AP Friday Sports Roundup
Pirates blank Giants
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are a little closer to first place in the National League Central after winning the opener of a four-game series against the reigning World Series champs.
Charlie Morton combined with two relievers on a six-hitter as the Bucs beat San Francisco 4-0. Morton is 8-4 after striking out eight while limiting the Giants to four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Neil Walker capped the scoring with a two-run homer in the sixth. Aramis Ramirez and Jung Ho Kang provided RBI doubles as the Pirates pulled within 4 ½ games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.
The Giants trail the NL West-leading Dodgers by 2 ½ games.
Checking out the rest of the major league finals:
— The New York Yankees' lead in the AL East is down to 1 ½ games over Toronto following Cleveland's 3-2 victory in the Bronx. Josh Tomlin surrendered just a run and two hits in seven innings, including a solo homer by Alex Rodriguez. Lonnie Chisenhall hit an RBI double and Michael Brantley was 2-for-4 with an RBI single.
— Chris Archer fired a one-hitter and Desmond Jennings singled home the lone run in Tampa Bay's 1-0 decision over Houston. Archer gave up just a fifth-inning single by Colby Rasmus after he was torched for eight runs over 5 1/3 innings in his previous start against Texas. The Astros continue to lead the AL West by 2 ½ games over the Angels and four ahead of Texas.
— Jose Abreu drilled a two-run double and had three RBIs as the White Sox downed the Angels 8-2 in Anaheim. Adam LaRoche socked a two-run homer and Jose Quintana allowed two runs over six innings to help Chicago end the Angels' three-game winning streak. Mike Trout had two hits and an RBI for Los Angeles.
— Boston knocked off Kansas City 4-1 as Wade Miley held the Royals to a run and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. Ryan Hanigan sparked the Red Sox's three-run third by poking a two-run single and scoring on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s triple. The Royals now pace the AL Central by 13 ½ games over Minnesota, with Detroit 14 games back.
— The Twins crushed Baltimore 15-2 behind Miguel Sano's two-run homer and three RBIs. Kurt Suzuki and Eddie Rosario delivered two-run singles, Trevor Plouffe lined a two-run double and Eduardo Escobar homered as part of Minnesota's 18-hit assault. The Orioles remain five games behind the AL East-leading Yankees, and a half-game behind the Angels for the league's second wild-card berth.
— The New York Mets now pace the NL East by four games after the second-place Nationals dropped a 3-2 decision at Colorado. Jose Reyes doubled home the game's first run and scored on Ben Paulsen's tiebreaking single in the seventh. Winning pitcher Yohan Flande hit an RBI single, scored once and held the Nationals to two runs and three hits in seven innings.
— Jake Arrieta picked up his major league-leading 15th win by tossing six shutout innings in the Cubs' 7-1 win over Atlanta. Anthony Rizzo launched a three-run homer and Addison Russell added a solo shot that put the Cubbies ahead 5-0. The Cubs ended a three-game skid and moved four games ahead of the Giants for the second NL wild-card berth.
— Alfredo Simon tossed a one-hitter as Detroit blanked Texas 4-0. Nick Castellanos had two RBIs to support Simon, who no-hit the Rangers following Rougned Odor's two-out double in the fifth.
— A.J. Pollock hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning to complete Arizona's comeback in a 5-4 win at Cincinnati. Chris Owings homered and had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-0 before dealing the Reds their sixth consecutive loss.
— Martin Prado belted a two-run homer and provided a key sacrifice fly in Miami's 9-7 triumph over Philadelphia. Marcell Ozuna also smacked a two-run homer and Adeiny Hechavarria went 2-for-3 to extend his career-best hitting streak to 13 games.
Well-traveled Byrd lands in San Francisco
UNDATED (AP) — The Giants have filled a need in the outfield after Hunter Pence was placed on the disabled list for the third time this season.
The Giants have picked up veteran Marlon Byrd and cash from the Cincinnati Reds for minor league reliever Stephen Johnson. The 37-year-old Byrd hit .237 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs in 96 games with the Reds this season, his 14th in the majors. He has averaged 24 home runs each of the three previous seasons.
The Giants are Byrd's seventh team since 2012.
In other major league news:
— Tampa Bay Rays reliever Jake McGee could miss the rest of the season following Friday's surgery on his left knee. McGee was injured on Tuesday night and an MRI revealed a meniscus tear in his knee. He is 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 36 games this season.
— The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to becoming the first major league team with a $300 million luxury-tax payroll after acquiring second baseman Chase Utley from Philadelphia on Wednesday. Major League Baseball says the arrival of the six-time All-Star raised team payroll for tax purposes to about $298.5 million, well above the $189 million tax threshold. The Dodgers' projected tax bill is about $44 million, which would top the record $34 million paid by the New York Yankees after the 2005 season.
— Outfielder Travis Snider is back with the Pirates organization after being signed to a minor league deal. Snider hit .237 with three home runs and 20 RBIs in 69 games for Baltimore before he was released earlier this month.
— The Detroit Tigers have acquired veteran lefty Randy Wolf from Toronto and put pitchers Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez on the disabled list. The Tigers also promoted relievers Guido Knudson and Jose Valdez from Triple-A Toledo.
— The Arizona Diamondbacks have activated catcher Gerald Laird from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. The 35-year-old had been on the disabled list since April 9 with lower back spasms.
Tiger opens strong
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods is off to a fine start at the PGA's Wyndham Championship following his best round in two years.
Woods opened with a 6-under 64 that included seven birdies and a bogey. It was his lowest score on the PGA Tour since a 61 in the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
Woods is 187th in the FedEx Cup standings as he tries to move himself into the 125-man field for the playoffs that start with The Barclays next week. He can wrap up a spot with a win or possibly a solo second-place finish.
William McGirt, Erik Compton and Tom Hoge share the lead. Each played bogey-free in carding 6-under 62s.
Jim Herman, Derek Ernst and Morgan Hoffman are tied for fourth at minus-7.
Computer glitch prompts change to Presidents Cup standings
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A computer error has caused the PGA Tour to readjust the U.S. standings for the Presidents Cup team.
Officials realized that double the FedEx Cup points had been awarded starting with the Frys.com Open in October. Points were not supposed to be double the value until the first event of 2015.
The adjustment means Robert Streb and Charley Hoffman will have more work to do to earn one of the 10 automatic qualifying slots for the American squad. Streb dropped from 11th to 16th, and Hoffman slipped from 12th to 15th.
LPGA-CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN
Icher leads through 18
COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) — Karine Icher had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch en route to a 7-under 65 and the first-round lead in the Canadian Pacific Women's Open.
Icher is winless in 253 career LPGA Tour starts.
Two-time champion Lydia Ko was second after a 67 that included birdies on her final two holes.
The final three spots on the U.S. Solheim Cup team will be set after the tournament.
Cardinals lose NT Peters
UNDATED (AP) — Arizona Cardinals starting nose tackle Corey Peters will miss the upcoming NFL season after tearing his left ACL in practice on Wednesday.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says rookie Rodney Gunter will move into the starting nose tackle role after being taken in the fourth round of the draft out of Delaware State. Arians also says starting left guard Mike Iupati will undergo surgery for a torn left meniscus and will be out three to eight weeks.
Ted Larsen will be the new left guard.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
— Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion in Thursday's preseason game against Detroit. Griffin also got a stinger in his right shoulder, but coach Jon Gruden said that should be OK. Griffin fumbled twice, was sacked three times and hit hard on other occasions while completing 2 of 5 passes for 8 yards.
— Minnesota backup tackle Carter Bykowski has a torn pectoral muscle and coach Mike Zimmer says he may not be able to play again this season. His injury depletes a position that was already thin when starting right tackle Phil Loadholt was lost for the season with a torn left Achilles.
— Two people familiar with the talks tell The Associated Press negotiations between the Bills and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus have stalled. The 25-year-old Dareus will make just over $8 million in the final year of his contract this season. Dareus has been part of an aggressive defense that has combined for an NFL-leading 111 sacks over the past two seasons.
— A Baltimore jury has found the director of security for the Baltimore Ravens not guilty of charges that he groped a stadium worker after a game. Darren Sanders was charged with second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense.
Smith stays with Cavs...Raptors center gets extension
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says free-agent forward J.R. Smith has agreed to re-sign with the Cavaliers after initially declining his $6.8 million player option following last season. Smith came to the Cavs in a trade with the New York Knicks last season. He averaged 12.7 points in 46 regular-season games with Cleveland.
Also in the NBA:
— Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has agreed to a four-year contract worth $64 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Valanciunas averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game last season to go with 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. His .572 field goal percentage was second in the NBA.
FIFA, Sponsors meet
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has met with some World Cup sponsors as they demanded after a corruption crisis rocked soccer's governing body.
Little detail was revealed after the closed-door session shrouded in secrecy at FIFA headquarters.
Officials from World Cup sponsors Adidas, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Visa attended, FIFA says.
Those sponsors say in a joint statement that they "reiterated our expectations for robust reform, and we will continue to engage with FIFA."