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Wednesday’s Sports Minute

Wednesday’s Sports Minute

TIGERS ROAR: Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter runs out from the dugout before the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit, Tuesday, Sept. 9. Photo: Associated Press/Carlos Osorio

Here’s a look at the big sports stories making news today, Wednesday, Sept. 10.

Tigers tied with Royals…Ex-Brewer McGehee helps grease Milwaukee’s slide

The Detroit Tigers have clawed their way into a tie with Kansas City atop the AL Central after beating the Royals for the second straight night, 4-2. Max Scherzer improved to 16-3 by holding the Royals to one run over six and two-thirds innings.

Rajai Davis and J.D. Martinez homered. Joe Nathan earned his 30th save in 36 chances.

In other baseball:

  • The Washington Nationals jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings and beat Atlanta for the second straight night, 6-4. New Nats closer Drew Storen earned his third save in three days. He has struck out six of the nine batters he’s faced in that span. The Nats are nine games up on the Braves in the NL East, reducing their magic number to 10.
  • Jacob deGrom burnished his rookie of the year credentials by pitching three-hit ball for eight dominant innings, and the New York Mets held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 for their sixth win in seven games. The victory came after the Mets learned captain David Wright would be shut down for the rest of the season because of inflammation in his left shoulder.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers’ September collapse continues. Ex-Brewer Casey McGehee cracked a two-run home run and Marcell Ozuna followed with a solo shot in a three-run ninth inning rally that gave Miami a 6-3 win over the Brewers, who’ve dropped 13 of 14.
  • AL East leader Baltimore beat Boston 4-1. Adam Jones cracked his 25th homer for the Orioles, who are up by 10 games in the division with 17 to play. Alejandro De Aza hit two homers for the Orioles, who’ve won 10 of 13.
  • Tampa Bay nipped the New York Yankees 4-3. Left fielder Matt Joyce threw out Stephen Drew in the fifth inning when catcher Ryan Hanigan blocked the sliding runner.
  • Houston nipped Seattle 2-1. Shortstop Jonathan Villar drove home the go-ahead run with a bad-hop single that eluded Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. The loss drops the Mariners a half-game behind the Tigers in the race for the final AL wild card spot.
  • Red Sox’ Pedroia could be done for year

    Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia could miss the rest of the season with soreness in his left hand and left wrist. Boston manager John Farrell says Pedroia has been bothered by the ailment since midseason and an MRI on Tuesday showed increased inflammation.

    In 135 games, Pedroia is batting .278 with seven homers and 53 RBIs. Last season, he hit .301 with nine homers and 84 RBIs before undergoing offseason surgery on his left thumb.

    In other baseball news:

  • Washington Nationals slugger Ryan Zimmerman, hoping to return before the end of the regular season, took on-field batting practice Tuesday for the first time since injuring his right hamstring in July. Zimmerman said a recent MRI was encouraging. He said he’s been able to run at about 50 to 60 percent of full speed.
  • Major League Baseball has sent a memo to teams clarifying this year’s experimental rule intended to limit collisions at home plate, saying runners should not be called safe if the ball clearly beats them.
  • Goodell doesn’t rule out Rice’s return

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not rule out the possibility of former Ravens running back Ray Rice returning to play in the league after serving a suspension for domestic violence. But Goodell said first the league would have to be “fully confident” that Rice has addressed his personal issues, and paid a price for his past behavior.

    Goodell said the league asked for, but was not given, that video of Rice striking his then-fiancée — and that “no one in the NFL, to my knowledge” had seen it — before it was posted online.

    Rice loses shoe and game contracts

    Nike and video game publisher Electronic Arts have severed business ties with former Ravens running back Ray Rice. The moves come a day after Rice was let go by Baltimore and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following the release of a video showing him striking his then-fiancee in February.

    The Baltimore Ravens have said on Twitter that they’re planning to offer an exchange for Rice jerseys.

    Electronic Arts says it is removing Rice from its recently released Madden NFL 15 title via an online update.

    Sabres owner in double play…No vote on drug testing

    The estate of late Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson has reached “a definitive agreement” to sell the franchise to Terry and Kim Pegula, who also own the NHL Buffalo Sabres. The sale is subject to being approved by a three-quarters majority of the NFL’s 31 owners, which is expected to come at league meetings on Oct. 8.

    The Pegulas have committed to keeping the Bills in Buffalo. The franchise is valued at $935 million by Forbes but the sale price is expected to exceed $1 billion.

    The Pegulas are nearing completion on a privately funded $172 million downtown hockey/entertainment complex called HarborCenter adjacent to the Sabres’ arena.

    In other NFL news, the 32 player representatives to the union have delayed a vote on the NFL’s proposal for changes to the drug policy that potentially could implement HGH testing. The players union also is pushing for neutral arbitration in the appeals process and is seeking higher thresholds for positive marijuana tests.

    U.S. tops Slovenia

    Klay Thompson’s 20 points paced the United States to a 119-76 rout of Slovenia in the quarterfinals at the World Cup. James Harden scored 12 of his 14 points in the third quarter when the Americans started to pull away for their 61st consecutive win in international competition. Kenneth Faried also scored 14. The United States is expected to face its first significant test of the tournament when they face Lithuania in the semifinals Thursday.

    Harvick gets Stewart crew for the Chase

    Stewart-Haas Racing has given Kevin Harvick the crew from Tony Stewart’s 2011 championship in a move to strengthen Harvick’s title chances in his first year with the team.

    Harvick has been critical of the No. 4 team’s pit stops this season and said after Saturday night’s regular-season finale that it had to be addressed for him to have a shot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that starts Sunday at Chicagoland.

    With Stewart, the co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, not eligible for the Chase, the organization moved the No. 14 crew to Harvick.

    Cavs ink another new player

    The Cavaliers have signed free agent forward Shawn Marion, adding more postseason experience to a team targeting an NBA title. Marion agreed to a one-year contract with the Cavs last month. A 15-year veteran, Marion won a championship with Dallas in 2011. Last season, the 6-foot-7 Marion averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 76 starts for the Mavericks.

    A four-time All-Star, Marion has also played for Phoenix, Miami and Toronto.

    Ferry disciplined for comments

    Atlanta Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has told the team’s flagship radio station that he made the decision to discipline general manager Danny Ferry but allowed him to keep his job. Koonin says he relied on a law firm’s three-month investigation of Ferry and his description of Luol Deng. Team co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. wants Ferry fired.

    Ferry made the inflammatory comments about Deng in a conference call with the Hawks’ ownership group in June when the team pursued Deng as a free agent. Ferry apologized for “repeating comments that were gathered from numerous sources” about Deng.

    Deng, who now plays for the Miami Heat, says he is “saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today.”

    Detroit center suspended

    Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe has been suspended for two games without pay for pleading guilty to driving while visibly impaired in Michigan. The NBA made the announcement a day after the Pistons signed the restricted free agent to a $5.48 million, one-year qualifying offer. The 24-year-old Monroe averaged 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.

    Monroe’s suspension will begin with the first game of the regular season.

    Chauncey Billups tells Yahoo Sports he is retiring after 17 NBA seasons.

    The 2004 NBA Finals MVP says his desire is still strong, but he can’t ignore the fact that he’s had a hard time staying healthy. The 37-year-old Billups has played only 61 games over the last three seasons.

    Mercury go 2-up on Sky

    Brittney Griner shook off two blows to the face to finish with 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and the Phoenix Mercury made it two straight routs in the WNBA Finals with a 97-68 win over the Chicago Sky.

    Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Friday in Chicago.

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