AP Thursday Sports Roundup
Indians streak reaches a dozen...Royals outlast Cards
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians continue to own the longest current winning streak in the majors.
Danny Salazar tossed seven scoreless innings and the Indians picked up their 12th straight win by blanking the Braves 3-0 in Atlanta. Salazar scattered five hits, struck out eight and walked none in helping the Indians continue what is now their longest winning streak since a team record-tying, 13-game run in 1952.
The game was scoreless until Jason Kipnis hit a two-run single in the fifth, one inning before Lonnie Chisenhall homered. Rajai Davis had two hits and scored once for the Indians, who still lead the AL Central by six games over Kansas City.
The Royals blew leads in the ninth and 10th inning before Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar doubled home White Merrifield in the 12th inning to give Kansas City a 3-2 win at St. Louis. Escobar broke a scoreless tie with a sac-fly in the eighth, but the Cardinals retied the game on Jhonny Peralta's (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tahz) two-out single in the ninth and Stephen Piscotty's 10th-inning homer. The loss drops the Cards 11 games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.
Anthony Rizzo hit the Cubs' first inside-the-park home run in five years to drive in three in the first inning of a 9-2 romp over the Reds in Cincinnati. Addison Russell and Albert Almora added fourth-inning homers, and Kyle Hendricks collected an RBI as the Cubs completed a three-game sweep. Hendricks was reached for eight hits but just two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The New York Yankees erupted for six runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Texas Rangers 9-7. Brian McCann tied it with a three-run homer and Didi Gregorius supplied a two-run shot that allowed the Yanks to avoid a three-game sweep. McCann homered twice and Chase Headley went deep for the Yankees, who cut the Rangers' lead in the AL West to nine games over Houston.
— Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) had a productive day in the Astros' 10-4 pounding of the Angels, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and four runs scored. George Springer and Luis Valbuena (val-BWAY'-nuh) smacked solo homers to back Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kuhl), who gave up two earned runs in six innings to improve to 5-9. Valbuena and Carlos Correa drove in two runs apiece in the Astros' 10th victory in 11 games.
— Mark Trumbo belted his major league-leading 23rd home run and had four RBIs as Baltimore hammered San Diego 12-6 to stretch its lead in the AL East to 5 ½ games over Boston and Toronto. Manny Machado added two hits and three RBIs to back Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh), who allowed three runs and three hits in six innings.
— The Red Sox were 4-0 losers to Tampa Bay as Matt Moore held them to three hits in seven innings. Brandon Guyer hit a solo homer and an RBI double for the Rays, who took two of three from the Bosox following an 11-game losing streak. Boston lefty David Price struck out 10 but allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 4.74.
— Aaron Sanchez was terrific in Toronto's 5-3 win at Colorado, limiting the Rockies to a run and six hits in eight innings. Josh Donaldson smacked his 18th homer to help Sanchez improve to 8-1. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight since dropping six of eight.
— Max Scherzer pitched into the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep by downing the New York Mets 4-2. Scherzer struck out 10 and held the Mets to a pair of singles over 7 1/3 innings. Ex-Met Daniel Murphy homered twice and had three RBIs as the Nats stretched their lead in the NL East to 5 ½ games over Miami, with New York six games back following its fourth consecutive loss.
— Detroit clobbered the Marlins 10-3 as Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer and had three RBIs. Cabrera tied Billy Williams for 48th place baseball's career list with his 426th round-tripper. Stephen Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) hit back-to-back home runs to give Detroit an 8-2 lead in the fifth inning.
— Oakland is 3-for-3 against San Francisco after Sean Manaea (mah-NAY'-uh) combined with three relievers on an eight-hitter in the Athletics' 7-1 romp over the Giants. Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso smacked two-run homers and Billy Burns drove in a pair of runs to back Manaea, who gave up six hits over 5 2/3 shutout innings. Jake Peavy left the game trailing 7-0 in the fourth as the NL West-leading Giants failed to increase their six-game lead over Los Angeles.
— Junior Guerra (GEHR'-uh) struck out seven and limited the Dodgers to two hits in eight innings of the Brewers' 7-0 shutout. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NOO'-ehn-hys) slammed a three-run homer and Ryan Braun added a two-run shot and a two-run double. Jonathan Villar (vee-AHR') had three hits and scored twice to help the Brewers stopped a two-game skid.
— Sean Rodriguez doubled twice and had four ribbies as Pittsburgh clobbered Seattle 8-1. David Freese (freez) ripped a solo homer and Josh Harrison laced a two-run double to help the Pirates stop a two-game skid. Rookie Jameson Taillon (TY'-ahn) was reached for just one run and six hits in six innings for his second win in three decisions.
— James Shields picked up his first victory since May 12 and the Chicago White Sox banged out three home runs in a 9-6 triumph against Minnesota. Shields gave up only one run over 6 2/3 innings after going 0-2 with a 15.80 ERA in four starts after being acquired from San Diego. Todd Frazier, Brett Lawrie and Tyler Saladino provided Chicago's home runs.
— Philadelphia completed its first three-game sweep in Arizona since 2006 by turning a 7-4 deficit into a 9-8, 10-inning win over the Diamondbacks. Tyler Goeddel provided the tiebreaking, sacrifice fly after the Phillies scored four times in the eighth to take a brief 8-7 lead. Cody Asche (ASH'-ee) had four ribbies for the suddenly-hot Phils, whose sweep comes after they dropped 11 of their previous 13.
Cain goes on DL with hammy strain
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have placed center fielder Lorenzo Cain on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Rookie outfielder Brett Eibner (EYEB'-nur) was recalled from Triple-A Omaha for his third stint with the team this season. The 27-year-old Eibner was batting .297 in 11 games with five doubles, a home run and seven RBIs with the Royals.
Cain was batting .290 with eight homers and 39 RBIs.
LeBron is free agent again
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is a free agent after declining his player option for next season with the NBA champion Cavaliers.
The move was expected by James, who said last week he intends to remain with Cleveland. The 31-year-old star has been a free agent the past three summers, electing each time to sign one-year contracts with a player option.
Pistons send Meeks to Magic
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have traded guard Jodie Meeks to the Orlando Magic for a 2019 conditional second-round draft pick.
The 28-year-old Meeks played in only three games in 2015-16 after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the second game of the season. He averaged 10.9 points for the Pistons in 2014-15.
Luck gets new deal from Colts
UNDATED (AP) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has signed the richest contract in NFL history, a deal worth up to $140 million and covering the next six seasons.
Colts owner Jim Irsay revealed the contract's maximum value and said Luck would be guaranteed $47 million even if the Colts were to cut him before this season. NFL.com says the life of Luck's contract includes $87 million guaranteed for injury.
Subban from Montreal to Nashville for Weber
UNDATED (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators have swapped All-Star defensemen.
The Habs sent P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) to the Predators for Shea Weber in one of several moves Wednesday involving blueliners.
Subban won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman three years ago and scored six goals and 51 points in 68 games last season. Weber is a three-time Norris finalist and delivered 20 goals and 51 points for the Predators this past season.
Weber has another 10 years left on his current contract. Subban has six years remaining on his deal, which had a no-trade clause that was set to kick in on Friday.
In other NHL moves:
— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is staying in Tampa Bay after accepting an eight-year contract worth $68 million. Stamkos had 36 goals and 64 points in 77 games last season before undergoing surgery to treat a blood clot near his right collarbone. The deal was reached two days before Stamkos would have become a free agent.
— The Devils have acquired high-scoring forward Taylor Hall from Edmonton for defenseman Adam Larsson. Hall had 26 goals and 65 points last season, two years after an 80-point campaign.
— Blueliner Seth Jones has accepted a six-year, $32.4 package with Columbus, two days before he was scheduled to become a restricted free agent. Jones was acquired in a January trade with Nashville and led Blue Jackets defensemen with 31 points despite playing just 41 games.
Djokovic keeps streak going
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) has set an Open Era record by earning his 30th consecutive Grand Slam match victory.
The top-seed has moved into the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 win over Adrian Mannarino (man-ah-REE'-noh). Djokovic is the two-time defending champion at Wimbledon and has won the past four major tournaments, a run that began at the All England Club a year ago.
Roger Federer has ended British qualifier Marcus Willis' feel-good Wimbledon run with a 6-love, 6-3, 6-4 in Round 2. The seven-time Wimbledon champion won the first seven games and was always in control against the 772nd-ranked Willis, who was the lowest ranked qualifier to reach the second round at a Grand Slam since 1988.
Wednesday's first-round winners on the men's side included eighth seed Dominic Thiem (teem) and No. 10 Tomas Berdych.
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-NYESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) beat Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour to move into the second round. Also advancing to Round 2 Wednesday were seventh seed Belinda Bencic (BEHN'-sihch), 10th seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIH'-toh-vuh) and 2014 finalist Eugenie (yoo-JEE'-nee) Bouchard.
Radwanska, Bencic and Bouchard are in action on Thursday as officials try to play catch-up following several rain delays. Men's second seed Andy Murray highlights the men's schedule.
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES
Game 3 postponed by bad weather
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — There's still no winner in the College World Series after Coastal Carolina and Arizona were postponed by rain and lightning. The third and deciding game of the finals is now slated for Thursday in Omaha.
Phelps, Franklin to compete in individual events at Rio
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Michael Phelps is heading back to the Olympics.
Phelps held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history held up all five fingers on his right hand following the event to signify his fifth trip to the Summer Games.
Missy Franklin finished second to Katie Ledecky in the 200 free to earn a second individual event at the Rio Games. Franklin's runner-up performance came a day after she was seventh in the 100 backstroke, an event she won four years ago in London.
No charges for Gophers wrestlers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say no criminal charges will be filed in an investigation of University of Minnesota wrestlers allegedly involved in the sale and use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
University police investigators say Hennepin County prosecutors declined to pursue the case due to "lack of evidence."
Minneapolis City Attorney Susan Segal told the Star Tribune that there was not enough evidence to support misdemeanor charges against wrestling coach J Robinson.
Campus police had been conducting an investigation into a team member's disputed allegation that Robinson attempted to cover up the widespread sale and use of Xanax by his wrestlers.