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Angels clinch playoff spot, beat Mariners 8-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff spot on Monday night, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit ball into the eighth inning of an 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

David Freese and Brennan Boesch homered for the big league-leading Angels (94-56), who reduced their magic number to three in the AL West race with their 11th victory in 12 games. Los Angeles is assured of at least a wild card berth in its first postseason since 2009.

Albert Pujols left the game in the third inning with a left hamstring cramp after hitting a three-run double off Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8) for Los Angeles' first runs.

The Mariners (80-69) dropped two games behind Kansas City for the second AL wild card spot with their fifth loss in six games.

Shoemaker (16-4), who turns 28 next weekend, improved his own franchise record for rookie victories with his ninth win in 11 appearances since July 26. He pitched seven shutout innings and didn't allow a runner to reach third base before Logan Morrison doubled and scored on two groundouts in the eighth.

Manager Mike Scioscia and the Angels' training staff came out to check on Shoemaker before he left after 7 2-3 innings.

Tony Campana had a two-run single and Howie Kendrick had an RBI double in the Angels' 17th win in 20 games.

Iwakuma couldn't get out of the fourth inning of his first career loss to the Angels, yielding six hits and seven runs. Humberto Quintero drove in Seattle's only run.

Iwakuma's career-long dominance of the Angels (5-0, 1.64 ERA) abruptly ended after he retired Los Angeles' first eight batters. The Japanese right-hander, who walked just 16 batters in his first 176 innings this season, walked Efren Navarro and Mike Trout with two outs in the third before Pujols cleared the bases with a shot down the left-field line.

Pujols held his hamstring while jogging slowly into second as Trout slid under the cutoff throw at home, but the three-time NL MVP left the game walking easily.

The speedy Campana replaced Pujols and scored on Kendrick's double. After Freese crushed his ninth homer to center in the fourth, the Angels loaded the bases for Campana, who delivered his first RBIs for his new team.

Boesch's first homer for the Angels put them up 8-0 in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Dustin Ackley returned to left field after missing six of the last seven games with a left ankle injury. He left in the sixth inning.

Angels: Josh Hamilton's injured right shoulder felt strong after three rounds of batting practice. The cleanup hitter might return as soon as Wednesday.

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After three consecutive wins with their bullpen filling injured Garrett Richards' rotation spot, the Angels will try it again, starting with reliever Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.80). Roenis Elias (10-12, 3.81) pitches for Seattle.


Papelbon suspended 7 games by MLB

SAN DIEGO (AP) Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended seven games and fined Monday night by Major League Baseball for making a lewd gesture and then bumping an umpire.

Papelbon said in a statement distributed by his agent that he would immediately begin serving the suspension, and that he regrets making contact with umpire Joe West on Sunday.

But the right-hander insisted he wasn't making a vulgar motion toward fans as he walked off the field to boos after giving up four runs in the ninth inning of Philadelphia's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. He apologized to Phillies fans in the statement.

"While I completely understand how the fans would perceive my gesture while being booed, it was not my intent whatsoever to insult the fans of Philadelphia," Papelbon said. "If it was perceived in that manner, I sincerely apologize."

Papelbon was ejected by West after the umpire thought Papelbon grabbed his crotch in response to the jeers from the crowd.

"The whole thing started because the fans booed him and he made an obscene gesture. He had no business doing that," West said Sunday. "He's got to be more professional than that. And that's why he was ejected."

The fiery reliever jogged out of the dugout and got into a face-to-face argument with West, who grasped the pitcher's jersey to hold him off, and Papelbon then argued with first base umpire Marty Foster. Papelbon threw a cup of liquid on the field before leaving the dugout.

"The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner's Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior," the team said in a statement. "By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday."

Papelbon had converted 14 straight save chances since July 22 when he entered with a 4-1 lead. He is 37 for 41 in save chances this season.


Mets' deGrom ties MLB record with 8 Ks at start

NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom has tied a major league record by striking out his first eight batters.

The rookie whiffed eight consecutive Miami Marlins to begin Monday night's game at Citi Field, matching the mark set by Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 23, 1986.

Deshaies and deGrom are the only pitchers to accomplish the feat since 1900.

A top contender for NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom tied the record by freezing Jeff Mathis with a 95 mph fastball for a called third strike. The shaggy-haired righty then gave up a sharp single to opposing pitcher Jarred Cosart on a 1-0 pitch.

As deGrom quickly piled up Ks, the small crowd began clapping whenever he got two strikes on a hitter. He received a warm ovation following Cosart's base hit.

The previous Mets record for strikeouts to start a game was six by Pete Falcone against Philadelphia on May 1, 1980.

STATS says Mickey Welch of the New York Gothams struck out the first nine Cleveland Blues batters on Aug. 28, 1884 - when the mound was only 50 feet from home plate.


Union expects to file Rice appeal Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) The players' union on Tuesday plans to appeal the indefinite suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week.

NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press on Monday "we are expecting to appeal before the deadline on Tuesday night." That deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Rice originally was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. When videotape of that incident was made public and showed Rice punching his now-wife Janay, knocking her unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens released the running back.

Almost immediately after that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made Rice's suspension indefinite.

Although he doesn't have a team, Rice remains a member of the NFLPA.

Rice can apply for reinstatement when he convinces Goodell that he is "addressing this issue." Rice can avoid prosecution and a criminal record by completing a pretrial intervention program, a resolution prosecutors said they agreed to after consulting with Janay Rice.

The NFL hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to look into how the league sought and handled evidence in the domestic violence case.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL


Panthers unsure if Hardy will play vs. Steelers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't sure if Greg Hardy will play Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rivera also said Monday that the team hasn't considered releasing the Pro Bowl defensive end who is involved in a domestic violence case. He added that Hardy will continue to practice and attend team meetings, but the coach won't make a decision on when Hardy plays until later this week.

The Panthers plan to continue gathering information in what Rivera said is "a very fluid situation."

Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim claimed he threw her down on a bed of guns and tossed her into the shower. He is appealing the ruling.

Hardy played in Week 1 but Rivera deactivated him just hours before Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions - two days after the coach had said Hardy would play.

Rivera said Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was involved in the Hardy discussion and the team received some input from the league, but it was his decision to bench him.

Hardy made $770,588.23 - one-seventeenth of his yearly pay - despite not playing. Hardy is due to make $13.1 million this year.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman and his staff are "doing their due diligence in terms of looking at what our options are" going forward, Rivera said.

The Panthers will have to decide by Week 6 how they want to handle Hardy's situation.

Under the collective bargaining agreement, a team can only deactivate a player for non-injury reasons for a maximum of four games. The same limit applies if the Panthers were to suspend Hardy for conduct detrimental to the team.

Hardy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined to comment on the situation.

On Monday, Hardy arrived at the stadium in his white Bentley shortly after noon wearing white shorts and a hooded white sweatshirt and sunglasses. He didn't acknowledge media questions as he strolled into the stadium.

The decision to deactivate Hardy last Sunday was a difficult one, Rivera said.

"If you play him and you win, then you don't have a conscience; and if you play him and you lose, he's a distraction," Rivera said.

Rivera's decision to bench Hardy came after the Minnesota Vikings deactivated Adrian Peterson following his indictment for injuring a child. The Vikings released a statement Monday saying Peterson will play Sunday against New Orleans.

The Panthers are trying to be careful not to be reactionary.

"That is why we have to sit down and talk about these things," Rivera said. "And we did the same thing (on Sunday). We talked about a lot of things and at the end of the day I had to make a decision that I believe was in the best interest of our football team and for Greg."

Rivera said he allowed Hardy to leave the stadium and return home after notifying him of the move.

"I said, `Greg, are you OK with this?' and he said, `Coach, I understand,"' Rivera said.

Carolina's defense didn't miss a beat without Hardy, forcing three turnovers and getting four sacks in a 24-7 victory.

Hardy, who tied a franchise-record with 15 sacks last season, had four tackles and a sack in the team's regular-season opener at Tampa Bay. However, Hardy's status changed when the Ravens released Ray Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely last week after a video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancee.

Later in the week, Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges, adding pressure on the Panthers to deactivate Hardy.

Rivera said Sunday that "the climate had changed" in the NFL and that played into his decision to bench Hardy.

When asked if the Panthers got it right the first time, Rivera said, "I don't know. What is right? You do the best you can and nobody is infallible. We have to get this issue right and we're trying to do the right thing."

Panthers center and team co-captain Ryan Kalil said Monday he's glad he didn't have Rivera's job the last two weeks.

"I don't envy having to make those tough decisions," Kalil said.

Kalil also said he's tired of answering questions about Hardy, but said the best thing he advises younger teammates to do is focus on getting better.

"There are countless guys I can name in this league that are just really good people," Kalil said. "My hope is that at some point we can focus on some of those guys. I know these things are the topic right now, but it's disappointing that it overshadows a lot of good people."

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL


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