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Associated Press

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 4 at 8:35 AM


Dodgers' road streak reaches record levels...Peavy sharp in Bosox debut

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers set a franchise record for consecutive road wins this afternoon while stretching their lead in the National League West.

Chris Capuano combined with four relievers on an eight-hitter in a 3-0 shutout of the Cubs in Chicago. Capuano struck out five while giving up six hits in 6 1/3 innings of the Dodgers' 13th straight road win.

Carl Crawford went 3-for-5 with a two-run single to help the National League West leaders improve to 13-2 since the All-Star break and move four games ahead of Arizona.

Jake Peavy handled the Diamondbacks in his Boston debut, allowing four hits in seven-plus innings to lead the Red Sox to a 5-2 victory. Shane Victorino tied the game with a solo homer and later lifted a sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh that put the Bosox ahead 4-1.

Tampa Bay remains a game behind the AL East-leading Red Sox. The Rays beat the Giants 2-1 on rookie Wil Myers' RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Tampa Bay ace David Price had to settle for a no-decision despite limiting San Francisco to a run and five hits over nine innings.

Michael Saunders belted a three-run homer and a two-run shot as Seattle doubled up Baltimore 8-4. The Orioles fell a half-game behind Cleveland for the final AL wild-card berth despite homers by Manny Machado and Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz).

The Oakland Athletics lead the American League West by 3 ½ games over Texas once again after avenging Friday's 8-3 loss to the Rangers.

Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) belted a two-run homer and the A's ended a three-game skid by downing the Rangers 4-2 in Texas. Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard also had RBIs to support Jarrod Parker, who limited the Rangers to two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Rangers starter Matt Garza fell to 7-2 with his first loss since June 11 with the Cubs.

Max Scherzer became baseball's first 16-game winner of the season by pitching Detroit to its seventh consecutive victory. Scherzer gave up just three hits over 7 2/3 innings as the Tigers dealt the White Sox their ninth consecutive loss, 3-0.

Homers by Torii Hunter, Jhonny Peralta and Jose Iglesias helped Detroit keep its three-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

The Indians kept pace with the Tigers as Jason Kipnis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh to push the Tribe past Florida 4-3. Kipnis finished with three hits and three RBIs in Cleveland's ninth victory in 10 games.

Pittsburgh has a 1 ½-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central following the Pirates' 5-2 triumph against Colorado. Francisco Liriano walked five but held the Rockies to just two hits in seven innings to improve to 12-4. Jose Tabata (TAB'-ah-tah) was 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored, while Gaby Sanchez added a pair of RBI singles.

Devin Mesoraco homered twice and had three ribbies as Cincinnati whipped the Cardinals 8-3. Tony Cingrani allowed three runs and four hits in five innings against a team that scored 26 runs in its previous two games.

Also in the majors, Atlanta's lead in the NL East remains 11 ½ games over Washington after the Braves turned an early 3-0 deficit into their ninth straight win, 5-4 at Philadelphia. Dan Uggla (UHG'-luh) put the Braves ahead to stay with an RBI grounder in the 12th after Freddie Freeman drove in two runs.

Dan Haren scattered four hits in seven innings of the Nationals' 3-0 shutout of the Brewers in Milwaukee. Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered to help Haren pick up his second straight win since an 11-start winless drought.

Ivan Nova struck out eight while allowing just four hits in seven innings of the New York Yankees' 3-0 shutout of the Padres in San Diego. Curtis Granderson snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run blast in the seventh, his first home run since coming off the disabled list on Friday.

The Kansas City Royals made it 10 wins in their last 11 games by beating the Mets 4-3 on pinch-hitter Justin Maxwell's solo homer in the 12th inning. George Kottaras also homered for the Royals, who led 3-1 until Josh Satin's two-run single in the eighth.

Rookie Kole Calhoun homered for the second straight day and Jered Weaver pitched into the eighth inning of the Angels' 7-3 verdict over Toronto. Howie Kendrick was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Angels' third straight win.

Minnesota's bullpen tossed six innings of one-hit, shutout relief to preserve a 6-4 win against Houston. The Twins trailed 4-3 until Brian Dozier hit an RBI double and scored on Ryan Doumit's (DOH'-mihts) single later in the seventh.


No negotiations in A-Rod's pending punishment

NEW YORK (AP) — It appears Major League Baseball has made up its mind concerning the punishment it plans to dole out to Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Two people familiar with the talks tell The Associated Press that MLB and the Yankees have turned down requests to meet with Rodriguez's camp and the union about the embattled star's expected drug penalty.

The overtures were made Saturday, two days before MLB was poised to hand Rodriguez a lengthy suspension for his part in the Biogenesis case.

The New York Post, Daily News and New York Times reported the discussions earlier Saturday.

There hasn't been any definite word on the severity of Rodriguez's looming penalty, with speculation ranging from a lifetime ban to a suspension through the 2014 season.

A-Rod played his final rehab game Saturday night in Trenton, N.J., and brushed aside any worries about a pending suspension, saying after the game that he was headed to Chicago and plans to play against the White Sox on Monday.


Wright heads to DL

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets All-Star third baseman David Wright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, one day after he strained his right hamstring while legging out an infield hit. He underwent an MRI that confirmed he'll be out 3-to-5 weeks.

Wright came up lame as he sprinted to first base in the 10th inning of Friday's 4-2 win by New York.


Braves activate B.J. Upton

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have activated outfielder B.J. Upton from the 15-day disabled list. To make room they put catcher Gerald Laird on the DL. He had a kidney stone removed on Wednesday. Upton strained his right adductor muscle on July 12. He is hitting .177 with eight homers and 20 RBIs. Laird is batting .293 with a homer and 11 RBIs in 28 games.


Hall grows by seven

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Seven men are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio tonight. The class of 2013 consists of coach Bill Parcells and players Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Dave Robinson and Warren Sapp.

Carter needed six tries to make the hall even though he retired as the No. 2 career receiver behind Jerry Rice. He choked back tears as he made his speech after being presented by his son, Duron. He spoke of his problems with alcohol while playing three years for the Eagles before being released.

Allen was one of the Cowboys' key blockers while Emmitt Smith because the NFL's career rushing leader. Allen made six All-Pro squads and 11 Pro Bowls in his 14 seasons.

Ogden is the first Baltimore Raven to be induced into the Hall. The offensive tackle was the first player drafted by the Ravens after the franchise moved from Cleveland in 1996.

Robinson is the latest member of Vince Lombardi's championship Green Bay Packers to be enshrined, 33 years after he became eligible. He was a part of three NFL championships under Lombardi, including the first two Super Bowls.

Parcells is the first coach since John Madden in 2006 to make the Hall. The two-time NFL Coach of the Year led the 1986 and 1990 Giants to Super Bowl victories and is the only person to be head coach of four playoff teams.

Culp was one of the game's most dominant defensive tackles for much of his 14 pro seasons. He joined future hall members Buck Buchanan, Willie Lanier, Emmitt Thomas and Bobby Bell in leading a unit that carried the 1969 Chiefs to a Super Bowl win over Minnesota.

Sapp is the second Tampa Bay Buccaneer to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 18 years after Lee Roy Selmon was enshrined. The 12th player selected in the 1995 draft was elected in his first year of eligibility following 13 seasons in which he went from instant starter to Defensive Player of the Year in 1999.

The annual Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition game is set for Sunday with the Dallas Cowboys playing the Miami Dolphins.


Bills QB pulls up lame

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb (kahb) suffered a freak injury in practice Saturday. He was escorted to the locker room after he slipped on a rubber mat and hurt his left knee while walking between practice fields.

Coach Doug Marrone (muh-ROHN') says the injury isn't serious and he expects the quarterback to return to practice.


Woods remains in control

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods continues to enjoy a seven-shot lead as he seeks his eighth career victory at Firestone Country Club.

Woods followed Friday's 9-under-par 61 with a 2-under 68 in the third round of the Bridgestone Invitation in Akron, Ohio. He carded three bogeys in an eight-hole stretch but remained in line for his 79th PGA victory, which would draw him within three of Sam Snead's record.

Henrik Stenson is alone in second, one shot ahead of Jason Dufner.


Pressel leads by 1 after 3rd round at St. Andrews

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Morgan Pressel has the 54-hole lead going into the final round of the Women's British Open.

Pressel holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole Sunday morning to cap off a 1-under 71 on an increasingly difficult Old Course at St. Andrews. The third round was delayed because of 40 mph gusts on Saturday.

Pressel was at 9-under 207, one shot ahead of Stacy Lewis, who had a 69. Na Yeon Choi (75), Miki Saiki (74), Hee Young Park (70) and Suzann Pettersen (72) were two shots behind. Still in the mix was Catriona Matthew of Scotland, who finished birdie-eagle for a 68 and was three shots behind.

Inbee Park, going for a record fourth straight professional major in one season, had a 74 and fell nine shots behind.


Tight leader board

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) —Tom Pernice (pur-NEES'), Jr. shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour 3M Championship, two strokes ahead of Tom Kite. Pernice stands 13-under-par after 36 holes. The two-time PGA Tour winner had four straight birdies on the front nine, and added two more on Nos. 10 and 12. After making a 40-foot bogey putt on the 14th hole, he birdied Nos. 15 and 18.


Another pole for Hunter-Reay

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay won the pole for Sunday's race at Mid-Ohio racetrack. In clinching the pole he turned the second-fastest lap in track history to edge Will Power for the top spot. It will be the third time this season and the fourth time in his career that Hunter-Reay will start from the front. Scott Dixon, who has won three straight races to move into second in the points race, will start third.


Red Sox owner agrees to buy the Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — The principal owner of the Boston Red Sox is looking to buy The Boston Globe. The New York Times Co. says it has agreed to sell the Globe to John Henry for $70 million, a massive drop from the record $1.1 billion it paid for it just 20 years ago.