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Free-agent rentals seldom stay long-term in MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — When baseball stars on expiring contracts get traded in July, there’s usually no need to find long-term housing. Infielders Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas and Brian Dozier; starting pitchers Cole Hamels, J.A. Happ and Nathan Eovaldi; catcher Martin Maldonado; and closer Zach Britton are among the players dealt ahead of this week’s […]

Dodgers hit 7 homers in 21-5 route of Brewers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig hit two homers each, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 21-5 on Thursday night. Brian Dozier and Justin Turner also went deep as the Dodgers finished with their highest scoring total at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles hit […]

Vikings practice ‘changeup’ look, with Barr at defensive end

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Already owning one of the strongest defensive lines in the league, the Minnesota Vikings have made another addition to their front four this summer. He even was a former first-round draft pick. Anthony Barr has established his place as the strong side linebacker, an integral part of coach Mike Zimmer’s pressure-driven […]

Pettine sees Packers’ defense grasping scheme amid injuries

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — As first-year Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine installs his playbook, he’s got one of the best to deliver the daily tests: two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Through a week of training camp, Pettine’s defense is passing those early quizzes. By Pettine’s count, his defense has seven interceptions of […]

Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor packs on the muscle

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jonathan Taylor packed on muscle to get ready for the pounding that will come from defenses that will try to bring him down this season. The sophomore is no longer an unknown commodity in the Big Ten. The record-breaking running back is a star as training camp opens for the Wisconsin […]

Brewers rally falls short, as Grandal’s HR in 10th wins it for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer — his second of the game — in the 10th inning, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid. YAZ called game. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/7TtIgHeqcG — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 2, 2018 The win was […]

Decades-long wait for Hall of Fame over for Jerry Kramer

Jerry Kramer has basked in the attention on his key block on the winning play in the Ice Bowl for more than half a century. He sure was uneasy, though, when Vince Lombardi told Bart Starr to run “31 Wedge” from a yard out, the Green Bay Packers’ dynasty dangling by a thread with 16 […]

HOF preview: Randy Moss went deep to ignite Vikes, transform NFL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The ball was flying down the field often for Minnesota during that drizzly night in Green Bay, and Randy Moss kept going over and past the defense to get it. Five games into his NFL career, Moss was a star. He was a revolutionary, too. There was no moment that better defined […]

Packers GM looks to young players after injuries on D

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers may have shown a greater willingness this offseason to sign veteran free agents under first-year general manager Brian Gutekunst, but the team is standing pat for now after injuries to key contributors on defense. One day after inside linebacker Jake Ryan (knee) and safety Kentrell Brice […]

Cain saves day, robbing game-tying HR in 7th, as Brewers shuts down Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Wade Miley remained undefeated at Dodger Stadium, delivering seven scoreless innings in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 1-0 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night. In seven starts in Los Angeles, Miley is now 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA. The left-hander got some help from center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who appeared to rob […]

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