#SportsReport: Aaron Judge Ties DiMaggio For Rookie Home Runs
MLB: Dellin Betances forced in the go-ahead run with four walks in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-6 yesterday after wasting a five-run lead. Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning off Michael Pineda, who also allowed Kevin Pillar's leadoff homer in the fourth. Russell Martin tied the score 6-6 with a seventh-inning homer against Chad Green, then walked to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Aaron Judge tied Joe DiMaggio's New York Yankees record for home runs by a rookie — before the All-Star break. Judge hit a two-run drive into the Yankees' bullpen in right-center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's 7-6 loss to Toronto, his major league-leading 29th home run of the season. DiMaggio set the Yankees rookie mark in 1936. Judge reached it in New York's 83rd game of the season.
The series finale between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals has been postponed because of rain. The start of yesterday's 7:05 p.m. game was delayed for 1 hour, 55 minutes before officials called it. No makeup date was immediately announced. New York's last scheduled visit to Nationals Park this season is August 25th through 27th.
Andrew Cashner held a hot Boston lineup hitless into the sixth inning, Rougned Odor hit an early two-run homer and the Texas Rangers ended the longest winning streak in the majors at six games with a rain-delayed 8-2 victory over the Red Sox. Cashner retired 10 straight batters before first baseman Pete Kozma's error on a dropped throw kept the sixth going. The next batter, Xander Bogaerts, ended the no-hit bid with a two-run homer.
Gerrit Cole pitched well in the Pirates' 5-2 win at Philadelphia, holding the Phillies to two runs while fanning eighth over six innings. Cole and the Pittsburgh bullpen blanked the Phils following Maikel Franco's two-run blast in the first inning. Cole also delivered a tiebreaking, two-run single to cap the Bucs' four-run fourth.
Indians manager Terry Francona will miss at least a few more games as doctors try to pinpoint his medical issues. Francona remains at the Cleveland Clinic undergoing tests to determine what has made him light-headed and increased his heart rate over the past month. The 58-year-old Francona was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. At this point, it's unclear when he'll be discharged or if he'll be able to manage the American League All-Star team next week.
SOCCER: Yordy Reyna scored on a header in the 88th minute to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 3-2 victory over New York City FC last night. Fredy Montero and defender Jordan Harvey also scored for Vancouver in the game that had eight yellow cards, five to the Whitecaps. David Villa, on a penalty kick, and defender Maxime Chanot scored for New York City.
Gonzalo Veron scored in the 90th minute to give the New York Red Bulls a 3-2 victory over the New England Revolution last night in the I-95 rivalry. New York is the first away team in the series to win since June 8, 2014. New England lost its fourth consecutive game.
NBA: The New York Knicks have signed first-round draft pick Frank Ntilikina. The 6-foot-5 French guard is playing for New York's summer league team in Orlando, Florida. Born in Belgium, the 18-year-old Ntilikina averaged 5.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 18.5 minutes in 31 games last season for Strasbourg in the French Pro A league.
Former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy will lead the U.S. men's basketball team through the early stages of qualifying for the 2019 Basketball World Cup. He will guide a team made up of mostly NBA G League players in this summer's FIBA AmeriCup 2017 tournament and in qualifying games between November and September 2018.
Dion Waiters is staying with the Miami Heat. A person with knowledge of the situation says the shooting guard has accepted a four-year, $52 million contract. Waiters averaged 15.8 points in 46 games for the Heat last season, a shade below his career high set with Cleveland in 2013-14. He was a key figure as Miami went 30-11 in the second half after losing 30 of its first 41 games. The Heat went 27-19 when he played, 14-22 when he did not.
Elsewhere in the NBA:
The Warriors have deepened their reserve pool by working out a one-year, $5.2 million contract with veteran Nick Young. He averaged 13.2 points in 60 games for the Lakers last season before declining the player option in his contract.
Cavaliers reserve forward Richard Jefferson says he will return to the club for his 17th NBA season. Jefferson averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 79 games for the Cavs, serving mostly as a backup for LeBron James.
The Mavericks have signed first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr., who averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists as a freshman at North Carolina State last season. Smith was taken with the ninth pick in the draft
NHL: The New York Rangers have signed free-agent center David Desharnais to a one-year, $1 million contract. The 30-year-Desharnais gives the Rangers added depth at center behind Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes. He has won more than 50 percent of his career faceoffs.
The New York Islanders have signed Swedish defenseman Sebastian Aho to a three-year entry level contract. The team announced the signing of the recent fifth-round draft pick yesterday. Aho had career highs in goals, assists, points and games played with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League last season. He added two assists in seven playoff games, helping Skelleftea win SHL silver medal honors.
Alex Galchenyuk and the Montreal Canadiens have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $14.7 million contract. Galchenyuk had 17 goals and 27 assists in 61 games last season and added three assists in six playoff games.
The NHL's reigning scoring champ has signed a long-term contract after just two years in the league. Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid has inked an eight-year, $100 million package that makes him the league's highest-paid player in terms of annual salary. The first player taken in the 2015 draft won the Art Ross Trophy last season with 100 points and helped the Oilers earn their first postseason berth in 11 years. The 20-year-old McDavid has scored 46 goals and 148 points in 127 games over his first two NHL seasons, missing much of his rookie campaign with a broken collarbone.