Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


Rocky start for Cardinals...Cashner shuts down Bucs...Rays drop Rangers...Tigers win

UNDATED (AP) -- There's still a two-way tie for first in the National League Central, thanks to a pair of also-rans from the NL West.

The Pirates remain deadlocked with St. Louis following Pittsburgh's 2-0 loss to Andrew Cashner and the San Diego Padres. Cashner had a perfect game until Jose Tabata (TA'-bah-tah) singled leading off the bottom of the seventh. Tabata was the only base-runner allowed by Cashner, who faced the minimum 27 hitters and settled for a complete-game shutout.

Colorado prevented the Cardinals from taking a one-game division lead. Wilin Rosario sparked a four-run eighth by supplying the tiebreaking, RBI single in the Rockies' 6-2 win over the Redbirds. Charlie Blackmon had three hits and two RBIs, and Chad Bettis picked up his first major league win despite giving up the tying run in the top of the eighth.

Cincinnati is 2 1/2 games off the NL Central pace after Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) gave the Reds a boost. Cueto made his first start since June 28, allowing five hits in five shutout innings of the Reds' 6-1 win at Houston. Zach Cozart homered and had four RBIs for the Reds, who lead Washington by five games in the battle for the final NL wild-card berth.

Tampa Bay has won a battle of the AL wild-card leaders, knocking off Texas 6-2. Will Myers hit a solo homer and later doubled home a pair to cap the Rays' four-run fifth. Alex Cobb struck out 10 over eight innings as the Rays moved one game ahead of the Rangers for the first wild-card berth.

The Rangers suffered their seventh consecutive loss, keeping them a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the final AL wild-card slot.

The Indians were 7-1 losers at Kansas City, allowing the Royals to climb within 2 1/2 games of the Rangers. James Shields struck out 10 while limiting the Indians to a run and six hits in six innings. Salvador Perez was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI single for the winners.

Also in the majors, the Dodgers still have a magic number of four for winning the NL West after Los Angeles wasted an outstanding performance by Hyun-Jin Ryu in a 2-1 loss at Arizona. Ryu went the distance on a two-hitter and blanked the Diamondbacks after Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the bottom of the first. The Dodgers managed just four hits themselves, but they opened the ninth with back-to-back singles and had two runners in scoring position when Brad Ziegler struck out Matt Kemp to end the game.

Oakland's magic number for claiming the AL West crown remains seven after Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run homers and collected three RBIs in the Angels' 12-1 romp over the Athletics. Kole Calhoun provided three hits and three ribbies to back C.J. Wilson, who held the A's to a run and four hits in seven innings.

Torii Hunter and Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Detroit's 4-2 win over Seattle. Rick Porcello allowed one run while striking out 10 in six innings for his 13th victory, helping the Tigers cut their magic number for clinching the AL Central to seven.

Cliff Lee struck out 14 while scattering eight hits in eight innings of Philadelphia's 12-2 laugher against Miami. Lee also went 3-for-4 with four RBIs as the plate, while Chase Utley added a three-run homer and four RBIs.

Caleb Gindl came within a double of the cycle, hitting a two-run homer and an RBI triple in Milwaukee's 6-1 downing of the Chicago Cubs. Wily (WIH'-lee) Peralta allowed no earned runs and five hits in six innings.

Erik Johnson notched his first big league win by tossing six shutout innings as the Chicago White Sox pounded Minnesota 12-1. Alexei Ramirez was 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for the White Sox, who ended a six-game skid and won for only the third time in 18 games.

The game between the Washington Nationals and visiting Atlanta Braves has been postponed due to Monday's shootings at nearby Navy Yard. The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday.


Peralta preparing for postseason

DETROIT (AP) -- Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAHL'-tah) is expected to leave for the instructional league this week so he can keep working toward rejoining the Detroit Tigers after completing his 50-game suspension. Peralta was Detroit's starting shortstop, but the Tigers acquired Jose Iglesias from Boston just before Peralta was suspended following baseball's investigation into Biogenesis of America.


Bengals double up Steelers

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A rookie running back burned the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night.

Giovani Bernard scored his first two NFL touchdowns as the Bengals doubled up the Steelers 20-10 in Cincinnati. It was a 10-10 game in the third quarter until Bernard turned a short pass into a 27-yard TD.

Andy Dalton threw for 280 yards and no interceptions for the 1-1 Bengals.

The Steelers had just 44 rushing yards in falling to 0-2 for the first time in 11 years.


Bucs safety suspended

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL wants Tampa Bay safety Dashon Goldson to clean up his act.

The league has given him a one-game suspension for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday's game against New Orleans for making direct, helmet-to-helmet contact with defenseless receiver Darren Sproles.

The suspension was imposed Monday by NFL vice president of football operations Merton Hanks. Goldson can't practice this week nor play in the Buccaneers' game on Sunday against New England. He can return to football activities with the team next Monday.

The violation was Goldson's fifth for unnecessary roughness since 2011 and his second in the first two weeks of the 2013 season.


Monday reports on injuries

UNDATED (AP) -- Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden's sprained right thumb could keep him out of this week's game at Minnesota. Coach Rob Chudzinski says the team will wait to see how the injury responds in the next few days before deciding Weeden's status for the Vikings.

Elsewhere around the league;

-- The Atlanta Falcons were looking for two new starters after losing defensive end Kroy Biermann and fullback Bradie Ewing to season-ending injuries. Biermann tore his right Achilles tendon and Ewing separated his left shoulder in Sunday's 31-24 win over the St. Louis Rams. Coach Mike Smith says each will be placed on the reserve injured list.

-- San Francisco nose tackle Ian Williams is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a broken left ankle suffered in Sunday's loss to Seattle. The third-year pro was injured in his first NFL start.

-- Denver All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady hurt his left foot in the waning minutes of the 41-23 win over the New York Giants on Sunday, and there's a possibility he could miss a game for the first time in his six-year NFL career. Coach John Fox indicated the team is still evaluating Clady's left foot sprain.

-- Colts left guard Donald Thomas will have season-ending surgery in the next few days a week after tearing a quad tendon in his right leg. Coach Chuck Pagano said Thomas will have surgery later this week and will be put on injured reserve.

-- Panthers starting free safety Charles Godfrey is out for the remainder of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon. The Panthers six-year starter sustained the injury during the second half of Carolina's loss to Buffalo on Sunday.


Good final round gives Johnson the win

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Zach Johnson shot a final round 6-under-65 to win the BMW Championship. Johnson completed the tournament two shots in front of Nick Watney and three in front of Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk). The round was completed on Monday because of bad weather the previous afternoon.

Tiger Woods began the day at minus-9 and completed play the same way after an even-par 71.


`Huskers coach goes off

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska coach Bo Pelini goes on a profanity-laced tirade against fans and two newspaper writers in 2011 audio that surfaced on the sports website Deadspin.

The audio posted Monday catches Pelini speaking with Husker Sports Network play-by-play man Greg Sharpe before his postgame radio interview following Nebraska's win over Ohio State in October 2011. The conversation was off air.

Pelini had been criticized by fans and media in the days leading to the Ohio State game for the Huskers' performance the week before in a 31-point loss at Wisconsin.

In the audio, Pelini repeatedly uses an expletive to refer to what he calls "fair-weather" fans.


Lakers ink Landry

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have signed forward Marcus Landry.

He averaged 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in five appearances with the Lakers' summer league team, earning an invitation to training camp.

Landry played for the New York Knicks and Boston during the 2009-10 season after catching on with New York as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla (RAHS'-tih-slahv KLES'-lah) is resting at home a day after being wheeled off the ice following a hit by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jordan Nolan. Klesla was injured in the first period of Phoenix's opening preseason game Sunday night when Nolan knocked him off his skates.

Klesla suffered a concussion and whiplash on the play, which also led the Coyotes to lose another player for a significant length of time. The NHL is suspending Paul Bissonnette for the first 10 regular-season games after the Phoenix forward left the bench to fight Nolan following the altercation.


Montoya heads back to open wheel

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Veteran driver Juan Pablo Montoya is headed back to open-wheel racing on the IndyCar circuit. Montoya has agreed to join Team Penske next season, leaving behind Chip Ganassi's (ghuh-NAS'-ees) NASCAR team. With Penske Montoya will join current IndyCar points leader Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh cas-troh-NEHV'-us) and Will Power. He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal.

Ganassi, who decided in August he was not bringing Montoya back to his NASCAR program next season, will now be facing him on the IndyCar circuit.


Veteran player suspended

LONDON (AP) -- Former top-10 player Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) has been suspended nine months for a doping violation. The International Tennis Federation says the suspension was backdated to May 1, so Cilic will be able to return to the circuit Jan. 31. He tested positive for a stimulant, and the ITF says an independent tribunal found that Cilic ingested the stimulant inadvertently while taking glucose tablets.

He has been ranked as high as No. 9 in the world in early 2010 after reaching the semifinals at that year's Australian Open.

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