3:46 AM EDT, Wed May 24, 2017
1 hour ago

Jesse Hahn, Yonder Alonso hurt in A’s loss to Miami

Oakland’s feel-good vibe at home was tested severely Tuesday when the A’s starting pitcher and their All-Star candidate first baseman exited with injuries. Jesse Hahn left in the third inning with a right triceps strain, and first baseman Yonder Alonso - who’d hit his 13th homer earlier in the game - was struck on the wrist by a pitch in the sixth and left after the inning. Hahn, whose velocity dipped significantly in the third, gave up a season-high five earned runs in the A’s 11-9 loss to the Marlins. Alonso had just missed the previous four games with a slight knee sprain, and...
2 hours ago

Senators bounce back to beat Penguins, force Game 7

OTTAWA — With their season on the line, the Ottawa Senators found a way to dig a little deeper Tuesday, rebounding from a humiliating outing two days earlier to earn a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that kept them from being eliminated. Mike Hoffman scored the winner 1 minute, 34 seconds into the third period, Bobby Ryan picked up his sixth goal of the playoffs, and Craig Anderson made 45 saves. Evgeni Malkin gave Pittsburgh, the defending Stanley Cup champion, the lead early in the second period, and Matt Murray finished with 28 saves. Notable in a scoreless opening period...
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A’s Yonder Alonso leaves after being hit on wrist

Yonder Alonso, just back into the A’s lineup after missing three games with a slight knee sprain, was hit on the right wrist by a pitch from Miami’s Jarlin Garcia on Tuesday night and he left the game after the inning. Alonso, among the league leaders in homers with 13, appeared to be in significant pain after being hit by the pitch from Garcia, who was just into the game in relief of Jose Urena, and he walked to the dugout with a trainer before turning around and going to first to run for himself. Should Alonso’s injury be serious, Ryon Healy, Canha and Stephen Vogt all can play...
4 hours ago

Wrigley Field ivy coughs up ball on Ruggiano homer

Wrigley Field ivy coughs up ball on Ruggiano homer CHICAGO - You have seen it so many times on TV. Someone hits a ball into the ivy at Wrigley Field and the outfielder raises both hands to let the umps know. A lot of batting-practice balls find the vines as well. During the Giants' 6-4 win Monday night, one of them reappeared and caused momentary confusion. Justin Ruggiano hit an eighth-inning homer to center. The ball clearly reached the basket over the wall, but when Albert Almora Jr. leaped into the ivy in a vain attempt at a catch, he jarred a ball loose and it rolled onto the...
4 hours ago

A’s Jesse Hahn exits game early after velocity drop

A’s starter Jesse Hahn left Tuesday night’s game against Miami just two-plus innings in after a noticeable dip in velocity. Hahn did not seem to be injured, showing no discomfort on the pitch before he exited, but after a trainer visited him on the mound with one on and no outs in the third, the right-hander came out and rookie Bobby Wahl took over. The A’s No. 5 starter missed the second half of the 2015 season with a strained right forearm and he had Tommy John surgery in 2010.
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Warriors’ to-do list before NBA Finals begin in eight days

The Warriors secured more than a berth in their third straight NBA Finals when they finished off their sweep of San Antonio this week. The Warriors’ nine-day break between games is tied for the third longest in postseason history, matching the 2001 Lakers’ layoff before facing Philadelphia in the 2001 NBA Finals. Though he was well enough to travel with the team to San Antonio for Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference finals, Kerr is still dealing with chronic head and neck pain. Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 against the Spurs with a right heel contusion, is the...
5 hours ago

Giants lose on another rough night for Cueto

Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Anthony Rizzo all homered by the fourth inning, and Cueto's rough month continued to a 4-1 loss to the Cubs that evened the four-game series at two wins apiece. Cueto allowed four runs in six innings, all on the homers, in a confounding start. The first pitch was delayed by 1 hour, 5 minutes after it rained so hard, manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Bobby Evans already were discussing whom they might promote for the 26th man for the nightcap of a Wednesday doubleheader, which is now allowed. After Cueto struck out Ben Zobrist to start the first,...
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Hot-hitting Chad Pinder out of A’s lineup; upcoming pitching plans

Hot-hitting Chad Pinder out of A’s lineup; upcoming pitching plans Chad Pinder has homered four times in the past eight games, and yet the rookie’s location to start Tuesday night’s game against Miami will be on the bench. Pinder, a right-handed hitting utility player, got more playing time than usual in the Boston series because the A’s faced three left-handed starters, but Yonder Alonso (who missed four games with a slight knee sprain) and Stephen Vogt (who sat against the lefty starters) are both back in the lineup Tuesday. Melvin said that the extra time off might make him more...
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A’s Chris Bassitt dealing with arm fatigue issues

A’s Chris Bassitt dealing with arm fatigue issues Chris Bassitt’s recovery from Tommy John surgery was galloping along so well, there was thought he could be back in the A’s rotation in the next few weeks. Rehab from an elbow ligament replacement procedure is almost never that easy, though, and Bassitt said Tuesday that he will have his next start pushed back several days because of arm fatigue, and he will have his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville extended by at least 10 days. “I’m not bouncing back between starts as well as I need to be right now,” Bassitt said. The...
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Raiders expect big things from defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr.

Raiders expect big things from defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr. The 280-pound defensive tackle is healthy right now, and the Raiders know they need him to make an impact for their 26th-ranked defense a year ago to get better. Edwards, after all, missed the first 14 games last season after a hip injury was slow to heal. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said after Tuesday’s workout, At the end of the day, we didn’t get a whole lot of Mario on the field. The Raiders are looking for a big step and a big push inside from Edwards, who played both tackle and end as a rookie in ...
8 hours ago

No replay needed as umpire reverses his call

Nolan Fontana was called safe and then out on the same play by the same umpire — without a replay review. Making his major-league debut for the Angels, Fontana initially was ruled safe by second-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt on a stolen-base attempt in the second inning Monday night against Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash challenged the call — but before there was even a video review, Wendelstedt correctly changed his ruling to out. “I committed one of the two errors that normally result in missing a play,” Wendelstedt said. The Mariners activated second baseman Robinson...
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2 European free agents sign deals with Sharks

“Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space,” general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. In 211 games in that league, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound defenseman scored 37 goals and recorded 54 assists. “Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge,” Wilson said.
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49ers’ NaVorro Bowman on competition: ‘I won’t be on the sideline’

In March, the 49ers signed inside linebacker Malcolm Smith to a five-year contract with $11.5 million guaranteed. In April, they used a first-round pick on Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster.
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Giants notes: Thoughts on Posey and Belt

CHICAGO - One of the weirdest nights of my career happened in 2002, in San Diego, after the big dugout fight between Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds. Bonds ducked out of the clubhouse at Qualcomm Stadium, but Kent hung around to talk. Kent said he once hit a grand slam shortly after one of their physical altercations. Think of the interpersonal relationships of a baseball team as an iceberg. If someone built a team with 25 guys who had the same personalities, that would be weird. Bruce Bochy, as much or more than any other managers, wants players to police themselves. If we could somehow see...
15 hours ago

Poor Zaza Pachulia couldn't get an NBA Finals hat that fit his giant head

If the Warriors were riding high after sweeping unbeaten into the NBA Finals, at least one member of the squad was given a humbling reminder not to get too — dare we pun — big-headed.