AP Sports Wrap from Saturday, July 23 2016
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale was scratched from his start against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night after he was involved in what the team said was a "non-physical clubhouse incident."
Sale reportedly expressed displeasure of having to wear one of the White Sox "throwback" uniforms.
Sale was to attempt to become the majors' first 15-game winner. Instead he was sent home from the park. The team is withholding comment until "further investigation." The White Sox held a team meeting before the game.
The White Sox marketing department described the night as the "Throwback Game." It announced the team would wear collared, blue and white V-neck jerseys first worn during the 1976 season.
The players instead wore more conventional, throwback white jerseys with no collar and no navy.
The White Sox and Tigers were tied 3-3 after eight innings when the rains came and game was suspended. It will be completed prior to Sunday's game.
Giants end slide...Trumbo swats No. 30
UNDATED (AP) — Mac Williamson homered in the fifth inning and hit a tiebreaking single in the 12th to boost San Francisco over the New York Yankees 2-1 for the Giants' first victory since the All-Star break. That ends their season-high six-game losing streak.
Hunter Strickland pitched a perfect 12th for his second save.
In other baseball:
— Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 30th home run, Kevin Gausman pitched seven shutout innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 in a duel between first-place teams. Pedro Alvarez also homered for the Orioles, who go for the three-game sweep of the AL Central leaders on Sunday.
— The Minnesota Twins rapped out 19 hits in outlasting Boston 11-9. The loss dropped the Red Sox a game and a-half back of the Orioles in the AL East. Miguel Sano homered and Eduardo Nunez drove in three runs, including two in a five-run seventh inning.
— Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run in 5 1/3 innings, Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) homered and the Texas Rangers defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-4. Hamels is 11-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.87, which is tied for third in the American League.
— Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NOO'-ihn-hys) hit two home runs, Zach Davies took a shutout into the seventh inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1. Davies is 7-4.
— Adrian Gonzalez hit his eighth home run, red-hot Justin Turner got two more RBIs and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat St. Louis 7-2. That ends the Cardinals' five-game winning streak. Turner has 14 RBIs since the All-Star break.
__ The Washington Nationals edged San Diego 3-2. Pinch-hitter Stephen Drew ended it with a run-scoring double that scored Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') from first base with the winning run in the ninth.
— Miami trounced the New York Mets 7-2. Jose Fernandez won his 12th game. He also had two hits, hiking his average to .265, and drove in the first run. Giancarlo Stanton homered and had his first four-hit game since 2012, driving in three runs. Miami rocked Jacob deGrom, who allowed 10 hits and five runs.
— Gregory Polanco and David Freese (FREEZ) hit two-run singles during a five-run fifth inning to rally Pittsburgh over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4 after top Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow was removed with shoulder discomfort.
— Nelson Cruz had a huge afternoon at Rogers Centre his ninth grand slam, another three-run homer and seven RBIs in leading the Seattle Mariners to a 14-5 laugher over the Toronto Blue Jays. Hisashi Iwakuma (hee-SASH'-ee ee-wah-KOO'-mah) cruised to his fifth straight victory, improving to 11-6. He allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
__ Oakland rallied with three in the bottom of the ninth to stun Tampa Bay 4-3. Ryon Healy hit a game-ending home run two batters after Jake Smolinski tied it with a two-run homer.
__ Colorado topped Atlanta 8-4. Trevor Story hit two home runs to set an NL rookie record for shortstops with 26.
__ Houston topped the L.A. Angels 7-2. Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in four.
— Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer the Cincinnati Reds beat the fading Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1. The D-backs have lost 17 of 21.
League rescinds fines over warmup shirts
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA has withdrawn its fines for teams that showed support of citizens and police involved in recent shootings by wearing black warmup shirts before games.
WNBA President Lisa Borders said the league was rescinding penalties given to the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and their players for wearing the shirts during pregame protests, which began after shootings in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Each organization was fined $5,000 and players were each given a $500 penalty because WNBA rules stated that uniforms may not be altered in any way. The normal fine for uniform violations is $200.
Kyle Busch on Indy pole
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch will try to defend his Brickyard 400 win from the pole Sunday.
Busch posted a fast lap of 184.634 mph, just ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Carl Edwards at 184.547. Three-time Cup champion and two-time Brickyard winner Tony Stewart will start third in his final race at Indy after posting a speed of 184.328.
Five-time race winner Jeff Gordon will start 21st in the 40-car field. Gordon is making his season debut, replacing the injured Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Rosberg on pole in Hungary
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — In Formula One racing, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes starts from pole position at Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull. Red Bull's Max Verstappen, the only non-Mercedes winner so far this season, was fourth, followed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
Snedeker leads DJ by one
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Brandt Snedeker overpowered the par-5 18th hole in the Canadian Open to take a one-stroke lead over Canadian amateur Jared du Toit and Dustin Johnson into Sunday's final round.
Snedeker hit a 378-yard drive and 121-yard approach to set a 7 1/2-foot eagle putt that he holed for a 6-under 66. He had five straight birdies on the front nine.
Snedeker won the 2013 tournament at Glen Abbey.
Johnson is trying to add the Canadian title to his U.S. Open crown from last month. Du Toit is trying to reverse a trend. A Canadian hasn't won this even since 1954.
GOLF-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
Jimenez leads by 4
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Miguel Angel (AHN'-hehl) Jimenez fired a 7-under 65 and will take a four-shot lead over Paul Broadhurst, Tom Byrum, Joe Durant and Wes Short Jr. into Sunday's final round at the Senior British Open.
LPGA-UL INTERNATIONAL CROWN
England leads, Americans rally
GURNEE, Ill. (AP) — — Charley Hull and surprising England grabbed the lead in the UL International Crown on Saturday, and the United States advanced with a sweep against Japan.
The U.S., which began the day with just three points, qualified for Sunday's singles matches with its best day so far. The teams of Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr and Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller both won their matches.
20-year-old Czech chasing first title
BASTAD, Sweden (AP) — Katerina Siniakova (sihn-ee-ah-KOH'-vuh) ousted defending champion Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-1 in the Swedish Open semifinals. The 20-year-old Czech goes for her first WTA title on Sunday.
She faces sixth-seeded Laura Siegemund, who won Saturday's other semifinal after German compatriot Julia Goerges retired with a hip injury.
37-year-old Karlovic in DC final
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivo Karlovic's big serve carried him to a second consecutive final at age 37, earning a 6-4, 6-4 victory over fifth-seeded American Steve Johnson at the Citi Open.
The 6-foot-11 Karlovic, a Croatian, will face No. 2-seeded Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') of France or No. 7 Alexander Zverev of Germany in Sunday's final.
3 stars out at start of camp
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens standouts Terrell Suggs, Steve Smith and Elvis Dumervil are among six players who will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Suggs, a six-time Pro Bowl linebacker, and Smith, a 37-year-old receiver, both tore Achilles tendons last season. Dumervil, who had six sacks in 2015, is recovering from an offseason foot surgery.
Coyotes defenseman gets 2-year deal
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.
The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
IOC leaders meet to consider Olympic ban on Russia
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic leaders are meeting to consider whether to impose a total ban on Russian athletes from the Rio de Janeiro Games because of state-sponsored doping.
The International Olympic Committee's ruling executive board is meeting Sunday via teleconference to decide on sanctions following new allegations of a government-backed doping program involving Russian athletes in summer and winter sports.
Russia's track and field athletes have already been banned by the IAAF, the sport's governing body, a decision that was upheld Thursday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The World Anti-Doping agency and other anti-doping bodies have recommended a ban on Russia's entire team.
The IOC has said it would seek a balance between "collective punishment" and "individual justice."
Short of a complete ban, the IOC could let individual sports federations decide whether to allow Russian athletes in their events.
CYCLING-TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome in driver's seat
MORZINE, France (AP) — Chris Froome kept his lead intact during the final day of climbing in the Alps in the Tour de France. He's poised to secure his third Tour de France title in four years when the race ends today in Paris.
Spanish rider Jon Izagirre won the rainy penultimate stage on Saturday.