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Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez powers Padres past Tigers 7-3

AP Published 1:22 a.m. ET June 25, 2017 | Updated 5 minutes ago

Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez powers Padres past Tigers 7-3

San Diego Padres' Hector Sanchez, right, watches his a two-run home run in front of Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila during the eighth inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) (Photo: The Associated Press)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez slugged a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning, powering the San Diego Padres to a 7-3 victory over Detroit on Saturday night and sending the Tigers to their eighth consecutive loss.

With the Padres trailing 3-2, Shane Greene (1-2) walked leadoff man Erick Aybar to start the eighth. Sanchez, a backup catcher who was batting for pitcher Kirby Yates, was hitting .087 in 23 at-bats when he slammed Greene's 0-1 pitch for his second homer of the season. Cory Spangenberg added a two-run single and Austin Hedges drove in another run on a squeeze bunt — both against Alex Wilson — in the five-run inning.

Greene was charged with four runs and two hits with two walks in just one-third of an inning.

Detroit's losing streak is its longest since also dropping eight in a row from May 28 to June 5 in 2015.

Yates (2-1) threw a scoreless eighth to earn the win for the Padres, who fell behind 3-2 in the seventh on Andrew Romine's RBI single off reliever Phil Maton. Romine drove in Justin Upton, whose leadoff double ended the night for rookie starter Dinelson Lamet. He pitched into the seventh for the first time in his six starts, allowing three runs — two earned — and three hits in six innings.

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs over six innings. His third-inning throw wide of third base off a fielded bunt by Lamet gave San Diego a 1-0 lead.

GORE'S ABOARD

The Padres and North Carolina high school lefty MacKenzie Gore, drafted third overall last week, agreed to terms on $6.7 million signing bonus. Gore threw a ceremonial pitch to Padres first baseman Wil Myers before the game.

1984 MEMORY

Former Tigers shortstop Allan Trammell shared a memory of arriving at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium for the 1984 World Series between Detroit and the Padres. "There were portable bathrooms near the tunnel into the stadium, and a sign on them said: 'Detroit Tigers Clubhouse. I thought that was great," said Trammell, a Tigers executive and San Diego resident.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 3B Nicholas Castellanos was back in the lineup after tightness in his lower back held him out of the lineup Friday.

Padres: SS Allen Cordoba left with a bruised left hand after he was hit with a pitch in the third inning. Chase d'Arnaud replaced him. ... LF Alex Dickerson will have back surgery on Wednesday. He was supposed to play left field and bat cleanup for the Padres, but hadn't played since he was shut down in March.

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Philando Castile died at the hands of an ill-prepared cop: Your Say

USA TODAY Published 6:28 p.m. ET June 24, 2017 | Updated 52 minutes ago

AP CASTILE SHOOTING A USA MN

Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s dashboard camera image on July 6, 2016. (Photo: St. Anthony Police Department via AP)

Letter to the editor:

After he killed Philando Castile, Officer Jeronimo Yanez lost the job he should have never had in the first place. I have no doubt that Yanez feared for his life, but it was an unreasonable fear in the situation, with Castile’s girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter in the car.

There needs to be much better vetting of candidates for the police force than there is at the moment. A candidate should be subjected to extensive simulated situation testing before he or she is given the job of protecting and serving the public. If a person is constantly in fear for his life, he should not be a police officer, and firing him for killing a mild-mannered cafeteria worker doesn’t help the dead man’s grieving family and friends. It would not surprise me to learn that the passengers in Castile’s car have a lifetime of suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Marvin W. Schwartzwalder; Walden, N.Y.

A dashboard camera video released Tuesday captures the moments leading up to Philando Castile's death after being shot several times by a Minnesota police officer. Comments are edited for clarity and grammar:

Philando Castile was doing exactly what he was told to do. He presented his insurance and was getting his driver's license, just as he was asked to do. He even informed the cop he had a gun, just like a concealed carry weapon holder is instructed to do. He didn't want to get shot either. But he did.

— Yurek Hunt

Wow. This dash camera video shows me a completely different story. Bad dialogue on both parties. The cop’s reaction after he realized he screwed up shows he isn't the deviant I originally thought he was. The victim probably should have waited to tell the cop about his gun until after his hands were on the steering wheel. Guns cause a lot more bad than good.

— Ann Noble

Guaranteed, this cop wouldn't have acted the same if the person he pulled over was white.

— Branden Makana

It's not the cop's fault here. Not at all. When stopped by cops, go slow, easy and comply. If you get them riled up, and they think you have a weapon ready to use on them, they will light you up. The guy should have listened, but he didn't.

— James John

How in the world did Castile get the officer riled up? By announcing that he was legally carrying a gun (which is what he was supposed to do)? If that got the officer riled up, then he had no business being an officer. This was a very calm encounter.

— Leslie D. Jones

There is no footage of the inside of the car, so there's no way to tell what was happening from this video. People are too quick

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Florida shuts out TCU to advance to College World Series finals

Associated Press Published 11:09 p.m. ET June 24, 2017 | Updated 0 minutes ago

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Florida vs TCU

Florida Gators second baseman Blake Reese (12) celebrates after throwing to first base for the final out against TCU Horned Frogs in the ninth inning at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. (Photo: Bruce Thorson, USA TODAY Sports)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 7 1/3 shutout innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

No. 3 national seed Florida (50-19) will play Southeastern Conference rival LSU in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday night. Fourth-seeded LSU (52-18) advanced with a 6-1 win over No. 1 Oregon State on Saturday.

TCU (50-18) had beaten the Gators 9-2 on Friday to force the winner-take-all bracket final and the teams' third meeting in a week.

Faedo (9-2) struck out 11, just as he did last Sunday in a 3-0 win over the Horned Frogs. Michael Byrne finished for his 18th save.

The Gators had struggled on offense since they arrived in Omaha, but with Faedo holding down the Frogs they were able to muster enough against Jared Janczak (9-2).

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Austin Langworthy doubled and scored on a groundout in the second inning, Christian Hicks doubled in a run in the fifth, and he scored in the seventh when he tripled and came home on Deacon Liput's grounder that deflected off first base.

Faedo reached for his right calf in apparent pain after delivering a pitch to Josh Watson in the seventh, and he grabbed the calf again when he struck Watson out to end the inning. The Detroit Tigers' first-round draft pick came out for the eighth and got a groundout, but he left after Austen Wade singled.

Zach Humphreys greeted Byrne with a base hit, but the star closer struck out Evan Skoug and got Cam Warner to fly out to end the threat.

Janczak and Faedo were matched up for the second time. Janczak, who struggled against the Gators last Sunday, struck out seven, walked none and scattered seven hits in seven innings.

Skoug singled off Faedo in the first, and the Florida ace walked three in the first four innings before finding a groove. He picked off Ryan Merrill at first in the fourth inning and retired nine of the next 10 batters.

Florida will be playing for its first national championship in baseball. TCU has made it to Omaha four straight years, and a fifth time overall, and is yet to reach the finals.

GUTHRIE INJURED

Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie, son of former big league pitcher Mark Guthrie, left the game with back pain after striking out in the top of the third. Liput moved from second base to shortstop, and Blake Reese took over at second.

QUIRKY BOUNCE

TCU caught a bad break with two outs in the seventh when Liput's high bouncer heading right at first baseman Connor Wanhanen deflected off the

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Florida shuts out TCU to advance to College World Series finals

Associated Press Published 11:09 p.m. ET June 24, 2017 | Updated 0 minutes ago

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Florida vs TCU

Florida Gators second baseman Blake Reese (12) celebrates after throwing to first base for the final out against TCU Horned Frogs in the ninth inning at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. (Photo: Bruce Thorson, USA TODAY Sports)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Alex Faedo pitched three-hit ball for 7 1/3 shutout innings in a second straight strong performance against TCU, and Florida moved to the College World Series finals with a 3-0 win Saturday night.

No. 3 national seed Florida (50-19) will play Southeastern Conference rival LSU in the best-of-three finals beginning Monday night. Fourth-seeded LSU (52-18) advanced with a 6-1 win over No. 1 Oregon State on Saturday.

TCU (50-18) had beaten the Gators 9-2 on Friday to force the winner-take-all bracket final and the teams' third meeting in a week.

Faedo (9-2) struck out 11, just as he did last Sunday in a 3-0 win over the Horned Frogs. Michael Byrne finished for his 18th save.

The Gators had struggled on offense since they arrived in Omaha, but with Faedo holding down the Frogs they were able to muster enough against Jared Janczak (9-2).

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Austin Langworthy doubled and scored on a groundout in the second inning, Christian Hicks doubled in a run in the fifth, and he scored in the seventh when he tripled and came home on Deacon Liput's grounder that deflected off first base.

Faedo reached for his right calf in apparent pain after delivering a pitch to Josh Watson in the seventh, and he grabbed the calf again when he struck Watson out to end the inning. The Detroit Tigers' first-round draft pick came out for the eighth and got a groundout, but he left after Austen Wade singled.

Zach Humphreys greeted Byrne with a base hit, but the star closer struck out Evan Skoug and got Cam Warner to fly out to end the threat.

Janczak and Faedo were matched up for the second time. Janczak, who struggled against the Gators last Sunday, struck out seven, walked none and scattered seven hits in seven innings.

Skoug singled off Faedo in the first, and the Florida ace walked three in the first four innings before finding a groove. He picked off Ryan Merrill at first in the fourth inning and retired nine of the next 10 batters.

Florida will be playing for its first national championship in baseball. TCU has made it to Omaha four straight years, and a fifth time overall, and is yet to reach the finals.

GUTHRIE INJURED

Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie, son of former big league pitcher Mark Guthrie, left the game with back pain after striking out in the top of the third. Liput moved from second base to shortstop, and Blake Reese took over at second.

QUIRKY BOUNCE

TCU caught a bad break with two outs in the seventh when Liput's high bouncer heading right at first baseman Connor Wanhanen deflected off the

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