A look at the sports news making headlines today, Thursday, July 31.
Tigers halt slide…Astros rout A’s
Max Scherzer has racked up his 13th win as he helped the Detroit Tigers end a four-game losing streak.
Scherzer is 13-3 after allowing a run and five hits in seven innings of a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. He carried a shutout into the seventh and won his fifth straight decision as the Tigers maintained baseball’s largest division lead. Nick Castellanos crushed a three-run homer while the Tigers scored six times in the first inning to keep their five-game edge over Kansas City in the AL Central.
The Royals halted a two-game skid as Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 3-2 victory against Minnesota. Omar Infante also had three hits and scored in the Royals’ three-run sixth.
Oakland still leads the AL West by 2 ½ games following the Athletics’ loss in Houston and the Los Angeles Angels’ setback in Baltimore. The Astros were 8-1 winners against the Athletics behind the pitching of Dallas Keuchel, who tossed a four-hitter and tied Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead with four compete games. Robbie Grossman belted a two-run homer to cap the Astros’ six-run first.
The Angels were unable to gain ground on the A’s as Adam Jones crushed a two-run homer and Kevin Gausman worked seven innings of the Orioles’ 4-3 triumph over Los Angeles. The Birds allowed just four hits in maintaining their 2 ½-game lead over Toronto in the AL East.
The Blue Jays won their fifth in a row as Mark Buehrle finally picked up his 11th victory in a 6-1 rout of the Red Sox in Boston. Dioner Navarro went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to help Buehrle earn his first win in 10 starts since June 1.
Yovani Gallardo gave up just three hits in seven stellar innings as Milwaukee cooled off Tampa Bay 5-0 to end a three-game skid. Martin Maldonado tied a career high with four RBIs to help the Brewers deal David Price his first loss in seven decisions.
The Rays fell for just the second time in 13 games and failed in their bid to reach the .500 mark for the first time since April.
San Diego ripped St. Louis 12-1 to put the Cardinals 2 ½ games off the NL Central lead. Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered and had four RBIs, while Jesse Hahn limited the Redbirds to a run and four hits in seven innings to improve to 7-2.
San Francisco ended a six-game skid and dropped Pittsburgh two games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers. Chris Stewart’s passed ball in the seventh inning brought home the go-ahead run in the Giants’ 7-5 win over the Pirates. Gregor Blanco singled home the tying run and was 3-for-3 with two RBIs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers still enjoy a three-game lead over the Giants in the NL West after Matt Kemp’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave L.A. a 3-2 win over Atlanta. Kemp also hit a solo shot in the second inning and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the Dodgers’ fifth consecutive win.
Justin Upton tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth before the Braves fell 1 ½ games behind the NL East-leading Nationals.
Washington put together a three-run eighth to beat the Marlins 4-3 and take a 1 ½-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East. Jayson Werth snapped a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly before Ian Desmond’s two-run double gave the Nationals a three-run cushion. Tanner Roark allowed one run in seven innings as the Nats ended the Marlins’ six-game winning streak.
Elsewhere in the majors:
Indians ship Masterson to Cards…Red Sox send Doubront to Cubs
There were a couple of trades engineered today involving major league pitchers. The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right-handed Justin Masterson from Cleveland for outfield prospect James Ramsey, and the Boston Red Sox have dealt left-hander Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Masterson has compiled a 4-6 record with a 5.51 earned run average in 19 starts this season, while Doubrant is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games.
Also in the majors:
Another Raiders move?
Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis confirmed he has met with San Antonio officials but declined to disclose whether he has any interest in relocating the franchise to Texas.
The San Antonio Express-News reported that Davis met on July 18 with current and former city officials and leaders to discuss potentially moving the Raiders from Oakland to San Antonio.
The newspaper said city manager Sheryl Sculley issued a memo to the City Council Tuesday elaborating on the meeting and saying Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio.
The Raiders are in the final season of their lease in Oakland and Davis has said that his preference is to build a new stadium on the current Coliseum site
Cowboys rookie injured
Dallas rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot during a one-on-one drill with tackle Tyron Smith in Tuesday’s practice.
Coach Jason Garrett says Lawrence would return to Dallas for surgery on Thursday.
Speaking of Smith, the Cowboys have signed him to an eight-year, $98 million contract extension that theoretically locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season. The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.
Bengals CB suspended by NFL
Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris has received a two-game suspension without pay from the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices but can’t play in a regular-season game until Sept. 21 at home against Tennessee.
Mean Joe to be honored
The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they will retire Joe Greene’s No. 75 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.
The Hall of Fame defensive end was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls during his 13-year career as the heart of what became the “Steel Curtain” defense. The 10-time Pro Bowler was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.
Judge says former NFL players can’t intervene in class action settlement
A federal judge has rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million.
The players object to the settlement, calling it a “lousy deal” for ex-players whose symptoms don’t qualify them for compensation. Judge Anita Brody’s order says players who object to the deal can raise their concerns at a fairness hearing scheduled for Nov. 19, or opt out of the settlement.
Ives to head Junior’s crew
Hendrick Motorsports has picked Greg Ives to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s next crew chief.
Ives was the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson’s record run of five consecutive championships and will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for NASCAR’s most popular driver. He will replace Steve Letarte, who is stepping down at the end of the year for an analyst job with NBC Sports.
Rafa opts out of two events
Rafael Nadal is withdrawing from hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title defense at the U.S. Open. Although Nadal is left-handed, the injury affects his two-handed backhand.
Those two events would have represented Nadal’s hard-court preparation for the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 25.
Pauley court is buckling
UCLA’s storied Pauley Pavilion is drying out after its court was deluged by 10 inches of water when a 93-year-old pipe burst near the campus in Westwood Tuesday.
The 49-year-old arena is where legendary coach John Wooden led the Bruins men’s basketball team to eight of his 10 national championships. The building was renovated for $136 million less than two years ago.
UCLA’s top official in charge of campus facilities says the court is buckling and that the school is working to save it. Authorities say 6 people who were helping clean up the arena are being treated for exposure to carbon monoxide.