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July 09, 2017 - 4:42 pm


Pirates score 10 in 1st, beat Cubs 14-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Cervelli and Andrew McCutchen capped Pittsburgh's 10-run first inning with consecutive homers off Jon Lester, helping the Pirates pound the Chicago Cubs 14-3.

Cervelli drove in five runs and Jordy Mercer had two hits and three RBIs as the Pirates closed out a 5-2 road trip with their fifth win in six games. All-Star Josh Harrison homered in the ninth and Chad Kuhl pitched three innings of one-run ball in an emergency start after Jameson Taillon was scratched due to flu-like symptoms.

Pittsburgh sent 15 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning since it got 10 in the seventh against Colorado on May 17, 2009. It was the first time it scored at least 10 in the first inning since June 8, 1989, against Philadelphia.

Elsewhere in the majors:

—Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays took three of the four from AL East-leading Boston, beating the Red Sox 5-3. Miller connected with two outs off Joe Kelly (3-1), sending a drive over the center field wall. Kelly had made a career-best 23 straight scoreless appearances. Brad Boxberger worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth before Alex Colome got three outs for his 25th save. Tampa Bay, at 47-43, has 13 more wins than last year at the All-Star break and trails the Red Sox by 3 1/2 games.

— Freddy Galvis hit two of his team's six home runs, Jerad Eickhoff threw five shutout innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies topped the San Diego Padres 7-1. Rookie outfielder Nick Williams began the run of homers with his first in the majors during the second inning. Cameron Rupp followed two batters later with another solo homer and Galvis hit a two-run shot in the third inning. Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr added solo home runs in sixth and seventh innings respectively and Galvis went back-to-back after Altherr's for his second of the game.

In other league news:

— Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross left today's game against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning with a possible injury. After Ross got the first batter of the inning, Nick Markakis, to fly to left, pitching coach Mike Maddux came out to the mound and was soon joined by the team trainer. Manager Dusty Baker then came out and Ross was removed in favor of Matt Grace.

— Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Kipnis was injured during Saturday's win over Detroit while trying to beat out a grounder in the third inning. He pulled up just as he reached the bag and grabbed the back of his leg. The injury isn't believed to be serious.

— Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley has been hit in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger. Danley stumbled backward and Royals catcher Drew Butera tried to hold him up before the umpire went to the ground in the bottom of the first inning at Dodger Stadium. Danley got to his feet, toweled off his face and resumed his job.

— Cleveland's Corey Kluber and Detroit's Michael Fulmer will meet in a matchup of All-Star pitchers tonight, although neither will appear in Tuesday's game. Both were chosen to the American League team, but were replaced on the active roster — by Major League Baseball rule — because they'll be starting the final game before the break. Kluber (7-3) has struck out 10 or more in a team-record five consecutive starts, while Fulmer (8-6) has won his last two starts, allowing five earned runs in 16 2/3 innings.


AP sources: Raps send Carroll to Nets, get Miles from Indy

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Looking down the barrel of some significant luxury tax penalties, Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is moving swiftly to get below the tax line while keeping his team competitive in the wide-open Eastern Conference.

Ujiri pulled off two trades in about 12 hours, sending veteran forward DeMarre Carroll to Brooklyn in a salary dump and landing C.J. Miles in a sign-and-trade with Indiana for Cory Joseph, according to three people with knowledge of the dealings.

The Raptors and Nets agreed to the Carroll deal late Saturday night, with Toronto sending a future first- and second-round pick to Brooklyn with Carroll and getting Justin Hamilton in return.

The deal allowed Toronto to offload Carroll's remaining two years and $30 million from its books, which helped the Raptors dip below the punitive luxury tax line in a summer when they re-signed point guard Kyle Lowry to a three-year, $100 million deal.


Froome retains lead after mountainous Stage 9 sees terrifying high-speed crash

CHAMBERY, France (AP) — Chris Froome clings to the overall lead in the Tour de France after a day of punishing climbs in eastern France's Jura mountains in which he lost his top teammate to a crash.

Getting through Sunday's Stage 9 unscathed, arguably the toughest of this Tour's 21 stages, marked a crucial step in the three-time champion's campaign for a fourth win. The last descent of the day with seven climbs saw a terrifying high-speed crash involving Richie Porte, who had been fifth overall but is now out of the race.

Porte missed a left-hand bend, cartwheeled across the road and bowled over another rider, Dan Martin, before slamming into a grassy bank.

Froome's teammate Geraint Thomas crashed during an earlier descent and was taken to a local hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.

Several other riders also crashed in the 113-mile through the Jura mountains.


Rooney rejoins Everton after 13 years at Manchester United

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United to rejoin Everton after 13 years at Old Trafford.

Everton says Rooney signed a two-year contract.

Rooney moved from Everton to United for 27 million pounds in 2004 and went on to become United's all-time top scorer. He is also England's record scorer.

The 31-year-old Rooney lost his place in United's team last season in Jose Mourinho's first year in charge.

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