WASHINGTON (AP) -- Josh Edgin relieved Mets closer Jeurys Familia with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and got Bryce Harper to hit into a game-ending double play, finishing a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night that stopped New York's six-game losing streak. New York had lost 10 of 11 and put star slugger Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list before the game with a strained hamstring.
BOSTON (AP) -- Andrew Benintendi hit a solo homer off Jake Arrieta during a five-run first inning and the Boston Red Sox held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday night. Every Boston starter had at least one hit, and Hanley Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez also drove in a run each.
MIAMI (AP) -- Francisco Cervelli drove in three runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates scored eight times in the second inning in a 12-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. Jordy Mercer homered and had two RBIs, Josh Harrison had three hits and knocked in two, and Andrew McCutchen also drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, who snapped a six-game losing streak to the Marlins.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis got a break from treatments for testicular cancer to play catch in the outfield at Chase Field before Friday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bettis is being treated in nearby Scottsdale, not far from his home, allowing him to re-unite with his teammates during a three-game series against Arizona.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is expected to be sidelined until after the All-Star break following injuries sustained in a dirt-biking accident. The 27-year-old suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain in the April 20 crash on the team's day off in Colorado. Bumgarner started rehab Friday focused on improving his range of motion, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Friday.
BOSTON (AP) -- Theo Epstein hadn't returned to his old office since he left in 2012, and he'd been itching to come back. Boston, after all, will always be his home. Or at least one of them. "I'm definitely still a Bostonian. I'm just lucky to have a great second home in Chicago. I consider them both home," Epstein said in the visiting dugout at Fenway Park before a game Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Retired Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. The ceremony will be May 3 before a game against the rival San Francisco Giants. Scully will join Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale, Junior Gilliam, Sandy Koufax, Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Don Sutton and former managers Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda in the Ring of Honor.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Eric Thames is back in the starting lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night after leaving Wednesday's game with left hamstring tightness. Thames, who leads the majors with 11 homers, appeared to be favoring his left hamstring as he stretched before the Cincinnati Reds batted in the eighth inning on Wednesday. Manager Craig Counsell talked with him near first base before the two walked off the field.
UNDATED (AP) -- Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Indiana Pacers. That's according to a person with knowledge of the situation who tells The Associated Press that Kevin Pritchard is being elevated from general manager to the team's new president of basketball operations.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The New York Mets placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. His absence is another blow to a team that has lost six straight, nine of 10 and fallen into last place in the NL East. He is hitting .270 with six homers and 10 RBIs. "They didn't really see a lot," manager Terry Collins said of Cespedes' MRI.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Former New York Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden has gotten a key to the city 31 years after the team's thrilling World Series win over the Boston Red Sox. Teammates from the 1986 Mets including Darryl Strawberry, Jesse Orosco and Bobby Ojeda (oh-HEY'-duh) joined Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) for Friday's ceremony honoring Gooden. Gooden says it's a day he "never thought would happen.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets have placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. His absence is another blow to a team that has lost six straight, nine of 10 and fallen into last in the NL East. He is hitting .270 with six homers and 10 RBIs. The Mets also said Friday they have recalled left-hander Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A Las Vegas.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The decades-long journey of a father and a son, of a game and a country, ended with a sprint.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks suffered through a heartbreaking loss the night before and learned earlier in the day that they may have lost one of their starting pitchers for the season. A letdown would have been easy. In fact, their manager was a little concerned it might happen. Instead, the Diamondbacks were loose, wrapping up another home series win behind Taijuan Walker's dominant performance and an early string of home runs.
A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ 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.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- When last on the mound at Citi Field, R.A. Dickey beat Pittsburgh in September 2012 to become the first knuckleballer in 32 years with a 20-win season.
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.
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.