AP Tuesday Sports Roundup
Opening Day results
UNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics entered last night with a major league-record 10-game losing streak on opening day when Sonny Gray took the mound against Texas. Gray almost made his own history as the A's crushed the Rangers 8-0.
Gray no-hit the Rangers until Ryan Rua led off the eighth with a single, ending the right-hander's bid to join only Bob Feller among pitchers with a no-hitter in a season opener. It was the lone hit allowed by Gray, who struck out three, walked one and hit a batter over eight innings.
Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer in his A's debut, and Stephen Vogt added a three-run blast.
In other season openers:
— Angel Pagan was 3-for-4 with two RBIs to support World Series hero Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco's 5-4 triumph at Arizona. Bumgarner held the Diamondbacks to a run and six hits with three strikeouts in seven innings. Brandon Crawford drove in a pair, and Joe Panik had three hits and two runs scored for the defending champs.
— Felix Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only two hits over seven innings of Seattle's 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Hernandez improved to 6-0 in opening day starts and blanked the Angels following Mike Trout's solo homer in the first inning. Seth Smith had three extra-base hits and two RBIs in his Seattle debut.
— Alex Rios was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer as Kansas City opened its American League title defense by ripping the Chicago White Sox 10-1. Yordano Ventura gave up a run and four hits before leaving the game due to injury in the seventh. The Royals say Ventura had a thumb cramp and they don't believe the problem is serious.
— Jimmy Rollins provided the biggest hit in his first game as a Los Angeles Dodger, crushing a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning of a 6-3 win over the Padres. Howie Kendrick doubled home the tying run in the seventh inning of his Dodgers debut. Reigning NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw left the game trailing 3-2 after allowing six hits in six innings.
— Max Scherzer received no support in his Washington Nationals debut, a 3-1 loss to the New York Mets. Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but was victimized by two costly errors, leading to three unearned runs. Lucas Duda hit a go-ahead, two-run single and Bartolo Colon held the Nationals to a run and three hits in six frames.
— Homers by Alejandro De Aza, Steve Pearce and Ryan Flaherty powered the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-2 triumph against Tampa Bay. Chris Tillman allowed a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings to outpitch David Archer, who was reached for four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Tillman had a shutout until Evan Longoria led off the bottom of the seventh with a homer.
— David Price came within one out of a shutout in the Tigers' 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Price retired the first 13 Minnesota batters and allowed five hits before being pulled with two on and two out in the ninth. Joe Nathan struck out Torii Hunter for the save as the Twins lose in their first game under new manager Paul Molitor.
— Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 5-2 on Todd Frazier's tiebreaking, three-run homer in the eighth inning. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer in the seventh after Johnny Cueto held the Bucs to four hits while striking out 10 in six innings. Jay Bruce hit a solo homer for the Reds.
— The Blue Jays beat the Yankees 6-1 in New York as Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer to support Drew Hutchison, who allowed a run and three hits in six innings. The game marked the return of Alex Rodriguez, who received a loud ovation when introduced as the Yankees' designated hitter. Batting seventh ARod went 1-2.
— Dallas Keuchel and two relievers combined on a three-hitter to pitch Houston past Cleveland 2-0. George Springer and Jake Marisnick each drove in a run for the Astros after Korey Kluber no-hit the Astros for nearly six innings. Jose Altuve broke up the no-hit bid with two out in the sixth before stealing second and scoring on Springer's single.
— Julio Teheran scattered eight hits in six-plus innings before Atlanta's revamped bullpen came through in a 2-1 triumph at Miami. The Braves' relievers escaped a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh before Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth, one day after closer Craig Kimbrel was traded to San Diego.
— Kyle Kendrick pitched seven innings and also got two hits as the Rockies trounced the Brewers 10-0 on opening day in Milwaukee. Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado each homered and drove in four runs while Troy Tulowitzki doubled twice, singled and scored three times.
— Boston newcomer Hanley Ramirez and veteran Dustin Pedroia each hit two home runs and Clay Buchholz threw three-hit ball over seven innings and the Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-0 in an interleague opener. Buchholz struck out nine and pitched like the guy who went 12-1 in 2013. Ramirez made quite an impression in his first game since singing a free agent deal worth $88 million over four years. He hit a solo homer in the fifth and a grand slam off Jake Diekman in the ninth.
Braves designate Quinten for assignment; Grilli new closer
MIAMI (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have designated two-time All-Star Carlos Quinten for assignment, a day after getting him in a big trade with the San Diego Padres.
The Braves also said that right-hander Jason Grilli will be their new closer. Grilli has 50 career saves, including 33 with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.
Bosox extend Porcello's pact
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox and pitcher Rick Porcello have agreed to a four-year, $82.5 million contract that will begin next year and include a $500,000 signing bonus.
Porcello was acquired in a December trade with Detroit and is scheduled to make his Boston debut Wednesday night in Philadelphia. The 26-year-old Porcello has won at least 10 games in each of his six seasons.
MLB-ALL STAR GAME
2018 game in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals Park will host baseball's 2018 All-Star Game, the fourth consecutive year that event will be in an NL city.
New Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement before attending the Washington's opener against the New York Mets.
Cincinnati will hold the All-Star game this year, followed by San Diego in 2016 and Miami in 2017.
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Duke takes the fifth
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils have their fifth NCAA championship following their work of their four freshmen.
Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, Justice Winslow and Grayson Allen carried the Blue Devils to a 68-63 comeback victory over Wisconsin at Indianapolis. Duke trailed 48-39 with about 13 1/2 minutes to play before the four frosh scored every one of the Blue Devils' points the rest of the way.
Allen began the comeback by outscoring the Badgers 8-3 before Tyus Jones hit 13 of his 23 points over the final 11 minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers. Jones hit a trey to give the Blue Devils their biggest lead of the night at 66-58 with 1:12 remaining. Jones was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.
Allen scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half and was 5-for-8 from the field. Winslow chipped in 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, while Okafor contributed 10 points in just 22 minutes. Okafor and Winslow each finished the game with four fouls and missed large chunks of playing time, which allowed Allen to shine in the biggest game of his life. Allen entered the game average four points and 8.9 minutes before giving the Blue Devils 21 productive minutes. Remarkably, Duke's comeback began with Okafor and Winslow on the bench.
Krzyzewski joins John Wooden as the only coaches to win at least five NCAA men's basketball titles.
Wisconsin appeared ready to pull away in the second half, two days after ending Kentucky's bid for a perfect season. But the Badgers were held to just 15 points after scoring 17 in the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half.
AP Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky had team highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Badgers, who continue to seek their first national championship since 1941.
Nets stay hot, strengthen playoff situation
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a light night in the NBA with the NCAA title game on the docket.
Brooklyn won the league's lone game as Brook Lopez poured in 32 points and had nine rebounds in a 106-96 triumph over Portland. Deron Williams added 24 points and 10 assists as the Nets won for the ninth time in 11 games to strengthen their hold on an Eastern Conference playoff berth.
Brooklyn sits seventh in the conference, one game ahead of Boston and two in front of Indiana and Miami.
The Trail Blazers left LaMarcus Aldridge and others home for the makeup of a game that was postponed by weather on Jan. 26.
Milsap to miss games
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks All-Star forward Paul Millsap will miss at least two games after suffering a sprained and bruised right shoulder during Saturday's win over Brooklyn. The Hawks will provide updates on his condition but say the main focus will be on making sure he's ready when the playoffs begin in less than two weeks. The Hawks are 57-19, tying the team record for victories and securing the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
BASKETBALL-HALL OF FAME
Calipari, Haywood top list of Hall of Fame selections
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood are among 11 new inductees going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
Among the rest of the class are former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, longtime referee Dick Bavetta, Celtics star Jo Jo White and Boston coach Tom Heinsohn, and four-time NBA defensive player of the year Dikembe Mutombo.
The induction ceremony is in September in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Rangers first overall after OT win
UNDATED (AP) — Derek Stepan has the New York Rangers on the verge of clinching home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Stepan scored the tying goal in the final minute of regulation before netting the game-winner in the Rangers' 4-3 overtime triumph against Columbus. Former Ranger Brandon Dubinsky put the Blue Jackets ahead 3-2 in the third period, and the score remained until Stepan tallied with 28 seconds left.
The outcome puts the Rangers three points ahead of Montreal for the Eastern Conference lead, and two ahead of Anaheim in the overall standings. The Ducks have just two games remaining and have two fewer wins.
The Jackets ended a nine-game winning streak.
Also on NHL ice:
— Ondrej Pavelec picked up his third shutout of the season and 14th of his career by stopping 32 shots in Winnipeg's 2-0 win over Minnesota. Blake Wheeler and Drew Stafford provided the goals as the Jets regained sole possession of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff slot, one point ahead of Los Angeles and two behind the Wild. Winnipeg's win also eliminated San Jose and Dallas from the playoff chase.
— The Kings were 2-1 losers to Vancouver in a shootout as Chris Higgins netted the deciding goal that allowed the Canucks to move four points ahead of Calgary for second in the Pacific Division. Daniel Sedin scored the equalizer midway through the third period, and Eddie Lack made 36 saves before stopping three shots in the shootout.
— Jamie Benn scored twice for Dallas in a 5-1 victory at San Jose. Colton Sceviour tallied 28 seconds into the game to put the Stars ahead to stay.
— Brian Gionta and Johan Larsson each had a goal and an assist while Buffalo was building a 4-0 lead in a 4-3 triumph over Carolina. The Sabres continue to own the NHL's worst record with 54 points, two fewer than Arizona as the two teams hope to gain the No. 1 seed in the draft.
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will meet with the NFL Tuesday to discuss his playing status.
Peterson was suspended under the NFL's personal conduct policy through at least April 15 due to a child abuse case involving his young son, a decision he appealed. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he planned to meet with Peterson before that date to determine his status.
Former player and coach dies
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Longtime Raiders defensive assistant and former NFL player Charlie Sumner has died at the age of 84. Sumner served three tours as a Raiders assistant with his most memorable moment coming as defensive coordinator in the Super Bowl following the 1983 season. Sumner played eight seasons with Chicago and Minnesota and also coached for Pittsburgh, New England and the Oakland Invaders of the USFL.