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Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Blue Jays Win MLB’s Second-Straight 19-Inning Game

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(TORONTO) — One day after the Los Angeles Angels beat the Boston Red Sox in 19 innings, the Toronto Blue Jays got a walk-off single from Jose Bautista in the bottom of the 19th to down Detroit, 6-5 on Sunday. It is the first time in MLB history that two 19 inning games have been played on consecutive days. 
The 6-hour, 37-minute marathon saw the Blue Jays (63-56) comeback from an early 5-0 deficit to earn a series win over the Tigers (63-52). Detroit jumped on starting pitcher Mark Buerhle, knocking him out of the game in the fourth after Ian Kinsler’s ground rule double drove in Austin Romine for the fifth run of the day.
Toronto’s bullpen then took over and held off the Tigers long enough for the comeback. Dioner Navarro opened the scoring with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth before Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera hit consecutive singles in the seventh to cut the lead to 5-4.
Reyes added another RBI in the ninth, scoring Anthony Gose to tie the game and send it into extra innings. Both teams’ bullpens were able to work in and out of trouble in the 12 extra frames before Munenori Kawasaki started the 19th with a single.
Reyes then reached after Ian Kinsler couldn’t handle a throw from pitcher Rick Porcello on a bunt attempt. Cabrera was then intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out, setting up Bautista’s heroics. It is only the second walk-off hit of Bautista’s career.
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Rory McIlroy Wins the PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy Wins the PGA Championship

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Kentucky) — Rory McIlory continued his dominance on Sunday as he won the PGA Championship in a dramatic four-man race that came down to the wire.
McIlory finished 3-under 68 and become just the fourth player in the last century to win four majors at age 25 or younger. The others are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Bobby Jones.
“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this,” said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. “I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.”
The 18th and final round was finished just in time as the golfers were battling darkness. The just managed to finish the tournament, which was good news for McIlory.
Phil Mickelson finished just one stroke behind McIlory in the tournament, followed by Henrik Stenson and Rickie Fowler.
Fowler’s tough luck continued this weekend, he became the first player in history to finish in the top five at all four majors without winning one.
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AJ Allmendinger Wins At Watkins Glen

AJ Allmendinger Wins At Watkins Glen

Phil Cavali/ESPN(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) — After eight years and 213 starts, AJ Allmendinger can finally call himself a winner after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Cheez-It 355 on Sunday.
The day began when Tony Stewart withdrew from the race about 12 hours after he struck and killed 20-year-old sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. in a race after Ward climbed from his car on a small dirt track.
“It’s a tough time for everybody,” Allmendinger said. “This NASCAR community, as a whole, we’re a family. When anything like that happens, it’s something that you don’t get time to erase and forget about. Our thoughts and prayers go to the Ward family and what happened.
“And it also goes to Tony. It’s not like he’s sitting there and forgetting about it.”
The race did serve as a much-needed distraction, as Allmendinger held off Marcus Ambrose and Kurt Busch.
“I dreamed about this moment and I’m not going to forget it,” said Allmendinger, making his 213th Cup start. “It’s just a dream come true.”
Allmendinger’s first Sprint Cup race was back in 2007.
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Scoreboard Roundup 8-10-14

Scoreboard Roundup 8-10-14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Cleveland Indians 4 (59-59) – New York Yankees 1 (61-56)
Cincinnati Reds 7 (60-58) – Miami Marlins 2 (57-60)
Toronto Blue Jays 6 (63-56) – Detroit Tigers 5 (63-52) – 19 Innings
Philadelphia Phillies 7 (53-65) – New York Mets 6 (56-62)
St. Louis Cardinals 9 (62-54) – Baltimore Orioles 3 (67-50)
San Diego Padres 8 (54-62) – Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (62-55)
Kansas City Royals 7 (63-53) – San Francisco Giants 4 (62-56)
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 (67-52) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (65-53)
Texas Rangers 6 (46-71) – Houston Astros 2 (49-69)
Chicago Cubs 3 (50-66) – Tampa Bay Rays 2 (57-60) – 12 Innings
Boston Red Sox 3 (52-65) – Los Angeles Angels 1 (68-49)
Colorado Rockies 5 (46-71) – Arizona Diamondbacks 3 (51-67) – 10 Innings
Minnesota Twins 6 (52-64) – Oakland Athletics 1 (72-45)
Seattle Mariners 4 (62-55) – Chicago White Sox 2 (56-63)
Atlanta Braves 3 (60-57) – Washington Nationals 1 (63-53)
NASCAR: AJ Allmendinger won the NASCAR Cheez-It 335
Golf: Rory McIlroy wins the PGA Championship
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Tigers Place Sanchez, Soria on 15-Day DL

Tigers Place Sanchez, Soria on 15-Day DL

iStockphoto(DETROIT) — The Detroit Tigers placed stating pitcher Anibal Sanchez and right-handed reliever Joakim Soria on the 15-day disabled list Sunday. Sanchez is dealing with a right pectoralis major strain while Soria is out with a left oblique strain.
Sanchez suffered the injury in the fifth inning during Friday night’s 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. In 21 starts this season, he is 8-5 with a 3.53 ERA.
Soria left Saturday’s game while warming up in the 10th inning. He is 2-4 on the season with a 3.58 ERA and 17 saves. The Tigers acquired the former closer in a trade with the Texas Rangers on July 23 for right-handed pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.
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L.A. Dodgers Place SS Hanley Ramirez On 15-Day DL

L.A. Dodgers Place SS Hanley Ramirez On 15-Day DL

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed shortstop Hanley Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a right oblique strain. The move is retroactive to August 9.
Ramirez was removed during the first inning of Friday night’s 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. In 100 games this season, he’s batting .277 with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs.
The Dodgers recalled infielder Darwin Barney from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Ramirez’s roster spot. The 2012 Gold Glove award winner was acquired on July 28 from the Chicago Cubs for minor league-right-handed pitcher Jonathan Martinez. He’s batting .230 with two homers and 16 RBIs in 72 games.
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Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Even with a rain delay and extra innings, the Washington Nationals still found a way to win.
Wilson Ramos hit a three-run single in the top of the 11th inning to help the Nationals outlast the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.
The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn’t recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.
Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the victory, and Rafael Soriano closed the door on the Braves in the bottom of the 11th for his 26th save.
“Considering all that happened today, and the way we had to fight through the last couple of days, it was pretty good for us,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “We fought all the way.”
David Carpenter (4-2) took the loss for Atlanta.
The Braves have now lost nine of their past 10 games.
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Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Even with a rain delay and extra innings, the Washington Nationals still found a way to win.
Wilson Ramos hit a three-run single in the top of the 11th inning to help the Nationals outlast the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.
The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn’t recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.
Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the victory, and Rafael Soriano closed the door on the Braves in the bottom of the 11th for his 26th save.
“Considering all that happened today, and the way we had to fight through the last couple of days, it was pretty good for us,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “We fought all the way.”
David Carpenter (4-2) took the loss for Atlanta.
The Braves have now lost nine of their past 10 games.
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Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Even with a rain delay and extra innings, the Washington Nationals still found a way to win.
Wilson Ramos hit a three-run single in the top of the 11th inning to help the Nationals outlast the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.
The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn’t recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.
Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the victory, and Rafael Soriano closed the door on the Braves in the bottom of the 11th for his 26th save.
“Considering all that happened today, and the way we had to fight through the last couple of days, it was pretty good for us,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “We fought all the way.”
David Carpenter (4-2) took the loss for Atlanta.
The Braves have now lost nine of their past 10 games.
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Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Nationals Clip Braves 4-1 in 11 Innings

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — Even with a rain delay and extra innings, the Washington Nationals still found a way to win.
Wilson Ramos hit a three-run single in the top of the 11th inning to help the Nationals outlast the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Saturday night.
The start of the game was delayed by 3 hours, 41 minutes, and the final out wasn’t recorded until Sunday at 2:29 a.m.
Tyler Clippard (7-2) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the victory, and Rafael Soriano closed the door on the Braves in the bottom of the 11th for his 26th save.
“Considering all that happened today, and the way we had to fight through the last couple of days, it was pretty good for us,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “We fought all the way.”
David Carpenter (4-2) took the loss for Atlanta.
The Braves have now lost nine of their past 10 games.
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Tony Stewart Involved in Deadly Crash

Tony Stewart Involved in Deadly Crash

Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a wreck that killed one person at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in the late hours of Saturday night. While authorities have not released the name of the victim, many witnesses identified him as Kevin Ward, Jr.
Video of the crash shows Stewart and Ward colliding, spinning out the 20-year old. Ward then proceeded to get out of his car and point at Stewart. As the 42-year old came around the turn again, Ward walked closer and was then struck by Stewart’s tire and thrown 50 feet.
Stewart-Haas Racing released a statement early Sunday morning.
“A tragic accident took place last night during a sprint car race in which Tony Stewart was participating,” the statement read. “Tony was unhurt, but a fellow competitor lost his life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. We’re still attempting to sort through all the details and we appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.”
The Ontario County Sherrif’s Department did not release the name of the victim but did confirm he was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Stewart was “fully cooperative” during his questioning according to Sherrif Philip Povero. The current investigation is not a criminal one.
Canandaigua Motorsports Park cancelled all remaining races on Saturday as the investigation began. Stewart is still scheduled to race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, about an hour away from Canandaigua.
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Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Angels Top Red Sox in 19 Innings

Rob Carr/Getty Images(ANAHEIM) — In the longest game of the season to date, Albert Pujols sent the home crowd home happy with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 19th as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated Boston 5-4 early Sunday morning.
The game took a total of 6-hours and 31-minutes with 558 pitches being thrown by nine different arms. The Angels (68-48) had stranded 16 batters through the first 18 innings before the solo shot from Pujols. 
“I had the opportunity twice to give the team the lead and I didn’t come through, but you just need to stay positive all the time and look for a pitch to hit,” said Pujols. “I did, and I put my best swing of the second half on it.”
Pujols originally gave his team the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the first before the Red Sox (51-65) scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead. Los Angeles knotted the score in the bottom of the eighth on Mike Trout’s solo homer.
Boston plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 14th on a David Ortiz sacrifice fly but the Angels loaded the bases with nobody out in the home half of the inning. Trout again provided the tying run with a fielder’s choice, helping to set up Pujols’ heroics.
“A game like this can hopefully turn things around for us. And if that’s the case, it’s worth it to play 19 innings,” Pujols said.
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Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Manziel Impresses in Preseason Debut

Elsa/Getty Images(DETROIT) — It wasn’t the most glamorous of debuts, but Johnny Manziel raised some eyebrows in his first NFL preseason game. The rookie quarterback played four series for Cleveland in a 13-12 loss at Detroit on Saturday night. 
While completing 7-of-11 pass attempts for 63 yards, Manziel also rushed for 27 yards on six carries. His longest of the night, a 16-yard scamper, gave fans a glimpse into the possible future of “Johnny Football” in the NFL. 
“For me it was a good start,” Manziel said. “Have to start somewhere and set a foundation.”
Brian Hoyer got the starting nod for Cleveland and was 6-of-11 for 92 passing yards, leading a pair of drives that resulted in field goals. Hoyer, who was the starter last year for the Browns, has not voiced a concern about potentially losing his job to Manziel.
“That decision has not been made yet,” said Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine. However, a source has told ESPN’s Bob Holtzman there is a “very good chance” Manziel starts next week against Washington.
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Ambrose Wins at Watkins Glen

Ambrose Wins at Watkins Glen

BananaStock(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) — Marcos Ambrose competes in one Nationwide race per year, and he usually wins it. That was the story on Saturday as Ambrose took the checkered flag at Watkins Glen for a fourth time in his career.
Ambrose won the race for the fourth time in as many starts, the first since winning his third in a row in 2010. The 38-year old won three in a row from 2008-2010 before missing the last three because he failed to find a sponsor.
It was an up-and-down day for Ambrose and his crew. After starting the race in a heated battle with Kyle Busch, the No. 9 crew fell well off the pace but was able to rebound and hold off Busch for the win. The Australian’s win was his fifth Nationwide victory, all of which have been on road courses.
Joey Logano finished third behind both Ambrose and Busch while Brad Keselowski and Matt Kenseth finished out the top five. Ambrose now looks for a weekend sweep as he will start second in the Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 8/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Toronto Blue Jays 3 (62-56) – Detroit Tigers 2 (63-51) – 10 Innings
Cleveland Indians 3 (58-59) – New York Yankees 0 (61-55)
Baltimore Orioles 10 (67-49) – St. Louis Cardinals 3 (61-54)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 (57-59) – Chicago Cubs 0 (49-66)
Milwaukee Brewers 4 (65-52) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (66-52)
San Diego Padres 2 (53-62) – Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (62-54)
Kansas City Royals 5 (62-53) – San Francisco Giants 0 (62-55)
Miami Marlins 4 (57-59) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (59-58)
Houston Astros 8 (49-68) – Texas Rangers 3 (45-71)
Arizona Diamondbacks 14 (51-66) – Colorado Rockies 4 (45-71)
New York Mets 2 (56-61) – Philadelphia Phillies 1 (52-65) – 11 Innings
Chicago White Sox 2 (56-62) – Seattle Mariners 1 (61-55)
Oakland Athletics 9 (72-44) – Minnesota Twins 4 (51-64)
Washington Nationals 4 (63-52) – Atlanta Braves 1 (59-57)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (68-48) – Boston Red Sox 4 (51-65)
96th PGA Championship:  (1) Rory McIlroy -13
(2) Bernd Wiesberger -12
(3) Rickie Fowler -11
(4) Phil Mickelson -10
(4) Jason Day -10
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Marcos Ambrose wins at Watkins Glen International
NFL Preseason: Detroit Lions 13 (1-0) – Cleveland Browns 12 (0-1)
New York Giants 20 (2-0) – Pittsburgh Steelers 16 (0-1)
Tennessee Titans 20 (1-0) – Green Bay Packers 16 (0-1)
Arizona Cardinals 32 (1-0) – Houston Texans 0 (0-1)
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McIlroy Maintains Lead Heading Into Sunday at Valhalla

McIlroy Maintains Lead Heading Into Sunday at Valhalla

Stuary Franklin/Getty Images(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Rory McIlroy birdied three of the last four holes to shoot a 4-under 67 Saturday and maintain a one-stroke lead at the PGA Championship. 
“It’s not the biggest lead I’ve ever had, but I’m still in control of this golf tournament,” McIlroy said “It’s a great position to be in.”
McIlroy holds a one-stroke lead over 28-year-old Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who tied Hunter Mahan for the low round of the day with a 6-under 65 and is 12-under for the tournament. 
“This is a dream come true,” said Wiesberger, who is heading into only his second Sunday at a major. “I’m very proud of myself, the way I played today. This is a completely new situation for me.”
Rickie Fowler is in third, two strokes off the lead, while Phil Mickelson and Jason Day both are three strokes back heading into Sunday at Valhalla. 
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ESPN: Ray Allen Says He Will Play Next Season

ESPN: Ray Allen Says He Will Play Next Season

Chris Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Guard Ray Allen has told people close to him that he willl play next season instead of retiring, according to ESPN NBA Insider Chris Broussard.
Broussard also reports that while the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to land Allen, the 39-year-old hasn’t made up his mind on where he’ll play.
Allen, the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made, played the last two seasons with LeBron James and the Miami Heat. During that time he averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 rebounds while connecting on 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Allen has won two championships in his 19 NBA seasons and will only play for teams he considers title contenders.
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Derek Jeter Passes Wagner for Sixth on All-Time Hits List

Derek Jeter Passes Wagner for Sixth on All-Time Hits List

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Derek Jeter passed the only shortstop remaining on the all-time hits list on Saturday in the bottom of the sixth inning with a base hit off Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.
Jeter is set to retire at the end of the season and Honus Wagner was the last person he could probably reach when the season started.
“Honus Wanger, he is the last one on the list who has played shortstop,” Jeter said. “That one hits home a little bit. Anytime you pass guys that have had the careers that they’ve had, it is kind of overwhelming.”
The 40-year-old shortstop collected his 3,431 hit off of Kluber, but the Indians shut out the Yankees, 3-0.
Tris Speaker, who sits at No. 5 on the all-time hits list, has 3,514 hits.
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Vikings’ Joseph Struck by Bullet, Released by Hospital

Vikings’ Joseph Struck by Bullet, Released by Hospital

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Linval Joseph was struck in the calf by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning.  
Joseph’s injury was minor and he was treated at a local hospital and released.
“The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting,” the team said in a statement. “The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.”
Joseph signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the team in March and isn’t expected to miss more than two weeks, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.
Police are still searching for the shooter, who injured nine people in the nightclub, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
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Pitcher Michael Pineda Set to Start on Wednesday for Yankees

Pitcher Michael Pineda Set to Start on Wednesday for Yankees

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a lengthy absence from the team, starting pitcher Michael Pineda is set to start for the New York Yankees on Wednesday against Baltimore Orioles.
Pineda has been out of action since late April following a suspension as well as shoulder and back issues.
The 25-year-old Pineda has been dominant in his rehab starts, and the team has determined he is ready to rejoin the starting rotation.
The Yankees acquired Pineda in a trade with the Seattle Mariners back in 2012, but due to various injuries, was unable to make his team debut till this season.
Before getting hurt, Pineda was finally showing Yankee fans why he was worth the wait. In four starts, Pineda went 2-2 with a 1.83 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.
His return could not have come at a better time for the Bronx Bombers. With injuries to Ivan Nova, C.C. Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka, and others, the Yankees pitching depth has taken a serious hit this season, yet they are still in the thick of the American League Wild Card race.
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