Nightly 9: Andre Ethier hits two clutch home runs to complete sweep over Angels

Baseball Each night we'll provide you with the nine top story lines from the day's action, beginning with the stars of the day, and look ahead to the next day's matchups.Andre Ethier saved the day for Los Angeles fans, or ruined it, depending on who you root for. The 33-year-old Dodgers outfielder hit two clutch home runs to help his team complete a sweep of the cross-town Angels. Ethier's first home run came in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3 and send it into extra innings.But he was just getting started. Ethier stepped up to the plate again in the 10th inning, and this time he hit a two-run, walk-off home run. His playing time has taken a hit since Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford returned to the lineup, but he remains a steady bat either off the bench, or in the starting lineup.Here are more highlights from Sunday's games:Impact Players:C — Ryan Lavarnway, Braves: Lavarnway went 2 for 4 with an RBI while filling in for A.J. Pierzynski.1B — Lucas Duda, Mets: Duda has now hit nine home runs in his last eight games, but is still only batting .249 on the season. He went 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in a win against the Nationals.2B — Jace Peterson, Braves; Stephen Drew, Yankees: Peterson went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Braves to a win, and Drew went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and four RBIs in the Yankees' offensive bonanza.SS — Adeiny Hechavarria, Marlins: The guy with one of the toughest names to say — and spell — in went 2 for 4 with a three-run walkoff home run to beat the Padres.3B — Chase Headley, Yankees: Headley enjoyed a productive afternoon, just like most Yankees hitters these days. He went 2 for 3 with three runs scored.OF — J.D. Martinez and Anthony Gose, Tigers: Martinez went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run to lead the Tigers past the Orioles. Gose broke out of an awful slump to go 2 for 4 with a run, RBI and two stolen bases.DH — Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays: Encarnacion went 2 for 4 with a run scored in a 5-2 win over the Royals.SP — R.A. Dickey, Blue Jays; Jose Fernandez, Marlins; Charlie Morton, Pirates: All three of these hurlers lasted at least six innings and held their opponents scoreless. Morton and Dickey got the wins, but Fernandez was forced to take a no-decision despite striking out 10 batters.Key Injuries:Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant left Sunday's game against the Brewers with an apparent injury to his head/neck area he suffered on a head-first slide into second base. Bryant went through the concussion protocol, and is expected to be fine.Web Gems:Jake Marisnick laid out for a spectacular catch:Sundays are for laying out.— GIFS (@GIFs) August 2, 2015Newly acquired Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris made a diving grab:Gold Glove. #PitchersWhoField— (@) August 2, 2015Surprise Performers:Good: Tigers starting pitcher Daniel Norris: The Tigers knew they were getting a potential front-line starter when they sent David Price packing for Norris. But it was still a bit surprising to see him pitch this well so soon. Norris spun 7 1/3 innings of one-run baseball, allowing just four hits and striking out five in a 6-1 win over the Orioles.Bad: White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija: Samardzija gave up nine earned runs in just 4 2/3 innings in a 12-3 loss to the Yankees.Facts of the Day:Low pitches will be punished in New York:Lucas Duda: 17 HR on pitches in lower half of zone or below (7th in ). New teammate Yoenis Cespedes has 18 (T-5th)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 2, 2015They should have stuck around:Pirates beat Reds 3-0; @Pirates had as many players/managers ejected (3) as hits— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 2, 2015Jose Fernandez has picked up right where he left off:Jose Fernandez vs. Padres: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 10 K; 5th game in his career with 10 K and 0 ER Career home ERA: 1.14— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 2, 2015Cruz is clutch:Nelson Cruz: 3rd time this season he has hit a go-ahead HR with 2 outs in 9th inning or later (had never done that in his first 10 seasons)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 2, 2015When they're hot, they're hot:Yankees: 3rd time scoring 12 or more runs in last 6 games (lost all 3 of the 6 when scoring fewer than 12)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 2, 2015Sonny Gray was straight dealing, again:Sonny Gray (OAK): 9th game with at least 7 IP and 1 or 0 ER, tied for 4th-most in — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 2, 2015Reactions:This is what happens when the wheels fall off the wagon:When the brakes go out.— GIFS (@GIFs) August 2, 2015You can get away with stuff like this when you're hitting as well as Mark Teixeira:[email protected]’s day so far: 9-run @Yankees lead 29th HR: … And whatever this GIF is.— (@) August 2, 2015Why is it always the Royals?It got a little rowdy this afternoon:— (@) August 2, 2015Brandon Moss, whom the Cardinals acquired from the Indians on Thursday, hit a walkoff single to give the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Rockies. It's safe to say Moss is pretty happy to be in St. Louis. Brandon Moss on coming to St. Louis in a trade: "It's like winning the lottery. Wouldn't want to be anywhere else."— St. Louis Cardinals (@CardsNation13) August 3, 2015Off the Field:The Indians are considering placing Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the disabled list.Phillies second baseman Chase Utley (ankle) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton stated Saturday that his recovery from hamate bone surgery is "definitely slower" th

an expected.The Twins placed starting pitcher Tommy Milone on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 1, with a mild left flexor strain.The Red Sox placed starting pitcher Rick Porcello on the 15-day DL, retroactive to July 30, with right triceps inflammation. Daily Dish reports that the White Sox, Rangers and Orioles have emerged as the most likely destinations for Danny Valencia.Scores:American League:Blue Jays 5, Royals 2Tigers 6, Orioles 1Rays 4, Red Sox 3Yankees 12, White Sox 3Mariners 4, Twins 1Athletics 2, Indians 1 (10)National League:Pirates 3, Reds 0Marlins 5, Padres 2Braves 6, Phillies 2Cubs 4, Brewers 3Cardinals 3, Rockies 2Mets 5, Nationals 2Interleague:Astros 4, Diamondbacks 1Rangers 2, Giants 1Dodgers 5, Angels 3 (10)A Look Ahead: (All scores Eastern)Twins (54-50) at Blue Jays (54-52) 1:07 p.m.: Ervin Santana (2-1, 3.78) has been a bit up-and-down since rejoining the rotation following suspension, and he will have to face David Price (9-4, 2.53 ERA) in his Toronto debut.Cubs (57-47) at Pirates (61-43) 7:05 p.m.: Jon Lester (6-8, 3.26 ERA) struck out 14 batters in his last start, but will have a tough test against the talented Pirates lineup and Francisco Liriano (7-6, 2.92 ERA) toeing the rubber for Pittsburgh.Astros (60-46) at Rangers (51-53) 8:05 p.m.: The Astros seem to be rejuvenated following a mini-slide before the All-Star break. Lance McCullers Jr. (5-3, 2.48 ERA) has been a pleasant surprise, and he'll face Colby Lewis (11-4, 4.42 ERA).