Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UNDATED (AP) -- Cleveland picked up its 15th shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over the Marlins in Miami. The victory gave the Indians the series two games to one and sends Cleveland home for a key four-game series against Detroit that starts Monday night. Scott Kazmir and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Indians won for the 10th time in their past 11 games.

-- The Tigers edged the White Sox in 12 innings 3-2 to maintain their three-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central. Torii Hunter's RBI single in the 12th gave the Tigers the win, extending Chicago's losing streak to 10 games. Miguel Cabrera, who has been dealing with hip and abdominal problems, led off the Detroit 12th with a pinch-hit single.

-- Kansas City remains in the AL Central race after beating the Mets 6-2 behind the pitching of Ervin Santana. He scattered five hits and allowed one run in six innings to up his record to 8-6 and give the Royals their 11th win in 12 games.

-- Baltimore went 0-11 with runners in scoring position in a 3-2 loss to the Mariners. Seldom-used Henry Blanco hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to propel the M's to the win. The Orioles dropped two of three to the Mariners and went 4-5 on a homestand that began with three games apiece against Boston and Houston.

-- Felix Doubront pitched seven shutout innings to continue his run of strong starts and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs to lift the Red Sox to a 4-0 win over Arizona. The win was Boston's seventh in nine games, completing a 5-2 homestand. The AL East leaders play 16 of the next 19 away from Fenway Park, beginning Monday night in Houston.

-- A.J. Burnett scattered eight hits and Russell Martin had a three-run home run as the Pirates beat the Rockies 5-1. Burnett struck out nine and walked one in his first complete game of the season and 23rd of his 15-year career. Martin's home run came in the fifth inning and put the Pirates ahead 5-0. The Pirates, who have the best record in the major league at 67-44 following 20 consecutive losing seasons, maintained their 1 1/2-game lead in the NL Central over St. Louis.

-- The Cardinals and Reds completed a weekend series in Cincinnati with a 15-2 win for St. Louis. Matt Carpenter broke his 0-for-23 slump with a bases-loaded double during the Cardinals' decisive rally. The win put an end to a 3-8 road trip for St. Louis. The Cards took two of three at Great American Ball Park and has won its last six series against Cincinnati.

-- The Rays remain hot. With their 4-3 win over the Giants they have won 25 of their last 31 games. Wil Myers homered and four relievers allowed one hit over 4 1-3 scoreless innings for the win.

-- Jeff Bianchi lofted a single that dropped just behind Washington's drawn-in infield, breaking a tie and capping a five-run sixth inning in Milwaukee's' 8-5 win over the Nationals. The win brought to an end a three-game losing streak for the Brewers.

--The Twins completed a three-game sweep of the Astros with a 3-2 win. Justin Morneau (mor-NOH') and Oswaldo Arcia led the way with home runs and Twins relievers combined for four scoreless innings. The loss was Houston's fourth straight.

-- The Dodgers have now won 14 straight on the road. They beat the Cubs 1-0 as A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single. The Dodgers end the day with a 5 1/2 game lead over second place Arizona in the National League West. A day after rookie Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL' pweeg) hurt his thumb trying to make a catch, another Dodgers star was hurt as shortstop Hanley Ramirez exited the game in the seventh inning , nursing his right shoulder.

The lone game on tonight's schedule has the Braves playing the Phillies in Philadelphia. The Braves start the day with the biggest lead in any of the divisions in baseball, 11 1/2 games over Washington in the NL East.


Embattled player remains resolute

UNDATED (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez says he will be in Chicago for Monday's Yankees-White Sox game, no matter what. Speaking after a rehab game with New York's Trenton minor league club on Saturday, Rodriguez said he's excited to play for the Yankees," and that he "can't wait to see my teammates."

Major League Baseball and the Yankees turned down requests Saturday to meet with Rodriguez's camp and the union about the embattled star's expected drug penalty, according to two people familiar with the talks. The overtures were made as baseball seems poised to hand Rodriguez a lengthy suspension for his part in the Biogenesis case.

The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no public statements were authorized.

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.

In other major league news, the Washington Nationals have placed right-hander Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list with light shoulder inflammation. Ohlendorf is 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 10 games with Washington this season.

Indians top pitching prospect Danny Salazar is being recalled by the team from the minors to start Wednesday's game against Detroit. Salazar worked six strong innings in his big league debut on July 11.

Reliever Stephen Pryor has been shut down by the Mariners for the rest of the season due to a triceps injury. Pryor went on the disabled list April 15 with a torn right lat muscle. The triceps injury occurred during the right-hander's rehabilitation stint with Triple-A Tacoma.

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list because he strained a muscle on his right side. Valbuena was hitting .225 with nine home runs in 89 games for the Cubs. He aggravated an injury Friday in the Cubs' 6-2 loss to the Dodgers.

All-Star catcher Salvador Perez of the Royals is going on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He was struck in the mask by a foul ball in the Royals' win over the New York Mets on Saturday.


NFL kicks off exhibition season

CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Exhibition play for the NFL starts tonight with the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio. The game at Fawcett Stadium this year features the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys. It brings to an end the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction weekend.


Park fails to win fourth major

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) -- Stacy Lewis was the winner of the Women's British Open. On a long day of golf, because of a suspension of play on Saturday, Lewis finished with a pair of birdies to close with an even-par-72 and an 8-under-par score. This is her second major on the LPGA Tour and the win ends a record streak of 10 straight majors won by Asian players.

Inbee Park's bid for a fourth straight major ended early.


Woods wins

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Tiger Woods finished 15-under-par to win the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. He shot a final round even-par 70 to wind up seven shots in front of Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson. This is Woods' eighth win in the event and fifth this year.


Pernice holds off strong challenge

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) -- Despite a 10-under-par 62 by Jeff Sluman (SLOO'-mihn), Tom Pernice (pur-NEES') Jr. won the Champions 3M Championship. He had a final round 4-under 68 to finish 17 shots under par, one in front of Sluman and Corey Pavin.


Kahne takes first

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) -- Kasey Kahne (kayn) has won the Sprint Cup race in Long Pond, Pa. It's his second win of the season. The runner-up was Jeff Gordon with Kurt Busch third.

Kahne got the jump on Gordon off the final restart with two laps left and pulled away to win at Pocono Raceway. Kahne's win helped solidify his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup


Franklin wins again

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Missy Franklin won a record sixth gold medal of the world swimming championships. Swimming the leadoff leg for the Americans in the 400-meter medley relay, she gave the U.S. a slight lead, and her teammates made it look easy from there. The winning time was 3 minutes, 53.23 seconds.

The 18-year-old Franklin is now the winningest female swimmer ever at the worlds and improved on her performance at the London Olympics, where she was one of the biggest stars with four golds and a bronze. She eclipsed the women's record that had had been shared by Tracy Caulkins, who won five times at the 1978 worlds, and Libby Trickett, who did it in 2007.

Franklin also joins Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz and East German Kristin Otto as the only swimmers to capture as many as six golds at either worlds or an Olympics.

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