Wednesday, August 24
Dodgers rough up Bumgarner, beat Giants 9-5 for 2-game lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez combined for eight hits and four RBIs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Madison Bumgarner again to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-5 on Tuesday night.
Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles each homered, and the Dodgers extended their NL West lead to two games.
Bumgarner (12-8) is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Gonzalez hit a two-run single to center with the bases loaded against Bumgarner in the fifth to break a tie.
Kenley Jansen allowed a homer to Denard Span but still got his 36th save.
The Giants' Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
Kenta Maeda (13-7) allowed three runs in five innings.
Dodgers lose Anderson, Kazmir; tie record with 27 on DL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have placed left-handers Brett Anderson and Scott Kazmir on the disabled list, tying the 2012 Boston Red Sox for the major league record with 27 players on the DL this season.
Kazmir is out with neck inflammation after pitching a season-low 2 2/3 innings Monday in a 19-8 win over Cincinnati.
Anderson has a blister on his left index finger. He has totaled four innings over two starts and has a 24.75 ERA since returning from back surgery.
Despite the injuries, the Dodgers began a three-game series against San Francisco on Tuesday with a one-game lead in the NL West.
Los Angeles has most missed ace Clayton Kershaw, who has been on the disabled list with a back injury since June 27. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday in his attempt to return before the seasons ends.
The Dodgers used their 94th different lineup Tuesday in their 125th game.
Arrieta dominates for 8 innings, Cubs beat Padres 5-3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball to become the NL's first 16-game winner and Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered, leading the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Arrieta (16-5) allowed a single to Alex Dickerson in the second and Christian Bethancourt's double in the eighth. Arrieta has two no-hitters in the past year.
The Padres brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but Aroldis Chapman got the last two outs for his 28th save after Felix Pena was charged with three runs.
Bryant's 33rd home run tied him with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead.
Russell smacked his fifth homer in five games, a two-run shot that put the Cubs ahead 4-0 in the fifth.
Arrieta won for the fourth straight start. He had six strikeouts and three walks.
Christian Friedrich (4-10) lost his eighth consecutive decision.
Davis hits 33rd home run in A's 9-1 win over Indians
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Indians 9-1 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.
Davis had struck out in six consecutive at-bats before hitting his 33rd home run of the season off starter Danny Salazar. That's the most by an Oakland player since Jack Cust hit 33 in 2008.
Danny Valencia added two hits in his first game back in the A's lineup after being fined following a clubhouse fight with teammate Billy Butler while Ryon Healy had three hits including two doubles.
Sean Manaea (5-8) allowed three hits and one run over seven innings for his second win since June 29. Manaea walked two and fanned eight to become the first A's rookie pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts since Dan Straily in 2013.
Chris Gimenez homered for the Indians, who went into the day with the best record in the AL.
Martin has 3 hits, Blue Jays beat slumping Angels 7-2
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs, R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-2 on Tuesday night.
Toronto's win ensured it would maintain at least a share of first place in the AL East. The Blue Jays entered tied with Boston for the division lead.
Martin had an RBI single in the first, drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the third, singled and scored in the fifth, and doubled over the head of center fielder Mike Trout in the seventh.
Michael Saunders hit his 21st home run, a solo shot off A.J. Achter in the eighth, and Edwin Encarnacion and Darwin Barney each reached base three times as the Blue Jays won their fifth straight over the Angels. Toronto has outscored Los Angeles 51-16 in that span.
Tyler Jones hits go-ahead homer in 7th to advance Tennessee
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Zach McWilliams allowed four hits and one earned run over 4 1/3 innings, Tyler Jones hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning and Goodlettsville, Tennessee beat Chula Vista, California 4-2 on Tuesday night in an elimination game of the Little League World Series.
Tennessee catcher Tanner Jones made a heads-up play at the plate for the third out of the sixth to force extra innings.
On the second pitch of the seventh, Tyler Jones hit a solo homer over the left-center wall to put Tennessee ahead 3-2. Brock Duffer had a one-out, bases-loaded single to score McWilliams but Ethan Jackson was thrown out at the plate to retire the side.
Tennessee reliever Robert Carroll went to the mound with two on, one out in the bottom of the seventh and got California to hit into a double play.
McWilliams also hit his second home run of the LLWS to give Tennessee, which plays Iowa on Wednesday, a 2-0 lead in the fifth.
Cal, Hawaii play tourists ahead of college football opener
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — With the usual touristy things — Opera House, Harbour Bridge and meeting mascot-sized koalas — out of the way, the California Golden Bears and Hawaii continue their practice sessions in Australia today ahead of the opening college football game of the season.
The midday Saturday game — prime time Friday night in the United States — will be held at Sydney's Olympic stadium, where organizers expect a crowd of more than 65,000.
On Tuesday, both teams were welcomed to the city at an Opera House reception. Cal coach Sonny Dykes and Hawaii coach Nick Rolovich were presented with Malibu-sized surfboards and some of the players posed for selfies with the iconic Opera House and bridge in the background.
Ground broken for new Los Angeles soccer stadium
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ground has broken for a $350 million stadium that will house Southern California's newest soccer team.
The 22,000-seat Banc of California stadium is scheduled to open in 2018 on the site of the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
It will be home to the Los Angeles Football Club.
Some team owners were on hand for Tuesday's groundbreaking, including Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson, actor Will Ferrell and motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
Banc of California has a 15-year naming-rights deal for the stadium.
Wife sentenced for killing 1984 Olympic bronze medalist
(Information in the following story is from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com )
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a 1984 Olympic medalist is facing life in prison for killing him — a shooting she claimed was self-defense following years of abuse.
The Ventura County Star reports that Jane Laut was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive terms of 25 years to life — one for first-degree murder and the other for using a gun in the killing.
She was married for 29 years to David Laut, who won a bronze medal in the shot put.
Laut shot him in 2009 at their Oxnard home.
Laut claimed her husband threatened to shoot her and their 10-year-old son and the gun went off as the couple struggled for it.
Prosecutors noted he was shot six times and said Laut stood to gain from her husband's insurance.
Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens planning to retire
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Titans tight end Craig Stevens is retiring at the age of 31.
The Titans announced Tuesday that Stevens has informed the team he will file retirement paperwork with the NFL. Titans coach Mike Mularkey said in a statement that "Craig is a consummate pro" and that "we are proud to call him a Titan, and he is always welcome around this team."
Stevens spent his entire eight-year NFL career with the Titans, who drafted him in the third round out of California in 2008.
Stevens had 12 catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns last season while receiving the Ed Block Courage Award from teammates after overcoming a leg injury he'd suffered in 2014. He posted career totals of 60 receptions for 724 yards and six touchdowns.
Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returns to practice
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware returned to practice on a limited basis Tuesday with the plan to have him ready for the season opener against Carolina.
Ware missed training camp with a back issue that kept him out of five games in 2015 but said he feels much better than he did at the end of last season. He took part in the walkthrough and drills at the beginning of practice before going into the facility to work with strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson.
Ware said he isn't concerned about playing in the last two preseason games and that the goal is to have him at full strength for the start of the regular season.
Also Tuesday, quarterback Trevor Siemian didn't throw in practice because of a sore right shoulder. Coach Gary Kubiak said Siemian is day to day but is still the starter for Saturday's preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams.