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June 27, 2017

MLB

Red Sox top Twins behind lefty Chris Sale

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale pitched 6 1/3 overpowering innings with nine strikeouts, Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the third straight game and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 4-1 on Monday in a matchup of two of the AL’s top teams.

Dustin Pedroia had two hits and drove in a run and Moreland added a sacrifice for Boston, which kept pace with the New York Yankees atop the East.

Coming off a three-game sweep in Cleveland that had jumped them over the Indians into first in the Central, the Twins’ offense was stymied by Sale and three relievers.

Sale (10-3) gave up one run and four hits, increasing his major-league strikeout total to 155. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

The 6-foot-6 Sale relied on his usual sharp-breaking slider and fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s to fan eight over the first six innings, getting the initial half dozen with his breaking pitch.

—Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko (JUHR’-koh) each homered and drove in three runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2. It was a makeup for an April 29 game that was postponed because of severe weather.Grichuk hit his second homer in two games since being recalled from Triple-A. The two-run drive in the fourth inning was his sixth of the season.

— Zack Greinke pitched five effective innings after a shaky start, Daniel Descalso had three RBIs and the Arizona Diamondbacks rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Diamondbacks were sluggish Sunday against the Phillies, scratching out a 2-1 victory in 11 innings. They took advantage of a rough outing by Nick Pivetta (1-4) in the series finale, racking up six runs in less than three innings against the rookie right-hander.

In other baseball news:

— New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro left a game because of a strained right hamstring. Castro had trouble getting down the line after grounding out in the third inning Monday night against the Chicago White Sox. Castro had returned to the starting lineup after getting a shot in his ailing wrist on Saturday.

— Texas Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels has been activated from the 10-day disabled list in time to start against the Cleveland Indians. Hamels has been out for eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle. He was injured warming up for a scheduled start May 2 against Houston and placed on the DL on April 30 in a retroactive move. Hamels is 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts. He made two minor league rebab starts.

— The Cleveland Indians have activated outfielders Michael Brantley and Brandon Guyer from the 10-day disabled list. The Indians made the moves before playing Texas tonight. Outfielder Daniel Robertson and right-hander Shawn Armstrong were optioned to Triple-A Columbus.

— Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been out a month because of a concussion, and could come off the disabled list to play vs. the White Sox in Chicago. New York needs another outfielder after Aaron Hicks injured his ribcage on a check swing Sunday, sidelining him at least three weeks.

— San Francisco righty Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR’-juh) hopes for better results when he faces the visiting Rockies tonight. He is 0-3 with a 9.33 ERA in three outings against Colorado this season.

— Cubs shortstop Addison Russell was not in the lineup for Chicago’s opener at Washington because of a sore throwing shoulder. He left Sunday’s loss at Miami with a sharp pinching pain, which has bothered him at times since last season.

— Mike Napoli’s only season in Cleveland was a memorable one. Now playing for the Texas Rangers, he made his first appearance at Progressive Field on Monday night since helping the Indians reach the World Series last season. The veteran first baseman/DH was presented with his American League Championship ring before the game by Indians manager Terry Francona.

— Kyle Schwarber says he’s not surprised the Chicago Cubs demoted him, saying that “the numbers spoke for themselves.” Schwarber’s October return following a knee injury helped fuel Chicago’s first World Series title in 108 years, but he was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after hitting .171 in 64 games this season.

NBA AWARDS

Rockets’ Eric Gordon voted Sixth Man of the Year

NEW YORK (AP) —Houston guard Eric Gordon has won the Sixth Man of the Year award in his first year as a reserve.

Gordon beat out Rockets teammate Lou Williams and former NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala for the award given to the league’s top player off the bench.

Gordon set an NBA single-season record for most 3-pointers off the bench, helping the high-scoring Rockets make more shots behind the arc than any team in history.

The Rockets had a chance for a big night on Monday at the first NBA Awards show, with James Harden a finalist for MVP and Mike D’Antoni a finalist for Coach of the Year

Also, Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

The guard won the first award Monday night during the first NBA Awards show that was hosted by Drake. Brogdon beat out finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, both of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Brogdon was a second-round pick out of Virginia who led all rookies with 4.2 assists and 1.12 steals per game in helping the Bucks reach the playoffs.

Embiid had the strongest stats, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocks, but was limited to just 31 games because of injuries.

CAVALIERS-BILLUPS

AP Source: Billups still undecided about joining Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — Chauncey Billups isn’t sure if it’s time to jump back into the NBA.

Nearly a week after first meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, Billups has not yet decided whether to join Cleveland’s front office. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke with The Associated Press on Monday.

Billups is weighing several factors and remains unsure if he wants to lead the Cavaliers’ basketball operations, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks.

Billups met twice last week with Gilbert, who is also looking for a new general manager after parting ways with David Griffin. The sides were unable to negotiate a contract extension following Cleveland’s third straight trip to the Finals. The person says there’s no timetable on a decision.

BASEBALL-COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

Singer’s 12 Ks help Gators beat LSU 4-3 in CWS finals opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brady Singer struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings, Jonathan India doubled in two runs, and Florida beat LSU 4-3 in Game 1 of the College World Series finals.

The Gators (51-19) need a win Tuesday or Wednesday to earn their first national championship.

Singer’s strikeout total was highest by a single pitcher in a College World Series finals game. Singer (9-5) limited LSU (52-19) to three singles before Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth.

Florida led 3-0 after LSU starter Russell Reynolds (1-2) issued three straight walks in the fourth, with India driving in two runs on a ground-rule double.

VIKINGS-FLOYD

Vikings player jailed for failed alcohol tests

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona judge has ordered Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Michael Floyd to serve one day in jail for failing alcohol tests that he blames on a type of fermented tea.

Floyd and his lawyer did not attend the Scottsdale City Court hearing Monday and had a teleconference with Judge Statia Hendrix.

The hearing was meant to give Floyd the chance to make his case regarding the failed alcohol tests and another one he missed earlier this month, which stemmed from a 2016 drunken driving arrest where Scottsdale police say they found him passed out behind the wheel.

Vikings officials say they encouraged Floyd to drink a fermented tea called kombucha.

Hendrix ordered Floyd to start his additional jail time Monday evening in Phoenix before concluding his final five days of house arrest.

BAYLOR-NCAA INVESTIGATION

Baylor says it’s being investigated by NCAA after sexual assault scandal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Baylor University officials say the school is being investigated by the NCAA in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and the departure of the school president.

In a legal filing last week, Baylor lawyers told a federal judge the NCAA probe is “an ongoing, pending investigation.” Attorneys for several women suing the school have demanded Baylor turn over its communications with the NCAA. A Baylor spokeswoman declined further comment.

ESPN reported in May that the NCAA had conducted interviews with Baylor officials, former employees and alleged victims but that the school hadn’t been given a formal notice of investigation. NCAA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

MCENROE-WILLIAMS

McEnroe: Williams would be ranked ‘like 700’ on men’s tour

LONDON (AP) — John McEnroe says Serena Williams would be “like 700” in the world tennis rankings if she played on the men’s tour.

McEnroe, speaking to NPR about his memoir “You Cannot Be Serious,” says Williams is the best female player ever, “no question.” But when asked about her being the best ever, without gender qualifiers, McEnroe was clear that he didn’t think so.

McEnroe says “if she played the men’s circuit she’d be like 700 in the world.”

The former tennis bad boy added that he thought Williams could beat some male players, “but if she had to just play the circuit -- the men’s circuit -- that would be an entirely different story.”

McEnroe won seven Grand Slam titles in his career. Williams has won 23.

OBIT-NATIONALS FAN

Obit mourns death of Nationals fan — but also blown lead

WASHINGTON (AP) — “KILLEBREW, Patrick, ‘Pat,’ age 68, passed away peacefully at home, June 20, 2017, after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.”

That’s the start to the obituary the family placed in The Richmond Times-Dispatch after the death of Killebrew, an “avid” Nationals fan. Killebrew, a longtime Virginia attorney, died a day after watching Washington’s relief pitchers lose a six-run lead in a loss against the Miami Marlins.

Killebrew’s 25-year-old son, Jake, said Monday he and his mother Rachel felt the good-natured obit was something they had to do.

Pat Killebrew would have loved it, Jake adds.

The joke has helped Jake and his mom in grieving Killebrew’s unexpected death at age 68, he says. Their kicker: “In lieu of flowers, send ‘donations’ to the ‘Nationals Bullpen Fund.’”

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