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Rockies finally lose...Phils crush Rays...Braves stifle Yanks

(AP) - The Colorado Rockies were in line for their 18th victory in 19 games Tuesday after Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIHTS'-kee) smacked his second homer of the night. Instead, the Los Angeles Angels grabbed a share of first place in the American League West as Bobby Abreu (uh-BRAY'-oo) provided a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to lead a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

Tulowitzki's two-run blast gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead in the sixth, two innings after he tied the game with a solo shot. But Abreu's single helped put an end to the Rockies' 6-game winning streak.

Former Rockies reliever Brian Fuentes picked up the save by striking out Garrett Atkins and Clint Barmes with the potential tying run on second.

Also in the majors Tuesday, Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kah-ROH'-dah) came within one out of a complete game in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, allowing four hits while striking out nine. James Loney hit a two-run homer as the Dodgers improved their major league-leading record to 47-24.

Tim Lincecum (LIHN'-seh-kuhm) struck out 12 in a seven-hitter to push San Francisco past Oakland 4-1. Pablo Sandoval and Edgar Renteria furnished RBI doubles in the Giants' sixth victory in seven games.

Jason Bay supplied a two-run single while Boston was scoring six times in the eighth to turn a 4-3 lead into an eventual 11-3 rout in Washington. Bay went 4 for 6 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored, and Jacoby Ellsbury's had the first two-triple game of his career while adding a pair of singles.

Rookie Tommy Hanson won his third straight start, allowing four hits while pitching into the sixth inning of Atlanta's second straight shutout, a 4-0 win over the New York Yankees. Brian McCann smacked a solo homer and had two RBIs to help the Braves drop Chien-Ming Wang's (chehn-mihng wahngz) record to 0-6.

Detroit pulled out a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Ryan Raburn's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Inge (ihnj) belted a two-run shot to put the Tigers ahead 3-2 in the seventh, but the Cubs regained the lead on Micah Hoffpauir's (HAWF'-pow-urz) two-run blast an inning later.

Joel Pineiro (joh-EHL' pihn-YEHR'-oh) recorded 22 ground-ball outs while tossing a two-hitter to lead St. Louis past the New York Mets 3-0. Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) put the game out of reach with a two-run single in the seventh, giving him a major league-leading 70 RBIs.

Joe Crede (KREE'-dee), Carlos Gomez and Brendan Harris combined to drive in six runs, all with two outs in Minnesota's 7-3 triumph at Milwaukee. Crede set the tone with a three-run double in the first that helped Francisco Liriano win for only the third time in 11 decisions.

John Mayberry ripped a three-run homer to cap the scoring in a three-run first that jumpstarted Philadelphia's 10-1 rout of Tampa Bay, ending the Phillies' 6-game slide. Chase Utley added a two-run homer and a two-run double as the Phils improved to a major league-leading 24-9 on the road.

Home runs by Marco Scutaro (SKOO'-tah-roh), Scott Rolen and Rod Barajas (bah-RAH'-hahs) powered Toronto past Cincinnati 7-5. Brian Tallet allowed only three hits and struck out seven in six shutout innings while pitching on three days' rest.

Justin Upton and Felipe Lopez drove in three runs apiece in Arizona's 8-2 rout of Texas. Max Scherzer won his third consecutive start, giving up two runs in six innings as the Diamondbacks dealt the Rangers their fifth straight loss.

Baltimore's 5-game winning streak is over after Florida came away with a 7-6 victory over the Orioles on Jorge Cantu's (HOHR'-hay KAN'-tooz) RBI single in the bottom of the 12th. Hanley Ramirez belted a grand slam in a five-run seventh that put the Marlins ahead 6-1 before the Orioles tied it with a three-run ninth.

Zack Greinke (GRAYN'-kee) earned his first victory since May 26, holding Houston to a run and eight hits over eight innings of Kansas City's win over the Astros. Billy Butler snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a third-inning homer to help Greinke improve to 9-3.

David Huff threw eight shutout innings before Cleveland blew most of a 5-0 lead in a 5-4 triumph at Pittsburgh. Jhonny Peralta contributed a home run and three RBIs as the Indians ended a 6-game losing skid.

And Adrian Gonzalez hit his 24th homer while San Diego was building a 9-1 lead in a 9-7 win at Seattle. Chad Gaudin (goh-DAN') struck out 11 while limiting the Mariners to two runs and four hits in seven innings.

Ramirez gets ready...Crisp done for year...Reds get a lift...Sizemore returns

(AP) - Manny Ramirez has begun to prepare for his return to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Dodgers left fielder played four innings for AAA Albuquerque Tuesday, going 0 for 2 in his first professional game since receiving a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.

Ramirez refused to discuss his suspension while speaking with the media before the game.

Isotopes manager Tim Wallach said Ramirez will play five innings Wednesday and seven on Thursday. He's expected to rejoin the Dodgers July 3 at San Diego.

The Dodgers are 26-16 during his absence.

Checking out the rest of the majors:

Toronto ace Roy Halladay threw a bullpen session today and is scheduled to return to the rotation on Monday against Tampa Bay. Halladay was 10-1 with a 2.53 ERA before straining a groin June 12.

The Kansas City Royals will be without Coco Crisp for the remainder of the season. The outfielder will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

The Cincinnati Reds have activated first baseman Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) from the disabled list in time for tonight's game in his hometown of Toronto. Votto had been sidelined since May 30 with stress-related issues after missing games earlier with an inner-ear problem.

San Diego outfielder Brian Giles has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a right knee contusion suffered June 18.

The Cleveland Indians have activated All-Star center fielder Grady Sizemore from the disabled list. He had been out since May 31 with an inflamed left elbow.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Chris Snyder on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain and promoted catcher Luke Carlin from AAA Reno.

Seattle hurler Ryan Rowland-Smith has been optioned by Seattle to AAA Tacoma after being activated from the 15-day disabled list.

Reliever Chris Ray has been recalled by Baltimore, three weeks after he was demoted to AAA Norfolk. Ray was 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA for the Tides after going 0-1 with a hefty 9.39 earned run average with the Orioles.

And Major League Baseball president Bob DuPuy (doo-PAY') has denied the formal protest filed by the New York Yankees after a disputed loss to the Florida Marlins. New York manager Joe Girardi protested Sunday's 6-5 defeat at Florida because of a Marlins substitution mix-up.

Longhorns steer clear of sweep

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - There will be a deciding third game in the College World Series finals Wednesday at Omaha.

Top-seeded Texas is still alive after beating LSU 5-1 to even the series at a game apiece. Freshman Taylor Jungmann went the distance on a five-hitter, just a day after making a short relief appearance in Monday's extra-inning loss to LSU.

Russell Moldenhauer hit his record-tying fourth home run of the College World Series.

Roddick gets the job done...Venus cruises

WIMBLEDON (AP) - Men's third seed Andy Murray and No. 6 Andy Roddick were among the first-round winners at Wimbledon Tuesday.

Murray won in four sets as he begins his bid to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.

Roddick also needed four sets to pull out a victory and join fifth seed Juan Martin de Potro (wahn mahr-TEEN' dehl POH'-troh) in the second round.

And 21-year-old American qualifier Jesse Levine pulled off the day's biggest upset, knocking out 14th seed Marat Safin (mah-RAHT' SA'-fihn).

Women's top-ranked Dinara Safina (dee-NAH'-rah sah-FEE'-nuh) opened another bid for her first Grand Slam crown with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain. Third seed and 2-time defending champ Venus Williams also won in straight sets, as did sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch).

Second seeds Roger Federer and Serena Williams highlight Wednesday's second-round action at Wimbledon. Fourth seeds Elena Dementieva (dee-mehn-tee-AY'-vuh) and Novak Djokovic (JAH'-koh-vihch) are in the schedule, as are Maria Sharapova and American Mardy Fish.

AP source: Bucks to send Jefferson to Spurs

(AP) - The Milwaukee Bucks have sent Richard Jefferson to the San Antonio Spurs for Bruce Bowen (BOH'-ehn), Kurt Thomas and Fabricio Oberto (fah-BREE'-see-oh oh-BEHR'-toh).

Milwaukee is parting with Jefferson less than a year after acquiring the scoring forward in a draft day trade that sent Yi Jianlian (EE JEE'-ahn-LEE'-ahn) and Bobby Simmons to the New Jersey Nets. Jefferson's contract has two years and $29.2 million remaining on it.

Bowen, Thomas and Oberto give the Bucks a veteran group and financial flexibility. None is signed beyond the upcoming season.

Also in the NBA, the Wizards and Timberwolves have agreed to a deal that would send Minnesota guards Randy Foye and Mike Miller to Washington for the No. 5 pick in the draft and three players. The Timberwolves would receive Etan (ee-TAHN') Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov (oh-LEHK'-see PEHSH'-rahv) and Darius Songaila (sahn-GY'-lah), and the deal would leave them with the fifth and sixth overall choices in Thursday's NBA draft.

And the Charlotte Bobcats will not make a qualifying offer to forward Sean May, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent. The Bobcats did offer point guard Raymond Felton a 1-year qualifying offer worth $5.5 million.

New members for Hockey Hall of Fame

(AP) - Steve Yzerman (EYE'-zur-mihn), Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille (ROH'-bih-ty) and Brian Leetch will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame Nov. 9, along with New Jersey Devils president Lou Lamoriello (lam-uh-REHL'-oh).

The four players were elected Tuesday on their first year of eligibility. Yzerman retired as the sixth-highest point scorer in NHL history with 1,755. Hull is second with 741 goals, Robitaille's 668 goals are the most by a left wing and Leetch is 1 of just five defensemen to have a 100-point season.

Sutter hires Sutter

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Another Sutter brother has joined the Calgary Flames. Team general manager Darryl Sutter has hired his brother, Brent, to be the new coach of the NHL club. The addition pushes the total number of Sutters in the Flames organization to five.

Brother Duane is director of player personnel, brother Ron is a scout and Darryl's son Brett played for the Flames farm team last season.

Brent Sutter replaces Mike Keenan, who was fired a month ago.

AP source: Babcock will coach Canada in Olympics

DETROIT (AP) - A person familiar with the decision tells the AP that Mike Babcock has been chosen to coach the Canadian men's hockey team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

The head coach of the Detroit Red Wings will have Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock on his staff.

Steelers' OT Starks signs 4-year contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Offensive tackle Max Starks has signed a 4-year contract that will keep him with the Super Bowl champion Steelers through the 2012 season. The deal also frees up several million dollars in salary cap room for a team that was up against the cap most of last season.

Pittsburgh's starting left tackle was designated as the club's franchise player on Feb. 20. and he initially accepted a 2009 salary of $8.45 million.

Cornerback Fernando Bryant to retire

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Cornerback Fernando Bryant is retiring after 10 seasons.

The 1999 first-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars started 109 of the 112 NFL games he played, making seven interceptions and recovering nine fumbles.

He played five seasons with the Jags before signing with the Detroit Lions as a free agent in 2004.

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