Pirates beat Cubs 6-5 as Ngoepe becomes first African in MLB

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.

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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.

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AARON HERNANDEZ-DEATH State police investigate death of imprisoned ex-Patriot BOSTON (AP) -- Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez has been found dead in his prison cell, days after being acquitted of a double murder. Massachusetts prison officials say the former New England Patriots tight end hanged himself with a bed sheet that he attached to a window at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center.

LEADING OFF: Keuchel in ace form, M's give Ichiro bobblehead

A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BIG D IS BACK After struggling to defend his 2015 AL Cy Young Award last season, Dallas Keuchel is back in ace form for Houston. Keuchel (2-0, 0.86 ERA) has allowed just eight hits in 21 innings this season heading into a start against the Angels. The left-hander was 9-12 with a 4.

Ramirez gets 1st RBIs of season, Red Sox top Pirates 4-3

BOSTON (AP) -- Hanley Ramirez looked plenty healthy in a big spot for the Boston Red Sox. After a recent absence because of the flu, Ramirez doubled during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Thursday that sent the Red Sox over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. "I think he's carried what he did last year into this season despite missing the four games in Detroit," Red Sox manager John Farrell said.