Wednesday, July 29
Davis hits 2 HRs, has 5 RBIs as Orioles beat Braves 7-3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Baltimore Orioles cruised past the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory.
Davis hit a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run drive in the second, both off Julio Teheran (6-6). It was Davis' 10th career multihomer game, the third this season.
Ubaldo Jimenez shook off a miserable start to pitch seven innings for the Orioles, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday night. Baltimore's four-game winning streak follows a 5-15 skid.
Jimenez (8-6) didn't allow a hit after the first inning and retired 18 of the final 20 batters he faced. The right-hander gave up two runs, four hits and three walks to end a run of three successive defeats.
Freddie Freeman homered for the Braves (46-54), who have lost 12 of 16 to fall a season-high eight games under .500.
Braves put LHP Banuelos on DL with elbow inflammation
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have placed left-hander Manny Banuelos on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
The move, announced Tuesday, is retroactive to July 25.
Banuelos was acquired by the Braves in a trade with the Yankees last January. He made his big league debut on July 2 and was 1-2 with a 2.49 ERA in five games, four of them starts.
He was scheduled to start Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said of the injury: "We don't think it's anything really serious."
Banuelos had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and missed the entire 2013 season.
Atlanta filled out the pitching staff by purchasing the contract of right-hander reliever David Carpenter from Triple-A Gwinnett, where he had a 0.71 ERA.
Mardy Fish handed first-round loss to Dudi Sela in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — The first stop of Mardy Fish's farewell tour ended quickly with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Dudi Sela in the Atlanta Open on Tuesday night.
Fish said it was a success just to play only his second competitive match of the year. He recently announced he will retire after the U.S. Open, and he also disclosed details of his battles with anxiety disorder.
Fish, who won the Atlanta tournament in 2010 and 2011, also will play doubles this week with his friend Andy Roddick, who is taking a break from his retirement.
The 33-year-old Fish says he wished he could have played better but added "It's just nice to finish on my own terms."
Fish also plans to play in Cincinnati before the U.S. Open.
QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL-WOODS
Tiger Woods running out of chances to salvage season
GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tiger Woods is running out of opportunities to salvage a lost season.
This week's Quicken Loans National could be his second-to-last start before the new PGA Tour season begins in the fall. He's on track to miss the FedEx Cup playoffs, and he needs a victory just to be eligible for next week's Bridgestone Invitational, on a course where he's won eight times.
Barring a dramatic turnaround, Woods' season will conclude at the PGA Championship in two weeks.
Woods acknowledged Tuesday that his last two years have been forgettable. Last year, he missed three months after back surgery, and this year he took two months off to fix a balky short game. He says he doesn't feel a huge sense of urgency because he hasn't played much competitive golf.
Billy Hurley III says his father has been missing for 9 days
GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Billy Hurley III is playing this week's Quicken Loans National while enduring a family crisis — his father, Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing for the past nine days.
Hurley broke down in tears as he announced to reporters on Tuesday that his mother has filed a missing-persons report for his father, a retired police officer.
The 33-year-old golfer says his father got into his truck on July 19 with some cash and clothes and drove away, and hasn't been heard from since.
He says he hopes someone who knows his father's whereabouts will come forward. He says he's playing this week in hopes his father will see him on TV and come home.
Hurley's father lives in Leesburg, Virginia, about 25 miles north of Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.