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Nationals Walk-Off Again, Earn 10th-Straight Win

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) –The Washington Nationals won for the fifth time in six games on a walk-off, this time on a throwing error, as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Thursday.

The Nationals have now won 10 straight.

Denard Span scored the winning run when Anthony Rendon hit a ground ball to third baseman Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco proceeded to throw the ball past the first baseman and into the camera well. That allowed Span, who started the play on second base, to be flagged home.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez pitched seven innings of scoreless ball allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six, and Rafael Soriano (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Washington (73-53) become the first team since the 1986 Astros to win five games via the walk-off in a six-game span.

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David Price Stellar in Return to Tampa, Takes Loss Anyway

moodboard/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price threw a one-hitter on Thursday afternoon, but the one hit he allowed was enough for his former team to beat him.

Price, making just his fourth start since being traded to Detroit from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitched a full eight innings and struck out nine in a 1-0 loss.

Tampa’s second batter of the game, Ben Zobrist, reached base on an error by Tigers shortstop Eugenio Suarez. The following batter, Brandon Guyer, tripled to drive in the game’s only run.

Price retired the next 23 batters to face him, but Detroit’s bats were unable to get him off the hook.

The game marked Price’s return to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he spent the entirety of his major league career until the July 31 trade to Detroit.

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Angels Pitcher Garrett Richards Out at Least Six Months with Torn Knee Tendon

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Garrett Richards tore a tendon in his knee on Wednesday night, an injury that will require surgery that will keep Richards out for at least six months.

Richards injured his leg covering first base during the second inning of Wednesday night’s game. On a ground ball to Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, on which Pujols threw to second for a force out, Richards crumpled to the ground while running to cover first.

The 26-year-old starting pitcher grabbed for his knee and was eventually taken off the field on a stretcher.

On Thursday, the Angels confirmed that Richards had suffered a torn patellar tendon, an injury that typically requires six to nine months from which to recover.

Richards’ loss is a tough one for the Angels, as he is the team leader in most statistical categories, including ERA, wins, strikeouts, and WHIP.

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Jeff Gordon is Looking Forward to Bristol

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Fresh off his third win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Jeff Gordon hopes to continue one of the best seasons of his career on Saturday night.

Gordon has five wins, five poles, and 16 top five finishes at Bristol Motor Speedway and has an average starting position of 7.4.

“Bristol provides the teams with a lot of challenges, but I love the input a driver can give to help influence the setup,” Gordon said on his website. “It’s a track that most drivers seem to enjoy racing at. It’s a track the fans love, as well.”

“(No. 24 crew chief) Alan (Gustafson) and the crew are giving me great cars each week. It’s a lot of fun going to the track right now, and this week is no exception. I love racing at Bristol and we’re really looking forward to this Saturday night’s race,” Gordon continued.

Just three races remain before NASCAR’s chace for the championship begins.

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Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Face Pot Charges

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) — Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession on Wednesday.

The Steelers were on their way to Philadelphia for their third preseason game against the Eagles Thursday and were found with marijuana at a traffic stop.

Ross Township traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after smelling a strong odor of marijuana.

“We are aware of the reports and still gathering information,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

The NFL is also expected to review the incident.

Blount signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in March.

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Steelers RB’s Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount Face Pot Charges

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) — Steelers running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were charged with marijuana possession on Wednesday.

The Steelers were on their way to Philadelphia for their third preseason game against the Eagles Thursday and were found with marijuana at a traffic stop.

Ross Township traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after smelling a strong odor of marijuana.

“We are aware of the reports and still gathering information,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. “We will have no further comment at this time.”

The NFL is also expected to review the incident.

Blount signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh in March.

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Derrick Rose Scratched from U.S. Exhibition Game

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose was scratched from Team U.S.A.’s 105-62 exhibition game victory over the Dominican Republic Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Rose originally was going to play in the game even though he missed practice Monday and Tuesday to rest his sore knees.

While this may sound bad for a player who is coming off two knee surgeries in two years, Rose did partake in the shootaround Wednesday morning.

According to ESPN.com, Team U.S.A. coach Mike Krzyzewski held Rose out of the game to allow players who are competing for the final roster spots to have more minutes.

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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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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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