A dozen for Lynn...Dodgers' lead shaved to half-game
UNDATED (AP) __Lance Lynn returned to his sharp early season form and pitched the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals past Philadelphia 3-1 for his 12th victory. He allowed one run over seven innings.
Lynn is 12-5. He had dropped four of his previous five decisions and was 3-4 in his past eight starts before facing Philadelphia.
He gave up just five hits and one run to the slumping Phillies, who've lost five straight.
St. Louis has the most wins in the majors at 62 and is a season-high 25 games over .500.
In other NL action:
__ Cincinnati downed Los Angeles 5-2, cutting the Dodgers' lead in the NL West to a half-game over Arizona. Jay Bruce hit his 21st homer and Xavier Paul added a solo shot for the Reds.
__ Aaron Hill homered and drove in two runs to lead Arizona past the Chicago Cubs 3-1. Wade Miley won his seventh game.
— Rob Brantly scored on a wild pitch to break up a scoreless game in the eighth inning, Donovan Solano homered in a four-run ninth, and the Miami Marlins overcame a 93-minute rain delay to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3.
__ John Buck drove in three runs to lead the Mets to a 7-4 win over NL East leading Atlanta. A missed call by the umpires helped the Mets score three times in the sixth and led to the ejection of Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez.
__ Bryce Harper slammed a two-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give Washington a 9-7 win over Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh forced the bottom of the ninth by scoring four runs in the top of the inning off Nats closer Rafael Soriano. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Nats.
__ Carlos Quinten homered as part of a 16 hit attack and drove in three runs to help San Diego outscore Milwaukee 10-8.
Over in the AL:
__ Jake Peavy outpitched Justin Verlander in the Chicago White Sox' 7-4 win over Detroit. Peavy pitched into the eighth inning, giving up four runs on four hits, including three homers to improve to 8-4. He's been the subject of trade rumors as the July 31 deadline approaches. Verlander got roughed up for seven runs on 11 hits in six innings to fall to 10-8, matching
__ Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) continued his brilliant July pitching by scattering six hits in seven innings of the Yankees 2-0 win over Texas. Kuroda improved to 10-6 and is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four July starts.
__ Kansas City outscored Baltimore 7-1. Jeremy Guthrie pitched six solid innings and Billy Butler homered for the Royals, who completed a 5-2 homestand.
__ Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) pitched a two-hitter and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst seven-game losing streak, beating the Houston Astros 4-0. The last-place Blue Jays had been 0-6 since the All-Star break.
__ The L.A. Angels routed Oakland 8-3. The Athletics' lead in the AL West is down to three games over Texas. Mark Trumbo's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning for the Angels.
__ Seattle scored six runs in the second inning and coasted by Minnesota 8-2. Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH'-shee ih-wah-KOO'-muh) hurled six shutout innings for his 10th victory.
__ Tampa Bay and Boston were rained out at Fenway Park. The Red Sox remain a half-game in front of the Rays. The game will be made up Monday, which had been an off day for both teams.
Rodriguez wants to play...Soriano trade "99 percent done"
UNDATED (AP) __ Alex Rodriguez's already strained relationship with the New York Yankees hit another low when he pushed to be activated from the disabled list Friday, the team refused and he had a lawyer join the discussion of his injury rehabilitation.
Already a target of Major League Baseball's drug investigation, the third baseman angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week without informing the team in writing, a step required by the sport's collective bargaining agreement. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine.
The three-time AL MVP, who turns 38 Saturday, has been sidelined since hip surgery in January.
In other baseball news:
— The Chicago Cubs have pulled Alfonso Soriano from the lineup and manager Dale Sveum (swaym) says a trade to send the outfielder to the New York Yankees is about "99 percent done." The Yankees and Cubs would need to work out the financial aspects of Soriano's rich contract.
— The Philadelphia Phillies have put All-Star Domonic Brown on the seven-day concussion disabled list. The outfielder hit his head on the ground while trying to make a diving catch in a Tuesday night game. He leads the Phillies with 24 homers and 69 RBIs.
— The Oakland Athletics have placed catcher John Jaso on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Stephen Vogt was called up from Triple-A Sacramento, and Derek Norris moved into the starting lineup in Jaso's place.
__ Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is out for the rest of the season with a broken right ankle. He suffered the injury in Wednesday night's win over the Mets in New York. The team says Hudson will have season-ending surgery in Atlanta once the swelling subsides.
__ Hall of Famer George Brett is stepping down from his on-field job as Kansas City's interim hitting coach and returning to the Royals' front office, where he's served as vice president of baseball operations since retiring as a player following the 1993 season. Brett called his stint as Royals hitting coach "a tremendous experience for me," breaking down for a few seconds before adding: "It was special."
AP source: Tide reprimand staffer
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama has penalized director of football operations Joe Pannunzio for his role in the Miami scandal while a member of the Hurricanes' staff, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Alabama said the staffer received no raise or contract extension for one year, wasn't allowed to communicate with recruits for 90 days and had to attend an NCAA regional rules seminar.
NFL-TRAINING CAMP NEWS
Ryan gets extended by Falcons
UNDATED (AP) — Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension. A person familiar with the situation says Ryan's extension is for $103.75 million, with $59 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal had not been announced.
The 28-year old Ryan is entering the sixth and final season of his original rookie contract and will earn a $10 million salary.
In other NFL news:
— The Green Bay Packers have signed their top draft pick, defensive end Datone Jones out of UCLA. He was the 26th overall pick.
— The Minnesota Vikings have signed all three of their first-round draft picks, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif (shuh-REEF') Floyd, Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes and Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle (KOHR'-dehr-ihl) Patterson.
— Denver's top draft pick, Sylvester Williams, signed a four-year, $7.6 million deal, completing an unlikely path from 19-year-old factory worker to NFL riches at 24. Williams' deal includes a $3.9 million signing bonus and another $2.2 million in guarantees.
— The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round pick cornerback D.J. Hayden. The move assures that the entire 10-player draft class will be on hand when practice begins Friday.
— The Indianapolis Colts have cut tight end Weslye Saunders, one week after he was suspended by the NFL for eight games for violating the performance enhancing drugs policy.
— The Dallas Cowboys say their billion-dollar complex will be renamed AT&T Stadium as part of a multi-year deal with the telecommunications giant. In making the announcement, team owner Jerry Jones said he wants "this building to be more familiar than the White House."
HOCKEY-HALL OF FAME
Class of 2013 announced
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Doug Weight (wayt), Bill Guerin (GEHR'-ihn), Peter Karmanos, Ron Mason and Cindy Curley are headed for the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
Weight won a Stanley Cup and was a four-time NHL All-Star. Along with Guerin, he helped the U.S. win Olympic silver in 2002. Guerin was a two-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time NHL All-Star during.
Karmanos owns the Carolina Hurricanes and the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers.
Mason led Michigan State to the 1986 national championship and won 924 games with the Spartans, Lake Superior State and Bowling Green.
Curley had a record 23 points in the International Ice Hockey Federation's first world championship for women in 1990.
Steele on top
OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Brandan Steele's 7-under 65 has him atop the leaderboard after in the first round of the Canadian Open. That gives him a one-shot lead over Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur), Scott Brown and Scott Gardiner. Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) is two shots back just four days after faltering in the final round of the British Open with a 75 to finished tied for ninth.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-BRITISH SENIOR OPEN
Sauers grabs the lead
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Gene Sauers has the lead after the opening round of the Champions Tour Senior British Open. He shot a first-round 3-under-67, good for a one shot lead over Frankie Minoza, David Frost, Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) and Peter Senior.
This is the last of the Champions Tour's five majors this year.
Simpson pleads for leniency before parole panel
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Former football great O.J. Simpson pleaded for leniency, telling a parole panel he deeply regretted the night he robbed two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. The 66-year-old said he's been a model inmate while serving his time in a prison 90 miles east of Reno. He has been locked up since 2008 as part of a 33-year sentence.
Australian study concludes testing ineffective
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australian researchers say current controls on drug use in sports are doomed to fail and performed largely for show.
The University of Adelaide study, examining worldwide data of positive doping tests from 93 sports, found that single, random drug tests caught drug cheats only 2.9 percent of the time. For a 100 percent strike rate, the study concluded, every athlete in the world would need to be tested up to 50 times a year.