CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have won their protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won. MLB says this is the first such successful protest since 1986. As a result, the game will resume this afternoon at Wrigley Field with the Cubs ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. The teams play a regularly scheduled game tonight.
WASHINGTON (AP)— The Washington Nationals ran their winning streak to nine by nipping Arizona 3-2 on pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon’s (rehn-DOHNZ’) run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth. The NL East-leading Nationals now have a seven-game lead over Atlanta, which dropped a 3-2 game in Pittsburgh.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a three-hitter for his AL-leading third shutout and Victor Martinez hit a grand slam in the Detroit Tigers’ 6-0 shutout of Tampa Bay Rays 6-0. Porcello, who is 14-8, retired 20 straight batters after Ben Zobrist’s double in the first inning.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart is sitting out Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the high-banked Bristol Motor Speedway, and Jeff Burton is replacing him in the no. 14 Chevrolet. This is the third straight Sprint Cup event that Stewart has skipped since his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt car race.
BEREA, Ohio (AP)— Brian Hoyer has won the starting quarterback job in Cleveland over rookie Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL’), who didn’t help his case after getting caught on camera giving an obscene gesture to Redskins fans during Monday night’s exhibition. Browns coach Mike Pettine (PEHT’-ihn) says that incident was a factor in his decision.