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Lindor's 2-run blast in 7th leads Indians past Astros 4-3

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Francisco Lindor hit a long two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 4-3 Thursday night. Lindor's 456-foot homer off Chris Devenski (1-1) landed in the visitors bullpen about 50 feet beyond the center field wall. Corey Kluber (3-1) struck out 10 and allowed three runs in seven innings as the defending AL champs took two of three from the AL West leaders.

LEADING OFF: Bruising Nats host battered Mets, Cubs-Red Sox

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday: ___ WASHINGTON CAPITALIZES Trea Turner and the Nationals clubbed their way through Coors Field this week, scoring 11 or more runs in three straight games for the first time since they were the Montreal Expos in 1986. Turner had a huge four-game series in Colorado, getting seven extra-base hits, driving in 11 runs and scoring 10.

Panthers select RB McCaffrey with 8th pick in NFL draft

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Panthers selected versatile running back Christian McCaffrey from Stanford with the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft, giving former league MVP Cam Newton some needed help on offense. Along with his ability to run the ball, the 5-foot-10, 202-pound McCaffrey has the ability to play slot receiver and return kicks.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes limped off with a pulled hamstring, Matt Harvey was chased in the fifth inning as he made an emergency start in place of ailing Noah Syndergaard, and the New York Mets' losing streak reached six with a 7-5 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Offensive draft early, QBs prized after Garrett is No. 1

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With defensive studs everywhere in this draft, NFL teams turned offensive. With an emphasis on quarterbacks. Hardly stunning in a pass-happy league, except that no quarterbacks in this crop have been highly touted. Yet three went in the first dozen Thursday night, with two whopping trades putting the Bears and Chiefs in position to grab QBs.

USC's Bennie Boatwright to skip NBA draft, stay in school

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bennie Boatwright has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to Southern California for his junior year. He averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Trojans last season despite missing 17 games because of injuries. Boatwright said Thursday he's decided to return to school "to further my education and work on developing my basketball skills.

The Latest: Colts take Ohio State safety Malik Hooker

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft (all times local): 10:03 p.m. The Indianapolis Colts have taken Ohio State safety Malik Hooker with the 15th pick in the NFL Draft. At 6-foot-1, 206 pounds, Hooker was considered the second best safety in this draft class behind LSU's Jamal Adams. The New York Jets took Adams at No. 6.

Top-seeded Celtics headline trio of elimination games

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The top-seeded Boston Celtics are back from the brink of disaster. They have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole against the Chicago Bulls to regain control of the series. A victory Friday would be the first time the franchise with 14 NBA titles has advanced past the first round since 2012. "The key has been playing consistent," Celtics guard Avery Bradley explained how Boston has flipped the script.

Ground broken for Jackie Robinson Museum after 10-year wait

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ground was broken for the Jackie Robinson Museum after a 10-year wait -- matching the length of the Hall of Famer's barrier-breaking major league career. Rachel Robinson, the 94-year-old widow of the Brooklyn Dodgers star, attended Thursday's ceremony in the SoHo section of Manhattan along with her daughter, Sharon, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and former National League President Len Coleman. "There are a lot of American heroes.

Urias makes solid 2017 debut as Dodgers beat Giants in 10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Less than 24 hours after losing to the Giants in 10 innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned the tables and managed just their second win in their last nine games in San Francisco. Run-scoring singles by Andrew Toles and Justin Turner in the 10th inning led the Dodgers to a 5-1 victory Thursday after Los Angeles pitcher Julio Urias made a solid start in his 2017 debut.

Arizona's Miller considering Tommy John surgery for UCL tear

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow, leaving him with a difficult decision. He could have Tommy John surgery, a route that would keep him out at least until the middle of next season. He also could try rehabilitating it, even go with stem cell injections, though that comes with the risk of tearing the ligament completely, leading to surgery anyway.

Gobert doing what he has all year: shutting down the paint

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz feared the worst when Rudy Gobert was carried off the court by teammates 17 seconds into the playoffs. Two weeks later, the 7-foot-1 defensive player of the year candidate is a huge reason the Jazz have taken control of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harper homers in 11-run 7th, Turner, Nats rout Rockies 16-5

DENVER (AP) -- The math is pretty simple for Dusty Baker: His big-hitting lineup plus Coors Field equals loads of runs. "But I didn't have any idea we were going to score that many," the Washington manager said. Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as part of an 11-run seventh inning, Trea Turner enjoyed another big game at the hitter-friendly ballpark and the Nationals routed the Colorado Rockies 16-5 on Thursday.

Column: Refs won't bite as Hoiberg tries 'palming' off blame

We pause in a postseason packed with great press-conference performances to award a gold star to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg for his "get-off-my-lawn" rant against Celtics' guard Isaiah Thomas. For starters, it's so-o-o-o last century. Granted, there's still a rule on the books barring players from "palming" or "carrying" the basketball while dribbling.

Bud Selig says he's overwhelmed by visit to Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Bud Selig has been to the Baseball Hall of Fame more times than he can remember. Still limping as he recovers from a stress fracture in his right leg, the 82-year-old former commissioner won't soon forget his latest visit -- a tour to prepare for his induction this summer. "Amazing. Amazing.