Friday, September 6, 2013
Cowgill and Williams lead Angels over Rays 6-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Collin Cowgill hit a three-run double, one of 11 hits the Los Angeles Angels got against reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price through his first 2 1-3 innings, and Jerome Williams ended a streak of eight straight losing decisions in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night.
Williams (6-10) allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings, struck out seven and walked two as the Angels earned a split of the four-game series. The right-hander was winless in his previous 13 starts with a 6.58 ERA since beating the Orioles 9-5 at Baltimore on June 12.
Price (8-7) was charged with six runs while striking out six. The three-time All-Star left-hander has lost consecutive starts for the first time since dropping three in a row from July 20-Aug. 2, 2011.
Jaguars TE Lewis misses practice again
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars could be without tight end Marcedes Lewis in the season opener against Kansas City.
Lewis missed his second consecutive day of practice Thursday. He re-injured a strained left calf Wednesday. The injury kept him out of the final three preseason games.
Lewis caught 52 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns last season, but is expected to be a bigger part of the offense in 2013.
Coach Gus Bradley doesn't want "to put him in there and have him continue to be another three weeks, another three weeks. So that will be the evaluation."
That could prompt the Jaguars to hold Lewis out on Sunday. If he doesn't play, backup Allen Reisner likely would start, and newly signed Clay Harbor and D.J. Williams could see playing time.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC-EAST CAROLINA
Carden leads East Carolina past FAU, 31-13
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Shane Carden threw two touchdown passes and East Carolina beat Florida Atlantic 31-13 on Thursday night in the Pirates' final Conference USA opener.
Carden was 17 of 25 for 191 yards for East Carolina (2-0, 1-0) against the overmatched Owls (0-2, 0-1). The Pirates are leaving Conference USA after the season for the American Athletic Conference, while the Owls are in their first season in C-USA after bolting from the Sun Belt.
Carden threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Davon Grayson in the first quarter, and connected with Justin Hardy on a 1-yarder in the second. Last week in a 52-38 victory over Old Dominion, Carden set school records with 447 yards and 46 completions and matched the TD mark with five.
Vintavious Cooper had 20 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 49 yards.
Florida Atlantic, coming off a 34-6 loss at Miami in its opener, is 4-25 in its last 29 games.
Greg Hankerson threw a 2-yard scoring pass to William Dukes with 1:03 left, and Mitch Anderson made two field goals for the Owls.
Falcons' Roddy White vows to play against Saints
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Roddy White isn't promising he'll be 100 percent for the Falcons' opener at the Saints on Sunday.
White is guaranteeing he'll be on the field — just like every game of his career.
The streak of 128 consecutive games played — every regular-season game for eight seasons — appeared to be at risk when White sprained his left ankle in Atlanta's second preseason game at Baltimore. He was held out of the Falcons' last two preseason games and finally returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.
White, also limited on Thursday, says he doesn't spend much time thinking about the fact he's never missed a game.
He says he takes a simple approach: If there is an opportunity to play, then "just play."
FLORIDA SIRE STAKES
Summer series for 2-year-olds moving to Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A summer series of six races for 2-year-olds sired by Florida stallions will move next year to Gulfstream Park from Calder Race Course.
The series, formerly the Florida Stallion Stakes, will be called the Florida Sire Stakes. It took place the past 32 years at Calder.
Ocala breeder and owner Dan Lasater created the series that has produced six Eclipse Award winners — Awesome Feather, Big Drama, Not Surprising, Holy Bull, Smile and Brave Raj.
Total purses will increase $300,000, officials said.