Update on the latest in sports


Associated Press

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 25 at 7:35 AM


Scherzer shines for Tigers again...Bosox finally win at Dodger Stadium...Rays keep pace with Bosox

UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers rode their new ace to a win over the New York Mets' ace.

Max Scherzer outpitched Matt Harvey in leading Detroit to a 3-0 shutout at New York. Scherzer hit an RBI double in the second inning and limited the Mets to three hits while striking out 11 in just six innings. He joined Rube Marquard and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers in modern major league history to open a season 19-1.

Andy Dirks went 3-for-3 against Harvey, who allowed a career-high 13 hits but just two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles to remain in a virtual tie for first place in the American League East.

Jon Lester is 12-7 after limiting the Dodgers to a run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings to pitch Boston to a 4-2 victory. Lester carried a shutout into the eighth and helped the Bosox end the Dodgers' four-game winning streak.

Boston did its scoring in the first inning, highlighted by Jonny Gomes' (GOHM'-zehz) three-run homer. Mike Napoli added three hits and an RBI as the Red Sox won at Dodger Stadium for the first time in five games.

The Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-2 behind David Price, who limited the Bombers to two runs and five hits in six innings. The Yankees led 2-1 in the sixth until Ben Zobrist hit a two-run double and scored on Evan Longoria's single. Longoria added a solo homer to help Price win his fifth consecutive decision and improve to 7-1 since a stint on the disabled list for a left triceps strain.

There's also a first-place tie in the National League Central following Pittsburgh's 6-3 loss at San Francisco. The Giants put together a four-run first against Francisco Liriano, who lasted just four innings and fell to 14-6. Pablo Sandoval had two RBIs, and Buster Posey went 3-for-5 with a ribbie and a run scored.

The outcome puts the Pirates in a deadlock with St. Louis at 76-53.

Matt Carpenter and Carlos Beltran each smacked solo homers, and Shelby Miller three-hit the Braves over seven innings of the Cardinals' 6-2 victory against Atlanta. Beltran and Matt Holliday each had two RBIs for the Redbirds, who have won the first three games of the series to cut Atlanta's lead in the NL East to 12 games over Washington.

Zack Cozart (KOH'-zahrt) hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer and had three RBIs as Cincinnati doubled up Milwaukee 6-3 to pull within 2 ½ games of the Bucs. Ryan Ludwick, Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) and Chris Heisey (HY'-see) added solo homers to support Bronson Arroyo's 13th victory.

In other major league action, Carlos Stanana and Jason Kipnis hit two-run homers as Cleveland beat Minnesota 7-2 to stay six games behind the AL East-leading Tigers and pull within 2 ½ games of Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth. Zach McAllister won his third consecutive straight by holding the Twins to two runs in 7 1/3 innings.

Kansas City continued to play itself out of the AL playoff picture by suffering its seventh consecutive loss, 7-2 to visiting Washington. Jordan Zimmermann picked up his 15th victory to tie for the National League lead, allowing two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3s.

Oakland pulled out a 2-1 win at Baltimore on Coco Crisp's home run leading off the ninth inning. Jarrod Parker gave up one run, five hits and three walks to improve to 8-0 in 16 starts since May 22.

The A's are within 2 ½ games of first-place Texas in the AL West after Josh Phegley hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Chicago White Sox a 3-2 win over the Rangers in the Civil Rights Game. Adam Dunn tied it with a two-run blast in the sixth, a half-inning after former teammate Alex Rios hit a two-run shot.

Jason Castro was 3-for-3 with a pair of homers, three RBIs and three runs scored in Houston's 8-5 triumph against Toronto. Castro hit a two-run blast in the third inning while the Astros were building a 7-0 lead.

Darwin Barney led a two-run seventh that gave the Chicago Cubs a 3-2 win over San Diego, tying the game with a double and scoring on Anthony Rizzo's single. Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR'-juh) gave up a pair of runs and seven hits while striking out seven in eight innings.

Miami blanked Colorado 3-0 behind rookie Jose Fernandez, who gave up just four hits while fanning eight in seven innings. Fernandez is 10-5 with a 2.30 ERA.

Mike Trout hit a two-run homer and Jason Vargas pitched into the seventh inning of the Angels' 5-1 win at Seattle. J.B. Shuck provided three of the Angels' 11 hits.

The longest game of the day was in Philadelphia, where the Diamondbacks scored five times in the 18th inning to pull out a 12-7 win over the Phillies. Adam Eaton's fourth hit and second RBI of the game was a tiebreaking double off Casper Wells, who was eventually replaced by fellow position player John McDonald. Gerardo Parra had five hits and three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who coughed up a 7-3 lead in the eighth before ending a three-game losing streak.


Mauer to stay on concussion list

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Minnesota Twins say All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is not going to be activated from the seven-day concussion list when the team begins a homestand next week. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said doctors have told Mauer to rest until at least Tuesday, the day he would be eligible to come off the concussion disabled list.

Mauer was placed on the list earlier this week after he became dizzy during his pregame routine.

Also in the majors, the Pittsburgh Pirates have placed leadoff hitter Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand. Marte hasn't played since Aug. 18, when his hand was stepped on during a stolen base attempt against Arizona.

Arizona reliever J.J. Putz (puts) is on the 15-day DL after dislocating his right pinky during Friday's loss to Philadelphia. The Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno.

And Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen has landed on the 15-day DL after his appendix was removed in Seattle on Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh) doesn't realistically expect Jepsen to return this season.


Kuchar, Woodland tied for the lead

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland share the lead after three rounds of The Barclays. Kurchar shot a 1-under 70 while Woodland posted a 68 to get to 12-under par in the first of the four FedEx Cup playoff events.

Kevin Chappell (CHAP'-ul) fired a bogey-free 9-under 62 to break the tournament course record. He trails by a single shot.

Tiger Woods played himself into the hunt with a 69 that left him four shots back.


Hedwall has lead

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Caroline Hedwall is the leader through three rounds of the Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton.

Hedwall has followed consecutive 68s with a 6-under-par 64 to move one stroke ahead of Suzann Pettersen and amateur Lydia Ko. Hedwall comes off a record-setting performance in last week's Solheim Cup, where she became the first player to win five matches.

I.K. Kim and Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kuhm) are two shots back.


Riegger's late eagle puts him atop leaderboard

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — John Riegger carded one eagle and seven birdies en route to an 8-under-par 64 that gives him a three-stroke edge over four others through two rounds of the Champions Tour event in Washington. Riegger immediately followed his eagle on 15 with a birdie that left him 11-under after 36 holes.

Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and Bobby Clampett share second.


Kenseth clinches Chase spot by taking the fifth

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Matt Kenseth has clinched a spot in the Chase for the championship by nailing down his fifth win of the season.

Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne (kayn) down the stretch to take the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Kahne passed Juan Pablo Montoya for second and tried numerous times over the final dozen laps to make the pass but never could make it stick. He went for the bump and run on the last lap and missed before settling for second.

Montoya was third, followed by Brian Vickers, Joey Logano.


Franchitti takes Sonoma pole

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) has the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway.

Franchitti turned a lap in 1 minute, 17.5271 seconds to edge Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon. Will Power was third in Saturday's qualifying after winning the pole at Sonoma the previous three years.


Hamilton takes pole again

SPA, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton earned the pole for the Belgian Grand Prix giving him four in a row and five for the season. He edged points leader Sebastian Vettel (VEHT'-ehl) for the top spot. Hamilton heads into Sunday's race in fourth place in the standings, 48 points behind Vettel with nine races to go.


Lukas horse springs upset

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Will Take Charge nosed past Moreno in the final stride and pull off a surprise win in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

The thrilling finish gave 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas his third win in racing's Mid-Summer Derby. The 9-to-1 Will Take Charge also beat Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, who finished third and fourth, respectively.


Chula Vista, Calif. Reaches LL World Series final

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Nick More hit a 3-run homer and struck out nine in 5 2-3 innings to lead Chula Vista, Calif. to a 12-1 win over Westport, Conn. in the U.S. title game at the Little League World Series.

The Americans will take on Japan in the championship game Sunday. Japan edged Mexico 3-2 on Takuma Gomi's homer in the top of the sixth inning.


Halep, Melzer win

UNDATED (AP) — Romania's Simona Halep upset defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 to win the New Haven Open, the final WTA tuneup for next week's U.S. Open. It's the fourth career win for the 21-year old and all have come since June.

Austria's Jurgen (YUR'-gehn) Meltzer heads into the U.S. Open on a winning note after capturing the Winston-Salem Open. He won when France's Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') retired in the second set of the final with an injury.