Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


PGA is underway

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) -- Some dampness greeted the golfers teeing it up for the start of the 95th PGA Championship this morning in suburban Rochester, N.Y. Heavy overnight rains soaked the Oak Hill Country Club course, but the sun was out when the first of the 156-player field teed off.

Robert Garrigus (GEHR'-ih-guhs) and Canada's David Hearn are the on-course leaders at 4-under par through 13 holes.

That's good for a one-shot edge over David Toms.

Four-time champ Tiger Woods is 2-under through seven, after starting his round on the back nine. He birdied the par-5 13th hole and par-3 15th.

British Open champ Phil Mickelson tees off in the afternoon in a group with Masters champ Adam Scott and U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.


Streaking Tigers try it again

UNDATED (AP) -- The Tigers are hoping to break out the broom to complete a four-game road sweep of the Indians tonight. Detroit has won 11 in a row and opened a six-game lead over the second-place Indians in the AL East.

The Tigers trot out ace Max Scherzer, who will be attempting to become the first 17-game winner in the majors this year. He's gone 3-0 in his last three starts with a miniscule 0.83 ERA. Scherzer's first strikeout tonight will be the 1,000th of his career.

The Cardinals have had to shuffle their starting rotation after Shelby Miller was hit on the elbow by a line drive just two pitches into last night's loss to the Dodgers. Today's scheduled starter Jake Westbrook was brought in to replace Miller.

So the Cardinals have recalled pitching prospect Carlos Martinez to make his first major league start the series finale against Los Angeles tonight. The 21-year-old right-hander is 4-2 with a 1.76 ERA in the minors.

The NL West-leading Dodgers are 16-3 since the All-Star break.

Pittsburgh takes a four-game winning streak into an afternoon game against Miami. Two of the top rookie starters in the National League will pitch the series finale. Pittsburgh sends 5-5 Gerrit Cole to the mound, while the Marlins go with 8-5 Jose Fernandez. They faced each other July 28, when Fernandez had 13 strikeouts in a 3-2 victory. The Pirates have the best record in the majors at 69-44.

Boston goes with Jon Lester tonight when the Red Sox visit Kansas City. He's 10-6, but got roughed up his last time out, giving up six runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Arizona. The Royals counter with Bruce Chen, who is 4-0 with a 2.03 ERA.

The abbreviated major league scheduled has four of its seven games set for this afternoon.


Americans crack top 20

ZURICH (AP) -- The United States men's soccer team has been boosted back into the top 20 of world rankings for the first time in more than two years after winning last month's Gold Cup.

The U.S. rose three places in the rankings to No. 19, the same spot it reached in March 2011. The Americans replace No. 20 Mexico as CONCACAF's highest-placed team for the first time since 2011.

AP-WF-08-08-13 1454GMT

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