AP Sports Wrap from Friday, August 26 2016
UNDATED (AP)— For one night at least, the Yankees were the Bronx Bombers of old.
Rookie catcher Gary Sanchez homered for the eighth time in nine games and drove in four runs as the Yankees routed the Baltimore Orioles 14-4 in the opener of their weekend series. The Yanks rapped out 18 hits. Sanchez has 10 homers in his first 22 games.
Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) and Chase Headley also went deep for the surging Yankees, who moved five games over .500 for the first time this season.
In other baseball:
— Justin Verlander won his 14th game, Justin Upton homered for the fourth time in five games and the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 to continue their second-half surge. The Tigers have won five straight to move back into contention in both the AL Central and wild-card races.
— Russell Martin and Justin Smoak each homered and drove in five runs as the Toronto Blue Jays hammered Minnesota 15-8, handing the Twins their eighth straight loss.
— Kansas City beat Boston 6-3. With the loss, the Red Sox fell a game back of the Blue Jays for the AL East lead. Eric Hosmer (HAHS'-mur) and Alex Gordon homered for the defending World Series champion Royals.
— The Washington Nationals routed Colorado 8-5 for pitcher Gio (JEE'-oh) Gonzalez's 100th career victory. Jayson Werth hit his 18th homer. Daniel Murphy also went deep.
— Wilmer Flores launched a grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh) homered from both sides of the plate and even winning pitcher Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') had two hits while pitching the New York Mets to a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rangers discipline Jeffress
DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Rangers have placed reliever Jeremy Jeffress on the restricted list following his overnight arrest on a drunken driving charge.
Jeffress wasn't with the team for its home game Friday night against the Cleveland Indians. While there was no timetable for his return, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Jeffress might be away only a day.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the AL West leaders were exploring the matter while Dallas police and Major League Baseball also conducted investigations.
The pitcher was suspended twice as a minor leaguer for violating drug rules.
In other baseball news:
— The Toronto Blue Jays have added depth at catcher for the stretch run by re-acquiring veteran Dioner Navarro from the Chicago White Sox for minor league left-hander Colton Turner. Navarro is likely to be the backup in Toronto behind Russell Martin. The 32-year-old Navarro is hitting .210 with six homers and 32 RBIs in 85 games.
AP Source: Unsigned Berry to report to KC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — All-Pro safety Eric Berry is reportedly going to show up for the Kansas City Chiefs. A person familiar with Berry's plans tells The Associated Press that the Berry will report to practice Sunday, giving him one preseason game to prepare for the season. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
Berry was given the franchise tag early in the offseason but has not signed the deal, which means he could skip all of training camp without being fined. Once he signs the one-year contract, he will make just over $10.8 million, making him the league's highest-paid safety.
The Chiefs had hoped to sign Berry to a long-term deal in the offseason.
— Atlanta rookie strong safety Keanu Neal will miss the beginning of the season with a knee injury. The team's first-round pick and a projected starter, will have arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday and is expected to miss three to four weeks, according to the Falcons.
NEW YORK (AP) — American Sloane Stephens has been forced to withdraw from next week's U.S. Open because of a right foot injury. The announcement means that Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig (pweeg) becomes the 32nd and final seed.
The 23-year-old Stephens was a 2013 quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows and reached the semifinals at the Australian Open that year.
Stephens hadn't played since losing in the first round at the Olympics.
Logano wins another pole at Michigan
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. It's Logano's third pole in 16 Cup races at the Michigan track. In the previous two times he won the pole, he also went on to win the race.
Jimmie Johnson was second in qualifying, followed by Denny Hamlin.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will once again miss a race because of a concussion. Alex Bowman is the fill-in for Little-E. The winner a year ago was Matt Kenseth who led 176 laps to win his third race of the season.
Resumption of Texas race is set
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The IndyCar drivers return to the Texas Motor Speedway tomorrow night for the resumption June's Firestone 600.
The race was postponed after a soaking rain. At the time the race was stopped, James Hinchcliffe had the lead with 177 left.
At the time, Simon Pagenaud (PA'-zhen-oh) was the overall driving leader, and had a 117-point advantage over Will Power who was seventh.
But Power has won three of the last five races to move into second place, just 20 points back of Pagenaud.
Powers will restart fourth, while Pagenaud will be in 15th place.
Reed takes halfway lead
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Reed shot a 3-under 69 to grab the lead after two rounds of The Barclays, the first of the FedEx Cup playoff tournaments.
Reed is 8-under par, good for a two shot lead over Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (GREE'-yoh) and Rickie Fowler who each shot 69.
Reed is looking to lock up a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team as he pursues his first victory of the season.
Fowler likely needs a third place finish to have any chance of making the American team.
Jordan Spieth shot a 67 and is four shots back.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-BOEING CLASSIC
Flying high at the Boeing Classic
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — The first-round of the Boeing Classic on the Champions Tour is in the books. Kirk Triplett and Gene Sauers share the lead at 7-under par. Stephen Ames and Duffy Waldorf are one shot back.
LPGA-CANADIAN PACIFIC WOMEN'S OPEN
Jutanugarn rockets to the lead
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE'-uh JUH'-tan-uh-garn) fired an 8-under 64 to grab the 36-hole lead at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open. She's 12-under for the 36 holes.
Three-time champion Lydia Ko was four strokes back, and Canadian star Brooke Henderson was eight behind.
Rangers land free agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent forward Brandon Pirri has agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the New York Rangers. The 25-year-old spent last season with the Panthers and Ducks, recording 14 goals and 15 assists in 61 games. His 29 points were a career high. Pirri was a second-round pick, 59th overall, in the 2009 draft.
In 166 NHL games with the Blackhawks, Panthers and Ducks, Pirri has 49 goals and 31 assists for 90 points.