How ‘nasty’ Chris Sale dominates Blue Jays, American League hitters

The last time Chris Sale faced the Blue Jays, he was scuffling. Well, let’s rephrase that. He was scuffling to the extent that Chris Sale ever scuffles, which is to say he was looking to rebound from an uncharacteristically awful start—a three-inning, seven-run outing against Cleveland. If Sale had looked at the Rogers Centre scoreboard before facing the Blue Jays on August 29, he would have seen some impressive numbers, a 2.88 ERA and 253 strikeouts among them. Recent struggles or not, he was the favourite to win the American League Cy Young. Still, that Cleveland start was tough to ignore. For the second time in a month, a potential… Read More

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No. 2 Halep latest big name to fall in Wuhan

WUHAN, China — No. 2-ranked Simona Halep lost her opening match at the Wuhan Open, dismantled by Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday. Halep received a bye into the second round. She broke Kasatkina early but the Russian dominated thereafter. It was Kasatkina’s third win over a top-five player, after two wins over then-No. 1 Angelique Kerber this year. “The game was much more difficult than the score is,” Kasatkina said. Halep had a chance this week to supplant Garbine Muguruza as No. 1 by reaching the final with other results going her way. No. 4 Karolina Pliskova kept alive her shot at No. 1 by beating local Shuai Zhang… Read More

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Jazz notes: No more 3-point flopping? Contract extensions for Hood, Exum?

SALT LAKE CITY — One big storyline in the NBA last season, particularly during the playoffs, concerned fouling perimeter shooters. Most notably, many felt that offensive players took too far the task to lean into their defender to try to get fouled for three free throws. Also, the topic of how defenders close out on shooters came to the forefront when Golden State Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia wound up injuring San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard in the Western Conference semifinals. Last week, the NBA announced that it would place more emphasis on watching potentially floppers as well as defenders who close out too closely. At the Utah… Read More

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Roadshow: Park Avenue bike lanes cause headaches

Q: The work on Park Avenue between Race Street and Montgomery/Bird Avenue in San Jose has been going on for months. The covers have started to come off the signage that was added between Race and Sunol and lo and behold there are no parking signs. Where does the city expect people to park? This section is almost entirely surrounded by permit parking. Susan GurkaSan Jose Related Articles Roadshow: Do deer whistles work? What about horns? Roadshow: Lawsuit means delays on Measure B projects Roadshow: Ban on pedestrian use of cellphones has support Roadshow: Highway 101 slow lane causing sailor-like cursing Roadshow live chat, Sept. 20 at noon A: Around… Read More

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The Horse rides: Matt Cain will make his presumed final start for Giants this weekend

PHOENIX – Nobody with the exception of Juan Marichal has started more games than Matt Cain in the Giants’ 60-year history in San Francisco. Cain will receive the baseball one more time. The accomplished right-hander will start one of the games in the final weekend series against the San Diego Padres, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed after the club’s 9-2 victory at Arizona on Monday. Johnny Cueto will start Sunday’s season finale, and Madison Bumgarner is due to pitch on Friday. That apparently would leave Saturday for Cain to soak up cheers, revel in a bit of nostalgia and, ideally, throw a shutout inning or three to cap a pitching… Read More

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Rojas has 4 RBIs as Marlins beat playoff-hopeful Rockies

DENVER — Miguel Rojas had a career-high four RBIs and the Miami Marlins held off Colorado 5-4 on Monday night, cutting the Rockies’ lead for the second NL wild card to 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee. With five games remaining, the Rockies have lost six of eight and are clinging to a post-season spot as they seek their first playoff berth since 2009. Monday marked a missed opportunity to extend their advantage over the idle Brewers as well as St. Louis, which remained 2 1/2 games back after a 10-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs earlier in the night. Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton went hitless in five at-bats and remained… Read More

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Hundley, Cueto lead Giants past Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer, Johnny Cueto pitched well over six innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the resting Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 on Monday night. Arizona sat most of its regulars a day after clinching the top NL wild card. Hunter Pence hit a solo shot in the Giants’ five-run fourth inning off starter Zack Godley (8-9). San Francisco has won five of its last seven games. Cueto (8-8) held the Diamondbacks to two runs and five hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two. The second of Jarrett Parker’s two doubles thumped off the left-field wall and drove in Buster Posey in… Read More

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Felix sharp, Mariners hit 4 homers in 7-1 win over A’s

By GIDEON RUBIN Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Mitch Haniger homered twice and Felix Hernandez won for the first time in more than two months as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-1 on Monday night. A day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the slumping Mariners snapped Oakland’s season-high seven-game winning streak and its eight-game run at home – the team’s second-longest in 11 years. Photo gallery | Box score The Mariners had lost eight of nine. Hernandez (6-5) gave up one run in six innings of two-hit ball. Hernandez hadn’t won since July 15, a stretch that included a stint on the disabled list from Aug.… Read More

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Nick Hundley’s home run lifts Giants over Arizona, and the backup catcher would love to return

PHOENIX – They’ve been sprinkled into postgame interviews, mentioned in passing, added as an afterthought in response to a question on another topic. “And you, know…” a Giants pitcher will say, as a prelude to complimenting backup catcher Nick Hundley. In a season when every plan burned faster than prairie grass, Hundley has done what the Giants projected when they signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract in February. He brainstormed with pitchers about approach and pitch selection. And His presence allowed manager Bruce Bochy to rest Buster Posey without sacrificing experience behind the plate. And he provided an occasional slosh of right-handed power on a team in perpetual… Read More

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