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  • Astros' George Springer to make debut

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer got his first game with the Houston Astros out of the way on Wednesday night. Now he's hoping things will calm down and he can just play ball. Springer, a highly touted prospect and first-round draft pick, singled and walked in his major league debut in Houston's 6-4 loss to Kansas City in 11 innings. "It's a dream come true to get an opportunity like this," Springer said after the game. "I am looking forward to playing more games and helping this team win." Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th inning to lift the Royals to the victory. Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to

  • NBA Capsules

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Washington clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 118-102 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. The Wizards will be facing Chicago in their first playoff appearance since 2008. Trevor Booker scored 20 points, Marcin Gortat had 15 with 10 rebounds, and John Wall 15 points for Washington, which finished the regular season 44-38. It's the most wins for the franchise since 45 in 2004-05. The Wizards jumped over Brooklyn and into fifth place after the Nets lost in Cleveland. Boston sat injured guards Rajon Rondo and Jerryd Bayless, and injured forwards Kris Humphries and Jared Sullinger, finishing with a 25-57 record.

  • NL Capsules

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season. Cueto (1-2) limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011. Francisco Liriano (0-3) threw balls on 10 of his first 13 pitches and allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in seven innings along with two wild pitches. BRAVES 1, PHILLIES 0 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Julio Teheran (3-1) ) retired his first 12 batters and pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game in 38 career starts. Evan Ga

  • NHL Playoff Capsules

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Anaheim Ducks opened the postseason with a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Getzlaf, Kyle Palmieri and Mathieu Perreault scored in a dominant first period for the top-seeded Ducks, who began their playoff run on a dead sprint. Anaheim led 4-0 midway through the second period before Dallas got rolling in its first playoff game since 2008. Captain Jamie Benn and Colton Sceviour had power-play goals, and Tyler Seguin scored with 6:07 left to trim the Ducks' lead to one. Anaheim hung on with a handful of big saves from Andersen, a 24-year-old Danish rookie. Game 2 is Frid

  • Homer by Moustakas lifts Royals over Astros 6-4

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Moustakas has been mired in such a tough start to the season he joked that he tried to do a little something extra to make sure the ball he hit in the 11th inning would carry out of Minute Maid Park. "I was kind of blowing as it was up in the air, hoping it was going out," he said before flashing a huge grin. And it did to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Moustakas was hitting .098 before his shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to lead off the 11th. A small group of Royals fans stood and yelled 'Moooooose' as he rounded the bases after his first homer this year. "It felt great," Moustakas said. "Slow start or no slow s

  • Ryu takes early lead in LPGA LOTTE tournament

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — South Korea's Se Ri Pak, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu each shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after a breezy first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship. Winless in 2013, Pak played the back nine in 2-under 34 in her afternoon round. She had birdies on the par-5 13th and par-4 17th, to go along with an eagle on the par-5 5th. Kim, the 2012 China Ladies Open champion, had five birdies. She had her only bogey on her final hole of the day on the par-4 9th. "Except for the very final hole here, the putting in general was really good for the day, so I was really happy," Kim said. Ryu, the 2012 LPGA Rookie of the Year, got off to a nice start in her morning rou

  • BC-BBA--Red Sox-White Sox,Extra InningsADVISORY, BBA

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Editors: The Red Sox and White Sox are tied 4-4 after 13 innings in Chicago.

  • Oklahoma news briefs for April 17, 2014

    From staff reports | Published: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Red Cross to present tornado safety program Thursday in south Oklahoma City.

  • Dodgers' Ramirez leaves after getting hit by pitch

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez has left the game against the San Francisco Giants after getting hit by a pitch on the top of his left hand. The team says X-rays on his hand were negative. Ramirez was hit on a pitch clocked at 90 mph from Ryan Vogelsong to open the seventh inning Wednesday night. Ramirez slammed his helmet to the ground and hopped around in pain after the ball bounced off his hand. He was tended to by a team trainer and manager Don Mattingly for a couple of minutes before being replaced by Justin Turner. Ramirez entered the game hitting .291 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

  • Australia women's coach de Reus leaves position

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Hesterine de Reus has left her position as head coach of the Australian women's football team after 15 months, following reports of player complaints over her strict style. FFA chief executive David Gallop confirmed the Dutch coach's departure Thursday after a review that began two weeks' ago, but did not say whether de Reus quit or was asked to resign. Alen Stajcic, coach of the Sydney W-League team, was named interim head coach to lead the side for the Women's Asian Cup in Vietnam next month, where the Australians are the defending champions, after which a permanent head coach will be sought. De Reus replaced Tom Sermanni, who led the Australian women's team for eight years before taking over the No. 1

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder prepare for another playoff clash with Grizzlies

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Apr 16, 2014

    OKC faces the same Memphis Grizzlies team that knocked it out of last season’s playoffs, starting with an 8:30 p.m. tip Saturday in The Peake.

  • Mariners falter in 9th, lose 3-2 in Texas

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The ace pitchers were out of the game, and the Seattle Mariners had the lead with two outs in the ninth inning. After a botched force play and a wild pitch that allowed the tying run to come home, Leonys Martin had another big hit for the Texas Rangers. Seattle closer Fernando Rodney was charged with two unearned runs and the Mariners lost 3-2 on Martin's game-ending RBI single on Wednesday night. Martin also chased Felix Hernandez with a leadoff triple in the eighth. "Rodney did a great job. It was unfortunate that we made the error," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's a 162-game schedule. You're going to win your share of those, and you're going to lose your share. When you're on the losing

  • Tigers edged by Indians 3-2

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Torii Hunter has done a lot of things and put up some big numbers in his 18-season career. Sacrifice bunts, though, aren't exactly his specialty. He had three last season, one the year before and none in the 10 seasons before that. But in the Detroit Tigers' 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, manager Brad Ausmus had Hunter try to get a bunt down in the eighth with no outs, runners on first and second, and Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez coming up. Detroit was down 3-1 at the time and Hunter couldn't get the bunt down and grounded into a double play on a two-strike pitch. Cabrera followed with a RBI single for the final margin.

  • Forget cold, Cubs cooled by Tanaka, Pineda

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Chicago Cubs came up empty again in the Bronx — twice. After being overpowered by Masahiro Tanaka in the opener of a split doubleheader, the Cubs had little success against Michael Pineda, dropping the nightcap 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night and being shut out twice in the same day for the first time in more than 50 years. "Pineda and the first guy, Tanaka, they got great stuff," Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro said. "What happened today, a little bit tough." Tanaka (2-0) struck out 10 and allowed just two bunt hits — one replay aided — over eight innings in a 3-0 win in the opener of the day-night twinbill.

  • Rangers rally for 2 in 9th to beat Mariners 3-2

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas center fielder Leonys Martin wound up being the star of a battle of top pitchers. Martin had a leadoff triple in the eighth that chased Seattle ace Felix Hernandez. An inning later, Martin singled in the winning run with two out as the Rangers scored two unearned runs off closer Fernando Rodney for a 3-2 win over the Mariners on Wednesday night. "He was in the middle of the first run by hitting the triple off Hernandez, who was outstanding tonight," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "And then he comes up in that situation against one of the best closers in the game. He just tried to put the ball in play, and it worked. It's good for him, it's good for the team, and we can build on it.

  • Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City. Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night. Oklahoma City (59-23) had lost two straight to put itself in the must-win situation in the regular-season finale to earn the No. 2 seed. Durant rallied the Thunder while recording his 14th 40-point game of the season. He drove for the go-ahead dunk with 16.5 seconds left and won a tip over Greg Monroe with 1.

  • Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason. Instead, they kept grinding and grabbed the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference. Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies moved up from the eighth seed by edging the Dallas Mavericks 106-105 on Wednesday night. "We've been holding on very tight for a long time ...," Memphis coach Dave Joerger said. "Getting 50 wins is something you want on your resume as a player, and people remember those. Those are special seasons. It's a standard, a golden standard I think.

  • Harper scratched from Nats' lineup against Marlins

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Outfielder Bryce Harper was scratched from the Washington Nationals' game at Miami because of tightness in his left quadriceps, but he's expected to return to the lineup Thursday. Harper was replaced Wednesday by Tyler Moore after his thigh bothered him during batting practice. "I decided to get him out of there, give him a day just to calm it down a little bit," manager Matt Williams said. "I expect him to be in there Thursday." The Nationals open an 11-game homestand Thursday when they play St. Louis. Harper had been playing despite the ailment since last Friday, and he left Monday's game in the seventh inning after he slipped running the bases. He has been on a tear at the plate lately, batting .

  • Gomes, McAllister lead Indians past Tigers 3-2

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Zach McAllister gave up lots of runs in the middle innings last season. This year? So far, so good. McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings and Yan Gomes hit a two-run double in the Cleveland Indians' 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. McAllister (2-0) walked two and struck out four. "He used his fastball well early in the game," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "It was a great effort. He kept us off the field." The Tigers had runners on first and second with one out in the fourth, but McAllister got Nick Castellanos on a flyball that center fielder Michael Bourn ran down in deep right-center and then elevated a fastball to strike out Alex Avila swinging

  • Burke's 32 lift Jazz over Wolves in the finale

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Adelman trudged off the basketball court for maybe the final time in his professional life and he couldn't hide the disappointment. He was sure his Minnesota Timberwolves were going to respond in the season finale, finishing a year of unmet expectations on a high note against the lowly Utah Jazz. Instead, one of the most respected coaches of his generation watched his team deliver a lackluster performance that in no way resembled the precise, sophisticated game Adelman has been known for over the last quarter century.