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Last Update on July 25, 2014 01:00 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh) more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 rout of the Houston Astros.

Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have the best record in baseball at 63-38. The A's are a season-best 25 games over .500.

Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star Break.

Samardzija is 2-1 with the Athletics since coming over from the Chicago Cubs. He gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) and then retired 10 straight before Carter's 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Scott Feldman took the loss, lasting 5 1/3 innings. He's 4-8.

In action around the majors:

-- Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Toronto shutout the Red Sox 8-0. Shane Victorino's bloop single to lead off the seventh broke up the no-hit bid and was the only hit for Boston. Juan Francisco had the big day at the plate with four runs batted in. Stroman struck out seven and walked two in seven innings of work. The rookie right-hander improved to 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.

-- Brandon McCarthy delivered another strong pitching performance in the Yankees 4-2 win over Texas. He gave up a run on four hits in six solid innings to improve to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA since being acquired from Arizona earlier this month. Fellow newcomer Chase Headley provided an RBI single in New York's sixth win in seven games.

-- Chase Utley's tie-breaking single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Philadelphia edge San Francisco 2-1. The win helped the Phillies avoid a four-game sweep at home. The NL West-leading Giants completed a 5-2 road trip.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have reacquired first baseman Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales spent under seven weeks with the Twins, who signed him to boost their lineup as a designated hitter but used him often at first base with Joe Mauer (MAW'-ur) injured. Morales hit .234 in 39 games with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs.

In other baseball news:

-- Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife. Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- Running back Ray Rice of the Ravens has received a two-game suspension from the NFL following his offseason arrest for domestic violence. Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rice was arrested following an altercation in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer.


EDMOND, Okla. (AP) -- The threat of being cut hasn't served as a deterrent for suspended Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon. He was arrested in the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on a complaint of marijuana possession.

Police spokeswoman Jenny Monroe says an officer detected a "heavy smell of marijuana" coming from the car, and that Blackmon admitted he had smoked "a blunt" while driving and had another in his vehicle.

Blackmon is suspended without pay indefinitely for repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Owner Shad Khan says Blackmon will remain on the roster despite his latest arrest.


FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a new four-year contract with receiver Roddy White. He holds the team records for career receptions and yards receiving. White battled ankle and hamstring injuries last season that kept him out of three games.


CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who is recovering from cancer treatments, will participate in the coin toss at the Hall of Fame game on Aug. 3. The Hall of Famer will represent Buffalo as an honorary captain, while former linebacker Harry Carson will be the New York Giants' honorary captain when the teams face off in the first NFL preseason game.

Kelly, inducted into the hall in 2002, completed radiation and chemotherapy sessions in May to treat sinus cancer, which spread from his jaw.


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation says. The study identified at least three potential stadium sites, two in Toronto and another in the suburb of Mississauga, the person told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because Bon Jovi and his partners, Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family, have not publicly revealed details of their plans to purchase the team.

Andy Bergmann, responsible for overseeing the Bon Jovi group's stadium plans, confirmed in an email to the AP that his company has conducted stadium studies, "but nothing related to any specific site." The studies included sites in Western New York and Southern Ontario.


MONTREAL (AP) -- The Montreal Canadiens has avoided arbitration with center Lars Eller, agreeing to a four-year contract with the 25-year-old. Eller has 45 goals and 103 points in 286 games.

He was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Friday. Eller reportedly asked for $3.1 million for next season while the team offered $1.65 million.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.

The Los Angeles Clippers star was one of 19 players selected to the roster from which the World Cup team will be chosen. But Griffin says he's putting all his offseason energy into preparing for the upcoming NBA season.


MONTREAL (AP) -- Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic (peh-TROH'-vihk) both shot 6-under 64 to grab the lead after the first round of the Canadian Open. Kyle Stanley and amateur Taylor Pendrith is a shot back. Charl Schwartzel (SHAR'-uhl SHWORTS'-uhl) is among 11 players two shots off the lead.


OWINGS MILLS, Maryland (AP) -- Yani Tseng's birdie putt on the 18th hole gave Taiwan a sweep of the Americans in the opening round of the LPGA International Crown.

The U.S. team of Stacy Lewis, Paula Creamer (KREE'-mur), Lexi Thompson and Cristie Kerr was the only one of the eight teams to not earn a point on day one.

The Americans will take on Spain on Friday.


PORTHCAWL, Wales (AP) -- Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to lead after the first round of the British Senior Open. Langer holds a two-shot lead over Bob Tway. Fred Couples had a par-71 while Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie finished with a 1-over 72. Tom Watson opened with a 3-over 74.


Last Update on July 24, 2014 19:03 GMT

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