Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings, Bryce Harper homered and the Nationals beat the Red Sox 7-4 last night for the franchise’s first victory at Fenway Park.
Harper hit a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth as the club improved to 1-9 at Boston’s iconic home. The Montreal Expos dropped all six of their games there before moving to Washington.
In Baltimore, Jim Thome doubled twice, had an infield hit and drove in his first run of the season and Shane Victorino homered and drove in five runs, and the Phillies ended a season-worst six-game losing streak by beating the Orioles 9-6.
In St. Louis, Josh Tomlin scattered eight hits over seven innings, Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer and Indians sent the Cardinals to their seventh loss in 10 games, 6-2.
A federal judge in Los Angeles denied a motion by former Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra to dismiss more than a dozen charges, including bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement. Trial is set to begin July 24.
The Braves retired the No. 29 worn by pitcher John Smoltz before last night’s game with the Blue Jays.
golf: McIlroy leads in Memphis
Rory McIlroy snapped his string of three straight missed cuts in style, shooting a 5-under 65 to take the lead into the weekend at the St. Jude Classic. Jeff Maggert, tied for the first-round lead with John Merrick, shot a 68 to match J.B. Holmes (64) and Kevin Stadler (65) at 6-under, one shot back.
Se Ri Pak, playing for the first time since injuring her left shoulder in early April, shot a 1-under 71 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y. Michelle Wie missed the cut with rounds of 74 and 82.
In Birmingham, Ala., Bill Glasson shot a 3-under 69 on to take a two-stroke lead over Russ Cochran after the second round of the Regions Tradition, the second Champions Tour major of the year.
Lee Westwood shot a 4-under 68 to maintain a three-stroke lead over Ross Fisher after the third round of the European Tour’s Nordea Masters in Bro, Sweden.
Amy Anderson teamed to win two matches to help the U.S. take a 4-2 lead over Britain and Ireland after the first day of the Curtis Cup in Nairn, Scotland.
Soccer: Good start for U.S.
Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey and Herculez Gomez scored as the U.S. opened CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with a 3-1 victory over Antigua and Barbuda 3-1 last night in Tampa. In other games, Mexico opened with a 3-1 win over Guyana, El Salvador rallied for a 2-2 tie at Costa Rica, Canada took a 1-0 win at Cuba, Panama won 2-0 at Honduras and Jamaica beat visiting Guatemala 2-1.
NFL: Gronkowski gets big deal
All-Pro Rob Gronkowski agreed to a $54 million deal with the Patriots, the richest contract for a tight end in NFL history. The six-year deal includes $18.17 million guaranteed.
A second arbitrator ruled commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline Saints players for their roles in a bounty program.The players’ union claimed Goodell is prohibited from punishing players for any conduct before the collective bargaining agreement was signed last August.
ETC.: Liberty win on road
Cappie Pondexter scored 25 points, the Liberty took control with a 30-5 first-half run and survived a frantic fourth quarter for their first road victory of the season, 76-70 over the Mystics in Washington. Leilani Mitchell hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Liberty, winners of three straight after opening the season 0-5.
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly underwent surgery for a herniated disk in his lower back. He is expected to make a full recovery by the time the Irish open preseason camp Aug. 4.
In Montreal, Colombia’s Eleider Alvarez successfully defended his North American Boxing Organization light heavyweight title, unanimously outpointed American Shawn Hawk.
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