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Duffy (6-8) struck out four and walked three while yielding five singles as Kansas City won for just the third time in its last 16 games.

Updated: 21-07-2018 10:39 IST
Current sports news briefs

Duffy (6-8) struck out four and walked three while yielding five singles as Kansas City won for just the third time in its last 16 games. (Image Credit: Flickr)

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Dietrich homers twice as Marlins hold off Rays, 6-5

Derek Dietrich pulled two homers to right field and piled up four RBIs to lead the visiting Miami Marlins to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night. Tampa Bay rallied in the bottom of the ninth on a one-out, three-run triple by Mallex Smith against reliever Drew Steckenrider, who had just entered the game.

Diaz's fourth hit sends Jays past O's in 10th

Aledmys Diaz had four hits, including the game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles 8-7 on Friday night. After the Orioles tied the game with a three-run ninth, the Blue Jays won the game in the 10th against rookie left-hander Paul Fry (0-1).

Trump wants suspensions for NFL players who kneel during anthem

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that National Football League (NFL) players who do not stand for the national anthem should be suspended for the season without pay. The comments come a day after the NFL and the union representing its players said they were working on a resolution to the league's national anthem policy.

Mariners GM Dipoto: Cano could play 1B upon return

Robinson Cano's return to the Seattle Mariners' lineup when he becomes eligible Aug. 14 may include a change of position, according to general manager Jerry Dipoto. Without their everyday second baseman in the lineup, the Mariners have turned to Dee Gordon at second. Gordon isn't likely to relinquish that spot even when Cano returns in mid-August, meaning the Mariners might shift Cano to first in order to get his bat in a lineup that desperately needs more pop.

Duffy goes seven strong as Royals hold off Twins, 6-5

Lucas Duda homered and had three hits and three RBIs and Danny Duffy gave up just one run and five hits over seven innings as the Kansas City Royals held on for a 6-5 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. Duffy (6-8) struck out four and walked three while yielding five singles as Kansas City won for just the third time in its last 16 games.

Freeman, Braves rough up Strasburg, beat Nats 8-5

Freddie Freeman drove in three runs while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Charlie Culberson both homered as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Washington Nationals 8-5 in the first game of the second half of the season Friday night at Nationals Park. Freeman (2-for-5) knocked in one run on a grounder and two more on a double. Culberson pinch-hit for Ozzie Albies in the third -- Atlanta took him out as a precaution due to right hamstring tightness -- and later hit a solo homer.

Price, Red Sox shut out Tigers, 1-0

David Price and three relievers silenced the Detroit Tigers, and the visiting Boston Red Sox made a first-inning run stand up in a 1-0 squeaker on Friday night. Price (11-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five in 6 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

NBA notebook: Lakers reportedly sign F Beasley

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign free agent forward Michael Beasley to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, according to multiple reports Friday. Beasley, 29, spent last year with the New York Knicks, averaging 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Those were his highest marks since the 2010-11 campaign, and he managed them in 22.3 minutes per game while appearing in 74 contests (30 starts). Beasley also shot 39.5 percent from 3-point range last season.

NFL notebook: Trump criticizes NFL's anthem policy in tweet

A day after the NFL's national anthem protest controversy resurfaced in the news, Trump tweeted on the subject, criticizing the league's revised policy, calling out commissioner Roger Goodell and suggesting potential punishments for those who kneel. "The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can't believe it!" Trump tweeted. "Isn't it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!"

Carpenter crushes three homers, Cardinals rout Cubs

Matt Carpenter hit three home runs and drove in seven runs to back five strong innings of pitching from Jack Flaherty as the St. Louis Cardinals powered their way past the host Chicago Cubs 18-5 on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Carpenter also slugged two doubles as part of his 5-for-5 performance, becoming the second player ever to hit three homers and two doubles in the same game. The Cubs' Kris Bryant first accomplished the feat in 2016.

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