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#SportsReport: Yankees Catching Up In American League East

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The New York Yankees have shaved another game off the Boston Red Sox's lead in the American League East.

The Yankees spotted the Mariners an early lead before scoring six times on five errors in the first inning of a 10-1 rout of Seattle. Jacoby Ellsbury, Greg Bird and Chase Headley drove in two runs apiece, while Starlin Castro went 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 and gave up six hits in seven innings to even his record at 10-10.

The Red Sox absorbed their fourth straight loss as Wade Miley combined with four relievers on an eight-hitter in the Orioles' 2-1 triumph at Fenway Park. Adam Jones and Trey Mancini delivered RBI doubles in the first inning to help Baltimore win with only six hits.

Losing pitcher Doug Fister allowed five hits over seven innings as the Red Sox saw their division lead shrink to 2 ½ games over the Yankees.

Checking out other major league finals:

The Mets coughed up a 5-0 lead before Ahmed Rosario's eighth-inning blast gave New York a 6-5 win over the Nationals in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer and Wilmer Flores added a two-run shot before Washington came back to tie it. The Nats almost forced extra innings, but outfielder Juan Lagares and Cabrera combined to throw out pinch-runner Edwin Jackson at the plate for the final out.

The Nationals gained a split of the twinbill by pulling ahead with a pair of bases-loaded walks in the sixth inning of a 5-4 win over the Mets. Michael A. Taylor and Andrew Stevenson worked out free passes from Hansel Robles with the bags filled after Washington blew a 2-0 lead in the top of the sixth. Adam Lind homered in the eighth inning and had two RBIs for the Nats, who lead the NL East by 12 games over Miami.

The New York Mets have placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Cespedes was injured running the bases in the first inning Friday night. General manager Sandy Alderson said Cespedes' "season is in jeopardy."

The Mets also activated infielder Jose Reyes, who had been on the DL since mid-August with a sore left ribcage.

— The Indians completed a shutout sweep of the Royals, following a pair of 4-0 victories with a 12-0 rout of Kansas City. Cleveland erupted for nine runs in the second inning on Francisco Lindor's two-run shot, Carlos Santana's three-run blast and a grand slam by Yan Gomes. Carlos Carrasco scattered six hits over seven innings for the Indians, who won their fourth in a row to keep their 6 ½-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central.

— The Twins were 7-2 winners at Toronto as Byron Buxton homered three times and collected a career-high five RBIs. Buxton had four hits, scored four runs and stole a base in his first career multihomer game. Kyle Gibson pitched into the seventh inning as Minnesota moved 1 ½ games ahead of Seattle and Los Angeles for the second AL wild-card berth.

— Brian McCann's bases-loaded triple in the eighth inning allowed the Astros to come away with a 7-5 victory against the Angels. McCann finished with four RBIs and Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer to help Houston increase its lead in the AL West to 13 ½ games over Los Angeles and the Mariners. Ken Giles picked up the save by getting Albert Pujols to fly out with the bases loaded.

— Giancarlo Stanton's major league-leading 50th home run broke an eighth-inning tie in the Marlins' 6-2 win over the Padres. Stanton became the first National League player to reach 50 homers since Prince Fielder hit 50 for Milwaukee in 2007. Stanton's 17th homer in August tied him for the second-most in MLB history in the month, behind Rudy York's 18 in 1937.

— Rookie Rhys Hoskins homered for the fifth straight game and made a diving catch that started a triple play in the Phillies' 6-3 downing of the Cubs. Hoskins became the fastest player to hit 11 career home runs, doing it with an eighth-inning blast in his 18th big league game. Nick Williams also homered against the Cubs, whose lead in the NL Central is down to two games over Milwaukee.

— The Brewers beat the Dodgers, 3-2 to become the first team to take a series from Los Angeles since the first week of June. Jimmy Nelson took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and Milwaukee beat Yu Darvish in his return from the disabled list. Hernan Perez homered and Domingo Santana had two hits and an RBI for the Brew Crew.

— The Rays beat the Cardinals, 3-2 on Logan Morrison's second homer of the day, a solo shot in the 10th inning. Brad Miller's homer in the seventh made it 2-0, but St. Louis tied it on solo shots by Kolten Wong and Matt Carpenter. The Redbirds remain 4 ½ games off the NL Central Lead.

— J.D. Martinez homered twice and the Diamondbacks used a nine-run eighth to crush the Giants. 11-0. Paul Goldschmidt cracked a three-run shot in the eighth before Martinez and Daniel Descalso went deep in the next two plate appearances. Patrick Corbin threw five-hit ball while fanning eight over seven innings.

— Jon Gray pitched five-hit ball into the seventh as the Rockies took the rubber match of their three-game series with the Braves, 3-0. Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer for the Rockies, while teammate Gerardo Parra had two hits and scored two runs. The Rockies are 1 ½ games behind Arizona for the first NL wild-card spot, and 3 ½ games in front of the Brewers.

— A.J. Griffin gave up back-to-back home runs in the second inning and retired only 10 batters as the Rangers dropped an 8-3 decision to the Athletics. Matt Olson belted a go-ahead, two-run shot just before Matt Chapman's solo blast. Jharel Cotton gave up one earned run and four hits in six innings as Oakland completed a three-game sweep that drops the Rangers three games out of an AL wild-card berth.

— John Jaso and Starling Marte each drove in two runs and Andrew McCutchen added an RBI single as the Pirates earned a 5-2 win against the Reds. McCutchen was hitless in 15 at bats before driving in Starling Marte for a 3-1 lead in the fifth.

— Lucas Giolito picked up his first big league win by tossing three-hit ball over seven shutout innings to lead the White Sox past the Tigers, 7-1. Matt Davidson socked a three-run homer in Chicago's fourth win in five games.


The Nationals say infielder Adrian Sanchez is doing well one day after being hit in the chest by a pitch.

Sanchez was sent to a hospital Saturday night for a CT scan. He was kept overnight to monitor his breathing, then discharged.

In other baseball news:

— The Tigers have placed designated hitter Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list because of an irregular heartbeat, the second time he has landed on the DL for the condition this season. Manager Brad Ausmus says Martinez experienced a racing heart after his last at-bat during Saturday's 6-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

— The Astros and Rangers won't travel to Houston as planned after their games Sunday in California because of torrential floodwaters that have engulfed the city in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Rangers and Astros will instead go to Dallas to await news on the status of the three-game series.

Brewers minor leaguer suffers cardiac event after HBP

The Milwaukee Brewers say Arizona League third baseman Julio Mendez is hospitalized in critical but stable condition after suffering a "cardiac event" following a hit by pitch.

The Brewers say Mendez received treatment on the field after getting hit in the ninth inning of a game Saturday in Tempe, Arizona, before being taken to a hospital.

The 20-year-old Mendez has been with the Brewers organization since 2014.


Chiefs running back Spencer Ware could require season-ending surgery after tearing one ligament in his right knee and damaging another during Friday night's preseason game in Seattle.

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder says the combination of injuries will likely require surgery.

Head coach Andy Reid has confirmed that third-round draft pick Kareem Hunt will be the starter for the season opener on Sept. 7 at New England.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will spend the upcoming NFL season without one of his favorite targets.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Friday's preseason game at Detroit. The non-contact occurred in the first quarter after Edelman had made his third catch of the Patriots' first drive.

Edelman has been, by far, Brady's top pass catcher with 436 receptions over the past four seasons, including the playoffs.

In other NFL news:

— Falcons running back Devonta Freeman will return to practice on Monday. Freeman has missed two games while in the concussion protocol since agreeing to terms on a five-year, $41.25 million extension that makes him the league's highest-paid running back in terms of the overall package.

— The Lions have put Jordan Hill on injured reserve with a bicep injury and filled the void at defensive tackle by inking free agent Derrick Lott.

— The Jets have acquired safety Terrence Brooks from the Eagles for cornerback Dexter McDougle in a trade of 2014 draft picks.


Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is going out a winner.

Mayweather allowed Conor McGregor to punch himself out before taking over the 154-pound bout in Las Vegas. Mayweather finished the Irishman at 1:05 of the 10th round with a flurry of punches that forced referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight.

The unbeaten Mayweather let McGregor take the early rounds before stalking him late and leaving the mixed martial artist defenseless and exhausted on the ropes. Although McGregor boxed surprisingly well in the first three rounds, Mayweather methodically broke him down after a slow start to score his first real stoppage in nearly a decade.

Mayweather ran his record to 50-0, surpassing Rocky Marciano's mark for the most victories without a loss. He said afterward that this was his last fight for sure.


The Boston Bruins announced that the organization will embark on its first ever, seven-city Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour that will visit each New England state from August 26 - August 31, with the mission to grow the game of hockey throughout the region. The dates and locations of the tour are as follows: Monday, August 28 Burlington, VT at Burlington International Airport, 2-7pm (1200 Airport Dr, South Burlington, VT 05403.) Tuesday, August 29, Springfield, MA at Forest Park, 2-7pm (200 Trafton Rd, Springfield, MA 01108.) Wednesday, August 30 Hartford, CT at Bushnell Park, 2-7pm (60 Elm St, Hartford, CT 06106.) Thursday, August 31 Providence, RI at ALEX AND ANI City Center, 2-7pm (2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903.) The final stop for the Boston Bruins Fan Fest Tour will take place in September during Boston Bruins Training Camp presented by AT&T.


The blockbuster trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas has hit a snag, but it's unclear if it's a major one. Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press the Cleveland Cavaliers are doing a "deep" review of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. They say the deal bringing star guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland has not been completed. Thomas injured his hip during last season's Eastern Conference finals, and Cleveland is continuing its medical evaluation.


Dustin Johnson stormed back from a five-shot deficit on the front nine and beat Jordan Spieth in a playoff at The Northern Trust.

Johnson capped regulation with an 18-foot par putt that swirled around the cup and fell in the back to match Spieth's two-putt par from 75 feet. Johnson won it with a birdie on the first playoff hole to claim the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.

Spieth began the round with a three-stroke lead before shooting a 1-under 69 that left him 13 under for the tournament. Johnson closed with a 66.

Jon Rahm and Jhonnattan Vegas tied for third at minus-9.


Sung Hyun Park earned her second career LPGA victory by taking the Canadian Pacific Women's Open in Ottawa.

Park birdied the final hole for a 7-under 64 and a two-stroke victory over fellow South Korean player Mirim Lee. Park finished at 13-under, one month after claiming her first tour victory at the U.S. Women's Open last month.

Michelle Wie withdrew before the final round to have her appendix removed. She was taken to Ottawa Hospital.


Jerry Kelly fired a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Jerry Smith at the Boeing Classic in Washington.

Kelly had a tournament-record 19-under 197 total in earning his first PGA Tour Champions title. He moved ahead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th.


New Orleans Pelicans forward Solomon Hill could need six to eight months to heal following surgery to repair a left hamstring tear.

The Pelicans have announced the injury occurred while Hill was working out in Los Angeles.

Hill averaged seven points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and about 30 minutes a game last season, starting 71 of his 80 appearances.


Lewis Hamilton has followed his record-tying 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished two seconds ahead of championship points leader Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton is within seven points of Vettel following his fifth win of the year.


Japan has won the Little League World Series for the fifth time in eight years.

The squad from Tokyo banged out three homers in the fourth inning of a 12-2 rout of Lufkin, Texas. Lufkin appeared on its way to a rout following a pair of first-inning home runs, but Japan cruised the rest of the way for its 11th championship.


For the third time in the storied history of the Travers, three separate winners of that year's Triple Crown series assembled for the Midsummer Derby on Saturday. And for the third time over that 100-year span, none of them came away with what is now known as the Man o' War Trophy.

Instead it was a different version of history authored by a group from California for the second consecutive year as aptly named West Coast led a field of 12 on a merry chase for 1¼ miles before crossing the finish line in front of 24-1 Gunnevera by 3¼ lengths in the $1.25 million Travers before a crowd of 47,725 at Saratoga Race Course.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith teamed for this year's front-running victory for owners Gary and Mary West, nearly duplicating the feat accomplished by the Baffert-Smith runner Arrogate for Juddmonte Farm in last year's record-setting Travers. That, too, was historical as they became the first jockey-trainer combo to win back-to-back editions of the Travers in its 148-year run.

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