Big comeback win for Red Sox...Kluber wins N0.18... Seahawks safety appears set to end his holdout
ATLANTA (AP ) — Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, highlighting his long-awaited season debut and capping the biggest comeback by the Boston Red Sox this year for a 9-8 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Red Sox overcame a late six-run deficit and seesawed past Atlanta to sweep the three-game series between division leaders. The 37-year-old Phillips was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber became the first 18-game winner in the majors this season, striking out 10 and pitching the Cleveland Indians past the Kansas City Royals 3-1. The Indians moved closer to the third straight AL Central title and reduced their magic number for clinching the division to nine. Kluber allowed one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was pulled after throwing 105 pitches.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas appears set to end his holdout in time for the start of the regular season, even without a new contract. In a post on Instagram, Thomas says he’s never let his “teammates, city or fans down” as long as he has lived and says he doesn’t plan to start this weekend. Thomas also expressed his frustration with the Seahawks not honoring his requests for either a contract extension or to be traded.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Nike is getting “killed” over an endorsement deal with Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk). Trump said on Twitter today, “Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way?” The former quarterback is known for starting protests among NFL players over police brutality and racial inequality.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are done sticking up for running back Le’Veon Bell. The All-Pro remains away from the club while waiting to sign his one-year franchise tender, and he will almost certainly not be ready in time for the season opener against Cleveland. Center Maurkice Pouncey called Bell’s decision to stay out this long “selfish” and guard Ramon Foster questioned how much Bell actually cares about the team.