Harvey outduels Strasburg
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets leaned on their new star pitcher to end the team's three-game losing streak.
Matt Harvey won a battle of young aces by outpitching Stephen Strasburg in the Mets' 7-1 win over Washington. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda (DOO'-duh) each homered twice to support Harvey, who's 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA after limiting the Nationals to a run and four hits while striking out seven in seven innings.
Davis and Duda hit solo home runs in the sixth, the first time Strasburg ever had been tagged twice in an inning.
Also in the majors, Wandy Rodriguez allowed just one hit in seven innings of Pittsburgh's 6-0 shutout of Atlanta. Russell Martin, Neil Walker and Travis Snider reached base three times apiece to help the Pirates win for the seventh time in 10 games since a 1-5 start.
Andy Pettitte is 3-0 after allowing three runs and six hits over 7 1/3 innings of the New York Yankees' 9-4 rout of Toronto. Lyle Overbay and Vernon Wells homered against their former team, and Travis Hafner also went deep in the Yankees' eighth victory in 10 games.
Yu Darvish fanned 10 and limited Seattle to three hits in seven innings of the Rangers' 7-0 shutout of the Mariners. A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIHN'-skee) and Craig Gentry drove in two runs apiece after Jeff Baker's solo homer put Texas ahead in the second inning.
San Francisco beat San Diego 3-2 on Angel Pagan's RBI double in the bottom of the ninth. Madison Bumgarner settled for a no-decision after allowing two runs while striking out 10 in six innings.
Florida pulled out a 2-1 win at Cincinnati on Justin Ruggiano's solo homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning. Nick Green had three singles and scored a run as the Marlins ended the Reds' four-game winning streak.
Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer and Milwaukee withstood Jean Segura's base-running misadventures to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4. Segura somehow wound up safe at first base after attempting to steal third, only to later be thrown out attempting to steal second base again.
Roy Halladay scattered two hits over seven innings as Philadelphia ripped St. Louis 8-2 in a rain-shortened contest to end a four-game skid. Jimmy Rollins, Ben Revere, Humberto Quintero and John Mayberry Jr. each had two hits for the Phillies before the game was stopped by rain in the bottom of the seventh.
Jhoulys Chacin (joo-LEES' CHAH'-seen) became the first Colorado pitcher since last June to throw 100 pitches, working into the seventh inning of a 3-1 triumph over Arizona. Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) smacked a two-run homer and Chacin added a sacrifice fly as the Rockies won their seventh straight and improved to 7-0 at Coors Field.
Tampa Bay thumped Oakland 8-3 as Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and Ben Zobrist had a pair of RBI singles. Jose Lobaton chipped in a two-run single to back the pitching of Alex Cobb, who allowed three runs and 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings.
Tommy Hanson tossed six shutout innings despite yielding six hits and four walks in the Los Angeles Angels' 8-1 rout of Detroit. Peter Bourjos had three of the Angels' 16 hits, including a bases-loaded triple that broke the game open in the eighth inning.
Houston's five-game losing streak is over after J.D. Martinez and Rick Ankiel hit back-to-back homers in the second inning of a 3-2 win against Cleveland. Houston starter Lucas Harrell allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings as the Astros dealt the Indians their fifth straight loss.
Minnesota's game against the White Sox in Chicago was postponed by bad weather. And rain caused the postponement of the Orioles-Dodgers game in Baltimore.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers opening-day starter Matt Harrison is going to have back surgery and likely will be out of the rotation until after the All-Star break. The left-hander went 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA as tried to pitch with soreness in his lower back before going on the DL. Harrison is in the first season of a $55 million, five-year contract.
Games postponed while search continued
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox and Bruins postponed their games Friday as authorities were completing their search for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, virtually shutting the city down. Authorities in Boston suspended all mass transit during the day and told people throughout Boston and some of its suburbs to stay inside for much of the day as police hunted for the second suspect in the bombings.
The Red Sox were supposed to host Kansas City while the Bruins entertained Pittsburgh. No makeup date was announced for the Red Sox-Royals game, although Saturday afternoon's game is still on. The Bruins-Penguins game has been rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Rangers boost playoff chances by crushing Sabres
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers gave their playoff chances a huge boost Friday night while ending Buffalo's shot at a postseason appearance.
Brad Richards notched a hat trick and the Rangers scored five goals in a team-record 2:58 span of an 8-4 rout of the Sabres in Buffalo. Carl Hagelin, Richards and Ryan Clowe (kloh) tallied in the last 78 seconds of the first period before goals by Anton Stralman and Richards made it 5-0 just 1:40 into the second period.
The Rangers eliminated the Sabres from postseason contention and moved into sole possession of the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth, two points ahead of Winnipeg and one behind the Islanders.
Also on ice, Marian Hossa's goal at 52 seconds of overtime sent Chicago to its seventh straight win, 5-4 over Nashville. Patrick Kane scored in regulation and set up the game-winner to help the Blackhawks complete their first season sweep of the Predators.
Miikka Kiprusoff (MEE'-kuh KIP'-ruh-sahf) stopped 32 shots and Brian McGrattan provided the eventual game-winning goal in the third period as Calgary topped Anaheim 3-1. The Ducks remain five points ahead of Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Jose for second place in the West with four games remaining.
Brian Elliott stopped 21 shots and St. Louis won for the ninth time in 11 games by downing Dallas 2-1. Ryan Reaves and Chris Stewart scored for the Blues, who are sixth in the West and just a point out of third.
Jordan Eberle scored once and had two assists in Edmonton's 4-1 verdict over Colorado.
Olynyk leaving Bulldogs
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk (OH'-leh-lihk) says he will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft. Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 63 percent from the field this season, leading the Bulldogs to a 32-3 season and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Kenseth has Sunday's pole
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Matt Kenseth will be the pole-sitter for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. Kenseth set a track qualifying record of 191.864 mph today to nose out Carl Edwards for the pole. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Sam Hornish Jr. will start from the second row.
Round two is over
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — There was a three-way tie for the clubhouse lead when the second round of the PGA's Heritage was suspended by rain.
Kevin Streelman, Charley Hoffman and Steve LeBrun are 6-under through 36 holes, one stroke ahead of Luke Donald and Bill Haas.
It's third round play
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Suzann Pettersen continues to hold a one-shot lead through three rounds of the LPGA's Lotte (LOH'-tay) Championship in Hawaii. Petterson is 14-under following a 4-under-par 68.
South Korea's Hee Kyung Seo was second after a 66.
Opening round suspended
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Bart Bryant was the leader when first-round action at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Georgia was halted by darkness. Bryan fired a 4-under-par 68 and is one stroke ahead of Duffy Waldorf and Neal Lancaster.
The round was delayed four hours by rain.
League has no problem with owner
CLEVELAND (AP) — The NFL has no plans to ask Browns owner Jimmy Haslam to step aside while the FBI investigates his involvement in a fraud scheme. League spokesman Greg Aiello (eye-EHL'-oh) said in an email that the league is not concerned about the daily operations of the Browns and that "there are no such plans" to have Haslam remove himself temporarily from the team.
Haslam says he hasn't done anything wrong and isn't stepping aside amid a federal investigation of his company's business practices.
Second coach suspended
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University has suspended its head men's lacrosse coach as it investigates allegations of verbal abuse. The university announced the suspension and said that Brian Brecht will continue to be paid.
Rutgers has been reviewing videos of practices in all sports since men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired this month after a video was made public that showed him abusing players.
Future of NBA club may soon be decided
NEW YORK (AP) — A recommendation on the sale of the Sacramento Kings and possible move to Seattle could be issued as soon as next week and a final decision made early next month. The committee reviewing the bids by a Seattle group that has an agreement to buy the franchise and a Sacramento contingent that wants to keep it in California's capital city is expected to meet late next week and make its recommendation.
A vote by the full NBA Board of Governors could then take place as soon as the week of May 6.