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.
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.
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.
ATLANTA (AP) -- Bryce Harper assumes everybody already knows the Washington Nationals will again be a team to watch in the National League. Just in case, Harper and the Nationals made the point by putting on an offensive show at the Atlanta Braves' new park. Harper had two homers, including a grand slam, among four hits and the Nationals overwhelmed Julio Teheran and the Braves 14-4 on Wednesday night. Harper drove in five runs.
ATLANTA (AP) -- On a night of firsts, Ender Inciarte saved the best for last. Matching his power total for all of last season, Inciarte hit the first homer in baseball's newest stadium to carry the Atlanta Braves to a 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves' new stadium is ready for its first real unveiling. The Braves' new team remains an unfinished work. A sellout crowd will be watching when the Braves finally play their first regular-season game in SunTrust Park against San Diego on Friday night. After struggling on a long road trip to open the season, the Braves are glad to finally play in their new home.
MASTERS-THE LATEST Garcia, Rose share Masters lead AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- Sergio Garcia continues to own a share of the Masters lead through three rounds, but he's keeping different company atop the leaderboard. Justin Rose birdied five of his last seven holes for a 5-under 67 that leaves him tied with Garcia at minus-6.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Matt Harvey walked from the mound to the dugout and raised his glove with his pitching hand, acknowledging fans chanting his name. At least for a night, The Dark Knight returned. "I obviously have one less rib, but I feel strong and ready to go," Harvey said after leading the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 6-2 on Thursday in his return from major surgery.