Carpenter and Holliday lift Cards over Astros
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a two-run home run and Matt Holliday drove in two with a two-out hit to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 5-4 on Wednesday night.
Carpenter's ninth homer of the season in the seventh gave the win to Seth Maness. Tony Cruz got hit by starter Jordan Lyles' first pitch of the inning and one out later Carpenter put a 2-1 pitch into the right field stands off reliever Wesley Wright.
Maness gave up two hits and a run in two innings of relief. He struck out three.
Edward Mujica (moo-HEE'-kuh) earned his 25th save in 26 tries. He has appeared in six consecutive games, going 1-1 with four saves.
Chen, Reimold carry Orioles past Rangers 6-1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen returned from the disabled list to pitch seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Baltimore Orioles got a three-run homer from Nolan Reimold in a 6-1 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.
Manny Machado had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who won for only the third time in nine games. Baltimore will seek a split of the four-game series on Thursday night.
Chen had not pitched since May 12 because of a strained right oblique. The left-hander allowed one run, walked three and struck out four.
Major league home run leader Chris Davis went 0 for 3 with a walk and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats. He hasn't gotten a hit since Major League Baseball announced he was the leading vote getter in All-Star fan balloting.
Rangers RHP Darvish placed on DL with bad back
BALTIMORE (AP) — Right-hander Yu Darvish has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Texas Rangers and will miss the All-Star Game next week.
Darvish has a mild strain in his upper back. The move was announced Wednesday and is retroactive to July 6.
Darvish was scheduled to pitch against Baltimore on Thursday, but has been scratched. He's 8-4 overall, but has won only once in his last nine starts.
Darvish leads the majors with 157 strikeouts. He has a 3.02 ERA.
Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine says, "At this stage, it's not something we are really worried about." He says the injury "was a little more fatigue than anything."
In a statement, Darvish said, "I don't think it's a big issue, but just as a precaution, I'd rather skip a start than push it through."
Darvish will fly back to Dallas on Thursday for further evaluation.
Adams lifts Silver Stars over Mercury
PHOENIX (AP) — Danielle Adams scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half to help the San Antonio Silver Stars pull away to beat the Phoenix Mercury 88-80 on Wednesday.
DeLisha Milton-Jones added 16 and Shenise Johnson, Jane Appel and Danielle Robinson each had 13 for the Silver Stars, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in nine games overall.
Candice Dupree scored 22 points and Diane Taurasi had 20 before fouling out with 2:39 to go for the Mercury, who have lost two straight after winning five in a row.
The Mercury were missing center Brittney Griner, who was out with a sprained left knee. It was only the second game Griner has missed since injuring the knee in early June.
Mavs load up on guards, still have hole at center
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks have loaded up on guards in free agency. They just can't seem to find a center.
The Mavericks met Wednesday with Andrew Bynum, who later accepted a contract offer from Cleveland. Dallas' first choice was Dwight Howard, but he went with Houston.
While the Mavericks pursue Plan C at center, they anticipate the official arrival of guards Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Wayne Ellington.
Dallas added two more guards through the draft and the equivalent of a rookie in Gal Mekel, another backcourt player who is set to become the second Israeli-born player in the NBA.
Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson says Dallas needs guards who can get Dirk Nowitzki the ball "where he wants it, when he wants it."
TRAIL BLAZERS-ROCKETS TRADE
Blazers acquire forward Robinson from Rockets
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired second-year forward Thomas Robinson in a trade with the Houston Rockets.
The two teams agreed to the deal last week, but it could not be completed until Wednesday under NBA rules.
Portland traded the rights to Kostas Papanikolaou and Marko Todorovic, and two future second-round picks to the Rockets in exchange for Robinson.
Robinson was the fifth overall pick in last year's draft by the Sacramento Kings, but he was dealt to Houston in a February trade. He played in 70 total games last season, averaging 4.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 15.1 minutes.
SEC names Whitworth to oversee men's basketball
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has named Mark Whitworth to the newly created position of associate commissioner for men's basketball.
The SEC announced the appointment on Wednesday for Whitworth, who has worked for the league for 25 years. He had been associate commissioner for external affairs, serving as the liaison with the men's basketball coaches and working with the SEC's media partners.
Commissioner Mike Slive says Whitworth "will be a full time advocate for and effectively manage our efforts to promote and enhance SEC basketball."
Whitworth will oversee the conference tournament, coordinate nonconference scheduling, prepare the conference schedule and work closely with media partners on basketball.
SEC MEDIA DAYS-PLAYERS
Manziel, Clowney set to appear at SEC media days
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL'), South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron will represent their teams at Southeastern Conference media days.
The league on Wednesday released the roster of players attending the three-day event in Hoover starting next Tuesday.
Manziel, who won the Heisman Trophy as a freshman, will address the media on Wednesday. Clowney, who finished sixth in the Heisman voting, appears on the first day.
Manziel, McCarron and Georgia's Aaron Murray are among nine quarterbacks scheduled to attend.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama will also bring All-America linebacker C.J. Mosley and guard Anthony Steen.
SUPER BOWL-SEATING MESS
Judge reverses field, orders Goodell deposition
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has reversed an earlier ruling and says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can be questioned by attorneys for ticket-holders who sued after they were displaced when seats weren't properly installed for the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.
The ruling issued Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver in Dallas says depositions of Goodell must be at NFL headquarters in New York no later than Aug. 5.
In February, Toliver granted an NFL motion to quash the deposition of Goodell, saying plaintiffs' attorneys hadn't met the threshold requiring a chief executive to testify.
Toliver wrote in the latest order that Goodell could be questioned on a limited range of topics.
About 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington were deemed unsafe just hours before the game.
WTT's Kastles lose for first time since 2010
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history is over.
The Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis lost on Wednesday night to the Texas Wild, ending a run of 34 straight wins that had lasted since 2010.
Eugenie Bouchard won the deciding match, in women's singles, over Anastasia Rodionova, giving the Wild a 23-18 win a day after they bested the mark set by a slightly more high profile team — the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers won 33 straight in the 1971-72 season.
Before Wednesday night, the Kastles' last loss in the summer league was on July 22, 2010.