AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Orioles maintain mastery on Nats...Arrieta wins 16th...Dodgers lead Giants by 2
UNDATED (AP) — It's only 38 miles from Camden Yards to Nationals Park but it must seem all uphill to the Washington Nationals.
The Orioles maintained their mastery of the Nats in the "Beltway Series" interleague rivalry that began in 2006. The Orioles are 34-24 over the Nats in that span, including an 8-1 whipping Tuesday night.
Kevin Gausman scattered six hits over six shutout innings to improve to 5-10. Adam Jones went 4 for 5 and Chris Davis hit his 30th home run for the Orioles, who won two straight over Washington. The series moves to the Nation's Capital for the next two nights.
In other baseball:
— Jake Arrieta (ehr-ee-ET'-uh) is the first 16-game winner in the National League. Arrieta allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings and the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs beat Seattle 5-3. The Cubs had a shutout until closer Aroldis Chapman gave up three runs in the ninth. Kris Bryant swatted his 33rd home run and Addison Russell also went deep for the Cubs.
— The L.A. Dodgers increased their NL West lead over San Francisco to two games by beating the Giants 9-5. Adrian Gonzalez broke a fifth inning tie with a two-run single.
— The Boston Red Sox remained tied with Toronto atop the American League East by edging Tampa Bay 2-1. Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning to improve to 5-9. David Ortiz had a run-scoring single.
— Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2.
— The Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to nine games by blanking the Miami Marlins 1-0. Yordano Ventura evened his record at 9-9. He reached 101 mph on the scoreboard radar gun, allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Royals starters have an ERA of 1.69 during the winning streak.
— The New York Yankees kept their wild card hopes alive by thrashing Seattle 5-1. CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) and two relievers combined on a three-hitter. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a tiebreaking two-run homer. It's Sabathia's first win in two months. He's 8-10.
— —Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 to snap a three-game losing streak. The Indians still lead the AL Central by six and a-half games over Detroit.
— Gregory Polanco hit two home runs in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros. Ivan (ee-VAHN') Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter.
— Dan Straily improved to 6-0 since the All-Star break by pitching six innings and Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) drove in a pair of runs to lead the Cincinnati Reds over the Texas Rangers 3-0.
— Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) homered for a third straight game, Carlos Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the slumping Philadelphia Phillies 9-1. The Phils have lost five of seven.
— Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered as the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4. Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) reached four base times and scored three runs.
— Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning, to spark the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 8-3.
— Hernan Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning in the Milwaukee Brewers' 6-4 comeback win over Colorado.
— In a battle of last place teams, Atlanta trimmed Arizona 7-4. Matt Kemp's two-out, bases-loaded double knocked in the go-ahead runs.
Rangers release Hamilton
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Texas Rangers are turning the page on Josh Hamilton.
They have placed outfielder Hamilton on unconditional release waivers as he tries to come back from a series of operations on his left knee.
The Rangers activated him off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday and put him on waivers.
Hamilton had surgery on the left knee on June 8 to reconstruct the ACL and repair cartilage damage -- his third operation on the knee since September. He's hoping to be ready to play by spring training.
More injuries for LA
LOS ANGELES (AP)— The L.A. Dodgers have placed left-handers Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the disabled list, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox for the major league record with 27 players on the DL this season. Anderson has a blister on his pitching hand while Kazmir is out with neck inflammation.
In other baseball news:
— Orioles ace Chris Tillman appears headed to the 15-day disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Tillman is 15-5 with a 3.76 ERA. No other Baltimore pitcher has more than seven wins.
Schedule set for post season
NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball post season will open with the American League wild-card game on Tuesday, Oct. 4 and could run through Nov. 2 if the World Series goes to a seventh and deciding game.
The American League champ will host the first game of the Fall Classic on Tuesday Oct. 25.
The National League wildcard game is Wednesday, Oct. 5.
The AL division series begins Thursday, Oct. 6 with the opening game of the NL division series beginning the next day.
The AL championship series is scheduled to begin on Friday, Oct. 14 with the NLCS starting on the 15th.
Bridgewater throwing...Cruz, Ware back at practice
UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has resumed throwing with his sore shoulder.
Coach Mike Zimmer has kept up his silence about Bridgewater's status.
Bridgewater threw a few dozen short and medium-length passes in practice Tuesday. It's the first time he's thrown in front of reporters in a week. He didn't play in the preseason game at Seattle. Coach Zimmer has refused to discuss the injury. ESPN.com previously reported the shoulder problem, which Zimmer didn't confirm or deny.
In other training camp news:
— The Giants have welcomed Victor Cruz back to practice after the receiver missed the past two weeks with a groin injury. Cruz is hoping for a comeback after two injury-plagued seasons. He missed last season with a calf injury and had his 2014 season ended after six games by a knee injury.
— Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware has returned to practice on a limited basis with an eye on having him ready for the season opener against Carolina. Ware missed training camp with a back issue that kept him out of five games in 2015 but said he feels much better than he did at the end of last season. Quarterback Trevor Siemian didn't throw in practice because of a sore right shoulder. Coach Gary Kubiak said Siemian is day to day but is still the starter for Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.
— Dallas receiver Dez Bryant will miss Thursday's preseason game at Seattle after sustaining a concussion in practice. Coach Jason Garrett says that Bryant was hurt Monday when the receiver's head hit the shoulder pads of safety Barry Church.
—Chargers right guard D.J. Fluker didn't practice and is likely out for Sunday's preseason game at the Minnesota Vikings with a right foot injury.
— Linebacker Vince Williams signed a three-year contract with the Steelers that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2018 season. Williams, a 2013 sixth-round pick out of Florida State, is one of the Steelers' top reserve inside linebackers.
— Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens is retiring at the age of 31. Stevens had 12 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns last season for Tennessee, where he spent his entire eight-year NFL career.
NEW YORK (AP) —Six-time champ Serena Williams and defending champ Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) have been seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open that opens on Monday.
Neither has played a match since early exits at the Rio Olympics.
This is the fifth time Williams is the top seed at Flushing Meadows.
Irish defensive back charged with felonies
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler has been formally charged after allegedly punching a police officer and slamming the officer to the ground over the weekend.
He's facing felony counts of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official. Coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that Butler had been suspended indefinitely from the team. He remains enrolled at the university.
Olympic flag arrives in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flag has arrived in Tokyo, host of the next Summer Games. Preparations are underway for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike (yoh-ree-koh koh-ee-kay) held the flag aloft as she got off an airplane and walked down a stairway to the tarmac at Tokyo's Haneda airport Wednesday.
Koike received the flag at Sunday's closing ceremonies of the Rio Games.