Sports Watch

Pudge breaks catching mark...Bosox win again...Nats dump Yanks

(AP) - One Pudge has passed another.

Houston's Ivan Rodriguez has broken Carlton Fisk's all-time mark for games caught, doing it in yesterday's 5-4 loss at Texas. Rodriguez has been in 2,227 games behind the plate since making his major league debut with the Rangers in 1991. The Rangers recognized the accomplishment with a video tribute featuring Fisk, Bob Boone and Gary Carter, the only other players to catch more than 2,000 games.

It wasn't a smooth game for Rodriguez, who went 1 for 5 and committed two errors that led to runs.

The Rangers won the game on David Murphy's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-uh) hit a solo homer and Omar Vizquel (vihz-KEHL') tied Luis Aparicio's for most hits by a player from Venezuela with his 2,677th.

Also in the majors, the Boston Red Sox were 6-1 winners against Florida in the 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park. Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) had three hits and three RBIs to help Brad Penny pick up his 100th career victory. The Bosox now lead the AL East by three games over the New York Yankees.

John Lannan pitched into the ninth inning of Washington's 3-2 win over the Yankees, allowing two runs and four hits in 8 1-3 innings. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer and Nick Johnson added a two-run triple while the Nationals were building a 3-0 lead against Chien-Ming Wang (chehn-mihng wahng), whose ERA actually dropped to 12.65.

Scott Richmond recorded a career-high 11 strikes while holding the Phillies to a run and five hits over eight innings of Toronto's 7-1 win at Philadelphia. Aaron Hill supported Richmond with a two-run homer, and Rod Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs) and Scott Rolen hit solo shots.

Aubrey Huff belted a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning to push Baltimore past the Mets 6-4, keeping New York three games behind the NL East-leading Phillies. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) also hit a two-run blast, his first major league homer and first RBIs.

Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman blew an 8-4 lead in the ninth before J.J. Hardy's sacrifice fly in the 11th gave the Brewers a 9-8 win over Cleveland. Hardy, Corey Hart and Bill Hall homered to help the Brewers stay a game ahead of second-place St. Louis in the NL Central.

Cardinals rookie Colby Rasmus had three hits and two RBIs in a 4-3 victory over Detroit. Yadier (YAH'-dee-ehr) Molina homered among his three hits as the Cards handed the AL Central-leading Tigers their fourth consecutive loss, leaving Detroit two games ahead of the Chicago White Sox.

Tampa Bay's 6-game winning streak is over after Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) ripped a three-run homer in Colorado's 5-3 win over the Rays. Aaron Cook worked seven innings in the Rockies' 12th victory in 13 games, allowing three runs in his team record-tying 58th career win.

Jack Cust hit a two-run homer while Oakland was building a 4-0 lead by the fourth inning of a 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Trevor Cahill held the Dodgers to two unearned runs and four hits over 5 1-3 innings.

John Danks allowed a run and five hits over seven-plus innings as the White Sox knocked off the crosstown Cubs 4-1. Alexei Ramirez hit a solo homer in the first, and Chris Getz added an RBI triple an inning later to give the White Sox all the runs they'd need.

Micah Owings was a one-man wrecking crew in Cincinnati's 4-3 win over Atlanta, belting a three-run homer and holding the Braves to two runs in six innings. Jay Bruce also homered and Ryan Hanigan had two hits to help Owings earn his first win since May 12.

Andrew McCutchen and Andy LaRoche belted two-run homers in Pittsburgh's 8-2 rout of Minnesota. McCutchen's first major league homer supported Ian Snell, who allowed two runs over six innings for his first victory in two months.

The Los Angeles Angels put together a three-run eighth to beat the Giants 4-3 in San Francisco. Pinch-hitters Torii Hunter and Vladimir Guerrero opened the rally with back-to-back singles as the Angels earned their season-high sixth straight win while ending Tim Lincecum's (LIN'-seh-cumz) 6-game winning streak.

Max Scherzer outpitched Zack Greinke and Mark Reynolds homered off Kansas City's ace to help Arizona whip the Royals 12-5. Stephen Drew hit a three-run triple in the Diamondbacks' five-run eighth.

And San Diego has extended its major league-record interleague losing streak to 13 games by falling to Seattle 4-3. Jose Lopez hit a two-run homer for the Padres, who scored the decisive run on an error.

Committee to investigate Sosa

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional leaders are showing an interest in Sammy Sosa following a report in the New York Times that linked the former slugger to performance-enhancing drugs.

A congressional committee will look into the former baseball slugger's denial that he used illegal performance-enhancing drugs. Sosa testified before Congress four years ago that he had never taken illegal performance-enhancing drugs. But the Times reported that Sosa was among 104 players who tested positive in 2003, two years before he spoke in front of the House.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Edolphus Towns says the committee takes seriously suggestions that a witness had been misleading. The New York representative issued a statement saying he will determine the appropriate steps following a review of the matter.

Halladay, Downs to DL...Manny timetable set...Pedro eyes return...

(AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays will put ace Roy Halladay and closer Scott Downs on the disabled list today, further depleting their injury-riddled pitching staff. Halladay strained his right groin in tomorrow's game against Florida, and Downs strained his big left toe while swinging at a pitch in Tuesday's win at Philadelphia. Halladay is a Cy Young Award candidate this season after opening the year 10-1 with a 2.53 ERA.

The Blue Jays also placed right-hander Casey Janssen on the 15-day disabled list yesterday and are bringing up left-hander Brad Mills from AAA Las Vegas.

Also around the majors:

Manny Ramirez appears to be a week away from beginning a minor league assignment as he nears the end of his 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's substance abuse policy. Manager Joe Torre says Ramirez would start out playing for Class A Inland Empire next Thursday.

Free agent pitcher Pedro Martinez said today that he has had talks with the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays and hopes to sign a contract in the near future. The 37-year-old Martinez has been training in his native Dominican Republic in hopes of returning to the majors. He hasn't thrown off a major league mound since last September.

The Seattle Mariners have placed left-hander Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Bedard is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 11 starts this season and hasn't pitched since June 7.

Mike Hampton is on Houston's 15-day disabled list on with a left groin strain. It's the 12th time in his 15-year career that Hampton has been on the DL.

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene worked out with the team yesterday and expects to be activated today. Greene has been on the 15-day disabled list while dealing with social anxiety problems.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave Derek Jeter a day off yesterday, despite the shortstop's insistence that his sore left ankle was fine. Meanwhile, injured outfielder Xavier Nady says he's hoping to play four innings in a rehab game in Florida tomorrow.

And the coaches have been selected for next month's All-Star game in St. Louis. Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel has chosen Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa and Dodgers bench boss Joe Torre to fill out his National League staff. Kansas City's Trey Hillman and Seattle's Don Wakamatsu have been named to Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon's American League crew.

Razorbacks rally

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) - Arkansas was one strike from elimination in the College World Series last night before earning the right to take on LSU tomorrow.

Andrew Darr laced a tiebreaking double in the top of the 12th before the Razorbacks completed a 4-3 win against Virginia in Omaha. Darr's heroics were made possible after Brett Eibner belted a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth.

Arkansas will have to beat LSU tomorrow and Saturday to reach next week's best-of-3 finals.

Cougars coach has pancreatic cancer

PROVO, Utah (AP) - The BYU men's basketball program has been rocked by news that head coach Dave Rose has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The university said on its Web site yesterday that Rose's family announced that tests from emergency surgery he had earlier this month to stop internal bleeding were positive for cancer. Rose had his spleen and a portion of his pancreas removed during the surgery.

The BYU coaching staff will handle the daily basketball operations while Rose undergoes treatment.

BYU is 97-34 in four seasons under Rose.

Leaf arrested on drug and burglary charges

DALLAS (AP) - Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was taken into custody yesterday.

Customs agents at the U.S.-Canada border have arrested him in the state of Washington on drug and burglary charges out of Texas.

Leaf is charged with burglary to a habitation, a second-degree felony. Leaf also was indicted on seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

McHale leaving T-wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kevin McHale is out as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, ending his 15-year stint with the team.

Minnesota went 20-43 after McHale took over on the bench but played much of that stretch without three injured players, including star Al Jefferson.

The Minnesota native and Hall of Fame player won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s.

Lakers honored by adoring fans

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Thousands of jubilant fans of the Los Angeles Lakers packed the L.A. Coliseum at the end of yesterday's parade through parts of the city. The fans were celebrating the Lakers' victory over Orlando in the NBA Finals. Coach Phil Jackson thanked his family while Kobe Bryant had the crowd share in the chant the team would yell every day, "1-2-3 ring."

Sub-10 run for Bolt

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) - Olympic champion and world-record holder Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt ran the 100 meters in 9.77 seconds yesterday at the Golden Spike meet in the Czech Republic. His run was aided by a strong tail wind. Bolt cruised to victory ahead of Britain's Craig Pickering, who finished in 10.08 seconds. Bolt was helped by a 4.7 mph wind. Ronald Pogon of France was third in 10.17.

Rachel Alexandra prepping for next race

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will return to the races in the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park on June 27.

The much-anticipated announcement was made in a news release from co-owner Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Farms.

Wimbledon seeds announced

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - There were no big surprises yesterday when the All England Club announced the seedings for Wimbledon, which begins Monday.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') and top-ranked women's player Dinara Safina (din-NAH'-ruh sah-FEE'-nah) are the No. 1 seeds.

5-time men's champion Roger Federer is the second seed, with Andy Murray at No. 3. Andy Roddick is the highest-seeded U.S. player in the men's draw at No. 6.

Fellow Americans Serena Williams and defending champion Venus Williams are the second and third seeds behind Safina.

Former baseball player gets 45 years

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Former major league outfielder Mel Hall received a 45-year sentence after being convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl he coached on an elite basketball team.

He must serve about 22 1/2 years in prison before becoming eligible for parole.

The jurors took about 90 minutes to convict Hall on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child and a little more than hour on the punishment. He was also accused by others who said Hall assaulted them when they were underage.

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