Toronto outscores Cleveland 9-6 to end Indians’ 14-game winning streak

TORONTO – Josh Donaldson drove in Ezequiel Carrera with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Cleveland 9-6 on Saturday to end the Indians’ 14-game winning streak.

Carrera was originally called out by umpire D.J. Reyburn but the decision was overturned on review. Michael Saunders added a two-run double later in the frame off Tommy Hunter to provide some insurance for closer Roberto Osuna, who earned his 16th save.

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Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Troy Tulowitzki added a two-run shot and Donaldson had a solo blast for Toronto (44-39).

Rajai Davis hit for the cycle for the Indians (49-31).

Cleveland’s 14-game win streak was the longest in franchise history. It was the longest in the American League since the Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row in 2002.

Davis, who became the eighth player in Indians’ history to hit for the cycle, led off the game by belting a 3-2 pitch from Marco Estrada off the facing of the second deck in left field.

It was his first leadoff homer of the season and ninth overall.

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Cleveland pitcher Zach McAllister made his first start of the season despite working an inning of relief in a 2-1, 19-inning win over the Blue Jays on Friday. Trevor Bauer was originally tabbed to start but he was pressed into five innings of relief work after the Indians depleted their bullpen.

McAllister hit Carrera with his first pitch of the afternoon.

Donaldson walked before Encarnacion took a 1-1 pitch deep for his 22nd homer of the year.

Encarnacion was well rested after missing most of the six-hour, 13-minute affair a day earlier due to a first-inning ejection.

McAllister was pulled after a 31-pitch opening frame and replaced by Jeff Manship, who also worked an inning.

Estrada, meanwhile, gave up leadoff hits in the first three frames. He escaped damage in the second inning but a Davis triple scored Tyler Naquin in the third.

Left-hander Shawn Morimando, who was called up from double-A Akron before the game, made his big-league debut in the third inning. He gave up a pair of singles in the frame and worked 3 2/3 innings in all.

Cleveland’s Carlos Santana hit a solo shot in the fourth inning, his 18th homer of the year and second in as many days. Estrada, who has battled back tightness at times this season, appeared to be in some discomfort at times in the frame.

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The Indians nearly got out of the fifth unscathed, but Santana couldn’t squeeze the ball on a throw to first base that would have been the final out.

Instead, Russell Martin reached on what was generously scored a hit and Tulowitzki cashed him in with his 13th homer of the year.

Estrada, who threw 96 pitches over five innings, gave up five hits, three earned runs and struck out seven. He was replaced by Joe Biagini, who loaded the bases before hitting Juan Uribe with a pitch to halve the lead.

Southpaw Aaron Loup came on and got Naquin to ground out. Drew Hutchison gave up a one-out double to Davis in the seventh and the former Blue Jay scored when Jose Ramirez used the 10th pitch of his at-bat to squeeze a single through the infield.

Mike Napoli doubled to bring Ramirez home with the go-ahead run.

Donaldson answered in the bottom half by launching Dan Otero’s first pitch some 431 feet for his 20th homer of the year to tie things up again.

Jason Grilli (2-2) worked a clean eighth inning for the Blue Jays and Otero (2-1) absorbed the loss. The crowd of 46,197 gave Davis a nice round of applause when he singled in the ninth to complete the cycle.


Whale carcass towed off Los Angeles beach

LOS ANGELES – The reeking carcass of a dead humpback whale was towed back out to sea some 24 hours after washing up at a popular Los Angeles County beach Friday.

Authorities used boats pulling ropes attached to the tail to pull it off the sand during the evening high tide, taking the whale far out to sea and avoiding a foul stench and grim scene on the beach as Fourth of July weekend crowds began arriving.

Authorities had earlier attempted the procedure at midday, with a bulldozer pushing, but it was unsuccessful because of the low tide.

A bulldozer pushes a dead humpback whale that washed ashore at Dockweiler Beach back into the ocean along the Los Angeles coastline on Friday, July 1, 2016.

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The huge whale washed onto Dockweiler Beach, a long stretch of sand near the west end of Los Angeles International Airport, just before 8 p.m. Thursday and holiday beachgoers began arriving in the morning.

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Lifeguards posted yellow caution tape to keep people away and biologists took samples to determine what caused the death of the humpback, an endangered species. Beachgoers watching from a distance covered their noses.

Tail markings were compared with a photo database and found that the same whale had been spotted three times previously off Southern California between June and August of last year by whale watchers who gave it the nickname Wally, said Alisa Schulman-Janiger, a whale research associate with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

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At the time of the prior sightings the humpback was covered with whale lice, which usually means a whale is in poor physical condition, but it was also actively feeding and breaching, she said.

Schulman-Janiger said she noticed healed entanglement scars on its tail indicating that in the past it been snarled in some sort of fishing line. The carcass was in relatively good condition which meant the whale could have died as recently as Thursday morning, she said.

The whale was about 46 feet long and at least 15 years old, meaning it had reached maturity, said Justin Greenman, stranding co-ordinator for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Skin and blubber samples were taken for DNA testing along with fecal matter to be tested for biotoxins.

The experts had hoped to more extensively open up the whale but due to the holiday weekend authorities decided to get it off the beach as soon as possible, Greenman said.

Beach goers from Manhattan Beach, Calif., cover their faces from the smell of a dead humpback whale washed ashore at Dockweiler Beach in Los Angeles on Friday, July 1, 2016. The whale floated in Thursday evening. It is approximately 40 feet long and is believed to have been between 10 to 30 years old. Marine animal authorities will try to determine why the animal died. ()

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North Pacific humpbacks feed along the West Coast from California to Alaska during summer, according to the Marine Mammal Center, a Sausalito-based ocean conservation organization. Although the species’ numbers are extensively depleted, humpbacks have been seen with increasing frequency off California in recent years, the centre’s website said.

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Humpbacks, familiar to whale watchers for their habits of breaching and slapping the water, are filter feeders that consume up to 3,000 pounds of krill, plankton and tiny fish per day, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The whale that washed up is not the same one spotted earlier in the week off Southern California tangled in crab pot lines. That animal was identified as a blue whale. Efforts by a rescue crew in a small boat to cut away the line failed, and it disappeared.

California has seen a number of whales on beaches this year. A humpback carcass that appeared off Santa Cruz in May had to be towed out to sea, while a massive grey whale that ended up on San Onofre State Beach in April had to be chopped up and hauled to a landfill.

The same month, a distressed humpback was freed from crabbing gear in Monterey Bay. In March, a dead grey was removed from Torrey Pines State Beach.


UPDATED: Winnipeg plane crash victims identified

WINNIPEG – The Royal Canadian Air Force has identified the two men killed in a plane crash on the outskirts of Winnipeg Friday morning as Capt. Bradley Ashcroft and Capt. Zachary Cloutier-Gill.

Capt. Ashcroft had served in the Armed Forces for over nine years and was a member of the Construction Engineering Branch based in Winnipeg.

Capt. Cloutier-Gill was an Air Combat Systems Officer and part of the Air Mobility Section based in Winnipeg. He had been a member of the Armed Forces for nearly 12 years.

The Transportation Safety Board released photos of the deadly plane crash that claimed two lives on the outskirts of Winnipeg.

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“This is a sad day for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Armed Forces. We have lost two members of our military family who served their country well. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends and loved ones, whom we are working to support in the wake of this tragedy,” read a statement released by Major-General Christian Drouin, commander of 1 Air Division and the Canadian Norad Region.

The crash happened on Friday morning at around 10 a.m. several kms north of Highway 1 between the Red River Floodway and the city’s water treatment plant.

It caused a black plume of smoke to rise into the sky and the wreckage caught fire after it hit the ground.

The plane, a Piper PA 28, belonged to the Manitoba chapter of the Recreational Aircraft Association that operates out of the Lyncrest airfield, located just a few kms from the crash site.

Capt. Cloutier-Gill and Capt. Ashcroft were not on duty at the time.

It’s still unclear what caused the plane to go down. The investigation is in the hands of the Transportation Safety Board.

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