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August 7, 2018
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Update on the latest in sports:




Gonzalez blasts Astros to win over Giants


UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Astros were within one out of a loss before moving 4 1/2 games ahead of Oakland in the AL West.


Marwin Gonzalez unloaded a three-run homer off Will Smith to give the Astros a 3-1 triumph over the Giants in San Francisco. Smith walked Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) before Gonzalez drove them in.


Roberto Osuna got the win in his Astros debut, and his first game since serving a 75-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy. Osuna was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last Monday.


The Giants wasted a fine outing by rookie Dereck Gonzalez, who struck out seven and limited Houston to three hits over seven innings.


Brandon Crawford homered for the Giants, who trail the NL West by six games and are six games out of a wild-card berth.


Checking out Monday’s other MLB action:


– The Indians own a 10-game lead in the AL Central after Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) belted one of the Indians’ four home runs and finished with four RBIs in a 10-0 rout of the second-place Twins. Yonder Alonso, Jason Kipnis and Brandon Guyer all went deep before Encarnacion’s three-run blast capped the scoring for Cleveland. Trevor Bauer is 11-6 with a 2.25 ERA after striking out 11 and giving up just three hits over six frames.


– Lance Lynn was terrific in the Yankees’ 7-0 shutout of the White Sox, yielding two hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres and Neil Walker homered and drove in two runs apiece as the Yanks ended a five-game losing streak. New York is nine games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and top the Athletics by three games for the first wild-card berth.


– The Mariners beat the Rangers, 4-3 on Ryon Healy’s RBI single in the 12th inning. Mike Zunino hit a solo shot while Seattle was building a 3-0 lead, but the Rangers rallied for three runs in the seventh after Wade LeBlanc carried a one-hit shutout into the inning. The Mariners are within two games of Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot.


– David Peralta’s second home run of the night gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2, 14-inning comeback win over the Phillies. The Phils carried a 2-0 lead into the ninth before Peralta hit a one-out blast and Steven Souza Jr. provided a game-tying single following a double by Eduardo Escobar. The Diamondbacks pace the NL West by a half-game over the Dodgers, and the Phils lead the NL East by one game over the Braves.


– The Cubs top the NL Central by 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee following Chicago’s 3-1 victory at Kansas City. Cole Hamels scattered seven hits over six innings to win his second straight start since joining the Cubs before the non-waiver trade deadline. Javier Baez supplied a solo homer and an RBI double for Chicago.


– Kyle Freeland combined with two relievers on a two-hitter and the Rockies scratched out a pair of fifth-inning runs to beat the Pirates, 2-0. Freeland allowed the two hits over seven innings to help Colorado stay within two games of the NL West lead. Gerardo Parra drove in the first run with a grounder and Chris Ianetta (eye-ah-NEH’-tuh) added a sacrifice fly.


– The Marlins were 2-1 winners over the Cardinals behind Wei-Yin Chen, who tossed one-hit ball over 5 2/3 innings. Starlin Castro hit a solo homer in the fourth to put Miami ahead 2-0. St. Louis scored once in the ninth and had the bases loaded until Yadier (YAH-dee-ehr) Molina grounded into a game-ending double play to complete the Redbirds’ second loss in six games.


– Andrelton (AN’-drel-tuhn) Simmons hit a two-run homer and made several spectacular defensive plays to lead the Angels’ 6-2 victory over the Tigers. Eric Young Jr. hit his first homer of the season, drove in two runs and made a diving catch in deep center field to end the eighth inning to help Los Angeles win for just the second time in eight games. Nick Tropeano pitched five innings of one-hit ball and retired 12 of his final 13 batters before heading to the clubhouse after just 62 pitches with shoulder tightness.


– Jeff McNeill was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and Kevin Plawecki (plah-WEH’-kee) added a solo shot as the Mets topped the Reds, 6-4. Wilmer Flores was 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles, and Austin Jackson added three hits and an RBI. Winning pitcher Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) left the game with a 6-1 lead before being charged with four runs over 6 1/3 innings.




A’s get Fiers


UNDATED (AP) – The Oakland Athletics have taken another step in a bid to secure their first playoff berth since 2014.


The A’s have picked up starting pitcher Mike Fiers from the Tigers for two players to be named or cash. Fiers has been solid since signing a one-year deal with Detroit before the season, going 7-6 with a 3.48 ERA.


The 33-year-old Fiers helped the Astros reach the playoffs in 2015 and 2017.


The Athletics currently are four games behind the NL West-leading Astros and 2 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second AL wild-card berth.


Elsewhere in the majors:


– Angels All-Star outfielder Mike Trout has received a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist. Trout has missed five straight games since hurting his wrist during a slide at Tampa Bay Aug. 1. The Angels are hopeful their top player can return to their lineup soon.


– Yankees left-hander J.A. Happ is on track to start Thursday against Texas after being sidelined by hand, foot and mouth disease. He pitched six crisp innings in a win against Kansas City in his New York debut, but the illness took him out of a critical four-game series in Boston.


– Robinson Cano has begun a rehab assignment with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate as he prepares for his return from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement. Cano is eligible to rejoin Seattle on Aug. 14 while the team is in Oakland. He hasn’t played since fracturing the fifth metacarpal on his right hand after being hit by a pitch on May 13, two days before his suspension.


– The Pirates have added infield depth by acquiring Adeiny Hechavarria (ah-DAY’-nee eh-cheh-vah-REE’-uh) from the Rays for minor league pitching prospect Matt Seelinger. Hechavarria was hitting .258 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 61 games before the Rays designated him for assignment last Wednesday. His .990 fielding percentage is fourth-best in the majors this season among shortstops with at least 200 innings.


– The White Sox have placed outfielder Leury Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain. Garcia was hitting .280 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and 11 steals before getting hurt during Sunday’s win at Tampa Bay. Chicago also optioned catcher Dustin Garneau to Triple-A Charlotte, activated receiver Kevan Smith from the paternity list and recalled outfielder Ryan LaMarre.




France takes leave from NASCAR following DWI, drug arrest


NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France is taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in New York’s Hamptons Sunday night on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.


Police say France had a blood-alcohol content that was more than twice the legal limit, smelled of booze and slurred his words after he was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag Harbor.


France issued a statement apologizing to NASCAR fans, the industry and his family. He has been NASCAR’s chairman and CEO since 2003. His uncle, Jim France, a vice chairman and executive vice president, will take over those roles on an interim basis.




Shaq’s son to play at UCLA


LOS ANGELES (AP) – UCLA has landed the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille ONeal.


Forward Shareef O’Neal has signed a grant-in-aid to attend UCLA this fall and will enroll in summer school this month.


O’Neal played the last two seasons at Crossroads High in nearby Santa Monica. He averaged 27 points as a senior to help the school win the CIF Division II state title for the first time since 1997.




13 UNC players suspended


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – Thirteen North Carolina football players face early season suspensions for selling team-issued shoes.


The school says nine players received four-game suspensions for the secondary NCAA violations. Two players will sit two games and two others will be sidelined for one contest.


The NCAA approved a school request to delay two suspensions affecting multiple players at one position, while the other 11 suspensions start with the Sept. 1 opener at California.


The list of players include sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt, who is suspended the first four games.




Cardinals lose starting center


UNDATED (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals have lost starting center A.Q. Shipley for the season with a torn right ACL.


Coach Steve Wilks says the center “heard something pop” in his knee during a goal-line drill in training camp on Saturday.


The six-year NFL veteran started all 16 games each of the past two seasons and was the only member of the Cardinals offensive line to play every game either year.


Shipley will be replaced by rookie Mason Cole, who was selected in the third round.


In other NFL news:


– The Lions have removed defensive end Ziggy Ansah from the active/physically unable to perform list. Ansah played in 14 games last season and finished with 12 sacks, including three each against the Giants, Bengals and Packers.


– The Falcons have agreed to a three-year contract extension with safety Ricardo Allen, who has a combined six interceptions the last three seasons. He had 54 tackles and one interception last season and was entering the final year of his contract.