Rockies' streak over...Big Papi starting to heat up...Joe ties Sparky
(AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays continued their streak and ended another.
The Rays posted their sixth straight victory in routing Colorado 12-4 behind a 17-hit attack that included five home runs. In the process, they ended the Rockies' club-record-tying 11-game winning streak. That tied Boston for the longest win streak in the majors this season.
Evan Longoria, Carlos Pena, Gabe Kapler, Ben Zobrist and B.J. Upton all went deep for the Rays. Kapler and Zobrist both finished a double shy of the cycle. Upton was a triple short.
The defending AL champion Rays have moved within three games of Boston for the AL East lead.
In the rest of interleague action:
David Ortiz homered to start the six-run inning, then added a two-run single to finish the big inning in Boston's 8-2 win over Florida. Tim Wakefield allowed two runs in six innings to improve to 6-0 at Fenway Park this season and 9-3 overall.
The L.A. Dodgers edged Oakland 5-4 in 10 innings. Matt Kemp's two-out single in the bottom of the 10th won it for the Dodgers, who have baseball's best record at 43-22. The win ties Dodgers manager Joe Torre with Sparky Anderson for fifth on the all-time victory list with 2,194 regular-season wins. Torre's teams have also won six pennants and four World Series titles.
Ian Kinsler homered twice and the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 6-1 in a game in which Astros catcher Ivan (ee-VAHN') Rodriguez tied the major league record for games caught. Rodriguez homered in his 2,226th career game behind the plate to tie Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk.
The L.A. Angels won their fifth in a row, 8-1 over San Francisco. Mike Napoli (NAHP'-uh-lee) had a three-run homer among his four hits.
Seattle blanked San Diego 5-0 on a Felix Hernandez two-hitter. That's the Padres' 12th straight interleague loss, a major league record.
Yovani Gallardo won for the third time in four starts despite walking a season-high six as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-5. Gallardo is 7-3.
St. Louis routed Detroit 11-2. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) hit his fifth home run in five games and 23rd on the season.
Gil Meche (mehsh) pitched a four-hit shutout and Mark Teahen had three hits and drove in a run as the Kansas City Royals blanked Arizona 5-0.
Joe Mauer had his second four-hit game of the season and Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-2.
The New York Mets took advantage of 3 Baltimore errors to beat the bumbling Orioles 6-4. Mike Pelfrey improved to 5-2 with his first win in more than five weeks.
Scott Rolen singled in the go-ahead run in a five-run 10th inning and Toronto snapped a 4-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over Philadelphia. That cuts the Phils' lead to three games over the Mets in the NL East.
The New York Yankees rallied with two in the seventh to beat lowly Washington 5-3. Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and matched a career high with four hits.
The game between the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was rained out.
In the lone National League game delayed twice by rain, Cincinnati topped Atlanta 7-2 to end a 4-game slide. Laynce Nix drove in three runs.
Players not surprised about Sosa news
NEW YORK (AP) - In the latest in a string of baseball stars implicated in the sport's steroids scandal of the past decade, former Major League slugger Sammy Sosa reportedly tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2003. The New York Times is reporting the failed test, citing lawyers familiar with the case. Sosa, who is sixth on baseball's all-time home run list with 609, hasn't played in the majors since 2007. The newspaper did not identify the drug.
The newspaper reported Sosa is 1 of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in a 2003 baseball survey. As part of an agreement with the players' union, the testing in 2003 was conducted to determine if it was necessary to impose mandatory random drug testing across the major leagues in 2004.
Some opposing players aren't surprised. Houston first baseman Lance Berkman says the Sosa news "doesn't surprise me, not even a little bit." Scott Podsednik (poh-SEHD'-nihk) similarly said the latest steroid development was "not that shocking."
Smoltz to pitch June 25...First-place Rangers cutting back
(AP) - John Smoltz is set to make his first start for the Boston Red Sox on June 25. Manager Terry Francona says that Smoltz, who hasn't pitched in the majors since having shoulder surgery a year ago, will pitch on the road against the Washington Nationals.
In other baseball news:
The first-place Texas Rangers have cut several staff members from their front office about two weeks after owner Tom Hicks said he was exploring a sale of the team. Rangers spokesman John Blake says the cuts amount to less than 10% of the staff.
The San Francisco Giants sent down struggling second baseman Emmanuel Burriss, batting just .238, in an effort to get him back on track offensively. Matt Downs was called up from AAA Fresno. The Giants designated catcher Steve Holm for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster for Downs.
L.A. Angels reliever Scot Shields has undergone season-ending surgery on his left knee. The team expects Shields to resume baseball activities in about six months.
Tar Heels win...Longhorns rally against Arizona State
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - North Carolina eliminated Southern Mississippi from the College World Series with an 11-4 win. Dustin Ackley went 5 for 6 and became the College World Series' career hits leader as the Tar Heels tied a CWS single-game record with 23 hits.
Ackley has 27 hits in 14 CWS games. The No. 2 overall draft pick by the Seattle Mariners, bidding to become the second player to have six hits in a CWS game, flew out in his final at-bat.
The Tar Heels (48-17) will play Thursday against Texas. The Longhorns erased an early 6-0 deficit to beat Arizona State 10-6. Cameron Rupp's second home run of the game broke a seventh-inning tie.
Stallworth will do jail time...Marshall says so long, Denver
MIAMI (AP) - Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth is going to serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in Florida to a DUI manslaughter charge.
The plea deal calls for the 28-year-old Stallworth to also serve 10 years' probation and do 1,000 community service hours for killing a pedestrian he hit with his car. Stallworth had faced up to 15 years in prison.
DENVER (AP) - Brandon Marshall is saying his good-byes to the Denver Broncos and their fans even as coach Josh McDaniels talks about seeing his holdout Pro Bowl receiver at training camp next month.
Marshall has posted a farewell on his blog after requesting a trade during a private meeting with team owner Pat Bowlen.
Bowlen hasn't said whether he'll honor Marshall's trade request. McDaniels says he expects Marshall to report to camp at the end of next month.
Marshall is scheduled to make $2.2 million in 2009, but wants more money.
Stepping up in L.A....Ariza wants to stay
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-uh-gah-ROH'-suh) is defending the decision to stage a victory parade for the NBA champion Lakers, saying it's important to celebrate even at a time of high unemployment and home foreclosures.
Villaraigosa says that some of the city's wealthiest power brokers have kicked in $850,000 of nearly $1 million in city costs for today's parade and rally. The Lakers and AEG, which owns Staples Center, are paying for another $1 million in production costs.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Trevor Ariza (uh-REEZ'-uh), who averaged 11.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists during the L.A. Lakers' run to their 15th NBA championship, says he would love to return to the Lakers next season. The fifth-year forward is a free agent, along with teammate Lamar Odom.
Richards going home...Bruins GM set through 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Todd Richards has returned home to coach the Minnesota Wild. The Minnesota native promises to bring a more exciting, up-tempo style with him.
The Wild introduced Richards as the second head coach in franchise history to complete a new power structure alignment that includes new general manager Chuck Fletcher.
In another hockey note, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli has been given a 4-year contract extension on top of the one season he had left on his original deal. Boston finished with 116 points this season, most in the Eastern Conference.
President forms Olympics office
WASHINGTON (AP) - The First Fan is getting a little more hands-on regarding sports.
President Barack Obama, an enthusiastic and knowledgeable sports fan, is forming a White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic, and Youth Sport.
The office will promote the values of the Olympic movement and encourage increased youth participation in athletics.