Update on the latest in sports


Associated Press

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 24 at 7:35 PM


Scherzer shines for Tigers again...Bosox finally win at Dodger Stadium...A's nip O's

UNDATED (AP) — Max Scherzer has become just the third pitcher in major league history to open a season 19-1.

Scherzer outpitched Mets ace Matt Harvey in leading Detroit to a 3-0 shutout at New York. Scherzer hit an RBI double in the second inning and limited the Mets to three hits while striking out 11 in just six innings.

The other big league pitchers to win 19 of their first 20 decisions in a season are Rube Marquard in 1912 and Roger Clemens 12 years ago.

Andy Dirks went 3-for-3 against Harvey, who allowed a career-high 13 hits but just two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

The Boston Red Sox will own at least a share of the AL East lead at the end of the night following a shutout win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Jon Lester is 12-7 after limiting the Dodgers to a run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings to pitch Boston to a 4-2 victory. Lester carried a shutout into the eighth and helped the Bosox end the Dodgers' four-game winning streak.

Boston did its scoring in the first inning, highlighted by Jonny Gomes' (gohm-zehz) three-run homer. Mike Napoli added three hits and an RBI as the Red Sox won at Dodger Stadium for the first time in five games.

Oakland pulled out a 2-1 win at Baltimore on Coco Crisp's home run leading off the ninth inning. Jarrod Parker gave up one run, five hits and three walks to improve to 8-0 in 16 starts since May 22.


Mauer to stay on concussion list

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Minnesota Twins say All-Star catcher Joe Mauer is not going to be activated from the seven-day concussion list when the team begins a homestand next week. Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said doctors have told Mauer to rest until at least Tuesday, the day he would be eligible to come off the concussion disabled list.

Mauer was placed on the list earlier this week after he became dizzy during his pregame routine.

Also in the majors, the Pittsburgh Pirates have placed leadoff hitter Starling Marte on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand. Marte hasn't played since Aug. 18, when his hand was stepped on during a stolen base attempt against Arizona.

Arizona reliever J.J. Putz (puts) is on the 15-day DL after dislocating his right pinky during Friday's loss to Philadelphia. The Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Chaz Roe from Triple-A Reno.

And Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen has landed on the 15-day DL after his appendix was removed in Seattle on Saturday. Manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh) doesn't realistically expect Jepsen to return this season.


Kuchar, Woodland tied for the lead

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland share the lead after three rounds of The Barclays. Kurchar shot a 1-under 70 while Woodland posted a 68 to get to 12-under par in the first of the four FedEx Cup playoff events.

Kevin Chappell fired a bogey-free 9-under 62 to break the tournament course record. He trails by a single shot.

Tiger Woods played himself into the hunt with a 69 that left him four shots back.


Hedwall has lead

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Caroline Hedwall is the leader through three rounds of the Canadian Women's Open in Edmonton.

Hedwall has followed consecutive 68s with a 6-under-par 64 to move one stroke ahead of Suzann Pettersen and amateur Lydia Ko. Hedwall comes off a record-setting performance in last week's Solheim Cup, where she became the first player to win five matches.

I.K. Kim and Brittany Lincicome (LIHN'-sih-kuhm) are two shots back.


Riegger's late eagle puts him atop leaderboard

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — John Riegger carded one eagle and seven birdies en route to an 8-under-par 64 that gives him a three-stroke edge over four others through two rounds of the Champions Tour event in Washington. Riegger immediately followed his eagle on 15 with a birdie that left him 11-under after 36 holes.

Tom Lehman, Bernhard Langer, Kirk Triplett and Bobby Clampett share second.


Hamlin has Bristol pole

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Tonight's Sprint Cup race has begun at Bristol Motor Speedway. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the leader through 100 of 500 scheduled laps.

Defending race champ Denny Hamlin started from the pole as he tries to end a nine-start slump in which he's finished no higher than 18th.


Qualifying on tap today

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) has the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway.

Franchitti turned a lap in 1 minute, 17.5271 seconds to edge Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon. Will Power was third in Saturday's qualifying after winning the pole at Sonoma the previous three years.


Hamilton takes pole again

SPA, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton earned the pole for the Belgian Grand Prix giving him four in a row and five for the season. He edged points leader Sebastian Vettel (VEHT'-ehl) for the top spot. Hamilton heads into Sunday's race in fourth place in the standings, 48 points behind Vettel with nine races to go.


Lukas horse springs upset

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Will Take Charge nosed past Moreno in the final stride and pull off a surprise win in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.

The thrilling finish gave 77-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas his third win in racing's Mid-Summer Derby. The 9-to-1 Will Take Charge also beat Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, who finished third and fourth, respectively.


Chula Vista, Calif. Reaches LL World Series final

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Nick More hit a 3-run homer and struck out 9 in 5 2-3 innings to lead Chula Vista, Calif. to a 12-1 win over Westport, Conn. in the U.S. title game at the Little League World Series.

The Americans winners will take on Japan in the championship game Sunday. Japan edged Mexico 3-2 on Takuma Gomi's homer in the top of the sixth inning.


Halep, Melzer win

UNDATED (AP) — Romania's Simona Halep upset defending champion Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-2 to win the New Haven Open, the final WTA tuneup for next week's U.S. Open. It's the fourth career win for the 21-year old and all have come since June.

Austria's Jurgen (YUR'-gehn) Meltzer heads into the U.S. Open on a winning note after capturing the Winston-Salem Open. He won when France's Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') retired in the second set of the final with an injury.