SPORTS DIGEST || Late homer lifts Yanks over Scrappers

Late homer lifts Yanks over Scrappers


Timmy Robinson's eighth-inning homer lifted the Staten Island Yankees to Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field.

The Scrappers saw an early lead disappear thanks in large part to a throwing error.

Today at 4:05 p.m., the Yankees will try to sweep the Scrappers in their three-game series.

Nolan Jones triple in the third inning scored Jason Rodriguez and Ernie Clement for a 2-0 lead for the Scrappers.

The Yankees tied the game in the sixth inning. After Kyle Higashioka doubled, Jason Lopez walked. With two outs, Higashioka scored on a wild throw and Lopez came home on Kendall Coleman's single.

Eli Morgan started and took a no decision in three innings of work. He allowed just one hit and walked one while striking out six.

Randy Valladares followed with two innings of relief. Valladares allowed two hits and struck out three. Ping-Hsueh Chen went one inning in relief. He allowed two unearned runs on two hits. Chen walked one and struck out one.

Kyle Nelson (1-1) took the loss in two innings of work. Nelson allowed one run on one hit. He struck out four.

Meram's goal helps crew douse Fire


Justin Meram scored in the 73rd minute to help the Columbus Crew beat the Chicago Fire 3-1 on Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Meram, with the outside of his right foot, tapped home a cross by Waylon Francis to give Columbus (11-12-2) its first lead. Wil Trapp perfectly placed a long, arcing pass down the left side to Francis, who fed Meram at the top of the 6-yard box for the finish.

Michael de Leeuw gave the Fire a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute, but Kekuta Manneh chipped a loose ball over the sliding Matt Lampson to tie it in the 18th. Ola Kamara capped the scoring in the 88th minute, converting from the spot after drawing a penalty on Lampson, who came well off his line to challenge Kamara on a breakaway.

Chicago (12-6-5) has lost three of its last four after an 11-match unbeaten streak.

Marlins confirm bid to purchase team


Miami Marlins president David Samson says a signed $1.2 billion agreement has been submitted to Major League Baseball to sell the franchise to a group that includes former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, and the team expects to close on the deal in early October.

The MLB ownership committee will review the transaction Wednesday at an owners’ meeting in Chicago, Samson said Saturday. He anticipates major league owners will approve the deal in September, and closing will take place shortly after the end of the regular season.

Jeter plans be a limited partner in the group led by venture capitalist Bruce Sherman, who will be the controlling owner. Jeter, a 14-time All-Star shortstop, will be in charge of the business and baseball operations, Samson said.

At least 75 percent of the major league clubs must approve the sale by Jeffrey Loria, who has owned the team since 2002.

Red Wings eye suit against nationalists


The Detroit Red Wings are considering legal action to stop white nationalists from using their logo as part of a “disturbing” rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The team said in a statement Saturday it “vehemently” disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally.

The Red Wings say they are “exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.” The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country.

The Red Wings said their statement would be their only comment on the matter.

Staff/wire report

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