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Cubs outlast Nats

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs needed 10 innings to add a half-game to their lead in the National League Central.

Kris Bryant doubled and scored on a bunt single by Javier Baez with one out in the 10th to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Nationals in Washington. Baez also belted a solo shot in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie, but the Nats forced extra innings on Trea Turner’s seventh-inning double.

Pedro Strop improved to 6-1 and was the eighth of nine pitchers used by manager Joe Maddon.

The outcome gives the Cubs a 1 ½-game lead over the idle Milwaukee Brewers.

Checking out the rest of Thursday’s matinee action around the ballparks:

— The Rockies currently lead the NL West by two games over Los Angeles after Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) homered in a 10-3 rout of the Diamondbacks. David Dahl had three hits and two RBIs to back Kyle Freeland, who carried a two-hitter into the seventh and allowed three runs and four hits over 6 1/3. The Diamondbacks are 3-12 this month and 4 ½ games behind the Rockies.

— Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back homers with two out in the bottom of the ninth to send the Mets to a 4-3 victory over the Marlins in Game 1 of a twinbill. Mets starter Steven Matz smacked his first career home run, a two-run blast right after he surrendered back-to-back homers to Peter O’Brien and Isaac Galloway in the second. Matz left the game tied 2-2 in the seventh, but he was on the hook for the loss before Conforto and Frazier went deep.


Mets’ Wright set to play on Sept. 29

NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright is going to play one more game, but it will likely be his last.

The New York Mets say their longtime third baseman will be activated before their final homestand and start Sept. 29 against the Marlins, the team’s penultimate game of the season.

Wright hasn’t played since May 2016 while dealing with neck, back and shoulder injuries that have required surgery. He is the team’s all-time leader with 1,777 hits, 390 doubles, 970 RBIs, 761 walks and 949 runs scored, while ranking second with 242 home runs and tied for third with a .296 batting average.

In other MLB news:

— Diamondbacks right-hander Clay Buchholz was scratched from his start Thursday because of tightness in his right arm. Buchholz is 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA since signing a minor league contract on May 4, and 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA in his late nine starts following a stint on the disabled list. Matt Koch started in his place and was reached for four runs and eight hits in three innings.

— Former Major League pitcher Billy O’Dell has died in South Carolina at 85. O’Dell went straight from Clemson to the majors with the Orioles in 1954 and was 105-100 with a 3.29 ERA in 479 games over 13 seasons. He won a career-high 19 games while helping the 1962 Giants get within one victory of a World Series championship.


Big Ben sits out practice again

UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t saying much about the status of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH’-lihs-bur-gur) for Sunday’s home opener against the Chiefs.

Roethlisberger skipped practice for a second straight day due to an issue with his right elbow. The 36-year-old Roethlisberger injured the elbow on Pittsburgh’s next-to-last offensive snap in a Week 1 tie with Cleveland. Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner declined to get into specifics about Roethlisberger’s status for Sunday.

In other NFL news:

— The Titans limited Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) at practice today and gave more work to backup Blaine Gabbert in preparation for Sunday’s game against Houston. Coach Mike Vrabel says they want to evaluate which quarterback will give them the best chance against the Texans. Mariota practiced fully yesterday after an injured elbow knocked him out of Tennessee’s 27-20 opening loss in Miami.

— Leonard Fournette is running again and feeling “better and better” about his strained right hamstring. The Jaguars running back also is hopeful he will be able to play against the Patriots on Sunday. Fournette cautions, though, that “it’ll be a game-time decision.”

— Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa will sit out a second straight game because of a bone bruise in his left foot. Bosa hurt the foot during training camp and reinjured it during practice last week. He missed the opener against Kansas City and will be sidelined for Sunday’s game at Buffalo.

— Dolphins left guard Josh Sitton was held out of a second straight practice with a shoulder issue, casting doubt about his availability for Sunday’s game at the New York Jets. Dolphins coach Adam Gase (gays) said receiver DeVante Parker should be able to play after sitting out the opener with a broken finger on his right hand.

— Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has again been held out of practice with a sore knee, leaving his status uncertain this weekend’s game against Carolina. Coach Dan Quinn says he’ll know more about Freeman’s status on Friday.

— Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills says he’s committed to activism ‘forever.’ That means he plans to continue to be among the handful of NFL players participating in protests during the national anthem. Stills met with some veterans this week to explain his position. He says they understood his stand.


Sharks acquire Erik Karlsson from Senators

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks now have two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson on their blueline.

Karlsson was acquired from the Ottawa Senators for a package of young players and several high draft picks. The Sharks also received forward Francis Perron and sent forwards Chris Tierney, Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers to Ottawa, along with defenseman Dylan DeMelo.

The Senators also get a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, a second-round pick next year and two conditional selections. San Jose will also send Ottawa a second-rounder in 2021 if Karlsson re-signs with the Sharks.

The four-time, First Team All-Star is coming off one of his worst seasons, scoring nine goals and 62 points with a minus-25. The 28-year-old defenseman has scored 126 goals and 518 points in 627 NHL games, all with Ottawa.

In other NHL news:

— Five-time All-Star center Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) has signed an eight-year $78.8 million extension with the Dallas Stars through the 2026-27 season. The 26-year-old was entering the final year of his contract after scoring 40 goals and 78 points for the Stars last season. The 26-year-old center has furnished 229 goals and 505 points in 590 NHL games.

— The Blues have activated forward Robby Fabbri off injured reserve before their first training camp practices. Fabbri missed all of last season after re-tearing the ACL in his left knee.

— A trial date has been set in a harassment case against former Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee, who resigned in August after 23 years with the organization. A Buffalo judge scheduled a non-jury trial for Nov. 9 on a violation charge of harassment stemming from an incident at the NHL scouting combine in May.

— The Hurricanes have picked forward Justin Williams as their captain and said center Victor Rask had surgery on two fingers he injured while slicing food in his kitchen. General manager Don Waddell says Rask will be out indefinitely after having the procedure on the fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand.


Milwaukee officer involved in NBA player’s arrest fired

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts.

Police Chief Erik Morales disclosed the firing during a speech at Marquette University on Thursday but he did not name the officer.

Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s black.

One officer later mocked Brown on Facebook for his Jan. 26 arrest stemming from a parking violation.

In other NBA news:

— Prosecutors say Celtics guard Jabari Bird choked his girlfriend multiple times, kicked her and prevented her from leaving his apartment for hours last week before he collapsed in distress. Bird was held on $50,000 bail at his arraignment Thursday on domestic violence-related charges. Not-guilty pleas were entered on his behalf.



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