AP Sports Wrap For Monday, August 24 2015
UNDATED (AP) — David Wright returned to the New York Mets' lineup on Monday and ignited the greatest single-game power display in club history.
The Mets set team records with eight home runs and 15 extra-base hits in a 16-7 comeback victory at Philadelphia. Wright went deep in his first at bat since April, a solo shot that sparked the octet of round-trippers. Wright originally came out of the lineup with a hamstring injury before he was diagnosed with stenosis.
Wilmer Flores added two home runs and five RBIs to help the Mets overcome Jacob deGrom's shortest outing since reaching the majors last season. Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud, Michael Cuddyer and Daniel Murphy hit balls over the wall before Yoenis Cespedes added a ninth-inning blast that allowed the Mets to break the club mark for homers set in 2005, also at Citizens Bank Park.
The two clubs tied an NL record by hitting 11 home runs. Ryan Howard, Dominic Brown and Cameron Rupp homered off deGrom, who entered the game with a 1.98 ERA before he was torched for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.
New York has won 16 of its last 22 to take a 5 ½-game lead over Washington in the NL East. The Mets have scored 49 runs in winning their last four games.
In other major league finals:
— Carlos Beltran delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to give the New York Yankees a 1-0 win over Houston in the Bronx. Beltran's heroics came after Nathan Eovaldi held the Astros to four hits while striking out seven in eight innings. The Yankees moved into a first-place tie with Toronto and trimmed the Astros' lead in the AL West to 3 ½ games over Texas.
— Kansas City's lead in the AL Central is up to 13 games over Minnesota following the Royals' 8-3 pounding of Baltimore. Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer while the Royals put together a seven-run sixth to erase a 3-1 deficit. Lorenzo Cain had three hits and two RBIs as the Royals dealt the Orioles their fifth consecutive loss.
— Lance Lynn pitched in an out of trouble for six innings but allowed just two runs on nine hits in the Cardinals' 5-3 win at Arizona. Matt Carpenter smacked a solo homer, and Tommy Pham provided the tiebreaking single in a three-run seventh before Yadier Molina added a two-run single later in the inning. The Cardinals still lead the NL Central by 3 ½ games over the Pirates, and the Diamondbacks are 5 ½ behind the NL West-leading Dodgers.
— Pittsburgh beat Miami 5-2 behind J.A. Happ, who held the Marlins to four hits while fanning six in six scoreless innings. Andrew McCutchen put the Pirates ahead to stay with a two-run double in the third. Gregory Polanco was 4-for-4 with an RBI single for the NL wild-card leaders.
— The Cubs stayed red hot by beating Cleveland 2-1 on Kris Bryant's solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Bryant's third round-tripper in two games sent the Cubs to their fifth straight victory and 21st in 26 games as they solidify their hold on a playoff berth. Chicago is 6 ½ games ahead of San Francisco for the second NL wild-card slot.
— Rusney Castillo drove in Boston's runs with a homer and a double to lead a 5-4 victory over the White Sox in Chicago. Castillo launched a three-run homer and added a two-run double that put the Red Sox ahead 5-1 in the sixth. Winning pitcher Joe Kelly gave up two runs in 7 1/3 innings.
— Jonny Gomes slammed a two-run homer and had three RBIs as Atlanta topped Colorado 5-3. Adonis Garcia smacked a tiebreaking, solo shot for the Braves, who ended a seven-game losing streak and handed the Rockies their fourth consecutive loss.
— Brandon Phillips belted a two-run homer and Eugenio Suarez hit a solo shot while Cincinnati was exploding for 10 runs in the sixth inning of a 12-5 pounding of Detroit. Phillips drove in four runs and Suarez had three RBIs after the Tigers built a 5-0 lead.
— Josh Reddick was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs in Oakland's 11-5 romp in Seattle. Danny Valencia added a two-run homer, while Brett Lawrie, Mark Canha and Billy Burns supplied two-run doubles for the A's. Franklin Gutierrez and Mark Trumbo went deep for the Mariners, who led 5-0 until Oakland scored seven times in the fifth.
Sabathia out, possibly for rest of season.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have placed lefty CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee injury that could end his season.
Manager Joe Girardi said Monday there is no timetable for the big left-hander's return, and he kept open the possibility that the 35-year-old Sabathia might not pitch again this year. Sabathia came out of his start Sunday after just 2 2/3 innings and immediately went for an MRI.
Sabathia is 4-9 with a 5.27 ERA in 24 starts this season.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Orioles have put shortstop J.J. Hardy on the disabled list and designated outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment. Baltimore also reinstated utility man Steve Pearce from the disabled list and recalled right-hander Jorge Rondon from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster its taxed bullpen.
— The Arizona Diamondbacks have selected right-hander Jhoulys Chacín from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Zack Godley to Double-A Mobile. The Diamondbacks designated outfielder Danny Dorn for assignment and reinstated pitcher Archie Bradley from the 15-day disabled list. Bradley was immediately optioned to Reno.
IndyCar driver dies of head injury
UNDATED (AP) — IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris from another vehicle struck him during Sunday's race at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
Wilson's vehicle veered into an interior wall at the track, and he was swiftly taken by helicopter to a hospital.
Wilson is the first IndyCar driver to die because of an on-track accident since Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas.
Jordy out for year
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Nelson, one of the top targets for NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was injured Sunday in a preseason loss at Pittsburgh. The team said Monday only that he suffered a "significant right knee injury" that would cost him the season.
Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said the team had hoped for good news in a re-evaluation of Nelson's injury. Instead, the Packers will be without a playmaker who set career highs in receptions (98) and yards receiving (1,519) in 2014.
Belichick says Wayne coming to Pats
UNDATED (AP) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston that he thinks the team has agreed to a deal with veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne.
The 36-year-old Wayne is seventh in NFL career receptions with 1,070 and eighth in yardage at 14,345. But he had just 64 catches for 779 in 2014, his poorest season in a 14-year career that had been spent entirely with the Colts.
— First overall pick Jameis Winston looked pretty good in Tampa Bay's 25-11 victory over Cincinnati. He scored on a one-yard run after going 3-of-3 passing during the game's first series, an 80-yard touchdown drive. Winston played four series, completing 8 of 13 passes for 90 yards and no interceptions.
— Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt says starting cornerback Jason McCourty has a chance to play in the season opener despite undergoing groin surgery. McCourty has a small tear in the groin muscle and hasn't practiced since Aug. 6. Tennessee opens against Tampa Bay on Sept. 13.
— The NFL has suspended Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff without pay for the first three games of the season for violating its substance-abuse policy. The league provided no details. Ratliff will miss games against the Packers, Cardinals and Seahawks before he is eligible to return to the active roster on Monday, Sept. 28.
— Brian Hoyer has been named the Houston Texans' starting quarterback, winning a training camp competition with Ryan Mallett. Coach Bill O'Brien says he gave Hoyer the job due to his consistency and composure. Hoyer started 13 games for Cleveland last season.
— The Jacksonville Jaguars have picked veteran Stefan Wisniewski as the team's starting center. He beat out incumbent Luke Bowanko for the job. Wisniewski started 61 games during four years in Oakland and played through a torn labrum last season.
— Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') did not throw a pass during practice because of a sore right elbow that has bothered him for two weeks. A day after ending his workout early on Sunday, Manziel was on the field. But, he has only handed off the ball and watched from the side as quarterbacks Josh McCown and Thad Lewis threw.
— Jets quarterback Geno Smith was back at the practice field for the first time since being sidelined with a broken jaw after a teammate punched him nearly two weeks ago. He wore his red no-contract No. 7 Jersey and no helmet. He stretched with the rest of his teammates at the start of practice, and then headed to the trainers' area.
— Former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Rob Sims has announced his retirement. The 31-year-old Sims said knee issues played a role in his decision. The nine-year veteran was a free agent after his contract with the Lions expired.
— Ravens reserve running back Lorenzo Taliaferro will miss several weeks with a knee injury. He sustained a sprained MCL in Saturday's exhibition loss to Philadelphia.
NFL-CRIS CARTER APOLOGIZES
Carter is sorry for comment
UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter has issued an apology for telling NFL rookies at a league symposium in 2014 that they should "get a fall guy" to help them avoid trouble.
Carter posted his apology on Twitter after an ESPN article drew attention to the remarks he made during a presentation last year. He told a group of rookies from NFC teams in the session that if any of them were to get into trouble off the field, it was important to have someone who would step forward and take the blame.
Cook found not guilty of punching a woman
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State running back Dalvin Cook has been found not guilty of punching a woman.
The seven-member jury delivered its verdict after a one-day trial that included the testimony of the alleged victim, one of her friends and several of Cook's teammates. The victim testified that he also said he would be able to buy her in a couple of years once he went pro.
Cook had been charged with misdemeanor battery.
The school immediately reinstated Cook following the verdict.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OKLAHOMA-QB STARTER
Mayfield is Sooners starting QB
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — No. 19 Oklahoma has named Baker Mayfield the starting quarterback over last year's starter, Trevor Knight.
Mayfield sat out last season after transferring from Texas Tech. As a freshman walk-on at there in 2013, he passed for 2,315 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games and was named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
Knight was the 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP and a key reason the Sooners were No. 4 last preseason.
Kidd-Gilchrist gets extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets.
Kidd-Gilchrist increased his offensive output last season and averaged a career-high 10.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 55 games. He was the second player taken in the 2012 NBA draft.
2 Hoosiers cited for alcohol
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Two Indiana basketball players have been cited for underage alcohol possession.
Team spokesman J.D. Campbell said that sophomore forward Emmitt Holt and freshman center Thomas Bryant were stopped Friday night. Campbell said in the statement that the matter was being taken "very seriously."
It is the second time in 10 months that the 19-year-old Holt has been involved in an underage drinking incident. Police determined that he had been consuming alcohol when he hit teammate Devin Davis with his car on Halloween night.