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Friday’s Sports Minute

Friday’s Sports Minute

NATS AGAIN: The Washington Nationals matched their longest winning streak since they moved from Montreal in 2005 by winning their 10th straight, 1-0 over Arizona.Washington Nationals Anthony Rendon dumps water on teammate Denard Span after he scored the winning run on a throwing error by Arizona Diamondback third baseman Jordan Pacheco during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Aug. 21, in Washington. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 1-0 to extend their winning streak to 10 games. Photo: Associated Press/Evan Vucci

Here is a look at the sports news making headlines today, Friday, Aug. 22.

Torrid Nats do it again…Kershaw wins 15th, fans 10

The Washington Nationals matched their longest winning streak since they moved from Montreal in 2005 by winning their 10th straight, 1-0 over Arizona. Denard Span scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth for the lone run. That’s the Nationals’ fifth walkoff victory in their last six games.

Closer Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth for the win — he’s 4-1. The Nats swept a three-game series against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates before winning all four games against the D-Backs.

Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 in a row this year.

In other baseball:

  • After two days, the first upheld protest in nearly 30 years and another rain storm in Chicago, the Cubs finally completed a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in a suspended game. Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer Tuesday held up as the team’s played the final 4 1/2 innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won 2-0 two nights ago when a short rainstorm caused a delay of more than 4 1/2 hours after the grounds crew struggled with the tarp. The umpires said the field was unplayable and called it at 1:16 a.m. But the Giants protested, and Major League Baseball ruled that the tarp had not been properly put away after its previous use. The game was suspended. The Giants won the nightcap, 5-3. Buster Posey went 4-for-4 with a home run.
  • The L.A. Dodgers nipped San Diego 2-1. Clayton Kershaw improved to 15-3 by outpitching Tyson Ross. Justin Turner’s two-run home run in the eighth was all the offense that Kershaw needed. Kershaw struck out 10 in allowing three hits in eight innings.
  • The L.A. Angels blanked Boston 2-0 behind a superb pitching effort from Matt Shoemaker, who combined with two relievers on a one-hitter. He lost his bid for a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning on a double by Will Middlebrooks of the Boston Red Sox. Shoemaker is 12-4, striking out nine in his seven and two-thirds innings. The Angels increased their lead in the AL West to two games over idle Oakland.
  • There was a real pitcher’s duel in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the Rays beat the Tigers 1-0. Alex Cobb of the Rays went seven innings allowing two hits while striking out six. Loser David Price, who was traded by the Rays to the Tigers last month, went the distance giving up just one hit, a run scoring triple by Brandon Guyer. Price had nine strikeouts. The Tigers had won the first two games of the three-game series.
  • The Yankees avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros with a 3-0 win. Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter for the Yankees, who have won just three of their last 10 games. The Yankees had been shut out in McCarthy’s previous two starts.
  • The Indians weren’t able to finish off a three-game sweep of the Twins in Minneapolis. The home team won the final game 4-1 as Phil Hughes out dueled Corey Kluber. Hughes allowed just five hits in seven innings while Kluber gave up six in as many innings of work.
  • Angels’ Richards out for year…Angels get Beckham from Chisox…Ex-Tigers pitcher cleared of charge

    The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for their playoff run.

    One of the AL West leader’s top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. He’s scheduled for surgery next week.

    Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It’s a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says “we’ll be open” about finding a deal to replace Richards in the rotation.

    In other baseball news:

  • The Los Angeles Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. Beckham has struggled offensively hitting just .221 this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience. He turns 28 on Sept. 16.
  • A judge has dismissed rape charges against former Detroit pitcher Evan Reed, saying the testimony of the woman who accused him wasn’t credible and prosecutors failed to show that force or coercion took place. The 28-year old Reed says he’s elated to be cleared of the third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges. He was with the Tigers at the time of the March incident and appeared in 27 games for Detroit before being sent to his current assignment with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.
  • Dallas linebacker is done

    The playing career of Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman is over. Coach Jason Garrett says the second-year player has a neck injury related to a spinal problem. Holloman missed seven games in his rookie season because of a spinal contusion.

    Gamecocks rusher may miss opener

    South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says 1,000-yard rusher Mike Davis hasn’t been able to practice this week and might not be ready for the ninth-ranked Gamecocks season opener. Davis has been slowed by several nagging injuries during camp, most recently a rib injury.

    The Gamecocks open the season next Thursday night against No. 21 Texas A&M.

    Van Pelt takes the lead

    Bo Van Pelt has vaulted into the lead late in the first round of The Barclays with a 6-under 65. That’s good for a one-shot lead over Cameron Tringale.

    Top-seed Rory McIlroy had his problems in the opening round, posting a 3-over 74. He entered play on a three-tournament winning streak that included the British Open and PGA Championship.

    Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson each shot a 3-under-68 while Phil Mickelson opened with an even-par-71.

    Ryu has lead

    South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu shot a 7-under 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Canadian Women’s Open. She holds a one-shot edge over Na Yeon Choi. Anna Nordqvist is two off the lead. Top-ranked Stacy Lewis shot an opening round 1-under-71 along with Paula Creamer.

    Goalie calls it quits

    Jean-Sebastien Giguere has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Giguere is best known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks. He led the team to two appearances in the Stanley Cup finals, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy in defeat in 2003 and hoisting the Cup in 2007.

    The 37-year old spent last season with Colorado and goes out with 262 NHL wins.

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