The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their seventh consecutive NL West title in fitting fashion, using two home runs by Corey Seager and a masterful pitching performance by Walker Buehler to beat the host Baltimore Orioles, 7-3, on Tuesday night. After the final out, the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season gathered at the mound for a subdued celebration that included a wardrobe change for a pending champagne celebration in the clubhouse. The Dodgers (94-52) gained sole possession of first place April 17 and never looked back. This is the earliest Los Angeles has clinched the division, both in terms of date and games. Attendance was announced at 12,356 — including 233 dogs, as part of a bring-your-dog-to-the-park promotion. Earlier, Orioles general manager Mike Elias fired 14 members of the organization, most from the player development department and international operations. Elias has dismissed 25 people thus far in an overhaul of the system that he inherited when taking the job in November.
Brewers’ Yelich breaks his kneecap
Brewers star Christian Yelich is done for the season after suffering a broken kneecap from a foul ball. The reigning NL MVP was forced to leave Tuesday’s game at Miami after fouling a ball of his leg in the first inning. He remained on the ground for several minutes before he reached his feet and limped off the field . . . The Twins placed center fielder Byron Buxton and his ailing left shoulder on the 60-day injured list, ending his season and leaving the American League Central leaders without their best defensive player for the rest of the pennant race . . . Mike Tauchman became the Yankees’ 30th player on the injured list this season, the most in the major leagues in at least 15 years. The 28-year-old outfielder strained his left calf Sunday and is expected to miss the rest of the season . . . Charlie Silvera, the last survivor among the 12 Yankees who appeared with all five World Series-winning teams from 1949 to 1953, died Saturday at 94 at his home in Millbrae, Calif. The seldom-used backup catcher played 10 seasons in the majors and played for six championship teams — but only appeared in one World Series game.
Mets ace denies leaking complaint
Mets ace Noah Syndergaard said it is ‘‘unfortunate’’ his complaints to New York’s front office and coaching staff about catcher Wilson Ramos were made public and denied any role in leaking the conversations. The New York Post reported on Syndergaard’s frustrations Monday, saying the righthander or his agents have implored the Mets numerous times to let Syndergaard pitch to another catcher. Syndergaard said Tuesday he was surprised by the report. He said it is ‘‘completely false’’ that he was livid in conversations with club officials and called their discussions ‘‘very cordial and adult.’’ He also said he has ‘‘nothing but respect’’ for Ramos. Syndergaard has a 5.09 ERA in 15 games pitching to Ramos and a 2.45 ERA in 10 games pitching to primary backup Tomas Nido . . . The Pirates said righthander Kyle Crick required season-ending surgery on the index finger of his pitching hand after he was injured in a clubhouse fight with fellow reliever Felipe Vázquez. Both players were fined an undisclosed amount by the Pirates for violating their contracts. The altercation occurred before Monday’s game in San Francisco. Crick had surgery Tuesday to repair the extensor tendon, and the club expects him to be ready for spring training.
Morris, US men tie Uruguay
Jordan Morris scored his first international goal in more than two years in the 79th minute, giving the United States a 1-1 tie against Uruguay in an exhibition game in St. Louis. The announced attendance was 20,625, well under the crowd of 35,761 that watched the US women beat New Zealand, 5-0, in a sendoff series match at Busch Stadium on May 16. The Americans have eight wins, four losses and two draws this year under coach Gregg Berhalter, hired in December to revive the team following its failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Brian Rodriguez, a 19-year-old Los Angeles FC forward who made his international debut in Friday’s 2-1 win at Costa Rica, put fifth-ranked Uruguay ahead off a counterattack in the 50th minute. Rodriguez took a pass from Federico Valverde, dribbled around defender Aaron Long, and beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post with left-footed shot for his first international goal. Morris scored after José Giménez’s attempted clearance near the end line bounced of American defender Nick Lima and bounded in front of the open goal. Morris chested the ball in for his sixth international goal, his first since the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Jamaica.
Another suspension for Jets
Jets defensive lineman Nathan Shepherd was suspended six games by the NFL for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers. Shepherd, who was inactive for the Jets’ season opener against Buffalo, will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster Oct. 28, following New York’s game at Jacksonville. The second-year defensive lineman from Fort Hays State was a third-round draft pick by New York last year. Shepherd told NFL.com he failed two tests this summer — on June 27 and July 25 — while recovering from shoulder and groin injuries. He added that an MRI on his groin revealed a sports hernia, and his hunched posture after having that procedure resulted in two herniated disks in his back. Shepherd is the third Jets player to serve a league-issued suspension this season. Linebacker Brandon Copeland was banned the first four games, also for PED violations. Tight end Chris Herndon is also suspended the first four games, but for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy . . . The Texans released cornerback Aaron Colvin after his struggles in the team’s season-opening loss to New Orleans, a person familiar with the move told the Associated Press. Colvin, 27, was in the second year of a four-year, $34 million contract that had $18 million guaranteed. Colvin gave up two touchdowns in the second half of Monday night’s 30-28 loss.
Beckham will keep wearing watch
Odell Beckham Jr.’s taking a stand against the NFL on his lavish wrist wear. Beckham intends to keep wearing the expensive watch he had on during Sunday’s season opener against the Tennessee Titans. The showy Browns wide receiver believes the league has made an issue out of his jewelry only because it’s him. ‘‘I'm here to play football. I would love for them to talk about football and what I do on the field, if I messed up on the field or if I didn’t do well on the field, talk about my performance,’’ he said. ‘‘Don’t talk about any extracurricular, that’s just it. If anybody else would’ve worn the watch, or if it was a $20 watch, it wouldn’t have been no problem.’’ . . . Former Raiders linebacker Neiron Ball, who played college football at Florida after recovering from brain surgery, has died at age 27. Ball’s death came nearly a year after he suffered a brain aneurysm and was placed in a medically induced coma at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. In late July, the Ball family announced that the Georgia native was out of the coma but was a quadriplegic.
Spain reaches World Cup semifinals
Ricky Rubio scored 19 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in a game-deciding 11-0 run in the final minutes, and Spain advanced to the World Cup semifinals by topping Poland, 90-78, at Shanghai. Willy Hernangómez scored 18 points, Rudy Fernandez added 16, and Rubio had a game-high nine assists for Spain (6-0), which had been beaten in the quarterfinal round of the last two World Cups — by France in 2014, and by Serbia in 2010 when the tournament was still called the world championship . . . The United States plays France in the quarterfinals Wednesday at Dongguan, China.
Jordan to pledge $1m for Bahamas
Charlotte Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan is pledging $1 million to organizations assisting with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. Jordan said in a statement Twitter he’s ‘‘devastated’’ at the destruction in the Bahamas, adding ‘‘my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.’’ Jordan owns property and frequently visits the Bahamas . . . A former Adidas consultant who became a key government witness in a college basketball corruption case has been sentenced to one year of probation. Thomas ‘‘T.J.’’ Gassnola received the term in federal court in Manhattan after apologizing for his crimes. Gassnola had pleaded guilty in a scheme to funnel secret payments to the families of top recruits and agreed to testify against a former Adidas executive and two other defendants at a 2018 trial. All three were convicted of fraud charges.
Schumacher in a Paris hospital
Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, 50, has been admitted under great secrecy to a Paris hospital to be treated with a cutting-edge stem-cell therapy, according to a French newspaper. The Paris hospitals authority, citing France’s strict medical privacy rules, said it could not comment on the report in Le Parisien that Schumacher was admitted under tight guard Monday to the Georges-Pompidou hospital for transfusions of stem cells scheduled. The newspaper said the 50-year-old was expected to be discharged on Wednesday and that the transfusions help reduce inflammation. The winner of a record 91 F1 victories during his stellar career suffered a near-fatal brain injury in a 2013 skiing accident in the French Alps.
Police indicting Neymar’s accuser
Sao Paulo police said they are indicting Brazilian model Najila Trindade and her former partner over her rape allegation against soccer star Neymar. Police said they indicted the model for procedural fraud, slanderous denunciation, and extortion. Her former partner, Estivens Alves, is accused of disclosing erotic content, which was then published online . . . Brian Barnes, the charismatic English golfer who beat Jack Nicklaus twice in one day in Ryder Cup singles matches, died after a short illness. He was 74. The European Tour said Barnes, who had cancer, died Monday with family members by his side.