourth time in six years, an award that goes to the best defensive forward.
Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has picked up the Lady Byng (bihng) Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly play.
John Tortorella is the Jack Adams Award winner after leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in club history.
Nashville’s David Poile (poyl) is the General Manager of the Year.
Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson received the Bill Masterton Trophy for perserverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Columbus forward Nick Foligno (foh-LEE’-noh) has come away with the Mark Messier Trophy for leadership and the King Clancy Trophy for humanitarian contribution to hockey.
Knights make their picks
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights now have 30 players after making their selections in the expansion draft on Wednesday.
The Knights opened the draft by taking Florida forward Jonathan Marchessault (MAHR’-sheh-soh), Dallas forward Cody Eakin and Los Angeles defenseman Brayden McNabb. Marchessault had 30 goals and 51 points for the Panthers last season.
Colorado’s Calvin Pickard was the first netminder taken by Vegas.
Blackhawks’ Hossa to miss 2017-18 season with skin disorder
CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa will miss the entire 2017-18 NHL season because of a progressive skin disorder.
The 38-year-old veteran says severe side effects associated with medication to treat the disorder has made playing hockey next season impossible. Hossa says he has privately been undergoing treatment for the last few years under the supervision of Chicago’s medical staff.
The 19-year veteran has only missed 46 games over the past six seasons and scored 45 points last season.
EX-TENNIS PLAYER ARRESTED
James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowship
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city’s police watchdog agency.
The fellow will serve two-year terms and the city will fund it for six years.
Blake’s legal team also received about $175,000 that included travel expenses for the 37-year-old Blake.
Woman testifies against ex-football player in rape trial
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman who was raped while unconscious in a college dorm room has testified that her appearance at an ex-Vanderbilt football player’s trial marks the first time she has seen the defendant face to face.
The visibly-shaken woman at times cried while testifying in Brandon Banks’ trial. She told prosecutors she had only seen Banks’ image in the collection of evidence.
Two other ex-players were convicted and sentenced to prison after jury trials. A fourth ex-player charged in the incident has testified against his teammates.