Athletics throw another shutout
BALTIMORE, July 14 (UPI) -- Barry Zito tossed seven scoreless innings and Miguel Tejada belted a three-run home run Saturday night as the Oakland Athletics blanked the Orioles for the second consecutive game, 6-0.
Zito (12-3) scattered three hits with three walks and three strikeouts to improve to 11-1 since May 5. In his 20 starts this season, the 24-year-old lefthander has allowed two runs or less 12 times and six hits or less 14 times while lasting six or more innings on 17 occasions.
Over the first three games of the four-game series, the Orioles have failed to score a run against Oakland's big three of Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson as all three pitched seven scoreless frames. Baltimore's only run of the set came off reliever Jim Mecir in the eighth inning of Thursday's 4-1 loss.
Tejada was the hitting star for Oakland for the second straight night, belting a 1-0 offering into the left field seats for his first homer since June 21 at Cincinnati, a span of 19 games. The 26-year-old All-Star shortstop drove in the only run of Friday's 1-0 triumph with a first-inning single.
Other American League results: Toronto 4, Boston 1; Tampa Bay 4, Seattle 3 in 10 innings; Kansas City 4, Anaheim 0; New York 14, Cleveland 5; Texas 8, Minnesota 1. Detroit swept a double header from Chicago, 5-3 and 3-1. It was the first sweep of a twin bill for the Tigers in nine years.
Diamondbacks grab first place
LOS ANGELES, July 14 (UPI) -- David Dellucci homered and knocked in three runs to spark a big day by the bottom of the order Saturday as the Arizona Diamondbacks overtook the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West with a 7-5 victory.
The defending World Series champion Diamondbacks have won the first three of the four-game series against the Dodgers, moving a half game ahead in the division.
Brian Anderson (5-7) battled through seven innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. The lefthander walked one and struck out two en route to his third straight win.
Matt Mantei and Mike Myers combined for a scoreless inning before Byung-Hun Kim worked out of trouble in the ninth for his third save of the series and 25th of the season.
Other National League results: Philadelphia 7, New York 6 in 12 innings; Houston 2, Cincinnati 1; San Francisco 6, Colorado 1; Chicago 9, Florida 2; Montreal 6, Atlanta 3; Pittsburgh 5, Milwaukee 3.
Armstrong falls, loses time
AVRANCHES, France, July 14 (UPI) -- Australian Brad McGee won Saturday's stage of the Tour de France, an achievement overshadowed by a fall suffered by three-time defending champion Lance Armstrong that caused him to lose 27 seconds to the leaders.
Although the mishap is not expected to impact Armstrong's bid to win the world's most famous cycling race, it was the first hint of trouble he has suffered during this year's competition. He was uninjured.
Armstrong fell late in the 173-kilometer ride from Bagnoles-de-l'Orne to Avranches, a town rich in history that sits close to the 11th Century abby of Mont St. Michel.
Another of the tour's leading riders, France's Laurent Jalabert, went down in the brief pileup that claimed Armstrong.
Although the riders involved were up quickly and worked hard to try to regain contact with the peleton, they were judged to have been too far behind the pack at the finish to be given the same time as the race winner. Both Armstrong and Jalabert wound up 27 seconds behind McGee.
Igor Gonzalez Galdeano of Spain, who has headed the overall standings for most of the tour, remained in front. He had a four-second lead over countryman Joseba Beloki and a 12-second advantage over Jorg Jaksche of Germany.
Armstrong began the day in third place, seven seconds behind. But the fall dropped him to eighth place, 34 seconds back. Going into the mountain stages last year, Armstrong was more than eight minutes behind, so he is expected to be able to overcome his current deficit.
Gonzalez Galdeano, however, is a formidable opponent who finished fifth in last year's tour.
Shriver, Wilander join Hall of Fame
NEWPORT, R.I., July 14 (UPI) -- Pam Shriver, one of just five women to win more than 100 career titles, and Mats Wilander, who won seven Grand Slam singles crowns, were enshrined in the International Tennis Hall of Fame Saturday.
The American was ranked in the top 10 in singles for most of the 1980s but is best known for teaming with Navratilova to form one of the greatest doubles teams in history.
Shriver captured 22 Grand Slam doubles titles -- all but two with Navratilova. In 1984, Shriver and Navratilova became the first doubles team to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open championships in the same year.
The duo also holds the record with 109 consecutive doubles wins.
McCullough takes Senior lead
DEARBORN, Mich., July 14 (UPI) -- Mike McCullough and Hubert Green changed places on the leaderboard Saturday at the Senior Players Championship.
McCullough, who has only four top-10 finishes in 21 starts this year, carded a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Green after three rounds of the year's final major at the TPC of Michigan. McCullough, 57, completed 54 holes at 12-under 204 and is seeking his first win since capturing the Emerald Coast Classic last season.
Green, who began the day with a three-shot lead over McCullough, continued his inconsistent play this week. After shooting a 71 on Thursday, Green tied a tournament record with a 63 on Friday, only to post another 71 on Saturday.
Still, he kept the pressure on McCullough with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 that enabled him to finish the round under par.
Green won 19 times on the PGA Tour and has added three titles since joining the Senior Tour. But he never has won a major on the elder circuit.
On Sunday, McCullough and Green will play together for the second straight day. They will be joined in the final group by Australian Stewart Ginn, who is four shots off the pace following a 2-under 70.
Clemens gones on DL
CLEVELAND, July 14 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees placed righthander Roger Clemens on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right groin.
Clemens re-aggravated his injured groin after pitching five scoreless innings in Friday's loss to the Cleveland Indians. He took the mound to start the sixth inning but left after throwing a few warmup pitches.
Clemens is 8-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 18 starts this season but has not recorded a victory since June 9 after winning eight of his first 14 outings. He is second in the American League with 126 strikeouts.
The six-time Cy Young Award winner is the active career leader in wins (288), starts (556), innings (3,996 2/3) and complete games (116). He needs one win to surpass Tommy John for sole possession of 21st place all time.
McBride continues scoring streak
WASHINGTON, July 14 (UPI) -- Two goals from forward Brian McBride Saturday night powered the Columbus Crew to a 3-1 victory over D.C. United.
McBride has scored nine points in his first three games since returning from the 2002 World Cup.
He extended both his three-game goal scoring streak and four-game point streak. Columbus won for just the second time in 12 regular season matches in Washington and snapped a three-game losing streak.
McBride's first goal came in the 27th minute. The opportunity was created by the speed of midfielder Brian West, who outraced the United defense down the right wing and crossed to McBride for a one-time finish from close range.
Other MLS results: Kansas City 4, New England 2; Chicago 3, MetroStars 2; Dallas 2, San Jose 1; Los Angeles 3, Colorado 1.
Utah wins third straight
SALT LAKE CITY, July 14 (UPI) -- Natalie Williams tied a season high with 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds Saturday as the Utah Starzz extended their winning streak to three games with 75-66 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.
Phoenix has lost its first eight road games this season, but had won its four previous visits to the Delta Center dating to July 12, 1999.
Marie Ferdinand and Jennifer Azzi scored 12 points and Margo Dydek added 11, nine rebounds and five blocks for Utah, which has won four of five games and moved a season-high seven games over .500.
The Starzz had a 44-38 lead with 16:41 remaining before putting away the game with a 13-6 run. Ferdinand scored six points during the spurt, which gave Utah its largest lead at 59-44 with 8:14 left.
Other WNBA results: New York 67, Washington 53; Charlotte 63, Minnesota 60; Miami 70, Orlando 54.