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August 22, 2019
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Giolito, Pale Hose blank Twins



UNDATED (AP) – Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) picked up his 14th win of the season this afternoon by stifling one of baseball’s top offenses.


Giolito scattered three hits in his third complete game of the year to pitch the Chicago White Sox past the Minnesota Twins, 4-0. The right-hander struck out 12 and didn’t allow a runner in scoring position until Jonathan Schoop (skohp) doubled in the eighth inning.


Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) went 3 for 5 with two RBIs for the White Sox.


Minnesota entered the game ranked second in the majors in runs and first in homers.


The outcome keeps the AL Central-leading Twins three games ahead of second-place Cleveland.


The Indians lost to the Mets for the second consecutive night as New York scored twice in the 10th inning to pull out a 4-3 victory. J.D. Davis won it with an RBI single that scored Michael Conforto, who was credited with the tying RBI after closer Brad Hand failed to cover first on a potential game-ending double-play grounder.


The Mets rallied for their fourth straight win after Carlos Santana slammed his 30th home run to put Cleveland ahead in the top of the 10th.
The Mets and the Phillies are now 1 1/2 games behind the Cardinals for the second NL wild card.


Elsewhere on major league diamonds:


– The Cubs have taken over the NL Central lead by getting a two-run homer by Kris Bryant in the bottom of the eighth to lead a 12-11 downing of the Giants. Nicholas Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber also connected as Chicago picked up its fourth straight win and vaulted a half-game ahead of the second-place Cardinals. Castellanos was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the victory.


– St. Louis suffered a 5-3 loss to the Brewers as Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) homered and Keston Hiura (HEE’-rah) drove in a pair of runs in the rain-shortened game. Winning pitcher Adrian Houser gave up one earned run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings to help Milwaukee beat the Redbirds for the first time in seven tries. The game was stopped after 7 1/2 innings and made official following a rain delay of 66 minutes.


– Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY’-nee eh-cheh-vah-REE’-ah) and Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. each belted two-run homers to back Julio Teheran in the Braves’ 5-0 shutout of the Marlins. Teheran struck out a season-high nine and limited Miami to five hits over six innings.


Atlanta is 14-4 versus the Marlins this year, with Teheran going 3-0.


– Atlanta still tops the NL East by six games after the second-place Nationals crushed the Pirates for the second time in three nights, 11-1. Patrick Corbin worked eight scoreless innings to remain unbeaten in five decisions since June 11. Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera’s three-run blast capped a six-run third for the NL wild-card leaders.


– Bryce Harper smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning as the Phillies downed the Red Sox, 5-2 to sweep the two-game series. Corey Dickerson drove in two runs with a triple and a single in Philadelphia’s sixth victory in eight games. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the second straight night to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead before the Phillies rallied.


– The Dodgers pulled out a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Max Muncy’s solo shot in the bottom of the 10th. Muncy sent his 33rd homer to center field off Tim Mayza, one inning after Kenley Jansen gave up a tying homer to Rowdy Tellez. Will Smith also went deep for the NL West leaders, who have baseball’s best home record at 50-16 and lead their division by 20 games over Arizona.


– The Rockies knocked off the Diamondbacks, 7-2 as Tim Melville pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in his first major league appearance in almost two years. Melville limited Arizona to a first-inning double and a sixth-inning home run to go with four strikeouts and two walks. He also drove in two runs with a single and a squeeze bunt to help the Rockies win the season series, 10-9.


– Luis Castillo is 12-5 after allowing one run and five hits over six innings of the Reds’ 4-2 victory against the Padres in Cincinnati. Jose Iglesias hit a solo home run to support Castillo, who was rocked for eight runs and nine hits in Friday’s loss to St. Louis. Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez and Freddy Galvis (GAL’-vees) each had two hits and an RBI as the Reds took the rubber match of the three-game series.


– Khris Davis and Marcus Semien belted two-run homers off JA Happ and Stephen Piscotty added a solo blast as the Oakland Athletics knocked off the New York Yankees, 6-4. Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) improved to 12-3 by limiting the Yankees to two runs over 5 1/3 innings, helping the A’s win for the sixth time in seven games. The Athletics kept their half-game lead over Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card, and the Yankees dropped their third in a row to cut their lead in the AL East to nine games over the Rays.


– Astros ace Justin Verlander went the distance on a two-hitter and came away with a 2-1 loss to the Tigers. Verlander retired his first 14 batters and finished with 11 strikeouts and no walks, but he also gave up home runs to Ronny Rodriguez and John Hicks, the last of which broke a 1-1 stalemate in the ninth. Robinson Chirinos (chih-REE’-nohs) provided four of Houston’s six hits, including his 14th round-tripper of the season.


– Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) scored on a wild pitch in the Rays’ two-run ninth to complete a 7-6 win over the Seattle Mariners. Kevin Kiermaier drove in four runs, including a solo homer that tied the game in the ninth after Tampa Bay squandered a 5-3 lead. The Rays avoided a three-game sweep and finished 3-3 on their six-game homestand.


– The Orioles banged out four home runs in an 8-1 thrashing of the Royals. Jonathan Villar (vee-AHR’) opened the scoring with a two-run shot, Anthony Santander and Renato Nunez hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning and Hanser Alberto put the game away with a three-run blast in the sixth. Baltimore tied a major league record by surrendering its 258th homer, but it was the only run allowed by Aaron Brooks over five innings.


– Hunter Pence drove in three runs, including an RBI, walk-off single in the ninth inning of the Rangers’ 8-7 decision over the Angels. Texas blew a pair of two-run leads and overcame a late three-run deficit to win for the third time in the four-game set. Pence had a two-run double in the seventh and Shin-Soo Choo singled home the tying run an inning later.




Braves place McCann on IL


UNDATED (AP) – The Braves have placed catcher Brian McCann on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain suffered in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over the Marlins.


The injury prompted Atlanta to recall receiver Alex Jackson, who has hit .224 with 25 home runs for Triple-A Gwinnett this year. Jackson went 0-for-10 in three games for the Braves early this season when McCann was out with a strained right hamstring.


Elsewhere in MLB news:


– Cubs reliever Brandon Morrow won’t pitch this season. Team president Theo Epstein says the closer is out for the year following another setback in his recovery from right elbow surgery. Morrow hasn’t pitched in a game since July 2018 and underwent an arthroscopic procedure last November.


– Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, one day after being removed following the first inning of his start against the Nationals. The team’s director of sports medicine said Archer will not throw for at least a week then be re-evaluated. The Bucs also placed right-hander Clay Holmes on the 10-day IL with right quadriceps discomfort and recalled right-handers Dario Agrazal (AG’-rah-zahl) and Parker Markel from Triple-A Indianapolis.


– The Rockies have put starting pitcher Jon Gray on the 60-day injured list because of a left foot fracture, ending his season. The 27-year-old Gray is 11-8 with a 3.84 ERA this year, striking out 150 in as many innings. The right-hander was scheduled to start today’s game at Arizona.




Dolphins’ Grant gets extension


UNDATED (AP) – Miami Dolphins receiver Jakeem Grant is 5-foot-6, which means that under his new contract, he could be worth nearly $364,000 per inch.


Grant signed a four-year extension Wednesday for up to $24 million through the 2023 season.


One of the NFL’s smallest and fastest players, Grant has three career touchdowns on returns, which ties the franchise record. He has only 34 career receptions for 471 yards and four touchdowns, but is expected to play a significant role in first-year coach Brian Flores’ offense this season.


Grant missed the final six games last year with a calf injury that required surgery but has fully recovered. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract and could have become a free agent in March.


In other NFL news:


– The Detroit Lions have signed defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to an $11 million, one-year extension. The team announced the signing Thursday. Harrison has two years left on the $46 million contract he signed with the New York Giants and is under contract for an additional season with the Lions. Detroit acquired the former All-Pro player in a trade from the Giants last season for a fifth-round draft pick.


– The Saints have added linebacker Will Compton and offensive lineman Fisayo Awolaja to their training camp roster. The additions announced Wednesday come after the club waived reserve long snapper Nick Moore and placed offensive tackle Chris Clark on injured reserve with a right leg injury.


– Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Copeland can still participate in the team’s preseason practices and games. He’s eligible to return to the active roster on Oct. 7.


– None of the Seahawks’ top three draft picks were on the practice field Wednesday. Wide receiver DK Metcalf underwent minor knee surgery and safety Marquise Blair is dealing with back spasms. The pair of second-round picks joined first-round selection L.J. Collier on the medical report.




Wild hire Bill Guerin as new GM


UNDATED (AP) – The Minnesota Wild have hired Bill Guerin (GEHR’-ihn) as their new general manager.


Guerin won two Stanley Cups as a player and two more titles in the front office with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager of the Penguins, who won consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017.


The 48-year-old Guerin had 429 goals and 427 assists in 1,263 career games with eight different teams.


In other NHL news:


– The Senators have signed forward Colin White to a six-year contract with an average annual value of $4.75 million. White ranked fifth in points among NHL rookies last season, scoring 14 goals and 27 assists.


– Forward Derick Brassard has agreed to a one-year contract with the Islanders. Brassard has totaled 176 goals and 275 assists in 786 NHL games, but he had just 14 goals and 23 points in 70 games last season.




Skating coach punished for sexual misconduct


UNDATED (AP) – Figure skating coach Richard Callaghan has been banned from figure skating by the U.S. Center for SafeSport for sexual misconduct.


Callaghan was ruled “permanently ineligible” for actions involving a minor. He was accused by a former student, Adam Schmidt, in a lawsuit. Schmidt alleged that Callaghan sexually abused him from 1999-2001. Schmidt was 14 in 1999.


Callaghan coached Tara Lipinski to Olympic gold and mentored six-time U.S. champion Todd Eldredge.




Joker, Osaka top singles seedings


NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Open officials have used the ATP and WTA rankings to set its seedings for the final Grand Slam of the year.
That means Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) is the No. 1 men’s seed, followed by Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem (teem). Defending women’s champ Naomi Osaka is the top women’s seed, ahead of Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova (PLIHSH’-koh-vah) and Simona Halep (HA’-lehp).




4 Grand Slam champions on 2020 tennis Hall of Fame ballot


NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) – Former Grand Slam champions Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch), Sergi Bruguera (SUR’-jee broo-GEHR’-uh), Conchita Martinez and Jonas Bjorkman are the four candidates for the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s class of 2020.


Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch) won the 2001 Wimbledon title and reached the final three other times. Bruguera won back-to-back French Open titles in 1993 and 1994, while fellow Spaniard Martinez won the 1994 Wimbledon championship. Bjorkman won the career Grand Slam in doubles and reached No. 1 in the doubles rankings.


The 2020 class will be announced in January. Induction is set for July 18.