BOSTON (AP) -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris Sale and earn his first shutout since 2014, and the New York Yankees beat Boston 3-0 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory over the rival Red Sox. Tanaka (3-1) struck out three and threw only 97 pitches for his fifth career complete game and his 10th win in 11 decisions dating to last season.
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.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Carpenter's first grand slam was a memorable one. Meaningful, too. Carpenter launched a game-ending slam in the 11th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals, saved by Randal Grichuk's tying, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth, beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-4 Thursday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. "It was great," Carpenter said. "Big win for us.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says two groups are still bidding to buy the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria. Former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are involved in one of the groups. Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the Jeter/Bush group won an auction for the team with a $1.3 billion bid. Manfred said some reports on the sale have been premature.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Gift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him. Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off the bottom of the first with a home run Wednesday night to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ LOFTY NUMBERS Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91 ERA) brings his impressive numbers against the Yankees to the mound when the Red Sox host New York in the finale of a series shortened by rain. The lefty is 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA in his career vs.
NBA PLAYOFFS Celtics beat Bulls, take 3-2 lead in series; Wizards lead Hawks 3-2 in their series BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley scored 24 points apiece to help the Boston Celtics beat the Chicago Bulls 108-97 and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.
NBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE Rockets take out Westbrook, Thunder UNDATED (AP) -- The Houston Rockets have found a way to stop Russell Westbrook from getting triple-doubles - by ending the Oklahoma City Thunder's season. The Rockets have advanced to the NBA's Western Conference semifinals by knocking off the Thunder, 105-99 in Game 5. James Harden had 34 points and Lou Williams added 22 to help Houston reach Round 2 for the second time in three seasons.
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK The Red Sox had to wait another day to get Dustin Pedroia back in the lineup. Manager John Farrell said after Tuesday night's game was rained out that his injured second baseman would have been able to play after missing the previous two games. Instead, Pedroia will return a day later when the Red Sox host the Yankees.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Toronto's Chris Coghlan called it instinct. It was more like a leap of faith. Coghlan made an acrobatic, run-scoring bound over St. Louis All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, and Marcus Stroman came across with the go-ahead run after pinch hitting in the 11th inning and doubling for his first major league hit in the Blue Jays' 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
MIAMI (AP) -- Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush still haven't touched all the bases in their bid to buy the Miami Marlins. Far from it. Multiple groups have submitted bids to buy the team, and none has yet been accepted, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday. His comments came after Bloomberg reported a group led by former New York Yankees captain Jeter and former Florida Gov.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HICKS STICKS John Hicks is off to an impressive start as a fill-in for injured Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Called up from Triple-A on Saturday morning, Hicks is 5 for 10 with a home run and six RBIs in two games. The 27-year-old made his major league debut in 2015 with Seattle and played once for the Tigers last year.
EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) -- Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will deliver the commencement address at a private Rhode Island university. The baseball legend is set to speak at the New England Institute of Technology's 76th commencement at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence on Sunday. The East Greenwich school will present Ortiz with his first honorary degree.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has been suspended four games and fined for throwing a fastball past the head of Baltimore star Manny Machado. The commissioner's office issued the penalty Monday. The Red Sox are off and Barnes is appealing, meaning the reliever can continue to pitch until the process is done. Barnes was ejected Sunday after sailing a fastball past Machado's helmet at Baltimore.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills -- just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season. The Dodgers are on track to slice their tax bill by about a quarter this year and the Yankees by two-thirds.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- A spikes-high slide. A near beanball. Harsh talk in the clubhouse. The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles soared to a new level over the weekend, and there's no telling what might happen when they soon meet again.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BAD BLOOD The Tigers and Twins close out a three-game series a day after benches cleared and punches were thrown. Detroit's JaCoby Jones was hit in the face by a pitch, and two innings later, Minnesota slugger Miguel Sano punched Tigers catcher James McCann in the mask as both dugouts emptied after Matthew Boyd threw a pitch behind Sano.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- One day later, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and manager John Farrell were still sore about Manny Machado's spikes-up slide. Pedroia was not in Boston's starting lineup Saturday after hurting his knee and ankle in the eighth inning of Friday night's 2-0 loss to Baltimore. The injury occurred when Machado spiked Pedroia in the back of his left leg while sliding into second on a force play.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Even in a wild, 13-inning victory early Saturday morning, the Toronto Blue Jays looked like a team struggling to get it together. Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer in the 13th inning, but Joe Biagini had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning to preserve Toronto's 8-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels rallied after two Toronto errors in the 13th.
April 23 1903 -- The New York Highlanders, later renamed Yankees, win their first game as a major league team, 7-2 over the Washington Senators. 1946 -- Ed Head of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitches a no-hitter against the Boston Braves, 5-0 at Ebbets Field. 1950 -- The Detroit Red Wings edge the New York Rangers 4-3 in Game 7 to win the Stanley Cup.