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    A baby California condor has been spotted in far northern Arizona. The Peregrine Fund says one of its biologists confirmed the nestling last week at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. It's the first hatching of a bird in the wild during the current breeding season. The Peregrine Fund says the condor likely is two months old. California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after they were on the brink of extinction. The first birds raised in captivity were released at Vermilion Cliffs near the Arizona-Utah line in 1996. As of December, more than 88 were flying in Arizona and Utah. Baby condors typically make their first flight after six months but might stay in the nesting area for up to a year.
  • The former girlfriend of an ex-doctoral student charged with slaying a scholar from China who was visiting the University of Illinois testified Wednesday in federal court that she was scared and conflicted about wearing an FBI wire to record him. Terra Bullis said she truly cared about Brendt Christensen, but also 'cared about this missing person' Yingying Zhang. 'And it's incredibly painful,' Bullis said. Christensen, 29, is on trial in federal court in the death of Zhang, who he's accused of luring into his car in 2017 and later killing at his apartment. Prosecutors allege she was raped, choked and stabbed before being pummeled with a baseball bat and decapitated. Her body hasn't been found. Bullis recorded nine conversations she had with Christensen in person and on the phone for the FBI. During one talk, Christensen told her investigators had found blood in his bedroom and on a baseball bat, and that he led them to believe it was Bullis' blood. 'I made you bleed once on your face,' Christensen said to Bullis on the recording. 'Do you remember that?' A prosecutor asked her why she didn't confront her then-boyfriend about what he said. 'I was scared,' Bullis testified. 'And I wanted to know why he was lying.' Bullis said she became 'conflicted' about her relationship with Christensen in May 2017, when he messaged her about his desire to seek notoriety. She said he was a man she had become attached to emotionally, even though his sentiments weren't representative of someone she would prefer to be attached to. Bullis testified that she and Christensen met on a dating website. She described their first date at a bookstore cafe as 'whimsical.' Christensen was married at the time. Defense attorneys seeking to spare Christensen a death sentence have told jurors he did kill the 26-year-old Zhang. But they dispute some details about how and why he did it. Bullis will resume her testimony Thursday.
  • Willson Contreras homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Chicago Cubs handed Lucas Giolito his first loss since April by downing the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night. David Bote also connected to help the Cubs bounce back from a tough loss to their crosstown rivals in their first meeting of the season. Jon Lester (6-5) allowed two more homers, but worked into the sixth inning to improve to 3-1 in June. Trying for his ninth win in a row, Giolito (10-2) showed flashes of the dominant stuff that put him in the mix to start next month's All-Star Game in Cleveland. He struck out Kris Bryant three times and fanned Kyle Schwarber twice on a rainy, unseasonably cold night at Wrigley Field. But Giolito had all sorts of trouble against Contreras. The Cubs loaded the bases in the first on Schwarber's leadoff double and a pair of walks, and Contreras drove a 1-2 changeup into the basket in left field for his third career grand slam. The fiery Contreras yelled and motioned to the crowd as he rounded the bases after his 14th homer. Giolito allowed a total of four runs in 29 innings over his previous four starts. Contreras batted again with two outs in the third and sent a solo shot into the bleachers in left, giving the Cubs a 5-1 lead. He walked in the fifth before Josh Osich got the last two outs of the inning. Giolito allowed six runs and seven hits, struck out nine and walked three in his first loss since April 6 against Seattle. The 6-foot-6 right-hander went 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA in his previous 11 starts. Leury García homered on Lester's first pitch, and James McCann also went deep for the White Sox. Yolmer Sánchez finished with three hits. Eloy Jiménez was held in check one night after he hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth against his first major league organization, lifting the White Sox to a 3-1 win. The rookie slugger went 0 for 3 with a walk and scored a run. Yoán Moncada's RBI double trimmed the Cubs' lead to 5-3 in the fourth. The White Sox had a chance for more with runners on second and third, but Lester struck out Giolito and retired García to end the inning. Lester allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked one in 5 2/3 innings. He has given up seven homers in his last three starts. TRAINER'S ROOM White Sox: LHP Manny Bañuelos was placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation. The team is off each of the next two Thursdays, but it will need to cover the opening in its rotation Tuesday in Boston. 'We have a few days off here so we'll deal with that as we continue to move forward and see what adjustments we have to make,' manager Rick Renteria said. RHP Carson Fulmer was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take Bañuelos' spot on the roster. UP NEXT White Sox: Following an off day, RHP Reynaldo López (4-7, 6.31 ERA) starts Friday night at Texas. López is 1-3 with an 8.88 ERA in his last five outings. RHP Ariel Jurado (4-3, 4.23 ERA) pitches for the Rangers in the opener of the weekend set. Cubs: RHP Tyler Chatwood (3-1, 3.60 ERA) makes his second start of the season Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series against the New York Mets. Chatwood is stepping in for Kyle Hendricks, who is on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. RHP Walker Lockett pitches for New York in his Mets debut. ___ Jay Cohen can be reached at https://twitter.com/jcohenap ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • When Texas Tech's Taylor Floyd struck out Reese Albert to end the game — and Mike Martin's career — the Florida State coach walked up the dugout steps, took off his glasses and strode across the field to shake hands with the opposing coach one more time. While the fans at TD Ameritrade Park showered Martin in applause, his wife of 55 years, Carol, greeted well-wishers in the stands. Martin then waved to and thanked fans who gathered above the dugout. After the 4-1 loss in the elimination game, Martin heads into retirement with 2,029 career wins — most by any coach in any college sport. Each of his 40 teams won at least 40 games and played in the NCAA Tournament. But, he never won a national championship. 'I can fake a smile with the best of them and I'll get through the rest of this night with a smile because I got to watch young men grow up,' Martin said. 'I got to work for Florida State for 45 years and I'll never forget the times I've had out here in Omaha.' Brian Klein broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth with his second homer in three games, and third of the season, and Texas Tech (46-19) won a second game at a CWS for the first time in its four appearances. 'In the back of your mind, obviously, you're thinking about '11' a little bit,' Tech coach Tim Tadlock said, referring to Martin by his nickname. 'All the respect in the world for him. Love him, and just appreciate everything he's done for college baseball.' FSU (42-23) had no trouble scoring while sweeping through a regional in Athens, Georgia, and a super regional at Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to earn Martin his 17th trip to the CWS. The Seminoles beat Arkansas 1-0 here Saturday, but lost 2-0 to Michigan before the Red Raiders eliminated them. Martin's last team was one of the final four squads awarded at-large bids to the 64-team national tournament after struggling for stretches of the regular season. 'To have the success we've had the last three years, the ACC championships, two trips to Omaha, 40 wins every year,' third baseman Drew Mendoza said. 'To experience that with him and be part of his legacy is a dream come true.' The Seminoles batted .124 in Omaha (11 of 89) and their two runs in three games tied a CWS record low. Their 0-for-17 batting with runners in scoring position was the lowest by a team in at least 20 years, according to ESPN. Florida State also struck out 15 times against Texas Tech. 'Who would have ever thought six weeks ago that we would even get to Omaha?' Martin said. 'The young men are disappointed now. What they accomplished will not go unnoticed — to get to Omaha and have an opportunity.' Cameron Warren put Tech up 1-0 in the fourth when he chopped a grounder past diving Mendoza at third, allowing Dylan Neuse to score from second. The Seminoles' only run came in the bottom half thanks to Tech mistakes. Bryce Bonnin (7-1) walked Robby Martin on four pitches and hit Matheu Nelson in the bill of his batting helmet. The runners moved over on a bunt, and Martin came home when catcher Braxton Fulford threw into center field trying to pick off Nelson at second. The Red Raiders went ahead for good when Klein lofted an off-speed pitch from Conor Grady (9-6) into the right-center bleachers for his ninth homer in 150 career games. 'I have no idea where the home runs started to come from, but today it happened that it gave us a really big run, and I'm super thankful for it,' Klein said. Chase Haney pitched two shutout innings in relief of Grady, and then Martin went to J.C. Flowers. Texas Tech pounced on the star closer, who didn't record an out and gave up three singles, with Klein reaching on a dropped third strike. Flowers left with the bases loaded, and it was 4-1 when Antonio Velez walked in a run. The Seminoles had at least one runner on base each inning and looked as though they might get something going in the eighth when, with a man aboard, Carter Smith sent a drive into the right center gap. But center fielder Dylan Neuse laid out to make the catch. Floyd pitched one-hit shutout relief over the last four innings for his fifth save. 'Probably the biggest thing, this group, they really like to play,' Tadlock said. 'They're not going to let some type of circumstance, the results dictate their effort and their preparation. They've been really good about respecting the game and trying to play the game the right way. Not saying we always get great results, but as long as the preparation is right, we're happy with them.' UP NEXT Texas Tech plays Friday against Michigan. The Red Raiders would have to beat the Wolverines and again Saturday to reach the best-of-three finals next week.
  • Want tickets for next year's Tokyo Olympics? Prepare to be let down. Millions were disappointed starting Thursday when applicants in a ticket lottery — for Japan residents, only — began learning if they landed tickets. The answer is going to be overwhelmingly — no. The same will be true for residents outside Japan who could experience a similar dejection: too much demand and too few tickets. This was not the case at the last several games — the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro — when tickets were given away and volunteers were often summoned to fill empty seats for the television cameras. At times, there were too many empty seats to fill. 'This is probably going to be the most popular Olympics, and possibly one of the most popular events of all time,' Ken Hanscom, the chief operating officer of TicketManager, told The Associated Press in an interview. His Los Angeles-based company does not buy or sell Olympic tickets, but manages tickets for corporate clients, several of which are major Olympic sponsors. Hanscom said he follows ticketing patterns for every major event and estimates that 80-90% of Japan residents who applied for tickets could get nothing. 'I'm interested in seeing what the reaction is and how the organizing committee addresses this,' Hanscom said. 'It's good news for the demand, and bad news on the ticket side and the public.' Tokyo's organizing committee was unable Thursday to say how many Japan residents got tickets, and it's unclear if — or when — it will disclose the overall numbers. Organizers will run a second ticketing phase where the odds will probably be even worse. Japanese media immediately began reporting about disheartened fans. A completely unscientific AP survey of a few fans showed one ticket awarded in 15 application attempts. The millions who failed got this message in email from Tokyo organizers. 'Thank you for your interest in purchasing Tokyo 2020 tickets. The demand for tickets was incredibly high, and unfortunately, you were not awarded any of the tickets you requested in the lottery.' Simple math explains the supply and demand crunch. Tokyo organizers say that 7.5 million residents of Japan registered to apply for tickets through the lottery system. Extrapolating from the 2012 London Olympic lottery, Hanscom estimates that Tokyo organizers may have received 70-85 million individual ticket requests. This could be at least 10 times more than what's available. Maybe more. Organizers estimate there are 7.8 million tickets for all Olympic events, but 20-30% of those are for distribution outside Japan where buyers could face the same problems and end up paying more. Buyers outside Japan must get tickets from Authorized Ticket Resellers, companies appointed by national Olympic committees. They were authorized to begin sales on Thursday. The reseller for the United States is CoSport, which also handles sales in Australia, Jordan and several European countries. Cartan is the reseller for much of Latin America including Mexico. Resellers are allowed to charge a 20% handling fee on every ticket. They can also use a generous currency exchange rate, and often package desirable tickets with top hotels that charge way over the usual going rate during the Olympics. Ticket prices for buyers in Japan vary greatly and are listed in the competition section on the organizers' website. The opening ceremony on July 24 features the most expensive ticket — 300,000 yen ($2,700). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($2,000). Even with the soaring demand, many venues could still wind up with hundreds of empty seats that are typically set aside for International Olympic Committee officials, corporate sponsors, and local dignitaries. Often they don't show up while angry fans line up outside without tickets. 'I expect there will be a problem in Tokyo,' Hanscom said. 'The industry figure is that 40% of tickets that sponsors buy go in the trash,' he said. He said the problem was acute for the Olympics and World Cup. 'Every Olympics you have a new group of people running ticketing,' he said. 'And you have new technology. So you're always scrambling to put the process together.' Even athletes could have a tough time landing many tickets for family members and friends. All athletes can get two tickets for each session in which they compete. These tickets are sold by the organizing committee to national Olympic committees for distribution. For swimming, it's only one. In addition, some national Olympic committees pass on added tickets to athletes. 'The United States Olympic Committee has confirmed it will continue its program of supplying Team USA athletes with two complimentary tickets for each event they compete in,' the USOC told AP in a statement. The USOC said this was in addition to tickets coming from the organizing committee. Hanscom pointed out that 'many countries don't make the same gesture, and many athletes who qualify late have added problems.' Given the shortage, scalping is sure to be a big problem, as it is at every Olympics and soccer World Cup. The ticketing system for the Olympics and soccer's World Cup is murky, allowing for abuse, anger, and confusion with tickets often appearing in the hands of high-ranking officials. Three years ago at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey of Ireland was arrested on suspicion of ticket scalping. He is suspended from the IOC, but remains a member and has denied any wrongdoing. This was not the first time that a high-ranking member of the IOC or FIFA — soccer's governing body — was implicated in profiteering on the black market. Hanscom predicted a 'vibrant secondary market' will appear despite a law that went into force a few days ago in Japan that prohibits ticket scalping with the penalty of a 1 million yen ($9,100) fine and a one-year jail term — or both. However, the law has a large loophole and does not apply to tickets distributed for free or given away as gifts, or tickets without a purchaser's name. This could apply to many tickets coming from the IOC, the 200 national Olympic committees, or some major Olympic sponsors. Local Japanese Olympic sponsors have paid over $3 billion in sponsorship fees, and also sure to get a slice of tickets before they hit the public market. 'What I always say is that tickets are temptation,' Hanscom said. 'It's going to be challenging to enforce sales that happen internationally. I would expect there to be a large market that's outside the rules and regulations. These types of rules are not going to constrict the biggest brokers who have been doing this for 20 years.' ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP
  • Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it shot down a U.S. drone amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal. The U.S. military declined to immediately comment. The reported shootdown of the RQ-4 Global Hawk comes after the U.S. military previously alleged Iran fired a missile at another drone last week that responded to the attack on two oil tankers near the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. blames Iran for the attack on the ships, which Tehran denies. The attacks come against the backdrop of heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran following President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers a year ago. The White House separately said it was aware of reports of a missile strike on Saudi Arabia amid a campaign targeting the kingdom by Yemen's Iranian-allied Houthi rebels. Iran recently has quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium and threatened to boost its enrichment closer to weapons-grade levels, trying to pressure Europe for new terms to the 2015 deal. In recent weeks, the U.S. has sped an aircraft carrier to the Mideast and deployed additional troops to the tens of thousands already in the region. Mysterious attacks also have targeted oil tankers as Iranian-allied Houthi rebels launched bomb-laden drones into Saudi Arabia. All this has raised fears that a miscalculation or further rise in tensions could push the U.S. and Iran into an open conflict, some 40 years after Tehran's Islamic Revolution. Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said it shot down the drone Thursday morning when it entered Iranian airspace near the Kouhmobarak district in southern Iran's Hormozgan province. Kouhmobarak is some 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) southeast of Tehran and is close to the Strait of Hormuz. Iran's state-run IRNA news agency, citing the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, identified the drone as an RQ-4 Global Hawk. Capt. Bill Urban, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, declined to comment when asked if an American drone was shot down. However, he told The Associated Press: 'There was no drone over Iranian territory.' Meanwhile, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump had been 'briefed on the reports of a missile strike in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.' 'We are closely monitoring the situation and continuing to consult with our partners and allies,' Sanders said. The Houthi's Al-Masirah satellite news channel claimed the rebels targeted a power plant in Jizan, near the kingdom's border with Yemen, with a cruise missile. Saudi state media and officials did not immediately report a missile strike Thursday. A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis since March 2015 in Yemen, the Arab world's poorest nation now pushed to the brink of famine by the conflict. In recent weeks, the Houthis have launched a new campaign sending missiles and bomb-laden drones into Saudi Arabia. ___ Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Getting back to basics at the plate has been paying off for Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout. Trout hit two home runs, including his sixth career grand slam, and had a career-best seven RBIs as the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 on Wednesday night. 'This is the best I've felt all season, just getting a pitch to hit and not missing it, just barrelling the ball,' Trout said. Justin Upton also homered for the Angels, who have won all six meetings with the Blue Jays this season and 18 of the last 24 in Toronto. Trout, who finished 3 for 6, flied out in the sixth, struck out looking at a full count pitch in the eighth, and had an RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth. 'He was very Mike Trout-ish today,' manager Brad Ausmus said. It was the first seven-RBI game by an Angels batter since Torii Hunter did it against Kansas City on July 4, 2010. Trout now has 22 homers, tying him with New York's Edwin Encarnacion for the American League lead. Trout has hit 10 home runs in his past 19 games. A seven-time All-Star and two-time AL MVP, Trout hit .275 in May but has rebounded to go 22 for 65 (.338) with eight homers and 22 RBIs so far in June, boosting his season average to .299. Trout said he 'looked into stuff way too much' when he wasn't hitting well, eventually deciding that simplicity was the best approach. 'You can do all the work in the cage, all the mechanical stuff in the cage,' he said. 'Once you're in the game you've just got to go up there and compete. Once I started doing that, I started feeling way better up there.' Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs for Toronto, his 12th and 13th, but the Blue Jays lost their seventh straight at home. It's their longest such streak since an eight-game stretch in April 2004. Toronto is 22 games below .500, their worst mark since finishing the 2004 season at 67-94. Trout hit a two-run shot in the second and added his second grand slam of the season in the fourth. Both homers came off struggling Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-9), who lost his fifth straight start. Each of Trout's homers came off his bat at more than 110 miles per hour. He has nine home runs this season with exit velocities of 110 miles per hour or more. Trout's first drive hit a scoreboard on the facing of the third deck in left field. 'The guy is so good,' Angels starter Andrew Heaney said. 'It's so fun to watch.' Tellez erased a 3-0 deficit with a three-run homer off Heaney in the second, but Trout put the Angels in front for good with his slam in the fourth. Heaney was replaced by Noe Ramirez (3-0) after Eric Sogard's two-run single in the bottom half. Heaney allowed five runs and four hits in 3 2/3 innings, and walked a season-high four. Three of those four walks came around to score. 'I'm extremely happy we won the game but I'm also extremely disappointed in myself,' Heaney said. Kole Calhoun singled and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Luis Rengifo in the seventh, and a second run scored on a throwing error by pitcher Derek Law. Upton, who came off the injured list Monday, homered for the second time in three games when he connected off Jordan Romano in the eighth. Tellez hit a solo shot off Cam Bedrosian in the bottom half. It was the second multihomer game of Tellez's career. Sanchez allowed seven runs, six earned, and nine hits in 3 2/2 innings. He has lost eight straight decisions since beating Oakland on April 27. 'Falling behind in the count, things kind of get predictable and that's where I was tonight,' Sanchez said. TRAINER'S ROOM Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons (left ankle) went 2 for 2 with a pair in singles in four innings at rookie-level Orem Tuesday. He was set to play seven innings with Orem Wednesday. Blue Jays: RHP Ken Giles (right elbow) threw 22 pitches to live hitters before the game. Giles was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 9. ... OF Teoscar Hernandez (sprained left wrist) sat for the second straight game. Hernandez left Monday's game after he crashed into an unpadded section of the outfield fence while trying to make a catch. ROSTER REPORT Angels: OF Cesar Puello was traded to Miami for cash. Puello was designated for assignment Monday when Upton was activated off the injured list. FISHING FOR HOMERS Trout has 16 career multihomer games but has never hit three in a game. He said that was on his mind after his grand slam. 'You can't help but think about it,' he said. UP NEXT Angels: LHP Jose Suarez (2-1, 4.50) allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to beat Tampa Bay in his previous start. Blue Jays: LHP Clayton Richard (0-3, 7.52) has allowed 12 earned runs in 7 2/3 innings over his past two outings. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Latest on Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to North Korea (all times local): 11 a.m. Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping has arrived in North Korea for first visit since taking office in 2013. The Xinhua News Agency says Xi arrived shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. During the two-day state visit, he's expected to talk with leader Kim Jong Un about reviving talks with Washington over North Korea's nuclear weapons. China's official Xinhua news agency reported that Xi was accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, and several Communist Party officials. He would be the first Chinese president to visit North Korea in 14 years. The summit comes as both Xi and Kim are locked in separate disputes with the United States — Xi over trade and Kim over his nuclear weapons. ___ 9:30 a.m. Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping has departed for his state visit to North Korea, which he has said will strengthen the countries' strategic ties. Xinhua news agency said Xi left Thursday morning and was accompanied by his wife, Peng Liyuan, and several Communist Party officials. He's expected to have talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, including about his nuclear program as talks have stalled with the U.S. Experts say Xi will likely endorse North Korea's calls for an incremental disarmament process in which every action Pyongyang takes it met with U.S. concessions on sanctions and security issues.
  • With a broken nose, pronounced black eye and seven shutout innings, Max Scherzer provided a striking capper to the Washington Nationals' day-night doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies. Scherzer himself? He shrugged off his work in the Nationals' 2-0 victory Wednesday night as business as usual. 'Trust me, this thing looks a lot worse than it actually is,' Scherzer said. 'I felt zero pain. There's been plenty of other injuries where I felt a lot of pain and I've had to pitch through. I'll hang my hat on those starts, but tonight I felt zero pain. This is part of what you have to do. You take the ball every fifth time. 'That's my responsibility to the team, to make sure I always post, and I knew I could post tonight.' Brian Dozier and Victor Robles hit solo homers to support Scherzer (6-5) as Washington won for the 16th time in 23 games. Philadelphia has dropped seven of its last nine and 12 of 18. In the first game, Patrick Corbin struck out eight while allowing one run over seven innings as the Nationals earned a 6-2 victory in the delayed series opener after the teams were rained out Monday and Tuesday. Scherzer bunted a ball off his face during batting practice Tuesday, but it didn't stop him from making his scheduled start. His injury may have provided an extra layer of intimidation in the form of a black eye more worthy of a boxing ring than a baseball diamond. The three-time Cy Young Award winner sported a pronounced bruise arcing beneath his right eye, adding another hue to a glare that already featured one blue eye and one brown eye. 'Going out there and throwing, the only thing I had to deal with was the swelling underneath the eye,' Scherzer said. 'It was kind of jiggling around, and so in warmups I just had to get used to knowing what it was feeling like to throw the ball and just have that swelling.' While he wasn't at his most efficient on a humid night, piling up 117 pitches, Scherzer was rarely threatened. He struck out 10, yielded only four hits and permitted just two runners to reach scoring position. And he finished strong, striking out three in a row after Cesar Hernandez led off the seventh with a double. 'It really is one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while,' Dozier said. 'He's probably the best pitcher in our generation, and you don't get that status unless you take the ball every fifth day, no matter if you're doing good, doing bad, you got a broken nose. You always want the ball.' Bryce Harper, Scherzer's former Nationals teammate, was 0 for 4 with four walks in the doubleheader and was loudly booed before each plate appearance — especially in the better-attended nightcap. This series is his second trip back to Washington, where he played from 2012-18, since signing a 13-year, $330 million contract with Philadelphia in March. Dozier belted a two-out solo shot in the second off Jake Arrieta (6-6), who allowed two hits and struck out three over six innings and had the misfortune of matching up with Scherzer on the wrong day. 'Max is just one of the best to ever toe the rubber, honestly,' Arietta said. 'We have ran into him a couple of times. That's just what he does. He is tough to square up, and he is throwing three or four pitches for strikes with electric stuff. Just a tough one.' Robles homered off reliever Pat Neshek in the eighth. Neshek departed two batters later with a left hamstring strain, and manager Gabe Kapler said he was likely to land on the injured list less than a week after returning from an absence of more than three weeks caused by a shoulder strain. Wander Suero pitched a perfect eighth for Washington, and Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his 15th save in 18 tries. Philadelphia was 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position between the two games. Corbin (6-5), whose start was pushed back twice this week, allowed a solo homer to Scott Kingery in the first inning of the opener. But he let just one other runner to reach third while ending a personal three-game skid. 'It's not ideal, but you have to deal with it to make sure you are ready,' said Corbin, who is one strikeout shy of 1,000 for his career. 'I was glad we got that one in today.' Dozier and Gerardo Parra had RBI doubles against Phillies starter Zach Eflin (6-7). They later hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning off Cole Irvin to seal the victory. TRAINER'S ROOM Phillies: C J.T. Realmuto (groin) started the opening game and went 0 for 4, the struck out as a pinch hitter in the second contest in his first action since Saturday. ... OF Jay Bruce (left hamstring), who had not played since Saturday, started the second game in left and was 1 for 4. ... LHP Adam Morgan (forearm strain) pitched a scoreless inning in a rehabilitation appearance Wednesday for Double-A Reading. Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki, who left Sunday's game with a neck injury, started the second game and went 0 for 3. PARRA'S SHARK ATTACK Parra debuted an eyebrow-raising walk-up music selection: 'Baby Shark,' a popular children's song. Parra was in an 0-for-22 slump entering the day, but was 2 for 4 in the opener. 'I wanted to put in something different,' Parra said. 'My (2-year-old) daughter knows that song. ... I said, 'You know what, I am going to put in 'Baby Shark.'' 26TH MEN Philadelphia recalled LHP Ranger Suarez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley as its 26th man for the doubleheader. Suarez allowed four earned runs in four innings on June 10 in his only other appearance for the Phillies this season. ... Washington summoned RHP Austin Voth from Triple-A Fresno. Voth, who is 3-5 with a 4.99 ERA this season, pitched in four games for the Nationals last season. UP NEXT Phillies: RHP Aaron Nola (6-1, 4.89) is scheduled to start against the Nationals on Thursday. Nola is 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in three starts this month. Nationals: Washington changed their pitching plans for the series finale. RHP Erick Fedde (1-1, 3.68) will now start Thursday, bumping RHP Stephen Strasburg to Friday against Atlanta. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Mayor Eric Garcetti didn't create the homeless crisis in Los Angeles, but he owns it. The two-term Democrat who not long ago flirted with a presidential run has been besieged by complaints about homeless encampments that have gotten so widespread he's facing a potential recall campaign. The low-key mayor who in 2016 helped convince voters to borrow $1.2 billion to construct housing for the homeless has found himself in an awkward position — explaining why the problems have only gotten worse. Figures released earlier this month showed a 16% jump in Los Angeles' homeless population over the last year, pegging it at 36,300 — the size of a small city. That's no surprise to anyone who lives or works downtown, where tents crowd sidewalks within sight of City Hall and the stench of urine fills the air. The homeless crisis has become 'a state of emergency,' said Alexandra Datig, who is leading the recall effort. Getting a recall question before voters is something of a longshot. The threshold to reach the ballot requires over 300,000 petition signatures. The effort to do so nonetheless represents at least a symbolic statement about public unrest over the problem. Garcetti talked at length Wednesday about the issue that is testing the limits of what the city can do. Asked about the recall effort, he said he wouldn't be distracted by 'political games.' The mayor also announced new funding to boost cleanups around homeless encampments while providing mobile restrooms and showers. The city could also employ homeless people to clean up around encampments. While housing for the homeless is expanding, the challenge has been a flood of new people landing on the streets. 'It's a crisis unlike anything we've seen before,' he told reporters. 'We are spending every waking moment to confront this crisis.' Last year Garcetti was traveling the country as a potential presidential candidate, visiting Iowa and other key 2020 states and talking up Los Angeles as an ascendant city booming with jobs, development and new rail lines. He announced in January he wouldn't run, saying he wanted to stay in L.A., 'where we have so much exciting work to finish.' As a possible candidate, homelessness was seen as an issue that he would have had a hard time explaining away. Freeway overpasses are lined with tents, and it's a common sight to see someone pushing a shopping cart filled with belongings through downtown streets. While once largely confined to the notorious Skid Row neighborhood, encampments have spread citywide. Datig is listed online as publisher of a political issues website who supported President Donald Trump in 2016. Garcetti said more help was needed from the state and federal governments. A widening economic gap has left many behind as the stock market climbs. And soaring rents have shut out lower-income people. 'I feel very strongly about the mission that I'm on,' the mayor said. 'We are housing more homeless people than ever before and ... we are going to redouble our efforts.' 'This isn't just for a mayor to solve,' he added. 'This requires all of us.