Blackjack!!: Indians set AL record with 21st straight win
UNDATED (AP) - Just a few hundred feet from the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Indians cut a record.
The Indians have set an American League mark with their 21st consecutive victory, 5-3 over the Tigers in Cleveland. The Tribe broke the previous AL record set by the 2002 Athletics.
The Indians spotted Detroit an early 1-0 lead before Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Roberto Perez added a seventh-inning blast for Cleveland, which has outscored its opponents 139-35 during the streak.
Mike Clevinger gave up one earned run and six hits over 5 2/3 innings, leaving Indians starters 19-0 with a 1.70 ERA during the run. Clevinger is 4-0 with a 0.38 ERA since the winning streak began.
The Indians haven't lost since Aug. 23 in becoming the third team in major league history to win at least 21 straight. The 1916 New York Giants are the major league record-holders at 26 consecutive wins, although there was one tie game during that run.
Checking out the rest of the major league finals:
- The Yankees are within three games of the AL East-leading Red Sox following the Bombers' 3-2 win over Tampa Bay. Todd Frazier put the Yankees ahead to stay with an RBI single in the second before Brett Gardner added a two-run single later in the inning. Jaime Garcia didn't pitch long enough to get his first win with New York, yielding a run and five hits over 4 2/3s.
- Boston was a 7-3 loser to Oakland as Matt Olson smacked a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie had two RBIs. Doug Fister was tagged for six runs and six hits in four innings after going 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his previous four starts. The Athletics had dropped seven straight at Fenway Park before dealing the Bosox their second loss in seven games.
- Albert Almora Jr. had a big game in the Cubs' 17-5 laugher over the Mets, providing a three-run homer and driving in a career-high six RBIs. Javier Baez added a solo shot while scoring three times and furnishing four of Chicago's 16 hits. The Cubs lead the NL Central by 2 ½ games over Milwaukee, with the Cardinals three games back.
- Marcus Thames (thaymz) belted his 25th home run and Brett Phillips collected three RBIs with a pair of singles as the Brewers earned an 8-2 win over the Pirates. Chase Anderson improved to 10-3 by limiting Pittsburgh to one earned run and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings, including Andrew McCutchen's solo shot.
- Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH'-nee-oh) Suarez hit a grand slam and Rookie Tyler Mahle combined with three relievers on a five-hitter in the Reds' 6-0 shutout of the Cardinals. Jesse Winkler led off the game with a homer and Mahle held St. Louis to four hits over five innings.
- Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock cracked a three-run homer and was 3-for-4 with four ribbies as the Diamondbacks cruised to an 8-2 win over Colorado. Patrick Corbin struck out seven and allowed a run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings to help Arizona move four games ahead of the Rockies for the first NL wild card. Colorado leads the second wild card by three games over the Brewers.
- The Dodgers' 4-1 win at San Francisco gives Los Angeles its first winning streak in nearly three weeks. Rookie Cody Bellinger slammed his 37th home run to back Yu Darvish, who combined with two relievers on a five-hitter. Darvish pitched three-hit ball over seven innings as the Dodgers dropped their magic number to seven for winning the NL West.
- The Twins pulled out a 3-1 win over the Padres on Eddie Rosario's two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. San Diego managed to extend the game after Minnesota starter Ervin Santana yielded just three hits while fanning seven over six shutout innings. The Twins continue to lead the Angels by two games for the second AL wild-card berth.
- Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs scattered three hits over seven shutout innings to lead a 9-1 win over Houston. Luis Valbuena's two-run homer capped L.A.'s five-run first inning off Mike Fiers (FY'-urz). Brandon Phillips singled home a pair and Justin Upton went deep as Los Angeles kept the Astros' magic number at five for winning the AL West.
- Mike Zunino launched a pair of solo homers and Jean Segura added a two-run shot as the Mariners thumped the Rangers, 8-1. Mike Leake worked the first 5 2/3 innings before the Seattle bullpen finished the combined five-hitter.
- Matt Kemp capped the Braves' six-run seventh by belting a grand slam in an 8-2 win at Washington. The game was tied 2-2 until Dansby Swanson hit a two-run single and scored on Kemp's 19th home run of the year. Luiz Gohara allowed one earned run and six hits over six innings for his first major league victory.
- The Orioles' six-game skid is over after Kevin Gausman fired seven innings of six-hit ball in a 2-1 win at Toronto. Baltimore did its scoring in the top of the first as Adam Jones lined an RBI double and scored on Trey Mancini's triple.
- The White Sox scored twice in the ninth inning to pull out a 5-3 win at Kansas City. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) put Chicago ahead with a sacrifice fly and Avisail Garcia added an RBI single. Adam Engel hit a two-run double for the Pale Hose.
- Rhys Hoskins now has 17 home runs in just 33 big league games after slamming a two-run shot in the Phillies' 8-1 romp over the Marlins. Hoskins is the fastest player in major league history to get to 17 career homers, doing it since his recall on Aug. 10.
MLB NEWS: IRMA-RAYS
Banner causes stir at Fenway...Rays heading home
UNDATED (AP) - A Red Sox spokesman said four people were escorted from Fenway Park after unfurling a banner that denounced racism.
During the fourth inning, a few fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign that read: "Racism is as American as baseball." There was a spattering of boos from the crowd as Red Sox security forced the fans to remove it and escorted the people from their seats.
The spokesman said four people were escorted from the park, and that one of them said they were inspired by Black Lives Matter.
The banner comes four months after Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said after a game on May 1 that he was the victim of racial slurs and had peanuts thrown at him at Fenway.
Elsewhere in the majors:
- The Rays will return home following Hurricane Irma for what is now a truncated five-game homestand against the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. The Rays said Wednesday they will host the Red Sox as scheduled in a three-game set starting Friday, then the Cubs beginning Tuesday.
Jaguars WRs Allen Robinson, Dede Westbrook undergo surgery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars receivers Allen Robinson and Dede Westbrook are recovering from surgery.
Robinson had surgery Monday after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the opener at Houston, landing him on season-ending injured reserve.
Westbrook had surgery Tuesday to repair a core muscle injury sustained in the preseason. Westbrook also was placed on IR, but could return after the first eight weeks of the regular season.
In other NFL news:
- Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for 10 games by the NFL for violating the league's performance enhancer policy. It's the second time Cushing has been suspended; he missed four games in 2010 under the same policy. Cushing, the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, will be eligible to return on Nov. 28.
- Longtime NFL running back Alex Hawkins has died in Columbia, South Carolina, at 80. The 1958 ACC Player of the Year played college ball at South Carolina before a 10-year NFL career, eight for the Colts and two with the Falcons.
Heat, Richardson work out extension
MIAMI (AP) - It appears the Miami Heat have given wing Josh Richardson a contract extension.
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Heat and Richardson have settled on a four-year package potentially worth $42 million.
Richardson is entering his third season with the Heat. He averaged 10.2 points last season, appearing in 53 games and making 34 starts.
Also in the NBA:
- The Utah Jazz have signed Nate Wolters to a two-way contract. Wolters was taken by the Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2013 draft out of South Dakota State. The guard played for Crvena Zvezda in Serbia last season, averaging 8.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists.
Olympic double: IOC says yes to Paris in 24, and LA for 28
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The International Olympic Committee has formally awarded Los Angeles the 2028 Summer Games following a vote by IOC members.
The city's bid committee ceded the 2024 games to Paris and was given millions of dollars of financial sweeteners for accepting the later date.
It will be the third time Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics, and the first since 1984.
L.A. officials have said their proposal can stay within budget by relying on the region's many existing stadiums and arenas, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Staples Center.
Vernon Fiddler announces retirement after 877 games in NHL
UNDATED (AP) - NHL forward Vernon Fiddler is retiring after scoring 104 goals and 261 points in 877 games over 14 seasons with Nashville, Phoenix, Dallas and New Jersey.
Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune. He finished last season with his original team, helping the Predators reach the Stanley Cup final for the first time.
Also in the NHL:
- The Avalanche will retire the number of forward Milan Hejduk (HAY'-dook) before the team's Jan. 6 game against Minnesota. Hejduk played all 14 of his seasons with Colorado and helped the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup title in 2001. He finished with 375 goals and 805 points in 1,020 games.
JEMELE HILL-TRUMP TWEETS
ESPN distances itself from anchor Jemele Hill's Trump tweets
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - ESPN has distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill's tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump "a white supremacist" and "a bigot."
ESPN tweeted on Tuesday, "The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN.
In a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill wrote on Monday night that "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists."
BAE IS BACK
Bae has 3-over 74 in return to golf after 2-year army duty
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) - Sangmoon Bae's first round of tournament golf after a compulsory stint in the South Korean army was a 3-over 74 Thursday in the opening round of the Asian Tour's Donghae Open.
Bae was 3-over after his first nine holes on the par-71 Bear's Best Cheongna Golf Club. After two birdies and a bogey early on the back nine, he bogeyed the par-3 17th to put him back to 3-over, nine strokes behind first-round leaders and fellow South Koreans Kang Kyung-nam and Kim Jun-sung, who had 65s.
Bae, whose last pro tournament was at the 2015 Presidents Cup in South Korea, was discharged from military service in August after spending almost two years as a rifleman.
He won the U.S. PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship in 2013 and the Frys.com Open in 2014.
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