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BC-TX--Texas Sports Digest 6 am, TX

April 15, 2019

Good morning! Here’s a look at AP’s Texas sports coverage. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Dallas bureau at 972-991-2100, or at 1-800-442-7189. Email aptexas@ap.org. Jill Bleed is at the desk after 5:30 a.m.

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BASEBALL:

MLB

BBA--ATHLETICS-RANGERS

ARLINGTON, Texas _ Danny Santana had a two-run, pinch-hit triple and scored the go-ahead run during a four-run eighth inning, lifting the Texas Rangers over the Oakland Athletics 8-7. SENT: 750 words, photos.

BBA--ASTROS-MARINERS

SEATTLE _ Gerrit Cole struck out 11 batters in six innings and Aledmys Diaz homered as the Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with a 3-2 win Sunday. By Daimon Eklund. SENT: 700 words, photos.

BASKETBALL:

NBA

BKN-JAZZ-ROCKETS

HOUSTON _ James Harden had 29 points and 10 assists to help the Houston Rockets rout the Utah Jazz 122-90 on Sunday night in Game 1 of a best-of-seven first-round playoff series. By Kristie Rieken. SENT: 900 words, photos.

HOCKEY:

NHL

HKN--FACEOFF

It wasn’t long after celebrating Craig Smith’s overtime goal that P.K. Subban zeroed in on the cold reality of Nashville’s playoff series against Dallas. “There are no easy shifts out there, no easy games and no easy plays,” he said. “It’s hand-to-hand combat out there.” Subban and the Central Division-winning Predators needed to work overtime just to even things with the Stars at a game apiece, and the Colorado Avalanche got a sudden-death goal from Nathan MacKinnon to tie up their series against the Western Conference top-seeded Calgary Flames. In the East, the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals needed extra time to take a two games to none lead on the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Boston Bruins are going blow-for-blow with the Toronto Maple Leafs in series that’s all square and looking like it could be a classic. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1090 words, photos.

AUTO RACING:

MotoGP

MOT--MOTGP-AUSTIN

AUSTIN, Texas _ Suzuki’s Alex Rins took his first career MotoGP victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday after six-time race champion Marc Marquez crashed out of the lead midway through the race. Marquez had been undefeated at the Circuit of the Americas and was well on his way to another easy victory when a mistake through a corner sent his motorcycle tumbling with 11 laps to go. By Jim Vertuno. SENT: 300 words, photos.

With:

_ MOT--MOTGP-MARQUEZ CRASH _ Marc Marquez’s undefeated run at the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas ended Sunday when he crashed out of the race with 11 laps to go. SENT: 120 words.

TENNIS:

TEN-US MEN’S CLAY COURT

HOUSTON _ Christian Garin of Chile won the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship on Sunday for his first ATP World Tour title, beating Casper Ruud of Norway 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 at River Oaks Country Club. SENT: 240 words,

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