AP Friday Sports Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays will be just 4 1/2 games off the AL East lead when they begin a three-game set against the New York Yankees tonight in the Bronx.
The Jays picked up their fifth consecutive win as Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer and had four RBIs in a 9-3 rout of Minnesota. Toronto led 4-2 in the fifth before Jose Bautista sandwiched RBI doubles around Dioner Navarro's two-run single.
Mark Buehrle improved to 12-5 by working seven innings and yielding three runs and five hits, including homers by Trevor Plouffe and Aaron Hicks.
The Twins dropped to .500 and remain 9 ½ games behind the AL Central-leading Royals.
The Yankees took the rubber match of their nationally-televised series with Boston, thanks to a former Red Sox hero. Jacoby Ellsbury smacked a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning to push the Yanks past the Bosox 2-1. The New York bullpen tossed three shutout innings after CC Sabathia struck out eight while allowing three hits in six frames.
In other major league action:
—Jed Lowrie hit an RBI double off Edward Mujica with two outs in the 10th inning to make up for a costly error, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4. Carlos Correa launched a go-ahead homer in a three-run eighth that gave the Astros a 4-2 lead. But the AL West leaders had to rally again after the A's scored two unearned runs off closer Luke Gregerson in the ninth. Houston opened up a two and a half game lead over the idle Los Angeles Angels.
— The Detroit Tigers blew a 6-3 lead before beating Kansas City 8-6 on Ian Kinsler's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Kinsler also beat out a potential double-play grounder in the third to bring home the Tigers' first run and keep the inning alive for Victor Martinez to belt a three-run homer. Martinez also hit a two-run blast as the Tigers beat the AL Central leaders for the second straight day.
— Zack Greinke was 3-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Phillies 10-8. He scored on a three-run homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the second inning, smacked his fifth career home run in the third and tallied on Howie Kendrick's two-run double in the sixth. Greinke's bat made up for his arm as the Phillies nicked him for five runs before he recorded an out, including Dominic Brown's three-run homer. The righty surrendered six runs in six innings but improved to 11-2 despite his worst outing in three years.
— The Dodgers lead the NL West by three games after the second-place Giants fell to the Cubs 5-4 in Chicago. Rookie Kyle Schwarber belted a three-run homer that put the Cubbies ahead 5-0 in the second inning. Jorge Soler provided a two-run single as the Cubs moved a half-game ahead of San Francisco in the battle for the final NL wild-card berth.
— Michael Wacha gave up four hits in seven innings to pitch St. Louis past the Reds, 3-0 in Cincinnati. Tony Cruz snapped his 0-for-15 slump with an RBI single, and Kolten Wong added a two-run single to help Wacha improve to 13-4. The Cardinals lead the NL Central by six games over Pittsburgh and are 30 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2013 season.
— Clint Robinson belted a three-run homer and Bryce Harper reached base five times in Washington's 8-3 win over Arizona. Ian Desmond was 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored after entering the game in a 2-for-35 slump. Joe Ross allowed a run and five hits in six innings as the Nationals pulled within 1 1/2 games of the NL East-leading Mets.
— Atlanta blew an 8-5 lead in the eighth before Eury Perez singled home the tiebreaking run to lead the Braves past Miami 9-8. Nick Markakis hit a two-run double and had three RBIs for the Braves, who also got a two-run homer from Adonis Garcia.
— Khris Davis hit a pair of three-run homers to highlight Milwaukee's 10-1 pounding of San Diego. Matt Garza limited the Padres to a pair of hits in seven innings to earn his first win in three starts.
Leake to miss start
UNDATED (AP) — Newly-acquired San Francisco Giants pitcher Mike Leake will miss Friday's scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs because of a strained left hamstring.
Manager Bruce Bochy says Leake felt the strain in a pregame conditioning session during the recent series at Atlanta. Although an MRI showed no major structural damage, Bochy isn't sure if Leake will have to miss more than one start.
Leake was acquired from Cincinnati last week. He is 9-6 with a 3.52 ERA this season.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Mets reliever Jerry Blevins is expected to miss the remainder of the season after re-breaking his arm while slipping off a curb this week. The Mets say he'll have surgery in Boston next week on the radius bone that was fractured by a line drive during a game April 19 at Citi Field.
— Milwaukee hurler Kyle Lohse has been sent to the bullpen after going 5-13 with a 6.31 ERA this season. Opponents are batting .303 against Lohse, who was scheduled to start Friday against St. Louis.
Updates from several teams
UNDATED (AP) — Washington coach Jay Gruden says wide receiver DeSean Jackson will miss 1-2 weeks after spraining his right shoulder. Gruden says Jackson was hurt Thursday when he landed on the shoulder after catching a pass during a joint workout with the Houston Texans.
The speedy receiver missed time last season with an injury to his left shoulder, but still caught 56 passes for 1,074 yards and six touchdowns.
In other training camp news:
— Raiders running back Trent Richardson has returned to practice after being taken off the non-football illness list. Richardson had missed most of the first week of training camp recovering from a bout with pneumonia.
—Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He did not practice Wednesday and it's not known how long Mingo will be sidelined. Similar operations typically require at least two weeks of rehab.
— Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin is out indefinitely after having a follow-up procedure on his broken right ankle. Coach Rex Ryan describes the injury as "significant," and said he didn't know if the starter would be ready for the season opener on Sept. 13. McKelvin had surgery after breaking the ankle during a game in November.
— Linebacker Kiko Alonso of the Eagles missed practice Thursday because of a concussion. He suffered the injury in Tuesday's practice and it's unknown when he'll return.
New York lands ex-Wizard
NEW YORK (AP) —The New York Knicks have signed forward/center Kevin Seraphin (SEHR-ah-fihn), who averaged 6.6 points last season with the Washington Wizards. The 6-foot-10 Seraphin appeared in 79 games for the Wizards last season and shot 51 percent from the field.
Exum injures knee
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz say point guard Dante Exum suffered a torn ACL while playing for the Australian National team this week. The 20-year-old was driving into the lane and came to a jump stop when his left knee buckled in a game against Slovenia. The fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft averaged 4.8 points and 2.4 assists for the Jazz last season.
WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lee tops field
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Danny Lee has a one-stroke lead over Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) through one round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron.
Lee carded seven birdies for a 5-under 65. He was one of just 21 players in the 77-man field go break par.
The major championship pairing of Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson produced two rounds of even-par 70 as the two prepare for next week's PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.
Rodgers has lead
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Patrick Rodgers has the lead in the opening round of the Barracuda Championship. He accumulated 15 points under the modified Stableford method of scoring that awards points for under par scores on a hole and subtracts them for over par scores.
Rickie Barnes is a point behind, while David Toms trails by two.
McIlroy videos hint he'll be at Whistling Straits
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Rory McIlroy posted two videos on Instagram that suggest he might be able to return for the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits next week.
The world's No. 1 player has not played since he finished fourth in the U.S. Open. He ruptured ligaments in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland the first weekend in July, forcing him to miss title defenses at the British Open and this week at the Bridgestone Invitational.
McIlroy is in the field for the PGA Championship and doesn't have to decide whether he plays until his tee time at the start of the tournament.
Police probe involves Blackhawks star
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL says it is "following developments" of a police investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks said they are in the process of gathering information and declined further comment.
Neighbors of Kane's off-season home in suburban Buffalo have told the Chicago Tribune that police arrived at his lakefront property Sunday night. Several plainclothes officers entered his house using flashlights and at least one wore gloves and was seen taking pictures out front.
Kane was scheduled to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo this weekend, but it's unclear whether that will happen.
NFL is working with CFL in study
NEW YORK (AP) —The NFL and Canadian Football League are partnering on concussion testing during CFL games and practices this season. During CFL training camp and regular-season games that began in June, team medical staffs have been using a remove-from-play sideline concussion screening test based on eye movement. It is being used in addition to the CFL's established sideline concussion examination, and the NFL will contribute funding to help determine whether the tests improve the ability to diagnose concussions.