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A look at weekend Thoroughbred racing

The first of two big Breeders' Cup prep weekends features a great lineup of stars at Belmont Park, Santa Anita and Churchill Downs.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

MLB: Boston 15, Colorado 5

DENVER, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Will Middlebrooks drove in seven runs with a pair of homers as part of a 16-hit attack Wednesday that gave Boston a 15-5 win over Colorado.

UPI Thoroughbred Racing Roundup

Wrap-up of thoroughbred stakes action.
ROBERT KIECKHEFER, UPI Racing Writer

MLB: Kansas City 4, Texas 0 (10 innings)

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Justin Maxwell crushed a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning Sunday and the Kansas City Royals handed playoff-contending Texas a stinging 4-0 loss.

MLB: New York Yankees 5, San Francisco 1

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez became baseball's all-time grand slam leader Friday, connecting on the 24th of his career to lead the New York Yankees over San Francisco 5-1.

MLB: Toronto 6, New York Yankees 2

TORONTO, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Anthony Gose and Adam Lind both hit home runs Thursday that helped lift Toronto to a 6-2 win over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Milwaukee 7, Chicago Cubs 0

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Sean Halton hit a first-inning grand slam Wednesday and Tyler Thornberg gave up two hits over six innings, leading Milwaukee to a 7-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

MLB: Cincinnati 10, Houston 0

HOUSTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Jay Bruce blasted a grand slam to back Mike Leake's eight shutout innings Tuesday, staking Cincinnati to a 10-0 interleague rout of Houston.

MLB: San Francisco 19, Los Angeles Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Hunter Pence hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs and Brandon Belt drove in six Saturday in the San Francisco Giants' 19-3 rout of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB: Houston 9, Los Angeles Angels 7

HOUSTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Jose Altuve and Matt Dominguez drove in seven runs with two swings of the bat Friday to carry Houston past the Los Angeles Angels 9-7.

MLB: Boston 8, New York Yankees 4

BOSTON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a grand slam in the seventh inning Friday that catapulted Boston to an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees.

MLB: Boston 7, Tampa Bay 3 (10 innings)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A grand slam Mike Carp in the 10th inning Wednesday propelled the Boston Red Sox to a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels 12, Toronto 6

TORONTO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Josh Hamilton provided four RBI and Mark Trumbo went 5-for-5 with five runs scored Tuesday in the Los Angeles Angels' 12-6 spanking of Toronto.
Nadal near Djokovic at top of ATP rankings

Nadal near Djokovic at top of ATP rankings

LONDON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal pulled tantalizingly close to Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 spot in the world tennis rankings following his win at the U.S. Open.
Rafael Nadal bests Novak Djokovic to win second U.S. Open title

Rafael Nadal bests Novak Djokovic to win second U.S. Open title

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal captured his second U.S. Open and 13th career Grand Slam title Monday, besting world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets.
Li, Pennetta move up in rankings after U.S. Open

Li, Pennetta move up in rankings after U.S. Open

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- With the top-ranked U.S. Open finalists creating a rematch from 2012, the moves in the WTA rankings came from semifinalists Li Na and Flavia Pennetta.
Serena Williams downs Victoria Azarenka for fifth U.S. Open crown

Serena Williams downs Victoria Azarenka for fifth U.S. Open crown

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Serena Williams captured her fifth U.S. Open title Sunday, overcoming second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in a hotly contested struggle.
It's Djokovic, Nadal for U.S. Open championship

It's Djokovic, Nadal for U.S. Open championship

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal won't return as No. 1 in the rankings but can add to the debate as to who's having the best year when he plays Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open.

MLB: Boston 12, New York Yankees 8

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Mike Napoli touched off a Boston comeback and Shane Victorino kept it going Friday to rally the Red Sox past the New York Yankees 12-8.

MLB: Cleveland 8, New York Mets 1

CLEVELAND, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Scott Kazmir struck out 12 during six shutout innings Friday, lifting Cleveland to its third straight win with an 8-1 decision over the New York Mets.
Serena Williams, Azarenka win semifinals at U.S. Open

Serena Williams, Azarenka win semifinals at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Defending champion Serena Williams will go against Victoria Azarenka for the U.S. Open championship after both won semifinals in straight sets Friday.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 8, Milwaukee 5

CHICAGO, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Junior Lake hit a first-inning grand slam to complete a five-run rally Friday, sending the Chicago Cubs off to an 8-5 win over Milwaukee.

Hlavackova, Mirnyi win mixed doubles U.S. Open title

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Andrea Hlavackova and Max Mirnyi won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title Friday in straight sets over Abigail Spears and Santiago Gonzalez.
Gasquet, Wawrinka face big challenges in U.S. Open semis

Gasquet, Wawrinka face big challenges in U.S. Open semis

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet and Stanislas Wawrinka can reach new tennis heights and help determine the race for the world No. 1 ranking in the U.S. Open semifinals.
Wawrinka ousts Murray, reaches U.S. Open semifinals

Wawrinka ousts Murray, reaches U.S. Open semifinals

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Stanislas Wawrinka reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open Thursday with a stunningly easy conquest of defending champion Andy Murray.
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