#SportsReport: Yanks Beat Royals, Lose Judge
The New York Yankees inched closer to first place in the American League East last night, but they lost one of their slugging outfielders in the process.
Aaron Judge suffered a chipped fracture in his right wrist when he was hit by a fastball in the first inning of the Yankees' 7-2 win over the Royals. Surgery won't be necessary, but the slugging outfielder is expected to miss three weeks.
The injury took some fun out of the Yankees' ability to get within 4 ½ games of the first-place Boston Red Sox. Didi Gregorius went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer that put New York ahead 6-0 in the fourth. That was more than enough offense for Sonny Gray, who tossed three-hit ball over five scoreless innings. The series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox were silenced by Kyle Gibson as the right-hander struck out seven while tossing four-hit ball over eight innings of the Twins' 2-1 victory at Fenway Park. He blanked the Red Sox after Blake Swihart scored on a double-play grounder in the second inning.
Mitch Garner snapped a 1-1 deadlock with an RBI double in the eighth.
Fernando Rodney notched his 22nd save by loading the bases before striking out Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the game. The series continues Friday at 7:10 p.m.
Checking out Thursday's other major league action:
Maikel Franco, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams each hit two of the Phillies' seven home runs in a 9-4 assault on the Reds in Cincinnati. Franco's first home run snapped a 4-4 tie and helped the NL East leaders move 2 ½ games ahead of Atlanta. Carlos Santana also went deep in support of winning pitcher Ranger Suarez, who allowed four runs over five innings in his major league debut.
Rich Hill limited the Braves to three hits over seven shutout innings to lead the Dodgers' 8-2 rout of Atlanta. Manny Machado belted his first homer since being acquired by Los Angeles from Baltimore last week. Yasmani Grandal had two hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers, who are 1 ½ games ahead of second-place Arizona in the NL West.
Anthony Rizzo ended his 25-game homerless streak by launching a walk-off shot in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Chicago Cubs' rally in a 7-6 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His 13th home run of the season came two pitches after David Bote tied the game with a two-run blast. Rizzo had three hits and two RBIs for the NL Central leaders, who trailed 6-1 following Nick Ahmed's grand slam in the fifth.
The Brewers stayed 2 ½ games off the NL Central lead by scoring five times over their last two at-bats to beat the Giants, 7-5. The game was tied 2-2 in the eighth until Ryan Braun and Erik Kratz provided RBI singles. Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw homered for the Brewers, who dropped San Francisco 5 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers.
The Athletics finished up a four-game sweep as Matt Chapman homered, tripled twice and scored three times to lead Oakland's offense in a 7-6 victory at Texas. Trevor Cahill was reached for five runs in as many innings but managed to end a nine-start winless skid. The A's have won six straight and are within one game of Seattle for the second AL wild-card berth.
Trea Turner was 3-for-6 with a solo blast and three RBIs to help the Nationals clobber the Marlins, 10-3. Turner's two-run triple broke a 3-3 tie in the Nats' four-run seventh. Juan Soto also homered and Wilmer Difo tripled home a run for Washington.
Asdrubal Cabrera was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBIs as the Mets won their third in a row, 12-6 at Pittsburgh. Wilmer Flores also homered and had three RBIs to back Steven Matz, who struck out nine over six innings. David Freese and Josh Harrison hit two-run homers off Matz, but the Pirates dropped their second straight since an 11-game winning streak. The series continues Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Adeiny Hechavarria singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of the Rays' 4-3 win at Baltimore. Ryan Yarbrough worked 4 1/3 innings of relief and improved to 9-5 despite allowing Jonathan Schoop's game-tying, two-run homer in the fifth. Former Tampa Bay hurler Alex Cobb fell to 2-14.
Francisco Arcia belted a three-run homer and drove in for as the Angels outslugged the White Sox, 12-8. Ian Kinsler hit a solo shot and was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored to help Los Angeles win for the third time in eight games. Kole Calhoun also homered and Justin Upton was 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
Latest in Major League Trades:
The New York Yankees have bolstered their starting rotation just a day after the Boston Red Sox did the same.
The Yankees have acquired left-hander J.A. Happ from Toronto for infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Bill McKinney. The 35-year-old Happ is 10-6 with a 4.18 ERA in 20 starts and was a first-time All-Star.
He joins a rotation that includes Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka. CC Sabathia and Sonny Gray.
The trade follows the Red Sox's acquisition of Nathan Eovaldi from Tampa Bay.
Elsewhere around the majors:
Joakim Soria will be coming out of the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospects Kodi Medeiros and Wilber Perez. The two-time All-Star closer is 0-3 with a 2.56 ERA and 16 saves this season, striking out 49 in 38 2/3 innings. Chicago will also send Milwaukee just over $1 million to cover part of Soria's salary.
The Astros have acquired catcher Martin Maldonado from the Angels to shore up their defense behind the plate. Maldonado was a Gold Glove winner last season and is hitting .223 with 32 RBIs in 78 games this year. The Angels receive left-hander Patrick Sandoval and $250,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation.
The Braves have reacquired left-hander Jonny Venters for an international roster slot. The 33-year-old Venters came up with the Braves and was a key member of the bullpen from three seasons, making the All-Star Game in 2011 before persistent elbow problems stifled his career.
The Rockies added another reliever by acquiring right-hander Seunghwan Oh from Toronto for minor league prospects. Oh was 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA in 48 appearances for the Blue Jays this season.
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is back on the disabled list, this time with a nerve problem in his neck. Strasburg did not pitch for the Nats between June 8 and July 20 because of an inflamed right shoulder. The right-hander allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings last Friday against Atlanta, leaving him 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 starts this year.
Hall Of Fame Inductions :
The Baseball Hall of Fame Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday in Cooperstown, New York. The annual Induction Ceremony is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Clark Sports Center.
Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones and Jim Thome are among the players being inducted.
Jim Kevlin, Publisher and Editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOtsego.com spoke with WAMC’s David Gusitina Thursday during morning edition. Kevlin says one of the weekend’s highlights is not as well known.
“The parade of legends at five o’clock on Saturday evenings where all of the hall of famers ride in Ford pickup trucks from Smith Ford down the road. Huge crowd, and a real opportunity to see the heroes of the game up and close,” says Kevlin.
Jameis Winston is appealing for continued support from unhappy fans who think he no longer deserves to be the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The fourth-year signal-caller spoke publicly Thursday for the first time since the NFL suspended him three games for violating the league's personal conduct policy by groping a female Uber driver more than two years ago.
He declined to discuss specifics about the March 2016 incident in Scottsdale, Arizona, repeatedly saying he's focused on being a good teammate and moving forward.
In other NFL news:
Aaron Donald did not report for the Rams' first practice. The NFL defensive player of the year is seeking an enormous new contract from the Rams, who are in active discussions with Donald's agents.
Colts fans welcomed back Andrew Luck with a loud roar as he started throwing during the team's first training camp workout. It was the first time anyone outside the team or media has seen Luck throw a pass since he had surgery on his right shoulder in January 2017.
Giants co-owner John Mara says contract talks with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and his representatives will take place sooner rather than later. Mara refused to say how much the Giants were willing to pay, but noted the franchise wants Beckham to stay for a long time.
The Seahawks released defensive lineman Malik McDowell at the start of training camp Thursday. The 2017 second-round pick never played a down for the team following an ATV accident and was released with a non-football injury designation.
The Cardinals have signed defensive ends Arthur Moats and Jacquies Smith to one-year contracts. The 6-foot, 246-pound Moats has played eight seasons with Buffalo and Pittsburgh. Smith has played with Tampa Bay and Detroit.
The Broncos have signed wide receiver Mark Chapman after Carlos Henderson failed to report to the team this week. Chapman was the top draft pick in the Canadian Football League but he's taking a shot at the NFL instead. Henderson's agent said his client is dealing with a family situation.
Former Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will get a tryout with the Browns on Friday. Jones became a free agent in March when the Bengals declined to pick up his contract option.
The Minnesota Timberwolves say shooting guard Jimmy Butler has undergone minor surgery on his right hand this week and has already returned to offseason activities.
Butler averaged 22.2 points per game for the Timberwolves after arriving in a trade with Chicago. He helped lead the Wolves to their first postseason appearance since 2004 despite missing 21 games with a right knee injury.
Butler can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after the upcoming season.
Also in the NBA:
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Hawks have signed 41-year-old Vince Carter to a one-year, $2.4 million contract. The NBA's oldest player averaged 5.4 points and only 17.7 minutes per game while starting five times for the Kings last season.
Longtime Carroll College football coach Bob Petrino Sr., the father of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and Idaho coach Paul Petrino, has died at his home in Montana. He was 81.
The Carroll athletic department says Petrino died Thursday in Helena. A cause of death was not immediately released.
Petrino was the head coach at Carroll from 1971 until 1998, a 28-year run that saw the Saints post a 163-90-2 record
Robert Garrigus was the leader when the first round of the RBC Canadian Open was suspended due to high wind and potential lightning. Garrigus fired a 9-under 63 that included a birdie after a rock saved his ball from water. He made five straight birdies on Nos. 2-6, then birdied four of the last six holes. PGA Tour rookie Adam Schenk was second. He birdied the first five holes and the last three.
American Kirk Triplett and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand shot 7-under 65s to lead the Senior British Open by one stroke over Paul Mcginley and Stephen Ames through one round. Bernhard Langer is in the mix at 5 under, tying him for fifth with David Toms and Scott McCarron. As many as 16 players shot 68 or less, a group that almost included 68-year old Tom Watson, on a bright and breezy day. Watson was minus-3.
Tiffany Joh shot a career-best 9-under 62 at the Ladies Scottish Open to take a four-shot lead after Thursday's first round.
In-Kyung Kim, Amy Yang and Jenny Shin all shot 66 to share a three-way South Korean tie for second place at Gullane Golf Club.
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