Rangers rally for two runs in ninth to beat A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Michael Choice singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Texas Rangers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Tuesday night.
Josh Wilson doubled to drive in the tying run just ahead of Choice, who began his career with the A's.
Alexi Ogando recorded one out in the eighth to pick up the win. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Luke Gregerson took the loss after blowing his third save opportunity. He gave up two runs on three hits. Gregerson appeared to have pitched out of trouble when he threw out pinch hitter Mitch Moreland at the plate on a safety squeeze by Leonys Martin for the second out.
Martin stole second and scored when Wilson, who cost the Rangers two runs with a fielding error in the fourth, doubled.
McHugh strikes out 12 as Astros beat Seattle 5-2
SEATTLE (AP) - Collin McHugh struck out a career-high 12 in his season debut, and Jason Castro, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez homered to lift the Houston Astros to a 5-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
McHugh, called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City for the start, struck out the first three batters of the game to set the tone for his first win in 10 career starts. The right-hander didn't walk a batter, giving up three hits in 6 2-3 shutout innings.
Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his second save. The Astros have won six straight against the Mariners.
Justin Smoak provided Seattle's only offense with a two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Mariners extended their losing streak to eight games.
Martinez recalled to make start
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Texas Rangers activated right-hander Nick Martinez to make a start against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Martinez, drafted in the 18th round of the 2011 draft by the Rangers, will be making his second career start. Texas designated right-hander Hector Noesi for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for Martinez.
In related news, an MRI done on Shin-Soo Choo's sprained left ankle showed no high sprain. He is expected to miss at least two games and will be re-evaluated when the Rangers travel to Seattle on Thursday.
Kouzmanoff leaves game in 4th inning
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Texas third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff left the Rangers' game against the Oakland Athletics with back tightness.
The reigning AL Player of the Week was involved in both of the Rangers' first two scoring rallies Tuesday night. He walked to load the bases in the first inning and hit into a double play in the third, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
He left the game after the Rangers batted in the fourth.
Josh Wilson moved from second to third and Luis Sardinas took over at second. Wilson made a fielding error on his first chance, leading to a run.
Houston's Harden trying to be better in Game 2
HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden missed 20 shots, including two in the final seconds of Houston's Game 1 loss to Portland in overtime.
Now the key word for the Houston star entering Game 2 on Wednesday night is better; he must play better, and the Rockets must be better when it comes to their ball movement.
He says: "I wasn't really driving and attacking and being aggressive like I needed to be. I think when I get into the attack mode everything else opens up."
The Trail Blazers know they aren't going to keep Harden from shooting. He's averaging 16.5 attempts a game this season. But their plan is to make every shot he takes as difficult as possible.
Mavs need Nowitzki rebound to get even with Spurs
(AP) - Dirk Nowitzki missed from several of his usual spots as Dallas blew a lead in the fourth quarter of its playoff-opening loss to San Antonio.
The Mavericks star even flubbed a glorified layup, the most surprising of all the misses when Dallas went without a meaningful basket for the final 8 minutes of the 90-85 loss to the Spurs.
Now Nowitzki has to bounce back from one of the worst playoff games in his 16-year career when the Mavericks play at San Antonio in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
It's hard to imagine Dallas knocking off the team with the NBA's best record as long as Nowitzki has 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting. It was his lowest point total in the playoffs in seven years.
Ducks, Getzlaf have to respond to physical Stars
DALLAS (AP) - Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf says it's obvious the Ducks have to compete "a little bit harder" against the Dallas Stars.
Getzlaf also talked about playing within the rules in Game 4 on Wednesday night in Dallas.
The Ducks clearly took exception to how the Stars came out in their first home playoff game in six years, especially how they confronted the Anaheim captain wearing a visor after taking a puck to the face in the series opener.
There were plenty of scrums and penalty minutes in Dallas' 3-0 win Monday night, including Getzlaf taking a punch to the head from Stars forward Antoine Roussel late in the second period.
Stars coach Lindy Ruff says he didn't see anything more than playoff hockey, and expects the best-of-seven series to get even more physical.
FORMER ASTROS PITCHER-LAWSUIT
Jury ponders ex-pitcher's police brutality suit
HOUSTON (AP) - A jury is to continue deliberating a former Houston Astros pitcher's multimillion-dollar brutality lawsuit against Galveston police officers who beat him in 2008.
Deliberations continue Wednesday in the lawsuit filed by Brandon Backe (BA'-kee), who contends the beating ended his baseball career. The federal jury deliberated several hours Tuesday in Houston before recessing.
Backe seeks up to $15 million in damages for injuries he says left him with limited use his pitching arm. He says he and others were beaten during a wedding party at an outdoor bar. Police contend the allegations are exaggerated and that any force used was justified.
Backe was a key member of an Astros rotation that helped the team to the 2005 World Series, where they lost to the Chicago White Sox.
Baylor C Isaiah Austin entering NBA draft early
WACO, Texas (AP) - Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin has decided to forgo the remainder of his collegiate eligibility to enter the NBA draft.
The 7-foot-1 Austin, who has a prosthetic right eye, averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in his 73 games the past two seasons with the Bears.
Bears coach Scott Drew made the announcement Tuesday, five days before the early entry deadline and just more than a month after Baylor went the NCAA Sweet 16.
Austin might have been a first-round NBA pick after his freshman season last summer, but couldn't do pre-draft workouts because of a torn labrum in his shoulder.
NBA scouts at Baylor games this season said they already knew about Austin's eye issue before the player revealed his blindness publicly in January.
30 top prospects to attend NFL draft in New York
NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL says 30 top prospects, including Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, will attend the draft next month in New York.
Among other players scheduled to appear at Radio City Music Hall include Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.
The prospects are expected to be selected in the first three rounds.
The first round will be Thursday, May 8, with rounds 2-3 the next day.
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