AP Saturday Sports Roundup
Rangers falter in ninth
UNDATED (AP) — It was a tough night for the American League's top team.
The Rangers grabbed an early 6-0 lead and were within one out of a 7-4 victory until Boston scored four times to pull out an 8-7 win at Texas. Sandy Leon kept the game alive with an RBI double and Mookie Betts tied it with a two-run homer before Dustin Pedroia scored on a wild pitch by Matt Bush.
Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered as the Bosox dealt the Rangers just their second loss in 10 games.
Boston continues to trail the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles by 1 ½ games. The Rangers' league-best record dropped to 47-27, leaving them atop the West Division by nine games over Houston.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Orioles spotted Tampa Bay an early 3-0 lead before pulling out a 6-3 triumph in Baltimore. Chris Davis hit a go-ahead, two-run single that was misplayed by second baseman Logan Forsythe, allowing a third run to score. Adam Jones and Manny Machado hit solo homers for the Birds.
— The AL Central-leading Indians picked up their seventh consecutive victory by beating Detroit 7-4 as Danny Salazar improved to 9-3. Jason Kipnis tripled twice and had three RBIs, including one that capped the Indians' five-run fourth. Lonnie Chisenhall also hit a two-run triple to back Salazar, who was reached for three runs on four hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.
— Cleveland's division lead is four games over Kansas City after the Royals fell behind 12-0 by the second inning of a 13-4 loss to red-hot Houston. George Springer capped the Astros' nine-run first with a grand slam after scoring the game's first run. Springer had three hits and five RBIs, while Colby Rasmus went 4-for-5 with two ribbies and three runs scored in Houston's sixth consecutive win.
— The Cubs ended their four-game skid as Willson Contreras smacked a two-run homer and had three RBIs in a 5-4 triumph at Miami. The game was tied 4-4 until Contreras lined an RBI single in the seventh.
— Seattle pulled out a 4-3 win over St. Louis on Adam Lind's three-run homer off Trevor Rosenthal in the bottom of the ninth. Both starting pitchers were sharp as Mariners pitcher Wade LeBlanc tossed six scoreless innings and Carlos Martinez allowed a run and four hits through seven frames. The outcome gives the NL Central-leading Cubs a 10-game lead over the Cardinals.
— James Loney belted a three-run homer and Travis d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH') had three RBIs while the New York Mets were building an 8-0 lead in an 8-6 victory in Atlanta. The Mets' bullpen tossed 4 2/3 innings of scoreless relief after starter Steven Matz was reached for six runs and eight hits while retiring just one batter in the fifth.
— Washington's lead in the NL East is down to three games over New York after former Met Kirk Nieuwenhuis (NOO'-ehn-hys) slammed a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Max Scherzer in the sixth inning of the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Nationals in Milwaukee. The Nats led 3-2 in the fifth until Keon Broxton went deep off Scherzer, who has surrendered a major league-leading 20 home runs in just 107 1/3 innings this season.
— Pittsburgh's three-game slide is over after Sean Rodriguez had three RBIs and Matt Joyce added three hits and two ribbies to carry the Pirates past the Dodgers 8-6. Joyce and Jung Ho Kang (gahng) hit solo homers to help the Bucs win for only the third time in 16 games. Los Angeles ended a six-game winning streak and fell seven games behind the NL West-leading Giants.
— Brandon Belt fueled San Francisco's four-run seventh in a 5-4 triumph against Philadelphia. Belt laced a three-run double and scored on Angel Pagan's single. Jake Peavy gave up two runs in seven innings to pitch the Giants to their 12th victory in 13 games.
— Melky Cabrera hit a solo homer and Todd Frazier singled home the go-ahead run in the White Sox's 3-2 win over Toronto. David Robertson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
— Arizona blew an 8-5 lead in the eighth before Yasmany Tomas hit a solo homer and Michael Bourn delivered an RBI single in the ninth to lift the Diamondbacks past Colorado 10-9. Tomas also slammed a three-run homer and Jake Lamb went 3-for-4 with a two-run triple and three RBIs.
— Khris Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run blast in the eighth as Oakland downed the Angels 7-4. Stephen Vogt also went deep and Billy Burns drove in a pair for the Athletics.
— Masahiro Tanaka fanned seven and allowed three runs in six innings of the New York Yankees' 5-3 win over Minnesota. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined to strike out five in three perfect innings of relief.
— Wil Myers and Melvin Upton Jr. combined for six hits and nine RBIs as San Diego ripped the Reds 13-4 in Cincinnati. Myers was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and five RBIs, while Upton added a pair of two-run homers.
Rays get Arcia from Twins
UNDATED (AP) — The Rays have added outfield depth by getting Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins for a player to be named or $45,000. The 25-year-old Arcia batted .214 with four homers and 12 RBI in 32 games with the Twins this season. The Rays hope he can fill a hole in an outfield that's missing starters Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza Jr., along with backups Brandon Guyer and Mikie Mahtook.
Also in the majors:
— The Angels reinstated right-hander Nick Tropeano from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Salt Lake. Tropeano had been on the DL since June 4 with tightness in his right shoulder. He is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts this year.
— Pirates right-hander Juan Nicasio (nih-KAH'-see-oh) has been reinstated from the restricted list and moved to the bullpen. The Pirates also selected the contract of utilityman Adam Frazier from Triple-A Indianapolis, optioned catcher Jacob Stallings to the same club and designated pitcher Jorge Rondon and infielder Cole Figueroa for assignment.
— The Philadelphia Phillies have placed hurler Andrew Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and promoted Edubray Ramos from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Leafs take Matthews
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — One of Canada's most historic sports franchises is hoping an Arizona teenager can lead its latest rebuilding project.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have taken center Auston Matthews with the first pick in this weekend's NHL draft in Buffalo. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound play-maker is the seventh American selected at No. 1, and first since Chicago's Patrick Kane in 2007.
Matthews played professionally in Switzerland last season, scoring 24 goals and totaling 46 points in 36 games for Zurich. He then led the United States with six goals in 10 games at the world championships in Russia last month.
The Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 years and haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1967, the longest title drought of any of the league's "Original Six" clubs.
Winnipeg chose second and selected Finnish winger Patrik Laine (LY'-nee), who collected 10 goals and 15 points in 18 games while playing in Finland's top pro league.
Columbus has used the third pick in the draft to take Quebec League product Pierre-Luc Dubois (doo-BWAH'). The left winger contributed 42 goals and 99 points with 122 penalty minutes in 62 games for Cape Breton (BREH'-tuhn) last season.
The draft isn't the only hockey news coming out of Buffalo:
— The Detroit Red Wings have gained salary-cap relief by trading veteran star Pavel Datsyuk's (DAHT'-sooks) contract to the Arizona Coyotes. The Wings also sent the No. 16 pick in the draft to Arizona for the 20th selection. The 37-year-old Datsyuk said last week that he will return home to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season.
— The Flames have acquired netminder Brian Elliott from the Blues for their second-round pick. Elliott spent the last five seasons with St. Louis and was 104-46-16 with a 2.01 goals-against average.
— The Capitals have acquired forward Lars Eller from the Canadiens for second-round draft picks in 2017 and '18. The 27-year-old Eller contributed just 13 goals and 26 points in 79 games last season.
— Montreal has picked up forward Andrew Shaw from the Blackhawks for a pair of second-round draft picks. Shaw recorded a +11 last season while scoring 14 goals and 34 points.
— The Minnesota Wild have bought out the final year of left wing Thomas Vanek's contract. The 32-year-old Vanek was a major disappointment after signing a three-year, $19.5 million contract with the Wild in 2014, scoring just 39 goals and 93 points with a minus-15 in 154 games.
— Sabres forward Evander Kane is being investigated by area police again. A person familiar with the situation says Kane is accused of physically harassing two women at a downtown Buffalo bar early this morning. The allegation comes three months after prosecutors ruled that he would not face a sexual assault charge because there was no evidence to support accusations in a December incident.
Text: Lawyers doubt Johnny Football can stay clean
DALLAS (AP) — A defense attorney handling Johnny Manziel's (man-ZEHLZ') domestic violence case is expressing doubts about the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback's ability to stay clean.
In a lengthy text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press, attorney Bob Hinton said he was given a receipt that shows Manziel may have spent more than $1,000 at a drug paraphernalia store just 15 hours after he was involved in a hit-and-run crash. Hinton's text suggests Manziel's legal team is seeking a plea deal, but added that such an agreement could be tough since "heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle."
The 23-year-old Manziel is accused of hitting and threatening former girlfriend Colleen Crowley during a night out in January. He faces a misdemeanor assault charge that carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
NFL probes PED links for Matthews, Peppers and Harrison
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL defensive players Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison, will be interviewed by league officials during training camp next month in connection with a report that linked them to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The league's letter notifying the players also mentions free agent defensive lineman Mike Neal will be interviewed. It does not mention the now-retired Peyton Manning, who also was cited in Al-Jazeera's doping report in December. But USA Today, citing an unnamed source, reported that an investigation into Manning's possible involvement is progressing.
Suisham released by Steelers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kicker Shaun Suisham (SWEE'-zehm) has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after failing a physical.
The 34-year-old is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during the Hall of Fame Game last August.
Suisham joined the Steelers in 2010 and converted 124-of-141 field goal attempts and each of his 173 extra-point attempts through the 2014 season.
Briles official done at Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP) — Art Briles is officially out as Baylor's head football coach.
Briles and the school have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately. The decision comes almost a month after the release of a scathing report over the university's handling of sexual assault complaints against football players and the coach being suspended by school regents "with intent to terminate."
Baylor is facing at least three federal lawsuits brought by women who claim the school was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault and didn't enforce federal gender discrimination protections under Title IX.
GOLF-QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL
Rahm and Hurley tied at the top
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Jon Rahm and Billy Hurley III are co-leaders at the midway mark of the PGA's Quicken Loans National near Washington, D.C.
Rahm entered the day with the lead and had a chance to stay on top after 36 holes until he bogeyed the 18 for a 4-under 67. Hurley fired a 65 to grab a share of the lead, three strokes ahead of Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay sing).
Uehara leads LPGA event
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Japan's Ayako Uehara has matched the course record with a 9-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship.
Taiwan's Candie Kung had a 64, and 13 players shot 65.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-AMERICAN FAMILY INSURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Co-leaders through 18
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Estaban Toledo (toh-LAY'-doh) and Gene Sauers share the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' inaugural American Family Insurance Championship. Toledo birdied five straight holes on the front nine in a 9-under 63. Fran Quin is one stroke back and one ahead of Kevin Sutherland and Tom Byrum.
Pau Gasol says he wants to play in Rio Olympics despite Zika
MADRID (AP) — Chicago Bulls star Pau Gasol says he wants to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics despite concerns over the Zika virus.
The 35-year-old center announced in an article for Spanish newspaper Marca on Saturday that he's available for the Spanish national team in what will be his fourth Olympics.
Gasol said last month he was considering not playing in Rio because there was too much uncertainty about Zika. He later said he was considering freezing a sperm sample.
The mosquito-borne disease has been linked to severe birth defects in infants born to infected women.
Two-time silver medalist Gasol called Zika "a serious issue" and said it was his duty to make people aware of it.