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July 27, 2017 - 5:21 pm


Nationals hit 8 HRs to blast Brewers 15-2

UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals tied a franchise record with eight home runs, including two apiece by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, and Max Scherzer pitched six innings of three-hit ball in a 15-2 rout of the fading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Washington matched two major league records in a seven-run third inning: Most consecutive home runs (four) and most home runs in an inning (five).

After Harper connected off Michael Blazek (0-1) in the first inning, Brian Goodwin started the long-ball barrage in the third with a two-run drive. Wilmer Difo, Harper and Zimmerman followed with long home runs.

The streak was interrupted when Daniel Murphy flied out, after which some of the fans reacted with good-natured booing.

Anthony Rendon resumed the fun with a shot to dead center that finally chased Blazek, whose first major league start was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Trevor Bauer pitched a season-high eight innings, Francisco Lindor singled to break a tie in the seventh and the Cleveland Indians won their seventh straight game Thursday with a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Cleveland is on its longest winning streak of the season and is a season-high 10 games over .500. The Indians completed a 7-0 homestand.

— Steve Pearce hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 to complete a four-game sweep. Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks walked the bases loaded with two outs before Pearce hooked a 3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the second deck.


Nationals place Strasburg on 10-day DL with elbow injury

UNDATED (AP) — Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 10-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals, who want the standout right-hander to rest his elbow by missing a turn in the rotation. The Nationals describe the injury as a "right elbow nerve impingement." The move, made Thursday, is retroactive to July 24.

Strasburg is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 20 games. He was removed from his last start after just two innings on July 23 in Arizona.

Manager Dusty Baker says Strasburg "is not feeling right," so the righty will skip a start for NL East leaders. Baker says Strasburg will continue to throw in the bullpen and will pitch in a simulated game before the Nationals decide whether to bring him back.

Washington recalled lefty Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse.

In other baseball news:

— The Chicago White Sox have placed All-Star outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained right thumb. The White Sox also promoted outfielder Willy Garcia and left-hander Aaron Bummer from Triple-A Charlotte before Thursday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. Bummer takes the roster spot of reliever Dan Jennings, who was traded to Tampa Bay for minor league first baseman Casey Gillaspie.

— The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired help for an inconsistent bullpen, obtaining left-handed reliever Dan Jennings from the Chicago White Sox for minor league first baseman Casey Gillaspie. Jennings was 3-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 48 appearances for the White Sox this season. He is expected to join the Rays in New York for the start of a four-game series Thursday night. Tampa Bay cleared room on the 40-man roster by designating right-handed reliever Diego Moreno for assignment. A corresponding move to the 25-man roster will be announced before Thursday night's game.

The Rays also say rookie right-hander Austin Pruitt has been added to the taxi squad. He will start Friday against the Yankees, filling in for injured right-hander Jake Odorizzi.

— The Atlanta Braves have optioned struggling shortstop Dansby Swanson to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves made the move following Wednesday's 10-3 loss at Arizona. The team says a corresponding move will be made before Friday's game at Philadelphia. Atlanta also optioned right-hander Aaron Blair to Gwinnett after he allowed five runs in three innings in Wednesday's loss, his 2017 debut.

— The Minnesota Twins are sending Triple-A catcher John Ryan Murphy to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Double-A left-hander Gabriel Moya. The deal agreed to Thursday was pending physicals for both players. The 26-year-old Murphy, a second-round pick by the Yankees in the 2009 amateur draft, has played parts of four seasons in the majors — from 2013-15 with New York then last year for the Twins.


Magic, guard Arron Afflalo agree to free agent deal

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Free agent guard Arron Afflalo is rejoining the Orlando Magic.

The Magic announced the signing Thursday but didn't disclose terms. The 11-year NBA veteran who shot 41 percent from beyond the arc for the Sacramento Kings last season gives Orlando leadership and 3-point shooting.

Afflalo had his best two seasons in the league with the Magic. He averaged 17.4 points, 3.7 rebound and 3.3 assists with Orlando in 2012-14.

He averaged 8.4 points and 2.0 rebounds with the Kings last season.

The Magic also announced the signing of free agent center Khem Birch to a non-guaranteed contract. Birch played in Greece last season.


Teddy Bridgewater's return: 'I know it's going to happen'

UNDATED (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater says he hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from the massive injury to his left knee he suffered nearly a year ago in practice with the Minnesota Vikings. The fourth-year quarterback spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time since he was hurt, marking the first day of training camp for the full team. He said there's no doubt he'll return to game action, though the timetable remains uncertain.

In other NFL news:

— Baltimore coach John Harbaugh says Joe Flacco will miss at least the first week of training camp because of a back injury. Harbaugh says the Ravens likely will bring in another quarterback and haven't ruled out signing Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick played in 12 games for San Francisco last season, throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick played for Harbaugh's brother, Jim, when he led the 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl, where they lost to the Ravens.

— Baltimore offensive lineman John Urschel has retired from the NFL after just three seasons. The 2014 fifth-round pick from Penn State, who pursued his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the offseason, started 13 games over the past three seasons and was expected to compete for a starting role at center or guard. Instead, he will pursue other interests outside of football.

— Broncos coach Vance Joseph's first training camp got off to a rough start with word that Devontae Booker will undergo wrist surgery Friday and is expected to miss six weeks. Booker was pushing to unseat C.J. Anderson as Denver's starting running back. He suffered a hairline fracture during organized team activities in June, marring a solid spring for the second-year pro as he bounced back from a rough rookie season that followed two knee surgeries. If Booker's recovery goes well, he will be back in time for the season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sept. 11.

— Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden says he doesn't believe Jordan Reed's toe injury is serious and expects the tight end to be back on the field next week. The Redskins placed Reed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp. Reed can be activated at any time. Gruden said Reed was experiencing soreness in his big toe that was causing him to overcompensate, including twisting his ankle.

— The Cleveland Browns say rookie defensive end Myles Garrett has fully recovered from a sprained left foot suffered in minicamp and won't be limited in practice. The Browns are counting on their No. 1 overall draft pick to help them bounce back from a 1-15 season, along with first-round picks Jabrill Peppers, David Njoku and quarterback DeShone Kizer.

— The Pittsburgh Steelers and left tackle Alejandro Villanueva have agreed to a four-year contract that will keep the former Army Ranger protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's blindside for the rest of the decade. Financial terms of the deal, reached just as the team was reporting to training camp on Thursday, were not disclosed. Villanueva, an Army graduate who served in Afghanistan, started every game for the defending AFC North champions last season.

— Linebacker Erik Walden has agreed to a deal with the Titans, a day before Tennessee reports for training camp, according to his agent, who declined to disclose the terms. Walden had a career-high 11 sacks last season for Indianapolis and became a free agent this offseason. The Colts chose not to bring the 6-foot-2 linebacker who turns 32 on Aug. 21 back for a fifth season.

— Cincinnati cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has accepted his one-game suspension for an offseason misdemeanor conviction, and expressed gratitude for the support he's received from Bengals owner Mike Brown. Jones is suspended by the NFL for the season opener as a result of his confrontation with hotel security personal and an obscenity-filled tirade against arresting police officers.


Dismissed Oregon receiver Darren Carrington signs with Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Oregon receiver Darren Carrington has signed with Utah. The university confirmed Thursday that the senior is in Salt Lake City and will join the Utes but is not immediately able to join the team on the field.

Carrington was dismissed from the Ducks two weeks ago, soon after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.

Last season as a junior, Carrington had 43 catches for 606 yards and five touchdowns. He has 112 career receptions for 1,919 yards and 15 touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound San Diego native steps onto the Utah team as the most experienced and successful receiver on the roster. The Utes are plenty familiar with Carrington after he caught a game-winning, 17-yard touchdown pass with two seconds left last season for a 30-28 Oregon victory.


4 conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men's basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East's supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC's coordinator of men's basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance "provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality" across the officiating ranks.


Markov leaves Canadiens to sign in KHL, may play in Olympics

UNDATED (AP) — Andrei Markov is leaving the NHL after 16 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens to play in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Markov announced his decision on a conference call Thursday. He hopes to represent Russia in the Olympics next February in South Korea, which will happen without NHL players.

The 38-year-old said his top option was to return to Montreal and finish his career there. When that didn't happen, he decided to move home.

In 990 games, Markov had 119 goals and 453 assists for 572 points.


Former USA Luge slider Riley Stohr suspended 6 months

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says former USA Luge athlete Riley Stohr has been suspended for six months because he tested positive for a metabolite found in marijuana.

Stohr's ineligibility is retroactive to March 18, when he tested positive for THC at national seeding races in Lake Placid. His retirement from the sport was announced by USA Luge about two months later.

USADA said Thursday that Stohr acknowledged using the prohibited substance.


Dressel, Kalisz emerge as new US stars at worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The United States is back on top of swimming's glamour event. And a new champion is carrying on American dominance in the 200-meter individual medley.

Caeleb Dressel emerged as his country's newest sprinting star with a victory in the 100-meter freestyle, holding off longtime U.S. stalwart Nathan Adrian on Thursday.

Dressel got off to a blistering start and won in a relative rout in the down-and-back race, touching in 47.17 seconds. Adrian surged from behind over the final strokes to claim the silver in 47.87, edging France's Mehdy Metella — the fastest qualifier from the semifinals and swimming between the two Americans — by just two-hundredths of a second.

Chase Kalisz extended U.S. rule of the 200-meter individual medley, rallying to claim his first major international championship. The Americans have won the event at eight straight world championships.

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