Sunday, July 26
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Stephen Piscotty got his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Carlos Martinez outdueled former teammate Shelby Miller as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 on Saturday night. The Cardinals won their fifth in a row despite getting just two hits. They lead the majors with a 63-34 record.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have activated first baseman Freddie Freeman from the 15-day disabled list but he was not in the lineup against the Cardinals because he was traveling and not expected to land in St. Louis until close to game time. Freeman was placed on the DL on June 23, retroactive to June 15, with a right wrist contusion. He played in one rehab game, going 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs for the Braves' Gulf Coast affiliate.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Busch took advantage of Ryan Blaney's last-lap bobble, making an inside pass on the back straightaway to win the Xfinity Series race Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch raced to his second Xfinity Series victory in three years at Indianapolis — both from the pole — and pushed his series-record victory total to 72. The margin of 0.421 seconds was the closest in the four races held on the historic 2.5-mile oval.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carl Edwards has won the pole for the Brickyard 400. Edwards turned a lap at 183.484 mph Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to move to the top of the leaderboard. He then had to wait to see if two-time Brickyard winner and Indiana native Tony Stewart would bump him from the pole. NASCAR is trying a new rules package for Sunday's race in an effort to improve the competition at a track where it is notoriously difficult to pass.