Saturday, April 18
Collmenter shuts down Giants, gets 3 hits in D-backs win
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Josh Collmenter pitched a four-hitter and had a career-high three hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the World Series champion San Francisco Giants to an eighth straight loss with a 9-0 win Friday night.
Jake Lamb hit a two-run triple in the third and Collmenter (1-2) added an RBI single as Arizona knocked Jake Peavy out of the game after only 3 2-3 innings. Paul Goldschmidt singled in a run for the Diamondbacks.
A.J. Pollock matched his career high with four hits for Arizona, including an RBI double. David Peralta doubled in a run and Tuffy Gosewisch added an RBI single on a chilly Bay Area night.
The Giants' eight-game skid is their longest since June 13-22, 2007, in home run king Barry Bonds' final season.
Clayton Kershaw gets 1st win as Dodgers beat Rockies 7-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw got his first victory despite giving up two home runs and Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of RBI doubles as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 on Friday night.
Kershaw (1-1) allowed three runs — one earned — and six hits over six innings with 12 strikeouts. The reigning NL MVP is 21-2 with a 1.69 ERA in his last 24 regular-season starts.
Kershaw, who has won three consecutive Cy Young Awards, wasn't nearly as dominating against the Rockies as he was when no-hit them last June. He surrendered a fourth-inning leadoff homer to Troy Tulowitzki and a two-run shot by Charlie Blackmon with two out in the fifth.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old left-hander is 12-2 with a 3.11 ERA in his last 19 starts against Colorado.
Kyle Kendrick (1-2) gave up six runs in the loss.
Trout hits 2 HRs to lead Angels past Astros, 6-3
HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Trout homered twice to become the youngest player in history with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Astros 6-3 on Friday night.
Trout, who has 104 steals, hit a two-run shot off Astros starter Roberto Hernandez on a full count in the sixth inning for his 100th homer, giving the Angels a 3-1 lead. At 23 years and 253 days old, Trout became the youngest player in history to reach the feat — breaking the mark set by Alex Rodriguez (23 years, 309 days old).
After the Astros tied it with single runs in the sixth and seventh, Trout hit a three-run shot against reliever Chad Qualls (0-1) in the eighth.
Cesar Ramos (1-0) got the last two outs of the seventh to pick up the win.
Royals beat Athletics 6-4 in rematch of AL wild-card game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and A's picked up right where they left off.
In their first meeting since last September's dramatic wild-card game, Paulo Orlando delivered a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning Friday night to help Kansas City to a 6-4 win over Oakland in another back-and-forth affair.
Omar Infante also drove in a pair of runs for the Royals, whose 12-inning victory over the Athletics last year ultimately spurred them all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.
Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis (2-0) each pitched a scoreless inning in relief of the Royals' Jeremy Guthrie, and Greg Holland breezed through the ninth for his fourth save.
Dan Otero (0-1) gave up both runs in the eighth inning for Oakland.
Bryant 0 for 4 with 3 Ks in debut as Cubs lose to Padres 5-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant had such a Chicago Cubs-like start to his major league career.
Called up one day after the team ensured he can't be eligible for free agency until 2021, the prized prospect struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields and went 0 for 4 in a 5-4 loss to San Diego Padres on Friday.
Seeking their first World Series title in 107 years, the Cubs selected Bryant's contract from Triple-A Iowa and inserted him into their starting lineup as the cleanup hitter and third baseman.
Bryant cleanly handled Derek Norris' sharp first-inning grounder, starting a 5-4-3 double play. Following a two-out walk to Anthony Rizzo in the bottom half, Bryant was given a standing ovation as many in the crowd took photos.
With fans still on their feet, Bryant swung through three pitches for an inning-ending strikeout. He foul-tipped an 89 mph cutter on the low, outside corner, then swung over a pair of changeups.
Kljestan, Grella score; Red Bulls beat Earthquakes 2-0
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella scored first-half goals and the New York Red Bulls beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Friday night.
Kljestan started the scoring in the 29th minute. Felipe's cross split two defenders and Bradley Wright-Phillips' poke fell to Kljestan's feet for a tap in. New York scored 6 minutes later when Lloyd Sam's cross found an unmarked Grella at the far post for an easy finish.
New York (3-0-2) moved into first place in the Eastern Conference and is one of two teams without a loss this season. Luis Robles made two big saves in the 83rd and 84th minutes to earn his second shutout of the season.
San Jose (3-4-0) conceded the first goal in its fourth straight road game. It hasn't won at New York during the regular season since 2005.
Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has bypass surgery
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery.
A hospital statement on Friday says Abdul-Jabbar had the surgery on Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the surgery, says the 68-year-old former NBA and UCLA star is expected to make a full recovery.
Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. The 7-foot-2 center was known for his trademark sky hook.
In the statement, Abdul-Jabbar says he's looking forward to getting back to his usual activities soon and he asks that people cherish and live life to the fullest.
NHL player Jarret Stoll arrested in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex.
Las Vegas police Lt. Michael Mauntel said Stoll is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.
Stoll is the boyfriend of Erin Andrews, the "Dancing with the Stars" co-host and Fox Sports reporter. Stoll also was engaged to actress and model Rachel Hunter, singer Rod Stewart's former wife.
The 32-year-old Stoll is an unrestricted free agent after struggling this season. He had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games, his seventh with Los Angeles after five with Edmonton.
The center helped the Kings win Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014. Los Angeles missed the playoffs this season.
Warriors, Pelicans enter series with different expectations
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State secured the No. 1 overall seed two weeks ago and has been at the top of the NBA standings all season. New Orleans needed an all-out effort through its last game against San Antonio to claim the Western Conference's final playoff spot.
Expectations for both teams now are just as stark.
The Warriors are hoping the Pelicans are a prelude to their championship march. New Orleans has a nothing-to-lose-and-everything-to-gain mentality in the franchise's first postseason appearance since 2011.
The best-of-seven series starts Saturday at amped-up Oracle Arena, and the only differences that matter will be settled on the court in front of a gold-shirt wearing sellout crowd and a national television audience.
49ers fullback Miller at home in Georgia after March arrest
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller is not taking part in the team's offseason program at team headquarters in the aftermath of his March arrest on suspicion of spousal battery.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Friday he met about the offseason with Miller, who is "home in Georgia taking care of business." The Santa Clara District Attorney's office is still reviewing the case and no court hearing has been scheduled.
The 27-year-old Miller, who received a three-year contract extension in 2014, was arrested March 5.
Miller had 18 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns last season for the 49ers, who went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.
INDYCAR-LONG BEACH PRACTICE
Power, Pagenaud fastest in 2 practice rounds at Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Team Penske drivers Will Power and Simon Pagenaud have the fastest time through two rounds of practice at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Power had a time of 1 minute, 7.5485 seconds during his second practice session around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn circuit through downtown Long Beach.
Pagenaud came in at 1.75855. Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five.
Qualifying in the 32nd running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach is Saturday and the 80-lap race is Sunday.
Ricky Taylor takes pole for IMSA race at Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Taylor won the Prototype pole Friday for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach.
Driving the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP, Taylor broke the track record with a lap at 1 minute, 14.790 seconds on the downtown street circuit to edge Scott Pruett.
"As the fuel load burned off during the qualifying session and the car got lighter, it got faster," Taylor said. "That fastest lap wasn't as hair-raising as I expected it would be."
Pruett had a 1:15.048 in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' No. 01 Ford to take the second starting position Saturday.
Christian Fittipaldi was third at 1:15.274 in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.
In the GT Le Mans class, Bill Auberlen topped the field with a track-record lap at 1:17.268 in the
No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4. Teammate John Edwards was second in the No. 24 BMW at 1:17.516.
NCAA WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS
Defending co-champs Florida, Oklahoma make gymnastics final
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Defending co-champions Oklahoma and Florida will get another shot at the NCAA women's gymnastics title.
The Sooners joined the Gators in the Super Six finals by finishing in the top three in the second semifinal session Friday night.
Florida, which has won consecutive team titles, and Utah tied for the top score in the early session. Stanford qualified in the third spot.
Oklahoma survived two falls on balance beam, its last event, to advance along with Alabama and Auburn in the late session. Auburn is making its first trip to the finals since 1993.
Utah's Georgia Dabritz helped her team move on with a 10 on uneven bars, the only perfect score of the day.
Florida's Kytra Hunter and former Olympian Samantha Pescek of UCLA shared the all-around title.