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    A look at what's happening around the majors today: LOOKING FOR No. 15 Yankees ace Luis Severino (14-2, 2.31 ERA) tries goes for his major league-leading 15th win in the opener of a series at Tampa Bay. Severino is 6-0 with a 2.41 ERA over his last six starts, including three scoreless outings of at least 6 2/3 innings each. New York, 5-5 in its last 10 games, begins the day five games behind first-place Boston in the American League East. FAREWELL TOUR Former Phillies second baseman Chase Utley starts his final regular-season series at Philadelphia, where he helped the Phillies win the 2008 World Series, when the Los Angeles Dodgers come to town to open a three-game series. Utley announced July 13 he will retire from baseball at the end of this season, capping a 16-year career, to spend more time with his wife and two young sons. The 39-year-old made his name with the Phillies, earning five All-Star berths and winning four Silver Slugger awards before a trade to the Dodgers in August 2015 brought him back to his roots. He was born in nearby Pasadena and played at Long Beach Poly High and UCLA. SURGING ALONG Corey Dickerson looks to keep his recent power surge going as the Pittsburgh Pirates try for their 10th straight win in the opener of a series against the Cleveland Indians. Dickerson has hit five homers in the last four games, increasing his season total to 11. He also became the first Pirates player to homer in four straight games since Josh Harrison in 2014. Pittsburgh will send Trevor Williams (7-7, 4.36 ERA) to the mound against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber (12-5, 2.76). STRUGGLING STAR After an outstanding run heading into the All-Star break, Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt looks to snap out of a 1-for-12 slump since the midseason game when the Diamondbacks open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Goldschmidt struck out out a whopping nine times in a three-game series against Colorado, including three times on Sunday. The All-Star first baseman was the player of the month for June after beginning the season with one of the worst and most extended slumps of his career. DELAYED DEGROM The New York Mets send All-Star ace Jacob deGrom (5-4, 1.68) to the mound in the series opener against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. The right-hander, sporting the lowest ERA in the majors this season, had his start pushed back a day when the Mets were rained out in the finale of their Subway Series against the Yankees on Sunday night. Left-hander Eric Lauer (5-6, 4.87) starts for San Diego. MAKING HIS DEBUT Daniel Poncedeleon will make his major league debut for St. Louis in the opener of a series at Cincinnati. The right-hander underwent surgery last year to relieve pressure around his brain after he was hit in the head by a line drive while pitching for Triple-A Memphis. Luis Castillo (5-8, 5.49) is set to start for the Reds. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Johnny Manziel is headed to the Montreal Alouettes in a reunion with the coach who recruited him to Texas A&M. The Canadian Football League team acquired the former Heisman Trophy from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in a blockbuster trade Sunday. 'I look forward to reuniting with Johnny again and working with him,' first-year Montreal coach Mike Sherman, the former Green Bay coach and GM who lured Manziel to College Station, told the Montreal Gazette. Montreal also got offensive linemen Tony Washington and Landon Rice from the Tiger-Cats for defensive end Jamaal Westerman, wide receiver Chris Williams and first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021. The Alouettes made the move a day after starting quarterback Drew Willy sustained his second injury of the season. Montreal backup Jeff Mathews also is out with a foot injury, leaving third-stringer Matt Shiltz to play the final three quarters Saturday night in a 25-8 loss at Calgary. 'We have acquired an exceptional quarterback with undeniable talent,' Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement in a team release. 'With his great mobility, his athletic abilities and his instinct we believe that he will have a positive impact on our offence. Landon Rice and Tony Washington are two skilled players that will considerably solidify our offensive line.' Making a comeback after being released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016, Manziel was unable to get on the field in Hamilton behind starter Jeremiah Masoli. In two preseason games, the former Texas &M star was 21 of 32 for 168 yards and a touchdown. 'Professional salute & respect for @Ticats @ticatmitchell &Coach Jones for doing the rgt thing.Thank y'all for the opp &great luck in future!' Manziel's agent, Erik Burkhardt, tweeted Sunday night. Montreal (1-4) hosts Edmonton on Thursday night. The Alouettes have scored a CFL-low 69 points and allowed a league-high 148. 'This is a move both Kavis Reed and I felt we needed to make at this time,' Sherman said. 'Neither one of us believes in the status quo and felt we needed to shake things up. Johnny is someone we believe can elevate one of the most important positions on our team.
  • Kevin Harvick warned he was charging for the lead with taps on Kyle Busch's rear bumper over the waning laps. Harvick had failed to methodically work his way around the race leader with a clean pass, so he set aim with his Ford on Busch for the knockout shot. Harvick nudged the right side of the Toyota and jostled Busch out of his groove and three lanes up the track. He zipped to the front with a textbook bump-and-run that led to a beer-soaked celebration and left Busch fuming — the move of the race in another stellar showcase for the leader of the Big Three. Harvick outdueled Busch over the final 10 laps to win a thrilling battle of two of NASCAR's dominant drivers Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. 'I felt like it was my best opportunity to do what I had to do to win,' Harvick said. 'I didn't want to wreck him. But I didn't want to waste a bunch of time behind him.' Busch, the temperamental 2015 series champion, had a different view. 'I think he could have made the move work cleaner than that,' Busch said. Busch said he expected for Harvick to keep trying for the decisive pass until there were about two or three laps left. 'I figured that's exactly what he was thinking,' Harvick said, smiling. 'I knew I needed to take the opportunity as soon as I could get it. We needed to do it when he wasn't expecting it.' Harvick crew chief Rodney Childers had exhorted Harvick over the radio to do what he needed to do to snag that checkered flag. 'He was in the lane that I needed to be in and as you get to the end,' Harvick said, 'you've got to be aggressive.' Harvick raced to his sixth victory of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing and finished in the top two in some order with Busch for the fourth time this year. Harvick, Busch and Martin Truex Jr. — NASCAR's Big Three — have won a combined 15 times in the 20 Cup races. Busch has five wins and Truex, who was fourth Sunday, has four. There was nearly an outlier in a race delayed more than three hours by rain. Aric Almirola, who replaced retired Danica Patrick this season in the No. 10 Ford, threatened to crash the party and win his second career Cup race. He led for more than 40 laps late until he was derailed by a poor pit stop and then spun his tires on a restart that likely cost him his first win since July 2014. 'You think I'd be happy,' he said. Not in this race. But it was a banner weekend for SHR: Kurt Busch won the pole and finished eighth; and Harvick and Almirola placed in the top five. Almirola, though, was the latest also-ran to realize drivers have to be flawless to catch either of the Big Three. Harvick, who won his 43rd career race, made the perfect pass in New Hampshire. Harvick reeled off three straight victories at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix and went back-to-back in May at Dover and Kansas. It had been seven races since he reached victory lane. He found the way again in the No. 4 Ford to celebrate again for Stewart-Haas Racing. His six wins are a career-best, topping the five he reached in his 2014 championship season and 2006. ONE AND DONE New Hampshire hosted its only Cup weekend of the season because track owner Speedway Motorsports Inc. transferred the fall playoff race to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. New Hampshire ran its first Cup race in 1993 and got a second date in 1997. The track will fill the open date in September with the NASCAR Modified Tour. New Hampshire also plans to hold a country music festival in 2019. Track general manager Dave McGrath said there was a modest ticket bump from Sunday's race compared to last July. He did not reveal attendance numbers. 'There's no significant drop year over year. We're holding our own,' McGrath said. 'I wish that everybody that was here in September was here in July but I think that's going to take a few years for that to truly take hold. The good news is, that level, steady (crowd) is a big win in my book. That clearly shows we're keeping those that we had and it's our job now to find that next group to come and be part of the weekend.' WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND Loverboy played the pre-race concert in the rain. Loverboy's song 'Heaven in Your Eyes' was on the 'Top Gun' soundtrack in 1986 and Tom Cruise recently started filming the sequel 'Top Gun: Maverick.' Lead singer Mike Reno said he recorded a song he hoped would be used in the movie. 'We recorded it and I sent it out. I don't know if they're going to take it,' Reno said. 'I'm hoping they pick some nice retro music, rather than go with the new stuff. When you listen to the song we recorded for the new 'Top Gun,' you can almost hear the jets flying by.' SAFETY FIRST New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung had been scheduled to drive the pace car for the race until rain hit. Chung declined to discuss the NFL's national anthem debate that was reignited this week. 'Can't worry about things you can't control. It is what it is,' Chung said. Chung said he was ready for the Patriots to start training camp and put the Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles behind them. 'That game sucked,' he said. UP NEXT The series heads to Pocono Raceway where Kyle Busch is the defending race winner. ___ More AP auto racing: www.racing.ap.org
  • John Force raced to his first victory of the season and record-extending 149th career Funny Car win Sunday in the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals. The 69-year-old Force ended a frustrating crash-filled drought to win for the eighth time at Bandimere Speedway, edging Ron Capps in the final with a 4.075-second run at 315.42 mph. 'We're starting to put it back together,' Force said. 'I found myself with all the crashes and everything that happened probably at the lowest point in my career. It has been worse than when I crashed in 2007. I have been fighting to get back. I had four crashes and after my last one.' Force drove the John Force Racing Camaro past Matt Hagan in the first round, Cruz Pedregon in the quarterfinals and daughter Courtney Force in the semifinals en route to his first victory since the Gatornationals in March 2017. 'All great racers. I love them all,' Force said. 'The fire was in me. I'm fighting. I got tired of hearing me snivel to myself. My wife didn't even want to talk to me. She said, 'I know you more than that. I know what you're going through.' I don't know why I won this race. Maybe God is just showing me.' Leah Pritchett won in Top Fuel for her second victory of the season and seventh overall. She beat Doug Kalitta in the final with a 3.831 at 316.45. Greg Anderson topped the Pro Stock field for his first win of the year and 91st overall, and Hector Arana Jr. won in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Anderson edged Jason Line with a 6.943 at 196.53, and Arana topped Jerry Savoie with a 7.170 at 185.89. ___ More AP auto racing: www.racing.ap.org
  • In the latest bizarre medical development for the baffling New York Mets, ace pitcher Noah Syndergaard is headed back to the disabled list after contracting hand-foot-and-mouth disease. The team figures it's likely Syndergaard caught the contagious virus when he made an appearance at a baseball camp for kids last Thursday during the All-Star break. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said that probably explains why Syndergaard weakened and his velocity decreased during Friday night's victory at Yankee Stadium. 'Hand-foot-and-mouth, are you serious? I guess it's very uncommon in adults, period,' Callaway said Sunday. 'It's kind of odd. Maybe the first DL stint in Major League Baseball with hand-foot-and-mouth? I don't know. A record or something.' According to WebMD.com, hand-foot-and-mouth disease is an infectious disease that 'most often occurs in children under 10 and is characterized by a rash of small blister-like sores on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and in the mouth. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, and headache.' The disease can spread from one person to another through saliva or fluid from blisters, among other things, and the infection normally passes in a week. The only treatment is a pain reliever such as acetaminophen, according to the website. 'It took its toll the other night. He had trouble breathing, and that's why you saw his velo down,' Callaway said. 'During the game, we couldn't quite figure it out. But I put my hands on his legs to talk to him when he came out, and I felt his legs shaking. He was just weak and run down.' Syndergaard, who missed most of last season with a torn lat muscle, just returned from the disabled list July 13 after being sidelined for more than six weeks with a strained ligament in his right index finger. He is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 13 starts this year for the struggling Mets, who began the night last in the NL East. Assistant general manager John Ricco said the pitcher will be placed on the 10-day DL again Monday. Syndergaard stayed home Sunday and Callaway said no other members of the team have shown symptoms of the disease. 'It's not a long-term thing and hopefully he misses one start,' Ricco said. New York initially planned to recall rookie right-hander Corey Oswalt from Triple-A Las Vegas to pitch in Syndergaard's place Wednesday against his hometown San Diego Padres. But after Sunday night's scheduled game versus the Yankees was postponed because of rain, the Mets listed their starters for Tuesday and Wednesday as TBA. The game against their crosstown rivals will be made up in the Bronx on Aug. 13. The news regarding Syndergaard came two days after an alarming health revelation from slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who said he might need surgery on both heels that would require an eight-to-10-month recovery. 'I think he probably was a little bit frustrated that it was more painful than he expected. So I can't speak for why or how he said it, but he did say it and I think we have to take it seriously,' Ricco said. 'I don't think it's a disconnect,' he added. 'It's not like he's been saying this for months and we haven't been listening. For the first time, to our knowledge, when he was considering the surgery was when he said that.' The 32-year-old Cespedes homered Friday night in his return from the DL after missing two months with a strained right hip flexor. He disclosed after the game that calcification on his heels has bothered him for 15 years and caused the lower-body injuries that have limited him to 119 games in 1½ seasons since he signed a $110 million, four-year contract. 'They're all connected,' Ricco said. 'So you've got to treat the whole problem. We got him to where the legs are strong, but the heel's an issue. If he can manage the pain, he can play. 'Surgery hasn't been a consideration up until this point, until he really brought it up the other night.' New York initially planned to use Cespedes as the designated hitter Saturday against the Yankees and then start him in the outfield Sunday night, but he was sore Saturday and did not play. He felt better Sunday and offered to be the DH. But before the game was called, the Mets held him out of the posted lineup again and said he would be monitored throughout the night to see if he might be available off the bench. 'It's something that he's managed, we've managed with him. It's one of these things, he has good days, bad days with it. It's a condition that, surgery is definitely kind of a last-resort thing,' Ricco said. 'The way you treat this is with various conservative methods, whether they be orthotics, stretching, anti-inflammatories, and that's kind of how he's managed those symptoms over the past years. In this case, he was checked out down in Florida a few weeks ago and it was the same diagnosis. The surgery is fairly radical. It's going to put you out for a while. So it's not something that you look to do immediately.' Cespedes will be examined by doctors Monday, according to Ricco. 'We're not at odds with him by any stretch. He's agreeing with every step of the way, the treatment that we've given him, to the point where he was anxious to come back, he was feeling good and then he came back and he felt this on Friday,' Ricco said. 'I would tell you there's no disconnect. I spoke to his agent a half-hour ago and we're all on the same page.' In other news, the Mets recalled reliever Paul Sewald from Las Vegas. He fills the roster spot that opened when closer Jeurys Familia was traded to Oakland on Saturday. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Chris Sale is drawing comparisons from his manager to another dominant left-hander. 'He's reminding me a lot of Randy — Randy Johnson,' Boston manager Alex Cora said. 'The thing with Randy, it looked like he was always grinding. With (Sale) it looks effortless right now.' Sale struck out nine in six scoreless innings, and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a three-run homer to lift the Red Sox to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Sale allowed two hits, lowered his ERA to an American League-best 2.13 and won his sixth straight decision. The Red Sox are 19-4 in their last 23 games, and the AL East leaders cruised through the finale of this series after scoring just one run in the previous twonights at Detroit. Blaine Hardy (3-3) allowed four runs and five hits in three-plus innings. Jeimer Candelario homered for the Tigers in the seventh. Sale (11-4) has won each of his last five starts, allowing one run in 33 innings in that span. He had gone five straight starts with at least 11 strikeouts — and only one walk in each — but that streak came to an end when he was lifted Sunday after 99 pitches. 'I feel good. I feel like a broken record sometimes, but we scored nine runs today?' Sale said. 'You get a padded lead like that, you can kind of dig in and just try to find a groove and keep going.' Boston scored twice in the second on RBI groundouts by Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez, then the Red Sox broke the game open in the fourth. With men on second and third and nobody out, Devers hit a grounder to first baseman John Hicks, who immediately threw home — only to have Steve Pearce, the Boston runner at third, stay put. Devers reached on that fielder's choice, loading the bases. 'That's an instinct play, and you know the situation. We've got our backup catcher playing first base,' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. 'He needs to look around and figure out what's happening before he makes that throw, but he feels like the runner is going to go on that ball.' Drew VerHagen came on to relieve Hardy, and Nunez greeted him with an RBI single off the glove of Candelario, the third baseman. Xander Bogaerts, the runner on second, held up when he made it to third, but Devers — who had started the play on first — nearly reached third himself before stopping because Bogaerts was still there. Devers was tagged out . The Red Sox weren't hurt much by that baserunning mishap. Bradley followed with his seventh homer of the year, giving Boston a 6-0 lead. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run triple in the seventh, and J.D. Martinez added a sacrifice fly. The game was delayed 1 hour, 35 minutes at the start because of rain. TOUGH OUT Candelario was impressive even in the lopsided defeat. He battled Sale through 21 pitches in two plate appearances, finally grounding out to third both times. His homer came off reliever Brandon Workman. 'He was a pain,' Sale said. 'Put good at-bats together, and obviously later in the game ran into one. I don't know what I was doing or what he was doing, but I need to figure something out.' TRAINER'S ROOM Red Sox: 2B Brock Holt sat out a second straight game after exiting Friday night with a bruised knee. UP NEXT Boston heads to Baltimore for a three-game series. Rick Porcello (11-4) takes the mound for the Red Sox on Monday night against Kevin Gausman (4-7). The Tigers travel for a three-game set at Kansas City. Detroit's Francisco Liriano (3-5) starts the opener Monday night against Heath Fillmyer (0-1). ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball ___ Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister
  • Matt Carpenter's homer streak is over. Jose Quintana was that good. Quintana pitched seven effective innings, keeping Carpenter in the ballpark and helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Sunday. 'Everything kept getting sharper,' manager Joe Maddon said. 'We needed him to go more deeply in the game. And he did.' Quintana (9-6) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out six and walked four in his first start since July 10. The left-hander also matched his career high with 121 pitches after he got an extended break to work with pitching coach Jim Hickey on his changeup and get over some shoulder fatigue. 'We worked on that (changeup) the last couple starts and the last couple bullpen sessions,' Quintana said through a translator. 'It was more just having the confidence to throw it, not so much the grip, but it was something I felt like I was able to use in certain spots.' Kyle Schwarber hit a tiebreaking solo homer off Mike Mayers (2-1) with two out in the sixth inning, and the Cubs broke it open with three runs in the eighth. The NL Central leaders took three of five from the Cardinals in their first series after the All-Star break and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee. Carpenter's homer streak ended at six games, a single-season record for St. Louis. The infielder went deep six times in the first four games of the series, including three homers in Friday's 18-5 victory. Carpenter ended his streak of 12 consecutive hits for extra bases when he led off the game with a bunt single. Third baseman Kris Bryant joined the Cubs' outfielders during Carpenter's at-bat, and Carpenter responded with the bunt to the left side. 'What a teammate,' manager Mike Shildt said. 'He goes out and he's clearly on a streak of consecutive games with a home run and in the first inning he's gonna lay down a bunt because that's what the opposition gives us.' Carpenter advanced on Yadier Molina's double and scored on Paul DeJong's sacrifice fly. Carpenter was 1 for 12 against Quintana before the bunt hit. Quintana intentionally walked Carpenter with runners at second and third in the second inning before striking out Molina looking. Quintana struck out Carpenter swinging with one on after Yairo Munoz hit an RBI double in the fourth. 'I'm glad the manager had faith in me in a tight game to go out there and go seven innings,' Quintana said. The Cubs pushed across two runs in the bottom half of the fourth, tying it at 2. Ian Happ smacked an RBI double down the right-field line and Willson Contreras hit a two-out RBI single to left. Bryant hit an RBI single off Mayers in the seventh, and Contreras, Albert Almora Jr. and Anthony Rizzo each had a run-scoring single in the eighth. Carpenter popped out with two on in the ninth against Randy Rosario. Dexter Fowler and Yairo Munoz each had two hits for the Cardinals, who have dropped seven of 11. Miles Mikolas gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. 'He was good super good, had all his pitches going, everything working in a tight ballgame,' Shildt said. 'I made a decision to hit for him. Different decision, different ballgame.' HE SAID IT 'I don't think it's helped them a whole lot in this series. Unless they can put someone in the bleachers,' Shildt said about the Cubs playing four outfielders against Carpenter. ON THE MOVE Cardinals: RHP Luke Weaver, who was the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader and started Game 1, returned to the minors. He is expected to return next weekend to make a start. Cubs: RHP Dillon Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. TRAINER'S ROOM Cardinals: INF Jedd Gyorko (illness) is feeling much better after sitting out Saturday's doubleheader, Shildt said. Gyorko grounded out as a pinch hitter with two on in the sixth inning and stayed in the game. Cubs: RHP Yu Darvish (right elbow impingement and inflammation) threw from 135 feet on flat ground and could throw off a mound soon. He has been on the disabled list since May 23. 'Just making an educated guess, you can't be overly reliant on somebody who hasn't been able to be healthy and perform this year at the same time,' president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. 'You track the rehab closely because you have to try to anticipate what he might be able to give you. Today was his best day in a long time. He threw really well and felt really good.' . LHP Drew Smyly (Tommy John surgery) threw a simulated game and is expected to throw another one Thursday. UP NEXT Cardinals: RHP Daniel Poncedeleon will make his major league debut Monday at Cincinnati. He underwent surgery in 2017 to relieve pressure around his brain after he was hit in the head by a line drive while pitching for Triple-A Memphis. RHP Luis Castillo (5-8, 5.49 ERA) is set to start for the Reds. Cubs: RHP Luke Farrell (3-3, 3.86 ERA) will start Monday's series opener against the Diamondbacks, who will start LHP Patrick Corbin (6-4, 3.24 ERA).
  • A thunderstorm suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning. Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders — Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18-under par — and four other contenders waiting to begin the round. The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain. Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon. Tournament director Steve Carman said the goal was to complete play Sunday but that 'Mother Nature didn't give us a very good shake.' 'Our goal is to finish 72 holes, and that includes on Monday,' he added. 'We've got about four hours and 30 minutes of golf left to play. If we get suspended, we've got until dark to get it in because the goal is 72 holes. 'If the forecast was such that it was completely unreasonable for us to expect to be able to play, then the scenario would be that we wouldn't play on Monday and we would consider going back to 54 holes. But that's not in the cards right now.' The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory. Monday morning's forecast is a more promising with partly sunny skies, a high temperature of 72 degrees and a 20 percent chance of rain. The tournament will pick up with the contenders finally starting play while others aim to finish a weekend of fits and starts of play. Just 21 golfers finished before play was suspended.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers are a hit at the plate with new shortstop Manny Machado. Matt Kemp could be the biggest beneficiary in what was already a potent lineup. Kemp hit two solo homers and Machado drove in his first run since joining the Dodgers, who pounded out 15 hits in an 11-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Chris Taylor had three RBIs for the NL West leaders, who scored five runs in the second and fifth innings. They took two of three against the Brewers in their first series since acquiring Machado in a trade with Baltimore during the All-Star break. 'You throw a guy like that in our lineup that is already dangerous, and it makes it even worse for the other team,' Kemp said. Machado went 2 for 5, doubling home a run in the second. He extended his on-base streak to a career high-tying 22 games going back to his time with the Orioles. 'We can have a huge inning against anyone at any time, so just keeping the guys in it and keeping the game close,' said left-hander Alex Wood, who won his fifth straight decision. 'I just want those guys to go to work.' Milwaukee has dropped eight of nine to fall to 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Cubs in the NL Central. 'We got our butts kicked today but it's one game. We'll come back tomorrow,' manager Craig Counsell said. Both of Kemp's shots came off lefty Brent Suter (8-7), including a long blast to left-center to open the second. Kemp went deep to right-center in the third for a 6-2 lead, giving him 17 homers for the season. Wood (6-5) allowed five hits and walked three in six innings. He settled down after yielding a two-run single to Travis Shaw in the first. 'I thought today wasn't his sharpest day but he just willed himself to get through six innings,' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. GLOVE WORK Questionable defense by the Brewers contributed to both of the Dodgers' big innings. In the second, backpedaling first baseman Ryan Braun couldn't get to a high pop in short right with Keon Broxton charging in behind him, allowing Kike Hernandez to reach with nobody on. Hernandez scored three batters later on a two-out, two-run single by Taylor. Cody Bellinger led off the fifth with a triple after his hit caromed off the wall in right before bouncing past Broxton. Bellinger scored after the next batter, Max Muncy, hit a hard bouncer that Braun couldn't handle cleanly going to his right at first. Braun, who is primarily an outfielder, was charged with an error. Regular first baseman Jesus Aguilar had the day off because of sore hamstrings. The team's other primary first baseman, Eric Thames, is on the disabled list with a sore right hamstring. Braun made his 11th start this season at first, though he hasn't played the position much lately in part because of a recent DL stint for a strained back. 'It caught up with us today a little bit,' Counsell said. Braun's tough day extended to the plate, where he went 0 for 4 and stranded seven runners. WHAT A RELIEF The Brewers trailed 11-2 going into the seventh, so Counsell saved his bullpen and had position players close out the game on the mound. Utility player Hernan Perez tossed two scoreless innings before catcher Erik Kratz threw a scoreless ninth . 'You don't want to be out there, but there is a benefit to it for later on down the road,' Kratz said. Caleb Ferguson shut out Milwaukee over the final three innings for his second save. TRAINER'S ROOM Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner went 1 for 2 with an RBI double in his first start since the break, but was removed before the bottom of the third with right groin tightness. Roberts said the team would consider putting Turner on the DL. He had been sidelined before Sunday with what the club called an upper right leg muscle injury. Brewers: Suter allowed six runs before departing after three innings with forearm tightness. Counsell said Suter is headed to the DL. ... RHP Junior Guerra (forearm) is scheduled to come off the 10-day disabled list to start Tuesday against the visiting Washington Nationals. UP NEXT Dodgers: Open a three-game series at the Phillies on Monday night, with All-Star RHP Ross Stripling (8-2) making his first start since the break. Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (8-3) gets his first start of the second half to open the Nationals series. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Defending champion Jordan Spieth wasn't the only one struggling to gain traction on the wind-swept final day at Carnoustie. But he was one of just two in the 79-player field who failed to make birdie, shooting 76 and sliding from a three-way tie atop the leaderboard at 9 under at the start into a tie for ninth by the end. A bogey, double-bogey run at Nos. 5 and 6 let a handful of contenders squeeze past Spieth, who owns three major championships, and bogeys at two of the last four holes killed his chance of catching up. 'When you put yourself in position enough times, it goes your way sometimes, it doesn't go your way sometimes,' said Spieth, who wound up at 4-under 280. 'I didn't play the wind the right way on those two holes,' he added. 'I was trying to fight it instead of accepting that the wind is going to win out here.' Sung Kang shared the dubious honor of carding a birdie-free round. Spieth, who turns 25 next week, knew fighting the wind would take patience. The Texan felt he passed that test. 'You knew you'd have three, four good looks at birdies, and the rest of the holes, you were just going to try to position it to make par. I knew that going in,' he said. 'I played patiently. Never got down on myself. Never got angry.' More importantly, Spieth's putting stroke restored his confidence, which should extend through the rest of the bag. 'My game is back. I've had different parts ... being at kind of a low point in my career. Not all at the same time, but enough to where I haven't really been able to compete. It's all there, and it's moving in the right direction,' he said. 'So I'm actually very pleased coming out of this week.' ___ 'IT'S A FUNNY GAME' Eddie Pepperell shot the low round on the final day and held the clubhouse lead until fellow Englishman Justin Rose swiped it. Not one to look back, Pepperell said he didn't waste time wondering what might have been. 'I was a little hung over. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,' he said after shooting 67 and finishing in a three-way tie for sixth. 'I was so frustrated yesterday (after shooting 71) that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. 'Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking. But as it happens, I shot 67. So you know,' he added, 'It's a funny game.' ___ DOUBLE TROUBLE Padraig Harrington's 2007 win at Carnoustie marked the last time the British Open champion made double-bogey in the final round and recovered in time to hoist the claret jug. Doubles waylaid a handful of contenders on Sunday, including Kevin Kisner and Xander Schauffele, who shared the lead with Jordan Spieth at 9 under to start the day. Schauffele got back on track with a birdie at No. 14 to pull into a tie with eventual winner Francesco Molinari on the 16th tee, but he fell away by making bogey on the next hole. Kisner and Kevin Chappell both had makeable birdie putts to catch Molinari on the 16th, but both missed and wound tied for second and sixth place. ___ LOCAL HERO Sam Locke got a hero's welcome on his stroll up to the 18th green. Small wonder. The 19-year-old carried the flag for his native Scotland, being the only Scot and the sole amateur to make the cut and play into the weekend in his first major. He was awarded the silver medal as low amateur, a victory for both Locke and his mentor, Paul Lawrie, whose 1999 win at Carnoustie was the last by a Scotsman at the British Open. 'I've just thoroughly enjoyed being here,' Locke said. 'You'll never forget an experience like that.' Locke acknowledged he'd 'have to sit and have a think' about what to do next, including whether to turn pro. He planned on trying to make the British side for next year's Walker Cup, a prestigious amateur event, but that could change. 'With my family and Paul ... we'll all sit down and have a chat ... he'll obviously have some great advice and put me on the right path.' ___ MAMMA MIA Edoardo Molinari, who plays on the European Tour, hardly knew what to say. 'I can't find the words right now, but one picture would do it...' he tweeted in both English and Italian, attaching a picture of little brother Francesco pumping his fist after winning the British Open. 'You're extraordinary ... The example for all of us,' countryman Matteo Mannassero tweeted , adding the Italian flag icon. 'Thank you.' For all that, Francesco Molinari wasn't sure he'd top the newspapers and broadcasts back home. 'It depends,' he laughed, noting that the Formula One race at Hockenheim, Germany, would be bigger news if the Ferrari racing team finished on top. 'If they won, they'll probably get the headlines.