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Associated Press

Posted on July 14, 2013 at 8:35 PM


Verlander loses no-hit bid

UNDATED (AP) — Just hours after San Francisco Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-seh-kuhm) tossed a no-hitter, Justin Verlander flirted with one.

The Tigers pitcher held Texas hitless until the seventh inning in a 5-0 Detroit win. Mitch Moreland's two-out double to right-center broke up Verlander's bid for his third career no-hitter. Verlander left the game after the seventh with a tight right quad muscle, having allowed just that one hit and three walks. He improved to 10-6.

Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta hit solo homers off Texas starter Martin Perez. The Rangers finished with two hits.

In other AL action before the start of the All-Star break:

— Chris Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the AL record before the All-Star break, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4. Davis doubled in two runs in the first inning and hit a two-run homer in the third to give him 93 RBIs, second-most in the majors behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera. Toronto manager John Gibbons had one word to describe Davis: "Superman."

— Rookie Chris Archer pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 5-0. Archer struck out eight and walked none to improve to 4-3 in his 13th big league start. Desmond Jennings homered as the Rays won for the 14th time in 16 games. Houston has lost 12 of 15 and has the worst record in the majors at 33-61.

— Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double to cap a three-run sixth in Cleveland's 6-4 win over Kansas City. The Indians got into the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak and 51-44 record. It's Cleveland's most wins at the break since they last made the playoffs in 200

— Aaron Hicks had a three-run homer to help Minnesota top the Yankees 10-4. The Twins beat CC Sabathia (suh-BA'-thee-uh) for the first time in six years to take two of three from the Yankees.

— Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH'-shee ih-wah-KOO'-muh) won for the first time in over a month and the Seattle Mariners completed their first sweep of the season, beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3.

Over in the NL:

— Dillon Gee allowed an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings to help the Mets beat Pittsburgh 4-2. John Buck's two-run single highlighted a three-run first inning for New York.

—Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in Cincinnati's four-run third inning on the way to an 8-4 win over Atlanta. The Braves head into the break leading the NL East by six games over Washington.

— Denard Span had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-out RBI double in the 10th inning, and Washington beat the Miami Marlins 5-2.

— Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh) hit a two-run double to cap a three-run sixth in Cleveland's 6-4 win over Kansas City. The Indians got into the All-Star break with a four-game winning streak and 51-44 record. It's Cleveland's most wins at the break since they last made the playoffs in 2007.

— John Mayberry Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Philadelphia over the White Sox 4-3. All three games in the series went extra innings with the teams played a totaling 34 innings over 11 hours, 12 minutes.

— Carlos Quentin hit one of San Diego's four home runs and drove in three runs as the Padres routed Barry Zito (ZEE'-toh) and the San Francisco Giants 10-1, a day after being no-hit by Tim Lincecum (LINZ'-ih-kuhm).

— Wily (WIH'-lee) Peralta pitched seven effective innings, Logan Schafer homered and drove in two runs and the Milwaukee Brewers ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1.

— Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) hit a two-run homer and drove in another run to help the Colorado Rockies defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 to earn a split in their four-game series.

__ Darwin Barney cracked a three-run home run in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs are tied with St. Louis 4-4 at Wrigley Field tonight. The Cardinals have 12-game winner Adam Wainwright and his 2.30 ERA to the mound against the Cubs. He's opposed by Travis Wood, who's 6-6, but has a respectable 2.69 ERA.


All-Star teams get replacements

NEW YORK (AP) — Pittsburgh pitcher Mark Melancon (MEHL'-ehn-suhn) has been picked as a replacement for the NL All-Star team, giving the Pirates five players in the game for the first time since 1972.

NL manager Bruce Bochy (BOH'-chee) also selected Sergio Romo, his San Francisco Giants closer, as a replacement pick Sunday along with Atlanta catcher Brian McCann. Pirates pitcher Jeff Locke, Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, all on the original NL All-Star roster, are hurt and will miss Tuesday night's game at Citi Field.

Baltimore pitcher Chris Tillman, Kansas City closer Greg Holland and Oakland closer Grant Balfour were chosen by AL manager Jim Leyland (LEE'-lahnd) of Detroit to replace Tigers ace Justin Verlander, Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma and Oakland's Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN'), who all started Sunday.

In other All-Star news:

__Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has a thumb injury and he's out of the All-Star game.

— Matt Davidson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a two-run homer and the United States beat the World Team 4-2 in the All-Star Futures Game, baseball's annual showcase for top minor league prospects.


Phils place Revere on DL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have placed outfielder Ben Revere on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he broke his right foot by fouling a ball off of it.

Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro says Revere will have further tests on Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

Revere is hitting .305 this season and .431 in the last 15 games.


Vickers surprise winner

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — After four years of health scares and unemployment put his promising career in doubt, Brian Vickers kept pushing toward the finish line. He got there Sunday as the surprise winner at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He called reaching Victory Lane "one of the most special events in my life."

Vickers pulled into the lead late and took off on the green-white-checkered finish to win NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The surprise winner snapped a 75-race losing streak in the series with his third career Cup victory. Vickers drives a part-time schedule for Michael Waltrip Racing and has competed in just his eighth race of the season.

Kyle Busch was second and Jeff Burton third. Pole winner Brad Keselowski was fourth and Aric Almirola fifth.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson brushed off his 43rd-place start to finish sixth.


Shepherd oldest driver to start Sprint Cup race

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Morgan Shepherd has become the oldest driver to start a race in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.

The 71-year-old Shepherd finished 41st in the 43-car field Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He made his Cup debut in 1970 and won four times in NASCAR's top series. He lasted 92 laps before vibration in his car ended his run.

Jim Fitzgerald was 65 when he raced in 1987 at Riverside International Raceway.


Dixon completes weekend sweep

TORONTO (AP) — Scott Dixon has swept the doubleheader weekend at Toronto with an easy victory Sunday on the street circuit.

It's Dixon's third consecutive win — in seven days — and it vaulted him from seventh in the standings to second.

His 32nd career victory also gave Dixon sole possession of seventh on the all-time wins list, ahead of teammate Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee), Sebastien Bourdais (bohr-DAY') and Paul Tracy.

IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz) was second and Bourdais third.


Teen-ager wins three-way playoff

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — The PGA Tour has its first teen-age winner in 82 years.

Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic. He's the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in the last 82 years.

Spieth hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in the British Open that starts Thursday. He is also the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.

Spieth forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation.


Perry finishes strong to win

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kenny Perry has completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win the U.S. Senior Open.

Perry shot a final-round 63 and won his second straight senior major by five strokes over Fred Funk. His 64-63 finish set a tournament record for the last 36 holes.

The 52-year-old Kentuckian started the final round two shots behind leader Michael Allen, but was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third.

Perry won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago.


Park wins playoff

WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Hee Young Park beat Angela Stafford on the third extra hole to claim the title at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Both finished regulation at 26-under par.


Mickelson wins in playoff

INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to win the Scottish Open. Mickelson made amends on the 18th hole after bogeying it as the final hole of regulation to fall into a tie with South Africa's Brandon Grace. Both finished regulation 17-under par.

Mickelson clinched the victory by hitting a wedge on the par-5 18th to within tap-in distance. Grace needed to sink a long distance putt with a big break in order to continue the playoff, but left it to the right of the cup.


Manning's chief blocker signs 5-year deal

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos locked up left tackle Ryan Clady by signing Peyton Manning's blindside protector to a five-year deal worth up to $57.5 million.

The Broncos and Clady have been at odds over a long-term contract for more than a year. Had he not signed by Monday, he would have played under a one-year, $9.823 million deal because of the franchise tag.

Instead, Clady has a deal that guarantees him at least $33 million and should keep him in Denver through the end of Manning's playing days.


Froome wins stage, extends lead

MONT VENTOUX, France (AP) — British rider Chris Froome showed why he remains the overwhelming Tour de France favorite by winning Sunday's grueling 15th stage up to Mont Ventoux to extend his overall lead.

The win means Froome effectively made up the time he lost on Friday's sprint stage. He now holds a 4 minutes, 14 seconds advantage.


18 killed in stampede in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Police say at least 18 people have been killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted to protest a local boxer's loss in a championship match in eastern Indonesia.

Lt. Col. Gede Sumerta Jaya says the victims were trampled as about 1,500 spectators scrambled out the stadium when a riot broke out just before midnight Sunday.