AP Thursday Sports Roundup
Suzuki reaches milestone...Sale first to 11 victories...Freeman goes for the cycle in Atlanta
UNDATED (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki singled in the first inning and doubled in the ninth to raise his hits total in the Japanese and major leagues to 4,257, passing Pete Rose's record Major League Baseball total during the Miami Marlins' 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.
Suzuki had 1,278 hits in the Japan's Pacific League. The rest came with Seattle, the New York Yankees and Marlins.
Rose got all of his in the major leagues.
Suzuki needs 19 hits to become the 30th to reach 3,000 hits in the majors.
— The Chicago White Sox got back to .500 by beating Detroit 5-3. Chris Sale improved to 11-2. Sale was touched for three runs in seven innings. He's the first 11-game winner in the majors.
— Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) struck out nine over seven innings for his team-leading 10th win, and the San Francisco Giants completed a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 10-1 victory. The NL West-leading Giants moved a season-high 15 games over .500 at 41-26.
— Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over Arizona to improve his record to 10-1. Kershaw went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out 11 and, for only the seventh time this season, walked a batter. Scott Van Slyke hit his first home run of the season as the Dodgers took two of three in the series.
— Jayson Werth ended a four-hour, 17-minute marathon with a run-scoring double to cap a two-run rally in the bottom of the 12th to give the Washington Nationals a 5-4 victory over the Cubs. The Nats took two of three from Chicago in a battle of NL division leaders.
— The New York Mets rapped out a season-high 19 hits in their 11-2 rout of Pittsburgh. Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 and improved to 7-2. Wilmer Flores homered and drove in four runs.
— The Atlanta Braves outlasted Cincinnati 9-8 in 13 innings. Freddie Freeman became the first Braves player to hit for the cycle in 13 years. Chase D'Arnaud had a bases-loaded single in the 13th to win it.
— In another 13-inning marathon, Tampa Bay shaded Seattle 3-2. Mike Montgomery walked Logan Morrison with the bases loaded for the winning run.
— The AL West-leading Texas Rangers rallied from a five-run deficit to beat Oakland 7-5. Robinson Chrinos homered twice, including the tiebreaking homer in the seventh.
__ The L.A. Angels mauled Minnesota 10-2. C.J. Cron had three hits and drove in three.
— Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer to spark a four-run fifth inning as Colorado beat the Yankees 6-3. Arenado wound up with three RBIs and D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY'-oo) added two more.
— Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson hit solo homers and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-2. Marco Estrada had another sharp outing, improving to 5-2.
— George Springer hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros completed a two-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1.
— The Boston Red Sox built a 6-0 lead and held off the Orioles 6-4. The win moves ends Boston's two-game win streak and moves the Red Sox into a tie with the Orioles atop the AL East. Hanley Ramirez delivered a three-run homer to highlight a five-run third inning. Knuckleballer Steven Wright improved to 8-4.
— Salvador Perez homered for the second straight night, Ian Kennedy improved to 5-5 and the Kansas City Royals finished off a three-game sweep with a 9-4 victory over Cleveland. The Royals and Indians are tied for the AL Central lead.
Rockies cut ties with Reyes...Royals do the same with Infante
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have designated shortstop Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) for assignment. That means the Rockies have 10 days to release him or trade him. The move could cost the club up to $34 million.
Reyes completed a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's new domestic violence policy after being suspended through May 31 for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
Since returning from the suspension, Reyes has been assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals walked away from veteran infielder Omar Infante.
They walked away from a big pile of cash, too.
The Royals designated Infante for assignment, likely ending his rather unproductive tenure in Kansas City. Unless he is traded or claimed on waivers, both of which are unlikely, the Royals will owe him the remainder of the $7.75 million due this season, $8 million on his contract next season and a $2 million buyout for the 2018 season.
Royals GM Dayton Moore called it "a mistake you don't like to make."
Warriors lose Bogut
CLEVELAND (AP) — Golden State will be without center Andrew Bogut for the rest of the NBA Finals. He suffered a knee injury in Game 5 of the series and will need six to eight weeks to recover.
But Golden State will have Draymond Green back for tonight's Game 6 in Cleveland after he served a one-game suspension in Game 5.
Golden State has a 3-2 lead in the series as it tries for a second straight NBA title.
Hurricanes and Blackhawks deal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for two draft picks. Carolina sent a second-round pick in the 2016 draft, the 50th overall, and a third-round pick next year to Chicago, which saves significant salary-cap space.
Teravainen had 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points in his first full NHL season. He had four goals and six assists during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run a year ago.
Funeral for Mr. Hockey
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of friends and acquaintances joined Gordie Howe's family at a funeral service to say goodbye to the hockey great.
The service followed Tuesday's day-long public visitation in Joe Louis Arena, where thousands of people waited to play their final respects to Howe.
Among those in attendance at the funeral service were NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, who wore No. 99 as a player in honor of Howe, who wore No. 9.
Howe died last Friday at the age of 88.
Fans turn out in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (AP) — An estimated 400,000 fans gathered in downtown Pittsburgh for the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins' victory parade. Some began lining up 12 hours ahead of time in drizzle.
The parade came seven years to the day after a 2009 parade celebrating the team's last Stanley Cup championship. That parade drew nearly 400,000 people.
The Penguins clinched the championship with a 3-1 victory Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks.
Larson team penalized
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson interim crew chief Philip Surgen has been fined $25,000 and the Chip Ganassi Racing team has lost 15 driver points and 15 owner points for infractions at the race in Michigan last weekend.
The No. 42 Chevrolet failed a post-race inspection, violating rules relating to actions detrimental to stock car racing and vehicle inspection measurements.
Doping officials charge Russians with continued cheating
UNDATED (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has alleged that Russian athletes and government agencies continue to obstruct and deceive drug testers, even as Russia tries to regain its place in Olympic track and field. In a report published two days before a key vote on whether to readmit Russia's track team for the Rio Olympics, WADA said testers have been intimidated by officials from Russia's FSB security service and that packages containing samples have been tampered with by Russian customs services.
Athletes have repeatedly provided false information about their whereabouts and evaded drug testers at competitions, WADA said. In one case, an unnamed athlete in track and field attempted to give a fake urine sample using "a container inserted inside her body" but was discovered and tested positive when her real urine was examined.