DENVER (AP) – Kevin Millwood pitched seven strong innings for
his first big league win in nearly a year and Seth Smith hit a
go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, leading the Colorado Rockies
past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 to snap a string of 17 consecutive
The Rockies hadn’t won on a Sunday since beating the Chicago
Cubs 9-5 on April 17.
After falling behind on Carlos Gonzalez’s two-run homer in the
first inning, Chad Billingsley (10-10) had kept the Rockies in
check, holding them without a hit over the next five innings.
But with one out in the seventh, Jason Giambi (jee-AHM’-bee)
drew a walk, and Smith, down 0-1 in the count, followed with drive
that soared into the second deck in left center above the Rockies’
bullpen for his 14th homer of the season.
Appendectomy sidelines Rockies prospect Drew Pomeranz
DENVER (AP) – Top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz, the key
acquisition by the Colorado Rockies in the deal that sent Ubaldo
Jimenez (oo-BAHL’-doh hih-MEHN’-ehz) to Cleveland, is out
indefinitely after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.
The Rockies hoped to bring up Pomeranz, who was assigned to
Double-A Tulsa, in September. But those plans are likely on hold
after Saturday’s appendectomy, which club officials say went well.
Pomeranz only joined the Rockies last Tuesday, nearly three
weeks after the teams completed the four-player deal. Under
baseball’s rules, the Indians could not finalize Pomeranz’s
inclusion in the deal until he had been with the club a year since
signing his initial contract.
He was the fifth overall draft pick in June 2010.
The left-hander made his debut as a member of the Rockies
organization on Wednesday and threw seven scoreless innings.
Rahim Moore insists hit on Donald Jones was clean
DENVER (AP) – Safety Rahim Moore’s vicious hit on Buffalo wide
receiver Donald Jones drew outrage and shoves from the Bills and
kudos and pats on the helmet from his Denver Broncos teammates.
Moore’s hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty Saturday night and
could produce a fine if the NFL deems the hit crossed the line,
although the rookie from UCLA didn’t launch himself at his opponent
and led with his shoulder.
Jones’ head bounced off the ground and he stayed down for
several minutes before getting to his feet and heading to the
locker room. Bills coach Chan Gailey said he wasn’t seriously
Moore said he was sorry Jones got hurt but he thought it was a
If not, he said, he apologizes.
(Stations: Note the following items are from Saturday.)
Orton leads Broncos past Bills, 24-10
DENVER (AP) – Kyle Orton, who has rendered the quarterback drama
in Denver a question of who will be his backup, led the Broncos on
two touchdown drives in a 24-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills on
Brady Quinn leapfrogged Tim Tebow (TEE’-boh) as the No. 2
quarterback for this game and had a mostly solid performance,
throwing a touchdown pass but also an interception.
Tebow’s first drive went 6 yards and ended in a sack and his
second one ended in a punt.
The game was marred by an injury to Bills running back Johnny
White, who was strapped to a body board and carted off the field
after his head was driven into the grass on a clean tackle by
linebacker Mario Haggan in the third quarter.
Elsewhere in sports…
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Milwaukee looks to keep winning with a
doubleheader in Pittsburgh with the Pirates today. The Brewers have
won nine of their last ten games and have built up an eight and
a-half game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central.
HOUSTON (AP) – The San Francisco Giants placed colorful closer
Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list yesterday. He has
inflammation in his right elbow. Wilson hasn’t pitched since
blowing a save last Monday in Atlanta.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Plaxico Burress (PLEK’-sih-koh
BUR’-ihs) didn’t show any rust last night as the New York Jets beat
Cincinnati 27-7 in an exhibition NFL game. The game was his first
in nearly three years after spending time in jail.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Webb Simpson was the winner of the PGA’s
Wyndham Championship. He shot a 3-under 67 in the final round
yesterday to capture his first win on the PGA Tour.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) – Kyle Busch took the checkered flag in
yesterday’s Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. The
victory was his fourth of the season and 23rd of his career, which
is the same number of wins his brother Kurt has.