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May 13, 2018


Newcomb helps Braves beat Marlins with 1-hitter, 4-3

UNDATED (AP) — Sean Newcomb allowed no runs for the third start in a row and gave up only one hit in six innings to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Sunday. Newcomb, who is 4-1, has pitched 20 consecutive scoreless innings and last allowed a run on April 26.

Brian Anderson’s double in the second inning was the lone hit off the left-hander, who has given up five hits total in his past three starts. Newcomb walked four, struck out six and lowered his ERA to 2.51. Atlanta closer Arodys Vizcaino came on after the first two batters singled in the ninth. He gave up a three-run pinch-hit homer to Justin Bour with one out, then retired the next two batters for his seventh save in eight chances, completing a four-hitter.

Jose Urena allowed three runs in six innings. The Marlins’ opening day starter remained winless in nine outings after going 14-7 last year.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Corey Kluber became the American League’s first six-game winner as the Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 11-2. The reigning Cy Young Award winner gave up two unearned runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits. Kluber (6-2) was backed by four hits from Yan Gomes, including a three-run homer. Jose Ramirez also hit a three-run shot and Michael Brantley had a two-run homer as the Indians had 15 hits.

—Jose Iglesias hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over Seattle. Niko Goodrum homered and had three hits for the Tigers. His single in the ninth allowed JaCoby Jones to advance to third with nobody out, and Iglesias followed with a single up the middle off Juan Nicasio.

— Joey Rickard had his first big league multihomer game and drove in four runs following his recall from the minor leagues, and the Baltimore Orioles scored their most runs in three years in a 17-1 rout over the Tampa Bay Rays. Danny Valencia and Trey Mancini also homered for the Orioles, who have scored 58 runs in their last seven games. Baltimore won consecutive series for the first time this season. Rays rookie right fielder Johnny Field pitched a hitless eighth.


Cano hit by pitch, has fracture on right hand

UNDATED (AP) — Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH’) left Seattle’s game at Detroit in the third inning Sunday with a broken right hand after being hit by a pitch.

Cano was struck by a pitch from left-hander Blaine Hardy, then went to the dugout while being replaced by a pinch runner.

The 35-year-old Cano is hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs this season. He hit a three-run homer in Seattle’s win Saturday night.

In the fifth season of a $240 million, 10-year contract, Cano has played in at least 150 games in each of the last 11 seasons.

In other MLB news:

— New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom lasted only one inning in his return from the disabled list despite not allowing a hit or a run. DeGrom needed 45 pitches to get through the first, which included 20 foul balls by Philadelphia. The pitches were his most ever in an inning. New York said he was removed from Sunday’s start as a precaution because of the length of the inning and the 59-minute rain delay that preceded it.

— Right-hander Chase Anderson was put on the 10-day disabled list because of illness by the Milwaukee Brewers, who recalled right-hander Freddy Peralta from Triple-A Colorado Springs and slated him to make his big league debut against Colorado. Anderson was scratched from his scheduled start Saturday due to a stomach illness. He was put on the DL retroactive to Thursday. Right-hander Jorge Lopez also was recalled from Colorado Springs on Sunday. Right-hander Alec Asher was optioned to the Sky Sox, a day after he was recalled.

— Nicholas Castellanos was out of the starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers game against Seattle after he injured a finger on his left hand Saturday. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario didn’t start either because of a sore wrist. The Tigers are also without slugger Miguel Cabrera and outfielder Leonys Martin, who are on the disabled list with hamstring strains.

— Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor walked to home plate in the first inning Sunday wearing the wrong batting helmet. The switch-hitter had on the helmet he usually uses when he hits left-handed — with a protective flap on the right side. But he was facing Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy and was going to hit right-handed. Lindor quickly realized the mistake and exchanged helmets with a bat boy. Lindor flied out and later extended his hitting streak to 14 games with two singles and a double.


Tampa Bay looks to rebound in Game 2 vs Washington

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay looks to bounce back from a home loss as the Lightning host the Washington Capitals Sunday night in Game 2 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals.

The Capitals won the opener 4-2, ending an eight-game playoff losing skid to Tampa Bay dating to the 2003 postseason.

In that game, Tampa Bay’s All-Star goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sihl-EHV’-skee) yielded four goals on 25 shots in two periods after entering the series with an 8-2 record, 2.20 goals-against average and .927 save percentage through two rounds.

The Lightning are confident they’ll play better this time. And Caps coach Barry Trotz agrees, noting that Tampa Bay lost Game 1 of its second-round series to Boston only to storm back and win four straight games.


US routs Norway 9-3 at hockey worlds, Czechs blank France

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals for the second straight game and added an assist to lead the United States to a 9-3 victory over Norway for its sixth straight win at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday.

Kane scored with a slap shot from the right circle on a power play to open the scoring and added another power play goal almost from the same spot for a 2-0 lead. The forward leads the tournament with 15 points for five goals and 10 assists.

The United States tops Group B with 16 points.


Koepka finishes week with a 63 and an albatross

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kah) began The Players Championship wondering if his wrist would allow him to play. He finished it with an albatross on the par-5 16th hole and a 63 to tie the course record.

Koepka felt a pop in his left wrist when he stopped in mid-swing because of a cart that drove out in front of players on the back of the range. He didn’t decide until minutes before his tee time Thursday morning to play.

On Sunday, he became the eighth player with a 63 on the TPC Sawgrass.

The highlight was his second shot into the 16th that one-hopped into the hole. He followed that with a wedge into 4 feet on the island-green 17th for birdie.


Hamilton wins Spanish GP by 20 seconds, Vettel 4th

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday by 20 seconds for his second straight Formula One victory, increasing his championship lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Valtteri Bottas secured a one-two for Mercedes, while Max Verstappen completed the podium despite finishing the race with a broken front wing on his Red Bull.

Vettel, who now trails Hamilton by 17 points in the drivers’ standings, was fourth after a slow pit stop.


Former Seahawks, LA Rams coach Chuck Knox dies at 86

SEATTLE (AP) — Chuck Knox, the veteran NFL coach who led the Seattle Seahawks for nine years and took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games, has died. He was 86.

Knox died Saturday evening, the Seahawks confirmed Sunday.

Knox went 186-147-1 during 22 seasons as an NFL head coach, including two stints with the Rams. He won five straight NFC West titles from 1973-77, and he returned in 1992 for the franchise’s final three seasons in Los Angeles before its move to St. Louis.

The Pennsylvania native left the Rams in 1978 for the Buffalo Bills. After five seasons, he took over the Seahawks in 1983 and immediately led the franchise to its first playoff berth and the AFC title game.

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