Sports briefs: Swisher injures hammy

Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse for the A’s, they may have lost another key player. Energizer Nick Swisher left in the third inning of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Tigers with a sore hamstring. He was replaced by Mark Kotsay and his status for today’s series finale was not annoucned.

Stewart cashes in on Gordon’s gaffe and wins at Watkins Glen

With two laps left and a two car-length deficit to leader Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart was in disbelief when Gordon suddenly spun out on his own heading into the first turn. Stewart zoomed past the Vallejo native, held off a late charge from Carl Edwards and won the Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Stewart won for the third time in four races. “Trust me, I was probably the most shocked person,” Stewart said after his 36th career victory, tying him for 19th all-time with Dale Jarrett. “Our only shot of getting by him was to keep the pressure on him and hope he’d make a mistake. I think our car was a tick better than Jeff’s, but if Jeff doesn’t make that mistake, we run for second.”

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