Perez drives in go-ahead run as KC tops Texas 2-1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Salvador Perez hit a scorching liner off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre for a single, allowing Jarrod Dyson to score the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Jason Frasor left runners on the corners in the eighth against his former team, and Aaron Crow worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his third save of the season.
All-Star closer Greg Holland was unavailable after pitching three consecutive days.
The Rangers' Derek Holland and counterpart Jeremy Guthrie pitched to a stalemate through seven innings before the Royals broke through against Michael Kirkman in the eighth.
Astros win again behind Peacock and Altuve
HOUSTON (AP) - Jose Altuve had four hits for the second straight night, Brad Peacock threw 6 1-3 solid innings and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Altuve became the first Astro to accomplish that feat since Lance Berkman did so in May of 2008. Altuve's homer in the third extended Houston's lead to 4-0 and was his sixth straight plate appearance with a hit.
Robbie Grossman had three hits, including an RBI double in the fifth and Jason Castro added two hits and two RBIs as the Astros jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the fifth.
P6eacock gave up three runs on four hits and struck out five in earning his first win since July 8 at Texas. Houston has won four of its last five.
Rangers send Scheppers to 60-day DL amid moves
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Rangers transferred right-hander Tanner Scheppers to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday and brought in several reinforcements for the final month of the season.
Right-handers Lisalverto Bonilla and Nick Tepesch and infielder Luis Sardinas were recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, while left-hander Michael Kirkman had his contract purchased from the same club. Bonilla and Kirkman have never played in the big leagues.
Right-hander Spencer Patton is scheduled to join the Rangers on Thursday when they open a series at home against Seattle. Patton also has been playing at Round Rock.
Scheppers was placed on the 15-day DL on June 11 with right elbow inflammation. He was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts and eight appearances this season.
Rangers set record for players used in MLB season
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - This was not the kind of record-setting season Rangers manager Ron Washington envisioned.
When left-hander Derek Holland took the mound against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, he became the 60th player that Texas has used this year, breaking a tie with three other teams for the most used in a single season in major league history.
The Indians and Padres each used 59 players in 2002, as did the Padres in 2008.
The Rangers also tied the record for most pitchers used with 37, shared with the 2002 Padres.
To put that into perspective, the Brewers have used 35 players total this season.
The biggest reason for the turnover has been injuries. The Rangers has used the disabled list a league-leading 26 times with 14 players currently on it.
Three years removed from back-to-back World Series appearances, Texas began the day with a 53-84 record, the fewest wins in the majors.
Houston's Carter quietly contending for HR title
HOUSTON (AP) - When strangers approach Chris Carter, he's ready for the question. He reply is usually something like: "No, I don't play for the Houston Texans."
Carter is the 6-foot-4, 250-pound designated hitter for the Astros. He has moved past early-season struggles to hit 33 homers and could become one of the most anonymous players in years to win the home run title.
Aside from Jose Altuve, who leads the majors with 189 hits, Carter has put together one of the best seasons of any Astro. Most of the team toils in relative obscurity after years of losing, but Carter is little known even by Houston standards.
Dallas rookie DE Lawrence out at least half season
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Dallas Cowboys rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least half the season after being placed on the short-term injured list because of a broken right foot.
With the anticipated move Tuesday, the second-round draft pick won't be eligible to return to practice until after the sixth game, and not able to be play until after the eighth game.
Lawrence, a second-round pick from Boise State, broke his foot early in training camp and needed surgery. He was in a one-on-one drill with Pro Bowl tackle Tyron Smith when his foot got caught as Smith pushed him to the ground.
Dallas signed defensive end Jack Crawford, cut by Oakland last week, to its active roster. Offensive tackle John Wetzel and defensive back Jemea Thomas were added to the practice squad.
Cowboys' Brent reinstated, suspended for 10 games
(AP) - Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent is being allowed to return to the NFL, though he won't play right away.
The NFL on Tuesday outlined a series of conditions Brent must meet to be eligible to play when the Cowboys return from their bye week in November. Brent retired last year and was sentenced to 180 days in jail after a trial earlier this year. A 10-year prison sentence was suspended.
The NFL says Brent will be suspended for the first 10 games of the season for his intoxication manslaughter conviction in the 2012 death of teammate Jerry Brown. Brent also can't be involved in team activities for the first six weeks and must avoid any "adverse involvement with law enforcement."
AP Source: Watt agrees to contract extension
HOUSTON (AP) - A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that star defensive end J.J. Watt has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Houston Texans.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal had not been signed. Multiple media reports said the agreement was for six years and $100 million, with $51.8 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus.
Watt had two years left on his contract that was due to pay him $1.9 million this year and just under $7 million in 2015. He expressed his desire for a new contract last month as the Texans were practicing with the Denver Broncos.
The 25-year-old Watt has emerged as one of the league's most dominant players, with 74 tackles for loss, 36½ sacks and 27 pass breakups since he joined the league as the 11th overall pick in 2011.
Baylor QB Petty plans to play with cracked bones
(AP) - Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty says he plans to play for the 10th-ranked Bears in Saturday's night game against Northwestern State despite two cracked small bones in his back.
Petty said he felt "great" Tuesday, a day after an MRI revealed the issue.
The reigning Big 12 offensive player of the year took a shot to the back on his first series of the season in a 45-0 win over SMU on Sunday night. Petty played only the first half, and was clearly in discomfort while throwing for 161 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for a score to put Baylor up 31-0.
Bears coach Art Briles said Petty won't play if he's not 100 percent. When asked about that, Petty smiled and said he'd be 100 percent.
No. 10 Baylor credited with record-tying 9th sack
WACO, Texas (AP) - That dominating Baylor defense is still getting sacks long after the season opener.
School officials sent out corrected stats Tuesday that added a record-tying ninth sack for the 10th-ranked Bears in their 45-0 win over SMU in the opener two days earlier.
Defensive tackle Beau Blackshear got the additional sack for the final play of the third quarter. That was initially ruled a team fumble for SMU and a tackle for loss. SMU quarterback Neal Burcham dropped the snap before recovering and going back to pass. Blackshear tackled him for a 12-yard loss.
A review of the game tape and the NCAA rule book confirmed that Blackshear should have also been credited with a sack. Baylor also had nine sacks in a 1983 game against UTEP.
A&M QB prefers unique nickname over Kenny Football
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Just call him Kenny Trill.
Many, including Johnny Manziel himself, started calling new Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill by the nickname Kenny Football after his record-setting 511-yard passing game in an upset of South Carolina last week.
But the sophomore quarterback says that's Manziel's thing - and he prefers Kenny Trill.
Though trill is a word to describe a vibratory sound, that's not what it means in rap culture. It's a hybrid of true and real and has long been used by Texas rapper Bun B, who calls himself Bun B Trill OG.
Hill says scores of people have approached him for pictures. They won't get them: Hill says coach Kevin Sumlin told him not to take them because "Johnny got in so much trouble over pictures."
ORU goalkeeper collects Summit League honors
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Oral Roberts University sophomore goalkeeper Ben LaCourse has been named by the Summit League as the men's soccer Defensive Player of the Week.
The league made the announcement Tuesday.
LaCourse recorded five saves and his first shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over Missouri State in double-overtime in the Golden Eagles' regular season opener Monday.
ORU will be back in action Friday as they play the first of two contests in south Texas against Houston Baptist. The Golden Eagles close the Texas trip Sunday with a showdown at Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
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