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Phils end Dodgers' streak...Tigers stretch lead
UNDATED (AP) — Ryan Dempster might receive a few thank-you cards from major leaguers this week, players who've been embarrassed by steroid use in baseball.
Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Boston's 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees, leading to the ejection of manager Joe Girardi. Dempster's first pitch of the at-bat went behind A-Rod's knees, and the next two were inside before the fourth hit the Yankees third baseman. The benches and bullpens emptied following the plunking, but order was quickly restored without further incident.
Rodriguez got the better of Dempster four innings later, hitting his 649th career homer to pull within 11 of tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. It sparked a four-run rally that allowed the Bombers to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 lead.
It marked the second time A-Rod has been hit by a pitch since receiving a 211-game suspension for his participation with Biogenesis, a shuttered anti-aging facility that sold performance-enhancing drugs to major leaguers.
Brett Gardner had the game's key hit, a bases-loaded triple that allowed the Yanks to take the rubber match of the series.
The loss cuts the Red Sox's lead in the American League East to one game over Tampa Bay.
Jose Lobaton hit a solo homer in the 10th inning to push the Rays past Toronto 2-1. Rays starter Chris Archer was working on a three-hit shutout until Edwin Encarnacion homered with two outs in the seventh.
The Detroit Tigers have a seven-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central following one more homer by Miguel Cabrera and another victory by Max Scherzer.
Cabrera banged out his 40th homer and drove in three as the Tigers earned a 6-3 victory and a four-game split with Kansas City. He's just the third player since 1921 to have at least 40 homers, 120 RBIs and a .350 average through 116 games. Cabrera tops the majors with a .360 average and 120 RBIs.
Scherzer added to his major league-leading win total, joining Roger Clemens as the only pitchers since 1919 to open a season 18-1. Scherzer limited the Royals to two runs and five hits in eight innings.
Oakland was a 7-3 winner against the Indians to pull within one game of first-place Texas in the AL West. Chris Young and Alberto Callaspo (ky-AS'-poh) hit solo homers in the fifth inning, Josh Donaldson had three RBIs and the Athletics' bullpen pitched shutout ball for 4 1/3 innings.
Seattle beat the Rangers 4-3 on Kyle Seager's RBI double with two outs in the ninth. Yu Darvish picked up a no-decision after fanning seven in 7 1/3 innings, raising his major league-leading strikeout total to 214.
The Philadelphia Phillies have earned their first victory under new manager Ryne Sandberg while cooling off baseball's hottest team.
Hanley Ramirez committed two errors in the ninth inning, the second of which allowed Casper Wells to score the winning run in the Phillies' 3-2 verdict over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers held a 2-0 lead by the top of the fourth before ending a 10-game winning streak.
Darin Ruf began the Phils' comeback with a solo homer, snapping Philadelphia's 22 2/3-inning scoreless streak. Carlos Ruiz had four hits as the Phillies handed the Dodgers just the ninth loss in their last 51 games.
L.A. also lost for only the second in its last 21 road games, slicing their large lead in the National League West to 7 ½ games over Arizona.
The Diamondbacks gained ground by outlasting Pittsburgh 4-2 in 16 innings. Adam Eaton snapped a two-all deadlock with a two-run double that also capped his four-hit afternoon. Aaron Hill also had four hits and an RBI for the D-Backs, who remain five games behind Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card berth.
The Pirates' lead in the NL Central is down to one game after second-place St. Louis knocked off the Cubs 6-1 in Chicago. Jon Jay hit a three-run homer and collected four RBIs to back 14-game winner Adam Wainwright, who struck out 11 over seven innings. Matt Carpenter's two-run single also helped Wainwright win for the first time since July 21.
Checking out the rest of the major league schedule, Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson hit RBI singles in the first inning before Julio Teheran and the Atlanta bullpen made the runs stand up in a 2-1 verdict over Washington. Teheran allowed a run and stranded nine runners in six innings as the Braves stretched their lead in the NL East to 15 ½ games over the Nationals.
Cincinnati clobbered Milwaukee 9-1 as Homer Bailey held the Brewers to a run and three hits in eight innings. Ryan Hanigan had three RBIs and Brandon Phillips drove in a pair to help Bailey beat the Brewers for only the second time in nine career decisions.
Chris Davis went 4 for 5 with his major league-leading 45th home run as Baltimore earned a 7-2 win against Colorado to stay three games behind Oakland for the final AL wild-card berth. Adam Jones went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored to help Scott Feldman pick up his first victory in nearly a month.
Jeff Mathis hit an early homer and doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning of Miami's 6-5 win over San Francisco.
Alexei Ramirez homered and had three RBIs as the Chicago White Sox downed Minnesota 5-2.
Houston has back-to-back series victories for the first time since June after Matt Dominguez tied a career high with four hits and provided a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning of the Astros' 7-5 win over the Angels.
Will Venable homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give San Diego a 4-3 victory and a four-game split with the New York Mets.
Logano takes checkered flag
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Joey Logano earned his first win of the season and boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup by capturing the Michigan 400.
Logano held off Kevin Harvick after both breezed past Mark Martin, who ran out of fuel with just over three laps to go.
Logano has moved up to 13th with three races left before the Chase. He's just 7 points behind Martin Truex Jr. for the final wildcard spot.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson lasted less than 60 laps in his backup car before engine trouble knocked him out. He still leads the standings by 41 points over Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur).
Source: Dolphins Keller done for season
UNDATED (AP) — A person with familiar with the diagnosis says Miami Dolphins tight end Dustin Keller will miss the entire season because of a right knee injury. The person confirmed the extent of the injury Sunday on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins hadn't commented.
Keller was hurt in the second quarter of Saturday's exhibition game at Houston and was carted off the field.
Elsewhere around training camps;
— Buffalo rookie quarterback EJ Manuel had what Bills coach Doug Marrone would only call "a procedure" on his left knee Sunday morning and will miss the rest of the preseason. Marrone declined to characterize the medical attention the quarterback received as anything other than a "procedure." Marrone says it was "very, very minor" and that Manuel has a good chance of returning before the start of the regular season.
— Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles returned to Chiefs practice with no hesitation despite a lingering right foot strain that caused soreness to travel halfway up his leg. It was Charles first practice since suffering the injury Monday.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) —Patrick Reed birdied the second playoff hole to win the Wyndham Championship for his first PGA Tour title. He beat Jordan Spieth (SPEETH), who earned his first tour win earlier this year. Reed and Spieth finished regulation at 14-under 266. Reed closed with a 4-under 66, and Spieth had a 65.
A first for Bart Bryant
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Bart Bryant has his first Champions Tour victory, taking the Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y. Bryant followed his tournament record-tying 10-under 62 with a 72 for a 16-under total, one shot ahead of Russ Cochran and Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn).
Europe routs US to retain Cup
PARKER, Colo. (AP) —It was a day of firsts for Caroline Hedwall and the European team in the Solheim Cup at Colorado.
Hedwall became the first player in tournament history to win all five of her matches, completing the feat with a 1-up victory that allowed Europe to repeat as Solheim Cup champions for the first time.
Moments later, Catriona Matthew finished off a rally to halve her match against Gerina Piller. That gave Europe 14¼ points for its first win on American soil since this event in 1990.
Englishman wins US Amateur
BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Matt Fitzpatrick has won the U.S. Amateur, beating Oliver Goss 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. Fitzpatrick becomes the first English champion of the tournament since 1911.
Fitzpatrick won when Goss missed a par putt on No. 15 at The Country Club.
Bolt sweeps sprint golds with relay win
MOSCOW (AP) — Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt has done it again, earning his third gold medal of the world championships. The 100- and 200-meter world champ anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100-meter relay. It's the second time Bolt has swept the sprint triple at the worlds, matching the two he's won at the Olympics.
The United States finished second by 30-hundredths of a second.
With his victory, Bolt moved to the top of the career world championships medals table with eight gold and two silver, edging Carl Lewis, who has eight gold, one silver and one bronze.
Jamaica also took the gold in the women's 4x100 relay with the United States moving up to second after France was disqualified.
Matt Centrowicz grabbed silver for the U.S. in the 1,500 meters.
Will Claye of the United States took bronze in the triple jump. American Brenda Martinez won bronze in the women's 800 meters.
Nadal tops Isner
CINCINNATI (AP) —Rafael Nadal outlasted John Isner 7-6, 7-6 to win the Western & Southern Open to extend his successful seasonlong run.
The 27-year-old Spaniard won back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his career.
Nadal is 53-3 this year and has reached the finals in 11 of his last 12 tournaments.
Nadal fared better than top-ranked Serena Williams, who ended a 14-match winning streak by losing to No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-ALABAMA-SMITH ARRESTED
Tide cornerback charged with DUI.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama cornerback Geno Smith has been charged with driving under the influence.
The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department's online records show the sophomore for the top-ranked Crimson Tide was arrested Sunday and jailed on $1,000 bond. He had not been released as of Sunday afternoon.
Smith played in all 13 games as a freshman during last season's national championship run. He was expected to compete for a starting job.
Olympian indicted for murder
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was indicted today on a charge of murdering his girlfriend, and prosecutors said witnesses heard a woman screaming before the sound of fatal gunshots fired by the double-amputee Olympian in the early hours of Valentine's Day.
Pistorius, who was in court for the indictment and wept before proceedings began, also will face a charge of illegal possession of ammunition when he goes on trial March 3 in a court in the South African capital, Pretoria.
Prosecutors said Pistorius shot "with the intention to kill a person," and a prosecution spokesman said after the hearing that it was premeditated murder.