Monday, July 25
Durant leads US to second exhibition rout, 106-57 over China
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17 and the U.S. basketball team rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory, 106-57 over China on Sunday night.
DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points in his hometown, and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in another impressive performance to open the Americans' pre-Olympic tour. While they're still learning their teammates' tendencies and solidifying player rotations, the newly assembled U.S. team looked remarkably cohesive for long stretches against an overmatched opponent with no current NBA players.
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points and led a strong defensive effort with three blocks for the Americans, who held the Chinese to 30.9 percent shooting.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTIONS-PIAZZA
Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Piazza has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Selected by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 amateur draft with the 1,390th pick, ahead of only five other players, Piazza is the lowest-drafted player to reach the Hall of Fame. He made it in on his fourth try.
Piazza played 16 years with five teams and hit 427 home runs, including a major-league record 396 as a catcher. A 12-time All-Star, Piazza won 10 Silver Slugger Awards and finished in the top five in MVP voting four times.
Perhaps even more impressive, Piazza had six seasons with at least 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .300 batting average. All other catchers in baseball history combined have posted nine such seasons.
Gonzalez, Kendrick homer in Dodgers' 9-6 win over Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam and Howie Kendrick added a two-run homer, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers spoil Mike Mayers' major league debut in a 9-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Sunday night.
The temperature at the start in Busch Stadium was 96 degrees.
Scott Kazmir (9-3) pitched five innings to earn the victory. He allowed three runs on six hits.
After a rainout earlier in the week forced a doubleheader, the Cardinals decided not to start Carlos Martinez on short rest and called up the 24-year-old Mayers from Triple-A Memphis for a spot start. St. Louis was the last team in the majors to use a pitcher not in their starting five this season.
Mayers (0-1) lasted just 1 1/3 innings, throwing 62 pitches. He gave up nine runs on eight hits, including two home runs. His ERA is 60.75.
Kenley Jansen got his 29th save in 34 opportunities with a spotless ninth.
Altuve's 2 homers, 6 RBIs lead Astros over Angels 13-3
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit two of Houston's season-high five homers and had a career-high six RBIs to lead the Houston Astros to a 13-3 win on Sunday for a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.
Luis Valbuena, Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis also homered for the Astros, who extended their winning streak against the Angels to 11 games.
There were runners at first and second with no outs in the first when Altuve connected off Tim Lincecum (2-4) on a home run to left-center field to make it 3-0. Valbuena's home run came with one out in the inning to push the lead to 4-0.
George Springer hit a two-run single with no outs in the second inning before scoring on Altuve's second homer with one out to make it 8-0.
Houston starter Mike Fiers (7-6) allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings for the win.
Eovaldi, Yanks top Giants 5-2, but too late to stop trades?
NEW YORK (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira hit early solo home runs and the New York Yankees beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 Sunday to complete a 6-4 homestand that likely was too little and too late to keep management from selling off players ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline.
Making his second start following a brief bullpen banishment, Eovaldi (9-6) carried a five-hitter into the seventh, escaping bases-loaded, one-out trouble in a 33-pitch fourth inning when Mac Williamson fouled out and Ramiro Pena grounded out.
Eovaldi left after Angel Pagan's two-out double on his 118th pitch, two shy of his career high. With the No Runs DMC trio unavailable after two days of heavy use, Chasen Shreve came in and loaded the bases with a walk to Brandon Belt, and Buster Posey poked an opposite-field, two-run single to right against Chad Green before retiring Brandon Crawford on a groundout.
Green, brought back from Triple-A last week, pitched 2 1/3 innings for his first big league save.
NL West-leading San Francisco completed a 1-7 road trip that opened the second half. Jeff Samardzija (9-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. He is 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA and nine home runs allowed in his last six starts.
Padres score 4 in 9th to take series from Nationals
WASHINGTON (AP) — The San Diego Padres hit back-to-back homers off Shawn Kelley in the eighth inning and scored four runs off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to beat the Washington Nationals 10-6 Sunday.
San Diego won two of three against Washington to earn its first series victory over the Nationals since May 2011. Ryan Buchter (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the victory.
With the game tied at 6, Wil Myers drew a one-out walk off Papelbon and moved to second on a wild pitch before Yangervis Solarte's RBI single. The Padres added two more singles to load the bases, setting up Alexei Ramirez's three-run double.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker then relieved Papelbon (2-3), who was booed after giving up his first runs since June 12. Papelbon had made seven scoreless appearances since returning from the disabled list earlier this month.
The Nationals led 6-4 entering the eighth before Alex Dickerson and Ryan Schimpf hit consecutive solo shots off Kelley to tie it. It was the ninth home run in July for Schimpf, a Padres' record for a rookie in a calendar month. San Diego also extended a franchise record with its 22nd consecutive game with a home run.
Johanna Konta tops Venus Williams for first singles crown
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Hard-hitting Johanna Konta whipped winners every which way and outslugged top-seeded Venus Williams to capture her first career singles title, winning the Bank of the West Classic 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 on Sunday.
Her serve and return games equally solid, Konta held on in the third set after squandering a 4-1 lead in the second. When Williams netted her forehand return on the third match point, Konta dropped her racket to the ground and covered her face in triumph.
No. 3 seed Konta figured out Williams' big serve for the second time this year, standing some 10 feet behind the baseline to return it and generating pace from Williams' regular serves of well more than 100 mph.
The 25-year-old Konta also stunned Williams with the straight-set victory in the first round at this year's Australian Open.
She became the fourth-oldest first-time titlist this year.