AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Price debuts for Jays
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets are in sole possession of first place in the National League East for the first time this late in a season since Sept. 19, 2008.
The Mets are one game ahead of Washington after newcomer Yoenis Cespedes, rookie Michael Conforto and 42-year-old Bartolo Colon led them to a 12-1 rout of the Mariners in Miami. Cespedes was 3-for-5 with a pair of two-run doubles after Conforto drilled his first major league homer, a three-run blast in the second inning. Colon won for the first time in eight starts since June 12, holding the Marlins to a run and seven hits in eight innings.
Curtis Granderson had three hits and two RBIs for the Mets, who have won four straight since falling three games behind the Nationals.
The Nats were 6-4 losers to Arizona as Zack Godley held them to three hits while striking out six in six shutout innings. Nick Ahmed, David Peralta, Welington Castro and Jake Lamb homered while the Diamondbacks built a 6-0 lead.
The Nationals scored four times in the ninth and had a runner on second when Brad Ziegler entered the game and retired Jayson Werth and Yunel Escobar to end it.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Atlanta rallied from a 6-0 deficit and beat San Francisco 9-8 on Adonis Garcia's two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 12th. A.J. Pierzynski went 4-for-6 with a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth, and Jace Peterson added a three-run blast that ignited the Braves' comeback. Brandon Crawford homered twice for the Giants, who dipped three games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers and a half-game behind the Cubs for the league's final wild-card berth.
— Adrian Beltre hit for the cycle for the third time in his career, doing it by the fifth inning of the Rangers' 12-9 win over Houston. Beltre collected a two-run triple in the first inning, a double in the second and a single in the third before going deep against the AL West leaders. The Elias Sports Bureau says Beltre is the fourth player in major league history with three cycles, and the first since Babe Herman notched his third in 1933.
— The Angels are within three games of the Astros after Conor Gillaspie hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning of a 5-4 win against Cleveland. Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout and David DeJesus delivered RBI singles to help Los Angeles erase a three-run deficit. Garrett Richards surrendered a two-run homer by Yan Gomes but just three other hits while striking out 11 over 7 1/3 innings of his 11th win.
— David Price was stellar in his first game with the Jays, striking out 11 and allowing just one run and three hits in eight innings of a 5-1 triumph over Minnesota. He improved to 10-4 and held the Twins to two hits after Torii Hunter homered in the second inning. Price was on the mound for the first time since being acquired from Detroit on July 30.
— Chris Davis socked a three-run homer and Caleb Joseph added a two-run blast and three RBIs as the Orioles thumped Oakland 9-2. Tyler Wilson gave up two runs and six hits over 7 2/3 innings to help the Orioles win for the eighth time in 10 games. The Birds remained tied with Toronto for second in the AL East, 5 1/2 games behind the Yankees.
— Yangervis Solarte smacked a three-run homer and a solo shot as San Diego ripped Milwaukee 13-5. Alexi Amarista added a two-run triple and three RBIs to the rout, and Jedd Gyorko provided a solo blast and two RBIs.
— Tampa Bay beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Mikie Mahtook's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. Logan Forsythe had two RBIs and Grady Sizemore belted a game-tying, solo homer to help the Rays move within two games of an AL wild-card berth.
— Nelson Cruz launched his 30th home run and had three of Seattle's 12 hits in an 8-7 victory at Colorado. Brad Miller and Kyle Seager also had three hits and a solo homer to help Felix Hernandez snag his 13th win.
— The Pirates and Cubs were tied 1-1 in the fourth when the game was postponed by rain. No makeup date was announced.
Bucs Burnett has strained tendon
UNDATED (AP) — Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett has a strained flexor tendon in his elbow and hopes to return to pitching this season.
Doctors told the 38-year old Burnett to rest for four weeks before he starts throwing again. But he says that is subject to change.
Burnett has gone 1-2 with a 10.13 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, allowing at least five runs in each outing. That came following a first half in which he went 7-3 with a 2.11 ERA in 18 starts and was selected to the All-Star game for the first time in his 17-year career.
Burnett plans to retire at the end of the season.
Also in the majors:
— Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp has been activated from the 60-day disabled list after being sidelined with a strained neck since May 20. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects Crisp to play a couple of games then get a day off as he gets back into the flow.
— First baseman/outfielder Michael Morse has joined the Pirates, three days after being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers picked up Morse in a deal with Miami and immediately designated him for assignment. The 33-year-old Morse is hitting just ,212 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 53 games this season.
— The Cubs have recalled outfielder Matt Szczur From Triple-A Iowa and designated left-hander Clayton Richard for assignment. Szczur is batting .211 with one homer and eight RBIs in 32 games for the Cubs this year.
— The White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned right-hander Scott Carroll to the minors. The brother of NBA All-Star Klay Thompson is hitting .260 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs for Charlotte this season.
— Tampa Bay first baseman Richie Shaffer is making his major league debut tonight against the White Sox. The team's top pick in the 2012 draft was promoted after hitting .265 with 16 homers in 55 games for Triple-A Durham.
Quarless' daughter dies
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless has revealed he missed the first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth last week.
Quarless shared the devastating news and acknowledged that returning to football had been something of a safe haven.
He struggled at times to keep his emotions in check as he spoke after several family members, including his 5-year-old son, watched practice.
In other NFL news:
— Denver punter Britton Colquitt has agreed to a substantial pay cut in hopes of making the roster. Two years after becoming the league's highest-paid punter, Colquitt has agreed to reduce his contract by $1.4 million. He will now will make $1.6 million this season while his 2016 salary of $3.25 million remains untouched.
— Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Ace Sanders is facing a 10-game suspension for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Sanders was cut last month following another failed drug test. ESPN first reported the 10-game ban, which would be enforced if Sanders signs with another team.
— Eagles linebacker Travis Long has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight year. Long was injured in practice Monday on the second day of training camp. The second-year pro missed last season after injuring his ACL in the final preseason game.
— Ravens safety Matt Elam will miss the season with a biceps tear suffered during Saturday's practice. Elam had been competing with Will Hill for the starting strong safety spot this summer.
Wolves lock up Miller
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have finalized their one-year contract with veteran point guard Andre Miller. The 39-year-old Miller served as a backup for Washington and Sacramento last season, averaging 4.4 points, 3 1/2 assists and 15 1/2 minutes a game. The Timberwolves are Miller's eighth NBA team in 17 seasons.
Hoffman gets arbitration award
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman has been awarded a $2 million, one-year contract by an arbitrator. Hoffman was seeking $3.4 million and the Senators were offering $1.75 million.
The 25-year-old player finished sixth in Calder Trophy voting for NHL rookie of the year with 27 goals and 21 assists.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS-MISSING ATHLETE
Second Special Olympian found unharmed
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic Special Olympics athlete has been found sleeping on a lawn five miles from Los Angeles International Airport, where he vanished early Monday morning.
The 15-year-old from the Ivory Coast was tired, but healthy and in good spirits when he was reunited with a member of the delegation who stayed behind after he went missing.
Earlier in the day, an Albanian athlete who disappeared from the games turned up safe in a community on the east side of the San Francisco Bay.
No more bat boys/girls
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The National Baseball Congress is suspending the use of bat boys and girls during its World Series in Kansas following the death of a 9-year-old boy who was hit by a bat. Kaiser Carlile died Sunday after he was hit in the head with a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle during the Liberal Bee Jays' game a day earlier. He was wearing a helmet.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the general manager of the National Baseball Congress later decided to suspend the use of bat boys and girls.