KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Danny Duffy and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, helping the Kansas City Royals hold off the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night. Duffy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and retired the first two batters before walking DJ LeMahieu and allowing a homer to Nolan Arenado.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos’ battered defensive front got a big boost Tuesday with the return of pass rusher Shaq Barrett from a hip injury that had sidelined him since the spring. Barrett participated in individual drills after being moved from the non-football injury list to the active roster.


CLEVELAND (AP) – Indians ace Corey Kluber, who is 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA at home this season, faces Boston in a matchup of division leaders. Drew Pomeranz pitches for the Red Sox – the left-hander was forced to leave his last start in the fourth inning with back spasms.

HOUSTON (AP) – NL East-leading Washington is once again making things tough on the Astros. The Nationals beat Houston for the ninth straight time last night, a winning streak that dates to 2012. Edwin Jackson will try to help the Nats make it 10 in a row when he starts on the road vs. Mike Fiers and the AL West leaders.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The NAACP wants a meeting with the NFL commissioner to discuss the fate of Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk). He’s the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refused to stand for the national anthem – kneeling as a protest against police brutality. He once took his team to the Super Bowl, but he’s a free agent now, and no club has signed him. The NAACP says in a letter to the football commissioner, Roger Goodell, that it’s apparently “no sheer coincidence” that Kaepernick hasn’t been picked up.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State backup quarterback Joe Burrow will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking his throwing hand in practice. An Ohio State spokesman says Burrow, a redshirt sophomore, had surgery after breaking a bone in his right hand during practice on Monday. Burrow backed up J.T. Barrett last season and was competing for the job with Dwayne Haskins in preseason camp.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) – Billy Payne is retiring as chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters after 11 years of substantial change that included the club inviting female members and supporting the game’s growth with two international amateur tournaments. Payne officially retires Oct. 16 when the club opens for a new season. He will be succeeded by Fred Ridley, a former USGA president and U.S. Amateur champion.