Injury problems for Dickey...Six straight for Bosox
UNDATED (AP) — Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey hurled six shutout innings before leaving with soreness in his neck and back, Rajai (RAH'-jy) Davis had two hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1.
Dickey improved to 2-2 with the win. He allowed two hits, both singles. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, walked one, struck out a season-high seven and lowered his ERA from 5.82 to 4.30.
Dickey retired the first 11 White Sox batters before Alex Rios (REE'-ohs) singled in the fourth.
In other MLB action:
__ Jon Lester pitched seven strong innings, Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) hit a tiebreaking home run in the fourth and the Boston Red Sox got their sixth straight win with a 6-3 victory over Cleveland.
— Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth, Adam Wainwright pitched seven solid innings and the St. Louis Cardinals escaped a ninth-inning jam for a 4-3 win over Philadelphia.
__ Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) slugged a grand slam homer in the 10th inning to give Baltimore a 10-6 win over Tampa Bay.
__Southpaw Tony Cingrani get a victory in his first major league start, and the Cincinnati Reds won their fourth in a row, beating the Miami Marlins 11-1.
__ Atlanta improved to 13-2 in the early going with a 6-4 win over Pittsburgh. Evan Gattis snapped a tie with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth.
__ Kyle Seager hit a two-out RBI double off Justin Verlander in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie and help give the Seattle Mariners a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The teams played the series finale about 13 hours after the Tigers' 2-1 victory in 14 innings.
— In Milwaukee, winning pitcher Yovanni Gallardo (gy-YAR'-doh) did it all as the Brewers beat the Giants 7-2 for a three-game sweep. Gallardo, who was arrested early Tuesday morning for drunk driving, homered and struck out six in his first start since being arrested. Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy also homered for Milwaukee, which swept San Francisco for the first time since July 18-20, 2008.
— At a wet Wrigley field, Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season as the Cubs beat the Texas Rangers 6-2. The game was played despite torrential rains that caused citywide floods. Soriano's homer accounted for his first RBI of the season.
— Jon Garland pitched seven solid innings in bitter cold and Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIHT'-skee) homered and hit a go-ahead single as the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 11-3. It was 28 degrees at game time in Denver, tying the Rockies' record for the coldest home start. Dexter Fowler and Josh Rutledge also hit home runs as the Rockies won their sixth in a row at Coors Field.
__ In the interleague game at Yankee Stadium, Arizona scored four times in the 12th inning and beat the Yankees 6-2. Cody Ross hit a go-ahead single in the 12th inning. Eric Chavez followed with a three-run double against his former team.
Yankees' Jeter out until after All-Star break...Ortiz set to return
UNDATED (AP) — Yankees captain Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his injured left ankle.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman says the injury to the 38-year-old shortstop "is obviously a setback." Jeter could be out at least three months.
Jeter was hurt last October in the opener of the AL championship series. He played sparingly in spring training and started the season rehabbing at the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.
In other baseball news:
— Boston designated hitter David Ortiz is expected to return to the Red Sox lineup when they open a home series Friday against Kansas City. Ortiz hasn't played this season because of an injured right Achilles, which limited him to 90 games in 2012. He began a rehabilitation assignment last week and went 4 for 20, including a home run on Thursday.
— Philadelphia Phillies pitcher John Lannan has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. The Phils recalled lefty Joe Savery from the minors to replace Lannan.
Rangers hanging on...Caps' streak ends at eight
UNDATED (AP) —Rick Nash had a goal and assist in the first period, and Ryan Callahan had a pair of assists as the New York Rangers hung on to eighth place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. Mats Zuccarello scored twice for the Rangers, who are tied with Winnipeg for the final playoff slot in the East. New York has a game in hand.
The playoff-hopeful Rangers have won six of nine.
In other NHL action:
— John Tavares had two goals and an assist as the New York Islanders rallied past Toronto 5-3 and moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
__ Montreal captain Brian Gionta (JAHN'-tah) scored a late-power play goal to give the Canadiens a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. That moves the Habs two points ahead of Boston in the Northeast Division race, although the Bruins have two games in hand on Montreal.
— Kyle Turris scored twice and the Ottawa Senators ended Washington's winning streak at eight games with a 3-1 victory over the Capitals.
__ Winnipeg outlasted Carolina 4-3 in overtime to move within two points of the Southeast Division-leading Capitals. Dustin Byfuglien (BUHF'-lihn) scored 1:23 into overtime for the game-winner.
__ New Jersey snapped its 10-game winless streak with a 3-0 whitewash of Philadelphia. The Flyers are 2-5 in their last seven games. Martin Brodeur (mar-TAN' broh-DYOOR') got his 121st career shutout with 23 saves. The Devils are eight points out of the final playoff spot with five games left.
__ St. Louis moved closer to a playoff berth with a 3-2 win over Phoenix. Blues goalie Brian Elliott stopped all three chances in a shootout for the second straight game.
— Cody Eakin, Jamie Benn and Ray Whitney scored goals early in the third period to break open a tie game and help the Dallas Stars cruise to a 5-1 victory over the Vancouver. Dallas is tied with Detroit, two points out of the final playoff berth in the West.
__ Logan Couture (kuh-CHUR') and Martin Havlat each scored twice and the San Jose Sharks helped their playoff positioning by beating Minnesota 6-1.
__ The L.A. Kings beat Columbus 2-1. Drew Doughty notched his sixth goal.
Super Bowl champs open on the road
NEW YORK (AP) — The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will open the 2013 season at Denver in the now-traditional Thursday night kickoff game.
The NFL champs usually host the opener, but the Orioles are home Sept. 5 and could not move their game. So $121 million quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens were sent to Denver — to face Peyton Manning and the team they beat in double overtime on their way to the Super Bowl.
Baltimore preferred beginning the season Thursday night on the road rather than at home on Sunday.
Other schedule highlights announced Thursday: Manning returning to Indianapolis on Sunday night, Oct. 20; Manning against younger brother Eli and the Giants in Week 2 at the Meadowlands; and new Kansas City coach Andy Reid returning to Philadelphia with the Chiefs on Thursday night, Sept. 19.
FBI affidavit says Browns owner knew of rebate fraud
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An FBI agent's affidavit says a Pilot Flying J truck stop employee told authorities that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam knew about rebate fraud at the truck stop chain his family owns. Haslam bought the Browns last year for about $1 billion.
The 120-page document was filed Thursday in federal court in Knoxville, where Pilot is based. It identifies the employee only as a confidential source.
Haslam issued a statement saying the foundation of the company is integrity and pledged to cooperate with the investigation.
The company headquarters was raided Monday by FBI and IRS agents. Pilot Flying J is a private company mostly owned by Haslam, his brother Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and other family members.
Cavs, Pistons and Sixers looking for new coaches
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Byron Scott's days of trying to turn around the Cavaliers are done. The veteran coach and former NBA player has been fired following a third straight losing season. The Cavs this season were 24-58 and in his three years his teams racked up just 64 wins against 166 losses. The recently concluded season was marked by injuries, blown leads and a dismal final few weeks.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Collins resigned as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. They just completed a 34-48 season, good for ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Collins, who has a year left on his contract, will stay with the team as a special consultant.
DETROIT (AP) — Lawrence Frank is out after two losing seasons with Detroit. The Pistons brought Frank on before the start of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He went 54-94 with Detroit, and the franchise — which has some free-agent money to spend this summer — clearly felt he didn't figure into the long-term plan.
On to the playoffs
UNDATED (AP) — Let the second post-season begin. The end of the NBA's regular season means the playoffs are about to get under way.
On Saturday, The Celtics and Knicks open their series in New York. Golden State and the Nuggets meet in Denver for the first of their best-of-seven series. The Bulls and Nets will be in Brooklyn and the Memphis Grizzlies travel to L.A. to play the Clippers.
$5,000 fine for playoff-flopping
NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA will fine players $5,000 for a first flopping offense during the playoffs.
The league says that there were 24 violations during the regular season, with five players getting a $5,000 fine for violating the anti-flopping rule twice.
A second offense in the postseason will bring a $10,000 fine, which increases to $15,000 for a third and $30,000 for a fourth. A player could be suspended if he is ruled to have flopped five or more times.
Key players returning...AP source: Rutgers chooses Jordan
UNDATED (AP) — Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are coming back to Michigan for their sophomore seasons. The Wolverines have lost national player of the year Trey Burke and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA draft, but now they can expect to return three starters from the team that reached the NCAA title game this season.
Robinson, the son of the former Purdue star with the same name, started all 39 games for Michigan this season and averaged 11 points. McGary's stock took off during the NCAA tournament, when he emerged as a force inside to help the Wolverines to their first Final Four since 1993.
In other college hoops news:
— Following the messy firing of basketball coach Mike Rice, Rutgers has turned to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan has reached a tentative agreement to take over as coach of the scandal-marred program. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the school has not officially announced the deal with its all-time leader in assists and steals.
The agreement comes just more than two weeks after Rutgers fired Rice after a video was aired that showed him grabbing and kicking players at practice, and using anti-gay slurs. Rutgers says Rice is receiving $475,000 in settlement pay.
Aussies still flying high
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Jason Day and Marc Leishman (LEESH'-man) are keeping the Australian flag flying high at the RBC Heritage.
Four days after countryman Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, Day and Leishman shot 4-under 67 and trailed leader Brian Davis by two shots after the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links.
Davis lost this event three years ago to Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) when he called a penalty on himself.
Pettersen on top
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Suzann Pettersen rebounded from her lone bogey with three back-nine birdies at wind-swept Ko Olina to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship.
The Norwegian, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner ranked sixth in the world, shot a 3-under 69 to reach 10-under 134. Defending champion Ai Miyazato (EYE mee-yah-ZAH'-toh) is one shot back.