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August 12, 2017 - 6:51 pm


West Point grad Rowley wins ML debut, Jays beat Pirates 7-2

TORONTO (AP) — Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2.

A former first lieutenant in the United States Army, and the first graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, to reach the majors, Rowley (1-0) missed all of the 2014 and 2015 minor league seasons while on active service, including a stint in Bulgaria.

The right-hander, who began the season at Double-A, allowed one run five hits. He walked one and struck out three.The only run off Rowley came in the second when Josh Bell hit a leadoff triple and scored on a two-out hit by Jordy Mercer.

Mercer added a solo homer off Leonel Campos in the ninth.


Red Sox put 2B Pedroia back on DL

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have put star second baseman Dustin Pedroia back on the 10-day disabled list for the third time this season because of knee trouble. Pedroia is out with inflammation. He has been hobbled by knee problems since being injured in a late slide by Manny Machado in Baltimore on April 21.

The 33-year-old Pedroia leads the team with a .303 batting average and a .378 on-base percentage. He has six home runs and 54 RBIs. He tops major league second basemen with a .997 fielding percentage, making only one error this year. That miscue ended his Red Sox-record of 114 straight games without an error by a second baseman.

The AL East leaders made the move before playing at Yankee Stadium today. The move was retroactive to Thursday, and left-hander Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

In other baseball news:

— The New York Yankees have put right-hander Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list because of shoulder inflammation. Righty Giovanny Gallegos was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Manager Joe Girardi says there is nothing structurally wrong with Tanaka. Rather, he'll rest and strengthen his shoulder, and is expected back soon. Tanaka issued a career-high five walks in four-plus innings at Toronto on Wednesday. After the game, Tanaka told the team he was ailing.

— A person familiar with the deal says the Miami Marlins have signed an agreement to sell the team to a group that includes former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter. The person confirmed the signing to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Another person familiar with the agreement said Friday that Jeter would be a limited partner in the group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, who will be the controlling owner.


Dolphins' Tannehill out for season, goes on injured reserve

UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Dolphins have placed quarterback Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve with a left knee injury, sidelining him for the entire season.

A person familiar with the decision says Tannehill will have surgery for a torn ligament. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Friday because the Dolphins hadn't disclosed it publicly.

Tannehill missed the final four games of last season with two sprained ligaments in his knee. He reinjured it a week into training camp on Aug. 3.

The move came today, when Miami also signed linebacker Junior Sylvestre. He spent part of the 2017 offseason with Buffalo and the 2016 offseason and training camp with Indianapolis.

In other NFL news:

— The Washington Redskins have placed linebacker Trent Murphy on injured reserve with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, and signed Jamari Staples to bolster their injury-depleted wide receiver corps. Murphy, the Redskins' top draft choice in 2014, was hurt in their 23-3 loss to Baltimore in their preseason opener on Thursday night. Safety Su'a Cravens also sustained a knee injury in the game, but is considered day to day. The team also waived injured offensive tackle Kevin Bowen.

— Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was carted off the field today after injuring his right leg. He was hurt on the second snap of team drills, quieting a festive crowd enjoying the final day of public practices. He was unable to put weight on his injured leg when he got off the cart to enter the team's facilities. Coach Vance Joseph said after practice it was a lower ankle injury that "at first look" didn't appear serious.


Kisner leads halfway through 3rd round at PGA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Kisner holds a one-stroke lead halfway through the third round of the PGA Championship.

The final group of Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day made the turn with Kisner at 9 under for the tournament. Matsuyama and Chris Stroud were a stroke back.

Kisner had eight pars on the front nine today to go with his birdie on the par-5 seventh hole .

He sent his second shot into the primary rough 75 feet from the flagstick on the right side of the green, but chipped to about 5 feet and sank that putt for the birdie.

Kisner and Matsuyama were the co-leaders at 8 under after two rounds. Matsuyama fell a stroke back with his bogey on the first hole, and matched Kisner's birdie on No. 7.


Bolt ends stellar career with injury; Farah loses, too

LONDON (AP) — Usain Bolt ended his stellar career in excruciating pain.

The Jamaican great crumpled to the track with a left-leg injury as he was chasing a final gold medal for the Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team at the world championships in London.

Having to make up lots of ground on the anchor leg, Bolt suddenly screamed, stumbled and somersaulted as he came down, his golden farewell shattered by the first injury he has experienced at a major competition.

That wasn't the only surprise. Britain went on to beat the United States in a tight finish.

Also at Worlds:

— Kevin Mayer is the new "world's greatest athlete." The Frenchman produced a dominant performance over two days and 10 events in the decathlon, ending with a celebratory 1,500 meters at the world championships. With two-time Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton now retired, the event was wide open. Mayer won with 8,768 points. Rico Freimuth took silver with 8,564 points, while German teammate Kai Kazmirek was third with 8,488. Mayer is the first Frenchman to win the title.

— Tori Bowie became the first double gold medalist at the world championships, anchoring the U.S. team to the 4x100-meter relay title ahead of Britain and Jamaica. At the same time, Allyson Felix, running the second leg on the winning team, earned a record 15th medal at the world championships in a career going back to 2005. Bowie, who won the 100 meters this week, ran a strong anchor leg, leaving behind the opposition to finish in 41.82 seconds. Britain took silver and two-time defending champion Jamaica earned bronze.

— The U.S. 4x400-meter relay team set the fastest time of the year to qualify for tomorrow's final at the world championships, beating Trinidad and Tobago and Belgium. Running several alternates on their team, the United States finished in 2 minutes, 59.23 seconds, .12 seconds ahead of Trinidad and Tobago. In the opening heat, Spain beat Poland and Cuba for the three automatic qualifying spots but Jamaica was out, finishing fourth.

— Mo Farah had to settle for silver in his last race on the track at a major championship. The British runner was going for a fourth straight world title in the 5,000 meters. He finished .43 seconds behind Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, who won in 13 minutes, 33.79 seconds.


Longtime NHL coach, GM Bryan Murray dies at 74 of cancer

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Longtime NHL coach and general manager Bryan Murray has died at 74. He worked in the league in some capacity for 35 consecutive seasons.

The Ottawa Senators said in a statement he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014.

Murray most recently served as general manager of the Senators from 2007-2016 before stepping down, citing health and family concerns. He also was GM of Anaheim, Florida and Detroit and coached Washington, Detroit, Florida, Anaheim and Ottawa.

He won the Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year with the Capitals in 1983-84 and reached the Stanley Cup Final with the Senators in 2007.


Red Wings denounce use of logo at white nationalist rally

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings say they are considering legal action to stop white nationalists from using their logo as part of a "disturbing" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The team said in a statement it "vehemently" disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally.

The Red Wings say they are "exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration." The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country.

There is a Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses the Red Wings' logo.

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