AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
Lynn leads Redbirds
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals played their second straight 1-0 game on Tuesday. This time, the Redbirds came away with a victory as Lance Lynn combined with two relievers on a seven-hitter.
Lynn evened his record at 4-4 by limiting the Brewers to five singles while striking out five in 7 2/3 innings. Mark Reynolds supplied one of the Cardinals' four hits, an RBI single in the second off hard-luck loser Tyler Cravy.
The Cards are a major league-best 34-18 and owners of a six-game lead in the National League Central.
In other major league action:
— Andrew McCutchen was 4-for-5 with a triple, a double, two RBIs and two runs scored in Pittsburgh's 7-4 downing of San Francisco. Jordy Mercer socked a solo homer to back a shaky A.J. Burnett, who gave up four runs in five innings but improved to 6-1.
— Michael McKenry hit a two-run homer and had two RBIs as Colorado downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Jorge De La Rosa allowed three runs and four hits over six innings in his first outing since his start was pushed back twice because of a cut on his middle finger.
— The Rockies were one out from a sweep until Alex Guerrero launched a grand slam off Rafael Betancourt in the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 9-8 comeback win over the Rockies in the nightcap. Rookie Joc Pederson homered in both ends of the twinbill, giving him 16 this season.
— Evan Gattis hit a three-run shot and Luis Valbuena homered one batter later while Houston scored five times in the third to erase a 4-0 deficit and beat Baltimore 6-4. Collin McHugh picked up his sixth victory after surviving the Orioles' four-run second.
— Washington won the opener of its twinbill as Jordan Zimmerman allowed six hits in eight innings of a 2-0 shutout of Toronto. Bryce Harper put the Nationals ahead with a run-scoring single in the fifth, the 29th RBI in his last 27 games.
— Kevin Pillar hit a pair of homers, including a go-ahead, three-run blast in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays downed the Nats 7-3 in Game 2. The blast came off Max Scherzer, who had been 6-3 with a 1.51 ERA before suffering his first loss since May 1.
— Ben Zobrist hit a go-ahead grand slam in a five-run seventh that pushed Oakland past the Tigers 5-3 in Detroit. The rally made a winner of Kendall Graveman, who allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.
— Chris Archer was terrific in Tampa Bay's 6-1 triumph over the Angels at Anaheim, tying a team record with 15 strikeouts and scattering six hits in eight innings. Logan Forsythe smacked a two-run homer and Jake Elmore hit a two-run single as the Rays won for the third time in four games since a seven-game skid.
— Garrett Jones unloaded a three-run homer in the 11th inning to give the New York Yankees a 5-3 comeback win over the Mariners in Seattle. The Yanks were down to their final out trailing 2-1 until Stephen Drew hit an RBI double to extend the game.
— Texas crushed the Chicago White Sox 15-2 Carlos Corporan belted a three-run homer and collected five RBIs. Joey Gallo was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored in his major league debut to back Colby Lewis, who gave up two runs in seven innings.
— Arizona blew a 4-1 lead before A.J. Pollock's two-run homer in the seventh sent the Diamondbacks past Atlanta 7-6. Pollock had three RBIs and Ender Inciarte delivered a two-run single and scored twice.
— Derek Norris belted a two-run homer off Noah Syndergaard to put the Padres ahead 7-1 by the fourth inning of a 7-1 win against the New York Mets. Will Venable hit a two-run triple and Cory Spangenberg went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple for San Diego.
— Clay Buchholz yielded just three hits while striking out eight in eight innings of Boston's 1-0 win against Minnesota. Losing pitcher Mike Pelfrey had a shutout until Rusney Castillo slapped an RBI single in the seventh inning.
— The Twins still lead the AL Central by a half-game over Kansas City after Brandon Moss homered and Michael Brantley lined the go-ahead single in Cleveland's 2-1 win over the Royals. Carlos Carrasco allowed five hits over seven innings to win his third straight start and lead the Indians to their 11th victory in 14 games.
— Marcell Ozuna hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth inning of Miami's 5-2 verdict over the Chicago Cubs. Giancarlo Stanton hit his 16th homer of the season and winning pitcher Rich Hand allowed two runs in six innings.
— Philadelphia beat Cincinnati 5-4 on Darin Ruf's RBi single in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies trailed 4-1 until Chase Utley hit a solo homer in the sixth and Maikel Franco tied it with a two-run blast in the eighth.
Byrd breaks wrist
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cincinnati outfielder Marlon Byrd fractured his right wrist when he was hit by a pitch in Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia. Reds manager Bryan Price said the team didn't immediate know the severity of the break.
Byrd is batting .212 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs this season.
Thompson to play in Game 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State will have All-Star Klay Thompson available for the opening game of the NBA Finals Thursday night against Cleveland.
Thompson has been cleared to return after recovering from a concussion he sustained when he was kneed in the head during the clinching game of the Western Conference final against Houston on Tuesday. He missed two days of practice but returned to the court on Monday and has been symptom free.
Bulls introduce new coach
CHICAGO (AP) — Fred Hoiberg has been hired as the Chicago Bulls new head coach. Hoiberg is coming off a successful five-year run at Iowa State where he went 115-56 including four straight trips to the NCAA tournament and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.
Hoiberg replaces Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago.
Newly re-elected president resigns
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter is stepping down as head of soccer's governing body. The action comes just days after he was elected to another term amid a widening corruption scandal. He has promised to call for fresh elections to choose a successor.
Elections are expected to take place sometime between December and March. In the interim Blatter says he will continue to rule the sport.
The U.S. Department of Justice indicted 14 men last Wednesday, including the seven arrested in dawn raids on a luxury Zurich hotel.
The Swiss attorney general said Blatter was not under investigation in Switzerland, but authorities said last week they have opened a criminal probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding votes.
Goodell to hear Brady appeal
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it official, saying he will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.
The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his alleged role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January. The players' union said Goodell should recuse himself from hearing the appeal because he can't be impartial and could be called as a witness.
The appeal will be heard June 23.
Newton gets big payday
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to franchise-record $103.8 million, five-year contract extension. A person familiar with negotiations says Newton will earn $67.6 million over the first three years, the most money ever paid to an NFL player during the first three years of a contract. Newton has been to two Pro Bowls and led Carolina to back-to-back NFC South championships since the Panthers made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but he's just 30-31-1 as a starter.
Peterson says he's glad to be back
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adrian Peterson returned to the Vikings on Tuesday and practiced for the first time since September. The running back said he has apologized to the 4-year-old son he struck with a wooden switch and had "learned a lot from my mistake." Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list last September after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas.
Peterson and his agent had indicated in April the two-time NFL rushing champ wanted to be traded so he could make a fresh start. When that didn't happen, the focus turned to his contract as he sought more guaranteed money on the final two years.
New coach in New Jersey
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have introduced new coach John Hynes, who joins the team after five years as head coach of Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. His teams made the playoffs each season after he was hired by Devils general manager Ray Shero, who was the Penguins' GM.
The 40-year old Hynes becomes the youngest head coach in the NHL.
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American Pharoah reaches New York
NEW YORK (AP) — American Pharoah has arrived in New York to begin final preparations for Saturday's Belmont Stakes. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner will be trying to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Affirmed was the last of the eleven previous Triple Crown winners.
Day 10 play
PARIS (AP) — Roger Federer has been ousted from the French Open. The second-seed was eliminated by his Swiss Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6, 7-6. This marks the third straight year Federer, the winner of 17 Grand Slam titles, has bowed out in the quarterfinals in Paris.
Federer had won 16 of their previous 18 matchups, but 2014 Australian Open champion Wawrinka was in control from the start of this one.
In the other men's quarterfinal match France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced with a 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory over No. 5-seeded Kei Nishikori.
On the women's side 2008 champ Ana Ivanovic advanced to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. And Lucie Safarova moved into the semis with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Garbine Muguruza.