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  • Mets jump on struggling D-backs early in 9-0 win

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — A group of Mets players gathered around the television in the clubhouse to watch a replay of Kirk Nieuwenhuis' homer a couple of hours earlier. Off the crack of the bat, one player shouted: "Get in the pool!" Nieuwenhuis just missed a splashdown but was on the mark in his season debut. Called up from the minors after Juan Lagares went on the disabled list, Nieuwenhuis had three hits, three RBIs and made a diving catch in center field to lead New York to a 9-0 rout of the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. "Three years ago, he was a guy people thought was going to be an offensive center fielder people thought could run, play the game the right way and had some power," Mets manager Te

  • Red Sox fall to White Sox 2-1 on error in 9th

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox believed they were headed to extra innings on a frigid night at U.S. Cellular Field. Tied at one against the White Sox in the bottom of the ninth inning, Boston reliever Chris Capuano appeared to strike out Marcus Semien on a check swing on a 2-2 count to end the inning. Instead, it was ruled a ball following an appeal to third base umpire Doug Eddings, and it cost the Red Sox one pitch later. Semien hit the next pitch to Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts, whose one-hopped throw to first baseman Mike Carp wasn't handled cleanly. Alexei Ramirez, who reached on a one-out single against reliever Burke Badenhop and advanced to second on Capuano's walk of Adam Eaton, ran on the 3-2 pi

  • NBA Capsules

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season. Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and J.J. Redick added 18 points in the Clippers' finale at home, where they went 34-7 for another franchise mark. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 16 rebounds. The win kept the Clippers in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They would need to win at Portland and Oklahoma City would need to lose to Detroit on Wednesday night for the Clippers to claim the second spot. Otherwise, they will remain the third seed.

  • White Sox slip past Red Sox 2-1 on error in 9th

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — Alexei Ramirez is finding different ways of helping the White Sox earn dramatic victories. Ramirez scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a throwing error and the Chicago White Sox edged the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on a frigid Tuesday night. Tied at one, Red Sox reliever Burke Badenhop (0-2) allowed a one-out single to Ramirez. After Tyler Flowers struck out, Chris Capuano replaced Badenhop. Capuano walked Adam Eaton to move Ramirez to second. Then with a 3-2 count, Marcus Semien hit a grounder to Xander Bogaerts at shortstop, who one-hopped his throw to first baseman Mike Carp. Carp wasn't able to scoop the throw and Ramirez, who was already running on the pitch never stopped when

  • Sloppy 6th inning dooms Twins in 9-3 loss to Jays

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Phil Hughes was rolling along against his old AL East foes from Toronto, piling up the strikeouts and freezing Blue Jays bats through five innings on a chilly night at Target Field. Then it all fell apart faster than one of his 93 mph fastballs, and Hughes was done without getting an out in the sixth. The right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits and Jared Burton served up a grand slam to Brett Lawrie in the ninth as the Minnesota Twins lost 9-3 Tuesday night. "It's just one of those things — sometimes you go through little spurts in games where you just can't execute a pitch," Hughes said. "I just happened to do it at the wrong time.

  • Bautista, Lawrie lift Blue Jays over Twins 9-3

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays were getting mowed down by Phil Hughes through the first five innings on a chilly night at Target Field, but the big swingers never panicked. The Jays have a long history of beating up on the former Yankees right-hander, so they knew it was only a matter of time before they got him in his new home in Minnesota. Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help the Blue Jays beat the Twins 9-3 on Tuesday night. Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and an RBI, and Aaron Loup (1-0) won in relief of starter Brandon Morrow, who lasted 3 2-3 innings in 35-degree weather. The Blue Jays led 5-2 going into the ninth before Lawrie's towering

  • Harrell struggles as Astros fall to Royals 4-2

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's Lucas Harrell fell behind hitters again and again on Tuesday night and it cost him just as it had in his other two starts this season. Harrell gave up five hits and four runs in five innings and the Kansas City Royals got a 4-2 win over the Astros. His third start of the season was strikingly similar to his first two. He allowed a run in the first inning and couldn't find a way get out of the early hole. Harrell (0-3) allowed a solo shot to Omar Infante on his seventh pitch of the game. After Infante's line-drive homer to the Crawford Boxes in left field, Harrell began what he said has become a habitual tendency to fall behind in counts. "No matter what happens, you've still got to make

  • Brewers bats cold again in 6-1 loss to Cardinals

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The defense is just fine and the pitching is still there for the Brewers. But after a nine-game winning streak, Milwaukee's bats have gone cold in two straight losses. Pin much of the blame on the hard-throwing starters for the St. Louis Cardinals. Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win on Tuesday night. Miller (1-2) routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid-90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh. Only Aramis Ramirez managed to break through off Miller hitting a solo homer in the fourth. "Sneaky fast. He's throwing. It's

  • Mariners blanked again as pitching concerns mount

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Seattle Mariners came out of another shutout loss with another ailing pitcher. Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back home runs off Blake Beavan before the fill-in starter left with a sore shoulder and Robbie Ross limited the Mariners to five singles in seven-plus innings in the Texas Rangers' 5-0 victory Tuesday night. The Mariners were held scoreless for the third time in a week, but this one bothered manager Lloyd McClendon a little more. Seattle didn't get a runner past second base. "We didn't do too good," McClendon said. "I mean (Ross') cutter was working pretty good and we probably went outside the zone. Probably the first night where I was probably a little disappointe

  • OKC RedHawks: George Springer hits grand slam, OKC outslugs Colorado Springs

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The RedHawks (9-4) scored three runs in the first inning, and then Springer gave Oklahoma City a 7-0 lead with his third homer of the season. But in the thin air of Colorado, the Hawks’ big lead did not hold. The Sky Sox (5-7) never took the lead, but they did close within 9-8 by the end of the seventh inning.

  • Oklahoma scene: Texas Rangers tried to buy RedHawks, according to report

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 20 hr ago

    Mandalay Baseball Properties, which owns the Oklahoma City franchise, wanted more than $20 million. The Rangers turned down the deal.

  • College football: Bobby Bowden saw the need for Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The legendary coach said: “As I was coaching, I could really see the need. I’ve got 100 boys there, and half of ‘em haven’t got a daddy. It was very obvious to me what’s missing in our society. I could see where FCA could help close that gap.”

  • OU football: Trevor Knight's unimpressive performance nothing to worry about

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma fans concerned after Trevor Knight’s showing in Saturday’s Red-White Game probably should take a deep breath.

  • Whitney Wofford wanted to reach out and touch someone

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Updated: 22 hr ago

    Wofford wasn’t the most recognizable athlete at Sooners for N7, an event done recently by OU athletes to promote healthy, active lifestyles to Native American kids. Trevor Knight was there. So were Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins. Everyone knows who they are and what they do.

  • OU basketball: Guard Je'lon Hornbeak decides to transfer

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Hornbeak started 29 of 32 games as a freshman, averaging 5.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

  • OKC Thunder: Bad loss in New Orleans leaves playoff scenarios wide open

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Although they wouldn’t reveal it publicly, coach Scott Brooks and the Thunder seemed to have a clear plan heading into Monday night’s game in New Orleans

  • OKC Barons: Steve Pinizzotto hopes words of wisdom help Barons in crunch time

    By Mike Baldwin | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Oklahoma City hosts the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Cox Center. Any standings points will help the Barons move closer to a fourth consecutive playoff berth.

  • OKC Barons: OKC begins final playoff run this week

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Barons host Texas Stars at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cox Center. Iowa is in town for 7 p.m. contests Friday and Saturday.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Guard Je'lon Hornbeak to transfer

    Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    OU men's basketball coach Lon Kruger announced Tuesday that sophomore guard Je'lon Hornbeak has decided to transfer. Hornbeak, an Arlington, Texas, native, played in 61 games in two seasons as a Sooner, averaging 5.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. The 6-foot-4 Hornbeak said he will go through the recruiting process again.

  • OSU wrestling: Chris Perry named Big 12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year

    Trent Shadid | Yesterday

    Oklahoma State wrestling standout Chris Perry has been named the 2014 Big 12 Wrestling Scholar-Athlete of the Year.