AP Friday Sports Roundup
Moore comes close...Rangers take opener behind Hamels
UNDATED (AP) — Matt Moore's first victory for the Giants was a memorable one. The San Francisco lefty came within one out of a no-hitter on Corey Seager's single in the ninth. Ironically, it came on Seager Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium.
Moore's night ended on his 133rd pitch, which resulted in Seager's clean single. Reliever Santiago Castilla needed just one pitch to complete the one-hitter. Final score: Giants 4, Dodgers 0.
Moore earned his first win for the Giants since they got him in a trade with Tampa Bay on Aug. 1.
The 27-year-old Moore nearly gave San Francisco a major league record five straight years with a no-hitter. And he almost became the first Giants pitcher to no-hit the archrival Dodgers since 1915, when New York's Rube Marquard stopped Brooklyn.
Moore struck out seven and walked three. The Giants moved within two games of the Dodgers for the NL West lead.
In other action:
— In the opener of a four-game series between American League division leaders, it was all Texas as the Rangers posted a 9-0 whitewash of the Cleveland Indians. Cole Hamels allowed only two singles over eight innings for his 14th victory. The lefty improved to 21-5 in his 38 starts since the Rangers acquired him last season. He is 14-4 this year. Newcomer Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with Texas.
— After losing the first three of their interleague series to Baltimore, the Washington Nationals responded with a tense 4-0 win over the Orioles. Scherzer allowed just two hits in eight innings, striking out 10 and halting the Nationals' mini-slide. Scherzer is 14-7.
— Toronto and Boston remained tied for the AL East lead as both lost. The L.A. Angels beat the Blue Jays 6-3, preventing Toronto ace J.A. Happ from winning his 18th game. Albert Pujols (poo-HOHLZ') reached the 100-RBI mark for the 13th time, the fifth player in history to achieve the feat. Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs.
— Mikie Mahtook (MAH'-took) snapped a 34 at-bat hitless streak with the go-ahead RBI double in Tampa Bay's 2-1 win over Boston. The hit came in the seventh inning against Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who fell to 2-3 since being acquired from San Diego.
— James McCann had a three-run homer among his four hits in Detroit's 8-5 win over Minnesota. The Tigers completed a three-game sweep at Target Field to run their winning streak to eight games at the Twins home field. Daniel Norris took a shutout into the seventh inning for the Tigers.
— The Kansas City Royals beat Florida 5-2. The defending World Series champions have won 15 of 18 to pull within four games of the second AL wild card spot. KC starter Edison Volquez evened his record at 10-10.
— The Chicago White Sox posed a 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Todd Frazier tied it with an RBI single in the seventh inning and won it with a line drive down the left-field line in the ninth.
— Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates stopped a nine-game skid at Miller Park, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. McCutchen has 44 RBIs in 56 career games at Miller Park.
— The New York Mets outscored St. Louis 10-6. Alejandro De Aza homered and drove in five runs.
Nats pick up lefty reliever
UNDATED (AP) — Veteran relief pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (zep-CHIN'-skee) has been acquired by Washington in a trade with Oakland. In return the A's are getting minor league infielder Max Schrock. The A's also sent cash to Washington as part of the trade.
Rzepczynski gives the Nationals another lefty out of the bullpen. He is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 56 appearances this season for Oakland.
In other moves:
— The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers have swapped back-up catchers with Philadelphia, getting Carlos Ruiz and trading A.J. Ellis to the Phillies. The Dodgers also get cash while giving up Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named or cash. The 37-year-old Ruiz was hitting .261 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 48 games. Ellis hit .194 with one homer and 13 RBIs.
— The Boston Red Sox have placed rookie left fielder Andrew Benintendi on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee sprain. He was hurt in during Boston's loss to the Rays Wednesday night.
Swimmer charged with filing false report
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police have charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
A police statement says Lochte would be informed in the United States so he can decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil.
The police statement says the indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission.
Lochte initially said that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15. However, security video suggested the four actually faced security guards after vandalizing a gas station restroom.
Lochte gets new sponsor
UNDATED (AP) — Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops is backing Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee). The company has signed on as sponsor for the controversial swimmer who lost four other sponsors this week after this lied about being robbed at the Olympics in Rio.
Pine Bros. says Lochte should be forgiven. He'll appear in ads that say the company products are "Forgiving of Your Throat."
Three meet with NFL in PED probe
UNDATED (AP) — The NFL players union says Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers defensive players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have met with NFL investigators looking into allegations linking them to performance-enhancing drugs.
The league had threatened the trio and free agent Mike Neal with indefinite suspensions if they did not meet with investigators. All of them were mentioned in an Al-Jazeera television interview with Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic. In the December report, Sly made claims of PED use by several athletes, including Harrison, Peyton Manning and the three others, but later recanted his claims.
Browns and Patriots deal
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are sending linebacker Barkevious Mingo to the Patriots for a fifth-round pick next year. The Browns selected Mingo, who played his college ball at LSU, with the No. 6 pick in 2013. He has just seven sacks in three seasons and spent much of last season on special teams.
NFL-LAS VEGAS STADIUM
Sites ID'd for Raiders potential stadium
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Backers of a proposed NFL stadium in Las Vegas that would be a potential home to the Raiders say they have identified two possible sites.
They also say they refuse to accept any less than $750 million in public funding toward the project.
Representatives from Majestic Realty and the Las Vegas Sands casino company lamented that the price tag rises on a daily basis and is now $1.9 billion. They say they'll walk away from the project if state lawmakers don't meet their minimum financial demand.
New coach for Avs
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have found their new head coach.
Jared Bednar has been hired to replace Patrick Roy (wah), who abruptly resigned earlier this month.
The 44-year-old Bednar won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup championship as coach of the Lake Erie Monsters last season. He also won the East Coast Hockey League's Kelly Cup in 2009 with the South Carolina Stingrays.
Reed, Laird share lead
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed and Martin Laird have kicked off the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs with 5-under 66s to share the first round lead at The Barclays.
Kevin Chappell, Rickie Fowler, J.D Holmes and Emiliano Grillo (GREE'-yoh) are just a shot off the pace.
Phil Mickelson opened with a 70 and Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) posted a 71.
LPGA TOUR-CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN'S OPEN
Choi on the lead
PRIDDIS, Alberta (AP) — Three-time champion Lydia Ko is back on the Canadian Pacific Women's Open leaderboard. Ko has won the event three of the last four years
The top-ranked Ko shot a 5-under 67 in the first round delayed for nearly three hours by storms. She is two shots behind leader Chella Choi.