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Astros top A’s for 6th straight win; O’s end Morales home run streak
UNDATED (AP) – Alex Bregman and Tyler White homered and drove in four runs each, and the Houston Astros rallied for an 11-4 win over the Oakland Athletics.
It was the sixth straight win for the first-place Astros, who moved to 2 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the AL West standings. George Springer and Jose Altuve helped in the victory, driving in a run each during a five-run third inning that erased an early 4-0 deficit. This was the first game Springer, Altuve and Carlos Correa were in the lineup together since June 25. Springer, who pinch-hit Sunday, missed the previous five games with a quadriceps injury.
In other MLB action:
– Chris Stratton threw a career-high eight innings to outpitch Patrick Corbin, and the San Francisco Giants blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 Monday night on a two-run homer by Steven Duggar. Duggar’s second home run of the season helped the Giants gain ground on the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. San Francisco pulled within seven games of first place and 7 1/2 of the second wild card. Arizona’s lead dropped to a half-game over the idle Los Angeles Dodgers.
– Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani homered, Eric Young Jr. drove in the go-ahead run during a five-run eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels blew a three-run lead before rallying to snap their six-game skid with a 10-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. After DJ LeMahieu’s first career grand slam put the Rockies up 7-5 in the eighth, the struggling Angels improbably mounted a five-run rally in the bottom of the inning. Colorado is a game back of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.
– Kendrys Morales home run streak is over, snapped at seven games by the Orioles. Baltimore ended an eight-game losing streak by defeating Morales’ Blue Jays, 7-0. Striving to tie the major league record of homering in eight consecutive games, Morales went 0 for 3 with a walk and did not hit the ball out of the infield. In his final chance, the Toronto slugger swung through a slider from Paul Fry to strike out in the eighth inning.
– Carlos Rodon pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, Yoan Moncada doubled in two as the surging Chicago White Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-2 for their fourth straight win. Rodon allowed a two-run shot to Gleyber Torres but was strong otherwise, and Chicago’s bullpen closed out a three-hitter. The White Sox have won 10 of 13 and clinched their first winning month of the season by improving to 15-10 in August.
-Jon Lester pitched six innings, drove in two runs with a timely single off Noah Syndergaard and made two nice plays in the field, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 7-4 for their sixth consecutive victory. Anthony Rizzo homered and Daniel Murphy reached three more times from the leadoff spot as NL-leading Chicago moved a season-high 24 games over .500 by improving to 5-0 against New York this year.
– Stephen Strasburg threw six effective innings, Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) hit a solo homer and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3. The Phillies fell 3 1/2 games behind Atlanta in the NL East after losing the opener for the seventh straight series. They’re 6-12 since Aug. 8 and have dropped five games in the standings in that span.
Angels’ Ohtani thinks he can pitch again this season
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) believes he can pitch for the Los Angeles Angels again this season after a simulated game went well.
Ohtani threw 50 pitches in three innings at Angel Stadium on Monday in the latest step in his gradual comeback from a sprained elbow ligament. The two-way star hasn’t pitched in a game since June 6 but would like to get back on the mound during the Angels’ final 30 games.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani will throw a bullpen session later in the week before the Angels determine his next step. Scioscia said the Angels’ brass believes Ohtani is pitching well enough to pitch in games, but the team has been cautious with his arm.
Ohtani got off to a strong start in his first big-league season as a starting pitcher, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts.
He is still hitting while he rests his pitching arm, compiling 14 homers and 40 RBIs while batting .273. Ohtani batted cleanup as the Angels’ designated hitter Monday night against Colorado.
Defending women’s champ Stephens, Williams sisters win at US Open
NEW YORK (AP) – Defending women’s champion Sloane Stephens is into the second round of the U.S. Open.
Stephens, the No. 3 seed, defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russia 6-1, 7-5 in the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Stephens won her first Grand Slam title last year at Flushing Meadows when she beat fellow American Madison Keys in the final.
– Serena Williams has won the first match of her return to the U.S. Open. The No. 17 seed beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-0 in the opening match of the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Williams missed last year’s U.S. Open and gave birth to her daughter during the tournament.
– Venus Williams moved to the second round by beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in a matchup of past U.S. Open champions. Williams, the No. 16 seed and a semifinalist last year at Flushing Meadows, could play younger sister Serena in the third round. That would be their earliest Grand Slam matchup in 20 years.
– Top-ranked Rafael Nadal advanced to the second round when David Ferrer retired in the second set of their all-Spanish matchup. Nadal won the first set but trailed 3-4 in the second when Ferrer had to stop because of injury.
– Andy Murray was a winner in his return to Grand Slam tennis, beating James Duckworth 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round. The 2012 U.S. Open champion from Britain has sat out much of the last year because of hip surgery. He hadn’t appeared in a major since Wimbledon in 2017.
– Another former champ, 2016’s Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK’-ah), also won in his return with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 8 seed Grigor Dimitrov. Wawrinka couldn’t defend his U.S. Open title last year, missing the tournament following two left knee surgeries. The three-time Grand Slam champion’s ranking fell so low that he needed a wild card to make the U.S. Open field.
– Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp) has become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in first round of the U.S. Open in the professional era. Halep was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia in a match that was stunningly lopsided and lasted all of 76 minutes. Halep won the French Open in June for her first Grand Slam title.
AP source: Beckham Jr agrees to 5-year deal with Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Odell Beckham Jr. is now the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver. A person familiar with the negotiations has told The Associated Press the New York Giants have agreed to a five-year contract extension with the three-time Pro Bowler.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Giants have not announced the deal, which comes less than two weeks before the season opener against Jacksonville.
While terms were not disclosed, the deal with the 25-year-old, 2014 first-rounder is worth about $95 million with $65 million guaranteed. Beckham’s $19 million average salary would top the $17 million earned by Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers. His $95 million deal also tops the $82.5 million deal receiver Mike Evans has with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Beckham, who missed most of last season with a broken left ankle, was scheduled to make $8.4 million in the final year of his rookie contract. In his first four seasons, Beckham has caught 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns.
In other NFL news:
– Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck missed Monday’s practice with an injured foot. Coach Frank Reich says Luck was hurt during Saturday’s victory over San Francisco and indicated it was a minor injury. He says Luck would play if the Colts had a regular-season game Sunday. Luck had already been ruled out for Thursday night’s preseason finale at Cincinnati. He has missed 26 of Indy’s past 45 regular-season games with an assortment of injuries, including a partially torn labrum that required surgery in January 2017. That injury kept Luck off the field all of last season.
– The Seattle Seahawks could be without linebacker K.J. Wright for the season opener at Denver after the defensive leader had arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Wright came out of last week’s preseason game against Minnesota feeling something off in his knee and made the decision to have surgery. Carroll didn’t provide details about the surgery or on how long Wright might be out, but said it was uncertain whether Wright would be ready for the Sept. 9 opener. Wright’s backup is rookie Shaquem Griffin.
– Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers practiced on a limited basis for the first time since re-signing with the team earlier this offseason. The 38-year-old Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February and has been rehabbing ever since.
– The Oakland Raiders have traded receiver Ryan Switzer and a sixth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round pick. Coach Jon Gruden said Monday that the trade means Dwayne Harris will start the season as Oakland’s kick and punt returner. The Raiders originally acquired Switzer in a deal from Dallas for 2016 second-round pick Jihad Ward. Switzer fell behind other receivers on Oakland’s depth chart and became expendable.
– Coach Steve Wilks says Arizona Cardinals running back D.J. Foster is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL and defensive end Arthur Moats is expected to miss two to four weeks with a sprained MCL. Both were injured in the Cardinals’ 27-3 victory at Dallas on Sunday night. Foster was fighting for a roster spot when he went down with the knee injury. Moats signed a one-year contract with Arizona last month.
– The New England Patriots signed running backs Kenneth Farrow and Khalfani Muhammad and receiver K.J. Maye. Farrow played in 13 games as a rookie in 2016 and ran 60 times for 192 yards, but sat out last season with an injury. Maye was with the Patriots last year, but was released during training camp.
Francois named No. 19 Florida State’s starting QB
UNDATED (AP) – Deondre Francois has been named Florida State’s starting quarterback. The junior beat out James Blackman and Bailey Hockman for the opportunity to start for the No. 19 Seminoles in the season opener against No. 20 Virginia Tech on Sept. 3.
Francois threw for 3,350 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2016 when he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rookie of the year. He suffered a season-ending knee injury last year in the Seminoles’ opener against Alabama.
Blackman stepped in to start after Francois’ surgery. As a true freshman, Blackman threw for 2,230 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Hockman took a redshirt in 2017, his first year on campus, and often ran the Seminoles’ scout team.
In other college football news:
– LSU has named Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow as its starting quarterback when the No. 25 Tigers open their season Sunday night against No. 8 Miami in Dallas. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron says the competition between Burrow and sophomore Myles Brennan was “tight,” and he would have been fine starting either. Orgeron adds he won’t hesitate to switch between the two should one falter. Burrow is a graduate transfer with two years of NCAA eligibility remaining. He played in 10 games as a backup at Ohio State, completing 29 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 53 yards and one TD.
– Veteran Kelly Bryant is Clemson’s starting quarterback, holding off promising freshman Trevor Lawrence. The second-ranked Tigers open the season Saturday at home against Furman. The team released its first depth chart Monday with Bryant on top in the closely watched competition. Bryant started last season and led Clemson to a 12-2 record and a third straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship and College Football Playoff appearance. But a 24-6 loss to eventual national champion Alabama in the semifinals where Clemson’s offense was ineffective led some Tiger fans to look to the 6-foot-6 Lawrence to take over.
Panthers agree to terms with Brouwer on 1-year deal
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with veteran right winger Troy Brouwer to a one-year contract.
General manager Dale Tallon announced the move Monday, saying Brouwer adds depth and should provide leadership for Florida’s young core. Brouwer became a free agent when the Calgary Flames bought out the final two years of his contract.
The 33-year-old put up 22 points on six goals and 16 assists in 76 games last season. He recorded 27 points in two seasons with the Flames after they signed him to an $18 million, four-year deal.
Brouwer has 169 goals and 172 assists for 341 points in his 12-year NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues and Flames. He’s a three-time 20-goal scorer and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010.