UNDATED (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig (SEE’-lig) says he will retire in January 2015. Selig’s involvement in baseball began in 1970 when he bought the Seattle Pilots in bankruptcy court and moved the team to Milwaukee. He became acting commissioner in 1992 and has served longer than every baseball commissioner except Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians each picked up their seventh straight wins last night, keeping the Rays one game ahead of the Tribe in the battle for the first AL wild-card berth. Alex Cobb tossed three-hit ball over seven innings and Evan Longoria drove in three runs to lead the Rays to a 4-0 shutout and their first three-game sweep of the Yankees in New York. Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) hit a two-run homer and Michael Brantley had two RBIs as the Indians beat Minnesota 6-5 to stay one game ahead of Texas for the final wild-card berth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Atlanta Braves utility man Reed Johnson have each received one-game suspensions from Major League Baseball for their roles in a bench-clearing incident last night. Gomez touched off the incident by admiring his first-inning homer from home plate and got into shouting matches with several Braves before he was met by Atlanta catcher Brian McCann about 20 feet from home plate. Johnson was punished for charging out of the Braves’ dugout and shoving Gomez.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Frank Gore led the San Francisco 49ers’ potent ground attack in a 35-11 win over the Rams in St. Louis last night. Gore provided 153 of the Niners’ 219 rushing yards, including a 34-yard touchdown that put San Francisco ahead 14-3 just before halftime. Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nik) had a pair of touchdown passes for the 49ers, who totaled just 10 points in losing their previous two games.
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Conn Smythe (smyth) Trophy-winning goaltender Tim Thomas is officially back in the NHL after signing a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers. The 39-year-old Thomas took last season off, then decided he was ready to return to hockey. Thomas owns a career 2.48 goals-against average in a 378-game career that had been spent entirely with the Boston Bruins.