Bob Wickman has seen about enough of Adam Dunn in key situations at Great American Ball Park. Dunn hit a two-run homer off Wickman in the 12th inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 9-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night for their third straight win. Last season, Wickman gave up a game-ending grand slam to Dunn that gave the Reds a 9-8 win over Cleveland.
Billy Wagner couldn’t close it out. Trevor Hoffman couldn’t, either. After two of baseball’s best closers flopped again Thursday night, Heath Bell had enough moxie to hang on for his first major league save. Adrian Gonzalez homered in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres outlasted the New York Mets 9-8 in a wild game that included blown saves by Wagner and Hoffman.
Understudy David Garrard only played two series, but that was plenty of time to upstage Jaguars’ starting quarterback Byron Leftwich. After the Jaguars’ offense sputtered into the third quarter under Leftwich, Garrard came into to lead Jacksonville to a pair touchdowns and a 21-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.
So what if it’s August and he’s missing his two top receivers and his starting left tackle? Drew Brees is already showing off his Pro Bowl form for the New Orleans Saints. The same cannot be said of the Kansas City Chiefs, whose murky quarterback picture was only muddied further Thursday night as Brodie Croyle struggled and a nearly perfect Brees led the Saints to a dominating 30-7 victory.
Street Sense will be the horse to beat again at Saratoga Race Course — this time the Kentucky Derby winner was made the overwhelming 3-5 favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes. Last month, Street Sense won the Jim Dandy as the odds-on choice in his first start since his Triple Crown chances ended with a narrow loss in the Preakness on May 19.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (Ticker) — Street Sense was tabbed the overwhelming 3-5 favorite on Wednesday for this weekend’s $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
David Wells is back in the pennant race with a new team: the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wells and the Dodgers agreed to a contract Thursday and the big lefty plans to make his first start for Los Angeles on Sunday night against the Mets in New York. The 44-year-old Wells was designated for assignment by his hometown San Diego Padres on Aug.
Bruce Bochy wasn’t surprised Matt Cain outpitched Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano. Outslugging him was a shock. Cain shut down Chicago for seven innings and hit his second career home run off one of baseball’s best slugging pitchers to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 4-1 victory Thursday. “If you thought a pitcher was going to hit a home run today I don’t think Cain would have been your pick,” Bochy…
All-Star Chris Young had his back checked out in San Diego on Wednesday and the team is hopeful he’ll miss only one start. The right-hander was forced to leave his start against the Mets on Tuesday night after five innings because of lower back pain. “He has stiffness and soreness in his lower back,” manager Bud Black said.
One of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s sons, awaiting sentencing in a road-rage case, was detained Thursday on suspicion of driving while impaired. Britt Reid, 22, of Villanova, failed a sobriety test in a store parking lot around 3:45 p.m. and was given a blood test, Assistant Police Chief Joseph Lawrence of Plymouth Township said.
The Pittsburgh Steelers haven’t reopened contract talks with five-time All-Pro left guard Alan Faneca despite being unsettled along their offensive line as the NFL season nears. Faneca, who promised during an angry outburst three months ago that he was done with the Steelers after this season, said Thursday there have been no discussions.
After an unhappy training camp with the New York Jets, Pete Kendall got what he wanted: a new team and a new contract. The Washington Redskins acquired the veteran offensive lineman Thursday from the Jets in a trade, hoping he’ll fill a hole at left guard. New York will receive a fifth-round pick in 2008 or a fourth-rounder in 2009, depending on how many snaps Kendall plays this season.