Tough day for Cy Young winners
UNDATED (AP) — National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, who now pitches for the Blue Jays in the American League, was roughed up for his second loss of the season as the Jays were stopped by the Red Sox 13-0. Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs and Mike Napoli added a two-run shot for the BoSox. For the game Middlebrooks went 4 for 5 with four RBIs. Jacoby Ellsbury and Daniel Nava also went deep as the Red Sox connected for six home runs.
— In another high-scoring game the Indians blanked the Rays 13-0 as well. Mark Reynolds and Lonnie Chisenhall hit three-run homers off AL Cy Young Award winner David Price as Justin Masterson pitched seven strong innings for the Indians, who split their first six games of the season on the road. Carlos Santana had a career-high five hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles. Price gave up eight runs, 10 hits and three walks in five innings. He had been 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in six career starts against Cleveland.
— Aaron Hicks ended an 0-for-13 skid with a tiebreaking RBI single in a two-run seventh inning as the Twins edged the Orioles 4-3. J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who dropped the final two games of the weekend set. It was their first series loss to the Twins since July 2010.
— CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) pitched seven scoreless innings and Jayson Nix homered off Justin Verlander in the three-run second, lifting the Yankees to a 7-0 win over the Tigers. The 2-4 Yankees avoided a sweep and dropping to their worst six-game record since starting the 1989 season 1-7. Both Sabathia and Verlander are 1-1 after two starts.
— Houston, the American League's newest team, took it on the chin as Brett Anderson struck out 10 in a 9-3 win by the Athletics. The win gave visiting Oakland a three-game sweep. In their season-opening homestand the Astros went 1-5 against AL West Division rivals Texas and Oakland. They now start a nine-game West Coast road trip.
Over in the National League, Tim Hudson pitched six-plus strong innings and added an RBI and Ramiro Pena (PAYN'-yah) hit a two-run single to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Chicago Cubs 5-1. The three-game sweep ended a 5-1 homestand for Atlanta, which got a solo homer from Dan Uggla in the eighth inning. Chicago ended a season-opening, six-game road trip with four losses as it heads to Wrigley Field for the home opener against Milwaukee on Monday.
— Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) outlasted Stephen Strasburg and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as the Reds wrapped up an impressive opening week homestand with a 6-3 win over the Washington Nationals. Cueto needed 108 pitches to get through six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked three and struck out six. Strasburg, who fell to 1-1, allowed nine hits and six runs with four walks and five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings. The Reds finished 4-2 at home against the Nationals and Los Angeles Angels, two teams expected to contend this season for post-season berths.
— Marlon Byrd grounded a two-run single just inside third base in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 victory over the Marlins. The loss dropped Miami to 1-5 as it enters its home opener Monday night against Atlanta.
And in interleague play, Billy Butler hit a grand slam that was confirmed by video review and tied a Kansas City franchise record with seven RBIs, as the Royals held on for a 9-8 win over the Phillies. Butler's fifth-inning homer, the first slam of his career and the first ever allowed by Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels, put Kansas City ahead 6-4.
James Shields, acquired in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay, earned his first victory as a Royal.
Braves lose first baseman
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have placed first baseman Freddie Freeman on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. Freeman, who his hitting .417 with one homer and seven RBIs through the first five games, said he was upset that team management did not tell him before making the decision. The injury first occurred in a workout March 31, the day before the season started.
Cubs change closer
ATLANTA (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum (swaym) says Carlos Marmol (mahr-MOHL') is out as closer and rookie Kyuji Fujikawa will take over the role. Marmol blew a save opportunity in Saturday's 6-5 loss to the Braves when brothers B.J. and Justin Upton hit solo homers in the ninth inning. Fujikawa has 219 saves and a 1.77 ERA over 12 years with the Hanshin Tigers in Japan's Central League.
Sveum indicated that Marmol, who has a 27.00 ERA in three appearances this season, will try to work out his problems in a setup role.
Knicks win again
UNDATED (AP) — Carmelo Anthony had a big game as the Knicks beat the Thunder 125-120 for their 12th straight win. Anthony finished the contest with 36 points and 12 rebounds and J.R. Smith hit a pair of shot-clock beaters in the final 2 minutes for the win. Smith connected on a 23-foot jumper from the right wing as the 24-second clock expired to put New York up 117-113 with 1:30 to play, then swished a 3-pointer from beyond the 3-point line with 56.8 seconds left that all but sealed New York's 50th win of the season.
Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Oklahoma City, which fell a game behind San Antonio for first place in the West with five games left. Kevin Durant scored 27, falling behind Anthony in the NBA scoring race.
— Blake Griffin had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers beat the Lakers 109-95 to clinch their first Pacific Division title in franchise history. Chris Paul added 24 points and 12 assists in helping the Clippers sweep the Lakers 4-0 for the first time since 1981. Dwight Howard scored 25 points, including 9 of 13 free throws, for the Lakers, who played without injured starters Steve Nash and Metta World Peace. Kobe Bryant added 25 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds.
Blues bounce the Wings
UNDATED (AP) — Brian Elliott made 28 saves for his 19th career shutout and Chris Porter scored the game's only goal as the Blues beat the Red Wings in Detroit 1-0. Porter scored off a goalmouth scramble with 3:32 remaining in the second period with this second goal of the season. The shutout was Elliott's first of the season to help St. Louis move into a tie with Minnesota for sixth place in the Western Conference. Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots for Detroit, which dropped from seventh to eighth in the West.
Detroit to face Toronto
DETROIT (AP) — The Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium, canceled this season due to the NHL lockout, has been rescheduled for Jan. 1 next season. When this year's event was canceled, the league had said it would schedule the next Winter Classic at the stadium, which holds more than 100,000 people.
Johnson wins at Martinsville
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jimmie Johnson pulled away on a restart with eight laps to go to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway. It was his eighth career victory on the shortest track in the circuit. Only Richard Petty with 15, and Darrell Waltrip with 11 have won more.
The five-time champion picked the inside line for the restart with Clint Bowyer on the outside, teammate Jeff Gordon behind him and Kyle Busch to his outside. Johnson got a clean break into Turn 1.
Pole sitter wins
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Defending IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay (ray) started from the pole and won the IndyCar race in Birmingham, Ala. His win ended Penske Racing's domination at the Birmingham track. The defending IndyCar champion ran a steady race, holding strong in one intense battle for position with both Penske drivers, to claim his first win of the season.
Serbia beats the U.S.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. has been eliminated from Davis Cup play. Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), of Serbia defeated John Isner (IHZ'-nur) in the first reverse singles match, 7-6, 6-2, 7-5, to give the Serbs an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the best-of-5 round.
Laird takes first
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Martin Laird shot a final round 9-under-63 to finish 14 shots under par and win the PGA's Texas Open. His 63 tied the course record. Rory McIilroy showed he is apparently ready for the Masters as he shot a 6-under 66 in the final round to finish second, two shots back of Laird.
There was a three way tie for third at 11-under involving Billy Horschel, Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Charley Hoffman.
Park on top
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Third round leader Inbee Park has the lead midway in the final round of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship. She is 2-under for the day through eight holes and stands 14-under-par. She leads two players by six shots.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Serena Williams rallied past Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 to win her 15th straight match and second consecutive title at the Family Circle Cup. It was the second straight tournament where the top-ranked Williams dropped the opening set in the final before digging in for victory. A week ago, she lost 6-4 to Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) and then won 12 of the next 15 games to win the Sony Open.
FINAL FOUR-WOMEN'S SEMI'S
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The women's Final Four starts play tonight in New Orleans with the national semifinals. The opening game has Louisville taking on California while the nightcap has Notre Dame going up against Connecticut.
To get this far Louisville beat Tennessee while California got by Georgia in overtime, Connecticut stopped Kentucky and Notre Dame beat Duke.
Report: FBI looking into Rutgers case
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the FBI is investigating whether a former employee of the Rutgers basketball program tried to extort the university. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation has not been officially announced. Investigators are interested in Eric Murdock, a central figure in the scandal that has led to the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice and resignation of athletic director Tim Pernetti.
The investigation was first reported by The New York Times.