NL batting title
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Cuddyer ended a losing season with the Colorado Rockies in a personally satisfying way.
The right fielder won the NL batting title on Sunday, when the Rockies closed out their season with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cuddyer went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts and finished with a .331 batting average to win the batting title by 10 points over Atlanta's Chris Johnson, who was held out Sunday to rest his right shoulder.
Cuddyer, a former Minnesota Twin, had never hit better than .285 before this season.
He became the sixth Rockies player to lead the NL in batting, joining Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker, newly retired Todd Helton, Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez.
Hern bowls 300
at New London
Gary Hern, of Willmar, bowled a 300 on Monday at New London Bowl.
It came in his third game of the night, with his first two scores at 208 and 213.
Hern plays in the First Nighters League and it was his first 300 in a sanctioned game.
Johnson wins for record 8th time at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson held off teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. down the stretch to win for a record eighth time at Dover International Speedway.
Johnson had shared the mark of seven wins on the concrete mile with Bobby Allison and Richard Petty. Led by Johnson, the entire top 10 Sunday was made up of Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers.
Joey Logano, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, who won the first two Chase races, Ryan Newman, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer completed the top 10.
Earnhardt had one of the fastest cars, but he missed pit road and gave up the lead early in the race. He had a strong enough No. 88 Chevrolet to get back into the race but couldn't pass Johnson.
Kenseth kept his points lead even as he fell short in trying to become the first driver to win the first three Chase races.
— Associated Press/Staff reports