#SportsReport: Mets Defeat Indians; Phillies Top Red Sox

Aug 21, 2019

The Indians were knocked off in New York as Michael Conforto belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth before the Mets broke open an eventual 9-2 rout of Cleveland. 

Pete Alonso hit a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh in New York’s third straight win. J.D. Davis also went deep and Steven Matz permitted only one earned run over 6 1/3 innings to help the Mets improve to 25-10 since the All-Star break.

Elsewhere, Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back homers in the first inning to jumpstart the Oakland Athletics’ fifth victory in six games, 6-2 over the New York Yankees. Homer Bailey worked around seven hits over 5 2/3 innings, blanking the Yanks following a solo homer by Gary Sánchez in the first inning. Domingo Germán fell to 16-3 and had his career-best seven-game winning streak snapped by yielding five earned runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Aaron Nola is 12-3 after giving up two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings of the Phillies’ 3-2 triumph over the Red Sox. Nola and the Philadelphia bullpen blanked Boston following Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-run homer in the third. Jean Segura doubled home a pair in a three-run first for the Phils.

The Nationals’ bullpen wasted a strong outing from Stephen Strasburg by surrendering four runs in the eighth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Pirates. Starling Marte belted a three-run homer off Daniel Hudson to cap the winning rally. Strasburg limited Pittsburgh to four hits and a walk over seven shutout innings, leaving with a 1-0 lead.

In MLB news, Mets reliever Robert Gsellman has a partially torn lat muscle that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy. The injury was confirmed in an MRI, a blow to the Mets’ bullpen as the team tries to earn a playoff berth. Gsellman is 2-3 with a 4.66 ERA and one save in 52 appearances covering 63 2/3 innings.

Indians ace Corey Kluber has been shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain suffered while continuing his rehab from a broken arm. Kluber was pulled from a minor league start for Triple-A Columbus at Charlotte on Sunday after one inning because of abdominal tightness. He hasn't pitched for the Indians since May 1, when he was struck by a line drive at Miami.

Cubs reliever Steve Cishek has been activated after spending time on the injured list due to left hip inflammation. Infielder David Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday to make room for Cishek, who is 3-5 with seven saves and a 3.58 ERA in 54 games this year.

Braves reliever Jacob Webb is likely done for the season after being placed on the 60-day injured list with an ailing right elbow. The 26-year-old Webb had been one of the most effective pitchers in Atlanta's shaky bullpen, with a 4-0 record, two saves and a 1.39 ERA in 36 appearances.

Pitcher Félix Hernández will rejoin the Mariners' starting rotation this weekend, according to manager Scott Servais. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has missed three months with right shoulder stiffness. He pitched 3-plus innings Monday night for Triple-A Tacoma in his fourth rehab appearance, giving up one run on four hits and three walks while striking out five.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic have arrested former MLB pitcher Octavio Dotel and cited ex-infielder Luis Castillo for their alleged links to a drug-trafficking and money-laundering ring. The country’s attorney general says police are also actively pursuing the suspected leader of the ring, César Emilio Peralta, also known as "César the Abuser."

NFL

The Patriots have cut punter Ryan Allen, who booted them to three Super Bowl victories in six seasons. First signed as an undrafted free agent in 2013, he put three of his five punts inside the 20-yard line during February's Super Bowl victory over the Rams. The move likely means fifth-round draft choice Jake Bailey will make the team.

Buffalo Bills starting center Mitch Morse has been allowed to practice, becoming one step closer to being cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol. Morse no longer wore a red non-contact jersey when taking part in practice Tuesday, a little over three weeks after he was diagnosed with a concussion.

The New York Jets claimed safety Derrick Kindred off waivers from the Indianapolis Colts and signed former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephone Anthony. The team also announced it waived cornerback Montrel Meander and safety Santos Ramirez to make room on the roster.

Star receiver Antonio Brown was back on the field for the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday after missing the previous practice as part of his dispute with the league and union over his helmet. Brown took part in a walkthrough without wearing a helmet and then went into the weight room as the rest of his teammates stretched. Brown came back out toward the end of the stretch but wasn't wearing a helmet like all of his teammates who were practicing. Brown didn't attend practice Sunday as he works to find a helmet that he's comfortable using and that meets safety standards set by the NFL and NFLPA.

The Cowboys have agreed on a contract extension with young linebacker Jaylon Smith while the holdout by Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott nears a month since the team reported to training camp. Smith was a second-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2016 but didn't make his NFL debut until a year later. He started all 16 games last season.

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will miss another week of practice as he continues recovering from a lower left leg injury. He last practiced July 28. The Colts already had said the injury probably would keep Luck out of the entire preseason.

A person familiar with the situation says Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock will miss the rest of the preseason with a sprained right thumb. Lock is competing with Kevin Hogan to be Joe Flacco's backup.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence headlines The Associated Press preseason All-America team presented by Regions Bank. Lawrence just became the first freshman to quarterback to lead a team to a national championship in more than 30 years. He’s joined on the first-team by Clemson running back Travis Etienne and Tigers linebacker Isaiah Simmons. Clemson and No. 2 Alabama tied for the most first-team selections with three. Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, was selected to the preseason first team, along with defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and linebacker Dylan Moses of Alabama.

Sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels will start at Southern California for the second straight season. Coach Clay Helton announced that Daniels won a four-man competition for the job over freshman Kedon Slovis, redshirt junior Matt Fink and redshirt sophomore Jack Sears.

Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft has been indicted on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery. The 22-year-old Croft was released from jail Monday on $50,000 bond. An arraignment has been scheduled for Sept. 4. The indictment against Croft says he engaged in unlawful sexual conduct and sexual penetration on Dec. 1 without the woman's consent. School officials said they're aware a student-athlete was arrested but added that they would have no further comment because of state and federal student privacy laws.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Syracuse basketball star Tiana Mangakahia is halfway through treatment for breast cancer. The point guard says the feedback from doctors has been good. Upcoming tests will give her a clearer idea of her recovery. She says there are "certain things" you "just have to kind of handle." The Australian is one of the nation's top players and came close to entering the WNBA draft.

A jury has acquitted former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves of sexual assault and other charges. The verdict Tuesday by the jury in Cleaves' hometown of Flint comes nearly four years after a then-24-year-old woman accused Cleaves of sexually assaulting her in a Flint area motel room. Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.

SOCCER

A judge has set a May 5 trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the women's national team against U.S. Soccer, just over 2 ½ months before the Tokyo Olympics. The players sued U.S. Soccer in March, alleging institutionalized gender discrimination that includes inequitable compensation when compared with their counterparts on the men's national team. The federation claims that compensation for each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements, and that the pay structures are different as a result.

TENNIS

American teenager Amanda Anisimova withdrew from the U.S. Open because of the recent death of her father. He also was her coach. Anisimova would have been seeded at the year's last Grand Slam tournament. She is a rising star in tennis who reached the semifinals of this year's French Open.

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