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Jackets handled by Sand Gnats

In Savannah, Ga., the Augusta GreenJackets stranded 10 runners on base and fell quietly to the Sand Gnats 8-1 on Tuesday night.

Augusta (8-8) did not have a baserunner until the fourth inning and didn’t score until the eighth.

Savannah (8-10) struck for three runs in the first and added runs in the third, fourth, sixth and eighth to cruise to victory.

GreenJackets starter Joe Biagini (6-3) took the loss after being chased in the fourth. Savannah starter Gabriel Ynoa (10-3) went 6⅔ for the win.

Trevor Brown, Matt Duffy and Mitchell Delfino each had two hits for Augusta.

• A pinstriped pooch who faithfully served minor leaguers of the New York Yankees while providing big league entertainment. Chase, the bat-retrieving golden retriever for the Double-A Trenton Thunder who made highlight reels across a decade, has died.

The ailing 13-year-old lived just long enough to be thrown a retirement party by the Thunder last Friday night – featuring Chase bobbleheads, no less. The team said he died Monday. Chase had been diagnosed in February with a form of lymphoma and had arthritis.

The Thunder’s Web site Tuesday featured a photo of their late mascot with a bat in his mouth and the caption, “In Loving Memory, Chase That Golden Thunder.”

Tennis

Smyczek topples fellow American

In Newport, R.I., Tim Smyczek defeated fellow American Sam Querrey in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships 6-4, 7-6 (8) on Tuesday.

Fourth-seeded Lleyton Hewitt, a runner-up in Newport last year, beat fellow Australian Matthew Ebden 6-4, 6-1.

• In Palermo, Sicily, second-seeded Roberta Vinci struggled past qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the first round of the Italiacom Open on Tuesday.

Vinci will next play 2011 runner-up Polona Hercog who beat Eva Birnerova 6-4, 6-1. Last year’s runner-up Barbora Zahlavova Strycov is also safely through after she defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-4.

Soccer

Falcao chooses Club Monaco

Previously linked with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea, Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is confident that he hasn’t made a mistake with his surprise move to promoted French club Monaco.

Falcao joined Monaco from Atletico Madrid in an off-season deal worth an estimated 60 million euros ($78 million).

• In Portland, Ore., Michael Barrantes scored a pair of second-half goals and Costa Rica defeated Cuba 3-0 Tuesday night in the opening round of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Barrantes broke open a scoreless match with a left-footed goal from the top of the box that got past diving Cuban goalkeeper Odelin Molina in the 51st minute.

Cuba’s winless streak in Gold Cup matches is now 12.

WNBA

Hammon to have surgery on ACL

San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon will have surgery this week after suffering an ACL tear in her left knee against the Los Angeles Sparks.

Hammon got hurt and was carried off the court in the second quarter of Saturday’s 93-66 loss to the Sparks. The seven-time All-Star was playing in her first game of the season after missing the first 10 with a broken finger on her shooting hand.

– From staff and wire reports


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