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Fri August 2, 2013
Talks With MLB And A-Rod Are Stalled
In baseball news, while Monday appears to be the deadline for Alex Rodriguez and 13 others to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, ESPN reports that negotiations between A-Rod and Major League Baseball have stalled over Rodriguez's desire to make sure he can cash in on some of the $100 million owed under his contract.
On the scoreboard, the Red Sox came back to beat the Mariners 8-7 last night and sweep Seattle in the three-game series. Daniel Nava's long single to center field capped a six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Elsewhere in the American League, it was Cleveland over the White Sox 6-1. Kansas City defeated Minnesota 7-2. Baltimore doubled up Houston 6-3 and the Angels cruised ahead of Toronto 8-2.
In the National League, Miami blanked the Mets 3-0. San Francisco edged Philadelphia 2-1. The Cardinals mauled Pittsburgh 13-0. The outcome leaves the Pirates with a 1 ½-game lead over the Cards in the NL Central. Atlanta downed Colorado 11-2 and the Dodgers bested the Cubs 6-4.
Checking interleague play, it was Texas over Arizona 7-1. Yu Darvish tied a career high with 14 strikeouts.
In golf news, Inbee Park has begun her pursuit of an unprecedented fourth straight major with a 3-under 69 that left her three shots back through the opening round of the Women's British Open.
And Webb Simpson's 6-under 64 is good for the first-round lead of the Bridgestone Invitational. Simpson had six birdies in an eight-hole span to get the upper hand on seven-time Bridgestone winner Tiger Woods.
Finally at Saratoga Race Course, Mr. Hot Stuff won the Grade 1 Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase Stakes for trainer Jack Fisher under jockey Paddy Young, paying $12.00 to win.
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