Here’s a look at some of the sports headlines making news today, Tuesday, Aug. 11.
ANGELS HAMMERED BY WHITE SOX
The Los Angeles Angels had an opportunity to grab a share of first place in the American League West on Monday night. Instead, they are a full game behind the Houston Astros after Avisail Garcia homered twice and collected four RBIs in the White Sox’s 8-2 rout of the Angels in Chicago.
Garcia’s three-run homer put the White Sox ahead 6-0 in the sixth inning. He also went deep in the fourth, one inning after Tyler Flowers hit a solo homer.
Chris Sale blanked the Angels until Johnny Giavotella lined a two-run double in the seventh. Sale gave up five hits while striking out seven over 7 1/3 innings to pick up his 10th win.
The loss went to Matt Shoemaker, who surrendered all three homers before leaving in the sixth inning.
Also in the majors:
Johnny Cueto fired a four-hitter in his Royals home debut to lead a 4-0 shutout of Detroit. Lorenzo Cain opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning. Ben Zobrist went 3-for-3 with a walk as the Royals won their fourth in a row to move 12 games ahead of second-place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Wei-Yin Chen was sharp in Baltimore’s 3-2 win at Seattle, holding the Mariners to a run and three hits in 7 1/3 innings. Chen didn’t allow a run after Franklin Gutierrez belted a second-inning homer. Andrew Jones and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who are two games behind the Angels for the AL’s second wild-card berth.
Daniel Murphy poked a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning as the Mets won for the eighth time in 10 games, 4-2 over the Rockies. Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to knot the score 2-2 before Murphy allowed New York to improve to 39-18 at home this season. Travis d’Arnaud’s second-inning homer was the lone hit allowed by Rockies rookie Jon Gray in six innings.
Washington remains 1 ½ games behind the NL East-leading Mets after Ian Desmond homered twice and had three RBIs in the Nationals’ 8-3 romp over the Dodgers. Gio Gonzalez scattered seven hits in eight shutout innings before Doug Fister gave up Carl Crawford’s three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Brett Anderson surrendered seven runs and 10 hits in five innings as the Dodgers saw their lead in the NL West drop to three games over the Giants.
Welington Castillo hit a solo homer and a bases-loaded triple to lead Arizona’s assault in a 13-3 drubbing of Philadelphia. A.J. Pollock smacked a two-run homer, and Yasmany Tomas added a solo shot and two RBIs.
Justin Upton’s two-run homer was enough offense for the Padres in a 2-1 win over the Reds in San Diego. Winner Ian Kennedy walked six over five innings but gave up just two hits, blanking the Reds following Jay Bruce’s second-inning blast.
RED SOX LOSE CLOSER FOR SEASON
Boston Red Sox closer Koji Uehara will miss the rest of the season with a broken right wrist. Uehara was hit by a line drive in Friday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers. He ends the year 2-4 with a 2.23 ERA and 25 saves in 27 opportunities.
Also in the majors:
The Dodgers have placed second baseman Howie Kendrick on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring suffered in Sunday’s 13-6 loss in Pittsburgh. Jose Peraza was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to replace Kendrick, who is batting .296 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 105 games this season.
The Mets have activated outfielder Michael Cuddyer from the disabled list and sent utilityman Eric Campbell to Triple-A Las Vegas. Cuddyer was New York’s primary left fielder until he went on the DL July 24 with left knee inflammation.
Mets third baseman David Wright got a hit and scored a run in his first minor league rehabilitation game since going on the disabled list in mid-April. Wright is trying to return after missing most of the season with spinal stenosis.
The Tigers have recalled left-hander Kyle Ryan from Triple-A Toledo and optioned Ian Krol to the Mud Hens. Ryan was 1-9 with a 4.75 ERA in 14 starts for the Mud Hens.
The Rangers have traded minor league infielder Tyler Pastornicky to the Philadelphia Phillies for cash. Pastornicky was hitting .283 with one home run and 19 RBIs in 53 games at Triple-A Round Rock.
DeLAET OUT, O’HAIR IN
The field for this week’s PGA Championship will include the world’s No. 1 player.
Rory McIlroy says he will compete at Whistling Straits this weekend, saying he’s 100 percent and that all parts of his game appear to be in order. McIlroy injured his left ankle playing around on a soccer field with friends the first weekend in July, causing him to miss the British Open. He showed up at Whistling Straits on Saturday and has been playing without apparent pain.
Graham DeLaet has withdrawn from the tournament because of a thumb injury that also forced him to withdraw from the Canadian Open last month. He stands 99th on the FedEx Cup race. Sean O’Hair will take DeLaet’s place.
NFL: PANTHERS FIGHTING AMONG THEMSELVES
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been involved in a scuffle at practice with cornerback Josh Norman. It ended with both players at the bottom of a pile and having to be separated by teammates.
The altercation occurred after Norman made a sliding interception against Newton, got up and began to return the ball toward the opposing end zone as defensive players are instructed to do by their coaches. Newton pursued, but coach Ron Rivera says Newton got stiff-armed by Norman along the way and it escalated from there.
Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David has signed a five-year $50.25 million contract extension, with $25.5 million in guaranteed money. David is the only player in the league with 10 or more sacks and at least six interceptions over the past three seasons.
The New England Patriots have released veteran quarterback Matt Flynn and signed Ryan Lindley to replace him as the team’s third-stringer. Flynn signed with the Patriots on June 12, but was on the non-football injury list.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith will retire after this season, saying he doesn’t want to hold on. The five-time Pro Bowler spent his first 13 seasons with Carolina and is entering his second with Baltimore. Smith has 13,000 receiving yards and 70 touchdown receptions for his career, including 79 receptions for 1,065 yards and six TDs last year.
Star linebacker Clay Matthews returned to practice for the Green Bay Packers. Matthews didn’t practice last week with what coach Mike McCarthy said was knee soreness.
An MRI indicates Eagles rookie cornerback JaCorey Shepherd has a torn ligament in his right knee that will likely end his season. Shepherd was injured when he ran into Darren Sproles after a play near the sideline during Sunday’s practice at Lincoln Financial Field.
Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas left practice because of an injury to his right leg. Thomas had his leg rolled into during an 11-on-11 scrimmage. Browns coach Mike Pettine says further testing will be done.
Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been held out of practice after straining his neck the previous day, putting his availability for their preseason opener Saturday in question. Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he was unsure when Maclin was hurt during Sunday’s practice.
The New York Jets have placed safety Antonio Allen on the season-ending injured reserve list and activated defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson from the active/physically unable to perform list.
In other NFL training camp news:
CHARGERS TRASH SAN DIEGO’S LATEST STADIUM PROPOSAL
The Chargers wasted no time criticizing San Diego’s updated plans for a new $1.1 billion stadium, the city’s effort to keep the team from leaving for Los Angeles.
The proposal calls for the Chargers to be responsible for $362.5 million and all cost overruns, with public contributions capped at 32 percent of the total project.
Chargers point man and former Los Angeles deputy mayor Mark Fabiani slammed the proposal and the 6,000-page draft of an environmental impact report, saying the franchise will not be the City’s guinea pig for this inevitably ill-fated experiment.
RANGERS INK STOLL
The New York Rangers have signed free-agent center Jarret Stoll, who pleaded guilty in June to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest in Las Vegas. Stoll has scored 140 goals and 379 points in 792 games over 12 NHL seasons with the Oilers and Kings. He gives the Rangers a top faceoff man and penalty killer.
Stoll was sentenced to 32 hours of community service in June. He’s starting a program to help others understand the dangers of using alcohol and controlled substances.