DENVER (AP) – Kyle Kendrick tossed eight sparkling innings, Ryan
Howard homered twice and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the
Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Tuesday night.
Hunter Pence doubled twice and Shane Victorino and Raul Ibanez
each singled and scored a run for the Phillies, who have won five
Kendrick (6-5) yielded four hits, struck out a career-high seven
and walked two in his longest outing in 11 starts this season. He
threw a career-high 117 pitches and didn’t allow a runner past
second base.

Cook leaves game with muscle spasms
DENVER (AP) – Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Aaron Cook left
Tuesday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies after four innings
because of muscle spasms in his neck.
Cook left after allowing four runs on five hits, striking out
two and walking one. He gave up two runs in the fourth, one on Ryan
Howard’s 22nd home run of the year to lead off the inning.
Cook was seeking his third win in a row after beginning the
season with five consecutive losses.
He began the year on the disabled list after breaking an index
finger on his pitching hand in spring training.
He made his first start June 8 in San Diego.
Reliever Edgmer Escalona replaced Cook in the fifth.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado State has signed former
Washington recruit Brent Williams to a financial aid agreement.
The defensive end has four years of eligibility, an available
redshirt year, and the option of playing immediately.
Williams had committed to play for Washington but never enrolled
as a grayshirt in January. He spent the spring at Los Angeles
Valley Community College but didn’t play football.
The Rams said Tuesday that Williams plans to study criminal
justice or kinesiology while at Colorado State.

Schleck brothers join field for Colorado race
DENVER (AP) – The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge through
the Rocky Mountains this month will feature the top three finishers
from the Tour de France. Andy and Frank Schleck will join Tour winner Cadel Evans, an Australian who races for America-based BMC, in the weeklong Colorado race. Race CEO and co-chairman Shawn Hunter says the Luxembourg brothers are listed on the Team Leopard Trek roster that was
submitted Monday, making for “a world-class field for a first-year
race.” This is the first time an American cycling race will feature the
three reigning podium finishers from the Tour de France.
The Schlecks are among the best racers in the world.
Twenty-six-year-old Andy is a three-time Tour runner-up, and
31-year-old Frank won last year’s Tour de Suisse.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks can grab sole
possession of first place in the NL West this afternoon by
completing a three-game sweep of the Giants in San Francisco. The
D-backs beat the World Series champs 6-1 last night to pull even
with the Giants atop the division standings.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Atlanta continues to lose ground to
first-place Philadelphia in the NL East race. The Braves will be
out to end a three-game skid this afternoon at Washington, where
they dropped 9-3 decision to the Nationals last night. The Phillies
blanked Colorado 5-0 for their fourth straight win and will be
looking to make it five in a row this afternoon when they take the
field in Denver.

DETROIT (AP) – The Rangers’ lead over the Angels in the AL West
race is down to one game. Texas dropped a 6-5 decision at Detroit
while L.A. defeated Minnesota 5-1.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms
with defensive lineman Ty Warren, who’d been released by the New
England Patriots on Friday. The 13th overall pick in the 2003 draft
out of Texas A&M spent all of last season on injured reserve with a
hip injury after being a regular starter for six seasons.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) – Former Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown
is the latest free agent to sign with Philadelphia. The 29-year-old
ran for 1,000 yards in 2006 and made his only Pro Bowl team in
2008. Brown is the seventh major acquisition the Eagles have made
in the past week.