AP Sports Wrap from Monday, August 29 2016
UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have kept their two-game lead over Boston in the American League East by knocking off the sputtering Orioles in Baltimore.
Marco Estrada scattered four hits over seven innings to pitch the Jays to a 5-1 triumph over the O's. Estrada and the Toronto bullpen blanked the Orioles after J.J. Hardy homered in the fourth.
Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista hit solo homers to help the Blue Jays win their fourth in a row.
The Orioles lost for the fourth time in five games to fall four games behind Toronto. The O's are 8-13 since Aug. 7, the last time they were in sole possession of first place.
The Red Sox kept pace as Mookie Betts belted his 30th home run, drove in a pair and scored twice in a 9-4 rout of Tampa Bay. Brady Holt, Chris Young and Sandy Leon drove in two runs apiece to help Rick Porcello become the majors' first 18-game winner of the season. Porcello struck out seven and allowed three runs over seven innings of Boston's second victory in six games.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Indians pulled out a 1-0 victory against Minnesota on an RBI single by Jason Kipnis in the bottom of the 10th. Trevor Bauer worked the first six innings of a combined nine-hitter in Cleveland's second victory in seven games. The Indians still top the AL Central by 4 ½ games over Detroit.
— Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) slammed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to lift Tigers past the White Sox 4-3 in Detroit. Justin Upton also went deep as the Tigers ended a two-game skid and won for the sixth time in eight games. The comeback leaves Detroit within one game of Baltimore for the final AL wild-card berth.
— Kansas City's 8-5 win over the New York Yankees leaves the Royals just two games out of an AL wild-card berth. Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs EHS'-keh-bahr) crushed a three-run homer while the Royals scored five in the seventh to take an 8-1 lead. Dillon Gee gave up just one run and four hits in six innings of the Royals' 18th victory in 22 games.
— Carlos Beltran was 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored in the Rangers' 6-3 verdict over the Mariners in Texas. The Rangers took a 5-0 lead in the third inning as Beltran and Ian Desmond hit RBI doubles following Noma Mazara's run-scoring triple. Yu Darvish struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings to help the AL West leaders stay 8 ½ games ahead of the second-place Astros.
— Colorado did the Giants a favor by clobbering Los Angeles 8-1, moving San Francisco within 1 ½ games of the NL West-leading Dodgers. Nick Hundley got the Rockies going with a two-run homer and D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY'-hyoo) collected three RBIs as Colorado handed the Dodgers their third loss in nine games. Jon Gray four-hit L.A. while striking out eight over six shutout innings.
— Washington was a 4-0 winner at Philadelphia as Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) held the Phillies to four hits over seven innings. Jayson Werth homered to put the Nationals ahead two batters into the game. Clint Robinson was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to help the Nationals create a nine-game lead over New York and Miami in the NL East.
— St. Louis blew a 3-1 lead in the seventh before beating Milwaukee 6-5 on Jonathan Villar's (vee-AHRZ') throwing error in the top of the ninth. The Brewers struck out 19 times and saw a 5-3 lead evaporate on Randal Grichuk's (GRIH'-chuhks) two-run blast in the eighth. Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) also homered for the Cardinals.
— The Cubs trailed 6-3 in the eighth and 7-6 in their final at-bat before Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero delivered RBI singles in the bottom of the 13th to give Chicago an 8-7 win against Pittsburgh. Willson Contreras smacked a two-run homer in the eighth, one inning before Jorge Soler's (soh-LEHRZ') solo blast forced extra innings. Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco homered for the Pirates, who are 1 ½ games behind the Cards for the second NL wild-card spot.
— The Mets won for the seventh time in 10 games by beating Miami 2-1 on a walk-off homer by Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) in the bottom of the 10th. Cespedes ended it with his third hit of the night, two innings after Jose Reyes doubled and scored the tying run on a wild pitch. The outcome leaves the Mets and Marlins 2 1/2 games behind the Redbirds for the second NL wild-card slot.
— Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) is batting a major league-leading .354 after going 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Houston's 6-0 shutout of Oakland. Alex Bregman added a two-run single and Joe Musgrove pitched into the sixth inning of the Astros' eighth victory in 10 games. The hot streak has the Astros just two games out of an AL wild-card berth after falling 6 ½ back on Aug. 18.
— Last, and certainly least, the Angels won a battle of cellar-dwellers by homering five times in a 9-2 laugher against Cincinnati. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz), C.J. Cron (krohn), Jeffry Marte (mahr-TAY') and Kole Calhoun provided the long balls for Los Angeles.
Pirates shelve Cole
CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed ace Gerrit Cole on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, five days after his last start. Cole is 7-9 with a 3.55 ERA in 20 starts this season, but he compiled a 6.08 earned run average in five outings this month. Left-hander Steven Brault was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in place of Cole tonight against the Cubs.
Angels send Nava to Royals
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angels have traded outfielder Daniel Nava (NAH'-vah) and cash considerations to the Royals for cash or a player to be named. Nava struggled in his only season with the Angels, hitting .235 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 45 games. Nava is expected to head to the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha.
Joker overcomes sore arm to win...Nadal rolls to opening win
NEW YORK (AP) — Novak Djokovic (JOH'-koh-vihch) was bothered by an achy arm, Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') was hampered by a sore wrist and Garbine Muguruza (gahr-BEEN'-yuh muh-gah-ROO'-thuh) struggled with the heat. However, all three were able to advance to the second round of the U.S. Open by winning on Monday.
The top-seeded Djokovic got off to a sluggish start before pulling out a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 triumph on stadium court. Djokovic required an arm massage midway through the opening set and was unable to showcase his powerful serve until the third set. It was his first match at a major tournament since losing to Sam Querrey in the third round of Wimbledon, which ended his bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam.
The fourth-seeded Nadal was a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 winner in his first Grand Slam match since the second round of this year's French Open. The two-time champ played through a heavily-bandaged left wrist that led to his early exit at Roland Garros and his subsequent withdrawal from Wimbledon.
The third-seeded Muguruza rallied for a three-set victory after dropping the opener 2-6. The reigning French Open champion says she thinks the heat caused her to have trouble breathing early in the match.
Joining Djokovic and Nadal in Round 2 are fifth seed Milos Raonic (MEE'-lohs ROW'-nihch), seventh seed Marin Cilic (CHEE'-lihch), ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (joh-WIHL'-freed SAHN'-gah) 10th seed Gael Monfils (gyl mohn-FEES') and American John Isner. The 20th-seeded Isner won a pair of tiebreaks after losing the first two sets.
No. 13 Richard Gasquet (gas-KAY') was the highest seed to fall Monday, losing to Kyle Edmund in straight sets.
Other first-round winners in the women's bracket are second seed Angelique Kerber, ninth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova (kooz-NEHT'-soh-vah), No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova (see-bul-KOH'-vah) and No. 14 Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH'-toh-vah). Monica Puig (pweeg) was ousted in the first round, two weeks after winning the Olympic tournament.
Open officials have unveiled the new $150 million roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The roof was temporarily closed between sessions Monday before a brief ceremony prior to the first night match. The two retractable panels began to slide apart as Phil Collins sang the first notes of "In the Air Tonight."
Bosa signs with Chargers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers finally have their No. 1 draft pick in the fold, signing defensive end Joey Bosa (BOH'-suh) to a four-year contract.
The deal ends Bosa's month-long holdout and comes days after the Chargers announced they were pulling their offer off the table. The Ohio State product was the third overall selection in this year's draft.
Manning's successor named
UNDATED (AP) — Peyton Manning has been replaced by a player whose NFL career has consisted of one kneel-down and plenty of clipboard holding.
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak (KOO'-bee-ak) has selected Trevor Siemian (SIHM'-ee-ihn) as his starting quarterback over rookie Paxton Lynch and veteran Mark Sanchez.
Siemian has taken just one NFL snap and wasn't a regular starter at Northwestern before he was selected in the seventh round of last year's draft. However, Siemian had the most experience in Kubiak's West Coast offense and showed a lot of progress in the offseason.
Also in the NFL:
— The Browns have shipped Andy Lee to the Panthers for fellow punter Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round draft choice. The Browns parted with Lee after he made no attempt to tackle Tampa Bay's Adam Humphries during a 73-yard touchdown return Friday. Cleveland has also waived defensive back K'Waun Williams and released linebacker Paul Kruger.
— The Lions have traded receiver Jeremy Kerley to the 49ers for offensive guard Brandon Thomas. Kerley was signed by the Lions after five seasons with the Jets. Thomas was drafted by San Francisco in the third round two years ago, but he hasn't played in an NFL game.
— The Buccaneers' preseason game against Washington has been moved up a day because of a potentially severe storm headed to the area. The game will remain at Raymond James Stadium and will now be played Wednesday night in an attempt to avoid Tropical Depression Nine, which is expected to impact the Tampa Bay area.
Bosh could be planning to comeback
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Bosh is back on the basketball court, dropping a big hint that he plans to try playing for the Miami Heat again this season.
Bosh has released a video on Snapchat of him going through a non-contact workout, including some shooting and dribbling. It's the first time this offseason that he's revealed doing any on-court work.
It's unknown if Bosh has been medically cleared to resume full workouts after each of his last two seasons were cut short by the formation of blood clots.
Getting ready for Ryder Cup play
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has introduced his eight automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup competition against Europe. The group includes Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka (KEHP'-kah), PGA champion Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson.
Love now has four weeks to complete his roster with the captains' choices.
Europe's nine automatic qualifiers were set one week earlier.