Orioles beat Red Sox 6-2 as Markakis drives in 3 runs off struggling John Smoltz

BOSTON — Nick Markakis homered and drove in three runs off a struggling John Smoltz and the Baltimore Orioles broke an 11-game losing streak at Fenway Park with a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

Broncos’ offseason of drama ends with revamped roster hitting practice field this week

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos’ offseason of change and chagrin is about to give way to the team’s first training camp without Mike Shanahan in 15 years.

Police: Former WBC boxing champion Vernon Forrest shot, killed in apparent robbery in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Vernon Forrest, a former two-division champion who gained stardom when he became the first boxer to defeat Shane Mosley, was shot to death in what police are calling an attempted robbery.

Troy Tulowitzki drives in 5 to help Rockies beat Giants 8-2 for De La Rosa’s 6th straight win

DENVER — Troy Tulowitzki homered and drove in a career-high five runs and Jorge De La Rosa won his career-best sixth straight start, leading the Colorado Rockies’ 8-2 rout of the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

Tulowitzki drives in 5 to help Rockies beat Giants 8-2 for De La Rosa’s 6th straight win

DENVER — Troy Tulowitzki homered and drove in a career-high five runs and Jorge De La Rosa won his career-best sixth straight start, leading the Colorado Rockies’ 8-2 rout of the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.

Jeff Francoeur homers, Jonathon Niese shuts down Houston in Mets’ 10-3 victory

HOUSTON — Jeff Francoeur hit a three-run homer, David Wright added a solo shot and the New York Mets enjoyed a rare offensive outburst Saturday night in a 10-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

Gallardo outduels previously unbeaten Hanson, drives in run in Brewers’ 4-0 win over Atlanta

MILWAUKEE — Yovani Gallardo scattered four hits in 7 1-3 scoreless innings and drove in the only run Milwaukee needed off previously unbeaten Tommy Hanson to lead the Brewers to a 4-0 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Cabrera homers, Sowers pitches 7 scoreless to lead Indians past Mariners 10-3

SEATTLE — Asdrubal Cabrera homered, drove in two runs and scored three times to back a strong start by Jeremy Sowers in the Cleveland Indians’ 10-3 victory over Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

That makes 10: Injury-ravaged Mets add Sheffield to DL, call up LHP Jonathan Niese

HOUSTON — Gary Sheffield is headed to the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, adding to the rash of substantial injuries that has wrecked the New York Mets’ season.

Brewers place RHP McClung on 15-day disabled list with sprained right elbow

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers say they have placed Seth McClung on the 15-day disabled list after the right-hander felt discomfort in his right elbow.

C Theo Ratliff signs with Spurs after spending last season with Philadelphia 76ers

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs have signed center Theo Ratliff.

Jones, Prado, McLouth homer to lift surging Atlanta Braves over Brewers 9-4

MILWAUKEE — Chipper Jones, Martin Prado and Nate McLouth homered to pace a 17-hit effort by Atlanta and Javier Vazquez struck out nine in seven innings, lifting the surging Braves over the Milwaukee Brewers 9-4 on Friday night.

Hampton’s homer helps Houston beat Mets 5-4

HOUSTON — Mike Hampton hit a two-run homer off Johan Santana and the Houston Astros beat the Mets 5-4 on Friday night, handing the New York ace a rare loss after the All-Star break.

Matt Holliday gets 4 hits in Cardinals’ debut, an 8-1 win over Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — Matt Holliday looked more like a pesky leadoff hitter than a slugger in his St. Louis debut.

No Vick: Jerry Jones says Cowboys still have no plans to sign suspended QB

ARLINGTON, Texas — Even if Michael Vick is available, Jerry Jones says the Dallas Cowboys have no plans to sign the suspended quarterback.

Slugger Andruw Jones, still only 32, trying to prove to Rangers he’s not done yet in majors

ARLINGTON, Texas — Andruw Jones hit as many home runs in one game for the Texas Rangers earlier this month — three — as he did all last season as a high-priced, free-agent bust for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hamels goes seven, Phillies beat Padres 9-4 for 15th win in 17 games

PHILADELPHIA — Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz had three hits apiece and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 in a makeup game Thursday night.

People familiar with meeting: Vick, Goodell met Wednesday at security firm in New Jersey

RICHMOND, Va. — Two people familiar with the meeting say Michael Vick and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talked Wednesday at a security firm in New Jersey.

Falcons sign second-round pick William Moore, still negotiating with top pick Jerry

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons are negotiating with only one draft pick after signing second-round pick William Moore.

Barry Zito pitches 7 strong innings, Giants beat Braves 5-1 to avoid 4-game sweep

ATLANTA — Barry Zito gave up only three hits in seven innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Thursday to avoid a four-game sweep.

Braves’ Mike Gonzalez leaves after struck by line drive on pitching arm

ATLANTA — Braves left-hander Mike Gonzalez sustained a bruised forearm when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of the San Francisco Giants’ Nate Schierholtz on Thursday.

Johnson recalled from minors, Prado still the Braves’ starter at second base

ATLANTA — Kelly Johnson is back on the Atlanta Braves’ active roster, although he returned as a backup instead of a starter.

Jair Jurrjens allows 3 hits, Braves beat Giants 4-2 to hand Tim Lincecum 1st loss in 5 weeks

ATLANTA — Even the Giants’ stopper couldn’t stop the Atlanta Braves — or San Francisco’s slide.

Jurrjens allows 3 hits, Escobar hits 3-run homer as Braves stay hot, beat Giants 4-2

ATLANTA — Jair Jurrjens gave up three hits in 7 2-3 innings, Yunel Escobar hit a three-run homer and the surging Atlanta Braves beat Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Wednesday night.

Marquez has winning goal for Club America, Onyewu debuts for AC Milan

ATLANTA — Daniel Marquez headed in the winning goal to help Club America beat AC Milan 2-1 and take its second straight victory in the World Football Challenge on Wednesday night.

50 Cink: Stewart Cink returns to Atlanta hometown with British Open trophy, new nickname

ATLANTA — Stewart Cink came home to show off his latest trophy and new nickname.

Rockies first baseman doubles off right-field scoreboard for No. 500

DENVER — Todd Helton has become the 50th player to hit 500 doubles, driving one off the right-field scoreboard in the third inning of Colorado’s game Wednesday against Arizona.

Ivory Latta scores 22 to help Atlanta Dream beat Detroit Shock, 98-95, in OT

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Reserves Ivory Latta and Angel McCoughtry combined for 42 points as the Atlanta Dream beat Detroit 98-95 in overtime Wednesday, the latest loss for the defending WNBA champion.

Pirates deal slumping first baseman Adam LaRoche to Red Sox for 2 prospects

PITTSBURGH — The Red Sox are hoping this latest trade for Pittsburgh’s leading power hitter turns out as well as last season’s.

Lee’s grand slam helps Astros move within 2 games of NL Central lead with 11-6 rout of Cards

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros know it’s a bit early to be too concerned about the standings.

Braves 8, Giants 1

DP_San Francisco 1, Atlanta 1. LOB_San Francisco 7, Atlanta 8. 2B_M.Downs (2), C.Jones (17), McCann (21). HR_McCann (10). S_D.Lowe. SF_G.Anderson.

McCann’s 4 RBIs, Prado’s 3 hits power hot-hitting Braves past Giants, 8-1

ATLANTA — Martin Prado and the Atlanta Braves continued their hot July, beating the San Francisco Giants 8-1 on Tuesday night to move two games over .500 for the first time in almost two months.

Lannan has first career shoutout in a 4-0 victory against the Mets

WASHINGTON — John Lannan threw his first career shutout, scattering seven hits in a 4-0 win against the anemic New York Mets on Tuesday night.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell remains mum on when he’ll make decision on reinstating Vick

NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t revealing when he’ll decide whether to reinstate Michael Vick now that the former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback has been released from federal custody.

Raul Ibanez hits 25th homer as NL East-leading Phillies win 9th straight, 10-1 over Cubs

PHILADELPHIA — Down in Florida, Pedro Martinez is tuning up for a return to the major leagues.


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