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Angels Pitcher Garrett Richards Leaves Game with Knee Injury

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BOSTON) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was taken off the field on a stretcher after suffering what the team says is a left knee/patellar injury.

Richards was injured in the second inning of the team’s 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox Wednesday night when he slipped and fell while running to cover first base.

“Winning the game, obviously, it’s always important, but it’s secondary to what happened,” Angels skipper Mike Scioscia said. “This is a tough night for us. We’ll just see where Garrett is. Obviously, it’s a significant injury.”

Richards would be a serious loss for the AL West leading Angels: he leads the team in ERA, wins, strikeouts and WHIP.

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Giants Win Appeal, Will Resume Game with Cubs

Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The San Francisco Giants, who are in the thick of the National League playoff race, won their appeal to have Tuesday night’s rain game versus the Chicago Cubs rescheduled.

According to ESPN, the Giants and Cubs will resume Tuesday’s game Thursday at 5 p.m. ET, right before they play their regularly scheduled game later that night.

Tuesday night’s game was originally called after experiencing a 4-hour, 34-minute rain delay. Chicago led 2-0 and the game was in the bottom of the fifth, the length a game must go to be considered official, so the the Cubs were named winners. But the Giants protested, saying not enough was done to dry the infield in a timely matter. Major League Baseball agreed, and rescheduled the game.

This is the first time in 28 years that a team protested a game with the MLB and won.

The Giants (66-58) are currently 1 1/2 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves for the second Wild Card spot in the NL.

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Utley Leads Phillies over Mariners, 4-3

iStockphoto(PHILADELPHIA) — Phillies second baseman Chase Utley drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning as Philadelphia (56-71) defeated the Seattle Mariners (68-58), 4-3 on Wednesday.

With the game tied at 3-3 in the fourth, Utley took a 3-2 pitch from Mariners starter James Paxton and singled to right, allowing shortstop Jimmy Rollins to score. Paxton finished the day coughing up seven hits and one earned run in four innings of work.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels picked up his seventh win of the season, giving up three earned runs and nine hits in five innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 30th save of the season.

Mariners first baseman Kendrys Morales hit his fourth home run of the season in the second inning.

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Indians 1B/OF Nick Swisher Has Knee Surgery

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — Cleveland Indians first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher underwent surgery on both his knees Wednesday and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Swisher had the operation after getting a second opinion from Dr. Neil Elattrache in Los Angeles, who confirmed that the 33-year-old has chronic discomfort in both knees as a result of wear and tear.

Swisher is expected fully recover after 8 to 10 weeks of rehabilitation.

In 97 games this season with the Indians, Swisher was batting .208 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He has hit 239 homers across 11 big league seasons with the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and the Indians.

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Tiger Woods Says He Needs a Month or Two to Get Back into Shape

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) — Tiger Woods won’t be playing in the Ryder Cup in September and said that he needs some time before he gets back into the swing of things.

Woods suffered severe back pain throughout the 2014 PGA season and withdrew from the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone classic before failing to make the cut at the PGA Championship.

“It’s probably going to be a month or two,” Woods said at an event Monday night in New Jersey. “I just need to get strong. It’s one of the things that when I took that fall at Firestone No. 2, I hadn’t done any agility work, so that’s part of the deal.”

The 14-time major champion said last week that doctors advised not to play or practice, which led to him withdrawing from consideration for the Ryder Cup team.

Woods is aiming for a Dec. 4 return for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Novak Djokovic No. 1 Seed at US Open

LEON NEAL/AFB/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With defending Open champion Rafael Nadal out, Novak Djokovic will be the No. 1 seed in Flushing, Queens next week.

Nadal withdrew from the Open on Monday due to a wrist injury and Djokovic was named the top-ranked seed on Tuesday. The 27-year-old is seeking his eighth Grand Slam title for his career.

Five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer was named the No. 2 seed and is looking for his 18th Grand Slam.

Djokovic beat Federer in five sets for the Wimbledon title last month and the two can only meet in the finals.

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Steelers Ink Gilbert to New 6-Year Deal

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers inked right tackle Marcus Gilbert to a new six-year contract Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Gilbert was in the final year of his contract, and ESPN’s Scott Brown reports the deal is worth up to $30.8 million and includes a $7.65 million signing bonus.

“It means I am locked in hopefully as a Steeler for the rest of my career,” Gilbert said on the team website. “It’s a blessing to work for a great organization, the Rooney family, Kevin Colbert and Coach (Mike) Tomlin. Just to be around in Pittsburgh, where they show you so much love, I couldn’t be happier and in a better place.”

Gilbert was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Steelers. During his three seasons in Pittsburgh, Gilbert has started 34 games, including all 16 last season.

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NBA Referee Dick Bavetta is Calling It a Career

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images (NEW YORK) — NBA referee Dick Bavetta officially retired on Tuesday.

Bavetta began his NBA officiating career on Dec. 2, 1975 and hasn’t missed an assigned game since. He finishes his career having refereed in a record 2,635 consecutive regular season games.

The 74-year-old Bavetta also worked three NBA All-Star games, the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona and 27 NBA Finals games.

“On behalf of myself and the entire Bavetta family, I would like to thank the NBA family and the National Basketball Referee Association for allowing me the honor and the privilege of representing them for 39 wonderful years,” Bavetta said.

“I am most proud of never having missed an assigned game, be it exhibition, regular season, or playoffs, throughout my entire career. It really has been a great run.”

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Cardinals Place Ellis on DL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday with a left oblique strain.

The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

The 37-year-old Ellis has backed up Kolten Wong for most of the second half of the season. Ellis has played in 65 games this season and is hitting .192 with no home runs, 15 runs scored, 12 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .267 on-base percentage.

Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said the team is “pretty optimistic” that Ellis will only need the minimum stay on the DL.

Infielder Greg Garcia was promoted from Triple-A Memphis to take Ellis’ place.

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Report: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller Out for the Season

Football Texture/iStockphoto(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire upcoming college football season after injuring his right shoulder during practice on Monday, according to ESPN.

Miller suffered a shoulder injury during last year’s Orange Bowl game, which required surgery during the off-season.

Under center for the Buckeyes last season, Miller passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the reigning two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman, is expected to be named starter for Ohio State’s season opener against Navy in Baltimore on Aug. 30.

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