Royals stay on top while Redbirds stretch lead
UNDATED (AP) — The Kansas City Royals continue to hold a half-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in the American League East after both teams won on Tuesday.
Salvador Perez singled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning to lift the Royals past Texas 2-1. Jarrod Dyson reached first base on a fielder’s choice and stole second and third before scoring the game-winning run.
Mark Guthrie settled for a no-decision after holding the Rangers to a run and eight hits in seven innings.
The Tigers kept pace with a 4-2 victory at Cleveland, thanks to a three-run homer by J.D. Martinez in the ninth inning. Detroit starter Kyle Lobstein gave up a two-run homer by Carlos Santana but just four other hits while striking out 10 in 5 1/3 innings.
Meanwhile, St. Louis tacked another game onto their NL Central lead, moving two games ahead of Milwaukee with a 6-4 triumph against Pittsburgh. Adam Wainwright became the year’s fourth 16-game winner and helped his own cause with a two-run single and three RBIs. Pat Neshek (NEE’-shehk) closed out the victory as the Redbirds dropped the Pirates four games off the division lead.
The Brewers absorbed their seventh consecutive loss as Arismendy Alcantara (ar-his-MEHN’-dee al-KAHN’-tah-rah) hit a two-run homer and scored twice in the Chicago Cubs’ 7-1 romp over Milwaukee. Jake Arrieta allowed a run and five hits in six innings versus the Brewers, who led their division by 2 ½ games on August 19 before dropping 10 of their last 12.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Clayton Kershaw is the season’s first 17-game winner after limiting Washington to a run and three hits with eight strikeouts over eight innings of the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Nationals in Los Angeles. Kershaw blanked the Nats until Bryce Harper hit a two-out homer in the seventh. Juan Uribe (yoo-REE’-bay) smacked a two-run shot as the Dodgers kept their two-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West.
— Buster Posey was 3-for-5 with a solo homer, four RBIs and three runs scored to help San Francisco turn a 6-0 deficit into a 12-7 romp over the Rockies. Andrew Susac added a two-run homer and three RBIs to the Giants’ seventh victory in eight games.
— Houston ended the Angels’ six-game winning streak as Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) went 4-for-5 with a solo homer, two RBIs and two runs scored in the Astros’ 8-3 dismantling of Los Angeles. Robbie Grossman added three hits and an RBI to back Brad Peacock, who held the Angels to two earned runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.
— The Angels still lead the AL West by 4 1/2 games after second-place Oakland fell behind 6-0 in a 6-5 loss to Seattle. Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer and Endy Chavez and Austin Jackson drove in two runs apiece to help the Mariners stay 1 1/2 games behind Detroit for the final AL wild-card berth.
— Bud Norris allowed four hits in six scoreless innings before Baltimore blew most of a 5-0 lead in a 5-4 win over Cincinnati. Jonathan Schoop (skohp) hit a solo homer to help the Orioles stretch their lead in the AL East to 9 1/2 games over the New York Yankees.
— Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer while the Boston Red Sox were building an early 6-0 lead in a 9-4 trouncing of the Yankees in the Bronx. Xander Bogaerts (ZAN’-dur BOH’-gahts) and Mookie Betts also went deep as the Bosox dropped the Yankees five games behind Detroit for the final AL wild-card berth.
— Philadelphia has followed its combined no-hitter against Atlanta with a 4-0 shutout of the Braves. Kyle Kendrick scattered three hits in seven shutout innings against the Braves, who’ve scored just once in their last four games and remain seven games behind the NL East-leading Nationals.
— Jose Reyes ripped a three-run homer and R.A. Dickey allowed two hits in seven innings of Toronto’s 8-2 pounding of Tampa Bay. Dioner (dee-AH’-nur) Navarro hit a two-run homer and Danny Valencia added a solo shot in the Blue Jays’ third straight win.
— Juan Lagares (lah-GAH’-rehs) and David Wright combined for seven hits and five RBIs as the New York Mets outscored Miami 8-6. Lagares was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Wright drove in three runs while collecting three hits.
— Tyler Flowers hit a pair of two-run homers and Dayan Viciedo (vih-see-EH’-doh) delivered the tiebreaking, solo blast in the 10th inning of the Chicago White Sox’s 6-3 win at Minnesota. The White Sox’s bullpen worked four hitless innings of shutout relief.
— San Diego beat Arizona 2-1 on Cory Spangenburg’s pinch-hit, solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. The Padres are 40-29 at home but five games under .500 overall.
Rizzo could miss rest of season
UNDATED (AP) — Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo could be done for the rest of the season because of a strained lower back that was discovered through an MRI on Tuesday.
Rizzo was hurt on Aug. 26 and has been out of the lineup for a week. The 25-year-old All-Star is hitting .278 with 30 home runs and 71 RBIs.
Also in the majors:
— New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) plans to throw a bullpen session this week, the next step for the injured right-hander as he tries to overcome a recent setback. New York manager Joe Girardi said Tanaka threw well Tuesday, and team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad diagnosed the right-hander with arm fatigue. Tanaka is hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery and hasn’t pitched since July 9 because of a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.
— Michael Wacha (WAH’-kah) will return to the St. Louis Cardinals’ rotation Thursday against the Brewers in Milwaukee, although manager Mike Matheny will limit him to around 60 pitches. Wacha was 5-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts this season before landing on the 15-day disabled list in June with a right shoulder stress reaction.
— Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez will be out of the lineup at least a week because of a sprained left wrist suffered in Sunday’s loss at San Francisco. The Brewers say Gomez isn’t going on the disabled list, although manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) admits the injury could potentially keep Gomez out of the lineup for a couple of weeks.
Federer into the quarters…Williams sisters exit doubles
NEW YORK (AP) — Men’s second seed Roger Federer has reached the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the 10th time in 11 years.
The five-time champion was broken only once in a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut (ah-GOO’). Federer needed less than two hours to improve to 25-1 in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Frenchman Gael Monfils (GAH’-ehl mohn-FEES’) and Croatia’s Marin Cilic (CHEE’-lihch) have advanced to the men’s quarterfinals. Monfils (GAH’-ehl mohn-FEES’) beat seventh seed Grigor Dmitrov 7-5, 7-6, 7-5 to earn the right to face Federer. Cilic knocked out Gilles Simon (see-MOHN’) of France, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych (BUR’-dihch) needed just 98 minutes to complete a 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dominic Thiem and reach the quarterfinals against Cilic.
China’s Peng Shuai (pehng shway) has reached the women’s semifinals by downing Belinda Bencic (BEHN’-chihch) 6-2, 6-1. This is the first time in 37 tries that Peng has reached the semifinals of a Grand Slam event. Only five women have participated in more major tournaments before getting to a final four.
Peng next faces 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK’-ee), who followed up her victory over Maria Sharapova with a 6-0, 6-1 rout of No. 13 Sara Errani (ehr-RAH’-nee).
The Williams sisters were dispatched in the women’s quarterfinals by Russia’s Ekaterina Makaova (ma-kah-ROH’-vuh) and Elena Vesnina (vehs-NEE’-nuh) 7-6, 6-4. During the match, Serena Williams had to call for a medical timeout for an issue with her right foot. She later indicated she just needed her ankle re-taped.
Serena is the top-seed and two-time defending champ and is still alive in the women’s singles.
The top-ranked Bryan brothers are still on course for their 100th doubles title and 16th Grand Slam championship. They reached the semifinals with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero.
Welker gets four-game suspension
UNDATED (AP) — Wes Welker will open the season on the NFL’s suspended list.
The Denver Broncos wide receiver has been slapped with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. ESPN reported the violation had to do with amphetamines, and NFL Media reported Welker was notified Tuesday he had lost his appeal, which was heard two weeks ago.
Welker told the Denver Post in an email that he was as shocked as everyone at the news.
Welker caught 73 passes for 778 yards and a career-high 10 TDs despite missing the last 3 1/2 games of last season.
The suspension begins with Sunday night’s game against the Colts.
Also in the NFL:
— The NFL has suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay for six games and fined him $500,000 after his guilty plea to driving while intoxicated. The 55-year-old Irsay admitted in court that he was driving under the influence of painkillers oxycodone and hydrocodone when he was pulled over in March. He has to undergo drug testing during his one-year probation.
— Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, although he will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the 2012 death of teammate Jerry Brown. The league has outlined a series of conditions Brent must meet to be eligible to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week in November. Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial earlier this year.
— Star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans. Multiple media reports said the agreement was for six years and $100 million, with $51.8 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus.
— San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has reiterated that the team will not tolerate domestic violence. Harbaugh gave his comments and maintained a firm stance about the topic during his radio segment on KNBR-AM. That came two days after 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges.
Top four stay in place, some lose ground
UNDATED (AP) — The top four teams in this week’s AP college football poll stayed the same, but some of them lost favor with voters following the first full weekend of football.
Top-ranked Florida State picked up 46 first-place votes following their tough win over Oklahoma State. No. 2 Alabama claimed just one first-place vote after failing to dominate against West Virginia.
Oregon is a close third, followed in order by Oklahoma, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Baylor. The ninth-ranked Aggies jumped 12 spots from last week after knocking off then No. 16 Clemson by 24 points.
Petty is ready
UNDATED (AP) — Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty says he plans to play for the 10th-ranked Bears Saturday against Northwestern State despite two cracked small bones in his back. He says he feels great, a day after an MRI revealed the issue. Bears coach Art Briles said Petty won’t play if he’s not 100 percent.
The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year took a shot to the back on his first series of the season in a 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. Petty played only the first half, and was clearly in discomfort while throwing for 161 yards with two touchdowns.
In other college football news:
— Southern California’s Cody Kessler missed part of practice to undergo a procedure on one of his toes. But the Trojans starting quarterback says he’ll be ready to go when the 14th-ranked Trojans visit No. 13 Stanford on Saturday.
— Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave is out indefinitely with an injured right shoulder, leaving Tanner McEvoy as the unquestioned starter for the 18th-ranked Badgers. Coach Gary Andersen says Stave needs to rest and has been dealing with the injury for a couple of weeks.
Ryder Cup teams finalized
UNDATED (AP) — The rosters have been completed for the upcoming Ryder Cup to be held at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month.
U.S. captain Tom Watson has added Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan (MAY’-han) and Webb Simpson to his squad. That means no Ryder Cup appearance for Chris Kirk, who finished ahead of Simpson in the Ryder Cup standings and won the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday.
European captain Paul McGinley has picked veterans Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, along with first-timer Stephen Gallacher as his wild-card selections. That left former No. 1 Luke Donald off the team after he was on the winning side in each of his four Ryder Cup appearances.
Americans stay unbeaten
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — The U.S. national team rolled along at the World Cup beating New Zealand 98-71. Anthony Davis led the way with 21 points and nine rebounds to help the Americans improve to 3-0 in pool play. Kenneth Faried (fehr-EED’) chipped in with 15 points and 11 boards.
Next up for the Americans is the Dominican Republic Wednesday, before they close group play Thursday against Ukraine.
Two-sport start dead at 82
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former NFL player and professional boxer Charlie Powell has died at age 82. Powell was just 19 when he became one of the NFL’s first black players, spending five seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and two with the AFL’s Oakland Raiders from 1952 through 1961. He later climbed to fourth in the world heavyweight ranking with bouts against Cassius Clay and Floyd Patterson.