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    James Rodriguez got the best of Lionel Messi in the Copa America, leading Colombia to a 2-0 win over Argentina in their opening game in the South American tournament on Saturday. Rodriguez set up Roger Martinez's opening goal in the second half with a high, diagonal pass across the field, and substitute Duván Zapata scored late to seal the victory that allowed Colombia to end a 12-year winless streak against the Argentines. Messi had missed a chance to put Argentina in front, sending a close-range header off target as his team opened the tournament with a loss for the first time since 1979. 'Our best player was the entire team,' Colombia coach Carlos Queiroz said. 'The next match will certainly be more difficult, this is only the beginning.' Both Argentina and Colombia are trying to end title droughts, with the Argentines winless since the 1993 Copa America and the Colombians without a trophy since the 2001 edition. Argentina lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016, where it lost both of the latter in penalty shootouts against Chile. Colombia's last win over Argentina was in South American qualifying for the World Cup in 2007. 'It had been a long time (without beating Argentina),' Zapata said. 'Everyone in Colombia is very happy, but there is still a long way to go in the Copa, we still have important matches ahead.' Messi and Rodriguez had a mostly quiet match in Salvador, although Rodriguez provided the assist for Martinez's 71st-minute opener. The playmaker gained possession inside Colombia's own half before picking out Martinez with a long pass. The forward brought the ball down on the left flank before cutting into the penalty area and shooting into the far corner of the net. 'We are disappointed because they scored a great goal when we were playing better,' Messi said. 'It will take some time to accept this defeat, but we have to take the positives from today and move on to try to win the next match. We still have plenty of chances.' Argentina's first loss in a Copa America game in regulation time since 2007 was confirmed in the 86th minute. Five minutes after entering the match, Zapata converted from Jefferson Lerma's cross. Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and Colombia veteran Radamel Falcao also couldn't do much to help their teams break through their opponents' defense in a tense opening match in Group B. 'We improved in the second half and created chances,' said Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who complained of the bad field conditions at the Arena Fonte Nova. 'We still have two matches left and if we win them we will certainly advance.' Argentina will next play against Paraguay in Belo Horizonte, while Colombia will face Qatar in Sao Paulo. Paraguay and Qatar meet in the other Group B match on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. Earlier Saturday, Peru was held by 10-man Venezuela to a 0-0 draw in Group A, a result that left both teams two points behind host Brazil, which opened with a 3-0 win over Bolivia on Friday in Sao Paulo. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Seattle manager Scott Servais was just about ready to head out to the field Saturday when he received news he had been anticipating for a while. AL home run leader Edwin Encarnación was traded to the Yankees, putting the last-place Mariners in full rebuild mode. 'I knew there was something in the works here the last 24 hours, but you never know,' Servais said after an 11-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. 'There's a lot of things in the works that never happen. Just right before game I was made aware Edwin was not going to be on the game card or scorecard tonight and we were going to move him.' Seattle also sent cash to the Yankees and received 19-year-old minor league pitcher Juan Then in return. Then was in the Mariners' minor league system in 2017. It's the second trade the Mariners have made in the last two weeks, a clear signal the franchise is looking toward the future after beginning the season 13-2. Seattle traded Jay Bruce to Philadelphia on June 2 and may be in line to make additional moves before next month's deadline. Servais praised Encarnación for his production and work ethic. Seattle's players, however, declined to comment on the trade. 'Edwin did great things here for us,' Servais said. 'I really think a lot of him, how he went about his business here, knowing that this could probably happen. It's hard to go out and produce the way he did. He did everything we could ask him. He's leading the league in home runs, he's been awesome in our clubhouse. Certainly wish him the best.' Servais had plenty of time to contemplate the state of his ballclub after being ejected by home plate umpire Carlos Torres in the fourth inning. Kyle Seager was called out on strikes and was arguing with Torres when Servais intervened and was tossed. It was a frustrating day all around for Seattle. The Mariners struck out 12 times and matched their season high with four errors. 'Just a sloppy, sloppy game,' Servais said. 'We hadn't seen that in a while. We'd been playing pretty good ball this road trip. Very competitive in almost all the games, but not so much tonight.' Oakland's Frankie Montas struck out nine in six innings for his team-leading ninth win. Marcus Semien homered and scored three runs for the A's, extending his career-high hitting streak to 12 games. Jurickson Profar had three hits and drove in four runs. 'It started with Frankie,' manager Bob Melvin said. 'It's becoming typical. He didn't have his best command early on, but as the game went along he found it.' Montas (9-2) was crisp in winning his fifth straight. He allowed two runs, six hits and walked one. He struck out cleanup hitter Daniel Vogelbach and Kyle Seager twice and struck out the side in the fourth. Montas had nine or more strikeouts for the fourth time in 14 starts. 'I'm just trying to throw strikes, and they're swinging,' Montas said. 'I worked pretty hard during the offseason and I'm starting to get better. My splitter has been especially good. If they look for the fastball, I can throw my off-speed stuff.' The A's scored three runs in the first against opener Gerson Bautista (0-1), then got to Wade LeBlanc for one in the second and five in the fourth. WARMING UP WITH THE WEATHER Profar got off to a sluggish start in his first season with the A's and ended May with a .192 average. Since the calendar turned to June, it has been a different story. Profar, who leads the A's with 39 RBIs, is 15 for 45 (.333) in 14 games this month. GLOVE WORK Seattle shortstop J.P. Crawford made a diving stop on a sharp grounder up the middle by Semien in the fifth inning, then flipped the ball from his glove to second baseman Dylan Moore, who threw to first for the out. TRAINERS ROOM Mariners: Ryon Healy is awaiting results after undergoing additional tests on his sore lower back. He has been out since May 21. ... Hunter Strickland (right lat strain) underwent another MRI test after suffering a setback. Strickland is expected to resume throwing by the middle of next week. Athletics: Stephen Piscotty returned to the team after undergoing minor surgery to have a melanoma removed from his right ear lobe. UP NEXT Mariners RHP Mike Leake (5-6, 4.26 ERA) will face the A's on Sunday for the 11th time in his career, all as a starter. Leake is 2-3 in the previous 10. Oakland rookie RHP Tanner Anderson (0-1, 3.18) is making his second start for the A's. __ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Tyson Fury put on a show before, during and after his first bout in the fight capital of the world. The British heavyweight star stopped Tom Schwarz with 6 seconds left in the second round Saturday night, packing plenty of entertainment into his brief Las Vegas debut. Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) made short work of his previously unbeaten German opponent, battering him with a jab before knocking him down to a knee in the second round right after Schwarz (24-1) landed a big punch. Fury pressed ahead after the knockdown and forced Schwarz's corner to throw in the towel before the bell. Fighting for the first time since he dramatically rose from a devastating 12th-round knockdown to secure a draw with Deontay Wilder, Fury confirmed his world-class ability following his comeback last year from a 2 1/2-year ring absence. 'I came here to enjoy myself and put on a show for Las Vegas,' Fury said. 'I hope everybody enjoyed it as much as I did.' Although Fury already had memorable fights in New York and Los Angeles, the Manchester native wanted something special in Sin City, which he once vowed never to visit before he got a fight here. The performance by the world's lineal heavyweight champion against an overmatched foe was just as dominant as expected, but Fury's shenanigans before and after the bout at the MGM Grand Garden might prove to be even more memorable. After Schwarz ring-walked to the mellow strains of Bob Marley, Fury appeared in red-white-and-blue gear — including a top hat — as he stepped through a cordon of showgirls. With a broad grin, he took the ring to James Brown's 'Living in America,' the entire entrance in homage to Apollo Creed's famed fictional entrance at the MGM Grand in 'Rocky IV.' Unlike Creed, Fury survived and won. And after the bout, Fury showed off his decent singing voice in what's becoming a post-fight tradition. With the microphone in his boxing glove, Fury serenaded his wife, Paris, with Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.' The first fight of the 30-year-old Fury's lucrative new co-promotional deal with Top Rank was intended to introduce his violent skills and loquacious character to ESPN's large audience, and he did both — however briefly. 'The key tonight was to enjoy myself,' Fury said. 'I used the jab. I was slipping and sliding. I caught him with the straight left. It was a good shot. It could put anybody away. I put on an extra 12 pounds, and I could really feel (the power).' After dominating the first round with his jab, Fury switched to a southpaw stance late in the second round, and Schwarz caught him with a shot. Fury got mad, battering Schwarz with a combination and dropping him to a knee with a huge right hand to the head. Schwarz got up with a badly bloodied face, and Fury teed off, peppering his turtling opponent with big shots. Referee Kenny Bayless stopped it at roughly the same moment Schwarz's corner threw the white towel into the ring. The 6-foot-5 Schwarz is highly ranked by the WBO, but he had never fought outside his native Germany or the Czech Republic before Fury's camp picked him for this showcase bout. Schwarz was aware that just two weeks ago, Anthony Joshua was stopped by Andy Ruiz Jr. at Madison Square Garden in one of the biggest upsets in recent boxing history. Schwarz never appeared to have a chance of pulling a similar upset — not with the 6-foot-9 Fury towering over him and fighting in crisp form. Fury said he plans to fight again on Sept. 21 or Oct. 5, 'and next year, we're going to hold down Deontay Wilder and make him give me that green (WBC championship) belt.' Top Rank boss Bob Arum predicts Fury's next bout will be Oct. 5 in New York. 'There is no heavyweight in the world that can beat him, now that he is in shape,' Arum said. 'Deontay Wilder is not going five rounds with him. We will have another fight (on Oct. 5), then we will fight Wilder.' Fury improved to 3-0-1 since returning from a 2 1/2-year ring absence while he battled substance abuse, depression, enormous weight gain and suicidal thoughts. Fury's life fell apart after he won multiple title belts with his stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but he has put it back together with bigger goals in mind. With a gentler public persona and a commitment to opening dialogue about mental health issues, Fury's redemption has rekindled the interest of many boxing fans turned off by his past homophobic and sexist statements. Although Fury had to relinquish his titles during his ring absence, he is still the heavyweight division's lineal champion as the man who beat Klitschko. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Yu Darvish can rest easier now. He finally conquered his demons at Dodger Stadium. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball while being booed heavily and Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth, lifting the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory over the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. It was Darvish's first appearance at Chavez Ravine since getting roughed up in Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. He was chased early as the Houston Astros beat Los Angeles to win their first championship. The Japanese right-hander got hit hard in both of his starts in that Series and some fans blamed him for the Dodgers' defeat. 'I had a bad couple start in the last few games with the Dodgers, so this was really important in my life,' Darvish said. 'I think now I can move forward. I pitched good here.' Darvish took the loss in two of Houston's four victories in the 2017 Series, compiling a whopping 21.60 ERA. Dodgers fans didn't let him forget, either. They booed Darvish during pregame introductions and the noise increased during his first at-bat in the third. 'I thought they'd boo me more,' he said. 'In my mind, I had appreciation for the Dodgers. When I was there, the three months, they treated me good and my family.' Los Angeles starter Walker Buehler harbored no animosity. 'I get where the fans are coming from,' Buehler said, 'but he was a good guy and it was fun to pitch against him.' The Dodgers were interested in bringing Darvish back on a free-agent deal. Instead, the Cubs signed him to a $126 million, six-year deal. He's had a rocky road in Chicago, with injuries limiting him to 22 starts in nearly 1 ½ years. Darvish has three victories in that span. He retired nine of his first 10 batters and that's when Cubs manager Joe Maddon knew Darvish was going to be all right. 'He knows he had to get by certain hurdles and I love the fact that he addresses them straight-up,' Maddon said. 'This situation here, with them, back at Dodger Stadium, bad moment that had happened in the past in his career. All of the sudden, he's able to put that in the rearview mirror.' Darvish struck out 10 — one off his season high — and walked one. 'He came in with a purpose and intent and really pitched well,' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. 'We really didn't get a lot of good swings off him.' The Cubs blew early leads and got outscored 12-6 in losing the first two games of the series, which has featured 12 home runs and 17 of 20 runs scored on homers. Jansen hit Kris Bryant in the arm leading off the ninth. Rizzo followed with his team-leading 19th homer, sending a 2-0 pitch into the lower right-field seats. Jansen (2-2) retired the next three batters, including two on strikeouts, to end the inning, but the damage was done and the Dodgers had their seven-game home winning streak snapped. 'Just being wild a few pitches,' Jansen said. 'Today was just kind of bad, just kind of disappointed. Location was everything.' After Justin Turner grounded out and Cody Bellinger struck out, Pedro Strop walked Max Muncy to put the tying runner on in the bottom of the inning. But Max Beaty struck out swinging to end it and give Strop his eighth save. Kyle Ryan (2-1) got the victory with one-third inning of relief. Buehler pitched seven scoreless innings, struck out six and walked none. He has struck out 26 in his last three starts, while allowing only one earned run in 22 innings. Buehler retired his first 10 batters before Bryant was safe at first on a throwing error by shortstop Enriquè Hernàndez in the fourth. Buehler then retired his next six straight batters before giving up back-to-back singles to Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber in the sixth. But Bryant flied out to right and Rizzo grounded out to Buehler to end the inning. Alex Verdugo homered on the first pitch from Darvish leading off the fourth. TRAINER'S ROOM Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks went on the IL with right shoulder inflammation a day after one of his worst appearances of the season Friday, when he allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings. He leads the team in innings pitched and has a 3.36 ERA and staff-leading 4.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio. NO DECISION Yu extended his franchise and career record streak of no-decisions to nine. He hasn't earned a victory since April 27 against the Diamondbacks at Arizona. He was making his first career start against the Dodgers, the last remaining team he hadn't faced in the majors. UP NEXT Cubs: LHP Jose Quintana (4-6, 3.89 ERA) has lost his last five decisions. He's 1-3 with a 5.13 ERA in seven road starts. Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-1, 1.36) is 1-1 with a 4.24 ERA in three career starts against the Cubs. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Philadelphia Phillies got the ninth-inning elixir they needed after a tough outcome a night earlier. 'There's a lot that went on that could've pushed us to not give the kind of effort that we gave,' manager Gabe Kapler said. 'A really impressive, heartfelt win by our club, a cohesive team win today. It was great.' César Hernández singled in two runs off Luke Jackson in the ninth inning, and Philadelphia rallied from a one-run deficit to snap the Atlanta Braves' eight-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory on Saturday night. It was a big comeback for the Phillies, who looked poised to lose for the fifth time in six games and fall 3½ games behind their rivals in the NL East race. Philadelphia has dealt with rampant injuries this season and had starters Jay Bruce and J.T. Realmuto leave during the game. Braves starter Sean Newcomb had a scary moment in the third when he was struck on the back of the head by Realmuto's ground-rule double. He walked off the field under his own power. 'Right away I felt pretty good,' Newcomb said. 'I was with it the whole time. I remember the whole play and all that kind of stuff. I knew I was pretty good as far as that went. Obviously I got squared up in the head. A little sore.' Jackson (3-2) blew his sixth save in 16 chances as Scott Kingery singled and advanced to third when the closer fielded Sean Rodríguez's sacrifice bunt and errantly threw to first. Both runners scored easily on Hernández's single into left. Hernández hit his seventh homer in the fourth to put the Phillies up 4-2. Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Phillies starter Aaron Nola to put Atlanta up 5-4. The Braves were getting big cheers from the sellout crowd of 43,593, the largest yet in three seasons at SunTrust Park, until the ninth. Héctor Neris, who took the loss on Brian McCann's two-run single Friday night, earned his 15th save in 16 chances in the bottom half of the inning, retiring Ronald Acuña Jr., Dansby Swanson and Freddie Freeman in order. 'It kind of shows you what our team is capable of doing,' Bruce said. 'We have a chance to win the series tomorrow, so it was a big win for us and good bounce-back game.' Edubray Ramos (1-0) faced four batters in the eighth to earn the victory. The Phillies scored three times to take a 3-1 lead in the third against Touki Toussaint before Atlanta made it 3-2 in the third when Acuña singled, advanced to second on right fielder Bryce Harper's fielding error and scored from third on a groundout. Nola allowed five runs, six hits, two walks and struck out four in 4 1/3 innings. He has a 7.71 ERA over his last three starts. Atlanta led 1-0 on Austin Riley's 11th homer in 29 career games in the second. TRAINER'S ROOM Phillies: Bruce said he's been dealing with left hamstring tightness for a couple of days and likely won't be in the lineup Sunday after leaving in the fourth. ... Realmuto left the game in the sixth after feeling nauseous when he was hurt in the fifth as Freeman's foul tip glanced off his glove and smacked the catcher's upper left leg. ... Oft-injured OF Roman Quinn was hit in the shoulder by a pitch in a rehab game Friday with Double-A Reading. He has discomfort finishing his swing, but Kapler said the latest ailment is not serious. KEUCHEL Braves starter Dallas Keuchel received no decision in his last minor league start, allowing three runs, 11 hits and one walk with four strikeouts in seven innings with Double-A Mississippi, and is expected to join the Atlanta rotation next week. He will likely make his 2019 debut Friday at Washington. UP NEXT Phillies: Kapler has yet to decide who will start the series finale, but RHP Cole Irvin (2-1, 5.48) is a possibility. Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-5, 6.02 ERA) is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts and has allowed 15 homers in nine starts, a span of 49 1/3 innings. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Drew Parrish called it the best performance of his career. It came at the right time and place for Florida State, which is attempting to send its coach and all-time NCAA wins leader into retirement with his first national championship. Parrish limited Arkansas to five hits in eight innings and J.C. Flowers scored on a sacrifice fly in the ninth before closing it out on the mound, giving the Seminoles a 1-0 win in the first game of Mike Martin's 17th College World Series appearance on Saturday night. FSU had lost five CWS openers since last winning one in 1999. Of the past 38 national champions, 34 won their first game in Omaha. The win was the sixth straight in the NCAA Tournament for Florida State (42-21). 'We don't know what's going to happen,' Martin said. 'I can't say we're in the driver's seat. This field is strong, this field is impressive. So this tournament is a long way from being in anybody's hands.' Parrish and Arkansas starter Isaiah Campbell engaged in a classic pitcher's duel sprinkled with outstanding defensive plays, neither team budging until the Seminoles broke through against reliever Casey Scroggins in the last inning. 'It's fun when you're battling, putting up zeroes,' Campbell said. 'It's the biggest stage in baseball and to do it in front of 26,000 fans, it's special. We gave the fans a treat.' No. 5 national seed Arkansas (46-18), which scored 30 runs in its three super regional games against Mississippi, including 14 Monday, was shut out for only the second time this season. 'I had to match his intensity and keep my team in the game,' Parrish said. 'We scratched out a run in the end. Lights out performance on both sides, and I'm glad we came out on top.' Parrish was solid in his only previous CWS, a no-decision in a win over Cal State Fullerton in 2017. He was better than that against the Razorbacks, who are back in Omaha after losing the national championship a year ago when they failed to catch a foul ball on a play that would have given them a two-game sweep over Oregon State in the finals. 'Being in a situation like it was tonight, with the great fan support from both sides, probably the best game of my career,' Parrish said. Parrish (8-5) hadn't made it past the fifth inning in his previous four starts. He was masterful against the Razorbacks, striking out nine and walking two and getting out of trouble every time he encountered any. He was at his best in the eighth, when Christian Franklin doubled into the right-field corner leading off and was on third after a groundout. Still throwing 93 mph after crossing the 100-pitch threshold, Parrish struck out Casey Martin and Mike Goodheart with a pair of wicked changeups. In the top of the ninth, Scroggins (3-1) hit Flowers with a pitch, and there were two men on base when shortstop Casey Martin scooped up Carter Smith's chopper up the middle and tried to tag Flowers as he slid into second. The ball popped loose and Martin's glove fell off, with Martin shaking his left hand in pain after the play. Matt Cronin came on, and Matheu Nelson moved the runners over with a sacrifice. Flowers scored when right fielder Heston Kjerstad's throw home on Nander De Sedas' shallow sacrifice fly was up the third-base line. The play stood after Arkansas asked for a video review to see if Flowers left third base early. Flowers made a great play in the second inning when he robbed Kjerstad of extra bases with a catch against the wall in center field. As their closer, he came on in the bottom of the ninth to earn his 13th save, but not without a little drama. Dominic Fletcher grounded to shortstop Mike Salvatore, who made a clean pickup but bobbled the ball in his right hand before firing to first, where he got Fletcher in a close play upheld on video review. A lineout and strikeout ended the game. Campbell effectively mixed his fastball, curve, slider and changeup over his 101 pitches in seven innings and struck out 10, his fifth time in double digits this season. He has given up two or fewer runs in seven straight starts. 'He did everything he could to give us an opportunity to win the game,' Hogs coach Dave Van Horn said. 'He probably didn't have his best stuff early, kind of kicked it into gear in the middle a little bit and got out of a jam or two. It seems like every time he goes out there, he gives us six-plus, seven-plus, and we were in every game and had a chance to win it.' UP NEXT Florida State plays in a Bracket 1 winners' game against Michigan on Monday night. Arkansas meets Texas Tech in an elimination game Monday afternoon.
  • A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: MAKING A NAME Cuban rookie Yordan Alvarez is off to a smashing start for the injury-depleted Houston Astros, becoming just one of four players in major league history to hit four home runs in his first five games. The 21-year-old is 8 for 17 so far. He's driven in eight runs, scored eight times and also drawn six walks. Alvarez hit an upper-deck drive at Minute Maid Park on Saturday and joined Trevor Story, who hit six homers for Colorado in 2016, Yasiel Puig (Dodgers, 2013) and Mike Jacobs (Mets, 2005) for big starts. Alvarez and the Astros take on Toronto. CHECK THEM Braves starter Sean Newcomb was forced to leave Saturday night's start against Philadelphia after being hit in the back of the head by a line drive off the bat of J.T. Realmuto. Newcomb walked off the field under his own power in Atlanta, escorted by two trainers. The ball was clocked at 102 mph and caromed off Newcomb's head and sailed into the netting behind the Phillies' dugout on the third base side. Realmuto covered his mouth with both hands as he ran to first base on what went as a ground-rule double. ... Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard exited his start on Saturday night after reaching for his right hamstring following a pitch. He quickly walked off the field with a bit of a limp in the seventh inning against St. Louis. WANT HIM? Cody Allen is available after the Los Angeles Angels designated the veteran reliever for assignment. Allen was cut Saturday, a day after giving up four runs while getting only two outs at Tampa Bay. He is 0-2 with a 6.26 ERA and four saves in four chances, and was sidelined earlier this season with a back strain. The 30-year-old Allen was signed to a one-year, $8.5 million contract in January after seven seasons with the Cleveland Indians. BREAKING EVEN The Angels (35-36) look to reach the .500 mark for the first time since April 15 when rookie Griffin Canning faces Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field. Los Angeles has had five previous chances to get back to the break-even mark and lost each time. Canning (2-2) is one of four pitchers in American League history to have five-or-more strikeouts in each of his first eight major league starts. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • A Babe Ruth road jersey dating to 1928-30 has sold at auction for $5.64 million. Hunt Auctions, which handled Saturday's sale, says the price breaks a record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold. A Ruth jersey from 1920 previously sold for $4,415,658. The auction was conducted at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees jersey was part of a collection of items that Ruth's family put up for sale. His granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti, says in a statement that a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.
  • The New York Yankees acquired AL home run leader Edwin Encarnación in a trade with the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night, adding another feared slugger to what could be baseball's most powerful lineup when Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return from injuries. The Yankees also got cash in the deal while sending 19-year-old minor league pitcher Juan Then to Seattle. Encarnación is making $20 million this season. Speaking before the trade was announced, New York manager Aaron Boone declined comment. But asked about having room for another power bat, Boone coyly responded, 'There's always room for good players.' The 36-year-old Encarnación has hit 21 home runs this season. He has averaged 37 homers and 109 RBIs in his last seven years. There had been speculation the Yankees would be in the market for a top pitcher as the July 31 approached, but the Bronx Bombers always have room for big boppers. 'We know Edwin is a really good hitter,' Gleyber Torres said after homering for the AL East-leading Yankees in an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. Encarnación was not on the field with the Mariners as they warmed up for their game at Oakland. The Yankees and Mariners announced the trade right after Seattle lost 11-2. 'Edwin did great things here for us. I really think a lot of him, how he went about his business here, knowing that this could probably happen,' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. 'It's hard to go out and produce the way he did. He did everything we could ask him. He's leading the league in home runs, he's been awesome in our clubhouse. Certainly wish him the best.' Encarnación, a first baseman and designated hitter, is hitting .241 and is among the league leaders with 49 RBIs and 48 runs scored. The three-time All-Star moved from Cleveland to Seattle last December in a three-team trade that included Tampa Bay. Encarnación has 401 career home runs, including 18 in 69 games at the new Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have been one of baseball's best teams despite a long list of injuries. Stanton could return next week after being sidelined by biceps, shoulder and calf injuries, and Judge also is inching closer after he strained his left oblique in April. Both stars are on rehab assignments in Triple-A. Encarnación's arrival means more juggling for the Yankees, who will have a roster full of talented players once everyone returns from the injured list. Last month, they acquired first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales from Oakland, but he's struggled with New York. Seattle either traded or let go many of its big-name players after last season, with Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz and Jean Segura among them. The new-look Mariners got off to a 13-2 start this year, but have since faded into last place in the AL West. They recently traded outfielder Jay Bruce to Philadelphia. The Mariners said Then, who has been pitching in extended spring training, will report to Class A Everett. Originally signed by Seattle, he was traded to the Yankees after the 2017 season in a deal for pitcher Nick Rumbelow. 'We'll look at a lot of different guys as we continue to move down the road and do this rebuild thing,' Servais said. 'We've gotten a lot of young prospects back. Unfortunately, they're not all here yet. It's our job here to take the guys we've got and get the most out of them and get them to continue to improve, and that's what we're going to do.' ___ AP Baseball Writer Ben Walker contributed to this report. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Tiger Woods knows this as well as anyone: To get anywhere near the leaderboard at Pebble Beach, early birdies are essential. Woods made more bogeys (3) than birdies (2) over the critical opening seven holes Saturday, and instead of revving up for another magical run at the majors, he was talking about missed opportunities and the now-fantastical hope of winning his fourth U.S. Open title. 'I got off to an awful start, and clawed it around, but still gave myself a chance for tomorrow,' he said after a round of even-par 71 left him even for the tournament and 11 shots off the lead as he headed off the course. But even for Woods — who annihilated Pebble Beach 19 years ago in a record-setting U.S. Open victory and fashioned one of the most scintillating comebacks in sports when he won major No. 15 at the Masters this year — the thought of winning this weekend has been relegated strictly to the miracle category. It was a long shot, but still thinkable, when he took the course just before noon on yet another cloudy, calm day on the Monterey Peninsula. But it started coming unraveled on the very first shot. Woods took an iron and drew it into the left rough to set up bogey on a hole that plays sixth easiest on the course. He made another bogey on No. 3 when he had to pitch out sideways from a greenside bunker after short-siding himself from a lie above his feet in the fairway. His chance at building momentum after a 24-foot birdie putt on No. 5 came to a halt when he needed three to get down from 60 feet on the par-5 sixth, settling for par. Moments later, he had a 3-footer lip out on the 98-yard seventh and made bogey. It was one of only seven scores worse than par carded there all day. Five of the eight easiest holes come from Nos. 1-7. Leader Gary Woodland and the next nine players on the leaderboard — the players Woods was trying to catch — combined for 19 birdies and five bogeys over those first seven. 'Seems like everyone is doing what I was supposed to do earlier, which is play 2- to 4-under par through the first seven,' Woods said, a few minutes after looking at the huge scoreboard to the side of the 18th green. Another player who did was Byeong Hun An, the 27-year-old South Korean who was playing with Woods for the first time. An made two birdies early and shot 3-under 68, including a chip-in for birdie from the bunker in front of the 17th green. 'He didn't have the best day today, but he's still Tiger,' An said. 'Doesn't matter how he plays, just playing with him, that means a lot to me.' On Sunday, some other lucky player will get the Tiger treatment, though anyone who wants to see him — a la the guy decked out in a tiger suit on the 14th tee box — will have to get here early. Woods made birdie on 14 and played the last five holes at 2 under to get back to par. On No. 16, he made a downhill 28-foot screamer that stopped only because it dropped into the hole. But even that success was followed by a quick disappointment. Woods hit one of his best iron shots of the day on the par-3 17th and had an uphill 10 footer for back-to-back birdies. That putt slid past the hole. 'Just took too long for it to break,' Woods said. And Woods took too long to get going Saturday. So, instead of playing for another major, he'll be playing out the string in the final round.