PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers, baseball’s hottest team since early June, is continuing its winning ways. Fueled by Yasiel Puig’s (yah-SEEL’ pweegz) homer in the 12th inning, the Dodgers edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Monday night. Newcomer Curtis Granderson from the New York Mets chipped in with a grand-slam home run off Pirate starter Gerrit Cole in the Dodgers’ 5-run 7th inning rally.
UNDATED (AP) — Rookie Chris Stratton pitched six innings to run his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings his past two outings, and the San Francisco Giants stymied the contending Milwaukee Brewers with a 2-0 win. It was a night of missed chances as Milwaukee, which had won two in a row and six of seven, dropped 2 1/2 games back of the idle, NL Central-leading Cubs.
UNDATED (AP) — Brandon Guyer scored when first baseman Brock Holt threw away Roberto Perez’s bunt in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 in a matchup of first-place teams.
HOUSTON (AP) — Two teams that could end up in the World Series face off Tuesday night when the Washington Nationals visit the Houston Astros. Both teams lead their respective divisions in the National and American leagues. Tanner Roark will start on the mound for Washington against Carl Morton of the Astros.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops says wide receiver Dorian Baker could miss the 2017 season after fracturing his left ankle during Saturday’s scrimmage. The school issued a release Monday saying the 6-foot-3, 211-pound senior will miss “significant time” following surgery Tuesday to repair a fracture and dislocation of the ankle.
UNDATED (AP) — Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and third time in five years. Ohio State was No. 2, edging out No. 3 Florida State and preventing the first 1 vs 2 opening game since the AP preseason poll began in 1950. Alabama opens the season against the Seminoles in Atlanta on Sept. 2. Louisville was ranked 16th.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chuck Pagano expects more out of the Colts’ dreadful offense. So, Indianapolis’ coach is changing it up. Quarterback Stephen Morris is expected to reclaim the No. 2 job behind Scott Tolzien on Saturday at Pittsburgh. Rookie running back Marlon Mack should get more chances on third down and in two-minute drills. And Pagano may tinker again with Indy’s banged up offensive line.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants hurt his left leg during Monday night’s game against Cleveland when he took a legal-but-questionable hit on the knee from Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun. Beckham caught an 18-yard pass and was coming down on his left leg when he was immediately hit by Boddy-Calhoun’s right shoulder and helmet.