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Price wins on birthday

ARLINGTON, Texas—Edwin Encarnacion turned David Price’s 30th birthday into a party—and a win for Toronto’s new ace.

Encarnacion hit a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, boosting Price when he was pitching on his birthday for the first time in the majors and helping the Blue Jays to a 12-4 victory against the Texas Rangers last night.

Packers lose Nelson for season

The Green Bay Packers’ worst fears about the severity of receiver Jordy Nelson’s knee injury have come true.

The team said yesterday only that the star receiver suffered a “significant right knee injury” that would cost him the season.

Nelson, one of the top targets for NFL MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, was injured Sunday in a pre-season game at Pittsburgh.

Yankees back tied with Jays

NEW YORK—If the N.Y. Yankees indeed have lost CC Sabathia for the rest of the season, they might have found a reluctant leader in Nathan Eovaldi.

Eovaldi matched Scott Feldman with eight overpowering innings before Carlos Beltran had a game-winning sacrifice fly in a wild ninth to lift New York over the Houston Astros 1-0 last night.

Mets widen lead

PHILADELPHIA—David Wright’s return sparked a home run derby last night.

Wright hit a long homer on his first major-league swing in 133 days, and Wilmer Flores went deep twice, as the N.Y. Mets set a franchise record with eight long balls in a 16-7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Anthem snub nets fine

ZURICH, Switzerland—The Russian Hockey Federation was fined today over the national team snubbing Canada’s victory celebrations after the world championship final.

The sport’s governing body, IIHF, said the Russian players deliberately left the ice before Canada’s national anthem was played after a signal from captain Ilya Kovalchuk.