Astros take opener from Pale Hose
UNDATED (AP) _ The Houston Astros have continued their latest hot streak by taking the opener of their doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago.
George Springer and José Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) hit solo homers to support Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) in the Astros’ ninth win in 10 games, 6-2 against the White Sox. Springer connected on the first pitch of the day and also threw out a runner at the plate from right field.
Greinke allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings to win for the second time in two starts since Houston acquired him from Arizona in a deal at the trade deadline.
Robinson Chirinos (chih-REE’-nohs) drove in two runs with a pair of singles for the AL West leaders, who entered the day 10 games ahead of second-place Oakland.
Elsewhere on major league diamonds:
_ Domingo Germán (huhr-MAHN’) became the season’s first 16-game winner by working the first seven innings of the Yankees’ 8-3 rout of the Orioles. Germán allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in winning his seventh consecutive decision. DJ LeMahieu homered on the first pitch he saw and Aaron Judge added a two-run double in New York’s 16th straight win over Baltimore.
_ The Phillies earned a 4-2 win against the Cubs as J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) homered and doubled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning. Jason Vargas allowed two runs and five hits in six innings before the Philadelphia bullpen shut the door. Cubs starter Jose Quintana had a career-best 14 strikeouts while allowing one earned run and five hits over six innings.
_ Brian Dozier and Juan Soto homered in their returns to the lineup as the Nationals downed the Reds, 3-1. Joe Ross extended his scoreless streak to 17 1/3 innings before José Iglesias hit an RBI single to end Ross’ day. Ross allowed one run and five hits in his 6 2/3 innings of Washington’s third straight win.
_ Five Blue Jays pitchers combined on a five-hitter in a 3-0 shutout of the Rangers. Teoscar Hernandez and Billy McKinney hit back-to-back home runs in Toronto’s fifth victory in seven games. Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk celebrated his 28th birthday with a solo home run against Texas, which has dropped six of seven.
Yelich in Brew Crew outfield
UNDATED (AP) _ The Milwaukee Brewers’ lineup is back at full strength for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) is in action after missing five starts because of a back injury. The reigning National League MVP also missed six consecutive games from April 29 to May 4 while dealing with a back issue.
Yelich leads the NL with a .335 batting average and his 39 home runs are tied for the most in the majors with Mike Trout of the Angels.
In other baseball news:
_ Red Sox lefty Chris Sale has become the fastest pitcher in major league history to record 2,000 career strikeouts. Sale entered Tuesday’s game against the Indians with 1,995 strikeouts and reached the milestone by fanning rookie Oscar Mercado in the third inning. According to information provided by the Red Sox, Sale broke Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez’s mark by getting to 2,000 in 1,626 innings, 85 1/3 innings faster than the former Boston ace.
_ Cardinals catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-her) Molina has been activated for the opener of a two-game series in Kansas City. The nine-time All-Star missed 28 games after landing on the injured list July 8 with a thumb injury.
_ Braves rookie slugger Austin Riley will not need surgery on his injured right knee and expects to return to the lineup in about two weeks. Riley has been on the IL since Aug. 5 after spraining his knee during a workout. But Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson continues to rehab a bruised right foot and is unsure when he’ll be able to come off the IL.
_ A person familiar with the deal says right-handed reliever Greg Holland and the Nationals have an agreement in principle on a minor league contract, pending a successful physical exam. The 33-year-old Holland was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week. He appeared in 24 games for Washington last season.
_ The Rockies have designated veteran catcher Chris Iannetta (eye-ah-NEH’-tuh) for assignment and purchased the contract of backstop Dom Nuñez from Triple-A Albuquerque. Iannetta departs as the team’s all-time leader among catchers in games played, runs, hits, homers, RBIs and walks. The 36-year-old hit .222 with six homers in 52 games this season.
_ The Phillies have hired former manager Charlie Manuel to replace John Mallee as hitting coach for the remainder of the season. Manuel was working as senior adviser to the general manager. He was the bench boss when the Phils won the 2008 World Series.
No Luck in preseason
UNDATED (AP) _ Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will likely miss the rest of the preseason with an injury near the front of his left ankle.
Colts general manager Chris Ballard says he isn’t sure if the injury will keep Luck out of the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Indy’s starting quarterback has been dealing with lower leg pain since straining his left calf in March.
Elsewhere in the NFL:
_ Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has returned to training camp after missing time to see a specialist for his frostbitten feet and losing a grievance with the NFL over the use of a helmet. Brown was surrounded by cameras as he walked onto the field late in practice and greeted his teammates for the first time since leaving camp about a week ago. Coach Jon Gruden says he expects him to be ready to play the season opener Sept. 9 against Denver.
_ Giants wide receiver Golden Tate has lost the appeal of his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancers. Tate announced the suspension on Twitter last month and felt his appeal had merit because he was using a fertility drug prescribed by a doctor. The appeal was heard by a member of an independent appeals panel in New York last week.
_ The Jets have signed veteran cornerback Marcus Cooper for depth in their depleted secondary. Cooper has played in 74 games, including 28 starts, in stints with San Francisco, Kansas City, Arizona, Chicago and Detroit in six NFL seasons.
Gauff in, del Potro out of US Open draw
UNDATED (AP) _ Coco Gauff has received a wild-card entry for the U.S. Open’s main draw. It will be the second Grand Slam tournament for the 15-year-old from Florida. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card into the qualifying rounds there.
Gauff became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon and upset five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round but wound up losing to eventual title winner Simona Halep (HAL’-ehp).
The U.S. Tennis Association announced its wild cards Tuesday. The year’s last major tennis tournament begins Aug. 26.
Meanwhile, former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro (mahr-TEEN’ dehl-POH’-troh) has withdrawn from the upcoming tournament while he continues to recover from right knee surgery. The 12th-ranked del Potro fractured his kneecap for the second time in less than a year while playing in a Wimbledon tuneup tournament. The U.S. Tennis Association says the withdrawal allows American Denis Kudla to move into the main draw.