Update on the latest in sports:
Astros rally past Giants again
UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros have completed a two-game sweep in San Francisco by rallying from a 1-0 deficit in the late innings for the second straight day.
Tyler White belted a two-run homer in the eighth to send the Astros past the Giants, 2-1. Marwin Gonzalez sparked the rally with a leadoff double, one night after slamming a go-ahead, three-run homer with two out in the ninth.
Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kul) held the Giants to one run and three hits over six innings, blanking San Francisco following Chase d’Arnaud’s (dahr-NOHZ’) RBI single in the second.
Joe Smith was credited with the Astros’ fifth win in six games, striking out the two hitters he faced to improve to 4-1.
The Giants wasted Madison Bumgarner’s seven scoreless innings and lost for the fourth time in five games to fall a game under .500.
Checking out Tuesday’s other MLB finals:
– The Dodgers’ 4-2 win at Oakland gives Los Angeles a half-game lead over Arizona in the NL West and puts the Athletics 5 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Astros. Rich Hill walked four in just 5 1/3 innings but held the A’s to two runs and three hits. Khris Davis slammed his 32nd home run to get the Athletics within 3-2 in the sixth.
– The Diamondbacks were nicked up by the Phillies as Nick Pivetta and Nick Williams led Philadelphia to a 5-2 victory at Phoenix. Williams hit a solo homer and Pivetta scattered four hits over six innings as the Phils stretched their lead in the NL East to 1 1/2 games over Atlanta. Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) was the loser despite yielding just one run and three hits over seven innings.
– The Nationals won for the ninth time in 12 games by thumping the Braves, 8-3 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman hit consecutive homers in a four-run fourth that helped Rookie Jefry Rodriguez get his first major league win. Rodriguez got his first big league hit, scored once and gave up a run and three hits over five innings.
– Ender Inciarte (ihn-see-AHR’-tay) gave the Braves a split of the twinbill by lining a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the ninth inning of a 3-1 victory at Nationals Park. Charlie Culberson tied it with a solo shot in the sixth, five innings after rookie Juan Soto hit his 14th home run of the season. Jesse Biddle struck out four of the five batters he faced and improved to 3-0.
– Mike Montgomery and three relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Cubs blanked the Royals, 5-0. Montgomery scattered four hits over six innings for Chicago, which leads the NL Central by 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee. David Bote laced a two-run triple in the first to open the scoring and added a RBI single in the fifth.
– The Brewers squandered a 4-0 lead as the Padres scored in each of the last seven innings of an 11-5 romp at Milwaukee. Manuel Margot (mahr-GOH’) fell a double shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a solo homer, an RBI triple, a two-run single and five RBIs. Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes also homered for the Padres, who have won two straight since dropping nine of 10.
– Mitch Moreland belted a three-run homer while the Red Sox scored five times in the 10th inning of their fifth consecutive win, 10-7 at Toronto. Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run homer later in the 10th and Moreland finished with four RBIs for Boston. Bosox slugger J.D. Martinez also had four RBIs and slammed his major league-leading 34th home run, a three-run blast in the eighth.
– The Red Sox still lead the AL East by nine games over the Yankees after Miguel Andujar (an-DOO’-hahr) homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning of New York’s 4-3 victory against the White Sox. Giancarlo Stanton added a two-run shot as New York won its second straight following a five-game skid. After Stanton’s homer made it 3-1 in the 10th, Jose Abreu hit a two-run homer against Zach Britton in the bottom half to extend the game.
– Mitch Garver’s three-run homer in the second inning was enough offense for the Twins in a 3-2 victory at Cleveland. Adalberto Mejia (ad-ah-BEHR’-toh meh-HEE’-uh) held the AL Central leaders to one hit and one walk over five scoreless innings before the Minnesota bullpen completed a six-hitter. Francisco Lindor hit an eighth-inning homer for the Indians, who top their division by nine games over the Twins.
– Matt Carpenter’s 30th home run of the season broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning of the Cardinals’ 3-2 victory against the Marlins. Carpenter has homered 13 times in his last 22 games to take over the National League lead by one over Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh). Miami led 2-0 until Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit a two-run blast in the seventh.
– Jordy Mercer smacked a three-run homer and Josh Harrison added a two-run shot and three RBIs as the Pirates trashed the Rockies, 10-2. Starling Marte put Pittsburgh ahead with a first-inning blast before the Bucs scored four times in the fourth and five in the fifth. Jameson Taillon (TY’-ahn) threw 107 pitches in a complete-game 10-hitter, blanking Colorado until Carlos Gonzalez doubled home a pair in the sixth.
– Jurrickson Profar (PROH’-fahr)) slammed a three-run homer and Rougned Odor (ROOG’-nehd oh-DOHR’) added a two-run shot and four RBIs as the Rangers ripped the Mariners, 11-4. Adrian Beltre also went deep and Bartolo Colon worked seven innings in his 246th career victory, making him the winningest Latin American-born pitcher in major league history. Seattle is 7 1/2 games off the AL West leading following its sixth loss in seven games.
– Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) cracked a three-run homer while the Angels scored seven times in the first inning to a 11-5 thrashing of the Tigers. Francisco Arcia capped the first-inning eruption with a two-run single and Justin Upton added a two-run blast in the sixth. Jeimer Candelerio belted a two-run homer and had three RBIs for Detroit.
– Tampa Bay pulled out a 4-3 win over the Orioles on a walk-off homer by Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) in the bottom of the ninth. The Rays trailed 3-1 in the eighth before scoring on a wild pitch and a double-play grounder. Adames and Matt Duffy each had two of the Rays’ six hits.
– Phillip Ervin launched a two-run homer and had three RBIs to back Sal Romano in the Reds’ 6-1 win against the Mets. Dilson Herrera also homered and Romano limited New York to a run and two hits over six innings. Jason Vargas was chased during a three-run first, leaving him 2-8 with an 8.75 ERA.
Sale slated to start Sunday
UNDATED (AP) – Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is scheduled to come off the 10-day disabled list and start against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Sale has not pitched since July 27 against Minnesota because of mild left shoulder inflammation. The Cy Young Award candidate is 11-4 and leads the American League with a 2.04 ERA and 207 strikeouts.
In other news from the majors:
– Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) will throw a bullpen session Saturday in the latest significant step in the two-way sensation’s return to the mound. Ohtani hasn’t pitched since June 6 after spraining a ligament in his elbow. Ohtani and the Angels are attempting to determine whether he can return to regular pitching without needing Tommy John surgery.
– Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is officially out for the season following left hip surgery that has an expected recovery time of about six months. The 34-year-old Ellsbury has been out all season with a number of injuries, including an oblique strain and sore back.
– The Nationals have signed free agent reliever Greg Holland, who was designated for assignment on July 27 after recording a 7.92 ERA in 32 games for the Cardinals. Holland pitched a scoreless seventh inning in Game 1 of Washington’s doubleheader Tuesday, striking out three and walking one.
– The Brewers have put right-hander Matt Albers on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Right-hander Jordan Lyles, claimed off waivers Sunday from San Diego, was added to the roster.
– Red Sox television analyst and former second baseman Jerry Remy is again battling cancer. NESN announced Remy’s latest diagnosis in a statement Tuesday, saying “at this time, Jerry’s focus is on his medical treatment.” He was not a part of NESN’s broadcast team for Tuesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Browns rookie cited for marijuana possession
UNDATED (AP) – Antonio Callaway is proving to be a possession receiver, but not in the manner the Cleveland Browns had hoped.
The Browns rookie has been cited for marijuana possession after his car was pulled over by police in Strongville, Ohio, Sunday morning. The police report says Callaway failed to yield to oncoming traffic and was in possession of a “small amount” of marijuana under his seat.
Callaway also was driving with a suspended license.
The Browns selected Callaway in the fourth round of this year’s draft despite his troubled past at Florida. He was suspended last season for involvement in a credit card fraud case. He also tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in February, which caused teams to stay away from him.
In other NFL news:
– Colts coach Frank Reich (ryk) says Andrew Luck will start and is expected to play about a quarter in Thursday night’s preseason opener at Seattle. Luck has not played in more than 19 months while recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder in January 2017.
– The Titans have agreed to terms with tight end Jerome Cunningham and linebacker Brandon Chubb. They also have waived tight end Phillip Supernaw and have placed linebacker Nate Palmer on injured reserve.
– Second-year Jets safety Jamal Adams told Bleacher Report in a story published Tuesday that the team appeared used to losing and some players wanted to do only the bare minimum. In an interview conducted a few months ago, Adam claimed a several teammates wanted to do the bare minimum and didn’t want to take that extra step. He said Tuesday that he has no regrets about the comments and also acknowledged that he was speaking about players who are no longer with the team, but did not identify them.
Hall of Famer Brown says he’d stand during anthem
CLEVELAND (AP) – Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says he would never kneel during the national anthem. The Cleveland Browns great and social activist said Tuesday night that he respects players’ rights to do what they want, but his preference is they would stand during the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Brown spoke before an HBO premiere of “Hard Knocks,” which is chronicling the team in training camp. He championed civil rights during his playing career and became an activist in retirement.
Magic will hosts Bulls, Jazz in Mexico
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Orlando Magic will play a pair of regular-season games in Mexico City in December.
The Magic will host the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 13 then play the Utah Jazz on Dec. 15. It is the third straight year that the Arena Ciudad de Mexico has hosted the NBA.
Hockey great Mikita dies
CHICAGO (AP) – Hockey Hall of Famer Stan Mikita (mih-KEE’-tah) has died at 78.
His death was announced Tuesday by the Chicago Blackhawks, the team he helped lead to the Stanley Cup in 1961. The Blackhawks did not disclose details but said he was with his family.
Mikita spent his entire 22-year NHL career with the Blackhawks and is the team’s all-time leader with 926 assists, 1,467 points and 1,394 games played. He’s also second to Bobby Hull with 541 goals.
Mikita became the first player to have his jersey retired by the Blackhawks in 1980. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later.
His career was recognized in the 1992 movie “Wayne’s World,” in which he played himself as the owner of the Stan Mikita Donuts restaurant.
Police: Kenyan athlete Nicholas Bett killed in road accident
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) – Kenya’s Nicholas Bett, the 2015 world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, has been killed in a road accident. He was 28.
Nandi County police commander Patrick Wambani says Bett was killed in the car crash early Wednesday in Kenya’s high-altitude training region in the west of the country.
Bett’s coach, Vincent Mumo, says the athlete’s SUV hit bumps in a road and rolled.
Bett won gold in the 400 hurdles at the world championships in Beijing. He had only returned from the African championships in Nigeria on Monday.
Survey: Athletes feel pressure of win-at-all-costs culture
UNDATED (AP) – A majority of U.S. athletes responding to an anti-doping survey say they feel pressure from higher-ups to win medals, and the spotlight shines only on those who pile up victories.
Despite that, only a slim number say they would be tempted to take performance-enhancing drugs.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency received responses from 886 athletes in a wide-ranging survey that gauged their feelings about several issues regarding performance-enhancing drugs.
Sixty-five percent agreed when asked if the U.S. Olympic Committee and individual sports federations pressured elite athletes to win medals; 61 percent agreed with the statement: “When I am failing people are less interested in me.”
Yet when asked if they would be tempted to use PEDs under a variety of circumstances, including if their coach recommended it, no more than 9 percent responded “yes” to any of the scenarios.
Williams shares postpartum struggles
UNDATED (AP) – Serena Williams says she’s been struggling with postpartum emotions and wants other new moms to know they are “totally normal.”
The 23-time Grand Slam champion suffered the most lopsided defeat of her career, a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Johanna Konta in San Jose, California, last Tuesday. She then withdrew from this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing personal reasons.
In an Instagram post, she write: “Last week was not easy for me. Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk. Mostly, I felt like I was not a good mom.”