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Orioles call up top prospect Adley Rutschman to majors

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles called top prospect Adley Rutschman up to the majors Saturday, paving the way for the 24-year-old catcher to make his big league debut. "I'd say about as excited as I can be right now," Rutschman said. "This is probably the coolest thing, coolest ...

Plum, Young spark Las Vegas to 100-80 romp over Phoenix

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 24 points, Jackie Young added 20 and Las Vegas dominated the third quarter in a 100-80 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday. Plum sank three 3-pointers and scored 15 in a 38-point third quarter to help Las Vegas (6-1) turn a two-point halftime lead ...

Reddick gives Big Machine Racing 1st NASCAR Xfinity victory

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cup regular Tyler Reddick led the final 31 laps of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas after a two-car pass Saturday, giving second-year team Big Machine Racing its first victory and ending a three-race streak in which three different JR Motorsports drivers took the ...

Bichette HRs twice, Manoah goes 8 as Jays beat Reds 3-1

TORONTO (AP) — Bo Bichette hit two home runs, pitcher Alek Manoah matched his career high by working eight innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday. Bichette's first was a solo home run off right-hander Hunter Greene in the fourth, No. 50 of Bichette's ...

Varsho’s double scores 3 in 10th in Dbacks’ 7-6 win vs Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — With the game tied at 4 in the top of the 10th inning, the Cubs' Rowan Wick zipped a couple of fastballs past Arizona's Daulton Varsho before Varsho settled into a high-pressure at-bat. "All I told myself was, 'Can't get beat again,'" Varsho said. He didn't. Varsho drilled a ...

Penguins sign F Bryan Rust to 6-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust is staying in Pittsburgh. The veteran forward, who was scheduled to become a free agent this summer, agreed to a six-year contract with the Penguins that will keep him with the club through 2028. The deal, announced on Saturday, carries an average annual value ...

Early Voting holds off Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maybe extra rest isn't such a bad thing for a racehorse after all. In the Preakness Stakes that was run without the Kentucky Derby winner because Rich Strike's owner felt he needed more time off after his 80-1 upset, Early Voting validated a gutsy decision to skip the Derby ...

Contreras homers twice as Acuña, Braves beat Marlins 4-3

MIAMI (AP) — William Contreras homered twice, Ronald Acuña Jr. extended his two-season on-base streak to 28 games and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Saturday night. Acuña singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored a run. His string began last summer and was interrupted ...

Mariners sign veteran slugger Justin Upton to 1-year deal

BOSTON (AP) — Looking to boost their lineup, the Seattle Mariners signed veteran slugger Justin Upton to a one-year contract Saturday. Upton, a four-time All-Star, was released by the Los Angeles Angels on April 8 heading into the final season of a $106 million, five-year guaranteed ...

Betts falls triple shy of cycle, leads Dodgers past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mookie Betts stumbled rounding second base - a rare misstep for one of baseball's most all-around All-Stars — and braced his fall with his left hand. Betts popped up clutching his left arm as he bounced back to second. His stinger temporarily gave the Dodgers quite a ...

Verlander shines to lead Astros to 2-1 win over Rangers

HOUSTON (AP) — After another splendid start gave Justin Verlander the most wins and lowest ERA in the majors, Houston manager Dusty Baker was asked just how impressive the veteran right-hander has been this season in his return from Tommy John surgery. "What impresses me that has probably ...

Four-run ninth seals 9-2 win for Twins over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Joe Ryan struck out six and the Minnesota Twins capped the game with a four-run ninth inning for a 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Ryan (5-2) allowed one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. "It was a good game overall," Ryan ...

Goldschmidt’s 4-hit game lifts Cardinals over Pirates 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Saturday night. Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 28. His two-run double capped a four-run second ...

McCutchen, Urías homer, Woodruff goes 6 in Brewers’ 5-1 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff home run, Luis Urías added a solo shot and a defensive gem, and Brandon Woodruff allowed one run in six effective innings to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. McCutchen drove the first pitch ...

Trout reaches 1,000 runs, Angels beat A’s 5-3 to stop skid

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout scored his 1,000th run in the majors, Michael Lorenzen threw six innings of three-hit ball for his fifth win and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a four-game losing streak Saturday night with a 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Luis Rengifo hit a ...

Serven’s 2 HRs lift Rockies over Mets 11-3 for DH split

DENVER (AP) — Brian Serven launched a pair of two-run homers — his first two major league hits — to lead the Colorado Rockies over the New York Mets 11-3 on Saturday night for a doubleheader split. C.J. Cron also went deep for the Rockies, and Connor Joe had three hits. In the opener, ...

Mavs down 2-0 again, this time against title-tested Warriors

Luka Doncic didn't have another "believe" in him with the Mavericks facing a 2-0 deficit for a second consecutive series. Not that the Dallas superstar doesn't believe. There's just a difference after losing a 19-point lead against title-tested Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The ...

Blistering speeds at fastest Indy 500 qualifying since 1996

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rain held off long enough on Saturday to complete the first round of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on a soupy day that still produced eye-popping speeds not seen in 26 years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rinus VeeKay and Pato O'Ward, a pair of young new stars, ...

US Soccer Hall of Fame inductees praise equal pay agreement

FRISCO, Texas. (AP) — Shannon Boxx, Christie Pearce Rampone and Linda Hamilton all celebrated this week's landmark equal pay agreement with U.S. Soccer as the three women were enshrined Saturday in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. "As the women's national team, we have always known we have ...

Johnson makes Indy 500 pole shootout in 1st qualifying run

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson felt comfortable from his very first laps of Indianapolis 500 preparation. The seven-time NASCAR champion knows his way around The Brickyard — he won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway four times in a stock car — so not even a brush with the wall in an Indy ...