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.
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.
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.
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.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Bud Selig has been to the Baseball Hall of Fame more times than he can remember. Still limping as he recovers from a stress fracture in his right leg, the 82-year-old former commissioner won't soon forget his latest visit -- a tour to prepare for his induction this summer. "Amazing. Amazing.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Just a few bob-and-weaves from the Rocky Balboa statue, the NFL set the stage for the draft that turned a chunk of the city into gridlock for future stars of the gridiron.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes reached down and golfed a knuckleball on a bounce against the right-center field wall, then while running at third-quarters speed started hopping toward second. He bent over when he reached the base and put hands on both knees.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) needed to be helped off the field after pulling his left hamstring while running to second base in the fourth inning of today's game against Atlanta. Cespedes left last Thursday's loss to Philadelphia with a cramp in his left hamstring and returned to the lineup Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes needed to be helped off the field after pulling his left hamstring while running to second base in the fourth inning of Thursday's game against Atlanta. Cespedes left last Thursday's loss to Philadelphia with a cramp in his left hamstring and returned to the lineup Wednesday. He hit a one-hop double to right-center off R.A.
DENVER (AP) -- The Washington Nationals have reinstated right-hander Stephen Strasburg from the paternity list after the birth of his second child. Strasburg is scheduled to throw Saturday against the New York Mets. He is 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA this season. The 28-year-old Strasburg and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their second daughter earlier this week. Righty Jacob Turner threw well in Strasburg's absence.
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.
NFL DRAFT Browns take A&M lineman with top pick. PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The NFL draft has begun in Philadelphia, and the Cleveland Browns opened the three-day process by adding to their defense. The Browns have chosen Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett, making him the first Aggie to be taken first overall. The junior All-American possesses dynamic passing rushing skills and was unblockable when healthy last season.
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.
DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner wore everything he could to stay warm, including a red ski mask that covered his face. For someone who doesn't enjoy hitting in the cold, he sure was hot at the plate. Turner hit for the third cycle in Nationals history and drove in a career-high seven runs, helping Washington to a 15-12 win over the Colorado Rockies on a frigid 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.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment. They will both have to overcome some significant adversity to contend for the postseason this year after losing two of the National League's top players this past week.