Smyly throws 2-hitter, Rays blank Blue Jays (Yahoo Sports)
- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon called Drew Smyly's first career complete game ''artistic.'' More like a masterpiece. Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired the final 19 batters, leading the Rays over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Friday night. It was just obvious.'' Evan Longoria homered, doubled, singled and drove in three runs, and Wil Myers also homered as the Rays began a stretch of 26 straight games against AL East opponents with a comfortable win. After Steve Tolleson's two-out single in the third, Smyly didn't permit another runner.
Nationals' 10-game win streak ends, Giants romp (Yahoo Sports)
- The Washington Nationals' winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games Friday night when rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent the San Francisco Giants to a 10-3 romp. Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted bats of the Nationals, who apparently don't have an inexhaustible supply of comeback wins and last-at-bat heroics. Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Juan Gutierrez finished the job for the Giants, who have won six of eight. The Nationals' winning run had become suspense baseball theater at its best, always with a happy ending for the team in red and white.
AP Source: Machado 'probably' having knee surgery (Yahoo Sports)
- A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will ''probably'' have season-ending surgery on his injured right knee. The person spoke to the AP on Friday under condition of anonymity because there was no official confirmation of Machado's plans. The Orioles began the day with a nine-game lead in the AL East, the biggest division margin in the majors. Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in 82 games.
US beats Puerto Rico 112-86 in hoops exhibition (Yahoo Sports)
- Stephen Curry scored 20 points and the U.S. Derrick Rose came off the bench for the Americans, who used 12 of their 16 players and are expected to cut at least a couple of them on Saturday before departing for Spain. They will play a final exhibition game there against Slovenia and will need to have their final 12-man roster set the day before their Aug. 30 opener against Finland.
Green-Beckham to sit at OU after NCAA decision (Yahoo Sports)
- Dorial Green-Beckham will not be allowed to play for Oklahoma this season after the NCAA denied the school's request for a waiver that would have made the talented receiver eligible to play right now. Green-Beckham transferred to Oklahoma after being dismissed by Missouri in April after several run-ins with the law during his two years at the school. NCAA rules require players to sit out a season when they transfer from one FBS school to another, but Oklahoma requested a waiver to allow Green-Beckham to play this season on the grounds he was ''run-off'' the team at Missouri. While at Missouri, Green-Beckham was charged in October 2012 with marijuana possession, and later pleaded guilty to trespassing.
Reports: Machado to get season-ending knee surgery (Yahoo Sports)
- Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will soon have season-ending surgery on his injured right knee, according to multiple reports, a major blow to the team with the biggest division lead in the majors. The Orioles began the day with a nine-game margin in the AL East. Machado is hitting .278 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs in 82 games. Slugger Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty also have played third base for Baltimore this year.
Boston's Farrell: Castillo is "exciting, athletic" (Yahoo Sports)
- BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox manager John Farrell calls outfielder Rusney Castillo ''an exciting, athletic player.''
Selig hasn't changed outlook about Rose (Yahoo Sports)
- CINCINNATI (AP) -- As his term winds down, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig hasn't changed his outlook on Pete Rose's lifetime ban for gambling.
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Washington Post strikes 'Redskins' from editorials (Yahoo Sports)
- The Washington Post says it will stop calling Washington's football team the ''Redskins'' on its editorial page. The paper's editorial board announced Friday that it will refrain from using the term that it says ''unquestionably offends not only many Native Americans but many other Americans, too.'' The board operates independently of the paper's newsgathering operation. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name, saying it honors Native Americans.
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