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TOP HEADLINES

Red Sox stun Yankees 5-4 in 10 for 4-game sweep

Andrew Benintendi’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning capped Boston’s rally from three runs down in the ninth against New York closer Aroldis Chapman, and the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep over the rival Yankees with a 5-4 victory on Sunday night.

Boston opened a 9 1/2-game lead atop the AL East over the Yankees, who lost their season-high fifth straight.

Mookie Betts hit his 26th homer for Boston (79-34), which has won eight of nine games and owns the majors’ best record.

The Yankees hadn’t been swept in a four-game series by the Red Sox when they entered a series 30 or more games over .500 since Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ rookie season in 1939, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Sandy Leon looped a two-out single off Jonathan Holder (1-3) in the 10th and advanced on a wild pitch. Tony Renda pinch-ran before Benintendi’s single bounced up the middle to the right of the second-base bag into center field for the win.

Matt Barnes (4-3) worked a perfect inning in the top of the 10th.

For the Yankees, it was a stunning reversal of the Boston Massacre in 1978 when the Yankees came to town and swept the Red Sox en route to erasing a large lead and capturing the AL East.

With New York leading 4-1 in the ninth, Chapman loaded the bases on walks before J.D. Martinez’s two-out, two-run single pulled Boston within one. Third baseman Miguel Andujar then bounced a throw to first on Xander Bogaerts’ grounder, with pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. racing home with the tying run.

Red Sox starter David Price took a shutout into the seventh, giving up two runs and four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.

 

Ramirez homers, Bieber wins again as Indians top Angels 4-3

Jose Ramirez finished third in the AL Most Valuable Player race last season.

Cleveland’s All-Star third baseman is making another run to finish high in the voting again.

Ramirez moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 33rd home run – a three-run shot in the first inning – and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Sunday.

Ramirez is batting .300 and is third in the AL with 82 RBIs. He’s also near the top of the league in slugging percentage, on-base percentage and total bases.

“He’s a special hitter,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Some guys kind of warm into the game. He’s dangerous right from the very first pitch.”

Ramirez homer traveled an estimated 423 feet and barely missed landing in the upper deck in right field. He also walked twice and has three homers and eight RBIs in his last six games.

Ramirez’s home run came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.

McGuire (0-2) retired only one batter, allowed three runs and was pulled with the bases loaded in the first. While McGuire had never any of Cleveland’s hitters, he knew what he was getting into with Ramirez at the plate.

“I threw a fastball down the middle, and a really good hitter put a really good swing on it,” he said.

Rookie Shane Bieber (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brad Hand – the Indians fourth reliever – allowed a run in the ninth but got his third save with Cleveland and 27th of the season.

Before the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season. Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday’s game that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.

 

Cabrera’s 2-run HR in 8th lifts Phillies to sweep of Marlins

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and the surging Philadelphia Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-3 victory on Sunday.

Cabrera, acquired in a July 27 trade with the New York Mets, crushed a 2-0 slider from Drew Steckenrider (3-2) into the right field seats for his 20th homer and his second in as many days.

Pat Nehsek (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Tommy Hunter worked the ninth for his second save as the Phillies overcame a mediocre outing from Aaron Nola for their fifth straight win. Philadelphia improved to an NL-best 38-18 at home and maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over Atlanta atop the NL East.

Derek Dietrich hit a two-run home run off Nola and Justin Bour tied it with a solo shot off Seranthony Dominguez in a three-run seventh for the Marlins, who have dropped six straight and 10 of 13.

The Phillies had taken a 3-0 lead on Odubel Herrera’s two-run single and Maikel Franco’s RBI single in the sixth.

On a 90-degree day in which the Phillies’ 2008 World Series-winning team was honored, Nola didn’t have his best stuff and was lifted after Dietrich’s 14th homer with no outs. Nola allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out two as he was denied his 13th win.

Marlins starter Dan Straily surrendered only one hit but was replaced after 5 1/3 innings following five walks and a hit batter that pushed his pitch count to 103. Herrera and Franco then delivered ground singles off lefty Adam Conley.

 

Osuna addresses new Astros teammates in closed-door meeting

Roberto Osuna is getting a second chance with the Houston Astros. They also made it clear they won’t give him another one.

The All-Star closer met his new Astros teammates Sunday and addressed the club for 10 minutes in a closed-door meeting after completing a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

The defending World Series champions acquired Osuna on Monday in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays while he was still serving his penalty. The reliever was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend May 8 in Toronto. Few details have been made public and the next court date in the case is scheduled for Sept. 5.

“We believe that Roberto will not let us down,” the Astros said in a statement Sunday. “If there is any type of issue in the future, we will take immediate and decisive action – it will not be tolerated.”

Speaking with reporters in the dugout, Osuna revealed little about the morning meeting in the Astros’ clubhouse at Dodger Stadium and did not discuss the case pending against him. He was reinstated from the restricted list and added to the active roster before Sunday’s game against Los Angeles, with Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. going on the 10-day disabled list due to elbow discomfort.

Osuna did not pitch in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers.

“I was very happy to meet them and very happy to be a part of this team and be a part of this World Series championship team,” Osuna said through a translator. “I will do my best to win another World Series this year.”

Asked if he could shed some light on why he was suspended, Osuna replied: “Not right now.”

 

Astros place RHP McCullers on DL with elbow discomfort

The Houston Astros placed starting pitcher Lance McCullers on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with right elbow discomfort and activated right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna.

Osuna was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade-deadline deal last week and is coming off a 75-day MLB-imposed suspension for violation of the league’s domestic violence policy.

McCullers pitched four scoreless innings Saturday against the Dodgers but left as he warmed up for the fifth inning.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he will take advantage of some upcoming days off and go with a four-man rotation through the middle of August.

McCullers returned to Houston on Sunday morning to get a more detailed examination from team doctors.

McCullers is 10-6 for the World Series champion Astros with a 3.93 ERA in 22 starts.

 

Angels’ Scioscia nixes report he’ll step down as ‘poppycock’

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia reached deep into his vocabulary to describe a report saying he’ll step down after this season.

“Poppycock,” Sciocsia said Sunday, using a dated term for “nonsense.”

A day after The Athletic reported that Scioscia is expected to end his 19-year run with the Angels in October, the manager strongly dismissed the report and insisted that he still loves what he’s doing.

Shortly after the Angels were beaten 3-0 by the Indians on Saturday night, longtime baseball writer Ken Rosenthal, citing unnamed major league sources, reported that Scioscia – the longest-tenured manager in the majors – and the Angels had reached a mutual decision to part ways after this season.

Scioscia said that’s not true, and he has “no idea” where the report originated.

“Nothing has changed since we talked in October,” he said, referring to what he told reporters at the end of last season about his status. “There’s always chatter out there. That’s it. Nothing’s changed. The only word I have is poppycock. That’s all it is.”

Following last season, Scioscia, Angels general manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno jointly said they would put off any talks about the 59-year-old manager’s future – or a possible contract extension – until the 2018 season was over.

Scioscia is in the final year of a 10-year deal he signed in 2008.

One of the game’s most likable managers, the former major league catcher was in a playful mood and joked with reporters while sitting in the dugout before Sunday’s game. Once he denied the report, Scioscia was eager to change the subject.

Scioscia said he did not speak with the team and doesn’t believe his situation will distract the Angels, who have little chance of making the playoffs. They entered Sunday’s game in fourth place in the AL West, 16 games behind division leaders Houston and well back in the wild-card race.

 

MLB trade rumors: Nationals sending reliever Shawn Kelley to Athletics

Shawn Kelley is heading to the Athletics.

The Nationals agreed to send the 34-year-old reliever to Oakland on Sunday, according to a report from ESPN. Washington designated Kelley for assignment last week after his outburst on the mound in a 25-4 blowout of the Mets.

Kelley cleared waivers before he was traded, the report says.

“You’re either in or you’re in the way,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said at the time (via The Washington Post). “He was in the way.”

Kelley tallied a 1-0 record with a 3.34 ERA in 35 appearances for the Nationals in 2018. He has registered a 3.73 ERA over his 10 career seasons.

 

Outside firm will head Meyer probe; expected to take 2 weeks

 Ohio State will rely on an outside law firm to investigate what coach Urban Meyer knew and did about domestic abuse accusations against a former assistant, a process expected to be completed within two weeks, the university said Sunday night.

Ohio State said in a release that a trustees’ committee formed to coordinate the investigation had an initial meeting and has hired a firm to conduct the probe of Meyer, who says he followed proper protocol when informed of a 2015 abuse allegation against assistant Zach Smith.

Mary Jo White of the national firm Debevoise & Plimpton is leading the investigation, the university said. She’s a former federal prosecutor and a former chairwoman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange.

“Ohio State is committed to a thorough and complete investigation,” said Jo Ann Davidson, a former Ohio House Speaker who is chairwoman of the trustees’ group coordinating the effort. “We look forward to sharing the results of this investigation and any action the university may take.”

Any decisions resulting from the investigation will be made by Ohio State President Michael Drake in consultation with university trustees, the statement said.

Meyer was put on paid leave last week amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of abuse made against Smith, who was fired July 24 after his ex-wife sought a restraining order against him. The couple divorced in 2016.

Smith has never been criminally charged or convicted.

Meyer initially told reporters at Big Ten Media Days on July 25 that he didn’t know anything about abuse allegations made by Courtney Smith in October 2015. In a statement released Friday via Twitter , Meyer admitted that he knew about the 2015 incidents and insisted he followed proper protocol. He also admitted lying to reporters about it.

 

Colts left tackle expected to miss time with leg injury

Andrew Luck could be missing his blind-side protector in Thursday night’s preseason opener at Seattle.

Left tackle Anthony Castonzo did not practice Sunday and coach Frank Reich says he is expected to miss “some time” after apparently re-injuring his right hamstring in Friday night’s practice.

Castonzo was injured initially during workouts between the end of Indy’s scheduled offseason workouts and the start of training camp. He was activated from the non-football injury list Wednesday.

It’s not yet clear who might replace the longtime starter.

The most likely candidate, Denzelle Good, also sat out with a hamstring injury Sunday. Other possibilities include Joe Haeg, who has started in three different spots over the last two seasons, and J’Marcus Webb, who was signed Monday.

 

Eagles sign head coach Doug Pederson through 2022, also extend executive VP Howie Roseman

Doug Pederson has parlayed the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory last season into a long-term deal, as the team announced Sunday his contract has been extended through 2022.

The team also announced that executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman’s contract has also been extended through that same period.

“We are thrilled to solidify continuity in our organization’s leadership with the extensions of Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman, whose collaborative partnership helped deliver our city its first Super Bowl Championship,” team Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “Doug and Howie are committed to the success of our franchise by ensuring that we remain competitive, both in the short and long term. That unified vision for the future of our team is what gives us the best chance to win moving forward.”

Pederson is now 20-12 in his two seasons in Philadelphia, including last season’s 13-3 mark. Last year, he helped the Eagles overcome injuries to several key players, including quarterback Carson Wentz, to win their first Super Bowl. He became just the eighth head coach in NFL history to win the Super Bowl within his first two seasons as a head coach.

 

49ers’ Richard Sherman sidelined by hamstring strain

 San Francisco newcomer Richard Sherman will miss the next week of training camp and the 49ers’ preseason opener after straining a hamstring in practice Friday.

“We’re definitely going to rest him at least a week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Saturday. “We don’t think it should be long term. It’s Grade 1, it’s a little higher than we expected so we got to be careful with that.”

The former Seattle cornerback was hurt chasing down receiver Pierre Garcon after a long completion from Jimmy Garoppolo during a full-team drill. The three-time All-Pro returned to practice at the start of training camp after suffering a torn right Achilles in November with the Seahawks. Sherman signed a three-year $39.15 million deal in the offseason after being cut by Seattle.

In Sherman’s place Sunday, the 49ers rotated Tyvis Powell and Greg Mabin with the starting defense. Jimmie Ward stepped in for Sherman during the offseason program but has been withheld from full-team drills after suffering a hamstring strain last week. Ward has participated during individual portions of the last two practices.

San Francisco opens its preseason slate Thursday night at home against the Dallas Cowboys.

 

McDermott unhappy with Benjamin criticizing Panthers, Newton

Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is not pleased with receiver Kelvin Benjamin questioning why the Carolina Panthers drafted him, and criticizing former teammate Cam Newton’s accuracy.

McDermott says “there’s a time and a place” to discuss those things, adding “this was not one of them.” McDermott says he’s informed Benjamin this is not how he wants his players to air their grievances.

McDermott spoke Sunday before the Bills returned to practice following a day off, and two days after Benjamin voiced his criticisms in an interview with The Athletic.

Benjamin was quoted as saying getting drafted by the Panthers was “a bad fit from the get-go,” when asked to assess his final 2+ seasons in Carolina. Without mentioning Newton specifically, Benjamin said he could have been more productive with “any other quarterback.”

He then pinpointed several star quarterbacks, including Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, in saying they had the knowledge and accuracy of placing a pass to a spot that makes it easier for a receiver to catch the ball.

The Panthers’ first-round pick in 2014, Benjamin set team records for rookies with 73 catches, 1,008 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. He missed the entire 2015 season with a left knee injury, and totaled 95 catches for 1,416 yards and nine touchdowns in his next 24 games before being traded to Buffalo in October.

Benjamin previously told The Associated Press he asked to be traded.

McDermott said one issue he had with Benjamin’s comments is that the Bills open their preseason Thursday hosting Carolina.

 

NFL trade news: Browns send former first-round pick Corey Coleman to Bills

The Bills have added a wide receiver.

Buffalo acquired Corey Coleman from the Browns, the teams announced Sunday. Cleveland will receive a future draft pick in the deal.

Cleveland selected Coleman out of Baylor with the 15th pick in the 2016 draft. The Browns acquired that pick when the Eagles traded up to draft quarterback Carson Wentz.

Coleman caught 56 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns in 19 career games with the Browns.

Buffalo sent quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Browns in exchange for a third-round pick this offseason.

 

Chase Elliott wins at Watkins Glen

Chase Elliott has won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr in a scintillating finish.

Truex ran second to Elliott for the entire final stage before beginning a steady close. It was a two-car race as the rest of the field was more than 11 seconds back.

Truex closed to the back bumper of Elliott’s No. 9 Chevy heading out of the first turn of the final lap, skidding sideways, but Elliott pulled away and Truex sputtered home second, out of fuel.

It was Elliott’s first career win in his 99th Cup start and 250th for Hendrick Motorsports.

Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, a triumvirate of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.

Truex was bidding to become the first Cup driver to win three straight road races since Tony Stewart accomplished the feat just over a decade ago (2004-05). Jeff Gordon is the all-time leader with six in a row 1997-2000).

 

Thomas doesn’t break sweat in winning finale at Firestone

Justin Thomas took all the drama out of the final World Golf Championship at Firestone, never letting anyone closer than two shots and closing with a 1-under 69 to win the Bridgestone Invitational for his third PGA Tour title this season.

Sweeter than capturing his first World Golf Championship was the sight behind the 18th green Sunday.

His grandparents, Paul and Phyllis Thomas, watched him win for the first time on the PGA Tour. Paul Thomas was a career club professional and played at Firestone in the 1960 PGA Championship, missing the 54-hole cut. His son, Mike Thomas, also is a career club pro in Kentucky and a former PGA of America board member.

“I got a little choked up when I saw grandma and grandpa over there,” Thomas said. “It’s really cool. They don’t get to come out very often.”

They saw a one-man show.

Playing in the final group with Rory McIlroy, the 25-year-old Thomas made only two birdies. That was all he needed on a day when just about everyone within range was making all the mistakes.

McIlroy finished the back nine with consecutive bogeys and never recovered. Ian Poulter shot 74. Jason Day tried to make a run by making three straight birdies, only to play the final six holes in 5 over to shoot 73.

Tiger Woods, an eight-time winner at Firestone, started 11 shots behind and figured he would go out with a bang by playing aggressively. He turned in a dud, and a birdie on the 18th hole gave him another 73 to leave him 15 shots behind.