Thursday, July 28
Hundley, Dahl homer as Rockies beat Orioles 3-1 behind Gray
BALTIMORE (AP) — Nick Hundley broke up Dylan Bundy's no-hit bid with a sixth-inning homer, and the Colorado Rockies used a strong pitching performance by Jon Gray to beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 Wednesday night.
David Dahl hit his first major league home run in his third game for the Rockies, who took two of three from the AL East leaders. Colorado has won six of seven and is 9-4 since the All-Star break.
Manny Machado connected for the Orioles, who fell to 37-16 at home after dropping successive games at Camden Yards for the first time since May 30-31.
Gray (7-4) outpitched Bundy (3-3) in a duel between rookie right-handers. Gray allowed one run and five hits over seven innings to earn his first road win since June 5.
Carlos Estevez got three straight outs for his 10th save.
Rockies reinstate Rusin from disabled list, Motte put on DL
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Colorado Rockies reinstated left-hander Chris Rusin from the 15-day disabled list prior to the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday.
Rusin will take the spot of righty reliever Jason Motte, who was put on the 15-day DL with a right rotator cuff strain. Rusin was 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 12 games before being sidelined by a strained left shoulder.
Rusin made three rehab appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque, going 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he will be used out of the bullpen for now.
"Initially, we look at him as a guy who can give us length if we have to go to the bullpen early," Weiss said. "But I don't rule out using him as late as the fifth or sixth inning right now."
The 34-year-old Motte, is 0-1 with a 5.66 ERA in 26 appearances this season. He began the regular season on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain before being reinstated May 25th. The latest injury is not related to the earlier setback, Weiss said.
Questions abound on offense, defense for Super Bowl champs
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway declared the Super Bowl champs' quarterback competition wide open entering training camp.
Mark Sanchez will be first up Thursday morning, followed by Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch. Coach Gary Kubiak said he'll split snaps right down the middle as he searches for Peyton Manning's successor.
The winner will direct a Broncos offense that Elway reconstructed in the aftermath of Denver's defensive-fueled Super Bowl 50 win over the Carolina Panthers.
While only four offensive starters return at their same position, the Von Miller-led defense returns all but two starters.
However, Elway said Pro Bowlers Aqib Talib, who was shot in his right leg in Dallas on June 5th, and DeMarcus Ware (back) will start out camp on the non-football injury list.
Cardinals sign Donald Butler, release Quayshawn Nealy
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals signed linebacker Donald Butler and released linebacker Quayshawn Nealy on Wednesday, two days before their first training camp practice.
The terms of Butler's contract weren't disclosed.
The 6-foot-1, 242-pounds inside linebacker spent six seasons with San Diego after being drafted in the third round out of Washington in 2010. He had 54 tackles, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, a half-sack and five tackles for loss in 16 games — nine starts — last season.
DALLAS COWBOYS-BUS CRASH
Officials name 4 Chinese nationals killed in Arizona crash
KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of four Chinese nationals who died when their van collided with a Dallas Cowboys staff bus along a northwestern Arizona highway.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said Wednesday that the four were from the Guangdong province of China but couldn't immediately provide the cities where they lived.
They say 52-year-old Guang Xiang Li was the male driver of the van, while the female passengers were 52-year-old Suiqing Ou, 52-year-old Sangqin Bi and 19-year-old Yuetong Li.
The DPS says they're related, but their relationships weren't immediately clear.
Authorities say the van failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign Sunday and the bus broadsided it.
Nobody was injured on the bus headed to a preseason promotional stop in Las Vegas. No players were aboard.