NEW ORLEANS—Brian Hoyer led scoring drives on two of his first three series since being named Houston’s starting quarterback, and the Texans went on to a 27-13 preseason victory over the New Orleans Saints yesterday.
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ARLINGTON, Texas—Jose Bautista charged hard and reached down. Toronto’s right fielder quickly realized that the ball went under his glove and was rolling toward the warning track.
PHOENIX—Brandon Moss hit his first home run with St. Louis and Tony Cruz hit his first of the season, leading the Cardinals to a 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night to complete a four-game sweep.
It was the Cardinals’ fifth straight win overall and they finished 7-0 against the Diamondbacks this season.
HAMILTON, Ont.—The Montreal Alouettes defence has sent a message.
“I think we’re the best defence in the league,” said cornerback Jonathan Hefney after Montreal beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 26-23 last night—handing them their first-ever loss at Tim Hortons Field.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO—Jake Peavy considers himself a No. 1 starter regardless of when he pitches in San Francisco’s rotation. All he cares about is delivering every fifth day, especially as September approaches with the World Series champion Giants in another tight playoff chase.
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.
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.
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.
IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died Monday night from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
IndyCar made the announcement at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.