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Down Early, Angels Rally To Beat Red Sox, 7-3

ANAHEIM (AP)   —   Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer, Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night. Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst. Pujols became the 26th player to score 1,700 runs when he touched home plate after Simmons went deep. Pujols joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays in amassing at least 600 home runs and 1,700 runs. JC Ramirez (9-8) recorded his second win at home in 11 starts, striking out six while allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings. David Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year. The Red Sox got off to another fast start after scoring five runs in the first inning on Friday. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single to start the game, and the Red Sox got two runs in the second after the Angels’ franchise-record streak of 14 games without an error ended when Ramirez couldn’t make the catch to complete a double play while covering first. Mookie Betts hit his 31st double to knock in a run and then was driven in by Andrew Benintendi for a 3-0 lead. However, the Angels were able to respond after dropping the series opener. They added two runs in the fifth when Simmons singled, again bringing home Pujols, and he scored on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Trout picked up an RBI in the sixth, giving him five in seven games this home stand. TRAINER’S ROOM Red Sox: INF Josh Rutledge (concussion) is likely to come off the disabled list on Monday. . Mitch Moreland was in the starting lineup at DH for the first time this season. Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained oblique) pitched four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake, giving up three earned runs and six hits. UP NEXT Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA) has just one win in his last 10 starts, but it came against the Angels last month. Porcello has allowed two earned runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, striking out 13 without allowing a walk in that span, and still took the loss in both outings. Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.18 ERA) went a career-high 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Red Sox last month. Bridwell has held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. (@Copyright 2017. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may bot be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

‘Pretty Stress Free:’ Spieth Extends His Lead Heading Into Final Round Of British Open

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth did his part on a day of low scoring at the British Open, and now is one round away from the third leg of the Grand Slam. The lowest score in major championship history was already in the books Saturday when Spieth was still warming up on the range at Royal Birkdale. Then the 23-year-old Texan delivered a bogey-free performance at Royal Birkdale that he punctuated with a 20-foot birdie on the final hole for a 5-under 65. That gave Spieth a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar, who did his best to keep pace and shot 66. It was the second round this week that Spieth kept bogeys off his card, and this time he really didn’t come close to one. “Pretty stress-free,” Spieth said. “On a Saturday with a lead in a major, that’s as good as I can ask for.” Adding to the pressure was knowing that Royal Birkdale, with a clear sky until the final hour and barely any wind, was never more vulnerable. No one took advantage quite like Branden Grace, who finished birdie-birdie-par and became the first player to shoot 62 in a major. More than half the field broke par. Spieth was among seven players who shot 65 or better. “You knew scores would be lower,” he said. “It’s tough to hold a lead when par is not necessarily a great score, when you want to watch out and play a little safer.” He was at 11-under 199, stealing a birdie at the end when his approach into the 18th stayed just left of the bunker and left him 20 feet away. Spieth clenched his fist when it dropped for birdie, and then Kuchar missed from about 12 feet. They will see each other again tomorrow, and they put some distance from everyone else. Austin Connelly, who grew up in Dallas and shares a swing coach with Spieth, extended his remarkable run with birdies on his last two holes for a 66. The 20-year-old who plays under the Canadian flag was six shots behind at 5-under 205, tied with U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 68. Grace wound up seven shots behind even after his 62. Missing from the mix was Rory McIlroy, who looked to be a big threat when he began with three birdies in five holes, driving the green on the shortened par-4 fifth hole. He lost it around the turn, making back-to-back bogeys, and then a double bogey at No. 10 when he blasted out of one pot bunker left of the fairway and it spun toward another, resting in the thick collar. McIlroy had a 69, rarely a bad score in the third round of a major. This one left him nine shots behind. “If you keep it in play, it’s almost hard to make a bogey out there, you know?” McIlroy said. “I’ve always been good when I get off to fast starts, being able to keep it going, and I didn’t today. And I needed to — that’s the disappointing thing.” Ian Poulter felt even worse. Still lurking, he ran off three straight bogeys early on the back nine and shot 71 to fall nine back. Spieth was rarely in trouble. He stuck to his simple plan and kept making all the right putts. He never lost the lead after any hole, though Kuchar kept close. He matched Kuchar’s birdie on the third hole to stay one shot ahead. An even bigger moment came at the 15th, when Spieth ran his 60-foot eagle attempt 10 feet by the hole. Kuchar lagged his eagle putt to tap-in range to reach 9 under and momentarily join Spieth in the lead, but only until Spieth poured in the tricky birdie putt. Kuchar’s big lapses came on the 16th when he drove into a pot bunker, could only blast out to the fairway with a sand wedge, hit an indifferent shot to the green and then three-putted for double bogey. Just like that, he was three shots behind. Kuchar got up-and-down from a pot bunker on the par-5 17th when Spieth made par, but as usual, Spieth had one last birdie in his bag. “I played well today,” Kuchar said. “Certainly, I’m not out of it. I’m playing some good golf. I’m very excited for tomorrow.” It will be the first time the 39-year-old Kuchar plays in the final group at a major. Spieth, who turns 24 next Thursday, has been there before. It will be his third time playing in the final group at a major. He won the Masters with a four-shot lead in 2015 and lost the Masters the following year with a one-shot lead at the start of the final round, and a five-shot lead at the turn. Spieth has a chance to join Jack Nicklaus as the only players to capture three different majors at age 23. He won the Masters and U.S. Open two years ago, and then finished one shot out of a playoff at St. Andrews. Nicklaus won the U.S. Open at 22, and then added the Masters and PGA Championship the following year. The forecast was for stronger wind on Sunday, which should be a stronger test for Spieth going for his third major, and Kuchar going for his first. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Hero Cops Pull Grandmother, Grandson From Burning Home In Queens

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD’s neighborhood policing program is aimed at getting officers to know the neighborhood and its residents. Officers John Maderik and Brian Coffey were just four days into their new roles as neighborhood coordination officers at the 106th Precinct in Queens when they received a literal baptism by fire. On Thursday, the partners were driving on Rockaway Boulevard just like any other day in Ozone Park when they saw a member of the community in need. “And we got flagged down by a motorist that there was a fire around the corner,” Officer Coffey tells WCBS 880’s Myles Miller. Our Neighborhood Coordination Officers were waved down and rescued this grandma and grandson from a fire just now! pic.twitter.com/DPJx3AbOD9 — NYPD 106th Precinct (@NYPD106Pct) July 20, 2017 The officers rushed to the nearby home that was engulfed in flames. “We were met at the top of the stairs by a grandmother and her grandson and her dog,” Officer Maderick said. “We got them out of the house.” But they didn’t stop there. With firefighters on their way, they searched the first floor for the source of the smoke. “We kicked in the first floor door and that’s when we were hit with the black smoke,” Maderick said. “The heavy, thick black smoke and like the flames and the heat. So we backed out from there.” The grandmother and grandson were not injured. Read More »

Aaron Judge Blast Nearly Clears Safeco Field Upper Deck As Yankees Top Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — The consensus was that any projections on the latest mammoth shot off the bat of Aaron Judge far underestimated the actual distance. An approximation of 440 feet did seem a little off when the ball nearly left the stadium. “A little short,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Judge hit a colossal three-run homer that nearly soared out of Safeco Field, and CC Sabathia won on his 37th birthday as New York beat the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Friday night. Judge’s 31st home run in the fifth inning was memorable and nearly historic. The big slugger clobbered a hanging curveball from starter Andrew Moore (1-2) into the second deck in left field, with the ball landing three rows from the top of the stadium. No one has hit one out of Safeco during a game since the ballpark opened midway through the 1999 season. Judge came close and continued to emerge from a post-All-Star break slump thanks to his first home run since July 7. He finished with four RBIs, including a sacrifice fly that gave New York a 2-1 lead. “I was just glad to be in that position,” Judge said. “Guys were getting on base all night for me and in that situation I was trying to get something up in the air and score the run.” Judge downplayed any reaction to the long ball, but his teammates were more than willing to take up the cause of where the homer ranked among the longest they’ve seen. MLB Statcast could not get an accurate read on the distance, leaving the Mariners staff to estimate a 440-foot shot based off previous home runs near that area. But few balls at Safeco Field have ever come as close to leaving the place. “I think every time it’s a different reaction. You think people would get bored seeing him hit a ball that far, but he surprises everybody every time he goes out there and hits a ball in a spot where no one else can,” Yankees rookie outfielder Clint Frazier said. Judge’s long homer left fans buzzing and there were more than a smattering of boos when he was walked on a 3-2 pitch by reliever Emilio Pagan in the seventh. Moore got the better of the slugger with a three-pitch strikeout in the first and got Judge to fly out to deep center field his next at-bat. Moore’s mistake was falling behind in the count and leaving his breaking ball elevated. Judge’s uppercut swing was on a perfect path and the ball quickly found its way deep into the seats. “I thought I commanded the fastball pretty well, the curveball had some life, just that curveball got a little bit away, and he does damage on pitches like that,” Moore said. “That’s what he does well. But, yeah, I’d definitely like to have that one back.” Frazier added an RBI double as the Yankees won for the third time in four games. He also made a diving catch in the second inning that saved a run. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sabathia (9-3) allowed one run but lasted only one batter into the sixth due to a pitch count that became inflated in the early innings. Seattle sent seven batters to the plate in the first but left the bases loaded and managed just one run on Kyle Seager’s infield hit. Seattle also had traffic on the bases in the second and third, but Sabathia avoided any damage. The left-hander retired eight straight before walking Seager to open the sixth. “Tonight wasn’t my best stuff, but I was confident in these guys to score runs and the bullpen picked me up,” Sabathia said. PERFECT DEBUT The newest addition to New York’s bullpen was dominant. David Robertson struck out the side in an impressive inning, his first appearance since being reacquired from the White Sox in a trade. Dellin Betances had a shaky eighth while allowing two hits but no runs. ABSENT OFFENSE After knocking around Sabathia early but managing only one run, Seattle’s bats went silent. The Mariners went hitless between Ben Gamel’s leadoff double in the second inning and Robinson Cano’s leadoff double in the eighth. TRAINER’S ROOM Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma is continuing with his throwing program but there is no set time on when he might get back on the mound. Iwakuma has been out since early May with shoulder inflammation. “He’s been playing catch consistently. Once he gets out to about 150 feet, then we can get him on the mound and throw a bullpen,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “He’s not there yet, but he is feeling better, pain-free, which are all good signs.” UP NEXT Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka (7-9) has won two of his last four starts after a miserable stretch with six losses in eight outings. Tanaka threw 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs in his last start against Boston. Mariners: Ariel Miranda (7-4) will make his team-high 20th start of the season. Miranda went 5 2/3 innings in his last start against Houston and got a no-decision. His last win was on June 30. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Friends say yoga teacher’s death was "senseless"

Close friends of the yoga teacher who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer are speaking out for the first time, in an interview you'll only see on "CBS This Morning." Justine Damond was killed on Saturday, just minutes after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home. Jamie Yuccas reports. Read More »

Late Toronto Penalty Kick Rips Win Out From Under NYCFC

NEW YORK (AP) — Victor Vazquez drilled a penalty kick past Sean Johnson in the first minute of stoppage time and Toronto FC escaped with a 2-2 draw against New York City FC on Wednesday night. Jordan Hamilton was clipped and taken down by New York City’s RJ Allen in the penalty area in the 90th minute, setting up Vazquez’s penalty kick for his fourth goal of the season. Toronto (11-3-6) moved a point ahead of Chicago for the Eastern Conference and overall MLS lead. After Ashtone Morgan gave Toronto an early 1-0 lead, New York City (10-6-4) responded with back-to-back scores. Reigning MVP David Villa netted his 13th goal of the season in extra time of the first half, and Maximiliano Moralez made it 2-1 in the 56th. Toronto was playing without Jozy Altidore after he was called up to the U.S. national team for the Gold Cup. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

Michael Wacha Tosses Complete Game Three-Hitter To Stifle Error-Prone Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wacha threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Matt Carpenter had four hits, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 5-0 Tuesday night. Wacha (7-3) has won his last four starts. He struck out eight and walked one in his 99th career start, allowing only three runners to reach second base. The 26-year-old right-hander, who was ineffective last season, had not won four straight starts since the 2013 playoffs when he helped lead St. Louis to the World Series. Wacha and the Cardinals capitalized on a shoddy Mets defense that let down starter Rafael Montero (1-6) with three errors. Montero allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings. New York has lost three straight and eight of 11. The first of Carpenter’s four hits was a first-inning double into the right field corner. He advanced to third on third baseman T.J. Rivera’s throwing error and scored on Jedd Gyorko’s sacrifice fly. The Cardinals took advantage of two more miscues during a three-run second inning. Wacha grounded into what could have been a double play, but shortstop Jose Reyes had trouble getting the ball to first. Carpenter doubled over left fielder Yoenis Cespedes’ head to make it 2-0. St. Louis added another run when Rivera couldn’t field Tommy Pham’s grounder, allowing Wacha to score. COMEDY OF ERRORS The Mets’ three errors tied a season high. Rivera’s first of two errors came in the first inning when his throw pulled Lucas Duda off the bag at first, allowing Carpenter to advance to third and later score on a sacrifice fly. With runners on the corners and one out in the seventh, Duda was charged with an error after he failed to catch Yadier Molina’s pop up in foul territory. Molina then singled to center to drive in a run. POLITICALLY CORRECT Sitting in the third row near the Mets dugout, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie caught a foul ball in the top of the third inning. The embattled politician, who posed for pictures with fans throughout the game,  was booed after fans realized he was the one who’d snared the ball with his bare left hand. He gave the souvenir to a kid seated a few rows behind him. UP NEXT Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom (10-3, 3.48) starts Wednesday night against Cardinals RHP Mike Leake (7-6, 3.14 ERA). DeGrom has won a career-best six straight starts with a 1.53 ERA dating to June 12. He’s struck out 47 and walked nine during that stretch. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Read More »

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