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  • Deja vu for Lackey in Boston's 8-4 loss to Orioles

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — It was a repeat performance the John Lackey could have done without. For the second straight start, the Boston Red Sox right-hander gave up six earned runs on 10 hits and couldn't get out of the sixth inning. The result also was similar, an 8-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. "Honestly, they had a couple walks, but they were in spots that wasn't that big a deal against guys I didn't really want to give in to," Lackey said. "I felt OK with it." Last Saturday in a 7-4 loss to the New York Yankees, he worked 5 2-3 innings. On Friday, Lackey (2-2) lasted 5 1-3. "''I thought he had good stuff tonight. He managed their lineup with a couple of walks that were instead of giving in," Red Sox

  • Indians fall short in 3-2 loss to Blue Jays

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes took the blame. For the Indians, there was plenty to go around. Cleveland's catcher had a costly throwing error in the seventh inning that helped Toronto score two runs, and the Indians rallied in the ninth but lost 3-2 to the Blue Jays on Friday night. Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer, but the Indians went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12. They loaded the bases in the ninth inning against shaky closer Sergio Santos, but Michael Brantley hit a hard grounder to first for the final out, dropping the Indians to 2-6 in their last eight. "We put ourselves in a tough spot," manager Terry Francona said. "It's hard to win those games.

  • Morton, Pirates fall to Brewers again, 5-3

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Charlie Morton was left trying to figure out how a promising outing unraveled so quickly. The Pittsburgh Pirates are seemingly always searching for answers in how to beat Kyle Lohse. Morton allowed five runs between the fourth and sixth innings and Lohse ran his winning streak against the Pirates to six in the Milwaukee Brewers' 5-3 victory Friday night. Lohse (3-1) allowed one earned run in 6 1-3 innings to beat Pittsburgh for the second time in six days and improved to 11-2 against the Pirates in his career. Lohse was charged with three runs — two unearned — and four hits with three walks with five strikeouts. He fell one out shy of a complete game Sunday at Miller Park — beating Morton in bo

  • Oklahoma City Energy FC goalkeeper Jon Kempin called up to U-21 US Men's National Team

    Chris Brannick | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The US Men’s National team announced on Friday 21 players who have been called into camp for the Under-21 team.

  • Mets held to 1 hit by Harang, Braves in 6-0 loss

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — By the time David Wright got a pitch to hit, it was far too late for the New York Mets. Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Mets 6-0 Friday night. "One thing about Harang, he doesn't miss on the plate. He may walk four or five, but all the pitches are off the plate," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He doesn't give in. He knows who he can and can't get out. He'll pitch around guys to get to guys that he knows he can get out. It's why he'll walk guys," he said. The Mets had their three-game winning streak stopped.

  • Anton Lander named OKC Barons' MVP

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    During pregame ceremonies on Friday night, general manager Bill Scott announced the Barons’ annual fan appreciation awards: 2013-14 team MVP—Anton Lander; Rookie of the Year—Andrew Miller; Offensive Player of the Year—Lander; Defensive Player of the Year—Brad Hunt; Fan favorite—C.J. Stretch. “It’s an honor but I couldn’t do it without my teammates and coaches, so a big thanks to all of them,” Lander said. “I’m very happy and very proud of this team that we kept fighting to get into the playoffs.” PLAYOFF SCHEDULE The Barons, the No. 8 seed in the AHL’s Western Conference, will host the top-seeded Texas Stars in Games 1 and 2 of the playoffs on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 26, an 8

  • Rangers top White Sox 12-0 in Perez's 1st shutout

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez turned toward first base, waiting for the call he hoped was coming. When the umpire's arm went up signaling a strikeout on Dayan Viciedo's check-swing with a full count, the young Texas Rangers left-hander pumped his fist and waited for a hug from catcher Robinson Chirinos. Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night. "I just say, 'Give me the strike,' because I don't want the walk and then maybe they take me out," Perez said of his 109th pitch. "So give me that strike." Perez has thrown 17 straight scoreless innings after he went eight in a 1-0 win over Houston.

  • Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols is quietly closing in on 500 home runs. Pujols hit No. 497 on Friday night, part of an offensive onslaught by the Los Angeles Angels in their 11-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Howie Kendrick added two homers of his own, and 10 of Los Angeles' 13 hits went for extra bases. Afterward, Pujols demurred when asked about the milestone he's approaching. "I don't want to talk about that. Thank you," Pujols said. The slugging first baseman was willing to discuss another powerful performance by the Angels, who entered the day with a major league-leading 24 homers and hit three more against the Tigers. Los Angeles is without outfielder Josh Hamilton, who had surgery last week on his injured

  • Vargas shuts down Twins, leads Royals to 5-0 win

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas began tinkering sometime between the second and third inning, after his pitch count had risen perilously high yet he'd managed to wiggle out of three straight jams. Whatever he did seemed to work. The left-hander wound up pitching seven shutdown innings, Mike Moustakas cracked a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals romped to a 5-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Vargas (2-0), who signed a $32 million, four-year deal in the offseason, allowed seven hits while striking out four in another dazzling start. The crafty left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.24 while going at least seven innings in each of his four outings this season. "I don't know, man.

  • Minnesota State players practice for Hoffner

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Coach Todd Hoffner is back on the field at Minnesota State, Mankato after football players ended their brief boycott of spring practice. Hoffner joined his team Friday. The Free Press of Mankato reports he watched the team work out, but didn't run the drills. Hoffner was arrested in 2012 after images of his naked children were found on his university-issued cellphone. A judge tossed the charges, saying the video merely showed his children playing after a bath. But the school fired Hoffner. He was reinstated Wednesday after being cleared by an arbitrator, though players refused to practice to show support for interim coach Aaron Keen. After meeting with coaches Thursday, players said they'd

  • Orioles cruise to 8-4 win over Red Sox

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Jonathan Schoop went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles pounded Red Sox starter John Lackey in an 8-4 victory over Boston on Friday night. Every Orioles starter had at least one hit except for Chris Davis. The Orioles collected 10 of those hits off Lackey (2-2), who surrendered six earned runs over 5 1-3 innings. It was the second straight start in which Lackey gave up six runs and failed to make it out of the sixth inning. The first four-hit game of Schoop's career extended his hitting streak to seven games. Orioles starter Chris Tillman (2-1) labored through five innings, throwing 122 pitches and giving up three earned runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out five.

  • Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy. The league said Friday night in a release that Calathes tested positive for tamoxifen. The suspension begins Saturday night when the Grizzlies take on Oklahoma City in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Yahoo Sports was the first to report the suspension. Calathes, a 25-year-old rookie reserve, averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 71 games this season.

  • Stanton's slam sends Marlins past Mariners 8-4

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Eager to try for a double play in the ninth inning, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager bobbled the ball, and the cameras caught his mistake. The runner was initially ruled out, but a replay reversal loaded the bases for the Miami Marlins, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam to beat Seattle 8-4 Friday night. With two on, nobody out and the score tied, Reed Johnson was called out at third on a force play following a bunt. But the umpires reviewed the ruling and determined Seager had juggled the ball. In his haste to throw to first, Seager was done in by the transfer rule, which is being enforced more closely this year because of replay reviews. "We've seen it happen a couple of times this y

  • Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk's wrist. Just like that, on Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in the opener of the best-of-seven playoff series Friday night. "We know we're good enough," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, "but it's one thing to know you're good enough and another thing to show it." The Bruins won the Presidents' Trophy for the best record in the regular season — although they were 1-3 against the Red Wings — but were locked in a tight game in which neither team had many solid scoring opportunities. The eighth-seeded Red Wings made t

  • Cabrera gets 4 hits, Blue Jays edge Indians 3-2

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Sergio Santos wasn't as wild. He was just as worrisome. Santos retired Michael Brantley on a hard grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to close out Toronto's 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored Toronto's go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's single before the Blue Jays withstood a shaky ninth by Santos, who bounced back from an awful outing in Minnesota on Thursday. "It got a little hairy there," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "But the bottom line is he got it done.

  • Brewers' Lohse beats Pirates again, 5-3

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Though it wasn't a clean effort, it was a win for the Milwaukee Brewers, and they'll take it. Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night. Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days. "It wasn't pretty, but they all count the same," said Lohse, who was charged with three runs — two unearned — and four hits with three walks with five strikeouts. "Sometimes, you get a win that's ugly, sometimes you've got to catch some breaks and sometimes you've got to grind it out in key situations and find a way t

  • NBA playoffs: The what-if bracket

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Lots of NBA observers are calling for playoff reform, after the 48-win Suns failed to make the playoffs in the Western Conference and the 37-win Hawks made the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. They want the top 16 teams, record-wise, regardless of conference, to make the post-season.

  • Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate. Pittsburgh sent minor league right-hander Zack Thornton and a player to be named to New York for the 27-year-old Davis. The Mets announced the deal just minutes before a 6-0 loss to Atlanta. Davis was on the field during batting practice earlier in the day. The Pirates had searched all winter for a first baseman, without success in the trade and free-agent markets. "Ultimately, we found the right fit," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "Hopefully this is a move that solves our first base needs for ye

  • Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Harang knew the score, he'd done this before: No hits, too many tosses. Harang didn't allow a hit for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night. "It wasn't that tough of a decision, really," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful he would go the distance. Harang walked six, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh. "I know how it works," he said. Sure does.

  • Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are gaining confidence with every playoff victory. "We are playing as a unit right now. Everyone is supporting each other and buying in to what the coaching staff is teaching us," goaltender Carey Price said Friday night after a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning gave the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. "We are living in the moment." Rene Bourque scored twice, and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher had the other goals for Montreal. Price stopped 26 shots, redeeming himself following a less than stellar performance during a 5-4 overtime win in Game 1. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Montreal.