A look at the big sports stories you’ll be talking about today, Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Royals earn walkoff win…Tigers keep pace
Alex Gordon allowed the Kansas City Royals to keep their 1 ½-game lead over Detroit in the American League Central.
Gordon launched a two-run, walkoff homer in the ninth to complete the Royals’ 2-1 triumph over Minnesota. The Royals were held to just three hits before Alcides Escobar led off the ninth with a single and scored on Gordon’s 16th round-tripper of the season.
Wade Davis improved to 7-2 with a 0.78 ERA by working a perfect ninth after Danny Duffy held the Twins to a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Tigers kept pace while ending the New York Yankees’ five-game winning streak. Rick Porcello picked up his career-high 15th win by allowing two runs and nine hits in eight innings of Detroit’s 5-2 downing of New York. Porcello joins teammate Max Scherzer as the AL’s only 15-game winners.
J.D. Martinez was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored to help the Tigers pick up their third straight victory.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Angels have regained sole possession of the AL West lead following their rout of Miami and Oakland’s loss in Houston.
Efren Navarro and Albert Pujols laced a two-run single while the Angels put together a five-run fifth to beat the Marlins 8-2. Efren Navarro also had two RBIs to support Matt Shoemaker, who is 13-4 after limiting the Marlins to two hits in seven scoreless innings.
The Astros beat Oakland 4-2 on Chris Carter’s three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth. The Astros rallied against Luke Gregerson after Jason Hammel held them to a run and three hits in seven innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
Setback for Sanchez
Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez said he was feeling better after experiencing pain in his right pectoral on Monday. Sanchez is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA, but he hasn’t pitched since Aug. 8 due to a pectoral strain.
Manager Brad Ausmus said Sanchez will not be able to return for Saturday’s doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox as hoped.
Also in the majors:
Love says he’s in Cleveland for long haul
Kevin Love says Cleveland Cavaliers fans shouldn’t worry about the opt-out clause in his contract.
The newly-acquired forward can become a free agent next summer after just one season with the Cavs. However, he said at a news conference on Tuesday that he intends to stay with LeBron James and the team.
Love never made the playoffs during his six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who acquired Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal that sent Love to Cleveland. Wiggins and Bennett are the last two No. 1 picks in the NBA draft.
In other NBA news:
Davis leads US past Slovenia
Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Faried finished with 14 points for the Americans, who now head to Bilbao, Spain for their tournament opener Saturday against Finland.
Day 2 action
Five-time champion and No. 2 seed Roger Federer has won his first-round match at the U.S. Open. So has two-time defending women’s champ Serena Williams.
Playing in his record 60th consecutive Grand Slam tournament and seeking his 18th major title, Federer posted a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 win over 76th-ranked Marinko Matosevic of Australia.
The top-seeded Williams struggled early in her match before blowing past fellow American Taylor Townsend, 6-3, 6-1.
Fourth seed David Ferrer needed four sets to advance to the second round. Ferrer is joined by 10th seed Kei Nishikori, 12th seed Richard Gasquet and No. 13 John Isner.
The biggest upset of the day was authored by CiCi Bellis, who ousted women’s 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets. The 15-year-old Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996.
Winners on the women’s side include third seed Petra Kvitova, seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard, No. 8 Ana Ivanovic and No. 16 Victoria Azarenka.
Americans Madison Keys, Varvara Lepchenko, Shelby Rogers, Christina McHale and CoCo Vandeweghe also won their opening-round matches.
Bucs get Mankins from Pats…Broncos change kickers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have bolstered their offensive line by getting six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for tight end Tim Wright and a draft pick. The deal comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard. General manager Jason Licht did not rule out the possibility of signing Incognito after getting Mankins.
Elsewhere around NFL training camps:
Darlington regains Labor Day spot
Darlington Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date next season in one of the few significant changes to NASCAR’s 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule. Darlington was accommodated by Atlanta Motor Speedway, which gave up the date and will go back to hosting the second race of the season on March 1. NASCAR also has pushed back the second Daytona race of the season from Saturday, July 4 to Sunday, July 5 for next season only.