Blue Jays win eighth straight, beat Rockies 5-2

colorado-rockiesTORONTO (AP) — Adam Lind hit a three-run home run, Mark Buehrle won his second straight start and the Toronto Blue Jays earned their eighth consecutive victory Wednesday, beating the Colorado Rockies 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep.

The eight-game streak is Toronto’s longest since a 10-game run in late 2008.

Carlos Gonzalez hit his NL-leading 21st home run, but the Rockies lost for the sixth time in eight games.

Buehrle (4-4) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings.

Neil Wagner pitched the sixth, Brett Cecil worked the seventh, Steve Delabar handled the eighth and Casey Janssen finished for his 16th save in 17 chances.

Juan Nicasio (4-3) allowed four runs, two earned, and four hits in five innings. The right-hander has not won in six starts.

Rockies Send Young to Mets for Right-Hander McHugh

colorado-rockiesTORONTO — The Rockies sent outfielder Eric Young Jr., who was designated for assignment last week, to the Mets on Tuesday night for right-handed pitcher Collin McHugh, then optioned McHugh to Double-A Tulsa.

McHugh, 26, has brief big league experience over the last two seasons (0-5, 8.26 ERA in 11 games, five starts). This year he was 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA in three games, including one start (eight earned runs, 12 hits in seven innings).

McHugh’s high point with the Mets came in his debut — a Citi Field game against the Rockies last Aug. 23, when he pitched seven scoreless innings, struck out nine and gave up two hits. He didn’t figure in the decision — a 1-0 Rockies victory.

This season, McHugh has thrived at the Triple-A level at Las Vegas, a hitters’ park, to the tune of a 3-2 record with a 2.87 ERA in nine starts.

The trade is an opportunity for Young, 27, to try to settle the Mets’ leadoff situation. They have used nine players in the No. 1 spot this season, and have an unsettled outfield situation.

The switch-hitting Young batted .242 with one home run and six RBIs, and was successful on 8-of-12 stolen-base attempts. Last year, Young appeared in 98 games and hit a career-best .316 with four homers, 15 RBIs and 14 steals, and was playing regularly before suffering a season-ending oblique injury in August.

Rockies Drop Game Two of the Interleague Series with Toronto

colorado-rockiesTORONTO (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, J.P. Arencibia and Maicer Izturis added back-to-back shots and the Toronto Blue Jays won their seventh straight game, beating the Colorado Rockies 8-3 Tuesday night.

Toronto has its longest winning streak since a 10-game run in late 2008.

Esmil Rogers (3-2) worked 6 2-3 innings to beat his former team and win his second straight start.

Rogers didn’t allow a hit until Jonathan Herrera singled with one out in the sixth. He left to a standing ovation after allowing two earned runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out five.

3 Texas Tech Players Suspended for Meineke Car Care Bowl

A Texas Tech official says three Red Raiders won’t be playing against Minnesota in Friday’s Meineke Car Care Bowl because they violated team rules.

Football program spokesman Blayne Beal on Monday would not divulge the rules violated. He says Red Raiders starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas, Chris Payne, a linebacker who played mostly on Texas Tech’s special teams, and backup defensive tackle Leon Mackey won’t play in the bowl game.

The Red Raiders (7-5) take on the Gophers (6-6) about three weeks after Tommy Tuberville unexpectedly left to take the head coaching position at Cincinnati. Interim head coach Chris Thomsen, who handled the offensive line under Tuberville, will coach the bowl game.

Former Red Raiders standout quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was hired as Tuberville’s successor Dec. 12.

Pagano Returns to the Colts

Chuck Pagano is back at work.

The Indianapolis Colts head coach returned to team headquarters Monday morning where he is expected to address players and coaches at a team meeting before answering questions from reporters.

Pagano took an indefinite leave from the team in late September after beginning treatments for leukemia. He completed the last of three rounds of chemotherapy earlier this month and his oncologist, Dr. Larry Cripe, says the illness is in complete remission. Last week, Cripe said he gave Pagano medical clearance to return to the team.

Pagano’s return comes one day after the Colts (10-5) clinched a playoff berth. They went 9-4 in his absence.

With nine wins, interim coach Bruce Arians tied the NFL record for most wins after a midseason coaching change.

Former players sue NFL over concussions

Jim McMahon

Seven former players have sued the NFL in Philadelphia over the league’s handling of concussion-related injuries, the first potential class-action lawsuit of its kind. The players accuse the league of training players to lead with their heads, failing to properly treat them for concussions and trying to conceal any links between football and brain injuries. The plaintiffs include two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, who has said he played through five concussions but now frequently walks around “in a daze.”