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May 12, 2019


Sharks whip Blues in series opener

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The San Jose Sharks have opened the NHL’s Western Conference playoffs with a home win over the St. Louis Blues.

Timo Meier and Logan Couture (koo-TOOR’) each scored twice as the Sharks doubled up the Blues, 6-3. Meier’s hit on Alex Pietrangelo (peh-TRAN’-jeh-loh) led to Couture’s goal that opened the scoring in the first period. Meier also scored twice in the second to give the Sharks a 5-2 lead and their third straight Game 1 win this postseason.

Couture added an empty-netter to give him an NHL-leading 11 goals in the postseason. Joe Pavelski and Kevin Labanc also scored for San Jose and Martin Jones made 28 saves.

Joel Edmundson, Ryan O’Reilly and Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues, who will stay in San Jose for Game 2 on Monday.


Bosox stay hot

UNDATED (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox continue to surge after opening their World Series title defense with a 6-13 record.

The Red Sox won for the 15th time in their last 21 games by knocking off the sputtering Seattle Mariners, 9-5. Sandy Leon fouled off a bunt attempt, then hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run third inning that erased a 4-0 deficit. Mitch Moreland started Boston’s comeback with a solo shot before Rafael Devers and Jackie Bradley Jr. supplied two-run singles ahead of Leon’s round-tripper.

Mariners starter Félix Hernández was chased during the rally, one inning after becoming the 36th major league pitcher with 2,500 career strikeouts. Rick Porcello evened his record at 3-3, blanking Seattle following a four-run first.

The Mariners lost for the 14th time in their last 18 games and have been outscored 23-6 in the first two games of the three-game series.

Elsewhere around the majors:

_ Yandy Díaz homered twice and drove in four runs as the Rays dumped the Yankees, 7-2 to regain a 1 ½-game lead over New York in the AL East. Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mas) and Ji-Man Choi hit run-scoring infield singles in the sixth, a half-inning after tempers flared when reliever Yonny Chirinos (chih-REE’-nohs) hit Luke Voit (voyt) near the left shoulder. Chirinos is 5-1 after holding the Yanks to two earned runs and four hits over four innings of relief.

_ The Twins had won four in a row before John Hicks hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning of the Tigers’ 5-3 win at Minnesota in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Ronny Rodríguez went deep twice, Brandon Dixon also homered and Shane Greene worked a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading 14th save. Hicks homered an inning after C.J. Cron tied it for the Twins.

Cron also helped Minnesota gain a split of the twinbill by going 4-for-5 with a two-run blast and three RBIs in an 8-3 rout of Detroit. Marwin Gonzalez also homered and the Twins’ bullpen worked three shutout innings after Kohl Stewart gave up six hits in as many innings. Jeimer Candelario (JAY’-mur kan-deh-LAR’-ee-oh) smacked a two-run homer for Detroit.

_ Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-mees) Diaz hit a grand slam that gave the Astros a 6-1 lead in the sixth inning of an 11-4 rout of the Rangers. Michael Brantley also homered and Gerrit Cole struck out 12 while yielding just one run and four hits over six innings of Houston’s fourth consecutive win. Hunter Pence smacked a solo homer and Ronald Guzman added a three-run blast for Texas.

_ Oakland scored a pair of unearned runs before a fielding miscue in the ninth inning gave the Athletics a 3-2 win at Cleveland. Matt Olson scored from third base when right fielder Jordan Luplow slipped trying to field Ramon Laureano’s short fly in the ninth inning. The Indians wasted a strong performance by Trevor Bauer, who allowed two hits, walked three and struck out 10 in seven innings.

_ Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) homered twice, had three RBIs and scored three runs to highlight the Angels’ 7-2 win against the Orioles. Pujols hit a two-run drive in the first inning before slamming his 641st career home run in the fourth. Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) had two hits and an RBI for Los Angeles in his fifth game this season.

_ Ivan Nova allowed one run and five hits in six-plus innings of the White Sox’s 7-2 win at Toronto. James McCann matched his career-high with four hits as Chicago stopped a three-game skid and dealt Toronto its ninth loss in 11 games. Losing pitcher Marcus Stroman exchanged words with manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker after he was replaced by Derek Law with runners at the corners in the seventh.

_ Willson Contreras homered in the bottom of the 15th to give the Cubs a 2-1 victory over the Brewers. Winning pitcher Tyler Chatwood struck out seven in four innings to cap a strong effort by the bullpen after Cole Hamels worked seven solid innings. The Brewers ended a seven-game winning streak and fell one game behind the NL Central-leading Cubs.

_ Jordan Lyles combined with four relievers on a two-hitter in the Pirates’ 2-1 win against the Cardinals. Lyles limited St. Louis to one hit over six innings of Pittsburgh’s seventh win in 10 games since an eight-game losing streak. Gregory Polanco had an RBI triple in the fourth and scored on a single by Josh Bell, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

_ Gerardo Parra’s first home run as a National was a go-ahead, grand slam in the eighth inning of a 5-2 comeback over the Dodgers. Washington trailed 2-0 until Juan Soto hit an RBI single and scored on Parra’s blast. Justin Turner smacked a two-run homer for Los Angeles, which has dropped two of the first three games in the series after winning 10 straight at home.

_ Will Myers belted a solo homer and scored the winning run in the ninth on a fielder’s choice to send the Padres past the Rockies, 4-3. San Diego outfielder Hunter Renfroe continued his power surge by homering for the fourth time in six games. Kirby Yates struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save.

_ Zach Eflin went the distance on a four-hitter in the Phillies’ 7-0 shutout of the Royals. Rhys Hoskins opened the scoring with a two-run single in the third, and Andrew McCutchen added two RBIs to back Eflin’s second complete game of the season. Odubel (oh-DOO’-bul) Herrera had two hits and scored twice as Philadelphia improved to 3-2 on their six-game trip through Missouri.

_ Kevin Gausman worked in and out of a pair of bases-loaded jams in the Braves’ 6-4 win at Arizona, holding the Diamondbacks to a run and five hits over six innings. Brian McCann and Johan Camargo homered for Atlanta, which has won two straight since a four-game skid. Adam Jones and Blake Swihart went deep for the DBacks.

_ The Mets were 4-1 winners against the Marlins behind Jacob deGrom, who struck out eight and held Miami to a run and five hits over seven innings for his first victory since April 3. DeGrom also was 2-for-3 with an RBI single that capped the Mets’ three-run sixth. The game was tied 1-1 in the sixth until Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto hit consecutive solo homers.

_ Derek Dietrich’s RBI single in the seventh broke a 4-4 tie in the Reds’ 5-4 victory over the Giants. Cincinnati blew a 3-0 lead and trailed 4-3 until Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suarez homered in the fifth. Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg) slammed a two-run homer in the Reds’ three-run first.


Glasnow on IL

UNDATED (AP) _ The Rays have placed pitcher Tyler Glasnow on the 10-day injured list because of a mild right forearm strain that’s expected to sideline him four to six weeks. He left during the sixth inning of Friday’s 4-3 loss to the Yankees with tightness in his forearm.

Glasnow is 6-1 in eight starts with a league-leading 1.86 ERA.

Tampa Bay also announced that catcher Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) was added to the roster after being obtained from the Dodgers on Friday.

In other MLB news:

_ Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) seems likely to land on the 10-day injured list after straining his left hamstring Friday. Houston manager AJ Hinch said Saturday he’s “not optimistic” the 2017 AL MVP can avoid an IL stint.

_ Edwin Jackson has been acquired by Toronto from Oakland for cash. He would set a record by pitching for 14 major league teams when he makes his Blue Jays debut.

_ The Pirates have acquired 28-year-old right-hander Chris Stratton from the Angels for cash. Stratton was 0-2 with an 8.59 ERA in five starts and two relief appearances for Los Angeles before being designated for assignment on May 7.

_ The Giants have claimed outfielder Aaron Altherr (ahl-TEHR’) off waivers from the Phillies. The 28-year-old Altherr has played in 332 games over parts of six seasons and is a career .222 hitter.


Keselowski gets third win of year

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Brad Keselowski raced to his third NASCAR Cup Series victory of the season by holding off a charging pack in overtime to take the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway.

Keselowski took the lead from Alex Bowman with seven laps to go, building a big lead before a caution came out for Matt DiBenedetto. Keselowski roared away on the restart and held off Bowman and Erik Jones to add to his victories this season at Atlanta and Martinsville.

Bowman finished second for the third straight week, while Jones triggered some bad blood with Kansas native Clint Bowyer by making an aggressive move that allowed him to hold onto third.


Lakers find a coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A person familiar with the search says the Los Angeles Lakers have hired Frank Vogel as coach.

The 45-year old Vogel did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. He arrived in Orlando after five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and ’14.

Vogel was 250-181 with the Pacers before going 54-110 with the Magic.


Every leads rain-delayed Nelson

DALLAS (AP) _ The rain-delayed third round of the Byron Nelson will spill into Sunday with Matt Every leading the tournament at 18 under.

Every opened the round with an eagle and carded four birdies in a span of five holes to take the lead from Sung Kang before play was suspended because of darkness. Every played the front nine at 6-under 30 before the round was stopped.

Kang is one stroke back and two ahead of Tyler Duncan.

The start of play at Trinity Forest was delayed six hours because of heavy rain overnight and into the morning.


Sticker still leads Tradition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Steve Stricker remains the leader through three rounds of the first PGA Tour Champions major of the year.

Stricker birdied the final hole for a 2-under 70 at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, He is 14 under through 54 holes two shots ahead of Bernhard Langer, David Toms and Billy Andrade (AN’-drayd).

Langer is trying to win the Tradition for the third time in four years. He fired a 68 to make up two shots on Stricker.

Tom Byrum shot a 66 to pull into a fifth-place tie with Paul Goydos at 11 under.


Dick Tomey, former Arizona head football coach, dies at 80

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) _ Former Arizona football coach Dick Tomey has died of cancer at age 80.

Tomey is the winningest football coach in Wildcats history, going 95-64-4 over 14 seasons. He was 183-145-7 overall in 20 years as head coach at Hawaii, Arizona and San Jose State.

Tomey’s family and the university said he died Friday night in Tucson. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in December.


Bottas wins Spanish GP pole

MONTMELO, Spain (AP) _ Formula One leader Valtteri Bottas has won the pole for a third straight grand prix after topping qualifying at the Spanish GP with a new track record.

Teammate and defending champion Lewis Hamilton was next, setting up Mercedes’ dominant pair with a good shot at scoring a fifth consecutive one-two race finish to start the season.

Bottas bettered Hamilton’s track record from 2018 qualifying at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit with a lap of 1 minute, 15:406 seconds.