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Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 7:00 AM


Yanks top Rangers again...Dodgers clobber Bucs

UNDATED (AP) — A two-hit shutout and a two-run homer allowed the New York Yankees to beat Texas for the second straight night.

Nick Swisher snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run blast to support Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-ke kah-ROH'-dah) in the Yankees' 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. Neither team scored until Swisher's drive to right-center in the bottom of the seventh, one night after his grand slam erased a 2-0 deficit. Mark Teixeira (the-SHEHR'-uh) homered one batter later to cap the scoring.

Kuroda had a no-hitter until Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) led off the seventh with an infield single. Kuroda picked up his 11th victory of the year and lowered his ERA to 3.06.

The Bombers now lead the AL East by six games over Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

Texas still leads the AL West by six games over Oakland after the Athletics were shut out 5-0 at Kansas City. Jeremy Guthrie gave up only three singles while striking out a season-high eight over seven innings.

The Rays lost a game in the AL East standings by blowing a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning of a 3-2 loss at Seattle. Fernando Rodney gave up a sacrifice fly to Justin Smoak and a game-winning single to Eric Thames (tihmz) after Matt Moore limited the Mariners to a run and six hits while striking out nine in seven innings.

In other American League play, Jose Quintana allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings as the Chicago White Sox topped Toronto 3-2. Quintana won for the first time in his last six starts and helped the White Sox won in Toronto for only the fourth time in 21 games since 2007.

Detroit remains two games behind the Central-leading White Sox after Miguel Cabrera delivered an RBI single and a run-scoring double in the Tigers' 8-4 win at Minnesota. Cabrera is the first player with 100 RBIs this year, and the third in Tigers history to drive in 100 in five straight seasons.

Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in four runs as Baltimore whipped Boston 7-1 to stay six games behind the East-leading Yankees. Wei-Yin Chen (way-yihn chehn) gave up one run, nine hits and a walk in six-plus innings to pick up his 11th win and help the Orioles move 10 games over .500 for the first time since late June.

The Angels were 9-6 winners over Cleveland as Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) crushed a three-run homer and had four RBIs. Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) gave up four runs over seven innings to claim his first win since being acquired from Milwaukee late last month.

Over to the National League, where Madison Bumgarner went the distance on a five-hitter to pitch San Francisco to a 6-1 win over Washington. Bumgarner took a shutout into the seventh and pitched the Giants to their first victory over the Nationals in five tries this season.

Brandon Belt had three hits and drove in three runs, including an RBI single during the Giants' four-run eighth.

With the victory, the Giants stay in a first-place tie with Los Angeles in the NL West. The Nationals saw their lead in the East trimmed to 4 ½ games over Atlanta.

The Dodgers tied their season high for runs in a game. Luis Cruz tied career highs with three hits and three RBIs as Los Angeles hammered Pittsburgh 11-0. Chad Billingsley allowed only five hits in eight innings to pitch Kevin Correia (koh-RAY'-uh), who had won seven consecutive decisions before surrendering five runs in six innings.

The Pirates are six games behind the Central-leading Reds following their fifth loss in six games.

Jay Bruce belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Cincinnati a 3-0 win over the New York Mets. Matos Latos (LAY'-tohs) had to settle for a no-decision despite limiting the Mets to five hits in seven shutout innings.

St. Louis remains seven games behind the Reds after Matt Holliday socked a two-run homer and John Jay added a solo shot to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead in an 8-2 rout of Arizona. Rookie Joe Kelly allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings, blanking the Diamondbacks into Miguel Montero's two-run shot in the seventh.

Tim Hudson combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as Atlanta blanked San Diego 6-0 to end a two-game skid. Martin Prado (PRAH'-doh) launched a three-run homer and Dan Uggla (UHG'-lah) added a solo shot to power the Braves to their 15th victory in 20 games.

Kyle Kendrick have up five hits in seven innings as the Phillies shut out the Marlins for the second straight night, this time 1-0. Neither team scored after Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a homer, sending manager Charlie Manuel to his 700th career victory.

Carlos Gonzalez produced four of Colorado's 15 hits in an 8-6 win against Milwaukee. Eric Young and Wilin Rosario homered for the Rockies, who led 8-2 in the seventh but ended the game facing the potential go-ahead run at the plate.

The Astros won for only the third time in their last 28 road games as Brett Wallace and Fernando Martinez each hit three-run homers in a 10-1 laugher against the Cubs. Lucas Harrell gave up a run and six hits in eight innings for his 10th win.


Pedroia refutes Yahoo! report...Inge, Patton on DL...Fuentes takes leave...Mets get Shoppach

UNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox infielder Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) says he believes none of the team's problems this season should be attributed to first-year manager Bobby Valentine.

Pedroia addressed a report from Yahoo! Sports that he complained about Valentine's performance at a meeting with team owner John Henry and team president Larry Lucchino last month. Pedroia says has a "great" relationship with Valentine and will go out there and play for him any day of the week.

Yahoo! Sports said Pedroia and teammate Adrian Gonzalez were "the most vocal" at a July 27 meeting in New York.

In other major league news, Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte says recent X-rays on his broken lower left leg look better than they did last month, but he's still not sure when he might be cleared to throw off a mound. Pettitte says he realizes that if he has another setback, his season is "probably over." He broke the leg on June 28 and experienced swelling in his left ankle last month, forcing him to be shut down for a while and delaying his recovery.

The Athletics have placed third baseman Brandon Inge (IHNJ) on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. He's been on the disabled list two other times this season with groin strains.

The Diamondbacks' disabled list now includes reliever Takashi Saito (tah-KAH'-shee SY'-toh), who's out with a strained left hamstring. The 42-year-old Saito has no record and a 6.14 ERA in 10 games with Arizona.

The Orioles have placed left-hander Troy Patton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle suffered in a parking garage. Patton is 1-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 50 games and has limited opposing batters to a .218 batting average.

Mariners first baseman Mike Carp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin muscle and recalled Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

The Cardinals have put relief pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list after the left-hander told the team he needed time off due to personal reasons. The 37-year-old Fuentes signed as a minor league free agent last month and has appeared in six games, totaling five innings.

Blue Jays, catcher Jeff Mathis has agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract for 2013 for 2014.

Catcher Kelly Shoppach (SHAH'-pak) has been acquired by the Mets from the Red Sox for a player to be named following a waiver claim.

And Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has been suspended for one game following a weekend argument over balls and strikes.


Benson meets with Goodell

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans owner Tom Benson has met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') in New York to discuss matters concerning both the team and the league. While the NFL and the Saints are providing very few details, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel says the meeting was productive and that Benson looks forward to many more discussions with the commissioner.

The meeting comes amid the backdrop of lawsuits filed by current and former Saints players who've challenged the findings of the NFL's bounty investigation.

Goodell has used the NFL's findings as the basis for season-long suspensions of Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma.


Bears linebacker has knee surgery

UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (UR'-lahk-ur) has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener. The Bears said that Urlacher had an arthroscopic debridement procedure to help relieve swelling in the knee and was back at training camp by 10 a.m. He missed the offseason training program after spraining the medial collateral ligament and partially spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in the final game last year against Minnesota.

Urlacher was ready for the start of camp, but has not practiced since July 31. He said Sunday that he expects to be ready for the opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 9.

Also in the NFL, New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is being treated for a blood clot in his left calf. Rogers experienced swelling in his lower leg after playing in the preseason opener Friday. The Super Bowl champions did not say how long Rogers would be sidelined.

Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has been sidelined since he sustained a concussion Aug. 3, and it's not clear when he'll be able to practice again. Jennings is considered unlikely to play in Thursday night's preseason game against Cleveland at Lambeau Field.

Eagles coach Andy Reid says cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has whiplash-type symptoms but no concussion after a mid-air collision on Monday. Asomugha skipped Tuesday's walkthrough after colliding with safety Nate Allen, leaving him motionless on the turf for several minutes.

Redskins defensive tackle Chris Neild is out for the season after suffering a torn left ACL in practice Monday. Neild had two sacks while appearing in all 16 games for Washington last year after being taken in the seventh round of the 2011 draft.

Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper broke his left forearm at practice and could miss up to six weeks. He got caught at the bottom of a pile during team drills early in practice.

And Chad Johnson's wife has filed for divorce after a 41-day marriage. The former Miami Dolphins receiver was arrested last weekend for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.


NHLPA puts contract plan on the table

TORONTO (AP) — The NHL Players' Association has made its first contract proposal, less than five weeks before a league-imposed deadline for reaching an agreement.

Union head Donald Fehr (feer) says players are prepared to surrender as much as $465 million in revenue over three years under the proposal if the league continues to grow at an average rate. That figure could swell to $800 if growth holds at the same rate as the last two seasons. However, the proposal also contains a player-controlled fourth-year option that would see the CBA revert to its current terms.

The union is also willing to limit long-term contracts to five years.

The NHL last month made its proposal that featured a 20 percent reduction of players' share of revenues and limitations to free agency.

The current CBA expires Sept. 15. The NHL has said there will be a lockout if a new agreement isn't in place by then.


Big East picks new commish

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big East has hired CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco to be commissioner of a conference now in rebuilding mode.

Aresco has been a vice president in charge of programming for CBS since 1996. He's handled the network's contract negotiations with the NCAA for the rights to the men's basketball tournament, and he's also negotiated CBS's 15-year deal with the Southeastern Conference.