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Associated Press

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 17 at 8:32 AM

MLB ROUNDUP

Phils lose for new skipper

UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their torrid pace by ruining Ryne Sandberg's first game as a major league manager.

The Philadelphia Phillies made a managerial change before absorbing their 20th loss in 25 games since the All-Star break, a 4-0 shutout by Los Angeles. The Dodgers picked up their ninth straight win and improved to 41-8 since June 22.

Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) worked seven innings of three-hit ball as L.A. stretched its lead in the National League West to 8 ½ games over Arizona. Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer and scored twice for the Dodgers, who have pulled off the greatest 49-game stretch in the majors since the 1944 Cardinals.

The game began a few hours after the Phillies announced the firing of Charlie Manuel, the winningest skipper in team history. Manuel was 780-636 with the Phillies and won five straight NL East titles from 2007-2011. He also guided the franchise to back-to-back World Series appearances, winning it in 2008 before falling to the Yankees the next season.

Friday's major league schedule also included a doubleheader sweep by Kansas City in Detroit. Danny Duffy outpitched Justin Verlander by allowing just one hit in six shutout innings of Kansas City's 2-1 triumph over the Tigers in the first game. Eric Hosmer homered to back Duffy, who had a no-hitter until Miguel Cabrera singled with two outs in the sixth.

James Shields limited the Tigers to three hits in seven innings of the Royals' 3-0 shutout of the Tigers in the nightcap. Hosmer also went deep in the second game as the Royals pulled within 6 ½ games of the AL Central-leading Tigers.

The New York Yankees clobbered the Red Sox 10-3 in Boston to trim the Bosox's lead in the AL East to one game over Tampa Bay. Alfonso Soriano went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs, giving him five homers and 18 ribbies in his last four games. Mark Reynolds contributed a two-run homer and Andy Pettitte pitched into the seventh inning of the Yankees' fifth victory in six games.

The Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-4 on Yunel Escobar's walkoff triple in the bottom of the ninth. Lobaton had three hits and two RBIs for Tampa Bay, which trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth before earning their third straight win.

Kyle Seager was mired in a career-worst 0-for-21 slump before producing a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning of Seattle's 3-1 verdict over the Rangers in Texas. Hisashi Iwakuma is 11-6 after giving up a run while striking out eight in seven innings against the AL West leaders.

Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit an early two-run homer and Eric Sogard doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh to lead Oakland past the Indians 3-2. The victory leaves the Athletics a half-game behind the first-place Rangers in the AL West.

Pittsburgh expanded its lead in the NL Central to three games over St. Louis by downing the Diamondbacks 6-2. Jose Tabata (TAB'-ah-tah) hit a two-run homer and Pedro Alvarez had two RBIs to back Gerrit Cole, who gave up two runs in six frames.

The Cubs shut out the Cardinals 7-0 as Jake Arrieta held the Redbirds to two hits in seven innings. Nate Schierholtz contributed three RBIs, including a two-run single that put the Cubbies ahead to stay in the first inning.

Jonathan Lucroy belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to give Milwaukee a 7-6 win against Cincinnati. That ends the Reds' five-game winning streak and keeps them six games ahead of Arizona for the final NL wild-card berth. The Reds wasted a fine game by Todd Frazier, who hit a solo homer and capped his four-RBI night with a tiebreaking single in the seventh.

Justin Upton's solo blast in the bottom of the 10th gave Atlanta a 3-2 win over Washington and put the Braves atop the National League East by 15 ½ games over the Nationals. The Nats scored on the Braves' bullpen for the first time all season as Jayson Werth hit an RBI single off Luis Ayala to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Wilin Rosario hit one of Colorado's four homers, a tiebreaking, two-run blast in the seventh inning of a 6-3 triumph at Baltimore. Charlie Culberson, Charlie Blackmon and Todd Helton also homered against the Orioles, who've dropped four straight and remain 5 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox.

Hunter Pence drove in five runs with a pair of doubles and a triple to lead San Francisco's 14-10 win at Miami. Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer, Pablo Sandoval had four hits and three RBIs, and Brandon Belt had four hits and scored four runs for the Giants.

Jeff Keppinger and Adam Dunn each hit solo homers and scored twice as the White Sox downed the Twins 5-2. Dayan Viciedo's two-run single in the second inning put the Chisox ahead to stay.

Marlon Byrd and Ike Davis hit back-to-back solo homers before Daniel Murphy added a two-run shot in the New York Mets' 5-2 triumph at San Diego. Jonathon Niese (nees) struck out nine while holding the Padres to a run and six hits in six innings.

Chris Carter smacked a three-run homer in the ninth to cap his five-RBI night in Houston's 8-2 laugher against the Angels. Brad Peacock pitched into the seventh and gave up just a pair of unearned runs and four hits.

MLB-YANKEES-RODRIGUEZ

Report: A-Rod pointed finger at others

UNDATED (AP) — A report by "60 Minutes" says members of Alex Rodriguez's inner circle obtained and leaked documents that implicated Ryan Braun and other players in using performance-enhancing drugs.

Citing unidentified sources, the CBS news show said the leak occurred in February, days after the Miami New Times published documents implicating the Yankees star in the Biogenesis investigation.

In the Miami New Times documents, the names of Braun and one of Rodriguez's teammates, catcher Francisco Cervelli, are redacted. "60 Minutes" reports that members of Rodriguez's camp obtained unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports.

Rodriguez's lawyer, David Cornwell, denied the allegations to "60 Minutes."

In other major league news, the Atlanta Braves say infielder Tyler Pastornicky is out for the season after injuring his left knee in a collision with teammate Jason Heyward on Wednesday. Pastornicky will undergo surgery on Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, adding another player to first-place Atlanta's already extensive disabled list. He took over as the starting second baseman just this week when Dan Uggla went on the DL to have eye surgery.

Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando likely will miss his next start because of inflammation around a nerve in his right shoulder. General manager Jon Daniels says that Ogando is on medication that has eased some of the symptoms. But the pitcher could also have an injection that would keep him from pitching Monday against Houston.

The Los Angeles Dodgers recalled outfielder Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned shortstop Dee Gordon to the same club. Van Slyke has batted .242 with six homers and 15 RBIs in 36 games this season.

NASCAR-MICHIGAN

Back to Michigan for NASCAR

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Joey Logano raced to one of the fastest qualifying speeds in NASCAR history to capture the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.

Logano was clocked at 203.949 mph in his No. 22 Ford, breaking the track record set by Marcos Ambrose last year. Kurt Busch qualified second, followed by points leader Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin and Jeff Burton.

NASCAR-STEWART'S HEALTH

Stewart return a month out

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Stewart-Haas Racing's competition director doesn't expect Tony Stewart back for at least another month.

Stewart continues to recover from a broken right leg from a sprint car crash Aug. 5 at Southern Iowa Speedway. He was released from the hospital last weekend.

Austin Dillon is racing in Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series at Michigan International Speedway this week. Greg Zipadelli, competition director at SHR, said Friday he's working under the assumption that Stewart is out for the next month — or longer.

GOLF-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP

Reed on top

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Patrick Reed's 6-under 64 has given him the lead at the midway point of the Wyndham Championship, the last full-field event before the Fed-Ex Championship. His 11-under total is one ahead of John Huh and two better than 20-year old Jordan Spieth (speeth), who shot a 66.

Officials have moved up the start time for Saturday's third round in an effort to avoid rain in the forecast. Tee times are starting between 7 and 9:30 a.m. with threesomes going off from the first and 10th tees.

GOLF-CHAMPIONS TOUR

Perry has the lead

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Kenny Perry shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dick's Sporting Goods Open.

Perry sank a birdie putt at No. 18 to move ahead of brothers Brad and Bart Bryant and Joel Edwards in Champions Tour event.

GOLF-SOLHEIM CUP

Europe leads US

PARKER, Colo. (AP) — Europe has a 5-3 lead over the United States through Day 1 of the Solheim Cup in Colorado. It's the second straight time that Europe has led heading into the second day, winning in 2011 in Ireland. It has never won the Solheim Cup away from home.

TENNIS-CINCINNATI

Djokovic out again in Cincy

MASON, Ohio (AP) — Top-ranked American John Isner (IHZ'-nur) ended Novak Djokovic's (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich-ez) attempt to make ATP history Friday, beating the No. 1 player in the world 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open. Djokovic has never won in Cincinnati, the only Masters event that has eluded him during his career.

Also on Friday, Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the semifinals and improve to 21-10 all-time against Federer. Nadal next faces Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK'), who knocked out second seed Andy Murray.

ATHLETICS-WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

US takes men's 1600 relay

MOSCOW (AP) —The United States successfully defended its title in the men's 4x400-meter relay at the world championships. David Verburg, Tony McQuay, Arman Hall and LaShawn Merritt claimed the gold in 2 minutes, 58.71 seconds. Jamaica was second and Russia was third.

Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt coasted into the 200-meter final and set himself up for a second gold medal. The 100-meter champion switched into a higher gear at the end of his semifinal when Anaso Jobodwana unexpectedly appeared on his left shoulder. Bolt took first place in his heat in 20.12 seconds and didn't seem bothered by a tender and taped right foot.

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