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8.26.14:  Djokovic, Sharapova win Open openers

 

NEW YORK (AP) —  It’s the final top tennis tournament of the year.

 

Top seed Novak Djokovic, third seed Stan Wawrinka and No. 8 Andy Murray were among yesterday’s first-round winners at the U.S. Open.

 

Winners on the women’s side include second seed Simona Halep,  fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, fifth seed Maria Sharapova, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 9 Jelena Jankovic. Venus Williams dropped the opening set of her opening-round match before pulling out a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against Kimiko Date-Krumm.


8.25.14:  The Tigers get 13 runs against the Twins

 

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Martinez homered and had four RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 13-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

 

Rajai Davis also connected for the Tigers, who have won two straight to earn a split of this four-game series.

 

Detroit trials Kansas City by two games in the AL Central and is one back of Seattle for the second AL wild card.

 

Minnesota scored 32 runs in winning the first two games of the series and Detroit had 21 in taking the last two.

 

The Tigers’ 60 hits in the four games is their most in a four-game series since having 60 at Chicago from July 6-8, 1956. Minnesota set a franchise record for most hits allowed in a four-game series, surpassing the 59 yielded at Texas July 25-28, 2011.

 

Meanwhile,  Miguel Cabrera did not start for the Tigers on Sunday after he aggravated a sore right ankle in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

 

Cabrera appeared to tweak the ankle when he awkwardly stepped on first base. Detroit is off Monday before opening a three-game home series with the New York Yankees.

 

Don Kelly started at first base for the Tigers in their 13-4 victory at Minnesota.


8.22.14:  Price has good first outing for Detroit

 

UNDATED (AP) — David Price allowed only one hit in his first start against his former team, an RBI triple to Brandon Guyer, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

 

Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez scored on Guyer’s hit. Price then retired his final 23 batters, nine on strikeouts, to finish an eight-inning complete game.

 

Alex Cobb scattered two hits, walked two and struck out six over seven innings, improving to 7-0 in his last 10 starts. After Brad Boxberger worked out of an eighth-inning jam, Jake McGee got three outs for his 14th save and complete a four-hitter.

 

Kevin Kiermaier, inserted as a defensive replacement in right field, made diving catch on Rajai Davis’ flare with a runner on second and one out in the eighth.


8.21.14:  Porcello pitched a 3-hitter for win

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout and Victor Martinez hit a grand slam, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-0 Wednesday night.

 

The Rays lost their fourth in a row.

 

Porcello moved into a tie for the league lead in wins, retiring 20 straight batters after Ben Zobrist’s double in the first.

 

Porcello walked none and struck out four in his first win since Aug. 2. He matched Miami’s Henderson Alvarez for the major league lead in shutouts.

 

Martinez hit his fourth career slam, connecting off Kirby Yates in the seventh. Starter Jake Odorizzi left earlier in the inning.

 

Wil Myers, the reigning AL Rookie of the Year, went 0 for 3 in his return to the Rays’ lineup after missing 70 games because of a broken right wrist.


8.20.14:  Tigers score 3 in 11th, top Rays 8-6

 

T. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Victor Martinez drew a tiebreaking bases-loaded walk during a three-run 11th inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-6 on Tuesday night.

 

Ian Kinsler opened the 11th with a triple off Grant Balfour, a flare to right that got past a diving Kevin Kiermaier. Torii Hunter walked and Miguel Cabrera was intentionally walked before Martinez got his free pass.

 

Hunter scored on Jeff Beliveau’s wild pitch and Bryan Holaday added a sacrifice fly that gave Detroit an 8-5 lead.

 

Jim Johnson worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the 10th. Joe Nathan gave up Evan Longoria’s RBI single in the 11th before getting his 26th save.

 

The Tigers, the AL second wild-card leader, won for the fifth time in 13 games.


8.19.14:  Golfer Arnold Palmer gets pacemaker

 

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Arnold Palmer has had a pacemaker implanted to correct an abnormal heartbeat.

 

According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released on Tuesday.

 

Golf Channel earlier this year produced a three-part documentary called “Arnie,” which was broadcast the week after the Masters in April. The seven-time major champion remains one of the most endearing figures in golf.

 

Palmer turns 85 on Sept. 10.


8.18.14:  Tigers lost to Seattle and move 1 1/2 back

 

DETROIT (AP) — Chris Young pitched six shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Detroit 8-1 Sunday, winning the weekend series and moving back ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild-card spot.  They are 1 1/2 games behind first place Kansas City.

 

Seattle’s Lloyd McClendon, managing his first series in Detroit after serving as Jim Leyland’s hitting coach, was ejected for the second straight game. McClendon was tossed for arguing after Detroit’s Alex Avila drew a seventh-inning walk.

 

Young allowed four hits and a walk. He improved to 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four career starts against Detroit.

 

Tigers rookie Robbie Ray struggled while replacing injured Anibal Sanchez. He allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings.

 

The Detroit Tigers take Monday off and get ready for Tampa Bay.


8.18.14:  Gordon wins at MIS

 

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Jeff Gordon raced to his third NASCAR Sprint Cup victory of the year, holding off Kevin Harvick on Sunday for his first win at Michigan International Speedway since 2001.

 

Gordon broke the track qualifying record Friday when he took the pole at 206.558 mph. He followed that up with his third Cup victory at MIS.

 

After a series of cautions, Gordon came off the final restart well and led with 16 laps remaining. He fought off a challenge from Joey Logano and maintained a comfortable margin over Harvick, winning by 1.4 seconds in his No. 24 Chevrolet.

 

Harvick was second, followed by Logano, Paul Menard and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

 

Gordon completed a sweep at MIS for Hendrick Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson won the June race on the two-mile oval.

 

With flames visible at the front and back of his car, Sprint Cup rookie Kyle Larson had to get out quickly after crashing into the wall near the midway point of Sunday’s race at Michigan International Speedway.

 

NASCAR on Friday announced a rule barring drivers from approaching the track or moving cars after accidents. The rule came after Kevin Ward Jr. was killed during a sprint car race in New York after being struck by a car driven by Tony Stewart.

 

There are exceptions to the rule. When a car is on fire, drivers can exit as quickly as they need to. Larson got out and stayed close to his car until an emergency vehicle arrived. He was evaluated and released from the infield care center.

 


8.14.14  Tiger Woods Says Doctors Told Him Not to Play

 

Tiger Woods has removed himself from consideration for a U.S. Ryder Cup captain’s pick because of back problems.

Woods posted a statement on his website Wednesday, saying: “I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now.”

Woods‘ season ended last week when he missed the cut by five shots in the PGA Championship, his fourth event since having surgery to alleviate pain from a pinched nerve.

The week before the PGA, he withdrew from the Bridgestone Invitational in the final round because of back pain that he said was unrelated to the microdiscectomy surgery in March.

U.S. captain Tom Watson has three picks for the Sept. 26-28 matches against Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland. The PGA Championship completed the points race for the nine automatic spots.


8.8.14:  Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids

 

 

BELMONT, Mich. (AP) — Sandra Gal made six straight birdies on her back nine Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, while Michelle Wie withdrew because of a wrist injury.

 

Gal, the 29-year-old German who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2011, birdied Nos. 3-8 and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 6-under 65. South Korea’s Inbee Park was a stroke back.

 

Wie was 5 over after nine holes when she pulled out. She fought injuries to both wrists in 2007.

 

Wie won the U.S. Women’s Open on June 22 for her second victory of the year.