Treasure hunter returning Hockey Hall of Fame ring to Dick Gamble

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A scuba-diving treasure hunter who found an American Hockey League Hall of Fame ring in one of New York’s Finger Lakes is returning it to its owner.

Gary Gavurnik, of Auburn, New York, plans to return the prized ring to former AHL star Dick Gamble on Monday. Gavurnik found it with a metal detector in Canandaigua (kan-un-DAY’-gwuh) Lake over the Fourth of July weekend.

The 88-year-old Canadian-born Gamble starred for the AHL’s Rochester Americans and retired early in the 1969-70 season. He was inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in 2007.

Instead of wearing the ring, though, he gave it to his son, Craig, who wore it every day for seven years before losing it in the lake. He never told his dad and ordered a replacement.

Tennessee Titans lineman Sebastian Tretola 'grazed' by bullet, team says

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Tennessee Titans player Sebastian Tretola was recovering Sunday after he “was grazed by a bullet,” according to the team.

“We are aware of the reports that Sebastian (Tretola) received treatment for a wound when he was grazed by a bullet,” the Tennessee Titans said in a Sunday statement to KFSM

Tretola “has been released from the hospital and is thankful for only a minor injury,” the team said. 

The shooting unfolded Sunday morning in Fayetteville, Arkansas, according to reports. Tretola played football for the University of Arkansas.

KFSM reported that Tretola was shot in the leg, while a family member told KNWA that Tretola was hit in the ankle. 

Fayetteville police told 4029 News that two victims were taken to a hospital, and that their injuries weren’t life-threatening.

Jordan Spieth wins British Open

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Jordan Spieth won the British Open on Sunday, capturing his third career major championship. 

Spieth used a remarkable string of holes on the back nine to hold off Matt Kuchar and win the third major championship of his career. He won by three shots — the same margin he started the day with — after a final round 1-under-69.

He played the last five holes in 5-under-par.

Spieth was behind by a shot after 13 holes when he went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to snatch the tournament away from Kuchar. The sizzling stretch of play came after he made an improbable bogey from the driving range after taking an unplayable penalty shot.

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Spieth joins Jack Nicklaus as the only player to win three of the four legs of a career grand slam before his 24th birthday

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Jordan Spieth with The Claret Jug after winning The British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport, Britain Sunday

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Jordan Spieth celebrates after winning The British Open Golf Championship in Southport, Britain, July 23

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Jordan Spieth is congratulated by Matt Kuchar after winning the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale, Sunday

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Jordan Spieth celebrates winning the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale, in Southport, Britain, Sunday

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Jordan Spieth celebrates his birdie on the 16th hole during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship

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Jordan Spieth after landing in the rough off the 13th tee during the final round of the British Open Golf Championship, Sunday

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Royals go for sweep of White Sox, fifth straight win

Jul 23, 2017 66

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Wood is excited about pitching with a normal four days between starts.

Wood starts Sunday for the Kansas City Royals against the Chicago White Sox in the finale of this three-game series.

Chicago is on an eight-game losing streak and will counter with left-hander Derek Holland.

Wood will make his third start of the season. He made his last relief appearance June 25 and his first start July 2, a no-decision against the Minnesota Twins. He threw 81 pitches and labored through four innings, allowing two runs.

With the All-Star break and the No. 5 starter, Wood did not pitch again until Tuesday, going 15 days between starts. This time, he’ll be pitching on a starter’s normal schedule.

“Getting into that five-day routine is big,” Wood said.

He took the loss Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers, giving up six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Most of the damage was done in the second inning, when he surrendered five runs and six hits with the first four batters reaching base.

“The first one was whatever,” Wood said of his initial start. “I always like to stay out there longer, but I knew I was on a pitch count. I was fairly pleased with that one. …

“Other than the second inning of the last start, I was happy with it. They got to me in the second. I wasn’t able to shut them off before they scored five. After that, I thought it was pretty good.”

Wood is 0-1 with an 8.64 ERA in his two starts, allowing eight runs and 15 hits. Opponents are hitting .429 with a .762 slugging percentage and a 1.171 OPS in his two starts.

The White Sox are a young, rebuilding team that traded away Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle since July 13 for a plethora of prospects.

“I knew that, obviously, was a possibility, because we had spoken of it,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “The fact that they’ve been able to do as much as they have, in this short period of time, is kind of impressive.

“I know that most guys in your particular clubhouse start to see all the changes and sometimes start to worry about ‘where do I fit in.’ I think that the biggest message that I can give our players is to simply keep playing the way we’d like you to play as White Sox. And you end up putting yourself in the position that you need to be in order to maybe solidify remaining as part of the system.”

Holland, a veteran left-hander signed to a one-year contract, is another player the White Sox could move before the end of the month.

Holland is 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA against the Royals. He earned a win over them May 4, allowing two runs (one unearned) and three hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The White Sox will attempt to snap their losing streak after falling 7-2 on Saturday in a game in whichMelky Cabrera went 4-for-4. The Royals will try to end their homestand with five straight victories after Mike Moustakas hit two of their five homers.

J.T. Realmuto helps Marlins overcome another delay, hold off Reds

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CINCINNATI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto hit a pair of two-run homers and a double on Saturday night, powering the Miami Marlins to their second straight victory, 5-4 over the slumping Cincinnati Reds.

Miami won for only the third time in eight games, getting its first back-to-back wins since the All-Star break.

Realmuto connected in the second and sixth innings off Robert Stephenson (0-3), who made his first start of the season after 13 relief appearances. It was the catcher’s second career multi-homer game — he also had one in 2015.

Nick Wittgren (3-1) relieved starter Chris O’Grady in the fifth and got the win. Scooter Gennett singled home a run in the eighth off Junichi Tazawa, cutting it to 5-4. A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

The Reds are having a horrific home stand, going 1-8 while getting out-homered 22-7. The 22 homers are the most allowed by a Reds club during a home stand of 10 games or fewer. Also, the Reds have matched another club record by allowing 69 runs during the home stand, which concludes Sunday.

O’Grady struggled in his third career start. The left-hander walked three consecutive batters in the first inning, including Adam Duvall with the bases loaded. Patrick Kivlehan homered in the fifth, tying it 3-3. O’Grady walked six in 4 2/3 innings.

JUST WAIT

The start of the game was delayed because of a storm in the area, but it never reached the ballpark — the grounds crew didn’t even cover the infield. The first pitch came an hour late.

REDS MOVE

Cincinnati optioned RHP Ariel Hernandez to Triple-A Louisville to open a roster spot for Stephenson.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: SS JT Riddle was out of the lineup for the second straight game with a sore left shoulder, reinjured when he dived for a ball on Wednesday. Manager Don Mattingly said there’s no thought of putting him on the DL: “As long as we can try and buy him a few days, we’re OK.”

Reds: RF Scott Schebler was hit by pitches twice on Friday night, but that’s not why he was out of the lineup. He got a day of rest to try to help him emerge from a slump. He pinch hit and grounded out, leaving him 1 for 24.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (1-4) faced the Reds last season, giving up three runs in four innings. He’s 0-1 career against the Reds in two starts and two relief appearances.

Reds: RHP Sal Romano (1-2) makes his fourth major league appearance. In his last start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, he gave up six runs in four-plus innings.

Nationals hold off D-backs, spoil Banda's debut

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PHOENIX — Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs, Tanner Roark struck out a season-high 11 and Sean Doolittle stranded the potential tying run to preserve the Washington Nationals’ 4-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.

Roark (8-6) gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings for the NL East-leading Nationals.

Harper hit his 25th home run of the season on a full-count changeup from Anthony Banda (0-1), who lost in his major league debut.

Chris Iannetta hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom half, but the Nationals opened a 4-1 lead with a three-run sixth.

Harper hit an a run-scoring double and scored on Ryan Zimmerman’s double, and Anthony Rendon beat out an RBI single that sent Zimmerman home.

A.J. Pollock tripled in the bottom half and scored on Jake Lamb’s groundout, and Arizona reliever Jorge De La Rosa got out of bases-loaded trouble in the seventh when he struck out Harper and Zimmerman.

Doolittle, acquired from Oakland last weekend, walked Lamb leading off the ninth. Iannetta hit a grounder to third, and Rendon’s throw to second went into right field for an error that put runners on the corners.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly, Chris Owings flied out and Doolittle struck out Ketel Marte for his second save with the Nationals.

Banda allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked none.

OUT STRETCHING

Brian Goodwin, who had three hits, was thrown out at third base trying to stretch a third-inning double, with right fielder David Peralta throwing to second baseman Chris Owings, who made the relay.

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GOLDY’S ‘DAY OFF’

Manager Torey Lovullo gave Goldschmidt a day off from the starting lineup, but the All-Star pinch hit in the ninth. “He went to the All-Star Game and didn’t get the the four days off that everybody else had,” Lovullo said. “He always wants to be in there. It was one of those decisions that I had to make where I said take the day off and be ready for a Sunday day game.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Diamondbacks OF J.D. Martinez remains day to day with a bruised hand, which is feeling better, Lovullo said.

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UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (10-3) faces Arizona on Sunday. He is coming off a four-hit, 11-strikeout performance in a win over Cincinnati.

Diamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (9-4) faces the team that originally drafted him in 2010. Ray is 0-3 with a 6.48 ERA in three starts against Washington.

Rangers turn 3 Rays miscues into 4-3 win

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas turned three Tampa Bay miscues into a three-run sixth inning and the Rangers beat the Rays 4-3 on Saturday night.

The Rangers took a 4-3 lead during the decisive sixth when two runs scored after center fielder Mallex Smith misplayed Adrian Beltre’s two-out deep fly ball, and Beltre scored on two wild pitches by Chris Archer with Mike Napoli at the plate.

Elvis Andrus, who entered the series hitless in 16 at-bats, homered in his second consecutive three-hit game for the Rangers, who have won two straight following a five-game skid.

Andrew Cashner (5-8) gave up three runs and four hits over six innings. Alex Claudio, the third Rangers reliever, got four outs for his fourth save.

Claudio went two scoreless innings in Texas’ 4-3, 10-inning win over the Rays Friday night to get his second win.

Archer (7-6) allowed four runs, four hits and struck out 11 to set a team record with his 24th career game with double-digit strikeouts. game. David Price had 23 double-digit strikeout games with the Rays.

Steven Souza Jr. had an RBI single and Evan Longoria hit a two-run single as the Rays went up 3-0 in the third.

Archer retired his first 10 batters before Andrus homered in the fourth. Andrus had a homer and two RBIs Friday night.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: RHP A.J. Griffin (left intercostal strain) will make his third rehab start Monday with Double-A Frisco.

Rays: Reliever Jonny Venters, trying to comeback after multiple elbow surgeries, has eight scoreless innings between Class-A Charlotte and the Gulf Coast League Rays.

DEADLINE LOOMING

Texas general manager Jon Daniels says the priority remains to win this year but that the team will also “be pragmatic and really consider our options” heading into the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month. The Rangers have three starting pitchers, including Yu Darvish, who could be free agents after the season.

GETTING CLOSE

Beltre moved within 13 hits of becoming the 31st player to have 3,000 with an infield single in the fourth.

UP NEXT

Rangers RHP Tyson Ross (2-2, 7.22 ERA) will make his seventh start since returning after surgery to relieve Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Sunday’s series finale.

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (6-4) looks to go 5-0 against the Rangers Sunday. He will also try to stop a stretch of allowing a homer in 14 straight games. Since Baseball Reference data is first available in 1913, only seven pitchers have had a streak that long.

Giants host Padres in matchup of tired teams

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SAN FRANCISCO — Two tired ballclubs will complete a four-game series when the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants meet Sunday in the wake of back-to-back extra-inning affairs.

About 13 hours after a 12-9 Padres victory in 11 innings ended, the Giants got a measure of payback Saturday afternoon when backup catcher Nick Hundley ended a 5-4, 12-inning win with a walk-off single.

The win was only the Giants’ fourth in their last 13 games against their Southern California rivals.

A pair of rookie starters will vie in the series finale.

Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet (3-4, 6.40 ERA) will be pitching his third consecutive road game.

The last two did not go well as he was roughed up at Cleveland and Colorado for 12 runs (10 earned) in eight innings. He lost both starts.

He’s only 1-3 with an 8.59 ERA in five road starts this season.

“You’ve seen a lot of innings out of the bullpen over the last five days, about as many as I’ve ever seen,” Padres manager Andy Green said after Saturday’s loss. “We just need a good start from Lamet.”

The Giants will counter with their only starter with a winning record, left-hander Ty Blach (6-5, 4.36).

He shut out the Padres on three hits over seven innings in a start in April. He did not get a decision in a 5-2 loss.

Blach is 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two career starts against San Diego.

The Giants have won seven of his last 11 starts.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy acknowledged the wear and tear of 32 hard-fought innings in the series showed late in Saturday’s game.

“What a great comeback from a very rough night,” Bochy said of the aftermath of Friday’s marathon that ended almost exactly as the clock was hitting midnight. “I’ll tell you this: Two tired teams out there.”

Both teams got help from unexpected sources in Saturday’s game.

Relievers Buddy Baumann of the Padres and Albert Suarez of the Giants, each called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, provided a break for their respective weary bullpens with impressive performances.

Baumann struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect seventh inning. Suarez retired six straight guys in the seventh and eighth.

Two key players should be well rested for Sunday’s game.

The Giants used Buster Posey only as a pinch hitter Saturday. He struck out with the potential winning run on first base in the ninth inning.

Posey provided the game-winner in a similar situation earlier on the homestand with a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning of a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Padres catcher Hector Sanchez got a similar type of “day off” Saturday, called upon only as a pinch hitter in the top of the ninth inning. He grounded out to first base with two outs and runners at first and third.

Sanchez, a former Giant, had contributed three hits and two RBIs to Friday’s victory.

Hundley's single lifts Giants past Padres 5-4 in 12

Jul 22, 2017 17

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With All-Star catcher Buster Posey getting a break after logging nearly five hours behind the plate a day earlier, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy knew he would have to lean heavily on Nick Hundley.

With one swing in the 12th inning, Hundley provided the Giants with far more than they expected from the veteran backup.

Hundley singled in Kelby Tomlinson with two outs in the 12th, lifting San Francisco to a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

It was Hundley’s fifth game-ending hit of his career and his first since July 11, 2014, with Baltimore. It came after Kevin Quackenbush tried to fool him with back-to-back curveballs.

“The first one was a little too far away for me to do anything with,” Hundley said. “I tried to get something a little closer and thankfully I did.”

One day after the teams played 11 innings in a game that lasted nearly 5 hours, the Giants and Padres had another extended battle.

Pinch-hitter Tomlinson reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on a wild pitch from Quackenbush (0-2). After Hunter Pence flied out, Hundley lined an 0-1 pitch over the head of left fielder Jose Pirela as Tomlinson rounded third and scored without a throw.

It was the Giants’ second win in the last nine games against their division rivals at AT&T Park.

“There were two tired teams out there,” Bochy said. “When you lose a game the way we did last night and you have a day game the next day, you have some tired guys out there. And a lot of times the team that gets ahead, the other team has a tendency to get a little flat. I’m just proud how they bounced back.”

Eduardo Nunez had three hits and two RBIs, Hundley singled twice and San Francisco took advantage of an error by San Diego shortstop Allen Cordoba that led to three unearned runs.

Will Myers hit his second homer in two days as part of San Diego’s four-run fourth but the Padres wasted multiple opportunities and lost for the fourth time in six games.

“He hits some balls really well to the pull side,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “When Wil’s really rolling he’s using the entire baseball field. He’ll tell you the same thing. I still think there’s room for growth too.”

Josh Osich (3-1) retired five batters and struck out three in getting the win.

The Giants left the bases loaded in the sixth and stranded runners at second and third in the eighth.

San Diego got the go-ahead runner to third with two outs in the ninth but came up short when pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez grounded out.

Both teams had the leadoff runner on in the 10th but failed to score.

SEEING TRIPLE

Padres starter Luis Perdomo hit his third triple of the season in the fourth inning. The last pitcher to hit three triples in a season was Dontrelle Willis in 2007. Perdomo’s three triples this season are the most-ever by a Padre pitcher in team history (since 1969). The Padres have four triples in the first three games of this series. “He can fly,” Green said. “I’d venture to say there’s not a pitcher in the game that runs much better than he does.”

PANDA RETURNS

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval signed a minor league contract with the Giants, returning to the team he broke into the majors with. The 2012 World Series MVP was to report to Single-A San Jose and will join Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. The Boston Red Sox released Sandoval on Wednesday when the third baseman didn’t report after being designated for assignment last week.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: INF Erick Aybar was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised left foot. The injury happened Friday night when Aybar fouled a ball off his foot. LHP Buddy Bauman was reinstated from the 60-day DL to take Aybar’s spot.

Giants: Posey was held out of the starting lineup after catching all 11 innings of Friday’s game. San Francisco’s All-Star struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.

UP NEXT

RHP Dinelson Lamet (3-4, 6.40 ERA) pitches the series finale for San Diego on Sunday while the Giants counter with LHP Ty Blach (6-5, 4.36 ERA). Lamet has had seven or more strikeouts in five of his nine starts this season.