Created: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:15:22 EST
Updated: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:15:22 EST
Royals look to regain first place
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Angels have padded their division leads by posting easy victories on Sunday. The Orioles now top the American League East by nine games over the New York Yankees, the largest lead in any division. And the Angels head the AL West by five games over Oakland after completing a four-game sweep of the Athletics.
In Baltimore, J.J. Hardy launched a grand slam in a seven-run sixth that put the Orioles ahead 11-2 in a 12-8 victory against the Twins. Nelson Cruz added his major league-leading 35th homer for the Birds, who also got a three-run blast from Ryan Flaherty.
Los Angeles picked up its sixth straight win as Mike Trout hit his career-high 31st homer and drove in three runs to lead an 8-1 romp over the A's. Chris Ianetta went 3-for-3 with a solo homer to back Matt Shoemaker, who scattered five hits in seven shutout innings.
The A's have dropped 14 of 20 since moving four games ahead of the Angels on August 9.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Toronto trailed 3-0 until Jose Bautista (boh-TEE'-stah), Edwin Encarnacion (en-kar-nah-see-OHN') and Melky Cabrera each hit a solo homer in the Blue Jays' 4-3 win over the Yankees. Bautista has homered in five straight games.
— Detroit committed a season-high four errors in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago. Jose Quintana allowed two runs over seven innings to help the White Sox win for only the third time in 13 games.
— St. Louis has moved into a tie with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead after Matt Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single in the Cardinals' 9-6 win over the Cubs. Holliday had three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals.
— Pablo Sandoval smacked a two-run homer and was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored as San Francisco rolled to its sixth consecutive win, 15-5 against the Brewers. Andrew Susac added a two-run double and three RBIs, while Joe Panik delivered a two-run triple during the Giants' seven-run seventh. The Brewers have dropped five straight to lose their division lead.
— Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list to pitch four-hit ball over seven innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego 7-1 to avoid a three-game sweep and keep their 2 1/2-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. Juan Uribe (yoo-REE'-bay) and Darwin Barney each had two RBIs to support Ryu's 14th win.
— Johnny Cueto (KAWY'-toh) became the majors' second 16-game winner of the season by allowing two runs in eight innings of Cincinnati's 3-2 against Pittsburgh, which keeps the Pirates two games off the NL Central lead. Cueto was staring at a no-decision until Chris Heisey hit his second homer of the afternoon, a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth.
— Dustin Ackley had four RBIs, including a go-ahead, three-run homer in Seattle's 5-3 win against Washington. The Mariners overcame Bryce Harper's two home runs and pulled within a half-game of the final AL wild-card berth.
— Atlanta is within six games of the NL East-leading Nationals after Alex Wood and Craig Kimbrel combined on a five-hitter in the Braves' 1-0 win over Miami. Evan Gattis hit a second-inning homer to back Wood, who struck out 12 while holding the Marlins to five hits in eight innings.
— Clay Buchholz won for the first time in eight starts by tossing a three-hitter in Boston's 3-0 shutout of Tampa Bay. Christian Vazquez's, Mookie Betts and David Ortiz had RBI singles to help the Red Sox end Alex Cobb's seven-game winning streak.
— Anthony Recker ripped a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the sixth inning of the New York Mets' 6-5 win over Philadelphia. Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help New York hang on.
— Matt Dominguez hit a tying homer and Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) drove in the go-ahead run as Houston rallied in the eighth inning to beat the Texas Rangers 3-2. The Astros won a series for the first time since Aug. 19-21 at Yankee Stadium.
— Chase Anderson fanned eight while allowing a run and five hits in six innings of Arizona's 6-2 verdict over Colorado. Nolan Reimold belted his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run blast in a four-run seventh.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have called up right-hander Zach McAllister from the minors to give their heavily worked bullpen a break. The Indians used seven relief pitchers in Saturday's 11-inning win over the Royals and six in Friday night's win.
McAllister has never pitched in relief in the majors, making 64 starts.
Dunn heads to Oakland/Braxton to Brewers
UNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox for minor league pitcher Nolan Sanburn. Second in the AL West, the Athletics were looking to add a hitter after trading Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) to the Boston Red Sox for starter Jon Lester before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. Dunn has 460 career homers but struggled in four seasons with the White Sox.
The 34-year-old Dunn has played more games, 1,976, without reaching the postseason than any active major leaguer. This is his 14th season and season and he says he is planning on retiring at the end of it.
In other major league news:
— The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton from the Cincinnati Reds for two players to be named. The 30-year-old Broxton is 4-2 with a 1.86 ERA and seven saves in 51 appearances this season. He'll be used as a set-up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
— The Philadelphia Phillies have traded outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league infielder Gustavo Pierre. Mayberry hit .213 with six home runs and 21 RBIs in 63 games for the Phillies this season.
Big upset on the men's side
NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of top-5 seeds have been ousted during Day 7 of the U.S. Open.
Men's fourth seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR') became the first top-10 seed to fall in the men's draw. He was eliminated by Gilles Simon (zheel see-MOHN') 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in a third-round match. The 26th-seeded Simon confounded Ferrer with a variety of shots that kept him out of sync.
Ferrer piled up an uncharacteristic 52 unforced errors, nearly twice as many as Simon.
Women's fifth-seed Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) was beaten by 10th-seed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.The victory puts Wozniacki in a Grand Slam quarterfinal for the first time in more than two years. With Sharapova's loss, No. 1 Serena Williams is the only woman left in the top six.
Ninth seed Jelena Jankovic (jeh-LAY'-nah YANK'-oh-vihch) was ousted in Round 4 as well, losing to Belinda Bencic 7-6 (6), 6-3.
Roger Federer was helped out by the weather in his third-round match against Marcel Granollers (grah-noh-LEHRZ'). The second-seeded Federer trailed 5-2 in the first set before rain caused a lengthy delay. The five-time Open champ eventually dropped the opener 6-4 before taking the next three sets by 6-1 scores.
Men's sixth seed Tomas Berdych (BUR'-dihch), Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOO') won their third-round matches in straight sets, and 14th seed Marin Cilic (CHEE'-lihch) reached the fourth round by downing Kevin Anderson in four sets. No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov dropped his opening set 0-6 before taking the next three 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round. No. 19 Feliciano Lopez was beaten 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 by Dominic Thiem
Women's No. 13 Sara Errani joined Wozniacki in the quarterfinals by downing Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (meer-YAH'-nah LOO'-cheech-bah-ROH'-nee), 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. Fourteenth seed Lucie Safarova was a 6-3, 6-4 loser against Shuai Peng (shway pehng), who advanced to the Open quarters for the first time.
Bears clobber Mustangs
WACO, Texas (AP) — Tenth-ranked Baylor has opened its new stadium with a victory.
Bryce Petty threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Bears ripped SMU 45-0. Petty played two quarters because of a bruise to his lower back after taking an early shot.
The Bears sacked SMU's three quarterbacks a combined eight times and held the Mustangs to 67 total yards.
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kasey Kahne (kayn) had a better night than Tony Stewart at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kahne earned his first Sprint Cup win of the season, grabbing the lead on a restart with 23 laps remaining before holding off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout. Both Kahne and Kenseth earned spots in the Chase for the Championship.
Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick.
Stewart was unable to finish his first race in three weeks. He started 12th and got as high as fourth before slamming the wall on laps 122 and 172, shredding the right side of his car.
It was Stewart's first competition since his sprint car struck and killed a fellow driver.
UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have worked out a contract extension with their offensive leader.
A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that quarterback Alex Smith has agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension that includes $45 million in guaranteed money. The deal was first reported in the Kansas City Star.
Smith and his representatives had been discussing an extension with the Chiefs for several months, and the veteran quarterback was hopeful a deal would be done before the regular season.
Also in the NFL:
— The Cleveland Browns have released Rex Grossman, who was signed as a free agent on Aug. 12. Grossman was brought in to assist Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel with the team's new offense after playing in coordinator Kyle Shanahan's system in Washington.
— Police in Northern California say San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald has been arrested on domestic violence charges. San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol says the 29-year-old defensive end was taken into custody early Sunday morning after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood. The arrest comes days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties last week for players accused of domestic violence.
PGA-DEUTSCHE BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
Scene set for final round
NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Russell Henley fired a 6-under-par 65 to take the third-round lead at the PGA's Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston. Henley carded five birdies during a seven-hole stretch and moved to 12-under for the tournament.
Billy Horschel is one stroke back and one ahead of Rory McIlroy, Chris Kirk and Jason Day. Horschel birdied the last three holes of his third round.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Fred Couples tapped in for birdie on the first playoff hole to beat Billy Andrade (AN'-drayd) in the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary.
Couples chipped in for eagle on 18 for a course-record 9-under 61 and a 15-under total. He also eagled the par-5 11th and had five birdies in his bogey-free round.
Ernst gets first career win
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Austin Ernst parred the first playoff hole to win the Portland Classic in Oregon by one stroke over I.K. Kim.
Ernst fired a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a 14-under total through regulation before earning her first LPGA victory. She hadn't finished higher than a tie for 18th in any event this year.
Rockets get Terry from Kings
HOUSTON (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets will acquire guard Jason Terry in a trade with Sacramento.
The Rockets will also receive two second-round draft picks and send guard/forward Alonzo Gee to the Kings, along with at least one other non-guaranteed contract.
The 36-year-old Terry started last season with Brooklyn and averaged only 4.5 points in 35 games.
U.S. gets second win
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The U.S. men's basketball team is unbeaten after two games of the World Cup in Spain. The Americans trailed 40-35 at halftime before posting a 98-77 win against Turkey, the team they beat in the final four years ago. The U.S was led by Kenneth Faried's 22 points as well as 19 in the second half from Anthony Davis.