Manny goes 0 for 3 with a walk in first game back from drug suspension
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Laying off questions about steroids as if they were pitches in the dirt, a somewhat contrite Manny Ramirez apologized to fans and his teammates for his 50-game drug suspension. But he refused to talk about steroids. The slugger's suspension for violating baseball's drug policy ended in time for him to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers' 6-3 win over San Diego in what Ramirez called a return to "showtime."
Ramirez walked during a five-run first inning in his first plate appearance for the Dodgers. It was a loud at-bat, with Dodgers fans standing and cheering, and Padres fans trying to drown them out with boos. The sold-out crowd at Petco Park looked and sounded more like it belonged at Dodger Stadium. Ramirez went 0 for 3 with a walk before being lifted in the sixth inning.
Phils post rare home win...Cards take over first
(AP) - A journeyman pitcher making his first start in the majors in two years has helped the Philadelphia Phillies end their 6-game home losing streak.
Rodrigo Lopez took a three-hitter into the seventh inning in his first outing in two years in the Phillies' 7-2 victory over the New York Mets. Lopez allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first win since beating the Phillies on July 7, 2007, when he played for Colorado. The right-hander hadn't pitched in the majors since having elbow ligament replacement surgery 23 months ago.
The NL East-leading Phillies won for just the fifth time in 19 games. The Phils routed Mets starter Livan Hernandez, who gave up seven runs in three-plus innings. The Phils now have a 14-22 home record, although they are 26-15 away from Philadelphia.
In the rest of the NL:
Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) hit his club-record fourth grand slam of the season, and Jarrett Hoffpauir drove in the go-ahead runs in the ninth inning with his first career hit as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4. The win gives the Cardinals sole possession of first place in the NL Central, a game ahead of Milwaukee.
Jake Fox drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 2-1 win over the Brewers in a day game at Wrigley Field.
Brandon Moss and Ramon Vazquez homered and Charlie Morton pitched six shutout innings to help the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Florida Marlins 7-4. Hanley Ramirez failed to drive in a run for the first time in 11 games for Florida.
Scoring 13 runs in the first three innings, San Francisco blanked Houston 13-0. Travis Ishikawa added a three-run homer and Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run shot.
Atlanta held off Washington 9-8. In his first at-bat since being called up from the minors, Brooks Conrad delivered a pinch-hit three-run home run in the seventh for the Braves, who've won five in a row.
Colorado blanked Arizona 5-0. Ian Stewart hit his 15th home run. The Rockies are 24-9 since Jim Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle as manager.
In the AL:
John Danks threw 7 1-3 shutout innings and got a big lift from reliever Scott Linebrink as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-0 for their seventh straight victory. A.J. Pierzynski homered.
Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer, Luke Scott doubled home two runs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Angels 6-4. That dropped Los Angeles into a first-place tie with Texas in the AL West.
Texas beat Tampa Bay 3-1. Tommy Hunter earned his first career victory on his 23rd birthday.
Shin-Soo Choo homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 15-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics to end their 5-game losing streak.
Rob Johnson doubled home two runs in the 11th inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6. George Kottaras hit his first major-league homer in the bottom of the 11th for the Red Sox to make it close.
Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') homered in the Yankees' 4-2 win over Toronto. The victory came a day after the Yankees had their 7-game winning streak snapped by Seattle.
In a 16-inning marathon, Detroit outlasted Minnesota 11-9. Placido Polanco drove in the go-ahead run in the 16th.
Jackson to return to coach Lakers...Turkoglu ends talks with the Blazers
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Phil Jackson is coming back as Los Angeles Lakers coach next season.
Jackson announced his decision yesterday on the team's Web site. The 63-year-old says he consulted the team doctor about his health before deciding. Jackson led the Lakers to their 15th NBA championship and his record 10th title in June. He says he's confident he can handle another long season.
Jackson broke legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach's record by coaching his 10th NBA championship team as the Lakers beat Orlando last month in five games.
Jackson coached the Chicago Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. His .705 regular-season winning percentage is tops in NBA history and his 1,041 victories make him sixth best.
In other NBA news:
That Hedo Turkoglu-(HAY'-doo TURK'-oh-loo)-to-the-Portland-Trail-Blazers talk has ended. They have broken off contract talks. That's what a person close to the talks says. The 6-foot-10 Turkoglu opted out of his Orlando Magic contract last week when the team acquired Vince Carter from New Jersey. He averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 rebounds last season.
The Boston Globe reports the Celtics have offered forward Rasheed Wallace a contract. The 35-year-old Wallace averaged 12 points per game last year with Detroit, and would likely play a complementary role in Boston.
Federer and Roddick will do it again
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - 5-time champion Roger Federer and Andy Roddick will square off for the Wimbledon men's title tomorrow.
Federer advanced to his seventh straight championship match at the All England Club with a 7-6, 7-5, 6-3 win over Germany's Tommy Haas. Federer will be in pursuit of tennis history against Roddick. He'll be looking for his 15th Grand Slam title, which would break a tie with Pete Sampras.
Roddick is in the Wimbledon final for the third time in six years. The sixth-seeded American defeated Scotsman Andy Murray 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the day's second semifinal. Roddick lost to Federer in the 2004 and '05 finals and trails the Swiss champ 18-2 in head-to-head meetings.
Today's women's final at the All England Club will be a repeat of last year's showdown between Venus and Serena Williams.
It will be the sisters' fourth meeting in the Wimbledon title match and second in a row. Venus won last year's all-family showdown on grass, but Serena holds a 5-2 advantage in head-to-head meetings in Grand Slam finals.
Woods sets Congressional 36-hole record
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Tiger Woods is leading his own golf tournament and, in typical Tiger-like fashion, he's doing it in record style. Woods fired a 4-under 66 in the second round of the AT&T National. His 10-under 130 total is the lowest 36-hole score ever in a tournament at Congressional Country Club, which will host the 2011 U.S. Open.
Rod Pampling charged up the leaderboard with a 64 and trails by one shot. First-round leader Anthony Kim posted a 70 and is two shots back, while Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) shot a 67 and is three back of Woods.
Two on the lead
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) - Sarah Kemp and Laura Diaz share the lead after two rounds of the LPGA's Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic. Kemp shot an 8-under 63 while Diaz caught her at 11-under with a 67. Morgan Pressel's 68 left her one shot off the pace.
Samuelsson to Vancouver...Fedotenko staying in Pittsburgh...Recchi nearing the end
(AP) - Free-agent forward Mikael Samuelsson has signed a $7.5 million, 3-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. The Swede spent the past four seasons in Detroit.
Elsewhere around the NHL:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms on a 1-year contract with forward Ruslan Fedotenko. The 30-year-old winger had 16 goals and 23 assists in 65 regular-season games, before scoring seven goals in 24 playoff games during the Penguins' run to their third Stanley Cup championship.
A day after signing a new 1-year deal with Boston, 41-year-old forward Mark Recchi (REH'-kee) says he expects next season will be his last in the NHL.
Rick Nash and the Columbus Blue Jackets have reached agreement on an 8-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season. The Canadian Press reports the deal is worth $62.4 million.
Stewart is handed pole...Bowyer wins Nationwide race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Points leader Tony Stewart was awarded the pole for tonight's race at Daytona International Speedway, after rain washed out qualifying.
It's Stewart's third pole in the last five races, all from rainouts. He also started up front at Pocono last month and New Hampshire last week.
Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch and Carl Edwards round out the first three rows.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Clint Bowyer won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his first victory of the year. It's also Richard Childress Racing's first win of the year.
Kyle Busch was second, followed by Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne.