Tuesday, July 26
O's rally...Sanchez stretches streak
UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have added a game to their lead in the American League East following their fifth consecutive victory.
Adam Jones scored on an error by reliever Jordan Lyles in the bottom of the 10th to give the Birds a 3-2 victory over Colorado. Jones drove in Baltimore's first two runs, poking an RBI single in the second and scoring Nolan Reimold (RY'-mohld) on a grounder to tie the game in the seventh. Two of the Orioles' runs were unearned.
Baltimore's division lead is now 2 ½ games over Boston, and it remains three games over Toronto.
Aaron Sanchez is 11-1 after limiting the Padres to three hits while striking out seven in the Blue Jays' 4-2 triumph at Rogers Centre. Sanchez is the first Blue Jays hurler to win 10 straight decisions since Roy Halladay earned 15 consecutive victories in 2003. Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR') was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to back Sanchez. Pillar's run-scoring double put the Jays ahead 4-0 in the eighth.
The Red Sox were 4-2 losers to Detroit as Justin Verlander held Boston to a run and five hits in six innings. Jose Iglesias put the Tigers ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the sixth. James McCann and Victor Martinez added RBI singles to help Detroit pull within 5 1/2 games of the AL Central-leading Indians.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The White Sox beat the Cubs 5-4 on Tyler Saladino's walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Todd Frazier's three-run homer put the White Sox ahead 4-0 in the sixth, but the Cubs eventually tied it on RBI singles from Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo in the top of the ninth. The outcome trims the Cubbies' lead in the NL Central to seven games over St. Louis.
— Houston had won four in a row before Austin Romine's eighth-inning double snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the Yankees' 2-1 triumph over the Astros. Chase Headley scored the lead run after poking the game-tying single in the fifth. George Springer homered for the Astros, who now trail the AL West by 3 ½ games to Texas.
— The Rangers pulled out a 7-6 victory on Adrian Beltre's (BEHL'-trayz) second round-tripper of the night, a two-run blast with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Beltre was 4-for-5 with three ribbies and three runs scored in the Rangers' third consecutive victory. Ian Desmond also homered for the Rangers, who had dropped eight of nine before their winning streak.
— Jeremy Hellickson tossed one-hit ball over six innings before Tommy Joseph snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI double in the eighth to push Philadelphia past the Marlins 4-0 at Miami. The Marlins lost for the fourth time in six games to fall five games behind the NL East-leading Nationals. Miami's Ichiro Suzuki grounded out as a pinch-hitter to stay four hits shy of becoming the 30th player with 3,000 major league hits.
— Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) drove in four runs with three singles to send the Angels past Kansas City 6-2. Pujols singled home a pair during the Angels' four-run first against Ian Kennedy. The Royals lost for the 13th time in 18 games despite a two-run homer by Salvador Perez.
— The Brewers banged out four home runs in a 7-2 triumph against Arizona. Martin Maldonado's (mahr-TEEN' mal-dah-NAH'-dohz) three-run blast put the Brewers ahead 6-2 in the sixth, one inning after Ryan Braun singled home the tiebreaking run. Scooter Gennett (jeh-NEHT'), Jonathan Villar (vee-AHR') and Andy Wilkins added solo shots as Milwaukee won for just the fourth time in 12 games.
— The Cardinals' game against the Mets in New York was postponed because of rain and will be made up as part of a twi-night doubleheader on Tuesday. The postponement came after the Redbirds did not arrive at their hotel in New York until 8:30 a.m. Monday following a flight delay.
Cubs land hard throwing closer
UNDATED (AP) — Flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman is back in the National League Central.
The Chicago Cubs have acquired the lefty from the Yankees for four players. Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings this season after recording 146 saves and a 2.17 earned run average in six years with the Reds. Cincinnati sent him to the Yanks last December.
The Yankees get reliever Adam Warren, 19-year-old shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and minor league outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Warren was drafted by the Yankees and played the previous four seasons with the team. Torres had emerged as the Cubs' top prospect.
In other major league news:
— White Sox ace Chris Sale will start on Thursday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, his first appearance since receiving a five-day suspension. Sale was punished by the team for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear. The 27-year-old Sale is 14-3 with a 3.18 ERA this year.
— Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is expected to have season-ending neck surgery for the second time in three years. General manager Jon Daniels says Dr. Drew Dossett has recommended the surgery for Fielder, who is batting just .212 with eight homers and 44 RBIs in 89 games this season.
— Infielder Alex Bregman went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his big league debut for the Astros Monday against the Yankees. The second player selected in last year's draft hit a combined .306 with 20 home runs and 61 RBIs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
— Rockies outfielder David Dahl made his big league debut against the Orioles in Baltimore, going 1-for-4 with a run scored. The 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft batted .484 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 16 games with Triple-A Albuquerque after opening the season at Double-A Hartford.
NFL green lights Gordon, looks into Smith
UNDATED (AP) — Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, although he will be suspended for the first four games of this season.
Gordon has been banned since February 2015 for multiple violations of the league's drug policies. He can take part in preseason practices and games this summer and will become eligible to rejoin the Browns on Oct. 3 if he stays clean.
Gordon played just five games two years ago after grabbing 87 passes for a league-leading 1,646 yard and nine touchdowns in 2013.
Meanwhile, the NFL is investigating whether a video linked to an account from suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith shows him using illegal drugs.
The video features an unidentified man off camera discussing a rolled cigarette with an unidentified woman, though it's not clear what's in the cigarette.
Smith sent out a tweet Monday after CSNBayArea.com reported on the video saying "Good try, not me."
Smith is serving a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, a punishment that is scheduled to end Nov. 17.
Checking out the rest of the NFL:
— The league says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera (al-jah-ZEER'-ah) America last fall. The NFL said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late in the season.
— Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has been put on the physically unable to perform list just a week before the start of training camp. Watt recently had back surgery but is expected to be ready for the NFL season opener after leading the league with 17 ½ sacks last year. Watt played last season with a herniated disk and spent most of the offseason recovering after surgery to repair a groin injury in January.
— Receiver Jordy Nelson was one of six Packers placed on the physically unable to perform list. Nelson is coming back from a torn right ACL injury that kept him out for the 2015 season.
— Greg Jennings is retiring after 10 NFL seasons, saying on social media that "football is over. I'm done." The 32-year-old ends his career with 571 catches for 8,291 yards and 64 touchdowns.
— Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt has decided to retire after seven seasons with the team. The former second-round draft pick sat out just one game during his first five years in the league before appearing in just 10 the last two seasons due to injuries.
Lue gets extension
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is getting a multiyear extension with the NBA champions.
A person familiar with the contract says Lue has agreed to the deal after guiding Cleveland to the city's first championship since 1964.
Lue led the Cavs to a 27-14 record after replacing David Blatt in January. The Cavaliers last month became the first team in history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals, beating Golden State on the road in Game 7.
The Vertical originally reported Lue's new deal.
McCollum gets extension...Waiters, Heat agree
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have worked out a new contract with one of their top players.
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that C.J. McCollum has accepted a four-year, $106 million extension with the Blazers.
McCollum was named the NBA's Most Improved Player last season after averaging 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists during the regular season.
In other NBA news:
— Two people with knowledge of the negotiations tell The Associated Press that Dion Waiters and the Miami Heat are finalizing a one-year, $2.9 million contract. Waiters averaged 9.8 points for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year.
— Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has issued a statement saying he is giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Jordan says that as a black man and someone who lost his own father in an act of violence, he has "been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers."
— Oklahoma City guard Cameron Payne is recovering from surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to be ready for the start of next season. Payne averaged 5.0 points and 1.9 assists in his rookie season with the Thunder.
Schenn signs new deal with Philly
UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have avoided arbitration with Brayden Schenn by working out a four-year, $20.5 million package with the forward. The 24-year-old Schenn had 26 goals and 59 points last season.
Also in the NHL:
— Wild center Jordan Schroeder has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth a maximum $650,000. Schroder provided two goals and four points in 26 games for Minnesota last season.
Terror suspect caught
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police say they have arrested the last suspect who was sought in the case of a group that pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on social media and shared ideas about attacking the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Police say the suspect was taken to a federal prison but revealed no further details, citing security reasons.
The plot was announced by authorities on Thursday when 10 Brazilians were arrested in different states of Brazil. Another man turned himself in on Friday.
Fallout from IOC failure continues
UNDATED (AP) — Swimming's global governing body says it will retest doping samples from all Russians who competed at last year's world aquatics championships in Russia. The decision by FINA (FEE'-nuh) comes after the International Olympic Committee failed to support the findings of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which recommended the banning of Russian athletes from the Rio Games.
The decision by the IOC was a blow to the World Anti-Doping Agency as well as all anti-doping agencies worldwide.