AL blanks NL 3-0 as MVP Rivera gets a hold
NEW YORK (AP) — American League pitchers shut down the best of the National League and blanked the Senior Circuit 3-0 to win baseball's annual midsummer classic, the All-Star Game. That ends the National League's three-game winning streak and means the American League team that advances to the World Series will have home-field advantage.
Ten American League pitchers held NL batters to three hits and combined on the shutout. The emotional highlight was 43-year-old New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the all-time leader with 638 career saves, working a 1-2-3 eighth inning to cheers of the Citi Field crowd.
Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, received a 90-second standing ovation from fans, teammates and opposing players when he entered the game. Rivera doffed his cap and officially earned a hold for his scoreless frame in his 13th All-Star Game. He was named MVP.
Starter Max Scherzer of Detroit went the first inning. Winning pitcher Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox worked two innings. Seattle's Felix Hernandez, Tampa Bay's Matt Moore and Oakland's Grant Balfour, Kansas City's Greg Holland, Toronto's Brett Cecil, Toronto's Steve Delabar preceded Rivera's eighth inning. Joe Nathan of Texas closed it out in the ninth for the save.
Toronto's Jose Bautista drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Baltimore's J.J. Hardy's fielder's choice drove in the second run in the fifth inning. Cleveland's Jason Kipnis had an RBI double in the eighth.
This was the ninth shutout in the 84-game history of the All-Star game, and second in a row. All-time, the NL holds a 43-39-2 advantage.
Cano leaves in first inning
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hobbled off the field soon after being hit on the side of the right knee by a pitch from Mets ace Matt Harvey in the first inning of the All-Star game. Boston's Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) pinch ran for Cano and remained in the game. X-rays were negative and Cano said he ought to be ready when the season resumes Friday.
Cano, one of the few Yankees stars who remained healthy through the first half of the season, leads the team with 21 homers and 65 RBIs.
Here comes more replay
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball says it is moving ahead with plans to expand instant replay for umpires' calls next year. MLB Executive Vice President Joe Torre told reporters, "we're pretty confident we'll have it in place for 2014."
An agreement would be needed with the unions for players and umpires.
Union says suspensions will not be this year
NEW YORK (AP) — The baseball players' association says any suspensions resulting from the sport's latest drug investigation likely won't be served until next year if the discipline is challenged before an arbitrator. The head of the union, Michael Weiner (WEE'-nur) says he expects Major League Baseball will notify the union of its plans for penalties in the next month, and the union will maintain that any discipline should not be announced until after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upholds a ban.
Former MVPs Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are among the players under investigation for ties to Biogenesis, a closed anti-aging clinic linked with the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.
Clark in line to be deputy union chief
NEW YORK (AP) — Former major league first baseman Tony Clark, who joined the union staff in 2010 after a 15-year playing career, has emerged as the top contender for the deputy executive director at the baseball players union. Michael Weiner (WEE'-nur), the current executive director, is still on the job despite having been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and currently confined to a wheelchair.
Weiner took over from Donald Fehr (feer) in December 2009 to become the fourth head of the union since 1966. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last August and remains at work. The union will appoint a deputy executive director within two weeks, and the union's executive board will decide whether that deputy will succeed him. The executive board meets in La Jolla, Calif., from Dec. 2-5.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter says it's tough to see Weiner's health in decline. "But at the same time, he's happy. He doesn't want the sympathy, and he still wants to work," Hunter says.
Kings get Carcillo from champs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Daniel Carcillo in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks, who beat the Kings in the Western Conference finals on their way to the Stanley Cup title, received a conditional selection in the 2015 draft.
The 28-year-old Carcillo had two goals and an assist in 23 games this season with Chicago. He had one assist in four playoff games.
Burnett inks deal with Pack...Redskins ask dismissal of bounty lawsuit
UNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have locked up another defensive starter, signing safety Morgan Burnett to a long-term extension. Burnett's extension, reported by NFL.com to be worth $24.75 million over four years, follows earlier offseason deals with linebackers Clay Matthews and Brad Jones.
In three seasons with the Packers, Burnett has 244 tackles and six interceptions.
In other NFL news:
— The Washington Redskins are asking a judge to dismiss a former NFL player's lawsuit that accuses the team and former assistant coach Gregg Williams of running a bounty program that encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents. The former player, linebacker Barrett Green, says he was targeted by the Redskins during a game on Dec. 5, 2004, resulting in a career-ending knee injury. The Redskins call Green's case "utterly baseless."
Woods says he is ready
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) — The British Open starts Thursday and former champion Tiger Woods says his injured elbow is doing just fine and that he is ready to contend for another major. Woods said that although he has not won a major title in five years, he has been close and that he expects to be back in the winner's circle.
Miller and Gooden given amnesty... New deal for Spurs' Pendergraph
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Heat are designating Mike Miller as their amnesty player, a move that may save more than $30 million in luxury tax payments over the next two years. Miller spent three seasons in Miami, helping the Heat win two titles and playing big roles in each playoff run.
Miller was due $12.8 million over the next two seasons, which he still gets. But his salary will not count against Miami's cap, nor factor into a luxury-tax hit that would have exceeded $30 million in 2014.
Miller tells The Associated Press he understands the move, though he's disappointed to leave a championship club.
In other NBA news:
— The Milwaukee Bucks have waived forward Drew Gooden and designated him as their amnesty player. Gooden had two years and about $13.4 million remaining on his contact. He still receives the money, but it doesn't count against the Bucks for salary cap purposes.
— The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a two-year contract with forward Jeff Pendergraph. He spent the past two seasons with Indiana, mostly in a reserve role. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season with the Pacers.
— New Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, nearly a year after he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island. The judge placed Kidd on interim probation. In exchange for the guilty plea, Kidd also agreed to speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving.
US blanks Costa Rica 1-0
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Brek Shea scored his first international goal off a feed from Landon Donovan in the 82nd minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica and the top spot in its Gold Cup group.
The Americans play El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore, while Costa Rica meets Honduras.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome remains in front
GAP, France (AP) — Chris Froome of Britain has over a four-minute lead in the Tour de France after 16 stages. The winner of the 16th stage was Portugal's Rui Costa, while Froome was well behind.
In the all-important overall standings however, Froome leads Dutch rider Bauke Mollema by 4:14.