Vargas pitches Royals to 2-0 win over Bumgarner, Giants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jason Vargas dazzled for the third straight start, the Royals finally scored off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and Kansas City beat San Francisco 2-0 on Wednesday night to split their two-game series. Vargas (3-0) scattered four hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks, his 12th straight start allowing two runs or fewer -- the longest streak by a left-hander in franchise history.

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NBA PLAYOFFS Playoffs begin today UNDATED (AP) -- The NBA playoffs begin today with four games. The Cavaliers open against No. 7 Indiana, while No. 3 Toronto hosts No. 6 Milwaukee. In the West, it's seventh-seeded Memphis at No. 2 San Antonio, and the No. 4 Clippers against the No. 5 Utah Jazz. On Sunday, the Warriors open against Portland, before the third-seeded Rockets and No.

New closer, same result: Giants blow lead, lose to D-backs

PHOENIX (AP) -- Two big swings from Madison Bumgarner were undone by another bullpen meltdown in a wild opener for the San Francisco Giants that looked an awful lot like last season. Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon for a 6-5 victory Sunday.

THE CAMDEN EFFECT: A close look at 25 years of new ballparks

The past 25 years have been a boom period for new baseball venues. Starting with Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 1992, major league teams have opened 21 new ballparks, with another joining the list this season, when the Atlanta Braves start playing at SunTrust Park. Although many of these parks were built in the same style as Camden Yards, all have their own quirks and attractions that make them unique.

Treinen gets Nats' closer job; Pelfrey cut

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save. After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. "Blake has that turbo sinker," manager Dusty Baker said Thursday.