Yanks whitewash Sox...Dodgers shutout again
UNDATED (AP) — The Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname during Saturday's battle of AL division leaders.
DeWayne (dwayn) Wise, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano homered in the New York Yankees' 4-0 win over the visiting Chicago White Sox.
Yanks starter Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kih-ROH'-dah) scattered three hits over seven innings and tied a career high by striking out 11 while improving to 8-7.
In other AL play:
— Chone (shawn) Figgins' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Mariners past the Red Sox 3-2. John Jasso knocked in the other two runs with a sixth-inning double.
— Josh Hamilton's three-run home run in a five-run fifth inning helped lead the Rangers past the Athletics 7-2. It's his 25th of the season. Texas is the first team in baseball to reach 50 victories with their fifth straight win.
— The Twins beat the Royals 7-2 in the first-half of a day-night doubleheader and then completed a sweep with a 5-1 victory in Kansas City. Joe Mauer, Josh Willingham and Chris Parmalee homered in the nightcap to help Minnesota finish June with a 14-13 record. It's the Twins' first winning month in nearly a year.
— The Indians pounded out a season-high 19 hits in an 11-5 rout of the Orioles in Baltimore. Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer, scored four runs and collected three RBIs for the winners. It's the O's eighth loss in 11 games.
— Yunel Escobar homered during a seven-run burst in the second inning and Brett Lawrie later added a three-run shot, leading the Blue Jays over the Angels 11-2. Lawrie also doubled and singled, drove in three runs and scored three times before leaving after the seventh.
In the NL:
— Johan Santana scattered three hits over eight innings of the New York Mets' 5-0 shutout of the L.A. Dodgers, who suffered a season-worst seventh straight loss. Ike Davis provided the bulk of the offense with a three-run jack. The Dodgers were shut out for the fifth time in six games and have produced only two runs in their last 57 innings.
— The Brewers hammered the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-2. Reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun hit a pair of homers for the winners. His 22 homers lead the league. Cody Ransom and Carlos Gomez also went yard for Milwaukee.
— The San Diego Padres doubled the Colorado Rockies 8-4. Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal belted two home runs in his first big league start after being recalled from the minors earlier in the day. Alexi Amarista also went deep twice for San Diego.
— Mike Minor won for just the second time in 12 starts and the Braves overcame 106-degree heat to beat Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals 7-5. It was the hottest day on record in Atlanta and Strasburg left after just three innings because of weather-related issues. The loss drops him to 9-3 while Minor improves to 4-6.
— Mat Latos pitched a two-hitter to win his career-best seventh straight decision and Reds blanked the Giants 2-zip in San Francisco. The hard-throwing right-hander notches his second straight W to up his record to 7-2.
— Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fifth inning and the Cubs beat the visiting Houston Astros 3-2 for their fourth win in five games. Starter Matt Garza struggled a bit but got the win after Chicago's bullpen combined to allow one hit and no runs over the final 3 2-3 innings.
— The mercurial Marlins slipped past the reeling Phillies 3-2 for their third straight victory and longest winning streak in a month. Jose Reyes had two hits, stole two bases and scored twice for Miami, while teammate Giancarlo Stanton homered and collected two RBIs. Hunter Pence homered and had three hits for the Phillies, who suffered their fourth straight loss.
— Pedro Alvarez hit a grand slam in the first inning off Lance Lynn and Pittsburgh beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3. The Pirates have won four straight and are a season-best seven games above .500.
Thome moving down I-95 to Charm City
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Phillies have traded Jim Thome (TOH'-mee) to the Orioles, who are hoping the 41-year-old slugger can add some offensive punch. Philadelphia gets a pair of minor leaguers in return. Thome is a five-time All-Star whose 609 homers are tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh place on the career list. Thome's 1,689 RBIs over a 22-year career are 25th all-time.
In other news from around the major leagues:
— The Indians have placed third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall on the 15-day disabled list with a broken bone in his right forearm. He was hit by a pitch Friday night. Chisenhall is batting .278 with three homers and nine RBIs in 24 games.
Back on track
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — They squeezed in the weather-delayed third round of the AT&T National, finishing in fading light outside our nation's capital.
Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge (deh-YAHNG') carded a 2-under-par 69 to get to minus-7 and will carry a one-stroke lead into the final round as he hunts his first PGA Tour title.
Tiger Woods and Bo Van Pelt matched 67s and sit 6 under through 54 holes, as does South Korea's Seung-Yul Noh, who signed for a 69.
A violent wind storm overnight that toppled dozens of trees and littered the course with limbs forced tournament officials to keep spectators and all but the essential volunteers away from Congressional for the third round.
Calc leaps up leaderboard
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah) and Joe Daley share the lead after three rounds of the Senior Players Championship. Calcavecchia made up ground with a 6-under 64 while Daly shot a 68. They stand 12-under par with 18 holes to play in the third of five majors on the Champions Tour calendar.
Second-round leader Fred Couples and Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) are a stroke back.
Ladies looking at international leaderboard
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — First-round leader Veronica Felibert is the leader by four shots headed into the final round of the LPGA tournament in Arkansas. The tour rookie from Venezuela is 11 under par after firing a 5-under 66 in round two. Felibert made the field as the second alternate.
Japan's Mika Miyazato (MEE'-kuh mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) and Inbee Park of South Korea are tied for second after carding 65 and 68, respectively.
American Brittany Lang's 63 is the best round of the week and she heads up a group of five players at minus-6.
Two-time defending champion and world No. 1 Yani Tseng (YAH'-nee sehng) followed her opening 73 with a 74 to miss her first cut in more than a year.
NASCAR-QUAKER STATE 400
Keselowski takes checkered flag
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Brad Keselowski grabbed the lead with 55 laps to go and cruised to victory in the Quaker State 400. It's the third time this year he's beaten the field to the finish line.
Kasey Kahne (kayn) was runner-up under the lights at Kentucky Speedway, more than four seconds behind Keselowski.
Denny Hamlin was third, Dale Earnhardt Jr. fourth and Jeff Gordon finished fifth.
Hamlin happy to stay put
SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Denny Hamlin will not test NASCAR's free-agent market. He's agreed to a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Hamlin announced the extension on Twitter before Saturday night's race at Kentucky Speedway. Terms of his extension were not released, but he locked up a new deal almost 15 months before his current contract with JGR was set to expire.
Mixed results for Americans on Day 6
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) —There was another epic five-setter on the first Saturday of Wimbledon.
American Sam Querry (KWEER'-ee) battled back from 2-sets-to-love down before losing to 16th-seeded Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) 17-15 in the fifth.
The 5 1/2-hour match is the second-longest in tournament history, behind the 11-hour, 5-minute marathon that American John Isner (IHZ'-nur) won 70-68 in the fifth set against Nicolas Mahut in 2010.
Tenth-seeded Mardy Fish won in straight sets while fellow American Andy Roddick fell out to No. 7 seed David Ferrer.
Serena Williams barely escaped an upset bid by Zheng Jie (zhehng jee) of China, winning 6-7, 6-2, 9-7. The sixth seed is joined in the fourth round by defending champion and No. 4 seed Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) and second-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh), among others.
With the Centre Court roof closed and the lights on, fourth-seeded Brit Andy Murray wrapped up his 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Marcos Baghdatis (bag-DA'-tihs) at 11:02 p.m., four minutes past the latest previous finish at the All England Club.
There are no matches scheduled for the middle Sunday of the fortnight. It's the traditional rest day in Southwest London.
Niskanen and Boll get new deals
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Matt Niskanen have agreed to two-year, $4.3 million deal that will keep him with the team until 2014. The 25-year-old had four goals and 17 assists in 75 games last season with Pittsburgh.
Elsewhere around the NHL:
— The Columbus Blue Jackets meanwhile have agreed to terms with Jared Boll on a two-year, $2.1 million contract. The 26-year-old right wing had two goals and one assist with 126 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Blue Jackets last season. He ranked second on the club and 15th in the NHL in penalty minutes.
— The Nashville Predators and Paul Gaustad have agreed to a four-year, $13 million deal, keeping the 6-foot-5 American center from becoming a free agent. The 30-year-old Gaustad had seven goals and 10 assists in 56 games last season before he was traded by Buffalo, and added four assists in 14 games for Nashville.
Cavs make Gee an offer
UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have declined to make qualifying offers to Michael Beasley and Anthony Randolph, making them both unrestricted free agents.
Beasely, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft by Miami, will be changing teams for the second time in four years.
Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have extended a $2.7 million qualifying offer to swingman Alonzo Gee, making him a restricted free agent. Gee averaged 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 63 games last season.
The Cavs also extended a $1 million qualifying offer to forward Luke Harangody (ha-run-GOH'-dee).
End of the line for Evans...Phelps tops tired Lochte
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Janet Evans has called an end to her Olympic career. After finishing eighth in her heat of the 800-meter freestyle preliminaries at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, the three-time Olympian confirmed her retirement. At the age of 40, Evans was attempting to qualify for the London Olympics. She competed in three Olympics, winning two gold medals.
Michael Phelps won another duel with Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee), edging his rival in their most stirring race yet to take the 200-meter individual medley.
Phelps had a significant advantage for Saturday night's race, coming in fresh while Lochte had to recover quickly after winning the 200 backstroke a half-hour earlier.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Cancellara in yellow
LIEGE, Belgium (AP) — Fabian Cancellara (FAH'-bee-un kahn-cheh-LAH'-rah) of Switzerland won the opening-day prologue of the Tour de France to capture the leader's yellow jersey. Riders set off one-by-one for the start of the 99th edition of the race, a 4-mile individual time trial in the Belgian city of Liege.
Defending Tour champion Cadel (kuh_DEHL') Evans of Australia finished farther back.
Palfrey abandons swim
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A support team member says endurance swimmer Penny Palfrey ended her effort to become the first woman to swim unassisted from Cuba to the Florida Keys about three-quarters of the way through her quest.
Andrea Woodburn, one of the team members, says Palfrey halted her effort early Sunday about 26 miles south of Key West because of a strong ocean current.
Woodburn says the British-born Australian is fine but gave no further details.
Palfrey had been swimming steady and strong and reported no physical complaints other than jellyfish stings earlier in the day on the more than 100-mile swim, according to her support team.