ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Los Angeles Angels could have wilted without the presence of their most intimidating hitter in the lineup. But for the second consecutive night playing without Mike Trout as he recovers from a minor calf injury, the Angels rolled to a victory over the rival Houston Astros, 7-2 on Tuesday. The Angels exacted the bulk of their damage in a first inning that, between the ...

DENVER - When Alex Dickerson's back tightened up and forced him to miss a pair of games in Milwaukee over the weekend, the left fielder explained he's dealt with the pain off and on throughout his entire professional career. If Dickerson wakes up feeling out of sorts on Wednesday, the back soreness he'll experience might feel a little different. No one would blame Dickerson if his back was ...

OAKLAND, Calif. - The A's extended its win streak to five games with a 9-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Matt Chapman accounted for five of the runs, hitting a two-run single in the third inning and a two-run home run in the fifth. Chapman's home run was his 22nd of the season. Matt Olson followed Chapman's blast in the fifth with a solo home run, his 20th of the season. His ...

CHICAGO - Kyle Schwarber's first career walk-off home run gave the Cubs a 4-3 win in 10 innings against the Reds on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Alec Mills pitched five scoreless innings after a rocky first inning, and home runs by Robel Garcia and Kris Bryant sparked a comeback. The Cubs (51-44), who have won four of five games since the All-Star break, earned the win with one out in the ...

CLEVELAND - When it rains, it pours. It seems like the Detroit Tigers have been dealing with some flash flooding for quite some time, and it continued Tuesday night in the Indians' 8-0 win at Progressive Field. And with the Twins falling, 3-2, to the New York Mets, the Indians pulled to within 5 games in the American League Central race. Zach Plesac had his outing shortened by a rain delay, ...

ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals got another strong pitching night, this time from Jack Flaherty, but their offense let them down in a 3-1 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. Flaherty allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings, a game reminiscent of his previous outing against the Giants right before the All-Star break, when he allowed two hits and one run over seven ...

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MINNEAPOLIS - Nine balls were hit to Jonathan Schoop on Tuesday. The final eight were fielded cleanly and turned into outs. The first? Schoop would like another try. The Twins second baseman hit a home run, but he also booted a potential inning-ender, and the Mets took advantage. Two unearned first-inning runs turned a winnable game for Minnesota into a 3-2 win for the Mets. Michael Pineda ...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The post-All-Star break feel-good edition of the Royals kept the positive vibes rolling with their fourth win in five games on their home turf. They scored in a multitude of ways, got a lights-out pitching performance from Glenn Sparkman and played error-free defense. The only rain on the parade of positivity came in the form of an injury that forced their budding star ...

CHICAGO - Moments after Billy Williams vigorously shook hands with Frank Robb, better known around these parts as "Alligator Robb," the Cubs legend wore a wide crocodile smile. "He got that damn gator!" Williams said as he walked away from Robb, the Florida specialist who captured the wild reptile that roamed the Humboldt Park Lagoon for a week. "He's a pretty quiet guy," Cubs Chairman Tom ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Bryce Harper looked back Tuesday night to the Phillies dugout as he neared second base just as he realized that the most unlikely Phillies win of the season would be a win. His line-drive to center field bounced off the glove of the Dodgers outfielder and skipped away. One run scored. And then another. Harper ditched his helmet, raised his hand to the sky, and hollered. The ...

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BOSTON - This was far from the perfect Red Sox debut for Andrew Cashner. The former Baltimore right-hander gave away an early lead and halted any mid-game momentum built by his offense with one pitch. That this was an improvement in terms of innings pitched out of the No. 5 spot in the rotation speaks to what came before Cashner. But the result for the Red Sox remained the same - a loss, this ...

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BALTIMORE - The Orioles appeared to be getting their act together at the plate in the waning days of the non-mathematical first half of the season, but they clearly have lost some offensive altitude during the first five games since the All-Star break. They had a couple of promising scoring opportunities early in their 8-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night at Oriole Park, but ...

MIAMI - It has been a rarity for much of the season for the Miami Marlins' starting pitchers, but Jordan Yamamoto was afforded a second chance Tuesday. In a season clouded by ineffective offense, even near-perfect outings for the Marlins' young starters often haven't been enough. Single-inning meltdowns have been commonplace and often enough to cost Miami any chance at winning. Yamamoto had a ...

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NEW YORK – So much for all the script-flipping the Rays supposedly did in Monday's dramatic come-from-ahead-and-then-behind win over the Yankees. Because Tuesday was back to the same old story where the Rays took a lead into the late innings and then watched it painfully slip away. The final was 8-3 Yankees, and the result that the Rays dropped to 56-41 and back to six games behind the AL East ...

NEW YORK - After nearly two decades of shattering bats, Mariano Rivera is prepared to take his place in baseball immortality. The 49-year-old will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. The all-time leader in saves is the first player to receive 100% of the vote and be inducted as a unanimous Hall of Famer. "No, I'm not used to it (being the first unanimous player voted in)," ...

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WASHINGTON - Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the independent-minded jurist whose bright bow ties and courteous manner symbolized an old-fashioned style of integrity, died Tuesday. He was 99. Although he joined the court as a centrist Republican, he emerged in his later years as the leading voice of its liberal bloc. Stevens retired in 2010 after more than 34 years on the ...

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PHILADELPHIA - The Los Angeles Dodgers' need for a reliable, conventional left-handed reliever was never more obvious than in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. The score was tied with Jackie Bradley Jr., a left-handed batter, leading off. The Dodgers countered with Zac Rosscup, a left-handed reliever designated for assignment by three teams since November. He walked ...

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - For Benny Snell, it's almost time to live the dream. "Money time," Kentucky's all-time leading rusher said Tuesday. The Pittsburgh Steelers open training camp July 26 in Latrobe, Pa. And as a fourth-round selection out of UK, Snell is expected to compete for playing time with one of the sport's iconic franchises. "I didn't need to be higher, I didn't need to be no lower," said ...

Shannon Higgins-Cirovski won four NCAA women's soccer titles at North Carolina and the 1989 Hermann Trophy, given to the sport's best player. She assisted the legendary Michelle Akers on both of her goals in the 1991 Women's World Cup final, when the Americans first conquered the globe. She appeared in 51 games for the United States before retiring at age 23 and later being enshrined in the ...

LOS ANGELES - Cal Petersen signed a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings worth $858,833 annually. The contract pays two ways, at the NHL and minor league levels, for next season and one way for the following two seasons. Petersen, 24, is considered the goalie of the future for the organization. He went 5-4-1 with a 2.60 goals-against average in his rookie season and became ...

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Roy Cooper's signature is all that's needed to make sports betting legal at western N.C.'s tribal casinos. The N.C. House passed Senate Bill 154 Monday, joining the Senate in approving sports betting and horse wagering in the state. Gov. Cooper has 10 days to either sign it into law, veto it, or let it become law without his signature. The bill restricts sports wagering to ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Maikel Franco was conspicuous in his absence from the Phillies' lineup Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But was he injured or benched? "I think it's taking all things into consideration," said manager Gabe Kapler, who has declined to bench other players, including shortstop Jean Segura, for a lack of hustle. "I wouldn't classify it as one or another. He's not in ...

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland - Since winning the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach last month, Gary Woodland is getting recognized a lot more in public. But at times, he's still relatively anonymous. Woodland went to breakfast in Portrush this week with tour veteran Matt Kuchar and decidedly was "the other guy." "I took about 20 pictures for him," Woodland said. "Nobody knew who I was; they all knew who ...

LOS ANGELES - To understand how this year has been like no other in California horse racing, look at the cover of the Del Mar Owners-Trainers-Jockeys 2019 source book. There in the bottom left corner is a picture of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer giving instructions to a jockey, something he can no longer do since he is currently not allowed to run horses at the track. Uncertainty seems to be the ...

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland - Phil Mickelson has been fixated on his swing lately, but not the one that has won him 44 tournaments over the course of his illustrious golf career. It's a different kind of swing, his abrupt transition to healthy eating - a diet many people would consider extreme - that has been his focus. By all appearances, Mickelson is as trim and in shape as he's been in ...

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UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton was motionless on the turf at Raymond James Stadium as the Knights' training staff tended to his right knee. A medical cart was making its way to the scene and eventually the junior was transported to Tampa General Hospital for emergency surgery that would save his leg. A thousand miles away, D'Eriq King watched the sequence unfold on national television. He ...