Castillo helps White Sox rally past Rangers 4-2

By JAY COHEN

CHICAGO (AP) _ Welington Castillo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in Chicago’s four-run eighth, helping the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between two of the worst teams in the AL.

Yoan Moncada sparked the winning rally with a ground-rule double after Jose Leclerc (1-1) retired the first two batters of the inning. Moncada advanced on a passed ball and scored when Leclerc committed a throwing error on Yolmer Sanchez’s tapper back to the mound.

The White Sox then used three consecutive walks to tie it at 2 before Rangers manager Jeff Banister pulled Leclerc in favor of Kevin Jepsen. One of the walks was intentional, but there were some close calls along the way and Banister was thrown out by plate umpire Paul Nauert after he made the pitching change.

Castillo greeted Jepsen with a single that dropped in front of diving center fielder Delino DeShields, driving in Jose Abreu and Nicky Delmonico.

Moncada finished with three hits for Chicago, which had lost nine of 10. The White Sox improved the majors’ worst record to 11-29, still a franchise record for worst 40-game start.

Luis Avilan (1-0) got two outs for the win and Nate Jones worked the ninth for his second save. The Rangers put runners on second and third with one out, but Ronald Guzman grounded out and DeShields struck out to end the game.

It was Chicago’s fourth win in 19 home games this season.

Texas (17-28) wasted a terrific start by Doug Fister, who stepped in for Cole Hamels and pitched seven sparkling innings. Shin-Soo Choo had two hits, drove in a run and scored.

Hamels was scratched after he woke up Wednesday with a stiff neck, prompting Banister to move Fister up a day to pitch on regular rest. The veteran right-hander showed no signs of any trouble with the change, surrendering six hits.

James Shields set season highs with eight strikeouts and 7 1/3 innings for Chicago, but remains winless in nine appearances since he beat Kansas City on opening day on March 29. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus played catch for the first time since he broke his right elbow last month. He also ran and took ground balls. “It was a test to see if I feel any vibration,” Andrus said. “I’m really glad I didn’t feel anything. Everything feels good.” Andrus said he could be cleared to swing next week.

White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (rotator cuff inflammation) got a PRP injection this week. “As a result he’s no-throwing right now for 10 to 14 days and then we’ll reassess,” general manager Rick Hahn said. … LHP Carlos Rodon (arthroscopic left shoulder surgery) is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Class A Kannapolis in his first rehab start with an affiliate. Hahn said he will work about five innings. … OF Avisail Garcia (strained right hamstring) did some fielding drills in the outfield before the game, but Hahn said he still feels the injury and the team plans to go slowly with him.

UP NEXT

White Sox right-hander Carson Fulmer (2-3, 6.23 ERA) pitches Friday for the first time since he lasted just 1 2/3 innings in an 11-2 loss to the Cubs a week ago. Asked about his starter after Fister moved up a day, Banister mentioned Hamels, Matt Moore and Austin Bibens-Dirkx at Triple-A Round Rock. But Hamels said he thinks he will need more time for his neck to loosen up.

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Aggie Baseball Claims Series Opener vs. South Carolina, 6-3

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth and tacked on two more runs in the eighth to win the series opener against the South Carolina Gamecocks, 6-3, Thursday evening on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

Texas A&M pounded out 13 hits, paced by Braden Shewmake going 3-for-4 with one home run, two runs and two RBI. Will Frizzell, Aaron Walters and Allonte Wingate both added two hits. Walters hit his first career home run.

Aggie starter Mitchell Kilkenny worked 5.0 innings, yielding three runs on six hits while striking out six. Kaylor Chafin improved to 4-0 on the season with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, scattering three walks while striking out one. Cason Sherrod retired two batters with two runners on in the seventh for the hold. Nolan Hoffmanearned his 12th save of the season, with two blank frames, allowing one infield hit while striking out one.

With the victory, the Aggies improved to 36-17 overall and 13-15 in the SEC. South Carolina dropped to 30-22 overall and 15-13 in league action.

NEXT UP
The Aggies and Gamecocks return to action Friday with a 6:32 p.m. contest on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

SCORING SUMMARY
B1 | The Aggies continued their trend of pouncing on teams in the first frame. With one out, Michael Helman singled to leftfield and Shewmake followed with a two-run home run to rightfield, his fifth dinger of the season. A&M has now outscored opponents 57-13 in the first inning. A&M 2, SC 0.

B2 | With one out, Walters cranked a first-pitch offering over the fence in right-center for his first career home run. A&M 3, SC 0.

T3 | The Gamecocks broke the scoring seal in the top of the third. Matt Williams started the inning with an infield single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored when Noah Campbell bounced a single up the middle. A&M 3, SC 1.

T4 | Madison Stokes hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield wall on a 2-0 pitch. A&M 3, SC 2.

T5 | With one out, Carlos Cortes hit a solo home run over the right-center wall on an 0-1 offering. A&M 3, SC 3.

B6 | Shewmake stirred the Aggies drink in the sixth, starting the frame with a single up the middle and moving to second on a passed ball. With one out, Frizzell sent a hard chopper back over the mound which a leaping Gamecocks’ pitcher deflected, sending the ball to the right of the second baseman for an RBI single. A&M 4, SC 3.

B8 | The Aggies tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth. Frizzell started the inning with a gapper to left-center for a hustle double. Baine Schoenvogel pinch-ran for Frizzell and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cole Bedford. With the infield pulled in, Logan Fosterpunched a single through the right side to plate Schoenvogel. Foster advanced to second on a walk by George Janca and scored when Wingate punched a single back up the middle. A&M 6, SC 3.

TEXAS A&M QUOTES
Head Coach Rob Childress
On tonight’s victory…
“Really a hard-fought win. South Carolina’s had an amazing second half to conference play. [They’re] incredibly well-coached. We grabbed the lead early. [Mitchell] Kilkenny was diligent in his start and was able to minimize the damage to only three innings with one run and along with the bullpen. Very nice of our seniors [Chafin and Sherrod] to be the bridge. Our very best at-bats of the night were certainly late in the game.”

On winning game one of the series…
“There’s not very often that we have the opportunity to win a series in game two this year. It’s a huge win, a very determined group tonight. I couldn’t be more proud of our guys.”

Junior RHP Nolan Hoffman
On his two-inning save…
“I don’t really like the idea of just being a one-inning guy. I want to be able to extend it out for the guys. Chief [Head Coach Rob Childress] asked me in probably like the sixth inning how many outs I had in me and I just added up how many outs were left in the game and said, ‘I got that many.’ I think it was like 12. [Laughs]”

On winning first game of weekend…
“It’s really big to get a good start to the weekend. Killer [Mitchell Kilkenny] came out and did really well, and then, Kaylor [Chafin] came in picked him up and did really well. Then, Cason [Sherrod] came in, picked up Kaylor in a tough spot. Then, luckily I just got to be able to finish it.”

Freshman OF Aaron Walters 
On his first Aggie home run…
“It was great to get it off my mind, I mean I been not really thinking about it but I’ve been wanting to do it and get it over with. It hit really good on the barrel, I didn’t feel it at all so that’s how I knew I hit it.”

On starting the series with a win…
“It’s huge, helps with confidence. We came out and dumped it out emotionally. We battled every pitch and every at bat. We just have to come out tomorrow and do the same thing.”

Sophomore SS Braden Shewmake
On starting the series with a win…
“It’s nice to win the first one, but I feel like we are still in the same spot where we still got two more to go get. If you have the mentality that you have to go win two more and you only come out with one, that make a lot of people happy, but we expect to win every baseball game we are in.”

On the two home runs…
“It felt great to get off to a good start. We struggled at Arkansas where we didn’t swing the bats very well. We came back here on Tuesday and felt a little better. I’m glad we kept it going tonight.”

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Verlander throws 5-hit shutout, Astros blank Angels 2-0

By DAN GREENSPAN

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter for his first shutout in three years and Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-0 on Wednesday night.

Verlander (5-2) was superb in ending his two-game skid, finishing with seven strikeouts to reach 2,500 for his career. He walked one and lowered his ERA from 1.21 to 1.05 with his fourth start of at least six innings without giving up a run this season.

The right-hander threw 118 pitches in his 24th career complete game and first since 2016 with Detroit. With two runners on, he retired Zack Cozart on an infield popup to polish off his eighth major league shutout and first since 2015 with the Tigers.

Houston took two of three in the series and holds a two-game lead in the AL West over the Angels.

Gattis’ fourth home run came off hard-luck loser Garrett Richards (4-2) in the second inning after a two-out throwing error by Cozart at third base. Gattis has three home runs in his last five games.

That was enough for Verlander, who did not allow a runner past first base for the first seven innings. Andrelton Simmons singled in the second and Albert Pujols singled in the fourth.

The Angels finally put pressure on the Astros’ ace in the eighth. Ian Kinsler got a one-out single and Kole Calhoun hit a ground-rule double to center field, putting two runners in scoring position. But then Verlander threw a called third strike past Luis Valbuena and got Mike Trout to ground out on a check-swing.

Trout went 0 for 4. Shohei Ohtani was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, going down swinging on three pitches to start the ninth for Verlander’s 2,500th strikeout.

Pujols singled to right-center with two outs and Verlander walked Andrelton Simmons before retiring Cozart.

Richards allowed four hits and one walk in seven innings. He struck out four, and both runs off him were unearned.

ROSTER MOVES

Astros: OF Tony Kemp was recalled from Triple-A Fresno after OF Jake Marisnick was sent down following Tuesday night’s game. Kemp went 1 for 3 while playing left field and batting ninth.

Angels: RHP Eduardo Paredes was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City, giving the Angels another option in their struggling and overworked bullpen. RHP Jamie Barria, who is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in five starts, was sent down in a corresponding move.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (5-0, 2.03 ERA) starts against Cleveland on Friday. Morton has allowed one run or fewer in five of his eight starts.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (3-2, 3.07) will pitch the opener of a four-game series against Tampa Bay on Thursday. Skaggs has not won at home this season, going 0-2 with a 5.31 ERA in four starts.

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Bartolo Colon dominant as Rangers shut out Mariners 5-1

By TIM BOOTH

SEATTLE (AP) _ Bartolo Colon laughed off having a line drive hit him in the stomach, allowing four hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings and giving the Texas Rangers a 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

On the cusp of his 45th birthday, Colon (2-1) put together arguably his best performance this season. Colon was excellent spotting his fastball and using his breaking pitches to keep Seattle off balance, a night after the Mariners scored nine runs.

Delino DeShields gave Texas the lead with a two-out RBI double in the eighth inning to score Isiah Kiner-Falefa. The Rangers added four more in the ninth, all after Ryon Healy’s two-out error and two runs scoring on a wacky strikeout.

Ronald Guzman struck out swinging with the bases loaded and two outs, but catcher David Freitas couldn’t handle the pitch from Marc Rzepczynski. Jurickson Profar scored from third on the passed ball and Kiner-Falefa from second after Freitas made an unnecessary throw trying to get Guzman at first base.

But Colon was the story, including taking the brunt of Jean Segura’s line drive off his stomach in the fourth inning, then laughing about it as Rangers staff came to check on him. It was the second time this season he pitched into the eighth, the previous against Houston when he was perfect through seven innings. Colon struck out two and threw 71 of 96 pitches for strikes.

Jose Leclerc ended a brief Seattle threat in the eighth inning, getting Segura to pop out on the first pitch with runners on second and third.

Kyle Seager homered in the ninth.

Seattle starter Christian Bergman didn’t allow a hit until Kiner-Falefa reached on an infielder grounder in the fifth inning. Bergman allowed two hits in seven shutout innings making a spot start after being recalled from Triple-A. He was lifted to start the eighth inning after striking out five and throwing 90 pitches.

James Pazos (1-1) was tagged with the loss after giving up two hits opening the eighth.

POSITION SWITCH

Seattle manager Scott Servais said there’s a chance Dee Gordon could be moved to second base sometime this weekend. Gordon played center field again Wednesday but did pregame work for a second straight day at his old position.

ROSTER MOVE

To clear a spot for Bergman on the 25-man roster, right-handed reliever Eric Goeddel was designated for assignment by the Mariners. He is out of minor league options.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: Elvis Andrus will join the team in Chicago and may be able to resume baseball activities like fielding and playing catch. Andrus has been out since breaking his right elbow on April 12.

Mariners: Nelson Cruz was sore a day after getting hit by a pitch on his right foot and leaving a game early. Servais expects it will be a few days before Cruz is back in the lineup but didn’t believe a DL stint was needed.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Cole Hamels (2-4) makes his 10th start as the Rangers open a series against the Chicago White Sox. Hamels has a 2.73 ERA in his past five starts.

Mariners: Marco Gonzales (3-3) makes his ninth start of the season as the Mariners open a series against Detroit. Gonzales has thrown six innings in each of his last four starts, but took the loss in his last outing also against the Tigers.

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Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece.

The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led by double digits for most of the night. They head to Oakland, California for Game 3 on Sunday night feeling much better after rebounding from a deflating 119-106 loss in the series opener.

P.J. Tucker added a playoff career-high 22 and Trevor Ariza had 19 as both bounced back after struggling in Game 1.

Kevin Durant had 38 points after scoring 37 in the opener, but Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just 24 points.

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Former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive Has Died

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive at the Bryan/College Station chamber of commerce economic outlook conference, January 22 2014.

Former Southeastern Conference (SEC) commissioner Mike Slive, who was part of bringing Texas A&M University into the conference, has died.

Details from the SEC website:

Mike Slive, the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and one of the most respected and accomplished leaders in the history of intercollegiate athletics, died Wednesday in Birmingham, Alabama, at the age of 77.

Michael L. Slive is survived by his wife of 49 years, Liz; his daughter Anna; son-in-law Judd Harwood; and granddaughter Abigail who is almost six years old.

A memorial will be held Friday at 11:30 am at Temple Emanu-El, 2100 Highland Avenue South in Birmingham, preceded by a private graveside service.

Slive oversaw a remarkable era of success in the SEC while helping shape the landscape of college sports as a national leader in college sports. Along the way he developed friends inside and outside the business of college athletics that lasted a lifetime.

Slive served as commissioner of the SEC from 2002 until his retirement in 2015. Named to the post on July 2, 2002, the SEC enjoyed unprecedented championship success under Slive’s leadership. He led the adoption of a new and effective league-wide NCAA compliance initiative, engineered landmark television contracts, including the launch of the SEC Network, and guided the conference through expansion, welcoming two new institutions.

The hallmark of this golden age of the SEC remains a remarkable seven consecutive Bowl Championship Series national titles in football. In all, the SEC won 81 national championships in 17 of its 21 sponsored sports during Slive’s tenure as SEC Commissioner. Through on-field success along with innovative initiatives, the brand of the SEC grew to new proportions under his direction.

His impact was felt far beyond the footprint of the SEC. The founding commissioner of two conferences – the Great Midwest Conference and Conference USA — he was also the founder of a law firm which assisted NCAA institutions in compliance matters, a Director of Athletics and a member of numerous leadership committees during the course of his career.

Before he entered the field of athletics he was an attorney and a district court judge in New Hampshire, but it was at an early age that he learned his work ethic as a unionized meat cutter in Utica, N.Y in his father’s butcher shop. He went on to become the first member of his family to graduate from college.

Slive helped craft the new College Football Playoff and was a leader in the historic effort to reorganize the NCAA for the purpose of creating a governance structure that provides maximum opportunities for student-athletes.

Under Mike’s leadership, the league launched the SEC Network in August 2014, a national network bringing more than 1000 events into the homes and to the mobile devices of college sports fans across the country. These agreements made the league the most widely distributed conference on television in the nation and also secured the financial health of the SEC and its member institutions for years to come.

During Slive’s tenure at the SEC, he developed initiatives designed to maintain and improve the SEC’s preeminent position in intercollegiate athletics, both on and off the fields of play. These included the SEC Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement which developed policies and procedures to assist league schools in NCAA and SEC matters; SEC University (SECU), the conference’s academic initiative; and an SEC Sportsmanship initiative consisting of policies and procedures designed to foster sportsmanship and encourage positive fan behavior.

Slive was perhaps most proud of the advancement of diversity across the SEC during his tenure, highlighted by the hiring of Sylvester Croom at Mississippi State, the first African-American football coach in league history. He also directed the development of a Minority Coaches Database to encourage the hiring of minorities in the sport of football.

Slive served as coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series (2006-08) and served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (2008-09). In 2002-03, Slive served on the Commission of Athletics Opportunity, established by the United States Secretary of Education to review the workings of Title IX.

Slive served as chair of the first NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee and was chair of the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee. He served as president of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) from 2001-03, was also on the NCAA Management Council from 1997-2004 and is the former chair of the Board of Directors of NCAA Football USA.

Slive previously was the first commissioner of Conference USA from 1995-2002 and was the first commissioner of the Great Midwest Conference upon its founding in 1991.

As a prostate cancer survivor, Slive founded the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research upon his retirement. The Mike Slive Foundation’s mission is to raise awareness about prostate cancer and generate funding for prostate cancer research to eradicate the disease.

Born July 26, 1940, Slive was a native of Utica, N.Y., and graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 1965 and an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mike Slive Foundation at www.MikeSliveFoundation.org.

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Phillips; Aggies Claim NCAA Bryan Regional Championship

BRYAN, Texas – Led by a record-setting performance from individual medalist Chandler Phillips, No. 2 Texas A&M secured the NCAA Bryan Regional Championship on Wednesday with a Traditions Club record score of 27-under par.
 
The Aggies’ performance (279-279-279=837, -27) set the Traditions’ watermark for a 54-hole tournament with the play-five, count-four format, surpassing the previous mark of 846 (-18) set by Alabama during the 2013 Aggie Invitational. The win was also the school-record sixth of season for Texas A&M.
 
Getting back the National Championship has been the goal all year,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “Finishing in the top-five here would’ve been fantastic, but winning on our home golf course is amazing. The guys were great this week, so consistent and solid throughout. I just couldn’t be more proud of them.”
 
Phillips (68-68-69=205, -11) won his fourth title of the season and the sixth of his Aggie career, breaking a tie with Anthony Rodriguez for the most in a career by an A&M golfer. The Huntsville, Texas, native won for the second time on Traditions this season after posting a victory at the Aggie Invite in April while also joining Miguel del Angel (1997) as the only Aggies to finish atop the player standings at a NCAA Regional. Phillips will make his second trip to the NCAA Championship, after he competed last season following his qualification at the NCAA Sammamish Regional.
 
As a team, the Aggies finished nine strokes up on second place Clemson (283+276+287=846, -18) and a full 40 from the sixth place squad. The Aggies return to the NCAA Championship for the first time in four seasons after stringing together six straight trips from 2009-2014.
 
Also advancing to the NCAA Championship from the Bryan Regional will be Clemson (-18), Baylor (-7), UCLA (+2) and Kentucky (+10). Additionally, Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss will move on as an individual.
 
Brandon Smith (68-68-70=206, -10) sat one back of Phillips in a tie for second, the best finish of his collegiate career. The Frisco, Texas, native carded two-under or better in all three rounds, good for his sixth top-ten finish of the season. Senior Andrew Paysse (72-68-71=211, -5) finished in the top-ten for the fifth time during his senior season after shooting one-under on his final day and earning a share of eighth. Sophomore Dan Erickson (71-75-69=215, -1) jumped 11 spots on the final day with a three-under to finish in a tie for 14th. Completing the Aggie five-man lineup, freshman Walker Lee (73-75-73=221, +5) was one-over on Wednesday securing a share of 32nd.
 
Next up, the Aggies venture to Stillwater, Okla., for the 2018 NCAA Championships. They will join a field of 30 teams teeing off from Karsten Creek Golf Course on May 25th.

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Brazos Valley Bombers Introduce New Skipper Nelson Before Start of 12th Season

(Bombers manager Brian Nelson)

The Brazos Valley Bombers will go for their sixth straight Texas Collegiate League title in 2018, but they’ll have to do so with their second first-year manager in as many years.

New skipper Brian Nelson gave his inaugural address at the team’s preseason press conference Wednesday afternoon at Baylor Scott & White Hospital.

A Bastrop, Texas native, Nelson is no stranger to the Brazos Valley. He was a player for the Bombers in 2008 before becoming an intern in 2009. He then served an assistant coach for the franchise’s first two championship teams in 2012 and 2013.

Nelson was most recently an assistant at UT Rio Grande Valley from 2015-2017.

Also speaking with the media Wednesday were Bombers owner Uri Geva, as well as third baseman and Brenham, Texas native Sam McElreath.

Brazos Valley manager Brian Nelson

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Bombers owner Uri Geva

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Bombers third baseman Sam McElreath

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Heredia’s RBI single in 11th lifts Mariners past Rangers 9-8

By TODD MILLES

SEATTLE (AP) _ Guillermo Heredia’s single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Healy reached on a bloop single to right field off Texas reliever Alex Claudio (1-2) and advanced to second when David Freitas reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop. Heredia then ended the nearly 4 1/2-hour marathon with a liner into the gap in left-center and Healy scored easily.

The late-game rally provided a positive end for the Mariners on a bummer day in which star second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s drug policy. Cano, who was already sidelined at least a month by a fractured right hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, was set to serve the suspension immediately.

Erik Goeddel (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Texas tied it in the ninth inning off AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this season. With one out, Joey Gallo hit a hard grounder right at Healy, who fumbled it for a second before tossing over to Diaz, who outraced the Rangers’ slugger to first base.

Seeing Diaz and Gallo run into each other just past the bag, Jurickson Profar raced home without a throw to tie the score 8-all

The Mariners claimed Gallo interfered with Diaz’s ability to throw home. Seattle manager Scott Servais argued the non-call and was ejected for the first time this season by first-base umpire Jeff Nelson.

Seattle’s Jean Segura, who reached base four times, including three singles, and stole four bases, lined reliever Jose Leclerc’s pitch into left field for an RBI single in the eighth inning to give the Mariners an 8-7 lead.

It was Seattle’s 10th come-from-behind victory this season, which is tied with Houston for fourth-most in the American League behind Boston (14), Toronto (13) and New York (11).

The Mariners snapped the Rangers’ three-game winning streak at Safeco Field.

CRUZ LEAVES EARLY

Seattle Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz was hit by a pitch from Brandon Mann on top of his right foot with one out in the fourth inning, and limped to the dugout with the help of two staff members.

Results of X-rays were negative, and it was diagnosed as a contusion. The team said will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Cruz was also hit by a pitch from starter Mike Minor in the third.

Cruz made his 358th start at designated hitter for Seattle, breaking a tie with Ken Phelps for most in franchise history.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre (left hamstring) was placed on the 10-day DL on with a Grade I strain. No official recovery timetable was given. … LHP Martin Perez (elbow) is still in rehab to reduce the inflammation in his elbow, manager Jeff Banister said. There is no timetable for his return.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.32 ERA) is on six days of rest after taking a no-decision in Texas’ 5-4 victory against Detroit last Wednesday. He currently has a five-game winning streak against the Mariners, but took a no-decision in Seattle’s 9-7 win on April 21 in Arlington.

Mariners: RHP Christian Bergman (3-3, 3.40 ERA for Triple-A Tacoma) will be added to the team’s 40-man roster, and make his first big-league appearance with Seattle since Aug. 30. Last season, he went 4-5 with a 5.00 ERA in his 13 appearances for the Mariners.

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Altuve’s late 3-run double propels Astros past Angels, 5-3

By GREG BEACHAM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth inning, and the Houston Astros rallied from a late two-run deficit for a 5-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Brian McCann had two hits and drove in another run for the defending World Series champions (27-17), who reclaimed sole possession of first place in the AL West after the Angels (25-17) pulled virtually even Monday.

Josh Reddick threw out two Los Angeles runners from right field, and he also got a leadoff double in the eighth against reliever Jose Alvarez (2-1), who swiftly wasted seven stellar innings by rookie Jaime Barria.

Pinch-hitter Yuli Gurriel singled and Alex Bregman walked to load the bases. Altuve cleared them by poking a double down the left field line on a low pitch to make it 4-3.

Justin Upton and Rene Rivera homered for the Angels, whose bullpen blew a golden chance to cement their solid early-season start.

Barria yielded four hits and struck out seven over seven excellent innings for the Angels, but Alvarez fell apart in the eighth against the defending World Series champions.

Collin McHugh (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Ken Giles allowed Albert Pujols’ leadoff single in the ninth, but finished up for his sixth save.

Gerrit Cole added seven strikeouts to his AL-leading total, but the Orange County native lasted just five innings his second career start at Angel Stadium, where his parents were longtime season ticket holders. Cole gave up five hits and left trailing 3-1.

Upton’s two-run homer in the first inning was his seventh already in May, while backup catcher Rivera added a solo shot in the fifth.

After throwing out Mike Trout at third base in the fifth, Reddick got his second outfield assist in the seventh, throwing out Kinsler at the plate by a healthy margin as he tried to score from second.

ALTUVE HEATS UP

Altuve was thrown out at the plate moments later when he inexplicably tried to score from second on an infield grounder, but he had already done his damage. Last season’s AL MVP ended an 0-for-16 skid Monday, and he reached base three times with two hits Tuesday.

JAIME SIZZLES

Barria was outstanding in his fifth career start, limiting Houston to four singles and only five baserunners. The 21-year-old Panamanian rookie has been an unexpected boon to the Angels’ injury-plagued rotation, and was stellar at home again after taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his last start in Anaheim.

LINEUP TWIST

Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 while batting in the No. 2 spot in the Angels’ lineup for the first time behind leadoff hitter Trout, who had two walks and two strikeouts. Angels manager Mike Scioscia shook up his lineup because of a scheduled day off for Zack Cozart, their normal leadoff hitter. After beginning his rookie season in the No. 8 spot, Ohtani has steadily progressed up the order. Ohtani singled in the fifth after a walk to Trout, who was thrown out by Reddick trying to go from first to third.

UMPIRE INJURED

Home plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth left in the third inning when Ohtani fouled a 99-mph fastball off his mask. Culbreth was visibly shaken, and CB Bucknor replaced him behind the plate. The 55-year-old Culbreth has been in the majors since 1993, appearing in two World Series.

UP NEXT

Astros: Justin Verlander (4-2, 1.21 ERA) is coming off a loss to Texas despite allowing one run in six innings. He is just 9-8 against the Angels in his decorated career.

Angels: Garrett Richards (4-1, 4.09 ERA) held the Astros to 1 earned run over 11 combined innings in two starts last season. He is 5-4 against Houston in his career.

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Aggies Edge Sam Houston State, 6-5

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M Aggies held off a late rally by the Sam Houston State Bearkats to post a 6-5 victory Tuesday evening on Olsen Field Blue Bell Park.

Trailing 6-2 going into the ninth, Sam Houston State started the frame with three straight hits, including doubles by Hunter Hearn and Andrew Fregia, but Nolan Hoffman got the next three batters to ground out, ending the game.

Texas A&M improved to 35-17 with the victory. The Bearkats dropped to 35-18.

Hunter Coleman, Aaron Walters and George Janca notched two hits apiece. Allonte Wingate broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth on a hit-and-run single with runners on the corners.

On a designated bullpen day, starter Kaylor Chafin worked 2.0 scoreless innings, scattering two hits while striking out two. Asa Lacy worked 2.1 blank frames, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four. Cason Sherrod (5-2) earned the victory with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, scattering one hit and two walks while striking out four. Hoffman picked up his 11th save of the year to move into third place on Texas A&M’s single-season list.

UP NEXT
The Aggies start a three-game series against the South Carolina Gamecocks with a 6:32 p.m. contest Thursday on Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park.

SCORING SUMMARY
B1 | The Aggies pounced on the Bearkats with two runs in the opening frame. With one out, Michael Helman was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Coleman gapped a triple to right-center, scoring Helman, and he came around to score when Will Frizzell drove a single through the left side of the infield. A&M 2, SHSU 0.

T3 | A leadoff bunt single by Riley McKnight sparked a Bearkats’ rally. Blake Chisolm followed with a single to rightfield and with one out, Andrew Fregia was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Aggies tried to turn a 3-6-1 double play on a grounder by Clayton Harp, but the throw to first base sailed wide of the bag, allowing two runs to score. A&M 2, SHSU 2.

B6 | Texas A&M reclaimed the lead with a three-spot. With one out, Walters singled to second base and Janca followed with a single to rightfield to put runners on the corners. Wingate slapped a hit-and-run single through the right side, plating Walters and moving Janca to third. Zach DeLoach drove in Janca with a sacrifice fly and Wingate hustled to second with the throw going home. The rally was capped off when the Sam Houston State leftfield had to short hop a sinking line drive by Helman for an RBI single. A&M 5, SHSU 2.

B8 | The Aggies tacked on a fortuitous insurance run in the eighth. Logan Foster was hit by pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a groundout to short by Wingate. Foster came home on a passed ball. A&M 6, SHSU 2.

T9 | Chisolm hit a leadoff single to leftfield and Hearn followed with a double down the leftfield line to put two in scoring position. Fregia followed with a double of his own down the leftfield line to knock in two runs. Clayton Harp pushed Fregia to third with a groundout to second and Fregia scored on a groundout to short by Ben Haefner. The game ended when Hoffman got pinch-hitter Cross Austin to ground out softly back to the mound. A&M 6, SHSU 5.

Texas A&M head coach Rob Childress

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Aggie RHP Cason Sherrod

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Aggie 1B Hunter Coleman

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Aggie OF Allonte Wingate

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Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

 

 

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Men’s Golf Leads NCAA Bryan Regional after 36 Holes

(Source: Texas A&M Athletics)

BRYAN, Texas – Led by a trio of players who carded a two-under 68 Tuesday, No. 2 Texas A&M remains atop the leaderboard at the NCAA Men’s Golf Bryan Regional after 36 holes of competition.

The regional will conclude with a final round of 18 holes on Wednesday before the top five schools and highest-placing individual on a non-advancing team earn their ticket to the NCAA Championships which take place May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

“Anytime you’ve got two guys tied for the lead, you’re doing alright,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “You throw Paysse’s round on top of that and you’ve got a pretty great day. Obviously, we shot the same score [as yesterday] and the difference is we didn’t finish as well today and not all five guys were right around par. Tomorrow we’ll get everybody going and I think we’ve got a great chance to win it.”

The Aggies (279-279=558, -18) own a one-stroke lead in the team standings over Clemson (-17) which posted the low team round of the day at 276. Baylor (-6), UCLA (E) and Ole Miss (+3) round out the top five schools on the leaderboard with South Carolina (+11) and Kentucky (+13) needing to make up ground on the tournament’s final day to advance.

The player standings continue to have a pair of Aggies on top as junior Chandler Phillips (68-68=136, -8) and sophomore Brandon Smith (68-68=136, -8) each carded their second consecutive round of 68 to give them a tournament-leading score of eight-under par. The pair combined for just three bogies on Tuesday and will enter the event’s final 18 holes with a one-shot advantage over four players tied at seven-under par.

Senior Andrew Paysse (72-68=140, -4) enjoyed a strong second round outing for the Maroon & White, carding five birdies as well as an eagle on the par-five, 551-yard 15th hole to climb 11 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for eighth place.

“We feel great,” Higgins said of his squad going into the final round. “We’re playing really good and those three guys have been making birdies all week. I think we’ll be really tough to beat if we’ve got four guys around par or better tomorrow.”

Rounding out the A&M lineup were sophomore Dan Erickson (71-75=146, +2) and freshman Walker Lee (73-75=148, +4) in 25th and 38th places, respectively.

During the NCAA Bryan Regional’s final round on Wednesday, the Aggies are set to tee off at 7:30 a.m. alongside golfers from Baylor and Clemson. Live scoring and results can be found on golfstat.com and as well as live updates via twitter at @AggieMensGolf.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggies Lead NCAA Bryan Regional after 36 Holes

BRYAN, Texas – Led by a trio of players who carded a two-under 68 Tuesday, No. 2 Texas A&M remains atop the leaderboard at the NCAA Men’s Golf Bryan Regional after 36 holes of competition.
 
The regional will conclude with a final round of 18 holes on Wednesday before the top five schools and highest-placing individual on a non-advancing team earn their ticket to the NCAA Championships which take place May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
 
“Anytime you’ve got two guys tied for the lead, you’re doing alright,” Texas A&M head coach J.T. Higgins said. “You throw Paysse’s round on top of that and you’ve got a pretty great day. Obviously, we shot the same score [as yesterday] and the difference is we didn’t finish as well today and not all five guys were right around par. Tomorrow we’ll get everybody going and I think we’ve got a great chance to win it.”
 
The Aggies (279-279=558, -18) own a one-stroke lead in the team standings over Clemson (-17) which posted the low team round of the day at 276. Baylor (-6), UCLA (E) and Ole Miss (+3) round out the top five schools on the leaderboard with South Carolina (+11) and Kentucky (+13) needing to make up ground on the tournament’s final day to advance.
 
The player standings continue to have a pair of Aggies on top as junior Chandler Phillips (68-68=136, -8) and sophomore Brandon Smith (68-68=136, -8) each carded their second consecutive round of 68 to give them a tournament-leading score of eight-under par. The pair combined for just three bogies on Tuesday and will enter the event’s final 18 holes with a one-shot advantage over four players tied at seven-under par.
 
Senior Andrew Paysse (72-68=140, -4) enjoyed a strong second round outing for the Maroon & White, carding five birdies as well as an eagle on the par-five, 551-yard 15th hole to climb 11 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for eighth place.
 
“We feel great,” Higgins said of his squad going into the final round. “We’re playing really good and those three guys have been making birdies all week. I think we’ll be really tough to beat if we’ve got four guys around par or better tomorrow.”
 
Rounding out the A&M lineup were sophomore Dan Erickson (71-75=146, +2) and freshman Walker Lee (73-75=148, +4) in 25th and 38th places, respectively.
 

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Brazos Valley Cavalry FC Hold Press Conference Prior to Season Opener

The Brazos Valley Cavalry FC held a press conference today prior to their season opener this Saturday. The team unveiled new jerseys and revealed some exciting promotions for the upcoming season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Durant’s 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night.

Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, the Warriors trailed by as many as 9 early, but had evened it up by halftime and used a big run at the beginning of the fourth quarter to pull away.

Eric Gordon opened the final period with a 3-pointer to get the top-seeded Rockets within 4, but Thompson scored the first eight points of a 13-4 run to make it 100-87 with about eight minutes left.

Houston used a 9-3 spurt, where James Harden scored five, to cut the lead to 103-96 with less than five minutes to go. But Thompson struck again, hitting a wide open 3 to leave the Warriors ahead by 10 with four minutes left.

Harden scored 41 to lead the Rockets, who lost at home for the second time this postseason.

Steph Curry added 18 for the Warriors, who are in the conference finals for a franchise-record fourth straight time. It’s Houston’s first trip since 2015 when Golden State won the series in five games.

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Andrew Heaney shuts down Astros in Angels’ 2-1 rivalry win

By GREG BEACHAM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Andrew Heaney struck out 10 during a career-high eight innings of four-hit ball, and the Los Angeles Angels pulled virtually even with Houston atop the AL West with a 2-1 victory over the Astros on Monday night.

Justin Upton singled home the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning for the Angels (25-16), who beat the defending World Series champions (26-17) for the third time in four meetings this season.

Houston native Justin Anderson allowed three baserunners in the ninth, but the Angels rookie still earned his first career save with help from Kole Calhoun. The right fielder caught Alex Bregman’s long fly in foul territory and then threw out George Springer trying to take second, completing a double play with his major league-leading sixth outfield assist.

Anderson then allowed Jose Altuve’s single and walked Carlos Correa, but survived when Yuli Gurriel grounded out.

Heaney (2-2) produced the most impressive start of his career against the powerhouse Astros, who have scored just one earned run against Heaney in 19 career innings over three games.

Heaney limited Houston to five baserunners over eight innings while outpitching Lance McCullers Jr. (5-2), who took his first loss in seven starts since April 6. Heaney matched his career high for strikeouts when he fanned Josh Reddick in the eighth before leaving to a standing ovation.

The 26-year-old Heaney returned late last season from Tommy John surgery, and he is gradually rounding into the form long expected from the former ninth overall selection in the 2012 draft.

Max Stassi drove in an early run for the Astros, who lost for only the second time in seven games.

McCullers pitched six innings of four-hit ball while striking out six.

Luis Valbuena drove in an early run for the Angels in the opener of a three-game series between the defending champs and their most significant early-season rival in the AL West. The Angels entered the week trailing the Astros by just one game after trailing Houston by eight games at the same point last season.

In the sixth, McCullers walked Martin Maldonado and Mike Trout before Upton’s two-out single to left. The RBI was the 19th of the month for Upton, who came into the night leading the majors in RBIs in May.

MIDDLETON HURT

Reliever Keynan Middleton went back on the 10-day disabled list with ligament damage in his right elbow, dealing another potentially serious blow to a pitching staff annually plagued by injuries. Middleton left Sunday’s game in the middle of an at-bat after just 12 pitches. He is expected to seek more medical advice before deciding on a course of treatment.

ANOTHER NO-NO

Griffin Canning, the Angels’ second-round pick last summer, started his second combined no-hitter of the season for Double-A Mobile. Canning, a UCLA product, threw 4 1/3 innings as the BayBears blanked Birmingham 9-0.

UP NEXT

Astros: Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.43 ERA) is off to a stellar start with his new club, leading the AL with 86 strikeouts. The Orange County native and UCLA product will make just his second career start at Angel Stadium, where his parents had season tickets.

Angels: Rookie Jaime Barria (3-1, 2.45 ERA) makes his fifth career start after pitching scoreless ball into the sixth at Colorado last week.

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Cardinals aware of Christian Kirk arrest before draft

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals say they were aware before they drafted him that wide receiver Christian Kirk had been arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and property damage.

Azcentral.com reported the arrest and the Cardinals’ reaction to it.

The arrest occurred outside the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament on Feb. 3. Scottsdale police said Kirk was with a group that was intoxicated and throwing rocks at cars.

Azcentral.com quoted a Cardinals spokesman as saying that team officials spoke to Kirk at length about the incident and it is the team’s understanding that the matter “will be resolved in the near future.” The case is pending and the team spokesman said there would be no further comment.

The Cardinals drafted Kirk in the second round. He was a standout at Saguaro High in Scottsdale and played at Texas A&M.

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Texas A&M Men Defeat Baylor to Advance to Round of 16 for 14th Time

Final Stats COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The No. 5 Texas A&M men’s tennis team topped No. 18 Baylor, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center to secure their 14thtrip to the Round of 16 in program history.

The Aggies (24-5) defeated the Bears (21-10) and will take on the winner of No. 11 Florida State and Alabama at 6 p.m. (CT) on Friday, May 18, in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Aggies advanced to the Round of 16 for the third time in the last four seasons and in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2011.

The Maroon & White took the advantage early in the match, claiming the tightly contested doubles point. All three doubles matches stayed one serve through four games before No. 3 Juan Carlos Aguilar and Jordi Arconada claimed a break and cruised to a 6-3 win on court one over Johannes Schretter and Akos Kotorman.

Seniors AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech won for the second straight day, the pair broke on the final game to defeat Sven Lah and Roy Smith, 6-4 on court two and give the Aggies the early lead.

The Aggies maintained a bit of scoreboard pressure, winning four of six first sets in singles play including a pair of tie-breakers. No. 72 Valentin Vacherot did not waste much time doubling the A&M advantage, the sophomore defeated Will Little 6-0, 6-3 on court four. Vacherot improved to 15-5 on court four, winning his fourth straight match.

Vacherot’s cousin, No. 12 Rinderknech, put the third point on the board for the Aggies. The Paris, France native, defeated Matias Soto 6-3, 6-2 on court two. Rinderknech claimed his 65thdual match victory to improve to 11th on A&M’s all-time wins list.

Baylor did not go away without a fight, getting a point from Smith on court five over Aguilar.

No. 48 Arconada punched the Aggies ticket to the final site with a 7-6(5), 6-4 win over No. 122 Lah on court three. Arconada continued his dominant play on Saturday, winning team-best 22nd dual match of the season to become one of just the 16 players in program history to claim 22 wins or more in a single season.

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Post Match Quotes
Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton
On Today’s match…
“It was a big match for us and I’m happy for our seniors especially to be able to finish on this court playing like they played, really happy for Jordi and Arthur especially as they closed out career at A&M on high note and gave us a chance to keep competing in this tournament. Baylor has a great program, Matt Knoll has done an unbelievable job with his players and they come to play in May and they competed hard today and we knew that and our guys were able to play well in doubles today and get that doubles point under our belt and then were able to stay on top in most of the singles matches which kept scoreboard pressure on them. We had a couple of key tiebreak wins in the first set on Jordi’s court and AJ ‘s court, two seniors that were able to kind of keep the pressure on them by winning those first sets.”

On Doubles…
“We did a god job holding serve today, that is the name of the game, you got to lose tiebreakers if you hold serve and we did a good job there we got a lot of first serves and our guys were pretty active around the net when they were there. We are pleased with that. Baylor is a good doubles team, they had a lot of success in doubles and for us to put that point on the board was very important today.”

On Arthur Rinderknech…
“This win couldn’t have come at a better time, he has been working really hard. I think there is a lot emotion for him knowing it’s the last time around, uncertainty about his future like all these seniors are to be able to handle all that and to just step on the court and play tennis sometimes gets a little complicated and the last couple of weeks I feel like he has relaxed and played better and working hard on his game, graduated and all those things and now he can concentrate on tennis.”

On Valentin Vacherot…
“He’s been playing well. He served very well today and thought and played at a high level. He’s capable of playing really good tennis. Last year at the end of the year he hit a wall a little bit as freshman and he’s managed that a little bit better the second time around as a sophomore and understands what needs to happen. Obviously playing at a pretty high level and seems to have a lot of juice left in the tank and that is good for us.

On the seniors…
Proud of these guys fought so hard and helped so much over the last couple years so it’s so great to see the smiles on their faces to get to keep going and extending this journey. It’s not going to last forever but hopefully we can keep working here and keep playing and get a little bit deeper and who knows what will happen.”

Tennis Match Results
Baylor vs Texas A&M
5/12/2018 at College Station, TX
(George P Mitchell Tennis Center)

#5 Texas A&M 4, #18 Baylor 1

Singles competition
1. #5 Patrick Kypson (TAMU) vs. #63 Johannes Schretter (BU) 5-7, 6-2, 0-0, unfinished
2. #12 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Matias Soto (BU) 6-3, 6-2
3. #48 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #122 Sven Lah (BU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
4. #72 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Will Little (BU) 6-0, 6-3
5. Roy Smith (BU) def. Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) 6-3, 6-4
6. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) vs. Constantin Frantzen (BU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #3 Juan Carlos Aguilar/Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. Johannes Schretter/Akos Kotorman (BU) 6-3
2. Arthur Rinderknech/AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) def. Sven Lah/Roy Smith (BU) 6-4
3. Patrick Kypson/Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) vs. Will Little/Constantin Frantzen (BU) 5-5, unfinished

Match Notes:
Baylor 21-10; National ranking #18
Texas A&M 24-5; National ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2); Singles (4, 2, 5, 3)

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Keuchel’s 7 shutout innings lead Astros over Rangers 6-1

HOUSTON (AP) _ Dallas Keuchel allowed three hits in seven shutout innings, Evan Gattis and Carlos Correa homered for the second straight game and the Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers 6-1 Sunday.

Keuchel (3-5) struck out eight and walked one, lowering his ERA from 3.53 to 3.10 with his third straight outing giving up three runs or fewer. Houston’s starters have the top three ERAs in the American League led by Justin Verlander at a major league-best 1.21. Gerrit Cole is at 1.43 and Charlie Morton at 2.03.

Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre hit consecutive singles in the first, and Keuchel retired 16 of his next 17 batters around Jurickson Profar’s two-out double in the fourth.

Carlos Perez homered off Hector Rondon in the eighth. Brad Peacock struck out the side in the ninth, completing a six-hitter. Houston has won five of six after losing five of six.

Matt Moore (1-5) allowed three runs and six hits in three innings. He has given up 18 runs and 26 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his last three starts.

Yuli Gurriel hit an RBI single in the third, and Gattis had a two-run homer. Correa hit a two-run homer in the seventh against Kevin Jepsen, and Derek Fisher added a sacrifice fly.

OLD DEBUT

LHP Brandon Mann was brought up from Triple-A Round Rock and at 33 years, 362 became the second-oldest player to make his debut for Texas when he entered in the seventh. Mann allowed one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. RHP Yoshinori Tateyama was 35 years, 149 days when he debuted in 2011.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: Beltre left with one out in the seventh after re-aggravating a left hamstring injury. He fielded a Max Stassi slow chopper and was trying to tag Gurriel at third on the play before he came out. Beltre was activated off the disabled list on May 8 after missing 12 games with a left hamstring strain.

Astros: OF George Springer was out of the lineup a second straight day after being hit on the left elbow by a Cole Hamels fastball. “Hopefully, he will be back in there tomorrow,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was bouncing around the clubhouse, and I think he’s done a little activity already.”

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (3-2) starts Tuesday’s opener of a three-game series at Seattle. Minor has allowed at least four runs in two of his last three starts.

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (5-1) takes the mound Monday at the Los Angeles Angels. McCullers is 4-0 in six starts since an April 6 loss to San Diego.

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Five SEC titles on final day enable Aggie men to place second, women third

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Texas A&M challenged for both team titles on the final day of the SEC Championships as they collected five gold, three silver and a bronze medal at Tom Black Stadium.

The Aggie men scored 100 points to place second, while the women totaled 79.5 points to finish third. Florida claimed both team titles, with the men winning with 111 and the women 91 points. Arkansas (99) finished third in the men’s team chase with Alabama (97.66) fourth. LSU (88.5) was the women’s runner-up while host Tennessee (78) finished fourth.

“It was a really close finish for both team championships,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “You go through that many events and we are within 11 points of each other for the men’s title and the ladies race was close as well all the way through. It was just a great track meet and I’m extremely proud of the group.

“We can always go back and say if we had done this or that, but there are no ifs. We got beat today, but I’m proud of the group. I’m probably more pleased with how I think we can look at the NCAA meet this year. I think we’ll have an opportunity to do very well.”

Victories on the final day of the conference meet were attained by Audie Wyatt (pole vault), Sammy Watson (800m), Devin Dixon (800m), Tahar Triki (triple jump) and the men’s 4×400 relay. Silver medals went to Jacob Wooten (pole vault), Jazmine Fray (800m) and Infinite Tucker (400m hurdles). Tyra Gittens (high jump) earned a bronze medal to total 20 points for the Aggie women on the weekend.

Wyatt and Wooten totaled 18 points in the pole vault with a 1-2 finish. Wyatt defended his title by clearing 18-2 ½ (5.55) as Wooten challenged with a sore wrist to clear 17-8 ½ (5.40). Gittens cleared 5-10 ¾ (1.80) for third place in the high jump.

In the women’s 800, the Aggie trio in the final combined to score 22 points. Watson claimed the victory in 2:03.37 to complete her sweep of SEC titles after winning the indoor title earlier this season as Fray, the defending conference champion, finished second in 2:03.55. Brittany Parker added a fifth-place performance with a time of 2:07.58.

Dixon turned back the challenge from Mississippi State’s Marco Arop in the men’s 800m to successfully defend his outdoor title and sweep the SEC 800m this season. Arop led the field through 400m in 50.57 with Dixon on his inside shoulder at 50.76. After reaching 600m, Dixon made his move to claim the lead as they reached the homestretch.

Winning in 1:46.76, Dixon put a slight gap on Arop, who placed second in 1:47.45 with South Carolina’s Otis Jones third at 1:47.83.

Opening the triple jump with a mark of 52-11 ½ (16.14) had Triki in second place behind a 53-3 (16.23) from Florida’s KeAndre Bates. Triki moved into the lead in round two with a 53-8 ¼ (16.36), but was passed by another Gator, Clayton Brown (53-10 ½ | 16.42), in round three.

In round four Bates fouled while Brown passed his remaining attempts. Triki, meanwhile, improved to 55-5 ¾ (16.91) to lock down the victory. Bates fouled his remaining two jumps to finish third while Brown was runner-up. The distance for Triki ranks No. 3 on the Aggie all-time list and is the No. 5 performance.

The 400m hurdles offered a surprise finish by Infinite Tucker as he produced a career best time of 49.46 for a silver medal, testing the defending champion Kemar Mowatt of Arkansas, who won a second title in 49.32. Florida’s Cory Poole placed third in 50.09.

The Aggie men wrapped up the meet with a 3:01.17 victory in the 4×400 relay, defending the 2017 title they won while also capturing the relay title for the fourth time in the six years Texas A&M has been in the SEC.

Dixon anchored the relay with a split of 44.5 as he held the Aggies edge over LSU’s Correion Mosby and Florida’s Grant Holloway on the final lap of the race. LSU ran 3:01.98 as runner-up with Florida third in 3:02.17. The first three legs for Texas A&M included Richard Rose (46.3), Bryce Deadmon (45.3), and Ilolo Izu (45.1).

Deadmon ran a career best of 45.71 to finish fifth in the open 400m and ran the lead-off leg of the 4×100 relay that also placed fifth. Joining Deadmon on the sprint relay were Jace Comick, Kyree Johnson and Will Williams.

An additional point for the Aggie men came from Alex Riba as he placed eighth in the 5,000m with a time of 14:13.69 after finishing 10th in the 1,500m at 3:51.12. Cameron Villarreal joined Riba in the 20-person 1,500m final and placed 11th in 3:52.53.

Scoring for the Texas A&M women on the final day of the conference meet included the 4×400 relay, finishing fifth in 3:29.61 with a crew of Julia Madubuike (53.5), Glorilisha Carter (52.4), Fray (51.4) and Watson (52.3). The 4×100 relay placed seventh in 44.22 with Amber Ivy, Jarra Owens, Brenessa Thompson and Madubuike.

Individuals who added to the Aggie women’s team total were Sara Kathryn Stevens, tying for seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 13-3 ½, Karis Jochen finishing eighth in the 5,000m as she clocked 16:52.97, and Ciynamon Stevenson with an eighth place result in the triple jump as she set a career best of 43-1 ½ (13.14) to move to No. 9 on the Aggie all-time list.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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