Sunday, December 17, 2017
Sports

Bosox rally to stun Yanks

BOSTON — Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer to centerfield to cap a five-run ninth inning, and the Red Sox shocked the Yankees 7-5 on Thursday night.

Boston extended its AL East lead to two games over the Orioles by rallying from a 5-2 deficit against New York closer Dellin Betances. The Yankees dropped to five games back and suffered a blow in their wild-card bid.

David Ortiz, who had homered earlier, brought the Red Sox within 5-3 with a two-out RBI single to center. Mookie Betts followed with an RBI single to left, cutting the deficit to 5-4.

Ramirez then launched a ball to dead center estimated at 426 feet for his second career walkoff homer.

Ortiz went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. The retiring DH hit his 537th home run during the eighth inning, pass Yankees legend Mickey Mantle for 17th on the career list.

TWINS 5, TIGERS 1: Brian Dozier's two-run single highlighted a four-run second inning for visiting Minnesota, which split the four-game series with Detroit to damage the Tigers' wild-card bid. Detroit went into the series 10-2 against the Twins.

WHITE SOX 2, INDIANS 1: Jose Abreu hit his sixth homer in his past 17 games and Carlos Sanchez singled in the winner in the ninth inning for host Chicago, which took three of four in the series.

A'S 14, ROYALS 5: Former Ray Stephen Vogt drove in five runs and Ryon Healy hit a mammoth three-run homer for Oakland, which swept a four-game road series at Kansas City for the first time.

PIRATES 15, PHILLIES 2: Andrew McCutchen hit two solo homers and Chad Kuhl pitched six effective innings for visiting Pittsburgh.

Around the league

PADRES GM SUSPENDED: Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller for 30 days without pay, hitting him with an unprecedented punishment for failing to disclose medical information when left-hander Drew Pomeranz was traded to the Red Sox in July.

The commissioner's office did not elaborate on what Preller did wrong. But in a statement issued by the Padres, Peller said he accepted full responsibility for "issues related to the oversight of our medical administration and record keeping."

"I want to emphasize that there was no malicious intent on the part of me, or anyone on my staff, to conceal information or disregard MLB's recommended guidelines," Preller's statement said. "This has been a learning process for me. I will serve my punishment and look forward to being back on the job in 30 days."

While baseball has suspended owners, including George Steinbrenner of the Yankees and Marge Schott of the Reds, for transgressions ranging from racism to gambling and other skullduggery deemed not in the best interest of baseball, it was believed to be the first time a general manager had been benched for hiding medical information from a trade partner.

Comments
Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Why Jon Gruden was the best mistake the Bucs ever made

Warren Sapp pointed to the sky. And then he dropped Kurt Warner to the ground.The Bucs had just intercepted Warner for the fourth time. Sapp’s block cleared the way for Derrick Brooks to cross the goal line and clinch the win.Before Tampa Bay p...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

Lightning wins at Avalanche with four-goal second period

DENVER — The Lightning left for Las Vegas Saturday for the first of four nights in Sin City.But Tampa Bay’s first regret came before it boarded the charter flight; the Lighting lamented making Saturday’s 6-5 win over the Avalanche much more thrilling...
Updated: 11 hours ago

Joe Smith’s takeaways from Lightning-Avalanche

Could tell just how much Ryan Callahan meant in the Lightning dressing room by hearing teammates talk about his latest injury. Steven Stamkos said he was "sick to my stomach." Brayden Point called him a "heart and soul player." Teammates all saw how ...
Published: 12/16/17
Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

Lightning journal: No easy answers on replacing injured Ryan Callahan

The good news for the Lightning is that GM Steve Yzerman is hopeful RW Ryan Callahan will be ready to go in 3-4 weeks when his upper body injury is re-evaluated. The hard part, however, is finding someone to replace the veteran wing. "I don’t know if...
Published: 12/16/17
Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

Melo cheered, then booed as Knicks spoil his return

NEW YORK — Carmelo Anthony got the cheers but the Knicks got the win, shutting out their former All-Star in the second half and beating the Thunder 111-96 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory. Michael Beasley tied his season high with 30 ...
Published: 12/16/17
Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

Rangers stay hot against a favorite opponent, the Bruins

BOSTON — Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal 1:56 into overtime to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday. Michael Grabner and J.T. Miller also scored for the Rangers, who won for the ninth time in 13 games (9-3-1) overall...
Published: 12/16/17

Sports in brief

MLBTRADE SENDS KEMP BACK TO L.A.OF Matt Kemp was reacquired by the Dodgers on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Braves. The Dodgers sent 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash to Atla...
Published: 12/16/17
Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

Mistakes doom Ducks in new coach’s debut

LAS VEGAS — Cedrick Wilson caught 10 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, safety Kekaula Kaniho returned an interception 53 yards for a score and No. 25 Boise State beat Oregon 38-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Brett Rypien threw for 362 yard...
Published: 12/16/17

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Monday’s game vs. Falcons

TAMPA — As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isn’t challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Published: 12/16/17

Sunday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: Florida State at Texas12:30 p.m.FS1Women: Georgia Tech at Georgia1 p.m.SECStony Brook at Providence2:30 p.m.FS1North Carolina at Tennessee3 p.m.ESPNSavannah State at Baylor3 p.m.Fox SunWomen: USF at Florida International...
Published: 12/16/17