Thursday, July 2
Orioles hit 2 HRs to back Chen in 4-2 victory over Rangers
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to back an effective pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen and carry the Baltimore Orioles past the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Jimmy Paredes homered and had two RBIs for the Orioles, who yielded eight home runs in losing the first two games of the series.
The Rangers went deep twice more — solo shots by Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua — but that was the extent of their offensive output.
Chen (4-4) allowed two runs, four hits and a walk over eight innings to win his third straight decision. The Taiwanese left-hander is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA lifetime against the Rangers.
Zach Britton struck out the side in the ninth for his 23rd save.
Nick Martinez (5-5) gave up four runs, three earned, and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings. He has lost three straight starts.
Altuve helps Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 win
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve had three hits and scored the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to help the Houston Astros complete a three-game sweep of a the Kansas City Royals with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night.
The game was tied at 5 in the seventh when Kelvin Herrera (1-2) plunked Altuve on the forearm. Altuve stole second and reached third on a lineout. He put Houston on top when he beat the tag at the plate on a fielder's choice by Chris Carter.
The play was reviewed and upheld.
The Astros trailed early before taking a 5-3 lead after a four-run fifth inning. A two-run triple by Jarrod Dyson off Josh Fields tied it in the seventh before Altuve scored the go-ahead run.
Luke Gregerson (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
Carter and Marwin Gonzalez hit solo homers for Houston and Evan Gattis drove in two runs.
Chicharito injures collarbone as Mexico ties Honduras
HOUSTON (AP) — Mexico forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez left a scoreless draw against Honduras on Wednesday night with a collarbone injury as the teams put the final touches on their Gold Cup preparations.
Chicharito left the game in the 41st minute after a collision with Brayan Beckeles and was taken to a hospital to evaluate the injury. Hernandez has 40 goals for the Mexican national team in 75 appearances.
Mexico controlled the flow of play and came close to scoring twice in the first half through forward Carlos Vela. The forward got off two good shots but hit the goal post on both attempts.
Honduras defender Maynor Figueroa and Andy Najar had shots from inside the box in the 79th minute but both were cleared off the goal line.
Mexico begins Gold Cup play July 9 in Chicago against Cuba. Honduras opens the tournament against the United States on July 7 in Frisco, Texas.
AP source: Hawks finalizing deal for Spurs' Splitter
ATLANTA (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deals says the Atlanta Hawks are finalizing a trade for San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter.
The person says the Spurs and Hawks have agreed on the trade but the remainder of the deal is being finalized. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound Splitter averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this season. He started in 35 of his 52 games.
Splitter has two years remaining on his contract and will earn $8.5 million in the 2015-16 season and $8.3 million in 2016-17.
The Hawks lost forward-center Pero Antic, who is returning to the Euroleague, and forward DeMarre Carroll has agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with Toronto.
AP Source: Spurs, Danny Green agree on 4 years, $45 million
UNDATED (AP) — Danny Green isn't going anywhere.
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Green has agreed to terms with the San Antonio Spurs on a four-year contract worth $45 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. Per league rules, it cannot be signed until July 9.
Green was one of the most coveted shooters on the market. And the Spurs' pursuit of free agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge led some to believe that they would have to let Green leave for a big money deal with another team.
But after agreeing to a max contract extension with Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs locked down Green, who is also one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.
Stars bringing back veteran forward Eaves on 1-year contract
DALLAS (AP) — The Stars have signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract after a solid first season in Dallas.
Eaves had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 47 games last season, leading the Stars with a plus-minus rating of plus-12. He had a career-high six power-play goals.
The 31-year-old journeyman has 173 points (88 goals, 85 assists) in 491 games over 10 seasons, with other stops in Ottawa, Carolina, Detroit and Nashville.
Eaves was a first-round pick by Ottawa in 2013. He signed with Dallas as a free agent last summer.
Houston Texans lineman Brandon Ivory charged in burglary
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Houston Texans defensive lineman Brandon Ivory has been charged in what police describe as a residential burglary in Tuscaloosa.
Authorities say the 23-year-old Ivory, a former Alabama standout, was arrested with another man Wednesday after two people said a pair of men busted down a door and took two Apple iPads and cash.
One of the suspects was allegedly armed with an assault rifle and the other had a knife.
The 6-foot-4 Ivory, who weighs about 310 pounds, and 21-year-old Nicholas Gerald Gibson III are both charged with two counts of burglary. Each man is in the county jail with bond set at $120,000.
Court records aren't available to show whether either man has a lawyer.
Ivory is from Memphis, Tennessee. He signed a free-agent contract with Houston in May.
Ex-Cowboy Spillman charged with sexual assault in Texas
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Former Cowboys special teams player C.J. Spillman has been arrested on a sexual assault charge in an alleged 2014 incident at a Dallas-area hotel.
Tarrant County jail records show Spillman surrendered early Wednesday and was freed on $15,000 bond.
Grapevine police say a grand jury indicted Spillman on Monday after the alleged assault of a woman last Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort, where he was staying.
Sgt. Robert Eberling says the woman filed a complaint within days of the incident. Eberling declined to provide further details on the investigation.
Spillman became a free agent in March.
His agent, Ron Slavin, declined comment Wednesday about the criminal case and says Spillman no longer lives in the Dallas area.
The Cowboys also declined comment.