Yanks honor Steinbrenner, beat Rays 5-4 (AP)
Nick Swisher and the New York Yankees paid tribute to George Steinbrenner with the type of thrilling victory the demanding owner loved. On a night that began with Mariano Rivera placing a pair of long-stemmed red roses across home plate and Derek Jeter speaking a touching tribute to the hushed crowd, Swisher ended the evening in the Yankees’ fashion.
Oosthuizen up 5 as British Open resumes (AP)
Now comes the hard part for Louis Oosthuizen. After missing the wicked wind that took out so many players, the little-known South African started the weekend with a hefty five-stroke lead at the British Open. The conditions were much more favorable early Saturday for 30 players who returned to the Old Course to finish up the second round.
Zito pitches Giants by slumping Mets 1-0 (AP)
Barry Zito followed Tim Lincecum’s lead with a shutout of his own against the slumping New York Mets. One night after Lincecum’s six-hit gem, Zito struck out 10 in eight dominant innings of two-hit ball to help the San Francisco Giants beat New York 1-0 on Friday. “That just goes to show how good our pitching staff is,” said Aubrey Huff, who had three hits and scored the lone run…
Molina has cycle, slam as Rangers win (AP)
When slow-footed Bengie Molina went to the plate needing a triple to hit for the cycle in cozy Fenway Park, his manager had a question for Michael Young. “Where do you think he has to hit it for a triple?” Ron Washington asked his third baseman. “He said, `Nowhere in this ballpark.”‘ Ian Kinsler, the last Texas Ranger to hit for the cycle, was equally pessimistic.
Twins snap White Sox’s win streak at 9 (AP)
Having tripped and fallen behind in the race, the Minnesota Twins started the second half with an important series against the division leading Chicago White Sox — with the packed new ballpark adding to the excitement. Francisco Liriano is trying to avoid that amped-up feeling, but this time he figured out how to keep from overthrowing.
Strasburg, 2 relievers 4-hit Marlins (AP)
Stephen Strasburg froze in his follow-through, staring at the plate umpire when a call went against him. The rookie angrily snatched return throws from his catcher, stomped on the mound and hitched his shoulders as though out of sorts, which he was. The Washington Nationals’ young phenom hardly looked phenomenal in the early going Friday night, but he settled down to help beat the Florida…
NFL suspends Packers DE Jolly for season (AP)
The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly without pay for the upcoming season and perhaps beyond for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Jolly’s suspension begins immediately and will continue through at least the 2010 season. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement after the Super Bowl.
Thorn: I’d be with Nets if James signed (AP)
Rod Thorn would have changed his mind and remained as the Nets’ president and general manager if LeBron James had decided to play in New Jersey. “Just to watch,” Thorn said. In a 90-minute conversation with beat writers on his final day on the job, Thorn reminisced about his decade with the Nets and also recalled fond memories from his nearly half-century association with the NBA.
Magic match Bulls’ offer sheet to Redick (AP)
The only place J.J. Redick is heading is to the bank. In a move that highlights his remarkable NBA turnaround, the same Orlando Magic team that once benched Redick, shelled out $19 million Friday to retain the shooting guard. They matched a three-year offer sheet that the Chicago Bulls made for Redick last week that could cost Orlando much more.