Cubs rally to beat Reds
UNDATED (AP) — Ian Happ allowed the Chicago Cubs to keep their 1 ½-game lead over Milwaukee in the National League Central.
Cincinnati lead 2-0 until Happ launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to give Chicago a 3-2 victory over the Reds. Fourth-inning homers by Jose Peraza and Joey Votto (VAH’-toh) put the Reds ahead by two before Happ allowed Cole Hamels to avoid his first loss in nine starts since joining the Cubs.
Jorge De La Rosa put two runners on in the ninth before notching his first career save in 426 major league appearances. De La Rosa worked the ninth one day after closer Pedro Strop (strohp) pulled a hamstring.
The Brewers kept pace by getting first-inning homers from Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) and Travis Shaw in a 7-4 victory against the Pirates. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) also homered and Orlando Arcia bunted for a two-run double in Milwaukee’s ninth win in 11 games. Pirates outfielder Pablo Reyes smacked his first career home run.
Checking out Friday’s other major league action:
— Chris Stratton ended the Giants’ 11-game losing streak and San Francisco cut into Colorado’s lead in the NL West by blanking the Rockies, 2-0. Stratton allowed just two hits in his first career shutout as the Giants left the Rockies just a half-game ahead of Los Angeles. Austin Slater’s two-run single in the second helped the Giants halt their longest skid since moving to San Francisco.
— The Dodgers’ 3-0 shutout of St. Louis drops the Cardinals and Los Angeles in a tie for the second NL wild card. Yasiel Puig (pweeg) belted a pair of solo homers and rookie Walker Buehler struck out nine while limiting St. Louis to a pair of hits over eight innings. The Redbirds also dropped 5 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.
— Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yuh) Jr. was 4-for-5 with two RBIs as the Braves doubled up the Nationals, 10-5. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) drove in three runs with a pair of singles to support Kevin Gausman, who gave up three earned runs over 5 2/3s. Atlanta reduced its magic number to nine for winning its first NL East title in five years.
— The Red Sox absorbed an 8-0 loss to the Mets as Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) limited the AL East leaders to three hits over seven innings. Jay Bruce crushed a three-run homer and had four RBIs as New York improved to 30-23 since the All-Star break. Jeff McNeil, Amed Rosario and Austin Jackson also went deep in the Mets’ third straight win and 10th in their last 13 games.
— The Bosox’s magic number remains six after the Yankees clobbered the Blue Jays, 11-0. Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) and Andrew McCutchen hit solo homers and Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE’-roh tah-NAH’-kah) scattered four hits over six innings to improve to 12-5. Gregorius, rookie Luke Voit and Brett Gardner drove in two runs apiece, while McCutchen and Gary Sanchez each had three of the Yankees’ 14 hits.
— The Diamondbacks trimmed Houston’s lead in the AL West to 2 ½ games over Oakland by downing the Astros, 4-2. It was a 2-2 tie in the seventh until Jay lined an RBI triple and scored on A.J. Pollock’s single. Arizona’s beleaguered bullpen came through with 3 2/3 scoreless innings despite allowing six base-runners.
— Khris Davis smashed his major league-leading 42nd home run to break a tie in the 10th inning of the Athletics’ 2-1 win at Tampa Bay. Matt Olson also had one of Oakland’s three hits, an RBI single in the fourth. The A’s received five shutout innings from their bullpen to stay 1 ½ games behind the Yankees for the first AL wild card.
— Jeimer Candelario snapped a 2-2 deadlock with an RBI double in in the seventh inning as Detroit knocked off the Indians, 5-4 in Cleveland. Candelario’s two-bagger came an inning after Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) and Josh Donaldson hit back-to-back homers to tie the game for the Indians. Cleveland’s magic number to win its third straight AL Central is one over Minnesota.
— The Indians wrapped up at least a tie for the division crown when Salvador Perez launched a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to complete the Royals’ comeback in an 8-4 win against Minnesota. Adalberto Mondesi (a-dah-BEHR’-toh MAHN’-deh) began Kansas City’s comeback with a solo shot in the seventh and Whit Merrifield tied it with an RBI single in the ninth before scoring on Perez’s 26th home run of the season.
— Aaron Altherr (ahl-TEHR’) swung the hot bat in the Phillies’ 14-2 laugher against the Marlins, going 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs. Rhys Hoskins banged out his 31st home run of the season, Mitch Walding smacked the first of his career and Roman Quinn added a solo shot and three RBIs. Zack Eflin cruised for 6 ½ innings, yielding a run and five hits in Philadelphia’s first win in six games.
— Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon provided two-run singles in the Mariners’ 5-0 blanking of the Angels. Adam Warren picked up the victory by retiring four batters while six pitchers combined to toss a six-hitter.
— Jurickson Profar (PROH’-fahr) was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two RBIs as the Rangers blanked the Padres, 4-0. Yohander Mendez worked five innings of three-hit relief to pick up the victory.
— Homers by Omar Narvaez (nahr-VY’-ehz), Avisail Garcia and Ryan Cordell powered the White Sox past the Orioles, 8-6. Trey Mancini homered twice for the Orioles, who are two away from their team record-tying 107th loss.
Judge activated by Yankees
UNDATED (AP) — Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been activated from the disabled list but said he is limited for now to playing in the outfield and pinch-running.
Judge has not played since July 26, when he broke his right wrist against Kansas City. Manager Aaron Boone said the team is a couple days from making a decision on at-bats for Judge in a simulated game, a step before he will hit in a game.
Also in the majors:
— Cubs reliever Pedro Strop (strohp) will miss the rest of the regular season with a left hamstring strain suffered in Thursday’s win over the Nationals. Strop was injured trying to beat out a double-play grounder in the 10th inning. He has been Chicago’s closer since Brandon Morrow was placed on the disabled list on July 18, logging 11 saves in 13 opportunities since then.
— The Pirates say right fielder Gregory Polanco could be out until next June after having surgery on his left shoulder. Polanco dislocated his throwing shoulder on an awkward slide into second base on a double last Friday against Miami. He leads Pittsburgh with a career-high 23 home runs, 81 RBIs and 61 extra-base hits.
Rodgers iffy for Sunday
UNDATED (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is questionable for Sunday’s NFC North showdown with Minnesota due to a knee injury suffered in the first half of the season opening-win over Chicago.
Rodgers was injured on a sack by Roy Robertson-Harris with about nine minutes to go in the first half against Chicago. He returned to throw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to lead the Packers from a 20-0 deficit to a 24-23 win against the Bears
In other NFL news:
— Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger participated in his team’s final practice before its home opener against Kansas City and is likely to play. The 36-year-old returned to practice after skipping two workouts due to a right elbow injury.
— Jaguars coach Doug Marrone is optimistic running back Leonard Fournette will play against New England despite missing practice all week. Marrone says Fournette’s recovery from a strained right hamstring has been “encouraging,” but the coach listed Fournette as questionable on the injury report Friday.
— Falcons running back Devonta Freeman has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against Carolina because of a knee injury. He was injured in the season-opening loss to Philadelphia.
— The Seattle Seahawks have signed linebacker Mychal Kendricks despite his recent guilty plea on insider trading charges. The Seahawks announced the signing Friday, raising the possibility Kendricks will be able to play on Monday night when Seattle plays at Chicago.
— Raiders rookie defensive tackle P.J. Hall will miss Sunday’s game at Denver with an ankle injury. Fellow starter Justin Ellis is also out after being placed on injured reserve earlier in the week with a foot injury.
— Dolphins left guard Josh Sitton is out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn left rotator cuff suffered in Sunday’s win over the Titans. Sitton’s injury means Ted Larsen will be promoted to the starting role for the foreseeable future.
— The Panthers will be without three starting offensive linemen when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Coach Ron Rivera has ruled out three-time Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner because of a concussion after the team placed left tackle Matt Kalil and right Daryl Williams on injured reserve with knee injuries.
—The Chargers will be missing at least two starters when they visit the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Offensive tackle Joe Barksdale and defensive end Joey Bosa have not practiced all week and are nursing injuries that could have them out for a while. Cornerback Craig Mader is also out due to a hamstring injury.
— Bills defensive end Shaq Lawson and rookie cornerback Taron Johnson have been ruled out of Buffalo’s home opener against the Chargers on Sunday. Lawson is out due to a hamstring injury, while Johnson will not play after hurting his shoulder in a 47-3 season-opening loss at Baltimore last weekend.
— Jets wide receiver Jermaine Kearse practiced fully for the third straight day and appears ready to play after sitting out the season opener with an abdominal injury. Kearse was hurt during training camp and needed surgery.
— Titans coach Mike Vrabel says he expects to play both starting quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah) and backup Blaine Gabbert on Sunday against the Texans. Mariota injured his elbow in a season-opening 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
Zetterberg’s playing career is over
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg say his professional hockey career is over due to a back injury.
Zetterberg helped the Red Wings hoist the 2008 Stanley Cup, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top player in the postseason. He had 337 goals and 960 career points over 15 seasons and regularly was a candidate for the Selke (SEHL’-kee) Trophy honoring the NHL’s best defensive forward.
Zetterberg will go on long-term injured reserve with three years left on his 12-year, $73 million contract. The 37-year-old Swede will continue to be paid and the team will get some $6 million in salary cap relief.
In other NHL news:
— Chicago’s Connor Murphy will miss the start of the NHL season with a back injury, and fellow Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook is out with an abdominal injury. The team physician says Murphy will be sidelined for about eight weeks. Seabrook is expected to miss about one week. Chicago already had announced that defenseman Gustav Forsling will miss the start of the season because of a right wrist injury.
— The NHL questioned the Washington Capitals about re-signing Brooks Orpik after trading him to Colorado and cleared the Stanley Cup champions of any wrongdoing. General manager Brian MacLellan says the league put the Capitals through a thorough questioning process after trading the veteran defenseman and then bringing him back at a cheaper salary after the Avalanche bought him out. MacLellan says the Capitals were above board in everything they did and would face no consequences.
Prosecutor to review club incident involving Rockets’ Harden
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors are reviewing allegations that Houston Rockets star and NBA reigning MVP James Harden took a woman’s cellphone outside a Scottsdale nightclub last month.
The 42-year-old woman reported that she was recording a fight Aug. 11 when Harden grabbed her by the wrist. She says he then grabbed her cellphone and threw it onto the roof.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Jobe leads through 18
GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Brandt Jobe capped a fast start with an eagle in a 7-under 65 that gave him the first-round lead at the Ally Challenge.
Jobe played his first seven holes in 6 under, making the eagle on the par-5 16th. Vijay Singh (VEE’-jay sing), Jeff Maggert and Esteban Toledo are one stroke back in the PGA Tour Champions event.
TENNIS-JAPAN WOMEN’S OPEN
Anisimova beats Zhang to reach her 1st final at age 17
TOKYO (AP) — American qualifier Amanda Anisimova is in her first WTA final at age 17 after upsetting top-seeded Zhang Shuai of China 7-6), 7-5 at the Japan Women’s Open on Saturday.
Trailing 5-4 in the second set, Anisimova hit two fierce winners down the line and went on to win with her first match point as Zhang’s backhand went long.
Anisimova, who turned 17 just two weeks ago, is the youngest player to reach a final since 16-year-old Donna Vekic at Tashkent in 2012 and Birmingham in 2013.
Anisimova will face Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei in Sunday’s final. Hsieh overpowered China’s Qiang Wang 6-4, 6-4 in Saturday’s other semifinal.
Serena Williams talks fashion, not fouls at Las Vegas event
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tennis star Serena Williams talked about her fashion business, and not tennis fouls during an appearance before a business convention in Las Vegas Friday.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion said not a word about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match.
Williams, who took no questions from the audience, said previously that she felt she had been treated more harshly than a male player would have been for smashing her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set finals loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Sept. 8 in New York.
Williams received three code violations and was penalized one game. She was later fined $17,000.