Thursday, August 25
Orioles keep hex on Nats...Pujols moves to No. 10 on home run list
UNDATED (AP) — The Beltway Series continues to be all Baltimore.
The Orioles outlasted Washington 10-8 to take the first three games of the Beltway Series by a combined score of 22-12.
The Orioles are 35-24 in this interleague series since it began in 2006.
Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) broke it open with a three-run homer to give the Orioles at 10-3 lead entering the ninth. Daniel Murphy got the Nats a little closer with a grand slam in the ninth. Then Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') had an RBI single to make it 10-8.
Baltimore closer Zach Britton saw his remarkable streak of 43 straight games without allowing an earned run end as he gave up a run in the ninth. But Ryan Zimmerman hit into a game-ending double play with two runners on base.
In other action:
— The L.A. Dodgers stretched their lead in the NL West to three games over San Francisco with a 1-0 victory over the Giants. Justin Turner's home run was the difference in the game.
— In a battle of last place teams, Arizona outlasted Arizona 10-9 in 11 innings. Brandon Drury's sacrifice fly in the 11th ended it.
— The Kansas City Royals' nine-game winning streak is over. Jose Fernandez struck out nine Royals in six innings and won his 13th game as the Miami Marlins blanked the Royals 3-0. Fernandez limped to the dugout after tweaking his right leg on his final pitch, but does not appear seriously injured.
— Boston and Toronto remain tied atop the AL East as both teams lost. The Red Sox fell 4-3 in 11 innings to the Tampa Bay Rays. Luke Maile doubled with two out in the 11th and scored after Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree dropped a throw to first base on a grounder.
— Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were getting trounced by the last-place L.A. Angels, 8-2. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) moved into sole possession of 10th place on baseball's all-time list by hitting his 584th home run
—Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six strong innings and the Chicago Cubs finished off a three-game sweep, beating the San Diego Padres 6-3. Hendricks is 12-7. He gave up two runs and four hits, striking out eight and leaving with a 2.19 ERA. He has allowed no more than three earned runs in 17 straight starts.
— Rookie Gary Sanchez's torrid start to his major league career continues. The Yankees catch hit his seventh home run in the past nine games and, leading the New York Yankees posted a 5-0 win over Seattle. Masahiro Tanaka won his fourth straight start to improve to 11-4.
— Evan Gattis hit his 20th home run and Carlos Correa got two hits and scored twice in Houston's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh. The Astros won the interleague matchup between wild-card contenders with their fifth victory in six games. Pittsburgh has lost five of six.
— Ryan Braun hit two home runs and had 3 RBIs in Milwaukee's 7-1 win over Colorado. Braun hit a solo drive off Tyler Anderson in the fourth inning and connected for a two-run drive, off Chad Qualls during a four-run seventh. Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 34th homer for the Rockies.
— Kendall Graveman pitched into the seventh inning to lead Oakland to a 5-1 win over AL Central-leading Cleveland. Graveman gave up a run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings to earn his ninth win in the last 11 decisions.
— Yu Darvish hit only the second homer by a Rangers pitcher and Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning in the Texas Rangers' 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. That gives the Rangers a split of their two-game interleague series.
— Miguel Cabrera had four hits, including his 28th home run, and Justin Upton added a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-4.
— The St. Louis Cardinals whacked the New York Mets 8-1 as Mets starter Jacob deGrom fell to 7-7. Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty homered off the Mets starter.
— Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez homered to back Jerod Eickhoff, and the struggling Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3.
Francoeur to the Marlins...Street done for the season
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Marlins have acquired outfielder Jeff Francoeur (fran-KOOR') from Atlanta in a three-team trade.
Miami is contending for an NL wild-card spot and isn't sure whether star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton will return this season from a severe groin strain.
Francoeur was hitting .249 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 99 games for the Braves. The 32-year-old plays left field and right field and is known for a strong arm.
In other baseball:
— Angels closer Huston Street has undergone season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus. The surgery puts an end to the least impressive season of Street's 12-year career. The three-time All-Star is 3-2 with a career-low nine saves and a 6.45 earned run average.
__ Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) says he has no plans to exercise an opt-out clause in his contract with the New York Mets. The outfielder from Cuba is in the first year of a three-year, $75 million deal that has an escape clause after the first season.
— The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed with team president and chief executive officer Derrick Hall on an eight-year contract extension.
Earnhardt to miss 2 more races
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has not been cleared by doctors to return to racing and will miss at least two more races as he recovers from a concussion.
Hendrick Motorsports has announced Earnhardt is out of the races at Michigan and Darlington
Alex Bowman, who drove for Earnhardt at New Hampshire, will return to drive the No. 88 Chevrolet at Michigan this weekend.
Jeff Gordon will fill in at Darlington. He has driven the past four races for Earnhardt.
San Diego pulls offer for Bosa
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego has withdrawn its contract offer to first-round draft pick Joey Bosa. They intend to restructure a that will take into account that the holdout defensive end will not play in 16 games this season.
Bosa is the only first-rounder who has not signed with his team. Negotiations stalled over when Bosa's $17 million bonus would be distributed and offset language in the contract.
In other NFL news:
— The Washington Redskins acquired center Bryan Stork from the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft pick. Stork appeared in 21 games the past two seasons, but started just six games for the Pats last season.
Lakers ink top pick
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Lakers have signed top pick Brandon Ingram, who was the second overall pick in the draft. The contract for the former Duke player is expected to be worth more than $23 million over four years.
The Lakers have also signed Chinese NBA veteran Yi Jianlian (EE tee-an-LEE'-an). He hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season with Dallas. The 28-year old has been playing in China and played for his country in the Rio Olympics.
Stars ink Hudler
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Free agent right wing Jiri Hudler (HOOD'-lur) has signed a $2 million, one-year deal with the Dallas Stars. A veteran of 11 NHL seasons, he had 46 points in 72 games combined for Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler has appeared in 83 career playoff games and went to consecutive Stanley Cup Finals with Detroit in 2008 and 2009.
Coyotes hire female coach
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history.
Braid has a long association with the NHL.
She worked part-time for the Coyotes last year and has served as a skating consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames.
Goalie Solo suspended 6 months
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo is suspended for six months by U.S. Soccer for disparaging comments about Sweden following the Americans' early departure from the Rio Olympics. Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team.
Sweden eliminated the Americans 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal Olympic match.
The 35-year-old Solo, who was previously suspended for 30 days early in 2015 for her conduct, will not be eligible for selection to the national team until February.