Tuesday, June 30
Diamondbacks rally twice to beat Dodgers 10-6
PHOENIX (AP) — Welington Castillo doubled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, capping a pair of comebacks by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
Castillo doubled off reliever Pedro Baez (1-1) to drive in Jake Lamb with none out. The Diamondbacks, who trailed 4-0 and 6-4, added three more runs in the inning on a bunt single, a throwing error by Baez, and Paul Goldschmidt's two-out, two-run single off J.P. Howell.
Arizona tied it at 4 on a two-run homer by Yasmany Tomas in the sixth. The Dodgers regained the lead in the seventh on a two-run single by Jimmy Rollins, but Arizona fought back with David Peralta's two-out, two-run triple in the bottom half.
The home run by Tomas was upheld after an umpire-initiated replay review that lasted 3 minutes, 30 seconds.
Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger leaves with flu-like symptoms
PHOENIX (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger left his start Monday night after four innings due to flu-like symptoms, the club announced during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Bolsinger didn't allow a run, giving up three hits. He struck out four. After the second out of the fourth inning, a member of the Dodgers training staff came out to check with him.
Bolsinger got the final out of the inning and walked off the field slowly. He was in the on-deck circle in the fifth but was lifted for pinch-hitter Alex Guerrero.
Reddick, Davis, Butler homer for A's in 7-1 win over Rockies
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Ike Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night.
Billy Butler also homered off David Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland matched its season high for homers. The power barrage helped the A's bounce back after getting swept in a three-game series by Kansas City to open a 10-game homestand.
Graveman (5-4) was the beneficiary of the big night from the bats, shutting down Nolan Arenado and the Rockies for his latest strong start since returning from the minors.
Mike Trout powers Angels past Yankees 4-1 with bat and glove
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and C.J. Cron homered, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun added run-scoring doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Monday night for their fifth victory in seven games.
Trout hit his 20th homer of the season in the third inning against CC Sabathia (3-8). The reigning AL MVP also saved a couple of runs with two sprinting catches in center field on balls hit over his head by Chris Young.
C.J. Wilson (6-6) persevered through six eventful innings for his third victory in four starts as the Angels (40-37) moved three games above .500 for the first time since June 2.
Alex Rodriguez drove in a run and Brett Gardner had three hits for the Yankees, who have lost six of nine.
Lakers' Nance was 'terrified' of Kobe's response to tweet
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Larry Nance Jr. says he was "terrified" to speak to Kobe Bryant after the Los Angeles Lakers drafted him because of a tweet Nance sent out in 2012 criticizing Bryant.
Nance didn't have anything to worry about. Kobe accepted Nance's apology, and they're eager to play together in the fall.
Nance says he regrets the tweet, which read: "Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver again," with the hashtag "rapist."
Bryant was arrested and accused of sexual assault in Colorado in 2003. The criminal charges were dropped a year later, and Bryant settled a civil lawsuit.
Shortly after the draft, Nance sent a lengthy message to Bryant. The five-time NBA champion responded by calling it "water under the bridge," Nance says.
Russell ready to restore Lakers glory alongside Nance, Brown
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — D'Angelo Russell was the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, and he chose the No. 1 jersey with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The point guard from Ohio State knows he's under a blinding spotlight in Hollywood, and he seems eager to meet the challenge with some help from Kobe Bryant.
Russell and fellow draft picks Larry Nance Jr. and Anthony Brown were formally introduced by general manager Mitch Kupchak on Monday. The Lakers are hoping they're all big parts of a new core for a proud franchise coming off its worst season.
Russell emphasized his mental toughness and determination when discussing his future with the Lakers, who made him their highest draft pick in 33 years.
Russell also reiterated that he's the best basketball player in the draft.
Warriors exercise Speights' contract option for next season
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have exercised their $3.8 million team option on reserve big man Marreese Speights for next season.
The announcement Monday brings back a key member of the NBA champions' second unit. Speights averaged a career-high 10.4 points along with 4.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game during the regular season.
He averaged 3.7 points in just 10 playoff games due to a left hamstring injury and the Warriors' move to a smaller lineup during the NBA Finals against Cleveland. But the 6-foot-10, 245-pound Speights split time at forward and center throughout the year, often giving Golden State a spark off the bench.
The Warriors had until Tuesday to exercise Speights' option or he would become a free agent.
Stars sign newly acquired goalie Niemi to 3-year contract
DALLAS (AP) — Former Stanley Cup-winning goalie Antti Niemi has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars.
The deal Monday came two days after Dallas acquired Niemi's contract rights from San Jose for a seventh-round pick during the draft and two days before the goaltender would have become an unrestricted free agent.
Niemi won all 16 postseason games for Chicago in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup title. He went to San Jose as a free agent after that season.
Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury is the only goalie with more wins than Niemi's 163 the past five seasons with the Sharks.
The 31-year-old Niemi, who is from Finland, has a 190-100-40 regular-season record with a 2.39 goals against average in his NHL career with Chicago (2008-10) and San Jose (2010-15).
LA Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract for "breach"
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have terminated Mike Richards' contract, claiming the forward committed a "material breach" of its terms.
The Kings announced their newest tactic Monday in their attempt to get out from under Richards' enormous deal.
The Kings refused to say why they're terminating Richards' deal, which carries an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million through 2020.
Los Angeles placed Richards on waivers again over the weekend. The Kings were thought to be attempting a buyout of that deal that would lessen his cap hit by spreading it out through 2025.
The club demoted Richards to the minors last season after the two-time Stanley Cup champion's play declined sharply.
Richards began his 12-year, $69 million deal from Philadelphia in 2008. The Kings acquired him in 2011.
Sharks agree to 5-year deal with D Brenden Dillon
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a five-year contract with pending restricted free agent defenseman Brenden Dillon.
Agent Jarrett Bousquet said Monday that the two sides reached the deal before Dillon could become a restricted free agent later this week. ESPN first reported the deal.
The Sharks acquired Dillon during last season from Dallas in exchange for Jason Demers and a draft pick. The 24-year-old Dillon had two goals and seven assists in 60 games for San Jose and is being counted on as a key part of the Sharks' defense in the future.
Dillon has 11 goals and 24 assists in 209 career games with Dallas and San Jose.
Cal swimmer Missy Franklin wins Honda Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California swimmer Missy Franklin won the Honda Cup as the nation's top female college athlete Monday night.
The sophomore star was the NCAA and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year and helped Cal to the team title. She set an American record on her way to victory in the 200-yard freestyle and also won the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard backstroke. In addition, Franklin played a role in wins by the 200 free relay and 800 free relay.
Franklin beat out UConn's Breanna Stewart, who helped the Huskies win a third straight national championship in women's basketball, and Florida softball standout Lauren Haeger.
She established a school record for most combined individual and relay crowns at one NCAA meet with five titles this season and combined for seven NCAA titles in two seasons. She is a 14-time All-American.