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Wainwright baffles Rockies over 7 innings in Cards' 3-0 win

Sun, 28 May 2017 04:36:35 UT

DENVER (AP) — Adam Wainwright kept up his mastery of the Rockies by scattering three hits over seven innings, Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Colorado 3-0 on Saturday night. Wainwright (5-3) struck out six and retired the last 10 batters he faced as he moved to 10-1 with a 1.56 ERA over his career against Colorado. Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a run-scoring single in the third. Freeland worked his way out of early trouble courtesy of two double plays. St. Louis has now hit into six double plays in splitting the first two games of the series. The Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP John Brebbia from Triple-A Memphis and designated lefty Miguel Socolovich for reassignment.



Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals

Sun, 28 May 2017 03:38:54 UT

Let's be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals. Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night's series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland. Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with story lines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its Finals flameout. James referred to the Warriors as only "that juggernaut" and "a beast" following Thursday's Game 5 in at Boston, a night in which he passed Michael Jordan as the career postseason scoring leader. James didn't speak to reporters on Saturday either, leaving Love to serve as the team's unofficial spokesman as the sports world inched closer to a matchup that seemed destined from the moment last season's Finals ended. After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense. Lue knows the Cavs are facing a difficult task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line. The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star.



Keuchel solid in return from DL as Astros down Orioles 5-2

Sun, 28 May 2017 03:21:14 UT

HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel picked up right where he left off on Saturday night in his return from a short stint on the disabled list. Keuchel (8-0), who missed one start with a pinched nerve in his neck, allowed four hits and one run while fanning eight in six innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Houston led by 1 in the fourth before George Springer hit a two-run homer off Wade Miley (1-3) to make it 4-1. Welington Castillo had an RBI single for the Orioles, whose season-high skid reached six games. Jose Altuve had three hits and an RBI and Carlos Correa added two hits and drove in a run for the Astros, who won for the fifth time in six games. Miley tied season highs by allowing eight hits and four runs in five innings to remain winless since April 14. The Orioles got going in the third inning when Caleb Joseph walked with two outs. Alex Bregman singled with one out in the fourth before Springer hit his 10th home run on a towering 447-foot shot to center field with two outs to extend Houston's lead to 4-1. McCullers allowed one hit in five scoreless innings in his last start to extend his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 22 innings, which is the longest active streak in the AL.



Ex-Senate staffer: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning has died

Sun, 28 May 2017 02:55:09 UT

(AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher who parlayed his sports fame into a political career as an uncompromising advocate for conservative causes, has died. While he was a public servant with a Hall of Fame career, his legacy to us is that of a beloved husband, caring father and supportive grandfather. The big right-hander, known for his intimidating mound presence, pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history and became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues. Bunning's success in baseball carried over into politics, as the Kentucky Republican served stints on a city council and in the state Senate before a nearly quarter-century career in Congress. Known as a no-nonsense pitcher who threw hard and knocked batters down when necessary, Bunning belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era. [...] in July 2009 he dropped his re-election bid, accusing his GOP colleagues of doing "everything in their power to dry up my fundraising." The proposal, which sought a lifetime ban for a third positive test, would have applied to baseball, football, basketball and hockey players. While spending most of his career with the Tigers and Phillies, the nine-time All-Star selection also had stints with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers. Following his baseball career, Bunning managed five seasons in the Phillies minor league system, became a player agent and was a stock broker.



LEADING OFF: Suzuki learning Dickey; rookies lead Rockies

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:45:02 UT

Dickey (3-3) makes his 10th start for the Braves in the series finale in San Francisco against Johnny Cueto (4-4) and the Giants. Rockies right-hander German Marquez will be the third straight rookie the Colorado Rockies have started against St. Louis in the series that concludes Sunday. Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb starts Sunday at Minnesota after pitching seven innings in consecutive starts for the first time since September 2014.



AP Sources: Caps to host Leafs in outdoor game at Navy

Sun, 28 May 2017 01:37:21 UT

The NHL will play an outdoor game at a U.S. service academy for the first time when the Washington Capitals host the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, next season. Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday that the Capitals and Maple Leafs will meet March 3 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the league had not announced the event.



Anderson takes no-hit bid into eighth in Brewers win

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:12:11 UT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chase Anderson's smile following a near no-hitter barely masked what it meant to perform well against the Diamondbacks franchise that decided to move him. Anderson (3-1) took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped Arizona's five-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory on Saturday. Nick Ahmed broke up the bid with a sharply hit ball up the middle to start the eighth that deflected off second baseman Eric Sogard's glove. On Aug. 16, 2015, Ahmed blooped a single to right-center leading off the eighth inning for the Diamondbacks' first hit against Atlanta's Shelby Miller. "Nick came up with a big base hit," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. Rob Scahill relieved Anderson after the hit, and Anderson received an extended standing ovation from the 29,746 at Miller Park. Jesus Aguilar homered and Domingo Santana added a run-scoring single in the sixth to drop Greinke to 16-3 all-time at Miller Park. Greinke holds a special place in Brewers history, coming to Milwaukee in a trade in 2011 and leading the franchise to its first National League Championship Series since 1982. With LF Ryan Braun (strained left calf) on the 10-day DL, the Brewers have opted to keep an additional pitcher on the staff for now.



Farah, Bowie and Baker win at Prefontaine Classic

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:58:28 UT

(AP) — Mo Farah pounded his chest after crossing the finish line on a U.S. track for perhaps the final time. The British distance specialist who defended his Olympic titles in both the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Rio Games last year plans to retire from track races after the world championships in London this August. Allen, who also played football at Oregon, decided to go pro in track last November after making the U.S. Olympic team. Prefontaine director Tom Jordan said that for the first time in nearly a decade, some 10 athletes were denied or faced delays in obtaining visas for the event, the lone U.S. stop on the elite Diamond League series. The race featured Tianna Bartoletta, who won the gold medal in Rio in the long jump and finished second to Brittney Reese in that same event at the Pre on Friday night. Other winners Saturday included Americans Jasmine Stowers, who won the 100 hurdles in 12.59; Christian Taylor, who won the Triple Jump in 59 feet, 5 inches; LaShawn Merritt, who ran the 400 in 44.79; and Sam Kendricks, who won the pole vault with a leap of 19 feet, 2 3/4 inches.



America's Cup qualifiers off to smashing start in Bermuda

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:40:18 UT

Moments after Oracle Team USA came from behind to beat Emirates Team New Zealand in a thrilling rematch between the 2013 finalists, Ainslie, the skipper of Land Rover BAR, crashed his 50-foot foiling catamaran into SoftBank Team Japan during the prestart of the day's sixth and final race. Crewmen on SoftBank Team Japan had to leap clear of Ainslie's port hull as it smashed onto their starboard hull. The collision punched a hole in the bottom of the British boat's carbon fiber hull and caused part of it to delaminate. Fortunately for the Brits, they were able to keep the catamaran riding on its hydrofoils throughout the race, with the hulls out of the water. Four years ago, Team New Zealand reached match point against Oracle on San Francisco Bay before the American team, owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, won eight straight races to cap one of the greatest comebacks in sports. Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill caught the Kiwis, now helmed by Olympic gold and silver medalist Peter Burling, as the catamarans rounded the mark onto the sixth of seven legs and pulled away to win by six seconds. Oracle pulled into a 3-3 tie atop the standings with Land Rover BAR, which opened with two bonus points based on preliminary regattas. If the winner of the qualifiers is Oracle or a challenger that advances to the match, that team will start the match with a one-point bonus.



Webb Simpson breaks out of crowd to take Colonial lead

Sat, 27 May 2017 23:36:11 UT

For the 2012 U.S. Open champion, and pretty much everyone else at Hogan's Alley, it was a mentally draining day at the traditional tree-lined course where temperatures were in the upper 90s, with a heat index of 108 degrees and wind gusting to 25 mph. [...] Simpson shot a 3-under 67 to break out of a crowd and take the third-round lead. Part of a four-way tie for the 36-hole lead, Simpson went ahead alone to stay after consecutive birdies to start his back nine. Simpson leads after three rounds for the fifth time in his career, and first since the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2013 that was also the last of his four PGA Tour victories. Lee and Kisner also were tied for the second-round lead, along with Scott Piercy, whose shot 72 to fall five strokes back. Piercy was still within a stroke of the lead at 8 under after a par-saving 13-foot putt at the 12th hole after driving into the rough and hitting his approach in a greenside bunker there. [...] he promptly hit his tee shot at the par-3 13th into the pond on way to a double-bogey, and couldn't avoid bogeys after wayward drives and going into greenside bunkers at No. 15 and 18.