Thursday, July 31, 2014


Blue Jays romp over Red Sox

BOSTON—Melky Cabrera’s second homer sailed over the left-field wall and smashed a car window across the street.
Just a little extra damage in a game when the Toronto Blue Jays hammered the Boston Red Sox.
Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and drove in five runs, and R.A. Dickey pitched three-hit ball for seven innings, as the Jays won 14-1 last night.

Nats blow six-run lead

MIAMI—Washington Nationals’ closer Rafael Soriano went from milestone to meltdown.
One day after notching his 200th career save, Soriano blew one last night—giving up four runs in the ninth inning as the Miami Marlins rallied to top Washington 7-6.

Raonic using loss sting as motivation

WASHINGTON—Milos Raonic has had nearly a month to digest his Wimbledon semi-final loss to Roger Federer.
But even after all that time, the sting still lingers.
“I’m still pretty angry about it,” Raonic said of the straight-sets loss to the Swiss star.

Rare series win for Jays in Bronx

NEW YORK—Jose Bautista decided it was time to take charge—not with his bat but with his feet.
The Toronto slugger stole second base without a throw with two outs in the ninth inning and then scored when Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single, lifting the Blue Jays over the N.Y. Yankees 5-4 yesterday for their first series win in the Bronx in nearly two years.

Fister sharp

CINCINNATI, Ohio—The slumping Cincinnati Reds were no match for a record-setting Doug Fister.
He took advantage of facing the Reds to extend the best season-opening start by any Washington pitcher in a 4-2 Nationals’ win yesterday.

Gordon nabs fifth Brickyard victory

INDIANAPOLIS—With a tinge of grey hair at his temples, his hat on backward, and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 yesterday—eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

Six inducted at Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.—Frank Thomas choked back tears, Joe Torre apologized for leaving people out of his speech, and Tony La Russa said he felt uneasy.
Being enshrined in the Hall of Fame can have those effects—even on the greats.

Teen intends to finish swim

PORT DOVER, Ont.—A 16-year-old girl who ended a swim across Lake Erie earlier than planned said she intends to finish the swim later this summer.
Annaleise Carr ended her effort early Saturday morning at Long Point, Ont., short of Port Dover, where she initially had planned to celebrate the end of a 75-km marathon swim.

Clark surges to Canadian Open win

MONTREAL—When Jim Furyk’s charge to a third RBC Canadian Open title stalled in the final round, Tim Clark decided to go for it.
The 38-year-old South African, whose wife is Canadian, fired five birdies on the back nine yesterday to overtake Furyk on the 15th hole and hold on to win the $5.7 million (U.S.) tournament at Royal Montreal.

Stroman sharp in Jays’ romp

TORONTO—Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons couldn’t help but worry just a little.
Marcus Stroman had a no-hitter alive through six innings, but the prized 23-year-old prospect was up to 91 pitches in a game the Jays were well on their way to winning.

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