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Astros’ Javier, bullpen combine to no-hit Yanks in 3-0 win
NEW YORK (AP) — Cristian Javier, Héctor Neris and Ryan Pressly combined on the first no-hitter against the New York Yankees in 19 years, shutting down the best team in baseball and pitching the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory.
Javier was clearly tired when manager Dusty Baker brought in a reliever to start the eighth. The right-hander set career highs with 13 strikeouts and 115 pitches, and he matched his longest start with seven innings.
Neris and Pressly pitched an inning each. Rookie J.J. Matijevic homered in the seventh off Gerrit Cole. Jose Altuve homered in the eighth against Michael King.
In other Major League action:
— Alex Verdugo hit a three-run homer, Jarren Duran had four hits and an RBI, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-2 Saturday for their sixth straight victory. Verdugo’s two-out rocket to right off Shane Bieber gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning. Duran added an RBI single in the ninth off Enyel De Los Santos. The scorching Red Sox moved a season-high 10 games over .500 and are 18-4 this month. Boston owns the second-best record in baseball since May 10 at 31-12, yet they remain 11 games back of the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
— Chris Archer pitched five scoreless innings with one hit and the Minnesota Twins came back to shut out the Colorado Rockies in a 6-0 win a night after being shut out. Luis Arraez had two hits, Alex Kirilloff drove in three runs and Byron Buxton marked his return to the starting lineup for Minnesota with an RBI triple in the first inning. Archer had a 1.57 ERA in five June starts. Antonio Senzatela surrendered four runs on eight hits in five innings for Colorado. The Rockies’ lone hit was a single by C.J. Cron leading off the second.
— Marcell Ozuna hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning and the Atlanta Braves recovered after blowing a three-run lead to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3. Travis d’Arnaud led off the seventh with a double to left field off Brusdar Graterol. Ozuna followed with his 14th homer to center field. Dodgers designated hitter Will Smith tied the game at 3-3 when he hit a homer to left field off A.J. Minter to open the eighth. Freddie Freeman had one hit with three strikeouts — including a bases-loaded whiff to end the seventh.
— Pete Alonso hit two leadoff homers, including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 5-3. Alonso’s home run over the left-center field wall against Miami reliever Jimmy Yacabonis snapped a 3-3 tie. It was Alonso’s NL-leading 22nd homer of the season and 14th multi-homer game of his career Brandon Nimmo’s third hit, an RBI double in the ninth, increased the Mets’ lead. Francisco Lindor doubled and singled and Starling Marte had two hits for the NL East leaders. New York starter Chris Bassett pitched seven string innings. Bassett allowed three runs and six hits while striking out five. Seth Lugo pitched a perfect eighth and Edwin Díaz struck out the three batters he faced in the ninth for his 16th save.
— Logan Webb pitched six innings of two-hit ball and the San Francisco Giants backed their ace with four home runs in a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Evan Longoria, Thairo Estrada, Joc Pederson and Wilmer Flores homered for the Giants, who snapped a three-game skid. They had lost five of six after winning seven of their previous eight. Pinch-hitter Matt Reynolds homered for the Reds, who have lost eight of their last nine games.
— Corbin Burnes pitched into the eighth inning, Andrew McCutchen and Mike Brosseau homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner extended his winning streak to a season-high three games, but he wasn’t as crisp as in a 2-0 win over the Cardinals on Monday. In his first career start against Toronto, Burnes allowed home runs to Matt Chapman and Bo Bichette and an RBI groundout by Cavan Biggio. He struck nine and walked two, then turned over a 5-3 lead with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth to Devin Williams, who fanned Alejandro Kirk.
— Jorge Mateo homered and doubled to lead the Orioles over the Chicago White Sox 6-2, giving Baltimore its first four-game winning streak this season. Lance Lynn retired eight straight batters before Mateo lifted a solo homer just over the left-center fence to put Baltimore ahead in the third. Baltimore coughed up its advantage on two errors in the bottom of the inning, but Mateo struck back by belting his 10th double off the left field wall. He scored to make it 2-1 on the next at-bat, when Leury García erred on Cedric Mullins’ infield grounder.
— Iván Herrera hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for his first career RBI and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 5-3. Juan Yepez lined a one-out double to the left field wall off Cubs reliever Mark Leiter Jr. in the eighth, and pinch-runner Edmundo Sosa advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring the go-ahead run on Herrera’s fly. Harrison Bader advanced to second on Herrera’s out and scored on Tommy Edman’s single to right field to extend the lead to 5-3.
— Isaac Paredes hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ji-Man Choi and Vidal Bruján reached on two-out walks before Jonathan Aranda’s pinch-hit single loaded the bases against David Bednar. Paredes then hit an opposite-field liner to right for his game-ending single. Paredes got the Rays within one in the eighth with his team-leading 10th homer. Jack Suwinski and Diego Castillo homered for Pittsburgh.
— Adolis García homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Texas Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. The Cuban slugger matched Corey Seager for the team lead with 15 homers when he drilled a 2-2 slider from reliever Kyle Finnegan into the Washington bullpen, just to the left of the hitting background in center field. Nelson Cruz had a tying two-run homer for the Nationals against his former team in the sixth inning.
— Tony Kemp hit a two-run homer, Seth Brown and Sean Murphy combined for four RBIs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 9-7. Kemp hit his second home run of the season in the eighth inning to wrap up a 3-for-5 afternoon. Brown hit a single in the first and a fielder’s choice in the third. Murphy had an RBI single in the seventh. Nick Allen and Jonah Bride collected RBIs during a two-run fourth inning. The A’s tied a season high with 14 hits. Oakland had the leadoff man reach base in six innings. Four of the six were leadoff doubles, and all came around to score.
Dodgers confirm top set-up reliever Hudson lost for season
ATLANTA (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Daniel Hudson has been placed on the injury list with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament that ends his season.
The move was expected after Hudson’s knee buckled in the eighth inning of Friday night’s 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves as he reacted to a dribbler hit by Ronald Acuña Jr.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Hudson’s recovery is expected to take six to nine months. The injury takes away the team’s top set-up reliever.
The Dodgers activated infielder Hanser Alberto from the paternity list and recalled right-hander Mitch White. Outfielder Stefen Romero was designated for assignment.
In other MLB news:
— The Seattle Mariners will be without another key member of their offense for at least a couple weeks, but considering how bad the injury to first baseman Ty France looked two days ago, they consider themselves fortunate. France was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left elbow strain. He was involved in a collision during the fifth inning of Thursday’s game at Oakland. France was taking the throw at the bag when he collided with Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse. France had an MRI on Friday that revealed a Grade 2 flexor strain.
— Mark Appel is a big league ballplayer nine years after he was selected No. 1 overall in the amateur draft. Appel has been promoted by the Philadelphia Phillies. The right-hander, who turns 31 on July 15, went 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA in 19 appearances for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Appel is stepping in for right-hander Connor Brogdon, who has been placed on the COVID-19-related injury list. Appel was selected by Houston with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft after a standout college career at Stanford.
Watson hearing slated for Tuesday
CLEVELAND (AP) — Three people familiar with the meeting tell AP that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson will have a hearing with NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson next week.
Watson is facing a potential suspension from the league stemming from accusations of sexual misconduct by massage therapists in Texas. He will meet with Robinson on Tuesday, said the persons who spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the hearing have not been disclosed publicly.
ESPN earlier reported Watson’s meeting with Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and NFL Players Association. This is the first case the former federal judge has heard. Earlier this week, Watson reached undisclosed financial settlements in civil lawsuits filed by 20 of his 24 accusers.
Schauffele lead is down to 1 stroke
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Xander Schauffele shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over good friend and playing partner Patrick Cantlay into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Schauffele had a 17-under 193 total at TPC River Highlands. Cantlay shot 63. Rookie Sahith Theegala was third at 14 under after a round of 64. Schauffele and Cantlay have been close friends since being paired together at the 2019 Presidents Cup in Australia and they combined to win the Zurich Classic this season.
LPGA-WOMEN’S PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Chun still leads despite 75
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — In Gee Chun shot a 3-over 75 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s PGA Championship. On a day when Congressional Country Club gave the leaders plenty of trouble, Chun was holding her own until she made a double bogey on the par-5 16th hole. The two-time major champion from South Korea led by five shots after the first round and six at the halfway point, but that 36-hole advantage has been cut in half. She had an 8-under 208 total. Lydia Ko and Jennifer Kupcho — Chun’s playing partners — had their own problems, but Lexi Thompson and Hye-Jin Choi both shot 70 and were tied for second with Sei Young Kim at 5-under par.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-US SENIOR OPEN
Harrington up by 5
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Padraig Harrington is overpowering the U.S. Senior Open. Harrington twice reached the par 5s that set up a birdie and an eagle.
Even with two bogeys over his last four holes, he still had a 66. That gives the Irishman a five-shot lead going into the final round.
Harrington is all about swing speed and it shows in the length he’s using at Saucon Valley. Steve Stricker couldn’t keep up. He twice made bogey on the par 5s and shot 73 to fall eight behind. Gene Sauers and Rob Labritz are closest to Harrington at five shots back.
2017 US Open finalist Keys, Coric injured, out of Wimbledon
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys and Borna Coric have pulled out of Wimbledon because of injuries. Their withdrawals were announced by the All England Club on Saturday. The tournament begins Monday.
Keys is an American who was seeded 19th. She withdrew because of a hurt abdominal muscle. She was replaced in the field by Coco Vandeweghe.
Coric is a Croatian who got into the field thanks to a protected ranking because he has been injured. He cited a shoulder problem for his withdrawal. He was drawn to face No. 12 seed Diego Schwartzman and that spot will be filled by an as-yet-unannounced player who lost in qualifying.
Serena Williams ‘out of office’ for Wimbledon return
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams has put her non-tennis interests on hold for a bit while she returns to her job as a tennis player at Wimbledon. She said Saturday she had to put the “Out of office” message on her email account so anyone trying to reach her would know why no response arrived immediately.
Williams has been away from the sport for a year and hasn’t played since getting injured in the first round at the All England Club in 2021. She wouldn’t say whether this will be her last appearance at Wimbledon, where she has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles.
Djokovic won’t get vaccine to play in US Open
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Novak Djokovic says ahead of Wimbledon’s start that he will not get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to be able to play at the U.S. Open later this year.
He knows that Wimbledon might very well be his last Grand Slam tournament of 2022. It’s only his second of the year because he was not allowed to play in the Australian Open in January after deciding not to get his shots.
The 35-year-old from Serbia says not getting a chance to play in the United States because it bars entry for unvaccinated foreigners adds extra motivation for him as he seeks a seventh title at the All England Club.
Wimbledon champ Kvitova, Fritz win Eastbourne titles
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has tuned up for the Grand Slam tournament by overpowering Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 to win the Eastbourne title.
Also, Taylor Fritz outlasted Maxime Cressy 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) in an all-American men’s final for his second Eastbourne title.
The 14th-seeded Kvitova earned her first grass-court title in four years — and 29th trophy of her singles career — after breaking Ostapenko early in both sets of the final and feasting on the Latvian’s second serve. Ostapenko was the defending champion. She withdrew from the doubles final because of a right foot issue. Her first-round match at Wimbledon is scheduled for Monday.
Elsewhere in tennis:
— Caroline Garcia has won her first tour title in three years after beating 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu (an-dree-EHS’-koo) 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Bad (bahd) Homburg Open. Garcia needed a medical timeout for what seemed to be a shoulder problem in the second set and fought back from 4-2 down before winning 10 of the next 14 games to seal the match ahead of the start of Wimbledon on Monday. Garcia is 8-3 in career finals but her last title was almost exactly three years ago in Nottingham in the buildup to 2019 Wimbledon.
— Stefanos Tsitsipas has won the Mallorca Championships after beating Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets as they prepare to play on the grass courts of the All England Club. Tsitsipas’ first grass-court title on the ATP Tour comes before Wimbledon starts on Monday. The second-seeded Greek held off a late rally in the decisive set to beat Bautista Agut 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2). His ninth career title is also Tsitsipas’ second of the season after he defended his Monte Carlo title in April.
Italy pips US men to relay gold in swimming worlds finale
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Canadian 15-year-old Summer McIntosh has won another gold medal and Italy pipped the United States to the men’s 4×100 medley relay title on the final night of racing at the world swimming championships in Budapest.
The American women clinched the Unites States’ record 45th medal of the week by winning their 4×100 medley final.
McIntosh wrapped up a highly successful week for Canadian swimming with her second world title, in the women’s 400 individual medley. It was yet another world junior record for the teen.
Veteran Gregorio Paltrinieri also won a thrilling men’s 1,500 freestyle.
TRACK AND FIELD-US CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sydney McLaughlin does it again, breaks own world record
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Olympic champion Sydney McLaughlin bested her own world record in the 400-meter hurdles as the U.S. outdoor track and field championships on Saturday.
McLaughlin flashed a broad smile when her time was announced, then flashed a thumbs up. She crossed the finish line in 51.41 seconds, breaking her own record of 51.46 set last year at the Tokyo Games, where she won the gold medal.
The top three finishers in each event at the national championships will represent the United States in the world outdoor championships, also at Eugene’s Hayward Field, next month.
US extends home streak
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Sophia Smith scored twice in the second half and the U.S. women’s national team beat Colombia 3-0 Saturday night to extend its home unbeaten streak to 68 games. Taylor Kornieck, making her national team debut, added a late goal. On Tuesday night, the teams will meet again in Sandy, Utah, as the United States readies for World Cup qualifying in the CONCACAF W Championship next month in Monterrey, Mexico. The United States is the two-time defending World Cup champion. Smith plays for the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League. She has six international goals.