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Jul 19, 2012

Dickey, Wright help Mets halt six-game slide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won his match-up against Gio Gonzalez for the major league lead in wins as the New York Mets snapped their season-high six-game losing streak by crushing the Washington Nationals 9-5 in a Thursday matinee.

Dickey (13-1, 2.72 earned run average), benefiting from two home runs and five runs batted in by David Wright, pitched 7-1/3 innings, scattering 10 hits while giving up four runs.

Jul 18, 2012

The clock is ticking for Strasburg’s season

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stephen Strasburg’s season will end after 160 innings even if the success-starved Washington Nationals are involved in a playoff push, manager Davey Johnson insisted Wednesday.

The All-Star right-hander is 10-4 this season with a 2.66 earned run average and a league-leading 135 strikeouts but the flame-thrower has already pitched 105 innings for the National League East division leaders.

Jul 17, 2012

Sluggish United States beat Brazil 80-69

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s basketball team eased past Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition game on Monday, but their sluggish play and spotty shooting should banish any thoughts they will waltz to another Olympic gold medal in London.

LeBron James scored 30 to lead the Americans, who trailed by 10 after the first period and were out-rebounded (38-30) and out-hustled by their less-heralded counterparts.

Jul 17, 2012

Olympics-Sluggish United States beat Brazil 80-69

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. men’s
basketball team eased past Brazil 80-69 in an exhibition game on
Monday, but their sluggish play and spotty shooting should
banish any thoughts they will waltz to another Olympic gold
medal in London.

LeBron James scored 30 to lead the Americans, who trailed by
10 after the first period and were out-rebounded (38-30) and
out-hustled by their less-heralded counterparts.

Jul 11, 2012

National League cruises to 8-0 victory

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – The National League erupted for five runs in the first inning and limited the American League to just six singles to win the All-Star game 8-0 on Tuesday, the first shutout in the Midsummer Classic since 1996.

A 382-foot, two-run homer by San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and a three-run triple by his Giants team mate Pablo Sandoval highlighted the N.L. attack.

Jul 10, 2012

Nats’ sudden rise to top not a surprise to everyone

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – Dan Uggla shook his head, pursed his lips just a little and said he was not buying the notion that the Washington Nationals are one of the surprise teams of 2012.

They are simply too good to be on anyone’s list as an eye-opener, he said.

Jul 10, 2012

Fielder wins Home Run Derby over Bautista

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby for the second time in four years on Monday by outslugging Jose Bautista in an enthralling match-up of two of the game’s top long-ball hitters.

Fielder, who won the title in 2009, blasted 12 homers in the championship round, while Bautista managed only seven in the annual event as part of the run-up to Tuesday’s All Star Game.

Jul 9, 2012

La Russa names Cain to start over Dickey

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – In a baseball season packed with surprises, National League manager Tony La Russa delivered another one on Monday by naming San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain the starter in Tuesday night’s All-Star game.

Cain received the call over New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, whose emergence as a Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star at the age of 37 was one of the season’s feel-good stories.

Jun 29, 2012

Serena looking for a golden time in London Olympics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Firing an ominous verbal volley to her Olympic rivals, Serena Williams says she is anxious to seize the one piece of serious hardware yet to adorn her trophy case: a gold medal in singles.

“It’s getting closer and closer and I’m getting more excited,” the 13-time grand slam winner said recently of the upcoming Olympics Games.

Jun 29, 2012

Serena looking for a golden time in London

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Firing an ominous verbal volley to her Olympic rivals, Serena Williams says she is anxious to seize the one piece of serious hardware yet to adorn her trophy case: a gold medal in singles.

“It’s getting closer and closer and I’m getting more excited,” the 13-time grand slam winner said recently of the upcoming Olympics Games.