Rockies Rout Atlanta – MLB Roundup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A court will determine next month whether Donald Sterling was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the Los Angeles Clippers.
An attorney for Shelly Sterling went to probate court Wednesday to request a trial to confirm that she is the sole trustee and can proceed with the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Donald Sterling opposes the sale of the team and is suing the NBA for $1 billion.
Sherry Sterling's lawyer says three doctors have filed reports saying Donald Sterling lacks the mental capacity to be a trustee.
The trial will begin July 7 and last four days. The deadline for the sale is July 15.
Morales comes through for Twins...Royals top Indians
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Tigers woke up the morning of May 19 with a major league-leading 27-12 record and a seven-game lead in the American League Central. They've posted the worst record in the division since, going 6-16 while being outscored by 53 runs.
The slump continued on Wednesday as the White Sox chased Justin Verlander during a seventh-run sixth that led to an 8-2 rout of the Tigers in Chicago. Gordon Beckham hit a two-run single and Conor Gillaspie added a two-run double during the sixth-inning rally. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-ooh) hit a second-inning homer before opening the sixth with a single.
John Danks held the suddenly-toothless Tigers to two runs and six hits in seven innings to help Chicago pull into with 2 ½ games of Detroit. The White Sox were nine games back less than a month ago.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Masahiro Tanaka is 10-1 after tossing a six-hitter with nine strikeouts in the New York Yankees' 4-2 win over Seattle. Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) launched a three-run homer to back Tanaka, who blanked the Mariners until Robinson Cano's (kuh-NOHZ') two-run blast in the ninth.
— Tommy Milone (mih-LOHN') gave up a run and six hits over 6 2/3 innings of Oakland's 7-1 triumph over the Angels. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) went 3-for-5 with two RBIS and Stephen Vogt (voht) hit a two-run homer to put the A's ahead 4-1 in the sixth.
— Jayson Werth socked a solo homer and added a two-run single in Washington's fourth straight win, 6-2 in San Francisco. Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) gave up two runs in six innings for his fifth win.
— Kendrys (KEHN'-drihs) Morales supplied a three-run double that gave the Twins a 6-0 lead in the seventh inning of a 7-2 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs to back Phil Hughes, who improved to 7-2 by limiting the Blue Jays to seven hits while striking out nine in seven shutout innings.
— Wily Peralta (WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah) combined with four relievers on a five-hitter in Milwaukee's 3-1 win over the New York Mets. Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez hit RBI single to back Peralta, who limited the Mets to four hits over 6 1/3 innings.
— Tampa Bay won for just the second time in 16 games as Desmond Jennings laced a go-ahead, two-run single in the four-run fourth to lift the Rays over St. Louis 6-3. The Rays' bullpen tossed five innings of one-hit relief after Erik Bedard spotted the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
— Philadelphia beat San Diego 3-0 on Reid Brignac's (BRIHN'-yaks) three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Cole Hamels gained a no-decision after striking out 11 while allowing just five hits in eight scoreless innings.
— Yordano Ventura allowed a run and six hits in seven innings as Kansas City earned its fourth straight win, downing Cleveland 4-1.The Royals tied a team record with four sacrifice flies and became only the second team to score four runs all on sac-flies since it became an official stat in 1954.
— Wei-Yin Chen is 7-2 after allowing four hits over seven innings of Baltimore's 6-0 shutout of Boston. Chris Davis hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who allowed just one run in taking two of three from the Red Sox.
— Chris Carter smacked a pair of solo homers and Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) improved to 8-3 as Houston downed Arizona 5-1. George Springer had two hits and an RBI to support Keuchel, who gave up only a run and four hits in eight innings.
— Texas beat Miami 6-0 behind Yu Darvish, who struck out 10 and allowed six hits in his first major league complete game. Shin-Soo Choo broke a long hitless streak with a three-run double to help the Rangers stop the Marlins' record-tying 13-game winning streak in interleague play.
— Pittsburgh doubled up the Chicago Cubs 4-2 as Andrew McCutchen homered and reached base four times. The Pirates rocked Cubs starter Jason Hammel for 11 hits in five innings.
— Tyler Matzek was terrific in his major league debut, yielding just two runs and five hits in seven-plus innings of Colorado's 8-2 rout of Atlanta. Matzek retired his first 13 hitters and carried a two-hit shutout into the eighth.
— Johnny Cueto KWAY'-toh) matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in just six innings of the Reds' 5-0 shutout of the Dodgers in Cincinnati. Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) hit a two-run double and Jay Bruce belted a homer as the Reds ended the Dodgers' three-game winning streak.
UNDATED (AP) — Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright returned to St. Louis Wednesday for tests on his sore right elbow, although the team is optimistic the situation isn't serious.
Wainwright became the NL's first nine-game winner by pitching seven innings in last night's 1-0 win at Tampa Bay. Wainwright had elbow ligament replacement surgery four years ago, but Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says the discomfort was on the other side of the elbow.
In other major league news:
— Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers is going back on the disabled list because of right elbow inflammation less than a week after being activated. Scheppers is 0-1 with 9.00 ERA.
— The New York Yankees have reacquired left-hander David Huff from San Francisco in a cash deal and activated right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley from the 15-day disabled list. Yanks righty Matt Daley was optioned to Triple-A and lefty Wade LeBlanc was designated for assignment.
— Seattle has activated Logan Morrison, who hasn't played for the Mariners since April 14 because of a strained hamstring. Morrison spent the past 18 games on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma, hitting .308 with three homers.
— The Chicago White Sox have signed Olympic speedskater Eddy Alvarez to a minor league deal as an infielder. The 24-year-old Alvarez was part of the team at the Sochi Olympics that won the silver medal in the 5,000-meter relay.
— Outfielder Andres Torres has signed a minor league pact with Boston. The 36-year-old Torres played in 103 games for San Francisco last season and is a lifetime .242 hitter with 174 RBIs.