UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason berth, wrapping up their first NL West title since 2009 when they rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 yesterday behind two homers from Hanley Ramirez. Elsewhere, the Giants edged the Mets 2-1; the A's beat the Twins 8-6; and the Pirates topped the Padres 10-1.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver has been scratched from today's start for the Los Angeles Angels with tightness in his right forearm. The Angels announced yesterday that Matt Shoemaker will make his major league debut in Weaver's spot when the Angels open their final homestand against the Seattle Mariners. Weaver is expected to miss only one turn in the rotation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 30 points and the Phoenix Mercury rallied in the second half to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 86-75 last night in the opener of their Western Conference semifinal series. Candice Dupree added 16 points and DeWanna Bonner had 13 for the Mercury, which snapped the Sparks' six-game home winning streak. Game 2 in the best-of-3 series is Saturday at Phoenix.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Atlanta and Indianapolis are among six cities being considered as sites for the 2016 U.S. Olympic diving trials. USA Diving says the short list of cities bidding to host the meet that will determine the team for the Rio Games. Also under consideration: Minneapolis; Greensboro, N.C.; Riverside, Calif.; and Tucson, Ariz. The winner is set to be revealed Dec. 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oracle Team USA remains alive in an America's Cup that continues to plod along because of a convergence of wind, tide and safety concerns. Jimmy Spithill and defending champion Oracle Team USA sped around San Francisco Bay to win Race 12 by 31 seconds yesterday and keep Emirates Team New Zealand from winning the America's Cup.