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Associated Press

Posted on July 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 10:01 PM

MLB-SCHEDULE

Scherzer gets No. 15...Torrid Rays blank Yanks

UNDATED (AP) — Max Scherzer is baseball's first 15-game winner after pitching the Detroit Tigers to an easy 10-0 win over fast-fading Philadelphia in interleague baseball action. Scherzer held the Phils to just one hit over six innings and improved to 15-1.

Miguel Cabrera homered in his first at-bat after returning from a hip injury to get the Tigers rolling. Detroit scored five runs in the first and three in the second off Raul Valdes, who started because Cliff Lee was out with a stiff neck. Cabrera's solo homer in the first was his 32nd of the year, and he later added two more RBIs to increase his season total to 99.

The Phils have lost seven in a row to fall 10 games back of NL East-leading Atlanta.

In AL action:

— Chris Archer tossed a two-hitter for his second shutout in three starts as Tampa Bay blanked the Yankees 1-0. Kelly Johnson supplied an RBI single off of Yankees starter Ivan (ee-VAHN) Nova, who dropped to 4-4. Archer threw just 97 pitches to help lower his ERA for July to an AL rookie-record 0.73. He gave up a single to Lyle Overbay with one out in the fifth and a ground-rule double to Brett Gardner in the sixth. The Rays have surged to the top of the AL East by winning 24 of their last 29 games.

— Boston remained a half-game back of the Rays by beating Baltimore 7-3. Stephen Drew homered twice and Shane Victorino also went deep.

— Cleveland ace Justin Masterson outdueled Yu Darvish in Cleveland's 1-0 win over Texas. Michael Bourn's leadoff homer in the first was the lone run. Masterson is 12-7. Darvish fell to 9-5 despite striking out 11 Indians in six innings.

__Wade Davis pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 1-0 for their fifth consecutive victory.

— Pinch-hitter Derek Norris hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift AL West-leading Oakland to a 3-1 win over the Angels.

— Chris Carter hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning and Houston went on to beat Toronto 8-6. Justin Maxwell and Matt Dominguez also homered for the Astros, who won for just the second time since July 12.

— Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau homered, Samuel Deduno pitched seven scoreless innings and the Minnesota Twins blanked the Seattle Mariners 4-0. The Twins are 6-3 since the All-Star break.

Over in the NL:

— Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to back the strong pitching of Julio Teheran in Atlanta's 2-0 win over St. Louis. Teheran allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking one.

— Ian Desmond and Dennard (deh-NARD') Span hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, and Bryce Harper added a two-run shot an inning later to pace Washington's 4-1 win over the Mets. Dan Haren won his first game since May 9 to improve to 5-11.

— Michael McKenry had a career-best four hits and drove in two runs, Neil Walker and Garrett Jones each added two RBIs, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 7-4.

MLB-NEWS

UNDATED (AP) — L.A. Angels slugger Albert Pujols (POO'-holz) returned to Los Angeles for further testing on his sore left foot. He's been dealing with plantar fasciitis all season and re-injured his foot in Friday night's game against Oakland.

Manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh) says the discomfort is worse than anything Pujols has dealt with. Scioscia would not address if Pujols could miss the rest of the season, or at the least, go on the disabled list.

Pujols is hitting .258 with 17 home runs and 64 RBIs.

In other baseball news:

—The Texas Rangers say pitcher Tanner Scheppers sustained facial bruises after being attacked while walking in downtown Cleveland this week. The Rangers say Scheppers suffered a bruised eye and contusion Thursday night.

NBA-NEWS

Scola to Pacers... Henderson gets Bobcats deal

UNDATED (AP) —Phoenix has traded forward Luis Scola to Indiana for forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick.

The durable 6-foot-9 Scola played his first five NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before coming to Phoenix a year ago. He appeared in all 82 games, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. It was the fifth time in his career that he's played in all games.

The 6-foot-8 Green has played for six teams since coming to the NBA in 2005. The 6-11 Plumlee was selected in the first round by the Pacers last year, the 26th selection overall, but appeared in only 14 games.

In other NBA news:

— Charlotte shooting guard Gerald Henderson and the Bobcats have agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract, according to a person familiar with the situation. Henderson finished the 2012-13 season playing the best basketball of his professional career, averaging 23.9 points over the final 23 games while shooting 48 percent from the field.

WNBA-ALL-STAR GAME

Parker's 23 leads the West

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Candace Parker had a blast in her All-Star debut. Parker scored a record 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 win over the East on Saturday and earn MVP honors.

The Los Angeles Sparks star was voted a starter for the 2011 game, but she couldn't play because of a knee injury. This time, she put on a show.

Brittney Griner and top vote-getter Elena Delle Donne sat out because of injuries. Griner has a sprained knee but sat on the bench. Delle Dome is recovering at home from a concussion.

NFL-TRAINING CAMPS

Eagles' Maclin tears knee ligament...Pitta out indefinitely

UNDATED (AP) — Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice and could miss the season.

Maclin went down at the end of a non-contact drill and appeared in pain while on the ground for several minutes. He was helped onto the cart and needed assistance getting off it and going into the team's practice facility.

Maclin is headed into his fifth season with the Eagles. He led the team with 69 catches for 857 yards and seven touchdowns last season, and the former first-round pick is in the final year of his rookie contract.

In other NFL camp news:

— Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip in practice and is out indefinitely with what coach John Harbaugh called a "serious injury." expected to remain sidelined throughout the preseason and for the Sept. 5 regular season opener against Denver. The injury occurred during Saturday's practice session when Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone vying for a pass from Joe Flacco.

— Browns offensive tackle Ryan Miller was being treated at a hospital after sustaining a concussion during practice. He was taken by ambulance to Cleveland Clinic and the team indicated he was awake, alert and had movement in all extremities.

— Panthers rookie guard Edmund Kugbila was carted to the locker room after injuring his right hamstring early in Saturday's training camp practice. Coach Ron Rivera says the extent of the injury is unclear.

— The Buffalo Bills are preparing to open training camp minus Jairus Byrd. And with contract talks at a stalemate, the team has no indication when the two-time Pro Bowl safety plans to report. The Bills prevented Byrd from testing free agency by retaining his rights in March. That's when they designated him their franchise player by offering him a one-year, $6.9 million contract.

—Oakland Raiders receiver Andre Holmes has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. Holmes was claimed off waivers from New England in May.

PGA-CANADIAN OPEN

Snedeker leads, Mahan drops out

OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Brandt Snedeker fired a 9-under 63 to going into Sunday's final round of the Canadian Open with a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char), who shot s 65. Dustin Johnson's 63 has him three behind.

Overnight leader Hunter Mahan (MAY'-han) has withdrawn from the Canadian Open prior to the start of round three because his wife, Kandi, has gone into labor in Dallas with their first child. Mahan enjoyed a two-shot lead over John Merrick before pulling out of the tournament.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-BRITISH SENIOR OPEN

Langer leads

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) has opened up a three-shot lead after shooting a 4-under 66 in the third round of the British Senior Open. David Frost has moved into second place with his third straight 2-under 68. Mark Weibe (WEE'-bee) started the day tied for the lead, but could only manage a par 70 and trails by four.

NASCAR-BRICKYARD 400

Newman steals pole from Johnson

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ryan Newman took advantage of the final qualifying run to nail down the pole of NASCAR's Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Defending champ Jimmie Johnson qualified second.

Sunday's pole is the 50th pole of Newman's career, but first since late in the 2011 season.

Carl Edwards qualified third and was followed by Denny Hamlin and two-time Indy winner Tony Stewart.

NASCAR-NATIONWIDE

Kyle Busch wins at the Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch dominated to win the Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Busch had the fastest car Saturday to win for the eighth time in 15 races. Busch led 92 of 100 laps but had a late scare after he fell back to third on the final restart.

Brian Scott, who has never won a Nationwide race in four seasons, finished a career-best second.

FORMULA 1-HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX

Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Hungarian GP

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the fourth time this season after setting the fastest time at the end of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday. The British edged three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel (VEHT'-ehl).

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