Royals keep division lead…Brewers, Dodgers make bigger cushion
The Kansas City Royals were able to stay atop the American League Central today, while the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals padded their division leads.
In Kansas City, the Royals scored five runs in the seventh inning to beat Oakland 7-3. The Athletics led 3-2 until Jarrod Dyson hit an RBI single and scored on Nori Aoki’s two-run triple. Billy Butler capped the rally with a two-run single to secure the Royals’ 10th victory in 11 games.
The outcome sliced Oakland’s lead in the AL West to 2 ½ games over the idle Angels.
Detroit kept pace as Max Scherzer struck out 14 batters in eight shutout innings to pitch the Tigers past Pittsburgh 5-2. Scherzer is 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his last 10 starts after limiting the Pirates to three hits. J.D. Martinez hit a solo homer and had two RBIs to help Scherzer become the American League’s first 14-game winner of the season.
The Pirates’ loss drops them 2 ½ games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee, and a half-game behind St. Louis. Mike Fiers struck out 14 while allowing three hits in six scoreless innings as the Brewers downed the Cubs 6-2 in Chicago. Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds hit solo homers, and Scooter Gennett laced a two-run double to help the Brewers earn a split of the four-game series.
The Cardinals are two games off the NL Central lead after Jon Jay hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to push the Redbirds past San Diego 4-3. Trevor Rosenthal allowed a ninth-inning run and loaded the bases with two out before striking out Tommy Medica for his league-best 36th save.
The NL West-leading Dodgers moved 5 1/2 games ahead of idle San Francisco and dropped the Braves six games behind NL East-leading Washington. Drew Butera hit a two-run homer, Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs and Dee Gordon scored four runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Braves 6-4 in Atlanta. Roberto Hernandez gave up a run and three hits in six innings to earn his first victory in two starts since being acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 7.
The Nationals increased their division lead by winning at Citi Field for the 11th straight time. Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper hit two-run homers as the Nats beat the New York Mets 4-1. Stephen Strasburg struck out eight while holding the Mets to an unearned run and three hits in seven innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
Cargo in storage?..Lowrie, Bailey shelved
The Colorado Rockies may shut down injury-riddled outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for the rest of the season.
Gonzalez is on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis and a sprained right ankle. He was out earlier this season after doctors found and removed a small tumor in his left index finger.
Colorado manager Walt Weiss said Gonzalez will meet with the trainer and doctors to decide the best course of action.
Also in the majors:
Stewart to skip Michigan weekend racing
Sunday’s Sprint Cup race will go on without Tony Stewart.
The 2011 Sprint Cup champ says he will not race at Michigan International Speedway, skipping a second straight NASCAR race since striking and killing a driver in a dirt-track race at a small New York track.
His plans for the rest of the season have not been determined.
Jeff Burton will drive Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet in Michigan.
Stewart also sat out Sunday at Watkins Glen, a day after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car event in Canandaigua, New York.
Hoyer gets starting nod again
Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine has chosen Brian Hoyer to start at quarterback ahead of Johnny Manziel in Monday’s exhibition game at Washington. Pettine’s decision is somewhat surprising since he has stated that the quarterback competition is “open” and Hoyer started the preseason opener last week at Detroit. Manziel was a first-round pick in this year’s NFL draft and has been competing with Hoyer for the starting job since training camp opened last month.
Women’s major in New York
Lexi Thompson and Meena Lee were co-leaders after one round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, New York.
Each carded eight birdies in a 6-under-64, one shot better than Lisa McCloskey, Jennifer Kirby and Brittany Lincicome.
Thompson is seeking her second major of the year, four months after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Villegas on top
Camilo Villegas is the leader through 18 holes of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Villegas fired a 7-under-par 63, putting him one stroke ahead of Webb Simpson and William McGirt. Scott Langley, Martin Laird, Andrew Loupe, Paul Casey and Heath Slocum completed 5-under 65s.
Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist. The team says he’s expected to be able to participate fully in the team’s training camp. The Suns acquired Thomas in a sign-and-trade deal with the Sacramento Kings on July 12.
Van Dyken leaves hospital
Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen has been released from a Denver-area hospital to continue her rehabilitation after an all-terrain vehicle crash left the 41-year-old paralyzed just below the waist.
The six-time Olympic gold medalist leaves Craig Hospital just over two months after the accident in Arizona on June 6.
CAS upholds Suarez’s 4-month playing ban
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld Luis Suarez’s four-month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup, but cleared him to train with Barcelona.
CAS says FIFA’s sanctions against Suarez are “generally proportionate to the offence committed.”
Suarez cannot play for Barcelona until Oct. 26, and he remains banned for Uruguay’s next eight competitive matches.
However, the court’s panel has ruled that the ban on any soccer-related activity is “excessive.”
The court’s ruling allows him to train and be involved in promotional activities.
Suarez has admitted to biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during Uruguay’s 1-0 win at the World Cup.
The Little League World Series has begun in Williamsport, Pa.
In the U.S. bracket, Chicago beat Lynnwood, Wash., 12-5 in five innings before Las Vegas clobbered Rapid City, South Dakota, 12-2 in five innings.
In the International bracket, Humacao, Puerto Rico, crushed Perth, Australia 16-3 in four innings and Seoul, South Korea, beat Brno of the Czech Republic 10-3.