Roberto Osuna meets with new Astros teammates
Roberto Osuna met his new Houston Astros teammates Sunday in Los Angeles and addressed the club for 10 minutes in a closed-door meeting as he came off a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. The defending World Series champions acquired Osuna on Monday in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays while he was still serving his suspension. The former All-Star closer was arrested and charged with assaulting his girlfriend May 8 in Toronto. No details have been made public and the next court date in the case is scheduled for Sept. 5. Speaking with reporters in the dugout, Osuna offered few details about the morning meeting at Dodger Stadium and did not discuss the case pending against him. Osuna was added to the active roster before Sunday’s game against Los Angeles, with Houston pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. going on the 10-day disabled list due to elbow discomfort. McCullers pitched four scoreless innings Saturday against the Dodgers but left the game as he warmed up for the fifth inning.
Scioscia calls rumors ‘poppycock’
Angels manager Mike Scioscia reached deep into his vocabulary to describe a report saying he'll step down after this season. ‘‘Poppycock,’’ Scioscia said. A day after The Athletic reported that the 59-year-old Scioscia is expected to end his 19-year run with the Angels in October, the manager strongly dismissed the report and insisted that he still loves what he’s doing. “Nothing has changed since we talked in October,’’ he said, referring to what he told reporters at the end of last season about his status. ‘‘There’s always chatter out there. That’s it. Nothing’s changed. The only word I have is poppycock. That’s all it is.’’ . . . Shawn Kelley was acquired by the Athletics for international slot money from the Nationals, who no longer wanted the 34-year-old reliever after he slammed his glove to the ground and glared into Washington’s dugout during a game. The Nationals also sent cash to the A’s in the swap. Last week, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo explained the decision to cut ties with Kelley this way: ‘‘You’re either in or you’re in the way. I thought he was in the way. That’s something you don’t come back from.’’ To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Oakland recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple A Nashville and placed him on the 60-day disabled list with a blood clot in his left calf . . . The Padres promoted righthander Trey Wingenter from Triple A El Paso after losing righthanders Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles on waiver claims. Ross was claimed by the Cardinals and Lyles was picked up by the Brewers.
Zverev wins second Citi Open title
Alexander Zverev became the first man in nearly a decade to win consecutive titles at the Citi Open, overpowering Alex de Minaur, 6-2, 6-4, in the hard-court tournament final in Washington. Zverev hit six aces, topping 130 m.p.h., and never faced a break point en route to his ninth career ATP title and third of 2018 . . . Svetlana Kuznetsova won her second title at the Citi Open, and first at any WTA tournament in two years, erasing four match points to beat Donna Vekic 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 . . . Mihaela Buzarnescu won her first career singles title at age 30, beating Maria Sakkari, 6-1, 6-0, in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose . . . Miomir Kecmanovic beat Kevin King, 5-3, in men’s singles to give the Springfield Lasers their first World Team Tennis championship, beating the Philadelphia Freedoms, 19-18, in the finals.
Thomas scores 30 in Sun victory
Jasmine Thomas scored a career-high 30 points, including five 3-pointers, to help the Connecticut Sun cruise to a 109-88 win over the visiting Las Vegas Aces in WNBA action . . . Chelsea Gray scored a season-high 24 points and Candace Parker had 14 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists to help the Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury, 78-75, in Los Angeles. Parker hit a free throw midway through the second quarter to become the 20th player in WNBA history to score 5,000 career points . . . Tiffany Hayes scored a season-high 28 points, hitting a career-best six 3-pointers, to help the Dream beat the Lynx, 86-66, in Minneapolis . . . Kristi Toliver hit a fadeaway jumper with 1.4 seconds left to lift the Mystics to a 76-74 win over the Wings in Arlington, Texas. Toliver led Washington with 16 points, 8 in the final two minutes . . . Chane Behanan, a member of Louisville’s 2013 men’s basketball national championship team, was arrested in Louisville, Ky., on charges of possessing marijuana and receiving a stolen gun. Behanan, 25, was arrested Saturday night with three other men following a traffic stop. Louisville police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle and noticed drug residue on Behanan’s lap in the back seat. Mitchell said a stolen AK-47-style rifle was found next to him. The 6-6, 220-pound forward was a key to Louisville’s title run. Then-Cardinals coach Rick Pitino dismissed Behanan the next season for team rules violation.