Cubs' Lester allows 9 runs, hurts lat

(AP Photo/David Banks)

CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester left Thursday's game against Cincinnati in the second inning with left lat tightness after allowing nine runs by the Reds.

Lester was replaced by Mike Montgomery after facing 11 batters in the inning and Cincinnati leading 8-0 with two outs. He exited after giving up a double to Eugenio Suarez and was charged with seven earned runs.

Joey Votto had a three-run homer in the outburst. Cincinnati wound up sending 13 men to the plate in the second. Suarez and Phillip Ervin each had a single and a double in the eight-hit burst.

2nd Tommy John for Arizona P De La Rosa

HOUSTON (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

Manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement Thursday before the Diamondbacks play the Astros.

He said De La Rosa was experiencing discomfort over the last 10 days, and it was determined he would need the surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. (MORE)

Twins' Perkins back from 16 months on DL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Glen Perkins has finally returned to the Minnesota Twins, with the bonus of a playoff race and a bullpen in need of some help.

He's not the hard-throwing three-time All-Star closer he once was. He's just grateful for another chance to be on a major league mound after missing more than 16 months because of shoulder trouble.

"I did everything I could to hold up my end of the bargain and try to make it as quick as I could, and they've held up their end of the bargain," Perkins said. "They're going to give me a chance to pitch, and that's all I really wanted out of this whole thing." (MORE)

Goodell: Reinstating Gordon not on table

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Josh Gordon's return to the Browns from an NFL suspension remains uncertain.

The former Pro Bowl wide receiver hasn't played in the regular season since 2014. He was due to return from a four-game suspension at the start of last season before being banned indefinitely last year for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell provided little information Thursday when he was asked during a fan forum if Gordon will be re-instated before this season. (MORE)

Foot shelves Colts C Kelly indefinitely

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly will have surgery on his injured foot and will be out indefinitely.

Coach Chuck Pagano made the announcement Thursday, the final day of training camp.

Kelly was injured during a joint practice with the Detroit Lions last week and did not play in Sunday's preseason opener. (MORE)

Tribe 3B Ramirez hit in arm, exits game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Cleveland third baseman Jose Ramirez has left Thursday's game against Minnesota after getting hit by a pitch.

Ramirez was hit in the right forearm by a 93.1 mph pitch from Kyle Gibson in the top of the second inning. He kneeled a few feet down the first-base line and was quickly attended to by a trainer. He walked off holding his arm after a few minutes.

The first-time All-Star has 18 home runs and 58 RBIs this season for the first-place Indians. He leads the American League with 61 extra-base hits, including a league-tying 38 doubles. (MORE)

Bucs give to Confederate statue removal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area say they have "dedicated funds" to help remove a Confederate monument from the city.

The NFL's Buccaneers, NHL's Lightning and Rays of Major League Baseball issued a joint statement Thursday saying they're working with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce because they're "recognizing that this monument does not reflect the values of our community."

The teams did not disclose how much money they would dedicate. (MORE)

Devils C Zajac sidelined 4-to-6 months

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have lost top center Travis Zajac for four to six months with a pectoral injury.

Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced that Zajac had surgery to repair the pectoral muscle on Thursday.

Shero said the Zajac was hurt last week during offseason training. (MORE)

Sorenstam has challenges at Solheim Cup

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) After accomplishing just about everything there is to accomplish in golf, Annika Sorenstam finally got her shot as a Solheim Cup captain.

Leading Team Europe might prove to be a lot more difficult for Sorenstam than playing ever was.

Veteran star Suzann Pettersen is out with a bad back. (MORE)

Lynch gets chance to win Broncos QB job

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Paxton Lynch now gets his chance to seize the starting quarterback job for the Denver Broncos.

Lynch has gotten the bulk of the work with the first-team offense this week and will start Saturday's exhibition game against the San Francisco 49ers as the Broncos look for either Lynch or last year's starter Trevor Siemian to emerge in the competition.

"We'd like the decision made by itself," Broncos GM John Elway said Thursday. "We want one of them to take the reins and take over. That would be the ideal situation. We'll get through this game and see what happens." (MORE)

Rookie Webb in mix for Giants backup QB

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The fight for the New York Giants' backup quarterback job is taking on a new dimension.

Heading into the preseason opener, veterans Geno Smith and Josh Johnson seemed to be dueling for the job as Eli Manning's understudy with third-round draft pick Davis Webb expected to be given a year to learn coach Ben McAdoo's system as the No. 3 quarterback.

Neither Smith nor Johnson stood out in the Giants' loss to Pittsburgh last weekend, and McAdoo Thursday left the door open for Webb to fight for the No. 2 job. (MORE)


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