Friday, July 29
Moreland, Hamels lead Rangers in 3-2 win over Royals
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland's second home run of the game broke a tie in the eighth inning and Cole Hamels earned his 12th win of the season as the Texas Rangers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Thursday night.
Hamels (12-2) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings, matching his longest start of the season. His 123 pitches were 10 more than his previous high for the year. He didn't allow an earned run in his previous two starts, totaling 13 1/3 innings.
Sam Dyson earned his 21st save in 23 opportunities, stranding the tying run at third base.
Both homers by the left-handed hitting Moreland were to the opposite field and came off Yordano Ventura (6-9). It was Moreland's 10th career multi-homer game and second of the season. He has five homers in his last 11 hits.
Royals put reliever Hochevar on 15-day disabled list
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kansas City Royals reliever Luke Hochevar has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
The Royals made the move before Thursday night's game at Texas, and said the right-hander has symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. That is a condition when blood vessels or nerves between the collarbone and first rib become compressed, and can cause pain in the shoulder and neck.
Kansas City recalled right-hander Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Omaha.
The DL move was retroactive to Monday, the day after Hochevar took the loss in a 2-1 home defeat to the Rangers. He gave up a tiebreaking homer to the first batter he faced, Delino DeShields leading off the seventh.
Hochevar is 2-3 with a 3.86 ERA in 40 appearances this season.
Rangers' Hamilton feeling no pain 7 weeks after knee surgery
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton says he is feeling no pain seven weeks after extensive surgery on his left knee.
Hamilton said Thursday he feels good but knows he still has healing to do and needs to go "through the process of rehabilitation." The 35-year-old outfielder fully expects to be with the Rangers when they get to spring training in Arizona before next season.
During surgery June 8th in Houston, Hamilton's anterior cruciate ligament was reconstructed. Dr. Walt Lowe also repaired meniscus and lateral cartilage in the knee.
That was Hamilton's third surgery on the knee since September, along with cortisone shots and a stem cell and platelet-rich plasma injection.
Hamilton appeared at a ceremony where a field at the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Academy in West Dallas was named in honor of the 2010 AL MVP and five-time All-Star after he contributed to the project.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre also made a contribution toward a major league-size turf field in an indoor facility at the 17-acre site.
Browns to name starting quarterback before first exhibition
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said he will name his starting quarterback for this season before the team's first exhibition game next month.
The Browns will open the preseason on August 12th at Green Bay and Jackson said he will "definitely" have his starter in place by then.
Robert Griffin the Third is expected to win the starting job over veteran Josh McCown and rookie Cody Kessler. The Browns signed RG3 to a two-year, $15 million contract in March. McCown started eight games last season before breaking his collarbone.
Jackson said his decision on the quarterback will "show itself very quickly" in training camp. Griffin showed some rust during mini-camps in the spring, but Jackson felt the 26-year-old was "'getting there" during those workouts. Jackson did not say how he planned to divide snaps between his quarterbacks in camp.
Redskins place Doctson on physically unable to perform list
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson is among five players the Washington Redskins placed on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp.
The Redskins put the former TCU star Doctson on the PUP list with an Achilles injury that first occurred at rookie minicamp in May. Doctson returned during organized team activities but left soon after when he aggravated the problem.
Guard Shawn Lauvao (ankle), linebacker Perry Riley (foot), tight end Derek Carrier (knee) and wide receiver Reggie Diggs (knee) also went on the PUP list Thursday prior to the team's first workout. The Redskins also put linebacker Junior Galette on the reserve/non-football injury list after he tore his right Achilles tendon.
Vikings give coach Mike Zimmer a contract extension
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have given coach Mike Zimmer a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed in Thursday's announcement.
The former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator is 18-14 in two seasons with Minnesota and expectations are high this year after the team went 11-5 and won the NFC North last season.
Co-owner and team president Mark Wilf says Zimmer has helped "transform the culture" of the Vikings.
NFL: Raiders vs Texans in Mexico City sells out in minutes
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The NFL says the November 21st Monday night game in Mexico City between the Oakland Raiders and the Houston Texans has sold out within minutes.
A league statement says tickets went on sale at 11 a.m. Thursday and were gone in under a half-hour.
Mexico is one of the few countries outside of the U.S. with a large fan base for the sport that folks here call "American football." League officials have said it's their biggest foreign market.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement that the rapid sellout "further confirms what a passionate fan base we have in Mexico."
The game at the cavernous Azteca stadium will mark the league's return to Mexico for the first time since the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals came in 2005.