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Kershaw becomes Dodgers’ franchise strikeout leader
UNDATED (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the Dodgers’ career strikeout leader during the fourth inning of Saturday night’s game against Detroit. But the Tigers started hitting after he left the game, spoiling the Dodger Stadium celebration by downing L.A. 5-1.
Javier Báez and Austin Meadows each drove in two runs as Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak. Báez tied it at 1-all in the third inning with a base hit to left and then had the go-ahead double down the right-field line off Evan Phillips in the seventh.
Kershaw began the game needing four strikeouts to pass Don Sutton on the Dodgers’ all-time list. The 33-year-old lefty got Spencer Torkelson to whiff on a slider low and inside for his 2,697th strikeout, passing Sutton. Kershaw received a standing ovation and tipped his cap, finishing the night with seven punchouts over six innings but no decision.
Mookie Betts accounted for Los Angeles’ only run with a leadoff homer in the first.
In other MLB action:
— Kyle Schwarber found his stroke at New York’s Citi Field, hitting a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Philadelphia Phillies bounced back from being no-hit by beating the New York Mets 4-1. Mets starter Taijuan Walker and reliever Trevor May blanked the Phillies through six innings before J.T. Realmuto drew a one-out walk in the seventh from Adam Ottavino. Schwarber, who entered Saturday hitting .164, followed by homering to right-center field for a 2-1 lead.
— Eric Lauer kept up his strikeout success, fanning 11 in seven innings as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-1. Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and Christian Yelich and Hunter Renfroe connected for consecutive home runs in the eighth.
— Gerrit Cole pitched six shutout innings and the New York Yankees manufactured just enough runs to beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 for their eighth straight win. Cole scattered five hits and two walks while striking out six. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his fifth save, helping the Yankees improve to 15-6 on the season.
— Jesús Luzardo allowed one run and two hits in six innings and the Miami Marlins won their seventh straight game, beating the Seattle Mariners 3-1. The Marlins’ last seven-game win streak run came in April six years ago.
— Corey Seager homered in his third straight game to lead the Texas Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves. Dane Dunning allowed one run over a career-high 7 2/3 innings for his first win since last August. The Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak.
— George Springer homered twice against his former team, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over Houston 2-1. Springer’s leadoff homer in the first was the 46th of his career. The loss snapped the Astros’ winning streak at four.
— Tim Anderson and Luis Robert homered to help the Chicago White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0. It ended the Angels’ six-game winning streak. Josh Harrison, AJ Pollock and Anderson had two hits apiece for the White Sox, who won for the second time in 12 games.
— Ketel Marte (keh-TEHL’ mahr-TAY’) and Nick Ahmed each homered in the eighth inning, lifting the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals. Merrill Kelly pitched seven scoreless innings for the win, holding the Cardinals to two hits with four strikeouts.
— Pinch-hitter Richie Palacios delivered a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning and the Cleveland Guardians took advantage of a key error to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1. Steven Kwan had two hits in his return to the lineup as the Guardians won their second straight following a seven-game losing streak.
— The Giants are still missing players with COVID-19, but they had enough to defeat the visiting Nationals, 9-3. Jason Vosler homered and Darin Ruf had three hits as San Francisco snapped a two-game skid. Washington lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
— The Minnesota Twins beat Tampa Bay 9-1, powered by two home runs from Kyle Garlick and three hits from Carlos Correa. Rays starter Shane McClanahan struck out a career-high 11 in five innings, but gave up three runs to take the loss.
— A dramatic play at the plate gave the Pirates a 7-6 extra inning victory over the San Diego Padres in Pittsburgh. The Bucs’ Ke’Bryan Hayes keyed the win, hitting a leadoff single in the 10th to drive in automatic runner Jake Marisnick with the tyin
— Jorge Mateo scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a throwing error by pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura, capping a comeback that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Boston Red Sox 2-1. The Orioles’ rally ends a five-game skid.
— The Reds are reeling, dropping their fifth straight and eighteenth of the season with a 4-3 loss to the Rockies in Denver. Colorado’s Chad Kuhl shook off a first-pitch homer by Tyler Naquin to last into the eighth inning, and Ryan McMahon hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the sixth for the win.
76ers waiting to see if Embiid can come back
MIAMI (AP) — The best that Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers could offer Saturday about Joel Embiid’s (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEEDZ’) possible availability for the Eastern Conference semifinal series against Miami was a two-word answer: “There’s hope.” For now, Philadelphia will cling to that.
Embiid, the NBA’s scoring champion and an MVP finalist this season, has a right orbital fracture and a mild concussion.
Elsewhere around the NBA:
— The NBA fined the Phoenix Suns fined $25,000 for violating injury reporting rules by failing to disclose guard Devin Booker’s participation status in an accurate and timely manner before Game 6 of the first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans. Booker returned from a strained right hamstring to help the Suns beat the Pelicans 115-109 in the series-ending game. The Suns will open the second round at home against Dallas on Monday night.
Red Wings fire coach Jeff Blashill after 7 seasons
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have fired coach Jeff Blashill after seven seasons behind the bench. The Red Wings haven’t made the playoffs since Blashill’s first season in 2015-16 when they lost in the first round.
Rams reacquire CB Troy Hill in trade with Cleveland
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have reacquired Troy Hill. They sent a fifth-round pick in 2023 to the Cleveland Browns Saturday in a trade for the versatile defensive back.
Hill spent five seasons with the Rams and became a key component of their secondary as their top slot defender and nickel back. He left the Rams as a free agent last year for a two-year, $9 million contract with Cleveland.
Kickers and running backs a focus of Round 4
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Running backs and kickers — kickers? — were a focus in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.
Two punters and a placekicker went as the final day of selections began before any more quarterbacks were taken. Most of the 32 NFL teams decided to pass on passers in what has been deemed a weak crop.
So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that LSU placekicker Cade York went to Cleveland at No. 124 overall, followed by Penn State punter Jordan Stout six spots later to Baltimore.
At No. 133 to Tampa Bay it was punter Jake Camarda of Georgia — four spots before the fifth quarterback in total, Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe, headed to New England.
Stricker in a 3-way tie for the lead in return to Champions
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Steve Stricker is playing for the first time in six months and has a chance to win in his return to the PGA Tour Champions. Stricker made eight birdies in a round of 65 and shared the lead going into the final round with Steven Alker and Brandt Jobe.
Alker had two eagles on the back nine and shot 65. Jobe had a stretch of five straight birdies on the back nine. And then he made birdie on the final hole when his shot caromed off the wood and bounced out to 12 feet. He shot 64.
Hannah Green takes 1-shot lead into Palos Verdes finale
PALOS VERDES ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — Hannah Green held onto the lead in the Palos Verdes Championship after a frustrating start on the hilly, windswept course perched above the Pacific Ocean.
Three strokes ahead of four players entering the day, The Australian overcame bogeys on the first two holes to shoot a 1-over 72 to take a one-shot lead over playing partner Lydia Ko into the final round.
RFK Racing driver Buescher surprises at Dover with pole
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chris Buescher is the surprise pole winner at Dover Motor Speedway. The RFK Racing driver turned a lap of 160.149 mph on Saturday. He will be joined on the front row by Denny Hamlin. Hamlin was ordered this week by NASCAR to begin sensitivity training after he posted an anti-Asian meme.
Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott for Hendrick Motorsports start third and fourth in Chevrolets. Ryan Blaney rounds out the top five for Sunday’s race on the one-mile concrete track.
VeeKay wins pole at Barber
LEEDS, Ala. (AP) — Rinus VeeKay led an upset in IndyCar qualifying to position himself to race for the win at Barber Motorsports Park. The Dutchman was the surprise pole-winner for Sunday’s race following a qualifying session that saw most of IndyCar’s top names fail to advance through the rounds.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-STRINGER RETIRES
Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer retires after 50 years
UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer has announced her retirement after 50 years in women’s college basketball.
Stringer finished with 1,055 wins, fourth all-time among Division I women’s basketball coaches. She had four Final Four appearances and 28 NCAA Tournament appearances while leading Cheyney State, Iowa and Rutgers. Rutgers’ appearance in 2000 made Stringer the first men’s or women’s coach to guide three different programs to the Final Four.