Review Category : National Sports

Keuchel Shines, Astros Win Sixth Straight

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — Dallas Keuchel pitched eight innings allowing three hits, one run, and no walks while striking out four to lead the Houston Astros to their sixth straight win — this one over the San Diego Padres 7-2 — on Wednesday.

The Astros (14-7) now have a major league best 10-2 road record after going 8-1 on this West Coast trip.

“It’s time to go home, but what a great trip,” Astros skipper A.J. Hinch said. “Good baseball, good adjustments on the fly, a lot of winning baseball, which is all you can ask for. I’m proud of these guys for the way they’re playing.”

Keuchel (3-0) raised his ERA from .62 to .73 in the win.

Houston’s offense was powered by Colby Rasmus and Jose Altuve. Rasmus hit a two-run homer off Padres starter Andrew Cashner in the fourth inning, while Altuve went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, extending his hitting streak to eight games.

The Padres (11-12) have lost three straight and seven of their last 10.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 4/29/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —NBA Playoffs: Atlanta Hawks 107 – Brooklyn Nets 97 (Hawks lead series 3-2)

Memphis Grizzlies 99 – Portland Trail Blazers 93 (Grizzlies win series, 4-1)

NHL Playoffs: Tampa Bay Lightning 2 – Detroit Red Wings 0 (Lightning win series, 4-3)

MLB: Baltimore Orioles 8 (10-10) – Chicago White Sox 2 (8-10)

Detroit Tigers 10 (15-7) – Minnesota Twins 7 (9-12)

Tampa Bay Rays 3 (12-10) – New York Yankees 2 (13-9) *F/13

Milwaukee Brewers 8 (5-17) – Cincinnati Reds 3 (10-11)

Houston Astros 7 (14-7) – San Diego Padres 2 (11-12)

Cleveland Indians 7 (7-13) – Kansas City Royals 5 (14-7)

Boston Red Sox 4 (12-10) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (10-12)

Washington Nationals 13 (9-13) – Atlanta Braves 4 (10-11)

Miami Marlins 7 (10-12) – New York Mets 3 (15-7)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (14-6) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (8-14)

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (12-10) – Chicago Cubs 1 (12-8)

Seattle Mariners 5 (10-11) – Texas Rangers 2 (7-14)

Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (10-11) – Colorado Rockies 1 (11-10)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (13-8) – San Francisco Giants 3 (9-13)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (10-11) – Oakland Athletics 3 (9-13)

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Orioles Top White Sox with No Fans in Attendance

iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — In what was believed to be the first major league game played without fans in attendance, Chris Davis hit a three-run homer in a six-run first inning Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Chicago White Sox, 8-2.

The gates at Camden Yards were locked because of concern for fan safety following recent rioting in Baltimore.

Both teams lined up for the national anthem, music played in between innings and the seventh-inning stretch was noted with the traditional John Denver song.

The Orioles and White Sox played their game in two hours and three minutes. Baltimore won its third straight game.

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GoDaddy Won’t Sponsor Danica Patrick After 2015

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — GoDaddy announced on Wednesday that they won’t be on Danica Patrick’s race car after 2015.

GoDaddy has sponsored Patrick’s race cars since her IndyCar career began, but contracts with her racing team, Stewart-Haas Racing, expire after this season.

“NASCAR has been a tremendous domestic platform to help us achieve an 81 percent-aided brand awareness domestically, but at this stage, we need a range of marketing assets that reach a more globally-diverse set of customers,” GoDaddy chief marketing officer Phil Bienert said in a statement.

Patrick is currently in negotiations on a personal services contract with GoDaddy, and the driver said she’s looking forward to a continued partnership.

“I’m excited to work with GoDaddy on a personal level moving forward but will miss having their bright green color on my race car next year,” Patrick said in a statement. “At the same time, this is a new opportunity for a brand to pair with me and Stewart-Haas Racing and achieve the kind of growth we experienced with GoDaddy.”

Patrick sits 16th in this year’s Sprint Cup standings through nine races.

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Masahiro Tanaka Headed to 15-Day DL

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New York Yankees placed pitcher Masahiro Tanka on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Tanaka will be out at least a month with right wrist tendinitis and a mildly strained forearm, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Tuesday.

“We want to make sure this does not lead to more horrific problems,” Cashman said at a news conference.

Tanaka missed 10 weeks last season due to a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and was aware of the injury. Still, he doesn’t think his elbow led to further health issues.

“I went out and played light catch on that day, which was yesterday. I woke up this morning and felt it a little more than the day before, so that’s why I went over to Steve [Donohue], our trainer, and told him about it,” Tanaka said through a translator. “Personally, I don’t think that it has anything to do with my elbow.”

Tanaka was 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and had 24 strikeouts.

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Adrian Peterson: Wouldn’t Mind Playing for the Cowboys

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn’t ruling out a trade, despite the organization’s desire to keep him.

Peterson told WFAA in Dallas that he wouldn’t mind playing for the Cowboys next year.

“It would be nice,” Peterson said at Tuesday night’s Rockets-Mavericks game. “I’ve got family here, my dad’s here. But I’m under contract, so we’ll see.”

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman repeated his initial statement when asked about Peterson’s future in Minnesota.

“We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff,” Spielman told reporters at the team’s pre-draft news conference on Tuesday. “Our position has not changed. We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson.”

Peterson has three years and $45 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

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Cavs GM Says It’s “Highly Unlikely” Love Plays Again This Postseason

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(INDEPENDENCE, Ohio) — Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin said Tuesday that he does not expect injured star Kevin Love back for the remainder of the playoffs.

Love was injured during the first quarter of Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics. He was tied up with Boston’s Kelly Olynyk when Olynyk tugged at Love’s arm while the two were battling for a rebound. The tug ended up popping Love’s arm out of the shoulder joint.

“I want to make it clear that’s highly unlikely,” Griffin said of Love returning during the postseason. “The damage to his shoulder is extensive. This is not a situation where we’re expecting he will be available for any of this and we’re in the process of gathering information in terms of what the exact, right, next steps are and every option is on the table.”

It’s possible Love could have surgery. His first MRI showed, “an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.” Love is currently looking for a second opinion.

After the game in which he was hurt, Love described Olynyk’s injurious move as “bush-league.” As a result of the play, Olynyk has been suspended one game to start the 2015-16 season.

The Cavaliers will play the winner of the Chicago Bulls/Milwaukee Bucks series in round two.

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Dolphins DE Dion Jordan Suspended for Entire 2015 Season

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended by the NFL for the entire 2015 season for violating the league’s drug policy for the third time in two years.

“We were disappointed to learn about Dion Jordan’s most recent suspension for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse,” the team said in a statement. “A player’s health and well-being are of the utmost importance to us. We have made every effort to support Dion, both on and off the field, and we will continue to do so to the extent allowable under NFL guidelines.”

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Jordan did not fail a drug test, but the NFL deemed that one of his test samples was diluted, which in Jordan’s case counts as a violation. The 25-year-old will not appeal the suspension.

Jordan was almost traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in February, but once it was found that Jordan had submitted a diluted test sample, the deal was called off.

Jordan was selected by the Dolphins with the third overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s played in 26 games for the team, recording 46 tackles and three sacks.

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Jets Fined $100K for Tampering

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL announced Tuesday that the New York Jets will be fined $100,000 for owner Woody Johnson’s remarks last year about cornerback Darrelle Revis.

During a news conference last December, Johnson said that he would, “love to have Darrelle back.”

Johnson made these comments while Revis was still playing for the New England Patriots, who proceeded to file tampering charges.

The Jets signed Revis to a five-year, $70 million contract this offseason. After the signing, Patriots owner Robert Kraft commented that he wished Revis, “was still with us.” That, in turn, prompted the Jets to file tampering charges against the Patriots, but ESPN says the league will not punish New England.

Revis spent his first six seasons with the Jets before leaving for Tampa Bay in 2013. He signed with New England for the 2014 season and played a big part in the Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX.

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Maurice Jones-Drew Retires With Jaguars

ThinkStock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Running back Maurice Jones-Drew signed a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday and announced his retirement from the National Football League.

“This game has done so much for me and my family,” Jones-Drew said at a news conference. “From where I came from to where I am now has done so much.”

The Jaguars originally selected Jones-Drew out of UCLA in the second round of the 2006 NFL draft. In eight seasons with Jacksonville, he rushed for 8,071 yards and 68 touchdowns on 1,804 carries. The three-time Pro Bowler led the league in rushing in 2011 with 1,606 yards.

Jones-Drew says he plans to pursue a career in broadcasting.

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