In baseball, Ryan Dempster plunked Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Boston's 9-6 loss to the New York Yankees, leading to the ejection of manager Joe Girardi. Dempster's first pitch of the at-bat went behind A-Rod's knees, and the next two were inside before the fourth hit Rodriguez. The benches and bullpens emptied following the plunking, but order was quickly restored without further incident.
Then Rodriguez got the better of Dempster four innings later, hitting his 649th career home run. It sparked a four-run rally that turned a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6 lead.
Elsewhere in the American League, Tampa Bay passed Toronto 2-1 in 10 innings. The White Sox beat Minnesota 5-2. Seattle bested Texas 4-3. Houston topped the Angels 7-5 and Oakland edged Cleveland 7-3.
In the National League, San Diego won against the Mets 4-3. It was Miami over San Francisco 6-5. Arizona doubled up Pittsburgh 4-2 in 16 innings. Philadelphia beat the Dodgers 3-2, ending a 10-game winning streak. Atlanta defeated Washington 2-1. Cincinnati cruised ahead of Milwaukee 9-1 and the Cubs fell to St. Louis 6-1.
In interleague play, Baltimore trumped Colorado 7-2.
Checking NFL preseason action, Indianapolis beat the Giants 20-12.
In NASACAR, Joey Logano captured the Michigan 400.
At Saratoga Race Course, Caroline Thomas won the Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes for trainer Barclay Tagg, paying $25.20 to win. Nellie Cashman, was disqualified to third.
Finally, Olympian athlete Oscar Pistorius has been formally indicted on premeditated murder charges.
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