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WAMC Sports News: Yankees' Sabathia Exits Game With Strained Hamstring

Keith Alllson
New York Yankees Pitcher C.C. Sabathia

AP-Sports Right Now


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia exited early with a strained left hamstring, and Eric Young Jr. rallied the Los Angeles Angels to a 3-2 victory in 11 innings that snapped New York's six-game winning streak Tuesday night.

New York manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia is likely headed to the disabled list, a disappointing blow for the AL East leaders with the big left-hander pitching his best ball in years.

Young tied the score at 2 with a solo homer off Tyler Clippard in the eighth and drove home the winning run with a single off the leg of reliever Ben Heller in the 11th.

It was Young's third homer in 15 major league games this season, equaling his total from the previous four seasons combined.

In an unusual streak, the Angels improved to 11-0 on Tuesdays.

BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi singled in the 12th, driving in Xander Bogaerts from third for the winning run as the Boston Red Sox outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3.

—Anthony Rizzo began the game with a long home run after a surprising move to the leadoff spot, rookie Ian Happ hit his first career grand slam and the Chicago Cubs trounced the New York Mets 14-3. Backed by a season-best seven-run second inning, the World Series champs snapped a nine-game skid on the road and moved back to .500 through 64 games. The Cubs had lost five of six overall.

In other games:

—Rookie Jacob Faria dazzled again and Logan Morrison hit his 18th home run of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1. Six days after his big-league debut, Faria (2-0) became the third Rays pitcher of all-time to win his first two career games, joining Jeremy Hellickson and Joe Kennedy. The victory was Tampa Bay's sixth in its last seven games.

—Ryan Zimmerman hit a pair of homers to help Washington end a 4-game losing streak as the Nationals downed the Atlanta Braves 10-5.

—Jose Martinez hit a pair of solo homers and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-0 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader today. Martinez connected in the fifth and eighth innings for his first multi-homer game. He added a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Keon Broxton and Travis Shaw each hit solo home runs and combined for five RBI to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cardinals 8-5 and split their day-night doubleheader.

Rookie Bellinger hits 2 homers to lead Dodgers over Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a pair of home runs, his 16th and 17th of the season, to lead the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers to a 7-5 win over the American League defending

champion Indians in Cleveland Tuesday night. Perennial all-star Clayton Kershaw pitched seven strong innings for the Dodgers, running his record to 9-2, and Yasiel Puig (pweeg) also homered for Los Angeles.

The Indians took the Chicago Cubs to seven games before losing last year's World Series. The Dodgers won the National League's West Division but were ousted in the NL Championship Series by the Cubs.

Kenley Jansen racked up his 12th save for the Dodgers in 12 save opportunities. Andrew Miller took the loss for the Indians.

Dodgers' Puig makes obscene gesture at Cleveland fans

CLEVELAND (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has made an obscene gesture at Cleveland fans after hitting a home run.

After crossing home plate following his second-inning drive Tuesday night, Puig raised both middle fingers in the direction of fans seated in the dugout suites located on field level at Progressive Field. He was booed for the remainder of the game.

Puig said he was heckled in the on-deck circle, which is directly in front of those choice seats. He realizes he could face a fine from Major League Baseball for his actions.

Puig went 2 for 4 with a strikeout in the Dodgers' 7-5 win over the Indians.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. says his decision to skip voluntary workouts had nothing to do with his contract. The New York Giants star receiver simply wanted to train on his own, reflect on his life and take time to "grow and mature." The three-time Pro Bowl receiver joined teammates for the start of a mandatory three-day minicamp. He saw limited action in the 1-hour, 40-minute workout.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed running back/kick returner Jordan Todman to help boost their special teams unit. Todman averaged 29.9 yards on kickoff returns last season for Indianapolis. He has also spent time with San Diego, Jacksonville, Carolina and Pittsburgh. He averages 26.6 yards on kickoffs in his career.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Julian Edelman is a step closer toward playing his entire NFL career with the New England Patriots.

The 31-year-old receiver has confirmed that he has signed a contract extension that will run through the 2019 season.

Edelman was one of the heroes of New England's historic Super Bowl comeback win over Atlanta in February, hauling in a juggling fourth-quarter catch to keep the game-tying drive alive.

The play instantly went down in Patriots history, but the gutty 5-foot-11 Kent State player had long established himself as one of quarterback Tom Brady's go-to targets over eight years.

Edelman said he's happy to remain "a Pat" but insisted he isn't thinking about anything beyond the upcoming 2017 season.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — People in some parts of the country are sweating in a broiling heat, but the games of winter have only now come to rest for the year.

Victory parades are the order of the day in two professional sports leagues, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association.

The Penguins of Pittsburgh go first, with a celebration through the streets of the western Pennsylvania city later today in a festive occasion where the most familiar scene will be players passing around the hotly-pursued Stanley Cup.

And a day after the NBA's Golden State Warriors reclaimed the championship trophy taken away in 2016 by the Cleveland Cavaliers, people in the city of Oakland were excitedly preparing for a parade Thursday to celebrate the Warriors title.

Fans have been snapping up victory shirts and hats following a night of celebrating, and city crews are busy hanging championship banners along the parade route.

The parade will take place Thursday morning in downtown Oakland, following the same route as the team's parade to celebrate the 2015 NBA title.


Green means go: Garcia looks for another major at US Open

ERIN, Wis. (AP) — Sergio Garcia was decked out in green Tuesday as he set out for his first U.S. Open practice round at Erin Hills, Wisconsin.

Yes, Garcia wears the title of Masters champion quite well. A weight was lifted when he finally captured the major title that eluded him for all those years.

What he's done in the past does not guarantee success, adulation or even happiness in the future, though. Nobody has learned that lesson in a more public fashion than Garcia himself.

Of his dozens of close calls, failures and embarrassments, a few have come at the U.S. Open — the "torture chamber" of a major, as 1993 PGA champion Paul Azinger called it — a tournament that often brings out the worst in people.


Spanish state prosecutor accuses Ronaldo of tax fraud

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish state prosecutor has charged Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo with defrauding Spain's tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes.

In a statement released Tuesday, Madrid's regional state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four accounts of tax fraud from 2011-14.

It says the Portugal forward "took advantage of a business structure created in 2010 to hide from fiscal authorities income generated in Spain from image rights."

Ronaldo's agency had previously said he was up to date on his taxes.


IOC 'very happy' with Beijing prep for 2022 Winter Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is "very happy" with Beijing's preparations for the 2022 Winter Games, amid assurances that the main venues will be completed three years before the events are held.

Beijing is drawing largely on its success staging the 2008 Summer Olympics, including reusing much of the original infrastructure. Organizers say the main venues and supporting facilities will be in place by the end of 2019.

The chairman of the IOC coordinating committee, Alexander Zhukov, says he has full confidence in Beijing's ability to successfully hold the games.

Costa Rica tops Trinidad and Tobago in World Cup qualifying

Francisco Calvo and Bryan Ruiz scored and Costa Rica beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday night.

Kevin Molino scored for Trinidad and Tobago.

Also, Roman Torres scored in the 90th minute and Panama rallied for a 2-2 draw with Honduras.

Mexico leads the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region with 14 points, followed by Costa Rica with 11 points and the U.S. (eight), Panama (seven), Honduras (five) and Trinidad and Tobago (three). The top three advance to next year's World Cup in Russia, and the fourth-place team faces Asia's No. 5 nation in a playoff.

When qualifying resumes, the U.S. plays Costa Rica on Sept. 1, most likely in Harrison, New Jersey, then is at Honduras four days later. The hexagonal concludes with matches Oct. 6 against Panama at Orlando, Florida, and at Trinidad on Oct. 10.

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