Update on the latest sports
Yankees crush Twins to extend win streak
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have extended their longest winning streak of the season.
Luke Voit (voyt) delivered four hits and four RBIs in the Yankees’ eighth win in a row, a 10-2 drubbing of the Twins. Voit tied a career high with his third career four-hit game, three nights after saying he deserved to play as much as first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He started at first base as Rizzo got the night off and is hitting .523 with three homers and 11 RBIs in his last six games.
Aaron Judge and DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) hit two-run homers as the Yankees won for the 20th time in 25 games since losing three of four in Boston late last month.
Winning pitcher Nestor Cortes allowed two hits and four runs in a career-high seven innings.
The Yankees are within four games of the AL East lead after the first-place Rays dropped a 7-5 division to the White Sox. Tim Anderson had a game-tying homer in the ninth and a tiebreaking RBI single in the 11th for the AL Central leaders. Yoán (yoh-AHN’) Moncada hit a two-run homer and Lucas Giolito (jee-oh-LEE’-toh) got a no-decision after allowing two runs and three hits over seven frames.
Checking out Friday’s other major league action:
— Kike (KEE’-kay) Hernandez, Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) drove in two runs apiece as the Red Sox dumped the Rangers, 6-0. Chris Sale won for the second time in two starts since returning from Tommy John surgery last weekend, scattering five hits and striking out five over five innings. Kyle Schwarber was 2-for-2 with two walks and a run scored for Boston.
— Yordan (yohr-DAHN’) Alvarez homered and had four RBIs as the Astros pummeled the Mariners, 12-3. Álvarez and Jake Meyers hit two-run homers off Yusei Kikuchi (YOO’-say kih-KOO’-chee) as he tied a career-high by allowing seven runs in a season-low 2 2/3 innings. Martín Maldonado and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) also homered in Houston’s second straight win since a four-game skid.
— Pinch-hitter Harold Castro singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning of the Tigers’ 4-1 decision over the Blue Jays. Gregory Soto got out of a jam in the ninth and wrapped it up in the tenth as the Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 36th home run for Toronto, which lost for the sixth time in seven games.
— Franmil (FRAHN’-meel) Reyes smacked a towering three-run homer and tied his career high with five RBIs to power the Indians past the Angels, 9-1. José Ramirez tacked on a solo homer off in the eighth, his team-high 28th of the year. Leadoff hitter Myles Straw had three hits and three runs for Cleveland, which won for just the 18th time in 48 games since June 25.
— James Kaprielian (kah-PREE’-lee-an) pitched three-hit ball over five innings as the Athletics topped the Giants, 4-1. Josh Harrison hit a two-run single and Starling Marte (mahr-TAY’) added an RBI double to help Oakland stay 2 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Astros. Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) homered for San Francisco, which has lost back-to-back games for the first time since late July.
— The Dodgers are within 1 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Giants after Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur) pitched into the eighth inning to lead Los Angeles to its eighth consecutive win, 3-2 over the punchless Mets. Buehler improved to 13-2, striking out eight and allowing six hits over 7 2/3 innings as Los Angeles improved to 5-0 against the Mets over the past eight days. Trea Turner had was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, the fourth multi-hit performance in his last five games.
— Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) celebrated his new contract with a two-run homer in the Braves’ seventh straight win, 3-0 over the Orioles. Jorge Soler (HOHR’-hay soh-LEHR’) also went deep and Max Fried (freed) allowed four hits in his first career nine-inning complete game. The NL East leaders dealt Baltimore its 16th consecutive loss, five off the team record set at the start of the 1988 season.
— Bryce Harper crushed a two-run homer and the Phillies ended a four-game skid by topping the Padres, 4-3 in San Diego. J.T. Realmuto doubled home Jean Segura in the third inning and Harper followed with a long home run to right field off an 84-mph slider. The Padres’ eighth loss in nine games leaves them in a tie with Cincinnati for the second NL wild card.
— Patrick Corbin pitched into the seventh inning as the Nationals handed the Brewers their second straight loss, 4-1. Corbin struck out seven, walked none and held Milwaukee scoreless until Avisail (a-vih-sah-EEL’) Garcia homered with one out in the seventh. Corbin entered the night with a 6.04 ERA. Lane Thomas was hitting .135 before going 2 for 4 and hit a two-run triple for the Nationals.
— Sonny Gray pitched one-hit ball through seven scoreless innings of the Reds’ 5-3 downing of the Marlins. Tyler Naquin (NAY’-kwihn) and Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) homered in the fifth inning to back Gray, who had a 7.22 ERA over his previous six starts. Miami didn’t score until Jazz Chisolm slammed a three-run homer off Lucas Sims.
— Mitch Keller struck out six over five solid innings to pitch the Pirates to a 4-0 shutout of the Cardinals. Gregory Polanco drove in two runs and Pinch-hitter Yoshi Tsutsugo (YOH’-shee soot-SOO’-goh) hit his first homer with Pittsburgh in the ninth. Rookie Lars Nootbaar (NOOT’-bahr) had three singles to lead St. Louis’ 10-hit attack.
— Salvador Perez hit two of the Royals’ five home runs in a 6-2 win over the Cubs. Emmanuel Rivera hit his first career homer, and Andrew Benitendi and Cam Gallagher also connected. Brad Keller allowed one earned run over six innings for the Royals, who won for the fourth time in five games and sent Chicago to its 11th home loss.
— Pinch-hitter Sam Hilliard hit a go-ahead RBI triple in the sixth inning before the Rockies completed a 9-4 dusting of the Diamondbacks. C.J. Cron had three hits and two RBIs, and Connor Joe added two hits and two RBIs in Colorado’s eighth straight home win. Garrett Hampson homered for the Rockies.
Dreaming again in 2022
UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball will hold another Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa, with the Chicago Cubs taking on the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 11. The game will be played at a temporary venue built next to the site where the iconic 1989 baseball movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed. That stadium hosted the Chicago White Sox’s 9-8 win over the New York Yankees last week.
In other MLB news:
— Milwaukee Bucks forward and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has joined the Milwaukee Brewers’ ownership group, calling it a dream come true for a kid from Greece with immigrant parents. Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio actually completed the deal with Antetokounmpo in May, but the two kept it a secret while the Bucks continued their charge to the NBA championship. Antetokounmpo said he started thinking about getting involved in ownership of a pro sports franchise last year while he was in the NBA playoff bubble at Walt Disney World.
— Major League Baseball is ending a 70-year relationship with trading card company Topps after signing a new partnership with a rival company. The loss of the MLB partnership immediately scuttled a deal announced earlier this year that would have made Topps a publicly traded company. ESPN reported on Thursday that it obtained a memo from the Major League Baseball Players Association that a yet-to-be-named company created by the sports merchandise company Fanatics will be the exclusive licensee for baseball cards at the end of next year.
Lundqvist retires at 39
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran NHL goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has announced his retirement on Friday, less than nine months after heart surgery.
The 39-year-old Swede starred for the New York Rangers, where he piled up 459 wins along with a a 2.43 goals-against average and 64 shutouts in 15 seasons. He is sixth in NHL history in wins, seventh in saves, eighth in games played and ninth in starts.
Lundqvist told a Swedish newspaper that he needs a new heart procedure.
AP source: Browns’ Phillips tears biceps, could miss most of year
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns linebacker Jacob Phillips tore his biceps and could miss most of this season.
Phillips was hurt Thursday during the first of two joint practices against the New York Giants. The Browns expected Phillips to have a large role in their revamped defense.
In other NFL news:
— Cardinals 11-time Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald says he currently doesn’t have the desire to play an 18th NFL season, though he left the possibility open that he might resume his career. Fitzgerald told Jim Gray on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio that he’s currently focused on being a radio broadcaster. He said he doesn’t have the urge to play right now, but admitted that could change in the coming months.
— The Chargers have put safety Nasir Adderly and cornerback Ryan Smith on the COVID-19 list. Adderly started 14 games for the Chargers last season and Smith signed a one-year contract with the Chargers in March to help bolster their special teams unit.
Auburn coach Bryan Harsin tests positive for COVID-19
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn football coach Bryan Harsin says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home.
Harsin said in a statement that he tested positive on Thursday but wasn’t experiencing symptoms. The first-year Tigers coach said he will participate remotely in meetings and practices. Assistant head coach Jeff Schmedding, will take over as interim coach for in-person duties.
TENNIS-NADAL’S SEASON OVER
Nadal out of US Open, ends season to heal injured foot
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the U.S. Open and said he will not play tennis again this year because of a nagging foot injury.
The Spaniard sat out both Wimbledon and the Olympics because of fatigue after losing to Novak Djokovic (JOH’-kuh-vich) in the French Open semifinals.
The 35-year-old Nadal said the pain from a chronic foot problem he has been battling most of his career is too much.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS A&M
Aggies punished for hoops violations
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The NCAA has suspended Texas A&M basketball coach Buzz Williams for two games and the team has been placed on two years of probation for multiple rules violations.
The infractions include Williams having impermissible contact in July 2019 with a prospect. Additionally, an unnamed assistant coach observed and held tryouts with a prospect during an unofficial visit.
Rahm 1-up on Finau through 36
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jon Rahm has a one-stroke lead over Tony Finau at the midway mark of the PGA’s Northern Trust in New Jersey.
Rahm carded another bogey-free round at Liberty National, this one a 4-under 67 that leaves him 12 under through 36 holes.
Finau had a 64 with a bogey on the final hole as he tries to secure another spot among the 30 who make it to the season-ending Tour Championship.
Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele (SHOW’-flee) tied his personal best on the PGA Tour and the course record at Liberty National with a 62, He’s in a group at 10-under 132 with Justin Thomas and Keith Mitchell.
LPGA-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
Hall grabs a share of the lead
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Georgia Hall is making a run at another Women’s British Open title. The 2018 champion overcame a double-bogey on the 15th hole to shoot 3-under 69 and take a share of the 36-hole lead with Mina Harigae of the United States at 7 under overall.
No. 4 Sei Young Kim and Lizette Salas are a stroke back. Lexi Thompson is part of a group of seven players at 5 under. Top-ranked Nelly Korda shot a 73, leaving her with five others three off the lead.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-BOEING CLASSIC
Three-way tie at Boeing Classic
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Ernie Els drained a 50-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th for a 66-under 66 and a share of the Boeing Classic lead with Woody Austin and Billy Mayfair through one round
Els also had six birdies and two bogeys as he seeks his first PGA Tour Champions win of the year and third overall.
The 57-year-old Austin birdied three of the last four holes and had had nine birdies and three bogeys.
Judge tells prison to seize Nassar’s money for victims
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered the government to take money from the prison account of a former Michigan sports doctor who owes about $58,000 to victims of his child pornography crimes.
Larry Nassar has received about $13,000 in deposits since 2018, including $2,000 in federal stimulus checks. But Nassar has paid only $300 toward court-ordered financial penalties and nothing to his victims.