Reddick's big day lifts Astros over Athletics 12-9
OAKLAND (AP) — Josh Reddick homered and scored four runs, Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez each went deep and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 12-9 on Thursday.
The major league-leading Astros completed a four-game sweep with their 10th straight victory in Oakland and their 15th win in 16 games against the A's overall. They've won 12 of their last 14 road games. Their 27-8 record away from home is the best in the majors.
Reddick also doubled, tripled and drew a walk, and Marisnick and Gonzalez each drove in three runs.
David Paulino (2-0) struck out six and gave up three runs, seven hits and two walks. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander struck out five of his first six batters in his sixth career start.
Astros center fielder George Springer left with a left hand contusion after being struck by a fastball from Jesse Hahn (3-5) leading off the game. The ball also grazed Springer's left shoulder. Springer is tied for second in the AL with 21 home runs. His status is day-to-day.
PGA Tour to start blood testing next season
The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy by adding blood testing and bringing its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association.
The revised policy takes effect in October, at the start of next season.
Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but cannot be detected through urine. However, the tour still plans to use urine samples for the majority of its drug testing next season.
"Urine is the far more efficient testing method of 98 percent-plus of what we're looking for," said Andy Levinson, the tour's senior vice president of tournament administration, who oversees the anti-doping policy. "Really, one of the few things only detectable in blood is HGH."
Levinson said blood testing also detects substances that are common in more high-endurance sports, such as cycling, but that the tour doesn't see them as applicable to a sport like golf.
"For that reason, urine will be the predominant method of testing," he said.
Under the revised policy, the tour is adding to its banned list three categories of substances that WADA already prohibits — asthma medications, allergy and anti-inflammatory medications, and pseudoephedrine over a certain threshold.
He said the process for therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) involving some of those additional substances would be adjusted to make the response time quicker.
Reliever Huston Street activated by Los Angeles Angels
NEW YORK (AP) — Reliever Huston Street has been activated by the Los Angeles Angels after recovering from a strained latissimus dorsi muscle in his back that had sidelined him since spring training.
The 33-year-old right-hander allowed one hit over 1 1/3 innings for Triple-A Salt Lake in a rehab outing on Monday.
Los Angeles opened a roster spot by optioning right-hander Mike Morin to the Bees on Thursday.