HOUSTON (AP) -- Andrew Triggs was pleased to have pitched one of the best games of his career Saturday night. He was much more excited that his work helped the Oakland Athletics end their longest losing streak of the season. "That's the most important thing," he said. "You're here to win series and we're in a position to do that (Sunday). So it was nice to get a good team win.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle for the second time and Yu Darvish pitched six effective innings, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Saturday night. Darvish (3-2) allowed one earned run, struck out 10 and walked four, finishing with 125 pitches. He fell five pitches short of his major league high, thrown as a rookie in 2013.
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans made the most aggressive draft move in franchise history by trading up to fill their biggest need and select quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first round of the NFL draft. Although they insist that Tom Savage remains their starting quarterback, the pressure will certainly be on Watson to develop quickly after Houston sent next year's first-round pick to Cleveland to snag him .
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees completed a stunning rally from an eight-run deficit, outslugging the Baltimore Orioles 14-11 on Friday night. In a game of home run derby, Starlin Castro tied it with a two-run drive that capped a three-run burst in the ninth off Brad Brach.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Charlie Morton liked the way the Houston Astros rallied for their latest win. Morton struck out a career-high 12, George Springer singled home the tying run in his return from a leg injury and the Astros beat Oakland 9-4 to send the Athletics to their fifth straight loss.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL draft (all times Eastern): 12:05 a.m. The second night of the draft concludes as the San Francisco 49ers take quarterback C.J. Beathard and the Pittsburgh Steelers pick running back James Conner late in the third round. No. 97 Miami: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, 6-1, 199, Clemson No. 98 Arizona: Chad Williams, RB, 6-1, 204, Grambling State No. 99 Philadelphia: Rasul Douglas, CB, 6-2, 209, West Virginia No.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston general manager Rick Smith wouldn't go so far as to call getting Texas running back D'Onta Foreman in the third round a steal. He did, however feel fortunate to pick up last year's Doak Walker Award winner on the second day of the draft. "I do a little bit of a wish list to the guys that I just would love to have on our football team," Smith said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL draft (all times Eastern): 10 p.m. The New Orleans Saints trade up to select Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara and offensive linemen finally start to hear their names called as the third round opens. No. 65 Cleveland: Larry Ogunjobi, DT, 6-3, 305, Charlotte No. 66 San Francisco: Ahkello Witherspoon, CB, 6-3, 198, Colorado No. 67 New Orleans: Alvin Kamara, RB, 5-10, 214, Tennessee.
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Former President George H.W. Bush was released Friday from a Houston hospital where he received treatment for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis during a two-week stay. "President and Mrs. Bush are very pleased to be home spending time with family and friends and grateful for the outstanding care provided by his doctors and nurses," Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Gregg Popovich feels like his San Antonio Spurs survived the Memphis Grizzlies and is grateful their first-round series finally is over after six games. His Spurs desperately need a couple days off before hosting Houston on Monday night in their Western Conference semifinal. The Spurs finished the game on a 22-8 run Thursday night after trailing by seven in beating Memphis 103-96 to take the series 4-2.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs wanted no part of playing a seventh game against the Grizzlies, not with the Houston Rockets looming in the next round. Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points, and the Spurs advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating Memphis 103-96 on Thursday night to take the series 4-2. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich congratulated Memphis on a great year, especially rookie coach David Fizdale.
HOUSTON (AP) -- Deshaun Watson is the newest quarterback for the Houston Texans. For now, the two-time Heisman Trophy finalist is also a backup. The Texans addressed their need at the position by trading with Cleveland to select the Clemson standout with the 12th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. They traded away the 25th overall pick in this year's draft as well as their first-round selection next season to nab Watson.
A thumbnail scouting report of the players picked in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. 1. Cleveland Myles Garrett, 6-foot--4, 272 pounds, Texas A&M Notable: All-American last season and one of the best pass rushers in the country, despite some nagging injuries. Sum-it-up-in-a-sentence scouting report: Elite speed, quickness and strength add up to a potentially dominant pass rusher with only the need to stay on the field more.
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 surprising trades putting the Bears and Chiefs in position to grab QBs.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the first round of the NFL draft (all times local): 11:55 p.m. The New Orleans Saints closed out the first round of the NFL draft by selecting Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk with the 32nd pick. The Saints, who led the NFL in yards per game last season, have both incumbent starters at tackle coming back with Terron Armstead on the left side and Zach Strief on the right.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander has been fined $100,000 by the NBA for confronting a referee during live game action. Byron Spruell, the NBA's president of league operations, announced Alexander's fine Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday in the final minute of the first quarter during the Rockets' 105-99 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Alexander got up out of his courtside seat and walked toward Bill Kennedy.
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.