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April 11, 2019

CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) returned from a two-game suspension and doubled home a pair of runs, and the Cincinnati Reds completed a reinvigorating three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 5-0 win. The Reds came into the series with eight straight losses and the worst record in the NL.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to make his season debut on Monday at home against Cincinnati. The 31-year-old left-hander has been troubled by left shoulder inflammation since early in spring training. He made his second minor league injury rehabilitation start on Tuesday.

ATLANTA (AP) — All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $35 million, seven-year contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and ’27. The agreement announced today supersedes a one-year contract signed last month that called for a $575,000 salary in the major leagues — $20,000 above the minimum. The 22-year-old is hitting .364 with one homer and two RBIs in 11 games this season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings have fired coach Dave Joerger (YAY’-gur) after three losing seasons. The team announced the decision a day after finishing its 13th straight losing season — the NBA’s longest active playoff drought. Joerger had a 98-148 record in three seasons. The Kings went 39-43 this year, their best record since their last playoff season in 2005-06.

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics say guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle. The injury was revealed in an MRI scan. The timetable for Smart’s return means he will be sidelined for Boston’s first-round series and the second round, as well, should the Celtics advance.