Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Chase Headley homered during an eight-run first inning as the New York Yankees quickly erased the memory of a lost weekend, romping past the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 14-1 on Monday.
Stephen Drew added another three-run homer off a favorite foil of the Yankees, Jeremy Guthrie (4-3), before the team made an out in the second.
Slade Heathcott hit his first major league homer in the seventh as New York, coming off a sweep by Texas, snapped a six-game skid. The Yankees won for just the second time in 12 games, beating the team that began the day with the best record in the majors.
Nathan Eovaldi (4-1) pitched with runners on in all but two of his seven-plus innings. Working on five days’ rest, he allowed eight hits and a run.
CARDINALS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
In St Louis, Missouri, Jhonny Peralta hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning, lifting St Louis to a victory over Arizona.
Peralta’s leadoff drive to left on a 1-2 pitch from J.C. Ramirez (1-1) was his fourth career game-winning homer.
The Cardinals improved to 4-1 in five extra-inning home games this month, including a sweep against the Pirates at the beginning of the month.
Mark Trumbo hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth for Arizona, but the Diamondbacks stranded five the last two innings. The Cardinals wasted two hits to open the ninth when Ramirez struck out Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams.
Carlos Martinez matched his career high with eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings for St Louis, who got an RBI apiece from Matt Adams and Jason Heyward. Trevor Rosenthal (1-0) retired Michael Owings and Tuffy Gosewisch with the bases loaded to end the 10th.
DODGERS 6, BRAVES 3
In Los Angeles, Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins each homered in the eighth inning, rallying Los Angeles to a victory over Atlanta.
Ethier got things started, homering to snap a 2-all tie against Nick Masset (0-1). Ethier’s bases-loaded walk in the first drove in the Dodgers’ initial run.
Pinch-hitter Guerrero sent a 3-1 pitch into the left-field pavilion, scoring A.J. Ellis, who walked, to make it 5-2.
With two outs, Rollins homered for a 6-2 lead.
It was the Dodgers’ most runs scored since getting six on May 15 against Colorado. They lead the majors with 60 homers.
Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the victory, tossing 11 pitches. Kenley Jansen got three outs in the ninth for his fourth save.
ANGELS 4, PADRES 3
In Anaheim, California, Albert Pujols hit a two-out, broken-bat single with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to give Los Angeles a walk-off win over San Diego.
In other MLB action, it was:
‧ Nationals 2, Cubs 1
‧ Giants 8, Brewers 4
‧ Rangers 10, Indians 8
‧ Mets 6, Phillies 3
‧ Twins 7, Red Sox 2
‧ Pirates 4, Marlins 2
‧ Athletics 4, Tigers 0
‧ Rockies 5, Reds 4
‧ Mariners 4, Rays 1
‧ Blue Jays 5, White Sox 0
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
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
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
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on