The Blue Jays ended a 10-game losing streak against the New York Yankees with a 5-2 victory on Monday after R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning and Jose Reyes sparked the Toronto offense.
Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th home run, a leadoff drive in the fifth inning, but the Yankees lost for the ninth time in 13 road games this month. Rodriguez is 10 homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list, which would secure a US$6 million bonus for the third baseman.
Derek Jeter went hitless in his return to New York’s lineup. Jeter, who had been out with a calf injury, finished nil-for-three with a walk.
In New York, the Phillies’ Cliff Lee outpitched Zack Wheeler after the Mets learned All-Star starter Matt Harvey has a partially torn ligament in his right elbow, and Cody Asche had a two-run triple as Philadelphia beat New York 2-1.
Lee (11-3) allowed a run and five hits in eight innings to win for the first time in seven starts since July 5. Asche hit his first major league triple — with two outs in the fourth — as the Phillies improved to 7-4 under new manager Ryne Sandberg and won for the second time in 15 road games.
In the American League, Coco Crisp and Daric Barton each drove in two runs, leading the Oakland Athletics past Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers 8-6.
Cabrera hit his 43rd homer, bolstering his pursuit of another Triple Crown, but Barton had a tiebreaking RBI single in Oakland’s two-run sixth inning. Crisp also had a solo homer during his three-hit performance.
Kansas City’s Jeremy Guthrie tossed five effective innings, helping the Royals roll to an 11-1 victory in the makeup of a snowed-out game from early May.
The Texas Rangers downed the Seattle Mariners 8-3 and the Houston Astros defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-8.
In the NL, Zack Greinke came within one strike of his fifth career shutout, while Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 6-2.
Cardinals slugger Allen Craig hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the seventh inning helping St Louis beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-6.
Matt Holliday also had a long three-run homer as St Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time since July 29. The Cardinals lead idle Pittsburgh by half a game and Cincinnati by 3.5 games.
In other games, the Colorado Rockies downed the San Francisco Giants 6-1 and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 6-1.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Coming from the business world, New York Liberty owner Joe Tsai (蔡崇信) did not understand why his WNBA franchise did not have a chief executive officer similar to the team’s NBA counterpart the Brooklyn Nets, which Tsai also owns. For Tsai, it was about equality, so he did something about it. The 56-year-old Taipei-born billionaire businessman and philanthropist promoted Keia Clarke to the position last week — making her the first chief executive officer in the team’s history. The WNBA veteran became the third black woman to currently be in charge of a franchise in the league, joining Los Angeles Sparks president
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
MONEY MATTERS: While COVID-19 played a major role in the decision, the CTBA also found it hard to secure sponsorship, and ticket sales would have been affected The Yonex Taipei Open badminton tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a funding shortfall, the CTBA said yesterday. This was the first time that the tournament, a Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Super 300-level competition, has been canceled since it began in 1980. The Taipei Open has been held annually since 1980. The tournament was to be played at the Taipei Arena from Sept. 1 to Sept. 6, with total prize money of US$500,000. The CTBA said that it was deeply concerned about whether the Taipei Open would proceed as scheduled after the BWF announced changes