10 straight for Toronto...Rockies rough up Haren...Yanks rally
UNDATED (AP) — The hottest team in baseball is just north of the border in Canada. Jose Bautista hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th straight game, 4-2 over the Baltimore Orioles.
Maicer Izturis (MY'-sur ihz-TUR'-ihs) hit a solo homer in the fifth. Bautista also had a two-run drive in the eighth for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, who are 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.
In other MLB action:
__ The New York Yankees rallied with four in the seventh to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5. The big hit was a pinch-hit, three-run double by Vernon Wells, who was in the midst of a 9-for-87 slide.
__ The Colorado Rockies continued Washington starter Dan Haren's nightmare season as they halted their five-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory in the nation's capital. Both teams are at the .500 mark. Haren gave up his major league-leading 19th home run when Colorado's DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY'-oo) hit his first homer of the season in a three-run first inning. LeMahieu had three hits and drove in two.
Tonight, Detroit's Max Scherzer is out to become baseball's first 11-game winner of the season when the Tigers entertain the Red Sox. Scherzer is off to a perfect 10-0 start to the season. By winning his last game he became the first Tigers starter to begin a season 10-0 since 1909. He has recorded at least six strikeouts in each of his 14 starts and has a 1.93 earned run average in his last six starts. For the season his ERA is 3.08.
Harper not so sure about Nats' rehab schedule...Pagan goes for second opinion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not convinced he can begin a rehab assignment as quickly as his manager believes. Davey Johnson said Friday that he expects Harper to start a rehab stint Tuesday at Class A Potomac. But Harper, who has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis, said he thought he needed an extra day or two.
Harper says it depends how he feels over the weekend. Johnson responded by saying: "I'll have a conversation with him about that."
In other baseball news:
— San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (pah-GAHN') will seek a second opinion from a specialist on his injured left hamstring, with surgery still an option. Pagan he says sustained a small tear when he re-aggravated the leg during a rehab game with Class-A San Jose on Thursday night.
__ Derek Jeter is back at Yankee Stadium, though he's still not sure when he'll be playing there next. The New York captain temporarily relocated his rehab from Tampa, Fla., to the Bronx as he recovers from his broken left ankle. He said before Saturday's game against the Rays that he wanted to "break things up" and be around the team.
— The Kansas City Royals activated outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the disabled list and optioned second baseman Chris Getz to Triple-A Omaha.
__The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned struggling lefty Tyler Lyons, who lasted just 1 2-3 innings on Friday, to Triple-A Memphis. Right-hander Michael Blazek, a 35th round draft pick in 2007, was recalled Saturday to add bullpen depth.
STANLEY CUP FINALS
Who will take the lead?
CHICAGO (AP) — The fifth game of the Stanley Cup Finals is tonight in Chicago, back where the series began at United Center. The Blackhawks won the opening game, lost the second and then split the next two games in Boston. All that means the best-of-seven series is tied at 2-2.
Following tonight's game the sixth contest will be back in Boston Monday, with Game 7, if needed, next Wednesday in Chicago.
So far it's been quite a series as three of the four games have gone to overtime.
Wade says he had knee drained before Game 7
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane (dwayn) Wade says he had his left knee drained one day before Game 7 of the NBA Finals, then got about eight hours of game-day therapy just so he could play and score 23 points in 40 minutes of the title-clinching win for the Miami Heat. Wade tells The Associated Press that his left knee was swollen "like a coconut" after a collision with San Antonio's Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) in Game 6.
Wade also says that he received platelet-rich plasma therapy late in the regular season to combat bone bruises in his right knee.
Police search home of Pats' tight end
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — State police officers and dogs are searching the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as they investigate the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found nearby.
Police have previously searched in and around the home as they try to figure out who killed Odin Lloyd, whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home.
An attorney for Hernandez has said he would not comment on the searches.
It's elementary: Watson on the lead
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Long-hitting lefty Bubba Watson has a three-stroke lead late in his third round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Watson won this event in 2010.
LPGA-NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Lewis tied for lead
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Chie Arimura, Stacy Lewis and Beatriz Recari are tied for the second-round clubhouse lead at the LPGA's NW Arkansas Championship. They're at 10 under par for their 36 holes.
The event is a primer for next week's U.S. Women's Open.
Stadler leads early outside Chicago
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Craig Stadler has a two-shot lead over Steve Pate (payt) late in his second round at the rain-delayed Champions Tour Encompass Championship outside Chicago. Stadler is 10 under par.
NASCAR-TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350
McMurray on Sonoma pole
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Jamie McMurray was the pole-winner Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. It was McMurray's ninth career Sprint Cup pole, but first of the year. He also won the pole at Sonoma in 2007.
Marcos Ambrose qualified second, followed by Carl Edwards. Defending race winner Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur) qualified fifth.
INDYCAR-IOWA CORN 250
Getting ready for Sunday's race
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Qualifying races are taking place today in Newton, Iowa, for Sunday's Iowa Corn 250 IndyCar race. The field will be set in three heat races. Ryan Hunter-Reay (ray) took the checkered flag in last year's race.
In the points race the leader this year is Team Penske's Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh cas-troh-NEHV'-us), by 16 points over Hunter-Reay.
AUTO RACING-LeMANS DEATHS
Driver dies in 24 Hours at Le Mans...German driver dies in endurance race
LE MANS, France (AP) — Danish driver Allan Simonsen has died following a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Race organizers say the 34-year-old Simonsen was taken to the hospital Saturday after his Aston Martin No. 95 crashed out about 10 minutes after the start of the race. He died a short time later.
NUERBURG, Germany (AP) — Race organizers say two-time champion Wolf Silvester has died because of "health problems" during the German VLN Endurance Racing Championship. German news reports say the driver suffered a heart attack.
Report: Ulrich admits blood doping
BERLIN (AP) — Jan Ullrich (yahn OOL'-rik), the 1997 Tour de France winner, has admitted for the first time that he received blood-doping treatment from a Spanish doctor during his career, according to an interview with a German magazine published Saturday.
Ullrich had previously acknowledged having unspecified "contact" with the doctor, but went further in an interview with the weekly Focus.
In February 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Ullrich for two years for blood doping.
Coaches banned from scouting teams in person
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An era is ending in college sports. The NCAA will ban coaches from scouting future opponents at most live games in all sports.
An NCAA committee proposed the ban because of improvements in video technology and the belief that live scouting could have a direct impact on fair competition. Other schools said the ban ran contrary to the NCAA's deregulation effort.
Yank loses in final at Eastbourne...Mahut wins in Netherlands
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — American qualifier Jamie Hampton's remarkable run at Eastbourne ended in defeat against Elena Vesnina (vehz-NEE'-nuh) of Russia in the final of the Wimbledon warm-up.
Vesnina won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. That halted Hampton's bid to become the first American woman to take the title since Chanda Rubin beat Conchita Martinez in 2003.
ROSMALEN, Netherlands (AP) — Nicolas Mahut (mah-HYOO') of France has won his first ATP title at the age of 31, playing impeccable serve-and-volley tennis to beat second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 6-3, 6-4 in the Topshelf Open final.
Simona Halep won her second title in two weeks, beating Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-interrupted women's final.
LONDON (AP) — Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) took quite a shot at Serena Williams — and it had nothing to do with tennis.
At her pre-Wimbledon news conference Saturday, Sharapova was asked about a recent Rolling Stone article where the author surmised that critical comments directed at an unnamed player by Williams were referring to Sharapova.
Said Sharapova: "If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids."
Sharapova beat Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final. But Williams has won their past 13 matches, including the French Open final two weeks ago.