TWINS vs TORONTO

-- The Minnesota Twins open up a three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays tonight at Target Field. The Twins are currently tied for first in the AL Central with the Kansas City Royals, both with records of 28-18. Trevor May against Mark Buerhle tonight.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Rangers silent in Hamilton's return

UNDATED (AP) — Josh Hamilton had a pretty good night at the plate. The rest of his Texas Rangers teammates did not.

Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in his first home game since the Rangers reacquired him from the Angels. However, Texas collected just three other hits in a 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

Hamilton received a warm ovation before lining the first pitch he saw into the right-field corner for a double. It was his first home game in Texas since the 2012 AL wild-card game in which he was booed lustily.

Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer and Blake Swihart added a two-run single to back Eduardo Rodriguez, who held the Rangers to three hits while striking out seven in 7 2/3 innings. Mookie Betts had three hits and an RBI as the Red Sox dealt the Rangers their second straight loss since a seven-game winning streak.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Chris Sale dominated the White Sox's 3-2 victory over Baltimore in the opener of a twinbill, striking out 12 while limiting the Orioles to four singles and no walks in 7 2/3 innings. The game was scoreless until Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche hit RBI doubles in the sixth.

— LaRoche and Adam Eaton homered in the nightcap, but the Orioles knocked off Chicago 6-3. Rookie Mike Wright picked up his second win, allowing three runs and six hits in five innings before the Baltimore bullpen followed with four hitless frames.

— Pittsburgh picked up its seventh consecutive win as Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer and A.J. Burnett worked into the sixth inning of the Pirates' 11-5 assault on San Diego. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte also went deep, and Andrew McCutchen was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

—Chris Heston looked good in San Francisco's 7-0 shutout of Atlanta, limiting the Braves to four hits while fanning six in 7 1/3 innings. Brandon Belt snapped a scoreless tie with a seventh-inning homer before the Giants broke it open with a six-run eighth.

— Billy Burns smacked a solo homer and Brett Lawrie added two-run blast while Oakland turned a 3-0 deficit into a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees. Yanks slugger Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to tie Barry Bonds for second on the all-time RBI list.

— Cleveland beat Seattle 5-3 behind Corey Kluber, who fanned 13 while yielding three runs and seven hits in seven innings. Brandon Moss poked a solo homer and Jason Kipnis had two hits and two RBIs to help the Indians win for the eighth time in 10 games.

— The Angels clobbered the Tigers 12-2 as Chris Iannetta hit a grand slam and Albert Pujols smacked a two-run shot. Matt Joyce hit a solo shot and had two RBIs to back C.J. Wilson, who surrendered a run and just two hits in six innings.

— Pittsburgh picked up its seventh consecutive win as Jung Ho Kang hit a three-run homer and A.J. Burnett worked into the sixth inning of the Pirates' 11-5 assault on San Diego. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte also went deep, and Andrew McCutchen was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

NBA-BULLS

Bulls dump coach

CHICAGO (AP) — Tom Thibodeau has suddenly become one of the most successful former coaches in NBA history.

Thibodeau has been fired after five seasons with the Chicago Bulls. He led the team to a 255-139 record and a playoff appearance in each season with the team. Apparent friction with management led to the change, along with a second-round exit in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Thibodeau's .647 winning percentage ranks seventh in NBA history among coaches with at least 200 games. He led the Bulls to the top seed in the playoffs his first two seasons and was the NBA's Coach of the Year in 2011, the same year Derrick Rose became the league's youngest MVP.

NBA-HEAT-WADE

AP SOURCE: Heat, Wade contract talks stalled

MIAMI (AP) — There's a chance the Miami Heat's one-time Big Three will be reduced to one.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that contract talks between Dwyane Wade and the Heat are at "an impasse" and the three-time NBA champion is preparing himself for possibly leaving the team this summer. Wade could opt out of his current contract, which calls for him to make about $16.1 million next season. The person said Wade has not decided anything, including whether he will opt out

NFL-VIKINGS-PETERSON

Peterson annoyed by contract status

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson is expressing his frustration over criticism he is receiving while staying away from the voluntary portion of the Minnesota Vikings offseason.

Peterson will have his $12.75 million salary for 2015 guaranteed if he's on the roster for Week 1. But a person close to Peterson tells The Associated Press the 30-year-old also wants more of the money on the back end of his deal guaranteed.

Peterson said on Twitter that he knows "hundreds of players" that wished the team would have honored their contracts as he is being asked to do. Coach Mike Zimmer said yesterday that Peterson has two choices: he can either play for the Vikings next season or not play at all.

NHL-COACHES

Sabres and Sharks land new coaches

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL coaching carousel continues. The Devils' former coach will be behind the Sharks' bench, while the Penguins' ex-coach will take over the Sabres' roster.

The Sharks have announced the hiring of coach Peter DeBoer as the replacement for the departed Todd McLellan, who is the new coach of the Oilers. The decision to hire DeBoer ends a search that started when the team announced April 20 that McLellan would not be back for an eighth season.

DeBoer has coached seven seasons in the NHL with the Panthers and Devils. His best season came when he led New Jersey to the 2012 Stanley Cup finals before falling to Los Angeles.

Dan Bylsma has secured a new job as coach of the Sabres. He coached the Sidney Crosby-led Penguins to win the 2009 Stanley Cup championship and captured three division titles in 5 ½ seasons before he was dismissed last spring. He takes over a franchise coming off consecutive last-place finishes.

Bylsma replaces Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

The Devils currently are the league's only team without a head coach.

NHL-CAPITALS

Surgery for a center

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has had arthroscopic hip surgery and the team expects him to be ready for next season. Backstrom led the NHL with 60 assists and was sixth in points with 78 this season, playing in all 82 games. He became the team's career assist leader and is fifth in points.

The 27-year-old had three goals and five assists in 14 playoff games for Washington, which was eliminated by the New York Rangers in the second round.

NHL-BRONCOS-CLADY

Broncos lose Clady for season

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are searching for someone to watch quarterback Peyton Manning's back after left tackle Ryan Clady tore his left ACL and will likely be out for the season.

Clady hurt his knee during a voluntary practice Wednesday, an injury that no one thought was really all that serious. Clady was setting up to pass block when his knee buckled. He even took another snap before pulling himself out of practice because his knee was sore.

FRENCH OPEN-DAY 5

Two No. 1's advance

PARIS (AP) — Top-seed Serena Williams has advanced to the third round of the French Open, but she needed three sets to do it. Williams rallied to beat German Anna-Lena Friedsam 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Joining Williams among the Day 5 winners is men's top-seed Novak Djokovic, who beat Gilles Muller 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 despite playing with a right leg injury. Djokovic took a medical timeout before the last game of the second set, getting his upper leg and lower back massaged by a trainer.

Also advancing are sixth seed and nine-time winner Rafael Nadal, No. 3 seed Andy Murray and women's fourth seed Petra Kvitova

Women's fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Germany's Julia Goerges 6-4, 7-6.

PGA-BYRON NELSON

Bowditch opens hot

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Steven Bowditch is the leader through one round of the Byron Nelson Classic.

Bowditch fired a bogey-free, 8-under 62 for a two shot advantage over Jimmy Walker. Bowditch matched his low round on the PGA Tour.

He didn't make it to the weekend each of the past three years at TPC Four Seasons after finishing tied for 60th in his tournament debut in 2001.

James Hahn and Ryan Palmer were three strokes back.

FIFA-CORRUPTION

Reaction continues to roll in

UNDATED (AP) — FIFA head Sepp Blatter says the recent bribery arrests and raids have shamed and humiliated the sport of soccer.

Blatter rejected a demand from the European soccer association UEFA to resign in the wake of the scandal. Blatter is running for a fifth term as FIFA president with the election set for Friday.

Blatter says individuals were responsible for tarnishing soccer's governing body and says he intends to restore trust in the organization.

FIFA major sponsor Visa is threatening to sever its ties with the organization unless it cleans up its act.

OBIT-BYERS

Longtime NCAA chief dies

UNDATSED (AP) — Walter Byers, the first executive director of the NCAA, has died at the age of 93. He spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics.

Byers took over the NCAA in 1951 and was key to the schools maintaining strict control of all revenues the athletes generated. Then, the figures weren't too impressive. Now, the deals for football and basketball rights are worth billions.

He helped invent the now widely used term "student-athlete," which he said was intended to disguise the fact that players had become de facto professionals. He was also a big proponent of having the NCAA oversee women's athletics, which came to fruition in the early 1980s.