Clayton Kershaw allowed just three hits over eight innings and hit a two-run single as the Los Angeles Dodgers increased their National League West lead to a season-best 7.5 games on Sunday night with an 8-2 interleague victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Mark Ellis had a home run and three RBIs to help Los Angeles improve to a major league-best 37-8 since June 22, a stretch that has dramatically turned around their season after they trailed the Arizona Diamondbacks by as many as 9.5 games. The Dodgers are a season-best 17 games over .500.
In New York, Mariano Rivera blew a third straight save for the first time in his career before Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees over the Detroit Tigers 5-4 for their first series win in more than a month.
Rivera (3-2) gave up another homer to a limping Miguel Cabrera and a drive to Victor Martinez in the top of the ninth, tying it at 4-4 and turning Alex Rodriguez’s first homer of the season into a footnote.
Also in the AL, James Shields earned his first home win in more than three months and Alex Gordon homered as the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3.
The Royals improved to 18 wins and five losses since the All-Star break, winning seven consecutive series.
Texas pitcher Martin Perez allowed four hits for his first career complete game, leading the Rangers past the Houston Astros 6-1 for their seventh straight victory.
Chris Carter ruined Perez’s shutout bid with a home run with two outs in the ninth inning.
Alberto Callaspo hit a tie breaking two-run double in the eighth inning and Brandon Moss had a two-run homer as the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3, the Cleveland Indians edged the Los Angeles Angels 6-5, the Seattle Mariners blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 and the Minnesota Twins downed the Chicago White Sox 5-2.
In the NL, Stephen Strasburg pitched a four-hitter and struck out 10 batters in the first complete game of his career, and Jayson Werth had his second straight three-hit game as the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of Philadelphia with a 6-0 win over the Phillies.
Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer as the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 9-4, while Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning to lead the Colorado Rockies past the NL Central leading Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2.
The Cincinnati Reds edged the San Diego Padres 3-2 in the 13th inning, the St Louis Cardinals downed the Chicago Cubs 8-4, the Baltimore Orioles trounced the San Francisco Giants 10-2 and the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-5.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two
Former MLB pitcher Wang Wei-chung has signed the biggest contract with a local team in Taiwan’s professional baseball history, the Wei Chuan Dragons said yesterday. The 28-year-old left-hander signed a five-year US$2.08 million contract with the Dragons, team chairman Hsu Wen-fang told a news conference. It is the biggest contract in the CPBL’s 31-year history, surpassing a three-year, US$1.36 million deal Lin Chih-sheng signed in 2016 with the CTBC Brothers. Although the overall value of Wang’s deal set a new record, his average monthly salary of NT$990,000 (US$33,886) is lower than Lin’s pay of NT$1.2 million per month in 2017