#SportsReport: Newcomb Almost Tosses No-No, Apologizes For Old Tweets
Sunday's major league action included a near no-hitter and a pair of strong debuts by recently-traded hurlers.
The no-hit bid was authored by Sean Newcomb, who pitched the Braves to a 4-1 victory over the Dodgers. Newcomb was one strike away from completing the gem until Chris Taylor hit a single through the hole, ending his afternoon after a career-high 134 pitches.
Newcomb was trying to throw Atlanta's first no-hitter since Kent Mercker in 1994.
Nick Markakis homered and drove in three runs as the Braves snapped a four-game skid and pulled within 1 ½ games of the NL East-leading Phillies.
It wasn't a perfect day for Newcomb, who had to apologize after the game for racist, homophobic and sexist tweets he sent as a teenager, calling them "some stupid stuff." Major League Baseball dealt with a similar situation this month involving Milwaukee Brewers reliever Josh Hader on the night he pitched in the All-Star Game. Nationals’ shortstop Trea Turner also apologized Sunday for homophobic and racially insensitive tweets he posted six and seven years ago.
In Boston, Nathan Eovaldi fired four-hit ball with no walks in his Red Sox debut, a 3-0 shutout of the Twins. Eovaldi was on the mound for the first time since being acquired from Tampa Bay last week.
J.D. Martinez has a major league-leading 89 RBIs after collecting three more to help Boston move 41 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 27, 1946. Boston hosts the Phillies Monday at 7:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, J.A. Happ looked good in helping the Yankees stay 5 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox. Traded by the Blue Jays last week, Happ allowed one run over six innings of New York's 6-3 victory against the Royals. He blanked Kansas City until Salvador Perez homered in the fifth.
Aaron Hicks was 3-for-3 with a two-run homer for the Yanks, who have won back-to-back games for the first time since July 11-12.
New York has the night off and host the Orioles Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
In other MLB news:
Cleveland leads the AL Central by nine games over the Twins after Yonder Alonso, Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion all homered in the Indians' 8-1 thumping of the Tigers in Detroit. Corey Kluber improved to 13-6 by limiting the Tigers to one run and five hits over 7 1/3 innings. Alonso, Cabrera and Rajai Davis had three of Cleveland's 16 hits.
Texas is the first team to sweep the Astros this season after Jurrickson Profar doubled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning of the Rangers' 4-3 verdict over the AL West leaders. Profar stayed in the game after he was accidentally kicked in the face by Astros second baseman Yuli Gurriel following the double, causing cuts to the face. Mike Minor struck out eight and allowed four hits over eight innings as the Rangers dealt the Astros their season-high fourth consecutive loss.
The Mariners erupted for seven runs in the first inning and pulled within four games of the AL West lead by holding off the Angels, 8-5. Mike Zunino had three RBIs, including a two-run double in the opening frame. Marco Gonzales gave up two runs over six innings to move to 12-5.
The Athletics are two games behind Seattle for the second AL wild-card berth after Colorado completed a three-game sweep of Oakland, 3-2. German Marquez was reached for two runs and just five hits over 7 2/3s in his first start since taking paternity leave. Tom Murphy homered for the Rockies, who are within one game of the NL West lead.
The Diamondbacks are just a half-game behind the NL West-leading Dodgers following Arizona's 5-4 win at San Diego. Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed each hit two-run homers and A.J. Pollock added a solo shot as the DBacks completed a three-game sweep. Clay Buchholz almost got through the sixth inning as he won his third straight start, yielding three runs and six hits.
The Cubs' 5-2 win over the Cardinals leaves Chicago atop the NL Central by 1 ½ games over the Brewers. Ben Zobrist was 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in support of Kyle Hendricks, who was reached for two runs and only four hits with eight strikeouts over seven innings. Anthony Rizzo also hit a solo shot and Javier Baez capped the scoring with a two-run double.
Buster Posey was 4-for-5 with a three-run double as the Giants topped the Brewers, 8-5 to avoid a four-game sweep. Pablo Sandoval added a two-run triple before leaving with a possible hamstring injury. Gorkys Hernandez hit his 12th home run to support Andrew Suarez, who won for the first time since June 29 despite yielding four runs in six innings.
Luis Castillo was terrific in the Reds' 4-0 shutout of the Phillies, limiting the NL East leaders to four hits over a season-high seven innings. Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer in Cincinnati's third straight win, giving the Reds their first four-game series victory against Philadelphia in nearly 21 years. Phillip Ervin and Curt Casali each had an RBI and run for the Reds.
Jose Urena and three relievers combined on a two-hitter for the Marlins in a 5-0 win over the Nationals. Martin Prado had two hits and two RBIs for Miami, which took the last two games of the four-game set after dropping eight of nine to Washington. The Nats are 5-7 in their last 12 to fall one game under .500.
Zack Wheeler pitched six strong innings and doubled home the lone run in the Mets' 1-0 shutout of the Pirates. Wheeler has his first three-start winning streak after holding Pittsburgh to five hits over six innings. The Mets earned a four-game split and handed the Bucs their third loss in 16 games. The Mets have the night off as they travel to Washington D.C. to take on the Nationals Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
Brandon Drury hit a go-ahead, two-run double while the Blue Jays rallied for five runs in the ninth inning of a 7-4 comeback over the White Sox. Luke Maile had an RBI double and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added an RBI single in the inning.
Adam Jones had three hits and an RBI in what could be his final game with the Orioles, an 11-5 trouncing of the Rays. The rebuilding Orioles are looking to deal Jones before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline. The Orioles took three of four from the Rays, reaching double figures in runs the last three games.
In other baseball news:
The Colorado Rockies have signed former star outfielder Matt Holliday to a minor league contract. The 38-year-old Holliday has reported to the Grand Junction Rockies, the organization's Rookie level team. Holliday hit .231 with 19 home runs and 64 RBIs with the Yankees last season. Holliday played the first five seasons of his 14-year career with the Rockies.
The Red Sox have placed third baseman Rafael Devers on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Devers limped running into third base on Eduardo Nunez's double in the eighth inning of Boston's 10-4 victory on Saturday night.
The Yankees have traded relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos to the Cardinals for first baseman Luke Voit. The Yankees also got international signing bonus pool money from St. Louis.
The Braves have another arm in their bullpen after obtaining right-hander Brad Brach from the Orioles for international signing bonus slot money. Brach is 1-2 with a 4.85 ERA and 11 saves but owns a 10.80 ERA in eight games this month.
An estimated 50,000 gathered outside the Clark Sports Center in the village of Cooperstown, New York, for the annual Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Sluggers and first-ballot electees Chipper Jones and Jim Thome headlined a class that also includes Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman, along with former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. With the six new inductees, a record 57 living Hall of Famers were on stage.
Andrew Luck says he felt tired and sore after throwing the first two days at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp but felt no pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder. He did not throw Saturday, as scheduled, though Luck did work on footwork and handoffs before leaving the field.
Luck acknowledged he was nervous for the first camp workout on Thursday. On Friday, Luck thought he made four or five throws he would be happy with in a game.
In other NFL news:
Lions’ wide receiver Marvin Jones returned to practice a day after injuring his left leg. He got tangled up with a teammate on Saturday and landed awkwardly.
The Bills continued shuffling their defensive front during the first week of training camp by signing end Ryan Russell. Russell has three seasons of NFL experience, including the past two with Tampa Bay.
Giants’ cornerback Janoris Jenkins has spoken to the media for the first time about the death of a friend whose body was found in Jenkins' New Jersey home last month. Jenkins reiterated that he was not in the house when his friend died. Jenkins' brother, William H. Jenkins, was charged with aggravated manslaughter days after the body of 25-year-old Roosevelt Rene was found.
Top-ranked Dustin Johnson shot a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Whee Kim and Byeong Hun An at the RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario.
Johnson opened the final round tied with An, Kim and Kevin Tway before finishing 23 under. Johnson finished second in the tournament twice in 2013 and 2016.
Keegan Bradley had a 64 to finish fourth at 19 under. Tway closed with a 76 to fall into a tie for 17th at minus-13.
Senior British Open:
Miguel Angel Jimenez has won the Senior British Open, edging defending champion Bernhard Langer by one shot.
Jimenez dropped only one stroke en route to a final round 3-under 69 and ended on 12-under 276 at the historic Old Course. Langer shot a 68 to come second.
Americans Kirk Triplett and Scott McCarron tied for third alongside Canada's Stephen Ames at minus-10.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn had six birdies in a final round 5-under 66 to win the Ladies Scottish Open by one shot.
The 22-year-old Jutanugarn held off the challenge of Australian Minjee Lee at Gullane to claim her 10th LPGA title and third this year.
Jutanugarn finished on 13-under 271 and is projected to move to the top of the world rankings.
Kyle Busch didn't allow Saturday's failed inspection to stop him from earning his sixth NASCAR Cup victory of the season.
Busch was set to start second in the race, but his No. 18 Toyota was one of 13 cars dumped to back of the pack for flunking post-qualifying inspection. He still managed to tie Kevin Harvick for the most wins this season.
The race was red flagged with six laps left in the wake of a violent wreck by Darrell Wallace Jr. Wallace appeared to lose the breaks in his No. 43 Chevrolet and the car shot across the grass and slammed into the wall. He sat on the track and slumped against the car before he taken to the track medical center, where he was deemed OK.
Once the race resumed, Busch zipped away and he surged ahead again on the final restart in overtime.
Daniel Suarez was second, followed by Alex Bowman, Suarez was the first Mexican driver to win the pole for a Cup race.
Alexander Rossi won at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for his second IndyCar victory of the season and fourth overall, starting from the pole and using a two-stop strategy to run away from the field.
The 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner finished 12.8 seconds ahead of rookie Robert Wickens in the caution-free race.
Will Power was third, followed by Josef Newgaden and points leader Scott Dixon.
Geraint Thomas has won his first Tour de France title.
The Welsh rider with Team Sky successfully defended his lead over second-placed Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage around the Champs-Elysees.
Thomas- teammate and four-time champion Chris Froome finished third.
Tenfold apparently likes to see himself on television. Distracted at the top of the stretch by the infield television and drifting far to the right as he challenged for the lead, Tenfold recovered nicely under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and held off Flameway by three-quarters of a length on Saturday to win the 55th running of the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Tenfold has displayed talent before, running third in the Preakness with a strong close to pace-setting Triple Crown winner Justify in the late stretch. The son of Curlin, who did not race as a 2-year-old, also finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes but was never a factor. He won his first two races of the year at Oaklawn.
Saturday's card had three other graded stakes: Promises Fulfulled outran Engage down the stretch to win the $200,000 Grade III Amsterdam Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs; Imperial Hint ran surged ahead at the top of the stretch and beat Warrior's Club by 3 ¾ lengths to win the 34th running of the Grade I $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at 6 furlongs, his third win in four starts this year; and Channel Maker caught Glorious Empire at the wire in a dead heat for the win in the 60th running of the Grade 2 $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes at 1 3/8 miles on the inner turf course, which was rated as soft.