Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Wednesday’s Sports Minute

ROYALS: Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon hits a two-run walk-off home run during a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Tuesday, Aug. 26, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 2-1. Photo: Associated Press

A look at the big sports stories you’ll be talking about today, Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Royals earn walkoff win…Tigers keep pace

Alex Gordon allowed the Kansas City Royals to keep their 1 ½-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central.

Gordon launched a two-run, walkoff homer in the ninth to complete the Royals’ 2-1 triumph over Minnesota. The Royals were held to just three hits before Alcides Escobar led off the ninth with a single and scored on Gordon’s 16th round-tripper of the season.

Wade Davis improved to 7-2 with a 0.78 ERA by working a perfect ninth after Danny Duffy held the Twins to a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Tigers kept pace while ending the New York Yankees’ five-game winning streak. Rick Porcello picked up his career-high 15th win by allowing two runs and nine hits in eight innings of Detroit’s 5-2 downing of New York. Porcello joins teammate Max Scherzer as the AL’s only 15-game winners.

J.D. Martinez was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to help the Tigers pick up their third straight victory.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels have regained sole possession of the AL West lead following their rout of Miami and Oakland’s loss in Houston.

Efren Navarro and Albert Pujols laced a two-run single while the Angels put together a five-run fifth to beat the Marlins 8-2. Efren Navarro also had two RBIs to support Matt Shoemaker, who is 13-4 after limiting the Marlins to two hits in seven scoreless innings.

The Astros beat Oakland 4-2 on Chris Carter’s three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth. The Astros rallied against Luke Gregerson after Jason Hammel held them to a run and three hits in seven innings.

Elsewhere in the majors:

  • Caleb Joseph had two RBIs and Jonathan Schoop provided the go-ahead single in Baltimore’s 4-2 verdict over Tampa Bay. Nelson Cruz added two hits and an RBI as the Orioles increased their lead in the AL East to seven games over the New York Yankees.
  • Seattle was a 5-0 winner over Texas behind James Paxton, who yielded just four hits in 6 2/3 innings. Robinson Cano put the Mariners ahead with a first-inning homer and Endy Chavez added a two-run double as Seattle stayed a half-game ahead of Detroit for the final AL wild-card berth.
  • Matt Kemp smacked a two-run homer and Justin Turner drove in a pair as the Los Angeles Dodgers hammered Arizona 9-5 to keep their five-game lead over San Francisco in the NL West. Dee Gordon had three of the Dodgers’ 14 hits.
  • The Giants were 3-0 winners over Colorado as Madison Bumgarner struck out 13 in a one-hitter. Bumgarner was working on a perfect game until Justin Morneau led off the eighth with a double. Buster Posey provided the scoring with a two-run blast and a solo shot.
  • Washington still leads the NL East by 7 ½ games over Atlanta after both teams lost. The Nats erased a 3-0 deficit before Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice in the bottom of the eighth to give the Phillies a 4-3 triumph over Washington in Philadelphia. Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered for the Philies, but the Nationals eventually tied the game on Asdrubal Cabrera’s solo shot in the top of the eighth.
  • The Braves failed to cut their deficit as Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer, scored twice and made several impressive catches in center fielder to lead the Mets’ 3-2 triumph over Atlanta. Dillon Gee allowed two runs and six hits over 6 2/3 innings to help the Mets send the Braves to their third consecutive loss.
  • Setback for Sanchez

    Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez said he was feeling better after experiencing pain in his right pectoral on Monday. Sanchez is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA, but he hasn’t pitched since Aug. 8 due to a pectoral strain.

    Manager Brad Ausmus said Sanchez will not be able to return for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox as hoped.

    Also in the majors:

  • The Seattle Mariners have rewarded general manager Jack Zduriencik with a multi-year contract extension with the club in playoff contention late in the season. The new pact comes as the Mariners are challenging for their first playoff berth in 13 years.
  • Chicago White Sox outfielder Adam Eaton is hitting leadoff tonight against Cleveland after coming off the 15-day disabled list. He was placed on the DL Aug. 9 with a strained right oblique after hitting .304 with seven triples and 55 runs scored in 94 games.
  • And the Chicago Cubs have reinstated shortstop Starlin Castro from the bereavement list in time to start tonight’s game against the Reds in Cincinnati.
  • Love says he’s in Cleveland for long haul

    Kevin Love says Cleveland Cavaliers fans shouldn’t worry about the opt-out clause in his contract.

    The newly-acquired forward can become a free agent next summer after just one season with the Cavs. However, he said at a news conference on Tuesday that he intends to stay with LeBron James and the team.

    Love never made the playoffs during his six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who acquired Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal that sent Love to Cleveland. Wiggins and Bennett are the last two No. 1 picks in the NBA draft.

    In other NBA news:

  • A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that seven-year veteran forward Jared Dudley has been dealt to Milwaukee by the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Carlos Delfino and a backup center.
  • The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded center Hasheem Thabeet and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception.
  • The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed forward Mike Scott, who averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds last season.
  • Davis leads US past Slovenia

    Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

    Faried finished with 14 points for the Americans, who now head to Bilbao, Spain for their tournament opener Saturday against Finland.

    Day 2 action

    Five-time champion and No. 2 seed Roger Federer has won his first-round match at the U.S. Open. So has two-time defending women’s champ Serena Williams.

    Playing in his record 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament and seeking his 18th major title, Federer posted a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over 76th-ranked Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

    The top-seeded Williams struggled early in her match before blowing past fellow American Taylor Townsend, 6-3, 6-1.

    Fourth seed David Ferrer needed four sets to advance to the second round. Ferrer is joined by 10th seed Kei Nishikori, 12th seed Richard Gasquet and No. 13 John Isner.

    The biggest upset of the day was authored by CiCi Bellis, who ousted women’s 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets. The 15-year-old Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996.

    Winners on the women’s side include third seed Petra Kvitova, seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard, No. 8 Ana Ivanovic and No. 16 Victoria Azarenka.

    Americans Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko, Shelby Rogers, Christina McHale and CoCo Vandeweghe also won their opening-round matches.

    Bucs get Mankins from Pats…Broncos change kickers

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have bolstered their offensive line by getting six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick. The deal comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard. General manager Jason Licht did not rule out the possibility of signing Incognito after getting Mankins.

    Elsewhere around NFL training camps:

  • The Denver Broncos have found a replacement for suspended kicker Matt Prater, acquiring rookie Brandon McManus from the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2015. The Broncos also released kicker Mitch Ewald, who missed an important field goal in Saturday’s 18-17 preseason loss to Houston. Prater was banished for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
  • New York Giants left guard Geoff Schwartz has a dislocated right big toe and will be in a walking boot for a week to 10 days. Schwartz signed a four-year, $16.8 million contract in the offseason and will begin rehabilitation after he gets out of the boot. He was hurt in Friday’s game against the Jets.
  • Buffalo has released Thad Lewis and signed fellow quarterback Jordan Palmer, who was cut by the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Lewis went 2-3 last year while filling in for injured rookie starter EJ Manuel.
  • The New York Jets have suspended cornerback Dimitri Patterson for the rest of the preseason after he left the team last week for 48 hours without speaking to anyone in the organization.
  • Darlington regains Labor Day spot

    Darlington Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date next season in one of the few significant changes to NASCAR’s 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule. Darlington was accommodated by Atlanta Motor Speedway, which gave up the date and will go back to hosting the second race of the season on March 1. NASCAR also has pushed back the second Daytona race of the season from Saturday, July 4 to Sunday, July 5 for next season only.

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