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Associated Press

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Updated Saturday, Jul 20 at 7:06 AM


Rookie Barnes has five-hit cycle... Red Sox take opener at Fenway

UNDATED (AP)__ Houston rookie outfielder Brandon Barnes had quite a night in the Astros' 10-7 loss to Seattle. Barnes had a five-hit cycle.

Barnes hit a solo homer in the second inning and had a run-scoring triple in the fourth. He singled in the sixth inning and completed the cycle with a sharp groundball double down the right field line in the eighth inning. Just for good measure, he had an infield single in the ninth.

It is the eighth time an Astro has hit for the cycle and the first time since Luke Scott did it on May 28, 2006, against Arizona.

The center fielder is the first right-handed Houston hitter to accomplish the feat since Craig Biggio (BIH'-zhee-oh) did it on April 8, 2002, at Colorado.

Seattle rookie Brad Miller hit his first two homers and drove in five. Mariners have homered in 23 straight games.

In other AL action on the first night of play after the All-Star game:

— Jacoby (juh-KOH'-bee) Ellsbury and Johnny Gomes homered to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees in the opener of their three-game series at Fenway Park. Ellsbury homered on Andy Pettitte's second pitch of the game

__Tampa Bay outscored Toronto 8-5. Ryan Roberts singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning. Evan Longoria, Wil Myers, Kelly Johnson and Ben Zobrist all went deep for the Rays.

— Baltimore trimmed Texas 3-1 for Buck Showalter's 250th win as Orioles manager. Showalter is one of four managers in big league history to win at least 250 games with four different teams.

— Joe Mauer's two-out RBI single in the eighth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over Cleveland. The winning run was set up on an error by Indians first baseman Nick Swisher.

— Ervin Santana allowed two singles in 7 1-3 innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 to snap a five-game losing streak. Santana is 6-6.

— The L.A. Angels beat Oakland 4-1. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) and Mike Trout each hit their 16th homer. Erick Aybar (EYE'-bar) also went deep.

Over in the NL:

__ World Series champion San Francisco blanked Arizona 2-0. Giants hurler Chad Gaudin (goh-DAN') went seven innings, allowing just three singles and struck out eight. Gaudin and four relievers combined on a five-hit shutout.

— Jake Westbrook pitched 6 1-3 innings of two-run ball and contributed three hits and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 9-6. All-Star Matt Carpenter continued his strong season with three hits and three RBIs.

— Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) swatted a leadoff home run in the ninth inning off Rafael Soriano and the L.A. Dodgers opened their second half with a 3-2 victory at Washington. Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers' other runs.

__ The Philadelphia Phillies have moved into second place in the NL East. The Phils built an 11-0 lead after three innings and routed the New York Mets 13-8. Domonic Brown hit his 24th homer, one of three Phils homers.

—Cincinnati trimmed Pittsburgh 5-3. Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double. Mike Leake improved to 9-4 with the win. The third-place Reds moved within three games of second-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

— Juan Francisco and Carlos Gomez each hit home runs and Kyle Lohse (lohsh) blanked Miami for six innings as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked Miami 2-0.

__ The Chicago Cubs beat Colorado 3-1 at Coors Field. Alfonso Soriano hit his 17th homer. Cubs closer Kevin Gregg induced Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) into a game-ending double play with the tying runs on base.

In the interleague game, Atlanta beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 to take a six and a-half game lead in the NL East. Brian McCann hit his 13th homer and drove in three.


Jeter back on the DL...Cobb to start rehab next Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter is back on the disabled list. The Yankees have announced that their captain has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right quad strain. He sustained the injury in his first game back with the team last week after being out all season with a broken left ankle.

The 39-year-old shortstop singled on his first pitch in a major league game this year as the Yankees beat Kansas City on July 11, but he left in the eighth inning when his quad tightened.

In other baseball news:

— Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, who sustained a concussion when he was hit in the head by a batted ball in mid-June, is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Charlotte on Tuesday. Cobb, 6-2 with a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts, was cleared to begin his rehab after throwing 59 pitches in a four inning simulated game Thursday.


Jimenez up by 1 at Muirfield

GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — The British Open is still wide open, especially given the devilish conditions at Muirfeld that have turned the tournament into a test of patience and resilience.

There are just nine players under par after 36 holes of play.

The leader is Miguel Angel Jimenez (AHN'-hehl hee-MEHN'-ehz). He followed up his opening-round 68 with an even-par 71 on Friday to remain 3-under. The 49-year-old is trying to become the oldest major champion in golf history. Julius Boros was 48 when he won the PGA Championship.

Several players are tied for second at 2-under, including Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods. For Woods, the world's top-ranked player, his even-par-71 included three birdies and three bogeys.

First-round leader Zach Johnson, the winner of the 2007 Masters, had a hard-earned 4-over-75 to finish play at 1-under.

Bubba Watson, 19-year old Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Phil Mickelson are not far off the lead at 1-over.

In all, there are nine winners of major championships lurking within four shots of the lead.


Some familiar names taking weekend off

GULLANE, Scotland (AP)— Some of golf's best will not be in the hunt this weekend as they failed to make the cut at the British Open, which was 8 over par. U.S. Open champion Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk), Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah), Vijay Singh (sing), Lucas Glover and Bill Haas all missed the cut.


Crowded at the top

MADISON, Miss. (AP) — Vaughn Taylor, Fabian Gomez, Paul Stankowski, Kyle Reifers and Troy Matteson are tied for the clubhouse lead during the second round of the PGA's Sanderson Farms Championship. They're all in the clubhouse at 10 under par. First-round leader Daniel Summerhays is also at 10 under par but he has completed just eight holes before darkness fell.


Creamer tied for the top

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Former winner Paula Creamer shares the lead with Spain's Beatriz Recari and Alison Walshe at 8-under 134 at the midway point of the Marathon Classic, the tournament formerly known as the Jamie Farr Classic. Top-ranked Inbee Park, a six-time winner on the LPGA Tour, is lurking just two shots off the lead.


Rypien in front

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien (RIP'-ihn) had an eagle and three birdies to take a two-point lead after the first round of the American Century Championship. This event uses the modified Stableford scoring system.


Niners get CB Wright from Bucs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional selection in the 2014 draft to the Buccaneers.

The trade comes one week after Wright was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge. He was released after posting bond.

Last season, Wright was suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy in his first — and only — season with the Bucs.


NHL to send players

NEW YORK (AP) — Players from the National Hockey League are Olympic bound. A deal has been reached that will send the world's best players to Sochi (SOH'-chee), Russia, next February. This marks the fifth straight Olympics dating to Nagano in 1998 that the NHL will allow its players to participate. The league will take a break from the regular season Feb. 9 and return to action Feb. 26. The hockey tournament runs Feb. 12-23.


Champs open Oct. 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Opening night Oct. 1 will feature the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks hosting Washington. The regular NHL season concludes April 13, with the playoffs beginning three days later.

A four-game NHL Stadium Series will feature Southern California rivals Anaheim and Los Angeles facing off in Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25. The Rangers will take on their local rivals, the Devils and Islanders, in a pair of games at Yankee Stadium three days apart. First up will be the Rangers and Devils in a Jan. 26 matinee, followed by the Rangers and Islanders in prime time on Jan. 29.

The last will be a matchup between the Penguins and Blackhawks at Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears, on March 1 at night.


No more aerial camera systems

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems Friday, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped and injured fans and damaged some cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ten people were injured during the Coca-Cola 600 when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand on May 26.


Froome poised for win

ANNECY, France (AP) — The 20th and penultimate stage of the Tour de France has started with Chris Froome looking to stay safe at all costs on the last difficult mountain stage of the race.

The 78-mile trek features two big climbs.

Froome will take no risks with a lead of 5 minutes, 11 seconds over archrival Alberto Contador of Spain that is too big to close unless he has an unexpected problem.

Once he has safely gotten through Saturday, Froome has a largely processional stage to Paris on Sunday, where he is set to become the second British rider to win the race after Bradley Wiggins' success last year.