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May 25, 2015 - 1:51pm
19 min 50 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time in three years, Josh Hamilton's name is in the Texas Rangers' lineup.

He is playing left field and batting fifth for Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians.

The 2010 AL MVP is making his season debut after shoulder surgery in February. His return comes after Texas acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels on April 27.

Hamilton went to extended spring training in Arizona the day after the...

May 25, 2015 - 1:07pm
19 min 50 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have put catcher Devin Mesoraco on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left hip that limited him to pinch hitting and being an interleague DH for the past six weeks.

Mesoraco hasn't caught in a game since April 12. In the last six weeks, he's been limited to 13 pinch-hit appearances and four games at DH. Mesoraco, an All-Star last season, is batting .178 with no homers and two RBIs.

The Reds reinstated left-handed reliever...

May 25, 2015 - 12:54pm
19 min 50 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets third baseman David Wright has been sent to California to work with the staff of back specialist Dr. Michael Watkins.

Wright hasn't played since pulling his right hamstring against Philadelphia on April 14. His rehabilitation was put on hold May 6 when back pain developed. He resumed baseball activities on May 18, but the Mets said Saturday the seven-time All-Star felt lingering back pain and was diagnosed with stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal...

May 25, 2015 - 12:26pm
19 min 49 sec ago

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — UCLA is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time.

The Division I Baseball Committee on Monday made the Pac-12 champion Bruins (42-14) the top seed over Southeastern Conference regular-season champion LSU (48-10).

The other six national seeds, in order, are: Louisville, Florida, Miami, Illinois, TCU and Missouri State.

The tournament opens Friday with 16 four-team, double-elimination...

May 25, 2015 - 12:13pm
19 min 49 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz has been suspended eight games by Major League Baseball for having a foreign substance on his arm during a game in Miami.

Matusz immediately appealed and was in uniform Sunday for Baltimore's game against the Houston Astros. He will continue to pitch until his appeal is heard.

Matusz entered Saturday's game against the Marlins in the 12th inning. Miami manager Dan Jennings asked umpire Paul Emmel to...

May 25, 2015 - 12:00pm
19 min 49 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — Norwich secured an immediate return to the Premier League and a promotion windfall of approximately $235 million by beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in the second-tier playoff final on Monday.

Norwich seized control of world football's most lucrative club match thanks to goals by Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond by the 15th minute at Wembley Stadium.

Middlesbrough, managed by former Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka, had beaten...

May 25, 2015 - 11:50am
59 min 49 sec ago

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State fishery regulators are asking anglers to monitor live bait purchases for juvenile Asian carp.

The struggle to prevent bighead and silver carp from reaching the Great Lakes has drawn lots of attention. But the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the invasive fish also pose a threat to inland waters.

Juvenile Asian carp might be confused with common baitfish such as gizzard shad, emerald shiner, spottail shiner or...

May 25, 2015 - 11:13am
1 hour 9 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia coach Fabio Capello has been told that his team's target should be a World Cup semifinal at home in 2018.

Sergei Stepashin, a former prime minister who is a key powerbroker at the Russian Football Union, says he has made his expectations clear to the veteran Italian coach following last year's group stage exit at the World Cup in Brazil.

In comments reported by Russian media, Stepashin says he told Capello that "if the host...

May 25, 2015 - 9:51am
2 hours 9 min ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are keen to use prison labor to drive down the costs of holding the 2018 World Cup.

The Russian prison service is backing a bid by Alexander Khinshtein, a lawmaker from the ruling United Russia party, to allow prisoners to be taken to work at factories, with a focus on driving down the costs of building materials for World Cup projects.

Khinshtein tells the Associated Press that the convicts would provide cheap labor...

May 25, 2015 - 9:18am
2 hours 39 min ago
All Times EDT

Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m.

Houston at Baltimore, 1:35 p.m.

Colorado at Cincinnati, 1:10 p.m.

Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m.

San Francisco at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota, 2:10 p.m.

Washington at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

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