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Jerar Encarnación slam in debut lifts Marlins over Mets 6-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerar Encarnación was called up to the major leagues, and Miami Marlins teammate Sandy Alcantara made a promise to the 24-year-old. "I told him if you get a hit or a homer, I'm going to buy something," the pitcher recalled saying on the way back to the team hotel Friday ...

Matijevic homers for 1st MLB hit, Astros beat White Sox 4-3

HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie J.J. Matijevic homered for his first major league hit and Mauricio Dubón added a two-run shot to power the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night. The Astros bounced back from a 7-0 shutout Saturday to get a 2-1 series win. The victory ...

Lightning may be running out of gas vs fresher Avalanche

DENVER (AP) — It's no secret Tampa Bay has played more hockey over the past two years than any other team in the NHL. That may — finally — be taking a toll on the two-time defending champ Lightning against the Colorado Avalanche, who took a much shorter route to the Stanley Cup Final and ...

Blue Jays rally from 5 down, end Yankees’ 9-game win streak

TORONTO (AP) — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. launched his fifth career grand slam, Teoscar Hernández hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to stop the Yankees' nine-game winning streak, beating New York 10-9 Sunday. Josh Donaldson, Anthony Rizzo, Gleyber Torres, Kyle ...

Pivetta goes 7 strong with 10 Ks; Red Sox hold off Cards 6-4

BOSTON (AP) — Nick Pivetta pitched seven dominant innings with 10 strikeouts, Christian Vázquez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox held off the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Sunday to win their fifth straight series. Trevor Story added a solo shot and Jackie Bradley Jr. had a ...

Fitzpatrick a winner again at Brookline as US Open champion

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A playoff was looming Sunday in the U.S. Open, just like it always does at The Country Club, when Matt Fitzpatrick sized up his shot from a bunker left of the 18th fairway. He had a one-shot lead over Will Zalatoris and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler. He had a big ...

Masters champ Scheffler ties for 2nd in US Open at Brookline

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler stood in the eighth fairway at The Country Club and waited for his ball to stop rolling. When it did, he took a few steps to his left and tried for a third time to summit the false front protecting the pin. Instead of a long putt for eagle and a ...

Carry on: Fitzpatrick’s caddie gets major breakthrough

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Billy Foster grabbed the flag on the 18th green, pulled it toward his face and gave it a kiss. Finally, that flag belongs to him. After four decades of caddying for some of the greatest in the game, Foster has his major title. Matt Fitzpatrick's U.S. Open win Sunday ...

US OPEN: A glance at final round of the US Open at Brookline

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — A brief look Sunday at the final round of the U.S. Open: VICTOR: Matt Fitzpatrick closed with a 2-under 68 for a one-shot victory and his first major championship. SPOILS: Along with $3.15 million, Fitzpatrick has a 10-year exemption into the U.S. Open and five-year ...

Oh, so, close, Zalatoris finishes 2nd in yet another major

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The putt slid an inch — make that a millimeter — outside the left edge of the cup. Will Zalatoris squatted into a low crouch and let go of the putter, feeling it slide off the back of his shoulder and onto the turf. He bounced his hands off the green then cupped ...

Vick adds US Open low amateur medal to NCAA team title

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Travis Vick was already an NCAA team champion at Texas. Now he can add low amateur at the U.S Open to his resume. Vick shot a 3-over 73 at The Country Club on Sunday to finish at 8-over par for the tournament and claim a silver medal from the USGA. Vick also had the ...

Turner doesn’t play in MLS finale as Revs top Minnesota 2-1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Matt Turner sat the bench for his final game with the New England Revolution before his transfer to Arsenal, a 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. The 27-year-old, the leading contender to start for the United States in the World Cup, signed with New England in ...

AP sources: Atkinson decides not to coach Charlotte Hornets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets will have to begin their search again for a head coach because Kenny Atkinson changed his mind and will stay with the NBA champion Warriors after all. Two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday that ...

‘From the very beginning’: Nationals retire Zimmerman’s 11

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventeen years and 11 days after Ryan Zimmerman was the first player ever drafted by the new-to-town Washington Nationals, and a little more than eight months after he appeared in his last game for the franchise, his No. 11 became the first jersey number retired by the ...

Koufax gets Dodger Stadium statue next to Jackie Robinson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Sandy Koufax joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, he was in awe of being on the same team with Jackie Robinson. Now 67 years later, the two are immortalized in bronze at the entrance to Dodger Stadium. Koufax's statue was unveiled on Saturday in the Centerfield Plaza ...

Salinas takes in No. 1 spot in Top Fuel at Thunder Valley

BRISTOL. Tenn. (AP) — Mike Salinas took the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals as he chases his third straight victory at Bristol Dragway. Salinas powered to the top in the final qualifying session with a 3.767-second run at 327.59. He has three ...

Cubs’ Contreras gets 3 hits and steal, beats brother, Braves

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras had three hits and stole a base in his first game against younger brother William, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Saturday. Chicago won a day after ending its 10-game losing streak and also stopping the Braves' 14-game winning ...

Tigers pound 3 HRs, beat Rangers 14-7 to end 6-game skid

DETROIT (AP) — Eric Haase had three hits, including one of three Detroit homers, and the Tigers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 14-7 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. The Tigers had scored only two runs in their last four games, but set a season high for runs Saturday. "I ...

Keller and bullpen two-hit A’s, Royals win 2-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brad Keller allowed one hit in seven crisp innings to lift Kansas City to a 2-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. Jose Cuas retired two batters and allowed a one-out double in the eighth. Scott Barlow set down the final four batters for his eighth save to ...

Cueto, López combine for 3-hitter as Chisox down Astros 7-0

HOUSTON (AP) — Johnny Cueto and Reynaldo López combined for a three-hitter and Luis Robert tied a career-high with four RBIs as the Chicago White Sox jumped on Justin Verlander early and cruised to a 7-0 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Cueto (1-3) allowed two hits and struck out ...