Former MLB outfielder Lenny Dykstra was indicted by a New
Jersey grand jury Wednesday on counts of cocaine possession Thurman
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, methamphetamine possession and making terroristic
threats.TMZ Sports reported the three charges are related to a May arrest for
allegedly threatening an Uber driver and that each carries a potential sentence
of three to five years in prison if he's convicted.The driver alleged Dykstra
pulled out a gun and pointed it at his head after he refused to change the
destination of the trip, per TMZ. Although police didn't find a firearm upon
arriving at the scene, they did find him in possession of cocaine, marijuana and
MDMA.Matthew Blit, the 55-year-old's attorney, provided a statement to TMZ
following Wednesday's indictment."A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich," he
said. "The evidence in this case overwhelmingly confirms Lenny is
innocent."Dykstra spent 12 seasons in MLB split between the New York Mets and
Philadelphia Phillies. He earned three All-Star Game selections and won the 1986
World Series with the Mets.In May 2012, he received a three-year prison sentence
for grand theft auto and filing a false financial statement. He was also
sentenced to six-and-a-half months in prison for hiding items, including
baseball memorabilia, that were supposed to become part of his bankruptcy
filing.He was released from prison in June 2013. PHILADELPHIA (AP) —
Pinch-running pitcher Vince Velasquez was called out for leaving second base
early while tagging up, resulting in a game-ending double play that gave the
Washington Nationals a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.After
Aaron Nola outpitched Max Scherzer for the second time in six days in a matchup
of NL Cy Young Award contenders, the Phillies watched Washington rally for three
runs in the ninth to take a 5-3 lead.Ramos got Philadelphia within a run with a
pinch-hit double in the ninth, and Velasquez pinch-ran for the catcher. Greg
Holland relieved and retired Jorge Alfaro on a flyball to center, with Velasquez
moving to third as the potential tying run.But the Nationals appealed that
Velasquez left too soon, and he was called out. A replay upheld the
ruling.Anthony Rendon hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Pat Neshek (1-1) in the
Nationals ninth. The Nationals trailed 3-2 when Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk
from Tommy Hunter. Neshek surrendered Rendon’s 17th homer, and Washington added
another run on an error after Ryan Zimmerman hit his third double of the
game.RED SOX 8, MARLINS 7BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez scored when Marlins
shortstop JT Riddle threw away a potential double-play ball in the ninth inning,
lifting the Boston Red Sox over Miami following a wild, back-and-forth final two
innings.Boston snapped a three-game skid and avoided its first four-game losing
streak of the season — barely.Miami scored five runs in the eighth inning to
lead 6-4, allowed three runs to Boston in the bottom of the inning, then tied
the game at 7 in the top of the ninth against closer Craig Kimbrel (4-1).In the
bottom of the inning, Martinez reached on a one-out single and went to second on
Xander Bogaerts‘ hit. Eduardo Nunez followed with a grounder to Riddle, who
stepped on second but sailed his throw well past first baseman J.T. Realmuto.
Drew Steckenrider (4-3) was stuck with the loss.ATHLETICS 4, ASTROS 3HOUSTON
(AP) — Nick Martini hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the
Athletics defeated Houston, snapping the Astros‘ six-game winning streak.The A’s
moved within 1 ½ games of the AL West-leading Astros.Ramon Laureano drew a
one-out walk from Roberto Osuna (1-2) ,
Jonathan Lucroy singled and Martini followed with his double.Jeurys Familia
(8-4) pitched a scoreless eighth. Blake Treinen worked a perfect ninth for his
33rd save.Alex Bregman’s two-out, two-run double in the Houston fifth off Edwin
Jackson made it 3-all.BRAVES 9, RAYS 5ATLANTA (AP) — Pinch-runner Adam Duvall
scored the tiebreaking run on a delayed dash from third base in Atlanta’s
four-run eighth inning, and the Braves beat Tampa Bay to snap the Rays’
eight-game winning streak.Chaz Roe (1-3) walked Kurt Suzuki to open the eighth.
Suzuki advanced to third on Ozzie Albies’ third hit, a double to the right-field
corner.Duvall, running for Suzuki, initially remained at third base on Dansby
Swanson’s groundout to second. When first baseman Jake Bauers looked to possibly
throw to second, where Albies was standing off the bag, Duvall took off in a
desperate sprint for the plate.Home plate umpire Chad Fairchild called Duvall
safe on his slide under the tag of catcher Michael Perez, beating Bauers’ throw
to the plate. A video review lasting 1 minute, 45 seconds, confirmed the
call.Pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers, who agreed to a contract extension earlier in
the day, followed with a two-run homer that landed in the Rays’ bullpen behind
the left-field wall. Ender Inciarte, who drove in two runs on four hits, added
another homer to center off Andrew Kittredge.Brad Brach (2-3) recorded the final
out in the eighth. The Rays loaded the bases off A.J. Minter with two outs in
the ninth. Willy Adames‘ groundout ended the game, and first-place Atlanta moved
4½ games ahead of Philadelphia in the NL East.YANKEES 5, WHITE SOX 4NEW YORK
(AP) — Pinch-hitter Neil Walker connected for a solo home run in the bottom of
the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees rallied from a four-run deficit to
defeat the Chicago White Sox.Aaron Hicks hit a tying homer in the eighth and
rookie Miguel Andujar also had a two-run shot to help the injury-depleted
Yankees win for the ninth time in 11 games. With the second-best record in the
majors, they began the night 6½ games behind first-place Boston in the AL
East.Walker batted for Ronald Torreyes with one out and launched the first pitch
he saw from Dylan Covey (4-12) way over the right-center wall for his ninth home
run of the season. As he neared home plate, Walker tossed his helmet high in the
air and was swarmed by teammates.Dellin Betances (4-3) struck out two in a
perfect ninth.ORIOLES 12, BLUE JAYS 5BALTIMORE (AP) — Josh Rogers won his major
league debut, Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer and the Orioles rolled over the
Blue Jays.Rogers, acquired from the Yankees for closer Zach Britton in July,
allowed three runs and seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk over five
innings. He was the first left-handed pitcher to start a game for Baltimore this
season.Craig Gentry went 3 for 5 with his first home run and three RBIs for the
Orioles, who won consecutive games for the first time this month.Trey Mancini
added a double and a triple Don Larsen
, while Adam Jones tied a career high with four hits.Blue
Jays rookie left-hander Thomas Pannone (1-1) blanked the Orioles over seven
innings last Wednesday to win his first major league start. This time, Pannone
struggled, allowing seven runs and nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.INDIANS 8, TWINS
1CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco struck out 11 and withstood another scary
Minnesota line drive, pitching the Indians past the Twins.Francisco Lindor
matched a career high with four hits while Jose Ramirez drove in three runs for
the AL Central leaders.Carrasco (16-7) allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He is
tied for second in the majors in wins, one behind Luis Severino of the
Yankees.In the fifth, Carrasco was hit in the glove by Ehire Adrianza’s liner.
The force of the blow knocked Carrasco to the ground, but the right-hander
immediately got to his feet. The ball rolled toward second baseman Jason Kipnis,
who had no play at first.Indians manager Terry Francona and a team trainer went
to the mound, and Carrasco signaled he wasn’t injured. The pitcher smiled as the
trainer wiped dirt off his left hand and wrist with a towel.Kyle Gibson (7-11)
allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings.ROYALS 6, TIGERS 2KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) —
Jakob Junis held scuffling Detroit to six hits in his first career complete
game, Adalberto Mondesi homered to spur a five-run frame and the Royals beat the
Tigers.The only runs Junis (7-12) allowed came in the third, when Jeimer
Candelario managed a sacrifice fly, and the eighth, when JaCoby Jones went deep.
Otherwise, the Royals’ young right-hander was brisk and efficient, striking out
seven without a walk to win for only the second time since May 18.Junis had
never thrown a complete game in the minors, either.Matthew Boyd (8-12) took the
loss.REDS 9, BREWERS 7CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Peraza started Junior Guerra’s
rough outing with a two-run homer, and the Cincinnati Reds withstood Christian
Yelich’s first multihomer game.Since trailing the Cubs by a game on Aug. 4,
Milwaukee has gone 8-11 and slid to third in the NL Central.The Reds ended a
five-game losing streak by taking advantage of Guerra (6-9), who gave up six
runs and faced only 13 batters in his shortest outing of the season. Peraza had
two of his four hits off Guerra, who threw 45 pitches.Peraza homered and Guerra
let in another run with a wild pitch during a nine-batter first inning. Guerra
left with the bases loaded and one out in the second. He hasn’t won since July
8, going 0-4 in his last eight starts. Guerra has pitched four innings or less
in half of those games.Anthony DeSclafani (7-4) gave up four runs in 6 2/3
innings, including Yelich’s solo homer. Yelich added a three-run shot in the
seventh off Jared Hughes. Yelich has 10 homers in August and a career-high 25
overall.DODGERS 8 ,
RANGERS 4ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Manny Machado drove in four runs, Brian Dozier
hit his 20th homer of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Rangers
for their fourth win in a row.Machado’s four RBIs were the most in his 36 games
for the Dodgers since being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles last month. The
shortstop put Los Angeles ahead to stay with a two-run single in the third, then
added a sac fly in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. He has nine RBIs
the past three games.Dozier, another midseason addition, had a solo shot for his
fourth homer in 24 games since joining the Dodgers from Minnesota. He also had
an RBI single.Caleb Ferguson (5-2) went 1 1/3 innings as the first of four
relievers with scoreless outings before struggling closer Kenley Jansen came on
with an 8-2 lead and allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth.Texas rookie
Ariel Jurado (2-4) gave up three runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings.CARDINALS
5, PIRATES 2ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill homered, rookie
Jack Flaherty pitched seven innings and the Cardinals beat the Pirates in Mike
Shildt’s first game since being promoted to full-time manager.The Cardinals have
won six of seven and are 20-5 in August. Earlier in the day, St. Louis took off
the interim tag on Shildt, who was put in charge after Mike Matheny was fired
last month a day before the All-Star break.St. Louis is 27-12 under Shildt. He
was rewarded with a contract through 2020 after guiding the Cards back into
playoff contention.The Pirates have lost eight of 10.Flaherty (8-6) retired his
first 12 batters and gave up one run and four hits. He has allowed only 14 hits
and three runs in 32 innings, walking nine and striking out 38 batters in his
last five starts.Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 32
opportunities.Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first off Ivan Nova
(8-8).ROCKIES 3, ANGELS 2ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run
homer in the first inning and the Rockies beat the Angels to split their
series.Kyle Freeland (12-7) allowed one run and five hits in six innings. The
left-hander struck out six and walked two in his first career start against the
Angels.Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth to earn his NL-leading 36th
save, extending his career high.The Angels stranded a runner in each of the
first six innings. They have lost nine of 10.Noe Ramirez (4-5) became the first
player in Angels’ history to earn a save one day and start the next day’s
game.PADRES 2, MARINERS 1SAN DIEGO (AP) — Travis Jankowski homered on Felix
Hernandez’s first pitch and rookie Jacob Nix came within two outs of a complete
game in his fourth big league start for the Padres, who beat the Mariners.The
Padres, who have the worst record in the NL, snapped a five-game losing streak
and won for just the second time in seven games.Nix (2-2) retired Jean Segura to
open the ninth before Nelson Cruz homered to center field on Nix’s 79th pitch.
It was Cruz’s 32nd. That was it for Nix, who allowed eight hits and no walks. He
had no strikeouts. Kirby Yates came on to get the final two outs for his sixth
save.Hernandez (8-12) pitched well but lost his sixth straight decision over
eight starts.GIANTS 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Gorkys
Hernandez singled home the winning run with one out in the ninth inning, lifting
the Giants to a win against the Diamondbacks.Steven Duggar scored the deciding
run moments after what looked like a potentially serious injury. Duggar stayed
in the game after making a headfirst slide back into second on Nick Hundley’s
single after he initially rounded second. Duggar was seen testing his bruised
left shoulder, which will be re-evaluated Wednesday.Arizona fell into a
first-place tie with Colorado atop the NL West. Going back to Sunday’s 5-2 win
against Seattle, the Diamondbacks have gone 23 innings without scoring — shut
out by the Giants for a second straight game and for the seventh time in all
this year.Brad Ziegler (1-6) walked Duggar with one out, taking the loss for his
first decision since returning to the Diamondbacks in a trade from Miami before
the deadline.Will Smith (2-2) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the win.
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