Sports Watch

The Yanks waited 5.5 hours for this?...Torre passes Sparky into fifth on wins list

(AP) - The New York Yankees waited 5.5 hours to start their game against the lowly Washington Nationals because of rain at the new Yankee Stadium. At the end of the long day, the Yankees must have wondered why they didn't just stay in bed.

The last-place Nationals blanked the Yanks 3-0 to take two out of 3 in their interleague series. It's just the second time all season the Yankees have been shut out. The Yanks have lost 6 of their last nine.

Craig Stammen earned his first major-league victory. Stammen and four Nats relievers combined on a seven-hitter. This was the first game without a homer at the new Yankee Stadium.

Boosted by Ryan Zimmerman's three hits, Washington posted its first 2-game winning streak since taking three straight in early May. The 18-46 Nationals are the last team in the majors to pitch a shutout this season.

Saying the long wait was worthwhile, Nationals manager Manny Acta admitted that any time "you have three meals at the ballpark before you start the game, it's been a long day."

In the rest of the interleague play:

The L.A. Dodgers improved their baseball-best record to 44-23 by edging Oakland 3-2. The victory was Joe Torre's 2,195th as a manager. That passes Sparky Anderson for fifth on the all-time managerial wins list.

Florida edged Boston 2-1 in a game called after six innings at Fenway Park due to rain. Dan Uggla and Ronny Paulino homered and Ricky Nolasco pitched five solid innings for the Marlins.

Hunter Pence led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 to avoid a season sweep.

Arizona routed Kansas City 12-5. Chris Young had a career-high four hits. Dan Haren earned his sixth victory in seven decisions for the D-Backs.

Detroit avoided a 3-game sweep in St. Louis by beating the Cardinals 6-3. Rookie Rick Porcello won for the seventh time in nine starts for the Tigers.

Derrek Lee and Geovany Soto hit consecutive homers to tie the game in a four-run eighth inning and Alfonso Soriano singled home the winning run in the ninth to give the Chicago Cubs a 6-5 victory over the White Sox. The crosstown rivals split a rain-shortened, 2-game set at Wrigley Field. Their all-time interleague series is tied 34-all.

Nick Blackburn pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game and the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1. Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) and Brian Buscher homered for the winners, who took 2 of 3 from the Bucs.

Pinch-hitter Rod Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs) led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 to complete a 3-game sweep of the World Series champions. Raul Chavez and Adam Lind also homered for the injury-riddled Blue Jays, who were 0-6 in interleague play when they arrived in Philadelphia.

The Phillies maintained their 3-game lead over New York in the NL East. That's because Baltimore rallied with two in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Mets 5-4. Aubrey Huff drove in the winning run with a ninth-inning single off Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Adrian Gonzalez had four hits, including a home run, and scored the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning as the San Diego Padres edged Seattle 4-3 to end their major league-record interleague losing streak at 13.

Clint Barmes (BAR'-mihs) hit a two-run homer to help Ubaldo Jimenez win his third straight start in the Colorado Rockies' 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. Todd Helton and Carlos Gonzalez added solo homers for the surging Rockies, who have won 13 of 14. They took the final two in the 3-game series after Tampa Bay snapped their 11-game winning streak Tuesday.

In the lone National League game, Atlanta blanked Cincinnati 7-0. Rookie Tommy Hanson allowed three hits in six impressive innings and improved to 2-0. Nate McLouth homered and drove in four.

Arizona State rallies to eliminate Tar Heels

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Arizona State rallied with eight runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat North Carolina 12-5 and eliminate the Tar Heels from the College World Series in Omaha. Kole Calhoun hit the game-tying grand slam in the fifth inning and the go-ahead double in the seventh for ASU.

Arizona State plays top-seed Texas tonight. The Sun Devils have to win that game and another tomorrow against the Longhorns to advance to next week's best-of-3 finals.

A washout at the U.S. Open

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - The first day of play at the U.S. Open lasted less than 3 1-2 hours before rain made Bethpage Black unplayable and waterlogged. Today's forecast calls for cloudy conditions, with a 20% chance of rain.

Already, there's talk of a Monday finish. The last regulation Monday finish at the U.S. Open was 1983.

Defending champion Tiger Woods was 1-over through six holes when the horn sounded on the first day.

Jeff Brehaut (BRAY'-hoh), Johan Edfors, Andrew Parr and Ryan Spears were the only players under par when play was stopped, all at 1 under.

No one played more than 11 holes and more than half the field didn't tee off at all.

Stallworth suspended indefinitely...Ex-QB Leaf surrendering

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns star receiver Donte (DAHN'-tay) Stallworth, who killed a pedestrian while driving drunk. In a letter to Stallworth, NFL commissioner Robert Goodell (guh-DEHL') says the player's actions caused "irreparable harm." He won't be paid during the indefinite suspension.

Stallworth pleaded guilty this month to a DUI manslaughter charge in the death of Mario Reyes (RAY'-uhs) March 14 in Florida. He began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday and has reached a financial settlement with the family of the 59-year-old construction worker.

After jail, the 28-year-old Stallworth must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions would allow him to play.

In a criminal justice note involving a former NFL player, Ryan Leaf's attorney says the former NFL quarterback is back in West Texas and plans to surrender today on burglary and drug-related charges. Leaf is facing one count of burglary and eight drug-related counts associated with the painkiller Hydrocodone.

Alex the Great, again...Four straight Byng awards for Datsyuk

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) is the big individual winner at the NHL's award ceremony. Ovechkin won the NHL's most-valuable-player award for the second straight year after leading the league with 56 goals. He also won the most-outstanding-player award given by the NHL Players' Association. Ovechkin led the NHL with 56 goals and was second with 110 points.

Ovechkin also won the Maurice Richard (ree-SHARD') Trophy for the highest goal-scorer with 56.

In other NHL awards:

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk (dat-SOOK') won the Selke award for the second straight year as the NHL's top defensive forward. Datsyuk also won the Lady Byng sportsmanship award for the fourth straight year.

Boston's Tim Thomas won the Vezina Trophy for the league's top goalie.

Boston's Zdeno Chara (zeh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-ruh) won the Norris Trophy as outstanding defenseman.

Evgeni Malkin of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins won the Art Ross Trophy given to the highest scorer.

Boston's Claude Julien (ZHOO'-lih-ehn) captured the Adams award for best coaching job.

Nashville's Steve Sullivan has won the NHL's Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Columbus goalie Steve Mason won the Calder Trophy for NHL rookie of the year.

Former Montreal Canadien great Jean Beliveau (zhahn BEHL'-ih-voh) won a lifetime achievement award.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was thrilled to get a call from President Barack Obama congratulating him on his team's Stanley Cup championship.

Long's record suspension reduced to eight races

(AP) - NASCAR driver Carl Long's suspension has been reduced from a record 12 races to eight, but his record $200,000 fine remains.

Long is a part-time driver in the Sprint Cup series. He was penalized for having an oversized engine at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May.

Nadal's struggle leaves Wimbledon in doubt

LONDON (AP) - Rafael Nadal (nah-DAHL') looked hampered by his injured knees during a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Lleyton Hewitt in an exhibition yesterday. The world No. 1 will decide today if he can defend his Wimbledon title.

Nadal played without tape on his knees but frequently appeared a step slow in the grass-court match at Hurlingham Club. This was Nadal's first match since his loss to Robin Soderling in the fourth round of the French Open.

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