Update on the latest in sports


Associated Press

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 24 at 7:36 AM


Dodgers blank Bosox...Rays hammer Yanks...Tigers stretch lead

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers were able to pad their lead in the National League West while creating co-leaders in the American League East.

Ricky Nolasco won a pitchers' duel with John Lackey as they combined to allow just five hits over eight innings of the Dodgers' 2-0 shutout of Boston. Nolasco struck out six and limited the Red Sox to two hits and no walks. Lackey gave up three hits but surrendered a two-run homer by Hanley Ramirez in the fourth inning.

The outcome puts the Dodgers 10 ½ games ahead of Arizona and puts the Red Sox in a tie for first with Tampa Bay.

The Rays banged out four homers off Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) by the fifth inning of a 7-2 win over the visiting New York Yankees. Jose Lobaton (LOH'-bah-tahn) put Tampa Bay ahead to stay with a three-run blast in the third, one inning before Evan Longoria and Matt Joyce added back-to-back homers. Ben Zobrist also went deep and Lobaton finished with four RBIs to support David Archer, who limited the Yanks to two runs and four hits in seven innings.

The Yankees ended a five-game winning streak to remain six games off the AL East lead and 3 ½ games behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth.

Texas won for the 19th time in its last 23 games to move 3 ½ games ahead of second-place Oakland in the American League West. Ian Kinsler hit an inside-the-park home run, one of five round-trippers by the Rangers in an 11-5 romp over the White Sox in Chicago. Jeff Baker and pinch hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shot, and Adrian Beltre belted a solo drive to help the Rangers move a season-high 22 games over .500.

Baltimore is within two games of Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth after Brian Roberts hit a grand slam to put the Orioles ahead 6-3 in a 9-7 win over the Athletics. Adam Jones also homered and had three RBIs for the Birds.

Detroit beat the New York Mets 6-1 to increase its lead in the AL Central to six games over Cleveland. Miguel Cabrera is hitting .356 with 41 homers and 126 RBIs after belting a three-run blast in the second inning. Torii Hunter also homered off Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay math-soo-ZAH'-kah), who was tagged for five runs over five innings in his season debut and first game with the Mets.

Minnesota helped out the Tigers by beating the second-place Indians 5-1 behind Samuel Deduno (deh-DOO'-noh), who gave up one run and three hits in six innings. Pedro Florimon and Chris Herrmann hit RBI doubles in the second inning, and Josh Willingham added a two-run double to make it 4-1 in the seventh.

Pittsburgh has retained its one-game lead over St. Louis in the NL West. Clint Barmes (BAHR'-mehs) hit a three-run homer and Charlie Morton tossed eight innings to lead the Pirates past the Giants 3-1 in San Francisco. Madison Bumgarner carried a shutout innings the seventh before Barmes sent the Bucs to their fourth victory in five games.

Adam Wainwright tossed his fifth complete game and earned his league-leading 15th win by tossing a six-hitter in the Cardinals' 3-1 triumph against Atlanta. Wainwright also lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh, one inning after Matt Holliday snapped a 1-1 tie with a 432-foot homer.

The Reds are 3 ½ games behind the Pirates. Cincinnati lost for only the fifth time in 17 games as Khris Davis hit a pair of two-run homers in consecutive at-bats to power Milwaukee past the Reds 6-4. Scooter Gennett also homered for the Brewers, who prevented the Reds from moving eight games ahead of Arizona for the second NL wild-card berth.

Also in the majors, the Nationals fell behind 6-0 before Jayson Werth hit a two-run homer and Bryce Harper drove in three runs to lift Washington past Kansas City 11-10. Ian Desmond had a pair of hits while the Nationals scored seven times in the fourth inning of their fourth straight win.

Chase Utley worked out a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win against Arizona. The Diamondbacks had a 3-1 lead until Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run double in the sixth.

Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) singled home the tying run in the eighth before scoring on Ryan Wheeler's double as Colorado beat Miami 3-2. The Rockies rallied after Tom Koehler held them to a run and six hits in seven innings.

Rookie Robbie Grossman hit a two-run homer and collected four RBIs in Houston's 12-4 rout of Toronto. Jonathan Villar added a two-run triple while the Astros were scoring five times in the fourth to take an 8-2 lead.

Garrett Richards pitched into the eighth and Chris Nelson socked a two-run homer in the second inning to lift the Angels past Seattle 2-0. Richards held the Mariners to four hits over 7 1/3 innings to outpitch Felix Hernandez, who struck out 10 and allowed only three hits in six innings.

Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) and Will Venable each homered and accounted for seven RBIs as San Diego outscored the Chicago Cubs 8-6. The Cubs put together a six-run first before Gyorko's three-run blast in the fourth sparked the Padres' comeback.


Westbrook, Beachy on DL

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A pair of National League playoff contenders had to place starting pitchers on the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jake Westbrook is sidelined by a lower back strain after surrendering 30 earned runs in 26 innings over his last five starts. The 35-year-old Westbrook is 7-8 with a 4.49 ERA.

Manager Mike Matheny said rookie left-hander Tyler Lyons will take Westbrook's spot in the rotation Monday against Cincinnati.

The Atlanta Braves have put Brandon Beachy on the shelf with right elbow inflammation and recalled outfielder Todd Cunningham from Triple-A Gwinnett. Beachy allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings during a 5-3 loss to the Mets on Tuesday. He was making his fifth start since returning from Tommy John surgery.


Brewers react to Braun admission

UNDATED (AP) — Brewers players are glad that Ryan Braun has acknowledged he took performance-enhancing substances that resulted in his 65-game suspension by Major League Baseball.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'croy) calls it "a good first step on the road to redemption."

Reliever John Axford says he's willing to forgive Braun and move on. Braun has talked with some of the Brewers by phone since he agreed to the suspension on June 22. Axford thinks Braun will be accepted in the clubhouse when he returns.

In other major league news, Rangers manager Ron Washington says he's optimistic reliever Neftali Feliz (nehf-TAH'-lee feh-LEEZ') will be back with the team sometime next month. Feliz has been undergoing an injury-rehabilitation assignment with the Rangers' Triple-A team in Round Rock, Texas. Feliz hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the middle of last season following Tommy John surgery and several setbacks since.

Oakland has reacquired catcher Kurt Suzuki getting him in a trade with Washington for a minor league pitcher. Suzuki returns to Oakland a little more than a year after being traded away. Washington is paying $995,000 to Oakland as its portion remaining on Suzuki's 2013 salary.

The Nationals also shipped outfielder David DeJesus to Tampa Bay just four days after acquiring him in a trade with the Cubs. The Nats will get either a player or cash considerations from the Rays. DeJesus is hitting .247 with six home runs and 27 RBIs.

Atlanta has picked up pitcher Freddy Garcia from Baltimore, giving the Braves some potential pitching depth for the late season. The 36-year old Garcia was 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA in 11 appearances for the Orioles before being sent to the minors in June. The Braves placed him with their Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett.

The Giants have placed right-hander Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list after he was struck in the pitching arm by a line drive. He was injured in Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.

Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer visited a concussion specialist at the Mayo Clinic and has been cleared to begin light exercises. Mauer was placed on baseball's seven-day concussion list earlier this week after he became dizzy during his pregame routine. Mauer is hitting .324 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs.


Scully coming back

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here's some great news for fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers: Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has announced that he'll be back for a record 65th season in 2014. The 85-year- old always announces around this time of the year if he plans on coming back or not the next season.

Scully said in a statement that he loves what the new ownership group has brought to the Dodgers and the energy that fans are creating at Dodger Stadium.

Scully began his professional baseball broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and he has called three perfect games, 25 no-hitters, 25 World Series and 12 All-Star games. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.


Simpson, Woodland share clubhouse lead

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland shared the clubhouse lead when the second round of The Barclays was suspended by darkness in Jersey City.

Simpson birdied six of the last nine holes on the way to a 5-under 66 and an 11-under total. Woodland caught up with a 7-under 64 despite a bogey on 18.

However, Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) was at 10-under with five holes left in his second round before play was suspended.

Justin Rose, Ricky Fowler and Keegan Bradley are two strokes behind the clubhouse co-leaders.

Tiger Woods was at minus-5 for the tournament with five holes left in his second round.


Park, Kerr set pace

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — South Korea's Inbee Park and Cristie Kerr of the U.S. share the lead after two rounds of the LPGA's Canadian Women's Open. Park shot a 5-under-65 while Kerr posted a 66 to get to 8-under par. Park is a six-time winner on tour this year, including three majors.

Karine Icher and Angela Stanford are one stroke back.


Bryant eyes repeat

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Bart Bryant is the first-round leader at the Boeing Classic as he tries to win consecutive Champions Tour titles.

Bryant opened with a 6-under-par 66 that included eight birdies, five days after earning his first Champions Tour victory.

Duffy Waldorf and Bobby Clampett are one shot back and one ahead of Bernhard Langer, Dick Mast and Kirk Triplett.


Qualifying for Saturday night's race

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has captured the pole for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Hamlin turned a lap at 128.969 mph in Friday's qualifying to put his Toyota in the top starting spot at Bristol for the first time of his career. Kurt Busch qualified second, followed by Carl Edwards, Brian Vickers and Matt Kenseth.


NFL upholds Smith's suspension

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston coach Gary Kubiak says the NFL has upheld defensive end Antonio Smith's three-game suspension for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player's helmet.

Smith appealed the suspension that was issued Wednesday, but his appeal was denied Friday.

Kubiak says he's disappointed in the decision, but that the team understands and accepts it.


Former Knick dies in Manhattan

NEW YORK (AP) — A member of the New York Knicks' last championship team was found dead Friday in a Manhattan hotel room.

Police say hotel staff found Dean Meminger (MEHM'-ihn-jur) unconscious and unresponsive inside a room before emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead. Police said there were no signs of trauma and that the cause of death hadn't been determined.

Meminger averaged 6.1 points in six seasons with the Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.

He was 65.


Caps ink center

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract. The move gives the Caps another candidate for second-line center after the departure of Mike Ribeiro (rih-BEHR'-oh). Grabovski spent the last five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Rosario hurt, may not ride Derby winner in Travers

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Jockey Joel Rosario is on his way to be examined to determine whether he's fit to ride Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Travers a day after breaking a bone in his left foot in a spill at Saratoga.

Rosario's agent Ron Anderson said Saturday morning that Rosario was en route to Albany to be examined by Dr. Rick Alfred, the New York Giants' team physician. The rider also needs to be cleared by New York Racing Association officials.

Rosario, the nation's leading rider, was injured in Friday's seventh race. He was aboard last-place finisher Casual Elegance. The horse then unseated Rosario and jockey lay on the turf for several minutes before standing up and limping to a golf cart.

Rosario also is scheduled to ride top handicap horse Game on Dude in Sunday's Pacific Classic at Del Mar.