Jim Thome launched career homer number 596 as the Twins topped the Royals 4-3 yesterday in Minnesota. Thome hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth for the Twins, which won three games in the four-game set. Brian Duensing tossed six-and-a-third innings of three run ball to even his record at 7-and-7. Royals designated hitter Billy Butler says Duensing had a nice outing.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth to notch his fifth save. The Royals got a two-run dinger from Jeff Francoeur. Felipe Paulino struck out eight, but allowed all four runs in seven innings to fall to 1-and-3. The Royals return home to open a three-game series with the White Sox tonight. Kyle Davies goes against lefty Mark Buerhle for Chicago.
Ryan Hanigan knocked in the eventual winning run in the bottom of the seventh with a single up the middle and the Cincinnati Reds took a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals in the finale of a three-game series. Cardinals starter and loser Jaime Garcia says he was simply outdueled by the Reds’ Homer Bailey.
Garcia allowed a pair of runs over seven frames to take the loss. Garcia suffered his first career loss at the hands of the Reds in six starts. Lance Berkman clubbed a home run in defeat. The Redbirds have the day off. Tomorrow they open a three-game series in the Big Apple against the Mets.
Detroit 4, Chicago White Sox 3
N.Y. Yankees 7, Toronto 2
Baltimore 8, Cleveland 3
Oakland 9, L.A. Angels 1
Texas 3, Seattle 1 (Tex 11 in a row)
Boston 1, Tampa Bay 0, (16 innings, 15 Pitchers, 8 hits)
Philadelphia 8, N.Y. Mets 5
Atlanta 9, Washington 8
Pittsburgh 7, Houston 5, 11 innings
Florida 7, Chicago Cubs 5
Milwaukee 4, Colorado 3
San Francisco 4, San Diego 3, 11 innings
Arizona 4, L.A. Dodgers 1
Pole-sitter Ryan Newman won the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway yesterday. Newman held off teammate Tony Stewart in the closing laps to snap a 47-race Sprint Cup Series winless streak.
Newman says the first win of the season couldn’t have come at a better time.
Newman’s 15th career win was his first since April 2010. Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Joey Logan and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top five. Despite a 13th-place finish, Carl Edwards reclaimed the lead in the points standings. Seven races remain before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins.
Darren Clarke won the 140th British Open yesterday. The 42-year-old Clarke carded an even-par 70 in the final round and finished the event at Royal St. George’s five-under-par. He says the fans were fantastic at Royal St. George’s.
Clarke’s first major championship came in his 54th career attempt. Meantime, Americans Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson finished in a tie for second at two-under. At one-under, Thomas Bjorn was the only other player under par for the tournament.
The U.S. women’s soccer team settled for runner-up status at World Cup by falling to Japan 3-1 on penalty kicks yesterday in Frankfurt Germany. The Americans had taken the lead in the 104th minute off a header by Abby Wambach off a feed from Alex Morgan, who scored the first goal of the game in the 69th minute. But Japan came back from a pair of one-goal deficits to become the first Asian nation to win the tournament.
NFL labor negotiations will resume today in New York instead of Minneapolis. The owners and players made significant progress last week, but potential sticking points remain, including re-establishing the union and figuring out what it will take for nine NFL players to settle their antitrust suit against the league. Those players include Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.