#SportsReport: Yankees Down Orioles; Mets Shut Out Marlins
The New York Yankees continued their home run binge against the Baltimore Orioles, hitting six more and getting three RBIs from Austin Romine in a 9-4 rout Tuesday night, their 14th consecutive victory at Camden Yards. One night after going deep five times, the Yankees went one better against the Orioles' beleaguered pitching staff.
Zack Wheeler ground up Miami over eight innings, Wilson Ramos and Pete Alonso homered, and the New York Mets beat the Marlins 5-0 for their 12th win in 13 games. The hard-charging Mets improved to 58-56 a night after surpassing the .500. New York has the best record in baseball since the All-Star break and improbably entered the day 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for an NL wild card despite looking like trade deadline sellers in mid-July. Wheeler threw just 99 pitches.
Jorge Soler hit a pair of long two-run homers, Jakob Junis pitched six effective innings and the Kansas City Royals snapped their seven-game losing streak by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-2. Ryan O'Hearn also homered for Kansas City, which had lost eight in a row to the Red Sox. A night after halting its eight-game losing skid, the Red Sox were held without a home run, stopping a club-record stretch of at least one homer in 18 straight games in Fenway Park.
Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer and RBI single during a three-hit night, Trea Turner added a solo drive to help back Anibal Sanchez, and the Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3. Sanchez allowed one earned run on four hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one to win his seventh straight decision since a loss at the Dodgers on May 10.
Eduardo Escobar and Alex Avila both homered and drove in three runs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks came from behind for an 8-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. David Peralta also homered for Arizona, which has won three of four as it fights for a National League wild-card spot.
In other major league action, Miguel Cabrera had three hits and scored twice to help the Detroit Tigers to a 10-6 win over the Chicago White Sox and a split of their doubleheader Tuesday. Chicago won the opener 5-3. Drew VerHagen allowed one run in five innings for Detroit in the nightcap, then left the game after a 61-minute rain delay. Héctor Santiago yielded four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Yuli Gurriel hit two of Houston's four homers to help Zack Greinke to a win in his Astros debut _ an 11-6 victory over the Colorado Rockies Tuesday night. Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 43,243, Yordan Alvarez added a two-run home run and Carlos Correa homered and drove in three runs for the Astros as they won their fifth straight.
Tucker Barnhart hit two of Cincinnati's five home runs, Aristides Aquino included one among his three hits and came up with a clutch catch as the Reds beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 to complete a sweep of their two-game interleague series. José Iglesias hit a two-run homer and Eugenio Suárez added a solo shot, helping Cincinnati overcome home runs by Justin Upton and Mike Trout and send the Angels to their sixth consecutive loss, matching their season-worst losing streak.
Kevin Kiermaier scored the winning run on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Tampa Bay Rays came back from a six-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-6. Kiermaier led off the 10th by stretching a hit into a double off Buddy Bosher (0-2), and scored the game-ending run after a walk and Willy Adames' bunt.
Clayton Kershaw struck out nine in seven strong innings, Justin Turner had two hits and drove in the game-winning run and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 for their seventh win in eight games. Kershaw allowed only one run on four hits.
The game between the Texas Rangers and Cleveland Indians has been postponed by rain. The teams will play a traditional doubleheader Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.
In MLB news, Seattle Mariners infielder Tim Beckham has been suspended 80 games as part of baseball's joint drug agreement after testing positive for a banned substance. Beckham's suspension is effective immediately and ends his season. Beckham was hitting .237 with 15 home runs and 47 RBIs in 88 games this season, his first in Seattle. In a statement released through the players' association, Beckham says he took a product from a "trusted source, who had advised it was safe to take.”
The Toronto Blue Jays say they'll extend protective netting at Rogers Centre next season. They join other teams that have taken measures after foul balls injured fans. The Blue Jays also announced they'll extend the nets at their spring training home next season in Dunedin, Florida. Last month, the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals became the first teams in the major leagues to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole. The White Sox acted shortly after a foul ball in their ballpark sent a woman to the hospital.
Buffalo Bills cornerback EJ Gaines is out indefinitely with a groin injury. Coach Sean McDermott didn't reveal the severity of the injury. But he says Gaines is expected to miss a number of weeks. Gaines returned to Buffalo in free agency in March after spending last season with Cleveland. He was limited to playing just six games with the Browns before sustaining a season-ending concussion. Buffalo also shuffled its offensive line by placing LaAdrian Waddle on injured reserve, and signing Jarron Jones. Waddle is out after tearing his right quadriceps in practice Sunday. Jarron Jones has yet to appear in an NFL game and is now on his seventh team since completing his college career at Notre Dame in 2016.
New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa injured his groin during practice and was set to have tests to determine the nature and severity. Enunwa wanted to return to practice but the team was being cautious. Defensive lineman Leonard Williams has missed two straight practices with a hip injury and seems unlikely to play. Safety Marcus Maye has sat out all of camp reportedly with a nerve injury in one of his shoulders.
Jordy Nelson's NFL career ended in the same place where it began: Lambeau Field. Nelson signed a one-day contract with the Packers and announced his retirement after 11 seasons, 10 of which he spent in Green Bay. Nelson will be remembered for his speed, size and chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The pair won a Super Bowl after the 2010 season, with Nelson catching a touchdown in the victory over the Steelers. Nelson is third in Packers history in receptions.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly will not play in Carolina's preseason opener against the Bears in Chicago. Rivera said Tuesday he is being cautious with both players. Newton is coming off offseason shoulder surgery while Kuechly missed time last week after he got "rolled up on" during practice.
The Washington Redskins will become the first NFL team to have a gambling-focused telecast of their games. They will offer cash prizes to viewers who correctly predict in-game outcomes during the preseason. The telecasts on the regional cable network NBC Sports Washington will follow a formula established by the Redskins' NBA neighbors, the Washington Wizards. The contests are free to play, but the channel could eventually use the same format to offer real-time wagering if laws allow it.
A former University of Memphis football player is suing the school over its handling of a rape allegation. The federal lawsuit filed Monday by Ernest Suttles says the school branded him as a rapist and cost him a possible NFL career. Court records say the state dismissed the charge last month after finding it couldn't "carry its burden of proofs." Suttles was accused of raping a long-term girlfriend in 2017 just before the team was set to play the Liberty Bowl. The defensive lineman was kicked off the team and suspended campus. The lawsuit says the school didn't interview a potential witness or close a related complaint barring him from appealing the suspension and withheld financial aid. Suttles wants a jury trial and all records of the complaint destroyed.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson has been awarded a $3.1 million, one-year contract in arbitration. Edmundson was one of four St. Louis restricted free agents to file for player-elected salary arbitration this summer after helping the team win its first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The 26-year-old Canadian had 11 points in 64 regular-season games and seven points in 22 playoff games during the Blues' Cup run.
Udonis Haslem has made his decision: He's returning to the Miami Heat. Haslem, who was considering retirement, announced Tuesday that he is returning for a 17th season. The 39-year-old has spent his entire NBA career with the Heat, and should become just the sixth player in league history to play such a long career with only one franchise. It's a veteran's minimum contract, worth just under $2.6 million this season. Haslem made the announcement on Instagram, saying "to be continued."
USA Basketball exhibition games will soon be streamed on Twitch. USA Basketball and the NBA announced the deal with the streaming platform on Tuesday. Twitch will stream all USA Basketball men's national team exhibition games this summer in advance of the FIBA World Cup, plus will stream all women's national team exhibitions and select 3-on-3 events.
All four defending champions are returning for the New York City Marathon. Mary Keitany, Lelisa Desisa, Manuela Schar and Daniel Romanchuk will compete in the marathon on Nov. 3. The New York Road Runners also announced that U.S. Olympians Des Linden and Jared Ward will highlight the American field. Kenya's Keitany will go for her fifth career title in New York. Last year, she recorded the second-fastest time through the five boroughs.
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