Aaron Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Sunday. Vernon Wells led off the 10th with an infield single off Chad Bradford (2-6) and advanced to second on Frank Thomas’ groundout. Troy Glaus singled before Hill lofted a fly ball to left to drive in Wells with the winning run.
John Smoltz and Mark Teixeira used their power games to slow down the Arizona Diamondbacks. Teixeira drove in four runs with two homers and Smoltz became the Braves’ strikeout leader as Atlanta beat Arizona 6-2 on Sunday. Smoltz, 40, passed Phil Niekro as the Braves’ franchise strikeout leader. He set a season high with 12 strikeouts while giving up five hits, three walks and two runs in eight…
The Battle of the Bay had plenty of empty preseason drama, keeping the bipartisan crowd enthralled until a sure touchdown pass bounced off Alvis Whitted’s hands with 5 seconds left. The most important developments in the 49ers’ friendly rivalry game with Oakland were less theatrical. Daunte Culpepper looked ready to run the Raiders, but San Francisco put a good start and a better finish on its win.
Jason Campbell limped down the hallway outside the Washington Redskins’ locker room, favoring his bruised left knee and feeling a bit lucky. Inside, Marcus Washington wore a blue sling on his dislocated right elbow and tried to keep smiling. Out of sight was Mike Espy, out for the season with a ruptured kneecap.
With all the talk about Dale Earnhardt Jr. leaving his No. 8 behind when he departs Dale Earnhardt Inc. for Hendrick Motorsports next year, some believe the drivers — not the teams — should have the option of keeping a number throughout their careers.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is perplexed, frustrated — and still feeling confident.
After finishing a six-week NASCAR suspension, crew chief Steve Letarte was back at the track and, apparently, feeling just a little strange to be there.
The New York Mets placed infielder Damion Easley on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a sprained left ankle and recalled infielder Anderson Hernandez from Triple-A New Orleans. Easley hurt his ankle in the sixth inning of the Mets game with Washington on Saturday advancing to second on a wild pitch.
For all of Brett Favre’s questions about the readiness of some of his younger teammates, only one question mattered Saturday night: To leap or not to leap? Rookie receiver James Jones did a “Lambeau leap” into the grandstands after scoring a touchdown early in Green Bay’s 48-13 preseason rout of Seattle.
Defending champion Lava Man headlines the field for Sunday’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.