Twins nip Marlins to pad lead
UNDATED (AP) _ The Minnesota Twins have added another game to their lead in the American League Central.
Jake Odorizzi (oh-DOH’-REE’-zee) bounced back from a poor start by quieting the Marlins in the Twins’ 2-1 win. Odorizzi is 12-5 after allowing one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Byron Buxton gave the Twins a 1-0 lead with a third-inning home run. Miguel Sano’s RBI double made it 2-0 in the fourth.
The outcome gives Minnesota a three-game advantage over Cleveland.
The Indians were silenced by Justin Verlander as the Astros’ ace struck out 13 while tossing two-hit ball over seven innings of a 2-0 shutout of Cleveland. Verlander won his fourth consecutive start and improved to 14-4 with Houston’s fourth straight victory. Robinson Chirinos (chih-REE’-nohs) belted a go-ahead homer in a two-run fifth off Shane Bieber, who had won four straight decisions before falling to 10-4.
Elsewhere around major league diamonds:
_ Diamondbacks rookie Taylor Clarke did not permit an earned run over 5 1/3 innings of three-hit ball to lead a 4-2 win over the Yankees. Christian Walker and Carson Kelly homered for Arizona, which is 3-0 versus the Yanks this season. J.A. Happ allowed three runs in six innings for a struggling New York staff that gave up 79 runs over the previous eight games.
_ Avísail (av-ih-sah-EEL’) García homered and added the go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning to send the Rays past the Red Sox, 6-5. Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) and García homered to give the Rays a 4-3 lead in the fifth and help chase David Price. Boston pulled ahead with a two-run homer from Andrew Benintendi in the bottom of the fifth before Tampa Bay inched within 7 ½ games of the AL East-leading Yankees.
_ The Athletics picked up their third straight win by downing the Brewers, 3-2 on Matt Olsen’s homer in the bottom of the 10th. Eric Thames (thaymz) hit a tying homer for Milwaukee with one out in the ninth after Khris Davis put the A’s ahead in the bottom of the eighth with a drive to left. Oakland stayed a half-game ahead of Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card, and the Brewers fell two games off the NL Central lead.
_ Matt Thaiss (thys) homered and drove in three runs in the Angels’ 6-1 win against the Tigers. Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) had three hits to back Griffin Canning, who threw four-hit ball over six innings. The Tigers have dropped seven of eight and are 4-14 since the All-Star break.
_ The Mariners picked up their sixth straight win as Kyle Seager provided a solo homer, a tiebreaking two-run triple and four RBIs in an 8-5 verdict over the Rangers. Domingo Santana hit his 21st homer to help Seattle match its longest winning streak of the year. Texas lost for the 18th time in 25 games and has an overall losing record for the first time since May 27.
_ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. capped his career-high, five-RBI game by launching a grand slam in the ninth inning of the Blue Jays’ 9-2 trouncing of the Royals. Freddy Galvis (GAL’-vees) drove in a pair of runs with a broken-bat single as Toronto clinched its first series win in Kansas City since April 2013. The Royals stranded 14 while going 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
_ Paul Goldschmidt has homers in seven of the Cardinals’ last eight games after supplying the go-ahead blast in a 2-1 victory over the Cubs. Goldschmidt’s drive off Yu Darvish in the sixth inning gives St. Louis a one-game lead over Chicago atop the NL Central. Winning pitcher Giovanny Gallegos (gy-AY’-gohs) retired Kyle Schwarber on a bases-loaded flyout after relieving Adam Wainwright, who allowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
_ The Braves have regained a 5 ½-game lead over Washington in the NL East after Adam Duvall went 4-for-5 with a pair of solo homers and three runs scored in Atlanta’s 11-8 victory against the Nationals. Josh Donaldson added a three-run last while the Braves were building an 11-1 lead. Julio Teheran allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to finish with a 1.48 ERA for the month.
_ The Giants lost for just the fourth time in 16 games as Drew Smyly tossed seven shutout innings and Rhys Hoskins homered to lead the Phillies to a 4-2 win against San Francisco. Smyly surrendered just four hits and struck out five in helping the Phils beat the Giants for the seventh straight time in Philadelphia. Tyler Beede (BEE’-dee) walked Bryce Harper and Hoskins followed with a shot to center to chase the Giants starter and give the Phillies a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
_ Kristopher Negron homered in his first at-bat with the Dodgers to spark a 9-4 romp over the Rockies. A.J. Pollock, Russell Martin and Justin Turner also went deep for Los Angeles, which increased its lead in the NL West to 15 games over San Francisco. Tyler White gave Los Angeles a 7-0 lead with a two-run single in the third, one inning before Turner’s two-run homer off Chad Bettis (BEH’-this) made it 9-3.
_ The Mets extended their winning streak to a season-high five straight by getting back-to-back homers from Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto in the 11th inning of a 5-2 triumph over the White Sox. Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) allowed an unearned run and struck out a season-high 11 over 7 1/3 innings of what may have been his last start as a Met with Wednesday’s trade deadline looming. Syndergaard was in line to get the win until Edwin Diaz blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth.
_ Chris Davis broke an 0-for-18 slump by hitting the tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning of the Orioles’ 8-5 victory at San Diego. Trey Mancini, Renato Núñez and Richie Martin drove in two runs apiece to help the Birds overcome an early 4-0 deficit. Former Oriole Manny Machado homered for the Padres, who are 5-12 since the All-Star break.
_ Pittsburgh’s 11-4 win over the Reds included a benches-clearing brawl in the ninth inning after Reds reliever Amir Garrett rushed the Pirates’ dugout and threw punches. Cincinnati outfielder Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) prolonged the fracas, and Reds manager David Bell faces a suspension after running onto the field one inning after his ejection. Pittsburgh ended a nine-game losing streak behind trade candidate Corey Dickerson, who drove in a career-high five runs with a pair of homers and a single.
Indians sent Bauer downstate
UNDATED (AP) _ The Indians pulled off a major trade for a couple of hitters after getting shut out by Justin Verlander and the Astros.
A person familiar with the negotiations says Cleveland has agreed to trade enigmatic pitcher Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati as part of a three-team deal that includes San Diego.
The person said that Cleveland would get slugger Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) and left-hander Scott Moss from the Reds and would receive outfielder Franmil Reyes, lefty Logan Allen and infielder Victor Nova from the Padres.
San Diego would get minor league outfielder Taylor Trammell from the Reds.
Also around the majors:
_ The Braves have picked up reliever Chris Martin from the Rangers for minor league pitcher Kolby Allard. Martin is 0-2 with four saves and a 3.08 ERA in 38 appearances this season. The 33-year-old right-hander has allowed only three earned runs over his last 19 games since May 24.
_ The Chicago Cubs have added bullpen depth by acquiring right-hander David Phelps from Toronto for minor league righty Thomas Hatch. Phelps tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow during 2017 spring training and didn’t return to the majors until last month, compiling a 3.63 ERA in 17 relief appearances since being activated.
_ The White Sox have activated shortstop Tim Anderson and recalled Carson Fulmer from Triple-A Charlotte. Anderson was hitting .317 with 11 homers and 37 RBIs in 70 games before spraining his right ankle on June 25.
_ The Pirates have suspended bullpen coach Euclides Rojas for two games over what it termed a contract violation. It is Pittsburgh’s second suspension this month involving the bullpen and follows reliever Keone Kela’s two-game suspension for an unspecified violation of his contract.
Judge dismisses last federal suit over NFC title game
UNDATED (AP) _ A judge has dismissed the last of three federal lawsuits targeting Roger Goodell and other NFL officials over officiating at January’s NFC title game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints. That leaves one state court lawsuit pending over game officials’ failure to call a blatant penalty at a crucial point, helping the Rams advance to the Super Bowl.
U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan’s ruling Tuesday rejected arguments that people who bought tickets to the game are entitled to damage payments. Ticket purchasers who filed the suit say the NFL broke a legal promise that the game would be played fairly.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
_ Dolphins coach Brian Flores says Ryan Fitzpatrick has become the front-runner in the quarterback competition ahead of Josh Rosen. Flores said Fitzpatrick has run the offense well, shown great leadership and been more productive. Flores added that competition involving the two Dolphins newcomers will continue.
_ A.J. Green had ankle surgery and is expected to miss the start of the Bengals’ season. Green hurt his left ankle during the opening practice of camp on Saturday in Dayton, landing awkwardly after cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick bumped into him while breaking up a pass.
_ The Saints are giving former Redskins running back Robert Kelley a chance to get back in the NFL after two injury-plagued seasons. Kelly is a New Orleans native who also played for Tulane and practiced for the first time with the Saints on Tuesday.
_ For the second straight year, Julio Jones will sit out the Falcons’ full preseason schedule while he works his way back from a foot injury from training camp. After missing the preseason schedule last year, Jones led the NFL with 1,677 yards receiving.
_ Andrew Luck did not participate in the Colts’ practice and will miss at least two more workouts because of a strained left calf. He also has been ruled out of the Colts’ preseason opener at Buffalo.
_ The Bears have removed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix from the physically unable to perform list and he is expected to begin practicing. Clinton-Dix suffered a knee sprain in minicamp in June and has not been on the field yet at training camp.
_ The Browns are honoring Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham with a statue outside FirstEnergy Stadium. Graham played 10 seasons with Cleveland and led the Browns to a title game in each one. With Graham, the Browns won four All-America Football Conference championships and three NFL championships. The Browns will unveil the statue in September.
UNDATED (AP) _ Forward Chris Kunitz (KOO’-nihts) has retired after winning four Stanley Cup titles in 15 NHL seasons.
The 39-year-old Kunitz registered 268 goals and 619 points in 1,022 NHL games with Anaheim, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Chicago.
He is joining the Blackhawks’ front office as a player development adviser and will work with the coaching staffs for the Hawks and their American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford.
Also in the NHL:
_ The Minnesota Wild have fired general manager Paul Fenton after just one rough season, marked by the end of a six-year streak of making the playoffs. Assistant general manager Tom Kurvers was named acting general manager until a replacement is hired.
Ellis steps down as women’s national team coach
UNDATED (AP) _ U.S. women’s national soccer team head coach, Jill Ellis, is stepping down after leading the squad to back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles.
Ellis has been coach of the team since 2014 and has led it to eight overall tournament titles, including victories at the World Cup in 2015 in Canada and earlier this month in France.
She will remain with the team for a World Cup victory tour, which kicks off Saturday with a match against Ireland at the Rose Bowl.
US WOMEN-EQUAL PAY
Men’s team takes issue with Cordeiro
UNDATED (AP) _ The players’ association for the U.S. men’s national team is criticizing U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro’s efforts to counter arguments made by the women’s team in a fight over pay.
The association sent a letter to the federation saying, “The Federation correctly points to the different payment systems with USWNT players on contracts, but we do not believe that justifies discrediting the work they do or the real value of their profound impact on the American sports landscape.”
Cordeiro sent a letter to the federation’s members Monday that said U.S. Soccer paid the World Cup champion women’s team more than the men’s team over the period from 2010 to 2018.
U.S. Soccer also claimed the women’s team generated less gross revenue than the men’s team from 2009 to 2019, and that women’s games resulted in a net loss of $27.5 million for the federation over an 11-year span.
The union for the men’s team took issue with those points, pointing out they lacked context.
Gupta is Wolves’ VP of basketball ops
UNDATED (AP) _ The Minnesota Timberwolves have named Sachin Gupta their executive vice president of basketball operations, continuing the front office makeover under new president Gersson Rosas.
Gupta was the assistant general manager last season for Detroit.
Semenya has court setback
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ South African Caster Semenya won’t defend her title in the 800 meters at the world championships this fall.
A Swiss court overturned a temporary ruling that allowed her to compete in international events without taking testosterone-suppressing drugs.
Semenya is locked in a court battle with the IAAF, track and field’s governing body, over rules that require her to take the drugs to counter her naturally high testosterone levels.
GYMNASTICS-MICHIGAN STATE-SEXUAL ASSAULT
Former MSU president to get $2.5 M retirement package
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan State has announced that the former university president accused of lying about her knowledge of allegations against sports doctor Larry Nassar is getting about $2.5 million as part of a retirement package.
MSU also said Lou Anna Simon’s retirement is effective Aug. 31, and she has agreed not to sue the school. She resigned as president last year amid pressure, returned to a faculty position, and then took an unpaid leave while facing criminal charges.
Simon has denied any cover-up by the university.