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As soon as brt starts operation: Tomas considers banning private cars in downtown - Philippine Star

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Category: newsSource: googlenews googlenewsJul 17th, 2017

Fun and games, Dimitrov finds a way to break title drought

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer br /> BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Grigor Dimitrov concentrated on fun and games at the season-opening Brisbane International, looking for something a bit different to his regular routine. It turns out, that's what he'd been missing. Dimitrov ended a title drought that dated back to 2014 when he beat third-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the final on Sunday. The 25-year-old Bulgarian attributed some late-night trips to the game arcades in downtown Brisbane for the change of fortunes. 'I played motor bikes, we played cars, basketball, I mean, I went there with my fitness coach and we were — I think we were the biggest kids out there,' he said. 'You know, it's something so childish, if you want to say it. 'Well, every time I was going to bed, I was, like, 'Wow, that feels so good.' It's just something so small.' Dimitrov, dubbed 'Baby Fed' earlier in his career for his style similarities with Roger Federer, lost the Brisbane International final to Andy Murray in 2013. He won three titles and reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014 as he rose to a career-high ranking of No. 8. But his form faded and he slipped down the rankings to No. 40 by the middle of last year. That's when he had to make some decisions, refocus, set some goals. The first was to win a tournament in 2017 — he's achieved that in the first week of the season. There are other goals, including better runs at the Grand Slams — he hasn't been past the fourth round since a career peak in the Wimbledon semifinals in 2014, when he beat Murray but lost to Novak Djokovic. He entered the season-opening Brisbane event ranked No. 17 and seeded seventh, and could rise to No. 15 for the Australian Open, which starts Jan. 16. 'It's been pretty emotional,' Dimitrov said. 'This trophy means a lot.' He didn't elaborate too much on any emotional upheaval, saying it's part and parcel of touring so much as a professional player. But he did say he needed to adjust how he spends his time on the road. 'I'm the kind of guy that I cannot just lock myself in the room and just think tennis for 24 hours. It hasn't helped me,' he said. 'And since I have been here, every night I've been going to the arcades, for example, for an hour and a half, been playing arcades. It's given me tremendous joy. 'That's why I say those, I think, these 10 days that I have been here — I don't remember having so much fun, but in the same time I was very focused, played quite solid all the matches. So I was just — overall, I just felt good.' He beat defending champion Milos Raonic in the semifinals, improving his career record to 3-1 against the big-serving Canadian. He'd never beaten Nishikori in three previous matches, and he had to save break points in the first game and again in the third. After that, he went on a roll. Nishikori, who reached his first Brisbane final after losing three previous semifinals, fended off a breakpoint early in the second set and went on to break Dimitrov's serve twice in an almost reverse of the first set. But the Japanese star lost momentum after a medical timeout for a left hip problem after the second set, and Dimitrov dominated before getting the decisive break in the eighth game and then serving out at love. Nishikori said the hip pain was intense in the second set, and may force him out of a scheduled exhibition match in Sydney on Monday before he heads to Melbourne. 'Well, sort of it was OK, but yeah, a little bit sad to finish (the tournament) like this,' he said. 'But I think it was great week to start of the year. I had good four matches here. Well, I try to stay healthy next week and hope I can be ready for,' for the Australian Open. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Fewer flights as runway repair starts - Philippine Star

Fewer flights as runway repair starts - Philippine Star.....»»

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Nationwide smoking ban starts July 23 - Philippine Star

Nationwide smoking ban starts July 23 - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 14th, 2017

HD Spikers connect second straight win for share of early lead

National team star Mark Alfafara showed the way for Cignal as the HD Spikers took a share of the lead with a 25-22, 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, win against Sta. Elena in the men’s division of  the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The University of Sto. Tomas product dropped 18 points, all from thunderous attacks, to deliver Cignal’s second win in as many outings for a three-way tie with Philippine Air Force and Mega Builders at the top. Skipper Ysay Marasigan added 17 points and had eight digs while Lorenzo Capate finished with 16 markers and 10 excellent receptions for the Reinforced Conference champions. Vince Mangulabnan dished out 40 excellent sets in for Cignal, which will a tougher test on Wednesday against Army. The Wrecking Balls absorbed its second straight defeat to slide to 1-2 slate. Team captain Berlin Paglinawan had 16 points, Joven Caaganakan got 12 while Israel Encina and Isaah Arda scored 13 and 12 markers, respectively, for Sta. Elena. Meanwhile, Instituto Estetico Manila bounced back from an opening day loss at the expense of struggling Café Lupe, 25-18, 27-25, 25-19, in the second game. Mark Enciso and Kurl Rosete scored 12 points each to lead the Phoenix Volley Masters to 1-1c card. Rudy Gatdula added 10 markers as IEM added more woes to the Sunrisers. Café Lupe came up short for the third straight game in as many outings to remain at the cellar. Carlo Sebastian finished with nine points while Jasper Adorador had seven for the Sunrisers, who are yet to win a set in the tournament.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2017

DOJ starts new probe on 'pork' cases - Philippine Star

DOJ starts new probe on 'pork' cases - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 26th, 2017

P2.5M in shabu seized in Maguindanao buy-bust operation - Philippine Star

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Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJun 26th, 2017

Petron blows past Generika, F2 Logistics crushes Cherrylume

Petron bounced back from a second-set disaster to pull off a 25-21, 26-24, 25-21, 25-18 conquest of Generika-Ayala in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. National team stalwart Frances Molina waxed hot as the Blaze Spikers caught fire in the third and fourth sets to complete the victory. Molina had an impressive all-around performance with 15 kills, three blocks and two aces for 20 points while veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas submitted 17 markers for the Blaze Spikers, who missed the strong offensive presence of spitfires Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons. In the second game, F2 Logistics displayed its full strength to crush Cherrylume, 25-5, 25-10, 25-11, in the second match of this explosive triple-header. Bannered by players from reigning UAAP champion La Salle, the Cargo Movers dominated the Iron Lady Warriors in all departments to book their third straight victory after only 54 minutes of action. They dominated the attack zone, 39-10, block department, 6-2, was impressive from the service box with 12 aces. Kim Dy starred with 11 kills while Aby Marano, Majoy Baron and Desiree Cheng delivered nine points apiece for the Cargo Movers, who are looking to top Pool D to gain a good position in the crossover quarterfinal battle. “This is a very short tournament,” said de Jesus, who steered the Cargo Movers to the All-Filipino crown last year. “We’re still trying to find the right chemistry. If we will get it and make it to the semifinals, then, we’ll be good.” Mariella Gabarda had four markers for the Iron Lady Warriors, who have yet to win in five matches.  Rondina, the high-flying University of Santo Tomas star, delivered seven points, but was fielded sparingly after sustaining an ankle sprain while Pons didn’t suit up to attend her graduation ceremonies. With the victory, the Blaze Spikers are now tied with rival Cignal at the second spot of Pool C behind unbeaten Foton with a 3-1 win-loss card, turning their clash tomorrow a highly-anticipated affair. But Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos was far from satisfied, especially after suffering a second-set meltdown due to their 13 errors and the Lifesavers three service aces. “We relaxed in the second set,” said Delos Santos. “We lost our composure and our rhythm in the second set. Nawala ang gigil. I’m glad we were able to bounce back in the third and fourth sets.” True enough, Petron made a resounding rebound in the third set, capturing a 14-5 advantage before Generika-Ayala moved closer, 13-19. But the Blaze Spikers couldn’t be denied as Molina connected on an off-the-block attack for the set point before unleashing a booming kill from the open spot. “But the job is not yet done,” said Delos Santos. “It’s going to be tough from here. Everybody is looking for good position in the quarterfinals so we expect a tough fight from our next opponents.” Patty Jane Orendain had 13 kills for a total of 14 points while Angeli Araneta and Fiola Ceballos chipped in 13 markers apiece for the Lifesavers, who absorbed their second loss in four matches. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2017

Foton continues rampage, adds Cignal to list of victims

Jaja Santiago displayed another monster performance as Foton handed Cignal its first loss 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 25-14, in Pool C of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The 6-foot-5 Santiago scattered 26 points coming from 18 kills, four kill blocks and four aces for the Tornadoes, who bagged their fourth win. EJ Laure added 16 markers. “I come and see every match and analyze Cignal,” said Foton Serbian coach Moro Branislav. “Cignal is a very good team and today my players played well, this is a big win for Foton.” National team member Jocelyn Gonzaga had 14 points while Royse Tubino added 11 for Cignal, which dropped to 3-1 slate. Meanwhile, F2 Logistics kicked off its second round campaign on a sizzling note as it clobbered Cocolife, 25-16, 25-12, 25-16. Majoy Baron, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player, spearheaded the assault to tow the Cargo Movers to their second victory in four starts. With the win, the Cargo Movers have to nail their next two assignments against Cherrylume and Sta. Lucia to gain a good position in the crossover quarterfinals. The survivors in the quarterfinals will figure in the semifinals with the victors advancing to the best-of-three title showdown starting July 11. “Ang goal namin is mag-number one sa group namin para kahit papano yung las sa kabilang bracket ang makalaban namin,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, adding that his wards played well despite facing a squad bannered by former La Salle star Michele Gumabao. “Sana magtuloy-tuloy ‘yung ganitong galaw. Although marami pang errors pero maganda pa din ang pinakita namin.” Baron delivered nine kills, a block and an ace for 11 points to topscore for the Cargo Movers, whose domination reflected in the attack department, 35-23. Earlier, MJ Phillips waxed hot at the attack zone to lift Sta. Lucia Realty to an emphatic 25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-16 victory over Cherrylume. A power-hitting Filipino-American, Phillips erupted with 23 attacks and a pair of aces for a total of 25 points for the Lady Realtors, who nailed their first win after three luckless starts. Pam Lastimosa delivered 13 hits while Janine Navarro and Danika Gendrauli chipped in nine markers apiece for Sta. Lucia, which displayed red-hot offense and solid services with Phillips at the helm. “We served really tough and passed really well,” said the 6-foot Phillips, who was born in Zambales but was raised in Carson, California before seeing action for Juniata College in the Division III of the US NCAA. “We’re still a work in progress, but we really wanted to win.” The Lady Realtors gained the upper hand on offense with 52 attacks compared to the Iron Lady Warriors’ 30. They also had more blocks (6-4) and more aces (12-11) to underscore their dominance on both ends despite giving their young and inexperienced foes their first set victory of the tourney in the second set. But after that second set meltdown, where they fell to a maze error in the crucial stretch, the Lady Realtors sprung back to life in the third with Phillips punching holes at the defensive blanket of the Iron Lady Warriors, whose average age is just 19 years old. Sta. Lucia was nursing a two-point lead, 18-16, before Cherrylume committed three service errors in the final stretch of the third set that set the tone for yet another heart-crushing setback. Mary Ann Mendrez again served as a lonely soldier on offense with 16 kills for a team-high 18 points for the developing Cherrylume side, which suffered its fourth consecutive setback.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2017

Nat'l women's volleyball team starts SEAG training Friday

After the announcement of the 12 brave souls that will carry the nation’s pride in the Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Southeast Asian Games two months from now, the women’s national volleyball team buckles down to their training and preparation starting Friday. The national team’s training is scheduled every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Arellano University gym in Taft Avenue.  “Start na kami ng practice bukas kasi ngayon inaasikaso pa namin ang mga documents ng mga players sa PSC,” said national team assistant coach Brian Esquibel on Thursday. The deputy of head coach Francis Vicente added that Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. will submit the national team lineup to the Philippine Sports Commission’s SEAG secretariat for the entry by names to the Malaysian SEA Games Organizing Committee within the day.   The Pinay spikers will also have a training camp in Japan and China from July 18 to August 3 before participating in the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Championship to be held in the Philippines from August 9 to 17 as their last prep up for the 29th edition of the biennial meet.    Superstar Alyssa Valdez and team captain Mika Reyes lead the crack squad together with libero Denden Lazaro, Kim Fajardo, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Gen Casugod, Aby Marano, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Jaja Santiago and Ces Molina. De La Salle star libero Dawn Macandili and veteran Rachel Anne Daquis are the team’s reserve players.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2017

Volquez throws no-hitter, Marlins top Diamondbacks 3-0

TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer   MIAMI (AP) — Edinson Volquez's day was nearly over after three pitches. And he strongly considered leaving the game after five innings because of sharp ankle pain. A couple hours later, nothing was hurting. He stuck around — and pitched the game of his life. Volquez threw the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history, facing the minimum 27 batters on Saturday and beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0. Tied for the major league lead in losses when the game began, he struck out 10, and the two baserunners who reached on walks were erased by double plays. He needed 98 pitches, the last of those striking out Chris Owings to complete the masterpiece. 'When I passed the seventh, I said, 'I'm going to go for it,'' Volquez said. 'And I got it.' It's the first no-hitter in the majors since Jake Arrieta did it for the Cubs on April 21, 2016, at Cincinnati, and the first time Arizona was no-hit since the Marlins' Anibal Sanchez threw one on Sept. 6, 2006. Volquez (2-7) was nearly knocked out of the game after just one batter, when he collided with Diamondbacks leadoff man Rey Fuentes as he covered first, rolled his ankle and took a hard fall to the turf. 'I thought I broke my ankle,' he kidded after the game. Alas, that was the only hit the Diamondbacks got. Luckily for Volquez, body blows don't show up in the scorebook. 'I have faith in God,' Fuentes said. 'And if there was a plan for Volquez, today was his day.' The 33-year-old righty was one of the pitchers the Marlins brought in this past offseason in part to fill the void caused by the death of ace Jose Fernandez, who died in a boat crash last September. Fernandez was very much on Volquez's mind Saturday. So was Yordano Ventura, the Kansas City pitcher who was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic in January. Saturday would have been Ventura's 26th birthday. He and Volquez were not just countrymen, but close friends. 'It was special for me to dedicate the game to him,' Volquez said. Volquez's first season in Miami started about as badly as possible; the Marlins lost eight of his first nine starts and Volquez dropped his first seven decisions. Yet on this day, he was nearly perfect. 'Just a lot of things lined up,' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. 'And his stuff was really, really good.' Nick Ahmed — who broke up a no-hit bid by Milwaukee's Chase Anderson in the eighth inning one week earlier — led off the ninth for Arizona and struck out on four pitches. Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso came up, and after falling behind 2-0 in the count, Volquez stopped for a moment, composed himself with a deep breath, and eventually got the strikeout. That left it up to Owings, another pinch-hitter. Strike one. Strike two. And then came a swing and a miss at a change-up for strike three, one that got away from catcher J.T. Realmuto for a brief moment before he fired to Justin Bour at first as the Marlins swarmed the field in celebration. 'Great mentor, great leader on the team,' Realmuto said, as three workers on the field dug up the rubber for Volquez. 'It's really awesome to see a guy like that get an accomplishment like this.' It was the Marlins' first no-hitter since Henderson Alvarez pitched one against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 regular season. 'It's always a special moment,' Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. 'Something's going right.' Bour had two hits and two RBIs for the Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton scored twice and Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna both had two hits. Miami gave Volquez two insurance runs in the eighth, though they were hardly needed. Randall Delgado (1-1) gave up six hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings for Arizona. Volquez threw a one-hitter for San Diego against Houston in 2012 — the only blemish that night coming on a fourth-inning infield single by the Astros' Matt Downs. A no-no bid for Pittsburgh in 2014 snapped on a leadoff single in the seventh by Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco. The Marlins' defense came up big for him in the fourth. Dee Gordon dove left to snare a grounder by Fuentes for the first out — 'he saved the no-hitter right there,' Volquez said — and Bour tagged out Paul Goldschmidt after a throw by shortstop JT Riddle came in high. Goldschmidt was called safe at first, and it would have been an error anyway, but the play was overruled after review anyway. Volquez is the epitome of a baseball journeyman. The Marlins are his seventh franchise in his 13 big league seasons, and he came into Saturday with just a 90-86 career record. He was an All-Star in 2008, when he went 17-6 with Cincinnati. In 2015, Volquez helped Kansas City win the World Series crown and started Game 1 on the same day his father died. 'This is one of those days, you didn't know what was going to happen,' Volquez said. 'And today I had a no-hitter.' TRAINER'S ROOM Diamondbacks: Arizona rested Owings (3 for his last 22, before the appearance in the ninth) and LF Yasmany Tomas (3 for his last 25). OF Gregor Blanco (thumb) was out of the lineup for a second straight day, and the Diamondbacks said RHP Braden Shipley will start in place of RHP Taijuan Walker (blister) on Sunday. Marlins: 3B Martin Prado (hamstring) has been taking ground balls and is continuing to work his way back, with the expectation remaining that he could return within two weeks. BARK AT THE PARK Fans could bring their dogs (and many did, since barking was heard all day throughout Marlins Park by the 615 canines in attendance) to Saturday's game, part of an event designed to support the Humane Society of Greater Miami. MARLINS HISTORY Besides Alvarez, Sanchez and now Volquez, the other no-hitters for the Marlins were thrown by A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown and Al Leiter. The complete game was the first in exactly three years for Miami, ending the longest such drought in the majors; Alvarez blanked Tampa Bay 1-0 on June 3, 2014. UP NEXT Shipley (0-1, 6.75) starts for Arizona against Miami's Vance Worley (0-2, 4.50) in the series finale. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2017

Troopers take last bus ticket to semis

Philippine Army punched the last semifinals ticket after sending Instituto Estetico Manila packing, 25-16, 21-25, 25-15, 25-23, Thursday in the Premier Volleyball League men’s division playoff at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Four Troopers scored in double figures in the Army’s balanced offensive flow orchestrated by setter Timothy Tanjanlangit’s superb playmaking. The Troopers occupied the no. 4 seed in the best-of-three semis for the right to face top seed Philippine Air Force. Lemuel Arbasto showed the way for Army with 17 points including 15 coming off attacks while Romnick Rico dropped all his markers from kills for the Troopers. Tajanlangit, a standout from University of Sto. Tomas, tallied 33 excellent sets in Army’s total of 56 attack points. He scored six points, half of which came from kill blocks.   Skipper Benjaylo Labide and Jayvee Sumagaysay scored 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for Army, which was forced to play in a do-or-die showdown against the Phoenix Volley Masters after closing the elimination round with identical 2-3 slates. The Troopers begin their semis series against the Jet Spikers on Saturday. IEM failed to take advantage of the 38 free points that the Troopers gave away off errors and sustain the momentum of their second set win. Former Far Eastern University star and member of the national pool Greg Dolor was the only IEM player in double-digit with 11 points. Darryl Valenzuela and Ferdian Guanzo each had eight markers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2017

HD Spikers clinch semifinals second seed

Mark Alfafara powered Cignal to a 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, win over Sta. Elena to clinch the no. 2 semifinals seed in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference men’s division Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The former University Sto. Tomas star and member of the national pool uncorked 19 points coming off 13 attacks, three kill blocks and three aces for the HD Spikers, who closed the elimination round with a 4-1 win-loss record. Cignal tied idle Philippine Air Force but the Jet Spikers occupied the top seed in the best-of-three semifinals series because of a superior tiebreak.     Peter Torres had 12 markers, Lorenzo Capate got 11 while setter Vince Mangulabnan dished out 31 excellent sets in the HD Spikers’ 52 attack points. The two squads will meet in the semis starting Saturday. “We all know that our game versus Sta. Elena is virtually no-bearing eh. But the sa classification we are no. 2 now. So what’s important for us is our momentum and second I told my players that every game should be an improvement on our previous game,” said Cignal head coach Oliver Almadro. “Yun ang hinahabol ko. This game is a learning game for us.' The Wrecking Balls dropped to no. 3 spot with a 3-2 slate. Edward Camposano and skipper Berlin Paglinawan scored 14 points each for Sta. Elena. Air Force will face in the semis the playoff survivor between Philippine Army and Instituto Estetico Manila on Thursday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2017

Palace asks Filipinos to pray for end to terrorism as Ramadan starts - Philippine Star

Palace asks Filipinos to pray for end to terrorism as Ramadan starts - Philippine Star.....»»

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AFP: Marawi clashes part of security operation, not terrorist attack - Philippine Star

AFP: Marawi clashes part of security operation, not terrorist attack - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Duterte signs order banning smoking in public - Philippine Star

Duterte signs order banning smoking in public - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2017

Ismail, Abdilla star in Jet Spikers sweep of Troopers

Philippine Air Force banked on youthful Fauzi Ismail and veteran hitter Ranran Abdilla to turn back Philippine Army in straight sets, 25-22, 25-20, 27-25, Thursday in the men's division of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. National University standout Ismail hammered 18 points including 16 coming off spikes to lead the Jet Spikers to their second straight win in three games and a tie with idle Sta. Elena. Ismail also played big on the defensive end with eight excellent receptions. Abdilla scored 17 from 13 kills, a pair of aces and a kill block for Air Force. Jeffret Malabanan and Nino Jeruz combined for 14 markers. Army dropped its second straight game after a hot start and slid to 2-2 card. Former University of Sto. Tomas star Romnick Rico led the Troopers with 12 points while Lemuel Arbastro and John Ian Depamaylo combined for 14 markers.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2017

Power Smashers ground Jet Spikers in straight sets

The Power Smashers closed the first round of eliminations on a high note after a quick work of Philippine Air Force, 25-23, 25-20, 25-22, Thursday in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Banking on Arellano University duo of Regine Arocha and Jovielyn Prado and University of Sto. Tomas standout Dimdim Pacres, the Power Smashers snatched their first back-to-back wins in the conference for a 3-2 win-loss record. Prado hammered 13 attacks in her total of 16 points while Pacres scored all but one of her markers off kills for the Powe Smashers, who unleashed 44 attack points with only 17 errors in the 78-minute match. Arocha and another Arellano star Andrea Marzan scored 10 each.    “Medyo nu’ng last two games sabi ko nga, medyo kulang sa endurance so sabi ko kailangan mas tumaas pa kami sa laban eh,” said Power Smasher coach Nes Pamilar. The seasoned mentor added that they took advantage of their youth and athleticism to speed up the game and put pressure on the veteran crew of the Jet Spikers, who just couldn't keep up with the younger Power Smashers.  “Sinasabi ko nga na yung mga players ko ngayon, mga active players pa hanggang ngayon, mga naglalaro sa school nila,” he said. “Yung kalaban namin siyempre ang iba d’yan nagta-trabaho. Kailangan namin na mas maging mas tumagal kami sa laban.” Air Force absorbed its third straight loss in five games to remain down the cellar. May Ann Pantino had 16 points while Iari Yongco finished with 12 for the Jet Spikers.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2017

Benches cleared as Detroit beats Minnesota in feisty game

The Associated Press br /> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twins slugger Miguel Sano punched Tigers catcher James McCann in the mask Saturday during a bench-clearing scrap in the fifth inning of Detroit's 5-4 victory over Minnesota. Two innings after Tigers outfielder JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch, Detroit starter Matthew Boyd threw behind Sano, who pointed his finger toward Boyd and yelled out at the mound. McCann intervened and appeared to put his mitt in the face of Sano, who immediately took exception and let fly with a right hand. There was plenty of pushing and shoving near home plate as both benches and bullpens emptied, though there did not appear to be any other punches thrown. Sano and Boyd were both ejected. Jones took a 90 mph fastball in the mouth from Twins reliever Justin Haley in the third and left the game. The rookie center fielder was escorted to the bench bleeding from a split lip and later went to the hospital for a CT scan. Nicholas Castellanos and Justin Upton each hit a solo home run for the Tigers, who placed star slugger Miguel Cabrera (groin) on the disabled list before the game and used five relievers after Boyd was tossed. Blaine Hardy (1-0) won in relief and Francisco Rodriguez earned his sixth save in eight chances. CUBS 12, REDS 8 CINCINNATI (AP) — Willson Contreras hit his first career grand slam and Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward each added a three-run shot to power Chicago past Cincinnati. Jake Arrieta (3-0) returned to the mound where he threw his second career no-hitter last April and struggled mightily at the outset, giving up two homers in the first inning. Chicago's offense pulled him through with another homer-heavy game at Great American Ball Park. Arrieta helped with an RBI triple. Rizzo connected in the first inning against left-hander Cody Reed (1-1), who was moved into the Reds' injury-depleted rotation. Contreras hit his grand slam in the second, Reed's final inning. NATIONALS 3, METS 1 NEW YORK (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched no-hit ball into the sixth inning to win again at Citi Fieldas Washington beat New York for its sixth straight victory. Gonzalez (2-0) gave up two singles in 6 1/3 innings. The lefty improved to 9-1 lifetime on the Mets' home field. Still missing slugger Yoenis Cespedes and other injured starters, New York has lost seven of eight. Koda Glover, the fourth Washington pitcher, completed the combined two-hitter by getting the last out for his first big league save. Jacob deGrom (0-1) struck out 10 and walked six in 5 2/3 innings. He was supposed to pitch Friday night but was scratched with a stiff neck. YANKEES 11, PIRATES 5 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chris Carter drilled a three-run homer in the eighth inning off reliever Felipe Rivero to lift New York over Pittsburgh. Carter sent the first pitch he saw from Rivero (1-1) into the bullpen beyond the center field fence for his first homer with the Yankees. Starlin Castro added a three-run shot of his own and Aaron Judge hit his team-high sixth home run for New York. Ronald Torreyes had four hits and two RBIs. Dellin Betances (2-1) earned the win in relief. Andrew McCutchen hit his third home run and had a sacrifice fly for Pittsburgh. David Freese added a solo home run but the Pirates fell apart late. ATHLETICS 4, MARINERS 3 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Adam Rosales and Ryon Healy each homered in the first inning while Jharel Cotton pitched six innings of two-run ball as Oakland beat Seattle for its fifth straight win. The two hottest A's hitters quickly got to Ariel Miranda (1-2). Rosales led off with his second homer, and two batters later, Healy hit a two-run shot, his third this season. RAYS 6, ASTROS 3 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Tim Beckham's third straight hit came during a four-run sixth inning that helped carry Tampa Bay over AL West-leading Houston. Beckham, who tripled and singled in two at-bats against starter Charlie Morton (1-2), drove in a run with his single in the sixth off reliever Will Harris. Evan Longoria had a two-run double for the Rays, who have won four of five. Austin Pruitt (2-0) got the win after 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Houston took an early 2-0 lead when Evan Gattis and Jose Altuve hit their first home runs of the season off Rays starter Blake Snell. ORIOLES 4, RED SOX 2 BALTIMORE (AP) — Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop homered in succession off knuckleballer Steven Wright while Jayson Aquino won his first big league start as Baltimore beat Boston for its fourth straight victory. Aquino (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings to earn his first career victory while Mychal Givens followed with two perfect innings and Darren O'Day finished for his first save. Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the Red Sox, who were without injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia. PHILLIES 4, BRAVES 3, 10 INNINGS PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Philadelphia over Atlanta. Adonis Garcia's infield single drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th after Brandon Phillips hit a tying solo homer off Edubray Ramos with two outs in the ninth, but Philadelphia rallied against Jim Johnson (2-1). INDIANS 7, WHITE SOX 0 CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched eight innings of three-hit ball, helping Cleveland shut out Chicago for the second straight night. Carrasco (2-1) struck out eight and did not allow a runner to reach second base. Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley each hit a two-run homer and Jose Ramirez added a solo shot as the Indians won their fifth straight. CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 1 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz delivered a go-ahead homer in the seventh and Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings as St. Louis defeated Milwaukee. Diaz, who didn't start at shortstop due to back stiffness and a sore shoulder, homered leading off the seventh against reliever Carlos Torres (0-2). Lynn (2-1) gave up a run and three hits. He struck out seven and walked two. Seung Hwan Oh got his fourth save in five tries. RANGERS 2, ROYALS 1 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning as Texas topped Kansas City. Rougned Odor led off the ninth with a sharp single off Travis Wood (0-2), who didn't face another batter before Peter Moylan took over. After Odor stole second base, Andrus hit a sharp single to left field. Mike Napoli homered for the Rangers, who have won three straight for the first time this season. DIAMONDBACKS 11, DODGERS 5 PHOENIX (AP) — Yasmany Tomas homered twice and David Peralta hit a team-record four doubles to lead Arizona over Los Angeles. Chris Herrmann and Jake Lamb each hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Peralta scored three times and Tomas drove in his third run by drawing a bases-loaded walk as part of a three-run seventh inning. Kike Hernandez hit a leadoff home run for the Dodgers (8-10), who have lost five of six, while Herrmann connected off starter Kenta Maeda (1-2) in the fourth, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-2 lead. ROCKIES 12, GIANTS 3 DENVER (AP) — Antonio Senzatela got his third win in four major league starts while Trevor Story homered for the second straight night as Colorado beat San Francisco. Charlie Blackmon tripled and homered and Mark Reynolds also went deep for the Rockies, who have won five of six. Giants center fielder Denard Span left the game after crashing into the wall shoulder-first while catching Blackmon's deep drive for the final out of the second. The team said Span has a mild shoulder sprain and was scheduled for X-rays. MARLINS 6, PADRES 3, 11 INNINGS SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dee Gordon scored on his own swinging bunt in a crazy play during the 11th inning and Giancarlo Stanton homered twice as Miami beat San Diego. The Marlins went ahead 4-2 with no outs in the 11th thanks to San Diego's sloppy defense. With Justin Bour aboard on a pinch-hit single, reliever Jose Torres (1-1) fielded Gordon's dribbler and threw it away, with the ball rolling all the way into the right-field corner to allow Bour to score. Hunter Renfroe had difficulty picking up the ball, allowing Gordon to sprint home. Stanton added a two-run homer for a four-run lead. ANGELS 5, BLUE JAYS 4 ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking grand slam and Tyler Skaggs pitched into the eighth inning as Los Angeles held off Toronto. Simmons connected in the third inning off Casey Lawrence (0-2) for his second career slam, while Skaggs (1-1) gave up a run in the first but settled down to hold the Blue Jays to five hits over the next six innings. Toronto is a major league-worst 4-13. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

Marlins fall just shy of combined no-hitter in 5-0 win

The Associated Press   SEATTLE (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen and two relievers fell two outs shy of Miami's first combined no-hitter and the Marlins one-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 5-0 victory Tuesday night. The Marlins were on the verge of the sixth no-hitter in franchise history when Mitch Haniger lined a one-out double into right-center field off Kyle Barraclough. The right-hander recovered to strike out Robinson Cano and get Nelson Cruz to line out to end it. Chen (2-0) did the heavy lifting, silencing the Mariners for seven innings. He was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after throwing 100 pitches, and the bullpen sought to finish what the left-hander from Taiwan had started. Brad Ziegler got three groundouts to get through the eighth, including close plays at first base to get Leonys Martin and Jarrod Dyson, but Haniger got the better of Barraclough, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Miami got within four outs of a combined no-hitter Sunday, but the New York Mets' Neil Walker singled against Ziegler with two outs in the eighth. Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo (0-2) allowed four runs on nine hits. PHILLIES 6, METS 2, 10 INNINGS NEW YORK (AP) — Cameron Rupp drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly and Philadelphia scored four times in the 10th inning to beat struggling New York. Odubel Herrera homered early for the Phillies, who took advantage of a pivotal error by third baseman Jose Reyes and handed the Mets their fourth straight defeat. Reyes dropped a two-out popup in the eighth inning before Andres Blanco tied it at 2 with an RBI double. Luis Garcia (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for Philadelphia. With All-Star closer Jeurys Familia set to return from a domestic violence suspension Thursday, the Mets' bullpen was beaten again after Zack Wheeler pitched five solid innings. Rafael Montero (0-2) took the loss. New York's last five games have been decided in the winning team's final at-bat, including three losses at Miami last weekend. ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 2 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Andrew Triggs allowed three hits over six innings to outpitch Yu Darvish, and Oakland beat Texas. Adam Rosales hit a two-run home run and Khris Davis added a sacrifice fly as part of a four-run sixth as the A's overcame their majors-leading 17th error to snap a four-game losing streak. Triggs (3-0) gave up two unearned runs, didn't walk a batter and had five strikeouts. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run in 17 2/3 innings, an Oakland record for starting pitchers to begin a season. Darvish (1-2) faced the minimum through five, but came apart in the sixth and lost for the fourth time in six starts at the Oakland Coliseum. ROCKIES 4, DODGERS 3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story also connected and Colorado held off Los Angeles. Greg Holland gave up two runs in the ninth inning but earned his eighth save. With runners at first and second, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end it. Arenado hit a two-run homer into the left-field bleachers off Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) in the first. The slugger added his sixth of the season in the fifth. Chris Rusin (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings for Colorado. WHITE SOX 4, YANKEES 1 NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning to win a road start for the first time in two years, Leury Garcia and Avisail Garcia homered off Luis Severino, and Chicago stopped New York's eight-game winning streak. Gonzalez (2-0) allowed four hits — all infield singles — and one run in 8 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked one. He had been 0-7 in 19 road starts since a victory at Tampa Bay for Baltimore on July 25, 2015. The right-hander retired his first 12 batters before Starling Castro's infield single on a slow bouncer to shortstop leading off the fifth and threw just 88 pitches. Severino (1-1) was dominant for much of the night, throwing his fastball at up to 99 mph. He allowed just three hits in a career-high eight innings, struck out 10 and walked none. CUBS 9, BREWERS 7 CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Jon Jay added run-scoring hits in a four-run sixth inning and Chicago rallied from five down in a win over Milwaukee. Brewers slugger Eric Thames had two doubles and three hits but ended his franchise record-tying homer streak at five games. Wade Davis got his third save and the bullpen retired 15 of its final 16 batters as the Cubs snapped a four-game skid. The Brewers staked Jimmy Nelson to a 5-0 lead in the third, but the right-hander couldn't make it hold, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Reliever Jared Hughes (1-1) took the loss. Brett Anderson pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs and eight hits. Justin Grimm (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth for the win. REDS 9, ORIOLES 3 CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam Duvall hit his first career grand slam, Joey Votto had a two-run shot and Bronson Arroyo got his first win in almost three years. The 40-year-old Arroyo (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings, including Adam Jones' two-run homer in the fifth. The victory was Arroyo's first since June 15, 2014, for Arizona against the Dodgers. That was his last appearance before elbow and shoulder injuries knocked him out of action until this month. The longtime Red got his first win with Cincinnati since Sept. 22, 2013. Kevin Gausman (1-1) allowed eight runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. NATIONALS 3, BRAVES 1 ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and Washington handed Atlanta its first loss at SunTrust Park, escaping a major jam in the ninth to win. Atlanta scored a run against closer Blake Treinen and had the bases loaded with one out. But Shawn Kelley came on for his first save, getting Emilio Bonifacio to fly out to short right and striking out Chase d'Arnaud — twice, actually — to end the game. D'Arnaud clearly missed a pitch in the dirt, but the umpires gave him a second chance by inexplicably ruling it a foul tip. D'Arnaud made it a moot point, swinging and missing again. Scherzer (2-1) got an inning-ending double play to work around his only serious trouble in the fourth. The 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed only one other runner as far as second base, finishing with seven strikeouts. CARDINALS 2, PIRATES 1 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler tripled and scored, Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and St. Louis beat Pittsburgh after Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games for a banned substance earlier in the day. Seung Hwan Oh allowed three hits in the ninth but escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam for his second save. Leake (2-1) allowed seven hits and only struck out one, but he held the Pirates to a run over 6 1/3 innings. He has won nine of his last 11 decisions against the Pirates dating to Sept. 11, 2012. Chad Kuhl (1-1) gave up two runs over six innings. He allowed three hits and struck out three. RED SOX 8, BLUE JAYS 7 TORONTO (AP) — Brian Johnson earned his first major league win after being called up from the minors earlier in the day, Mookie Betts hit his first home run of the season and Boston hung on to beat the Toronto for its season-high fourth straight victory. Johnson (1-0), promoted Tuesday morning from Triple-A Pawtucket, gave up four runs and seven hits and struck out six in five innings. He lost his only other start, at Houston on July 21, 2015. Russell Martin, Justin Smoak and Ezequiel Carrera had home runs for the Blue Jays, off to a franchise-worst 2-11 start. Marcus Stroman (1-2) had his shortest outing of the season, surrendering six earned runs and 11 hits before being removed in the fourth inning with two outs. RAYS 5, TIGERS 1 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Matt Andriese outpitched Michael Fulmer, Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat Detroit. Andriese (1-0), who had lost seven of nine decisions dating to last June 25, allowed one run and four hits over six-plus innings. He retired 12 straight during one stretch. Fulmer (1-1), last season's AL Rookie of the Year, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Miguel Cabrera homered on his 34th birthday for the Tigers. GIANTS 2, ROYALS 1, 11 INNINGS KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Joe Panik hit an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning, and San Francisco beat Kansas City to begin their two-game interleague set. Nick Hundley doubled off Scott Alexander (0-1), the Royals' fifth reliever of the night, before Panik's sharp liner dropped in front of center fielder Lorenzo Cain to score the go-ahead run. Derek Law (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for San Francisco, and Mark Melancon struck out Raul Mondesi with runners on first and second in the 11th for his third save of the year. INDIANS 11, TWINS 4 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead Cleveland over Minnesota. Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a two-run triple in the sixth and struggling slugger Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the Indians. Tomlin (1-2) allowed seven hits and struck out two after entering the game with an 18.47 ERA from his first two starts. Phil Hughes (2-1) gave up six runs — four earned — and eight hits and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings for the Twins. ANGELS 5, ASTROS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning to give Los Angeles a victory over Houston and snap a six-game skid. George Springer hit his AL-leading seventh home run for the Astros, whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Angels starter Ricky Nolasco (1-2) yielded eight hits and two runs in six innings to improve to 5-0 in six career starts against the Astros. Cam Bedrosian got the last six outs for his third save. Joe Musgrove (1-1) allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings. DIAMONDBACKS 11, PADRES 2 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer, Shelby Miller pitched 7 1/3 innings of four-hit ball and Arizona routed San Diego. Miller (2-1) kept the Padres off balance Marlins fall just shy of combined no-hitter in 5-0 win  The Associated Press   SEATTLE (AP) — Wei-Yin Chen and two relievers fell two outs shy of Miami's first combined no-hitter and the Marlins one-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 5-0 victory Tuesday night. The Marlins were on the verge of the sixth no-hitter in franchise history when Mitch Haniger lined a one-out double into right-center field off Kyle Barraclough. The right-hander recovered to strike out Robinson Cano and get Nelson Cruz to line out to end it. Chen (2-0) did the heavy lifting, silencing the Mariners for seven innings. He was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after throwing 100 pitches, and the bullpen sought to finish what the left-hander from Taiwan had started. Brad Ziegler got three groundouts to get through the eighth, including close plays at first base to get Leonys Martin and Jarrod Dyson, but Haniger got the better of Barraclough, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Miami got within four outs of a combined no-hitter Sunday, but the New York Mets' Neil Walker singled against Ziegler with two outs in the eighth. Seattle starter Yovani Gallardo (0-2) allowed four runs on nine hits. PHILLIES 6, METS 2, 10 INNINGS NEW YORK (AP) — Cameron Rupp drove in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly and Philadelphia scored four times in the 10th inning to beat struggling New York. Odubel Herrera homered early for the Phillies, who took advantage of a pivotal error by third baseman Jose Reyes and handed the Mets their fourth straight defeat. Reyes dropped a two-out popup in the eighth inning before Andres Blanco tied it at 2 with an RBI double. Luis Garcia (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for Philadelphia. With All-Star closer Jeurys Familia set to return from a domestic violence suspension Thursday, the Mets' bullpen was beaten again after Zack Wheeler pitched five solid innings. Rafael Montero (0-2) took the loss. New York's last five games have been decided in the winning team's final at-bat, including three losses at Miami last weekend. ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 2 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Andrew Triggs allowed three hits over six innings to outpitch Yu Darvish, and Oakland beat Texas. Adam Rosales hit a two-run home run and Khris Davis added a sacrifice fly as part of a four-run sixth as the A's overcame their majors-leading 17th error to snap a four-game losing streak. Triggs (3-0) gave up two unearned runs, didn't walk a batter and had five strikeouts. The right-hander has not allowed an earned run in 17 2/3 innings, an Oakland record for starting pitchers to begin a season. Darvish (1-2) faced the minimum through five, but came apart in the sixth and lost for the fourth time in six starts at the Oakland Coliseum. ROCKIES 4, DODGERS 3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered twice, Trevor Story also connected and Colorado held off Los Angeles. Greg Holland gave up two runs in the ninth inning but earned his eighth save. With runners at first and second, Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end it. Arenado hit a two-run homer into the left-field bleachers off Hyun-Jin Ryu (0-3) in the first. The slugger added his sixth of the season in the fifth. Chris Rusin (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings for Colorado. WHITE SOX 4, YANKEES 1 NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning to win a road start for the first time in two years, Leury Garcia and Avisail Garcia homered off Luis Severino, and Chicago stopped New York's eight-game winning streak. Gonzalez (2-0) allowed four hits — all infield singles — and one run in 8 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked one. He had been 0-7 in 19 road starts since a victory at Tampa Bay for Baltimore on July 25, 2015. The right-hander retired his first 12 batters before Starling Castro's infield single on a slow bouncer to shortstop leading off the fifth and threw just 88 pitches. Severino (1-1) was dominant for much of the night, throwing his fastball at up to 99 mph. He allowed just three hits in a career-high eight innings, struck out 10 and walked none. CUBS 9, BREWERS 7 CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero each hit a two-run homer, Albert Almora Jr. and Jon Jay added run-scoring hits in a four-run sixth inning and Chicago rallied from five down in a win over Milwaukee. Brewers slugger Eric Thames had two doubles and three hits but ended his franchise record-tying homer streak at five games. Wade Davis got his third save and the bullpen retired 15 of its final 16 batters as the Cubs snapped a four-game skid. The Brewers staked Jimmy Nelson to a 5-0 lead in the third, but the right-hander couldn't make it hold, allowing seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. Reliever Jared Hughes (1-1) took the loss. Brett Anderson pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed six runs and eight hits. Justin Grimm (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth for the win. REDS 9, ORIOLES 3 CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam Duvall hit his first career grand slam, Joey Votto had a two-run shot and Bronson Arroyo got his first win in almost three years. The 40-year-old Arroyo (1-2) allowed three runs in five innings, including Adam Jones' two-run homer in the fifth. The victory was Arroyo's first since June 15, 2014, for Arizona against the Dodgers. That was his last appearance before elbow and shoulder injuries knocked him out of action until this month. The longtime Red got his first win with Cincinnati since Sept. 22, 2013. Kevin Gausman (1-1) allowed eight runs and eight hits over 2 2/3 innings. NATIONALS 3, BRAVES 1 ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and Washington handed Atlanta its first loss at SunTrust Park, escaping a major jam in the ninth to win. Atlanta scored a run against closer Blake Treinen and had the bases loaded with one out. But Shawn Kelley came on for his first save, getting Emilio Bonifacio to fly out to short right and striking out Chase d'Arnaud — twice, actually — to end the game. D'Arnaud clearly missed a pitch in the dirt, but the umpires gave him a second chance by inexplicably ruling it a foul tip. D'Arnaud made it a moot point, swinging and missing again. Scherzer (2-1) got an inning-ending double play to work around his only serious trouble in the fourth. The 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner allowed only one other runner as far as second base, finishing with seven strikeouts. CARDINALS 2, PIRATES 1 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler tripled and scored, Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and St. Louis beat Pittsburgh after Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games for a banned substance earlier in the day. Seung Hwan Oh allowed three hits in the ninth but escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam for his second save. Leake (2-1) allowed seven hits and only struck out one, but he held the Pirates to a run over 6 1/3 innings. He has won nine of his last 11 decisions against the Pirates dating to Sept. 11, 2012. Chad Kuhl (1-1) gave up two runs over six innings. He allowed three hits and struck out three. RED SOX 8, BLUE JAYS 7 TORONTO (AP) — Brian Johnson earned his first major league win after being called up from the minors earlier in the day, Mookie Betts hit his first home run of the season and Boston hung on to beat the Toronto for its season-high fourth straight victory. Johnson (1-0), promoted Tuesday morning from Triple-A Pawtucket, gave up four runs and seven hits and struck out six in five innings. He lost his only other start, at Houston on July 21, 2015. Russell Martin, Justin Smoak and Ezequiel Carrera had home runs for the Blue Jays, off to a franchise-worst 2-11 start. Marcus Stroman (1-2) had his shortest outing of the season, surrendering six earned runs and 11 hits before being removed in the fourth inning with two outs. RAYS 5, TIGERS 1 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Matt Andriese outpitched Michael Fulmer, Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat Detroit. Andriese (1-0), who had lost seven of nine decisions dating to last June 25, allowed one run and four hits over six-plus innings. He retired 12 straight during one stretch. Fulmer (1-1), last season's AL Rookie of the Year, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. Miguel Cabrera homered on his 34th birthday for the Tigers. GIANTS 2, ROYALS 1, 11 INNINGS KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Joe Panik hit an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning, and San Francisco beat Kansas City to begin their two-game interleague set. Nick Hundley doubled off Scott Alexander (0-1), the Royals' fifth reliever of the night, before Panik's sharp liner dropped in front of center fielder Lorenzo Cain to score the go-ahead run. Derek Law (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for San Francisco, and Mark Melancon struck out Raul Mondesi with runners on first and second in the 11th for his third save of the year. INDIANS 11, TWINS 4 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead Cleveland over Minnesota. Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a two-run triple in the sixth and struggling slugger Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the Indians. Tomlin (1-2) allowed seven hits and struck out two after entering the game with an 18.47 ERA from his first two starts. Phil Hughes (2-1) gave up six runs — four earned — and eight hits and struck out three in 3 1/3 innings for the Twins. ANGELS 5, ASTROS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning to give Los Angeles a victory over Houston and snap a six-game skid. George Springer hit his AL-leading seventh home run for the Astros, whose five-game winning streak was snapped. Angels starter Ricky Nolasco (1-2) yielded eight hits and two runs in six innings to improve to 5-0 in six career starts against the Astros. Cam Bedrosian got the last six outs for his third save. Joe Musgrove (1-1) allowed eight hits and five runs in five innings. DIAMONDBACKS 11, PADRES 2 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasmany Tomas hit a three-run homer, Shelby Miller pitched 7 1/3 innings of four-hit ball and Arizona routed San Diego. Miller (2-1) kept the Padres off balance most of the night, including four 1-2-3 innings. Miller allowed a double to Travis Jankowski leading off the eighth, struck out Christian Bethancourt and then made way for Randall Delgado. Miller struck out five and walked two. Padres starter Jarred Cosart (0-1) left after 3 2/3 innings with a strained right hamstring. San Diego lost its fifth straight game.most of the night, including four 1-2-3 innings. Miller allowed a double to Travis Jankowski leading off the eighth, struck out Christian Bethancourt and then made way for Randall Delgado. Miller struck out five and walked two. Padres starter Jarred Cosart (0-1) left after 3 2/3 innings with a strained right hamstring. San Diego lost its fifth straight game. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2017

Di pa ako nakaka-decide -- Santiago on return for Season 80

National University could lose its biggest star next season. Middle Jaja Santiago’s return is still up in the air. The Lady Bulldogs for the second straight season fell short of advancing in the Final Four after absorbing a season-ending 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 21-25, 12-15, loss Saturday at the hands of University of Sto. Tomas in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. The 6-foot-5 Santiago, who was drowning in tears after another disappointing season, revealed that she hasn’t decided yet if she’ll play her fifth year. “Still undecided po,” said the 21-year-old player. “Hindi pa po talaga ako nakaka-decide.” Santiago finished closed her fourth season with 30 points coming off 25 attacks, four aces and a kill block. She averaged in double digits and was the 11-man Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer this season.   But her efforts came into naught after another mid-season collapse of NU where they sealed their campaign with a 7-7 win-loss slate – the same finish they had last season.        Head coach Roger Gorayeb moments after their last game tendered his courtesy resignation. Santiago now sets her focus on training with the Foton Tornadoes for their campaign in the Philippine Superliga and in her participation in the national pool where members of the national team that will see action in the Asian Women’s Senior Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur will be selected.   ---          Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017