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Albies hits a slam, Braves roll past Marlins 9-2
UNDATED (AP) -Ozzie Albies hit Atlanta’s first grand slam of the season to highlight a seven-run sixth inning, Freddie Freeman had a career-high five hits and the NL East-leading Braves beat the Miami Marlins 9-2. Freeman also homered for the Braves in that sixth-inning outburst, when Atlanta got all of its runs with two out.
In other MLB action:
– Shohei Ohtani hit his fifth homer and an RBI double in the Angels’ 7-4 win over the Twins. Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among his three hits in the Angels’ seventh win in nine games. Justin Upton also homered in his third straight game as the Angels snapped Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.
-Scooter Gennett went 3 for 4 and drove in three runs, Tyler Mahle and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 for their third straight victory. Mahle outdueled Walker Buehler in a matchup of 23-year-old right-handers. Mahle allowed one run and three hits in five innings and walked four. The last-place Reds ended their futility against the Dodgers. They had lost eight in a row overall and nine straight in Los Angeles.
– Matt Adams singled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning and Washington won the opener of a four-game series in Arizona. Trea Turner opened the 11th with a single off Fernando Salas and Anthony Rendon walked. Left-hander Andrew Chafin relieved Salas and, with the shift on, Adams singled through the shortstop’s normal position to give Washington its first lead of the night.
– Miles Mikolas won his fifth straight decision to begin the season and Tommy Pham homered to help St. Louis edge San Diego. Mikolas allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings against his former team, lowering his ERA to 2.51. The right-hander had never faced the Padres, who drafted him in 2009 and used him as a reliever from 2012-13.
– J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run against Dellin Betances leading off the eighth inning, just beyond Aaron Judge’s reach at the right-field wall, and the Boston Red Sox rebounded after wasting a four-run lead to beat New York 5-4 and send the Yankees to only their second loss in 19 games. In another dramatic game before a sellout crowd, Boston moved back into a tie with the Yankees for the AL East lead at 26-11, the best record in the majors.
– Lorenzo Cain homered on the first pitch of the game, Jhoulys Chacin (joh-LEES’ cha-SEEN’) kept his former team in check into the sixth inning and the Milwaukee beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2. Cain lined a fastball from German Marquez to deep center for his second career leadoff homer. The Milwaukee outfielder also accomplished feat on June 25, 2014, as a member of the Kansas City Royals.
– Kyle Seager hit two home runs, including his fourth career grand slam, and Jean Segura had four hits as the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-3. Mariners right-hander Mike Leake matched a season high by pitching seven innings.
– Ozzie Albies hit Atlanta’s first grand slam of the season to highlight a seven-run sixth inning, Freddie Freeman had a career-high five hits and the NL East-leading Braves beat the Miami Marlins 9-2. Freeman also homered for the Braves in that sixth-inning outburst, when Atlanta got all of its runs with two out.
– Vince Velasquez struck out 12 in six innings, Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the San Francisco Giants 6-3 on Thursday for a four-game sweep. The Giants struck out 53 times in Philadelphia, obliterating the previous team record of 44 in a four-game series set in 2003, according to Stats LLC.
Price may cut back video games, pitches Saturday at Toronto
UNDATED (AP) – Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price says video games may have contributed to his carpal tunnel syndrome, but are not the cause of the condition.
Price is set to start Saturday at Toronto. He has not pitched since May 3.
The 32-year-old left-hander is 2-4 with a 5.11 ERA in seven starts during his third season with the Red Sox. He returned to Boston on Tuesday for tests after experiencing numbness in his pitching hand during a bullpen session and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel.
Price threw about 40 pitches before Thursday night’s game at Yankee Stadium. He will be treated with a procedure similar to acupuncture and hopes to avoid surgery.
The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner is a longtime video game enthusiast. Earlier this season, Price said he and his teammates have been spent many hours playing the popular Fortnite.
In other MLB news:
– Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton had surgery on his troublesome left ankle with no timetable given for his return. The arthroscopic surgery was performed in Green Bay by an expert in the field of ankle injuries. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says no injury was apparent from MRIs. “A little tear” was found and fixed.
– The San Francisco Giants have transferred Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) to the 60-day disabled list, meaning it will be late June at the earliest before the right-hander returns to the rotation. The Giants announced earlier this week that Cueto would miss 6-8 weeks with a strained right elbow.
– The Philadelphia Phillies have demoted their only left-handed pitcher, optioning reliever Zac Curtis to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalling right-hander Jake Thompson. The move leaves the Phillies with 13 right-handed pitchers on the 25-man roster.
– The St. Louis Cardinals have put ace Carlos Martinez on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained lat. Martinez leads the National League with a 1.62 ERA. Right-handed reliever Mike Mayers was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.
– The Cincinnati Reds have promoted Nick Krall to general manager, giving him more responsibilities as the team tries to emerge from a major rebuild. Krall has been an assistant to Dick Williams, who will remain president of baseball operations and oversee the baseball operations department.
Vegas next in Western final after Jets stun Preds in Game 7
UNDATED – The Winnipeg Jets are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season.
Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators 5-1 Thursday night in their first Game 7 – continuing an amazing run for a team swept in its previous two playoff appearances.
Stastny finished with a second goal and an assist, and Mark Scheifele (SHYF’-lee) also had two goals. Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each had two assists.
Connor Hellebuyck (HEHL’-eh-buhk) made 36 saves for Winnipeg, which won three of four games in Nashville after missing the Presidents’ Trophy by three points to the Predators.
The Jets now host Vegas in Game 1 on Saturday night in a conference final nobody could’ve predicted when this season started.
P.K. Subban scored for Nashville, now the ninth Presidents’ Trophy winner in 10 years not to win the Stanley Cup.
Oklahoma City forward Collison retiring after 15 seasons
UNDATED (AP) – Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison is retiring after 15 seasons, all with the same franchise.
Collison was a first-round pick of the Seattle Supersonics in 2003 and remained with the organization when it relocated to Oklahoma City.
The 37-year-old Collison did not give a reason for retiring, only saying he was blessed to have spent 15 years in the NBA. The 6-foot-10 Collison played in 910 career regular-season games and 91 playoff games.
In other NBA news:
– Cleveland Cavaliers forward Rodney Hood has apologized to his teammates after refusing to check into Game 4 against Toronto. Hood didn’t check in during the blowout after being told to enter the game by coach Tyronn Lue. Hood said his teammates accepted his apology and laughed off the situation.
Lions’ Patricia says he was ‘falsely accused’ of assault
UNDATED (AP) – Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia says he was “falsely accused” in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week.
Patricia held a brief news conference Thursday, a day after a Detroit News report that he and a friend were indicted 22 years ago by a Texas grand jury, on one count each of aggravated sexual assault for an alleged incident involving a woman on South Padre Island. The accuser did not testify and the case was dismissed.
The Lions say a pre-employment background check did not turn up the incident. The team said it was standing by Patricia. An NFL spokesman says the league will review the matter with the team.
In other football news:
– The Arizona Cardinals have signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract. Coleman is the first deaf player on offense to play in the NFL. He has played in 47 games since joining the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent out of UCLA.
– The New York Giants have released running back Paul Perkins with a non-football injury. Perkins suffered a pectoral injury before the start of the team’s offseason conditioning program and subsequently underwent surgery.
– Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary has been hired as head coach of the Memphis franchise in the Alliance of American Football that will begin play next February. The former Chicago Bears linebacker previously coached for three NFL teams, including a head-coaching stint with San Francisco.
Dustin Johnson part of 6-way tie for lead at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson delivered plenty of entertainment at The Players Championship.
The lead belonged to just about everyone else.
Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar were among six players who shared the lead at 6-under 66, the largest logjam ever at the TPC Sawgrass and the most players tied at the top in the tournament in 40 years.
Woods had the best score in his star group and didn’t even break par. He had to save bogey on the 18th for a 72. Mickelson wore a long-sleeved, button-down shirt and posted a 79, his highest score at Sawgrass since 2000. Rickie Fowler, rounding out the threesome, shot 74.