Aggies Blank Georgia, 7-0

HOOVER, Alabama – Chris Andritsos went deep twice and Asa Lacyand Cason Sherrod combined on a three-hitter as the Texas A&M Aggies shut out the No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs, 7-0, in the second round of the SEC Tournament Wednesday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

Lacy (3-1) was dominant in his second career start. He scattered three hits and three walks while logging a career-high eight strikeouts in 6.0 innings, his longest outing as an Aggie. Sherrod came in to work the final three frames, retiring nine of 10 batters he faced on his way to his first save of the season. The pair combined for 13 strikeouts and limited to Georgia to three total bases, their season low. Georgia failed to score for the fourth time this season, with Aggie pitching accounting for two of the games.

After a weather delay of 58 minutes interrupted the third inning, the Aggie offense came out with two runs in the fourth off Georgia starter C.J. Smith (1-1) to take the game’s first lead. A&M extended their advantage on Andritsos’ homers in the seventh and ninth. A&M offense has scored 10 unanswered runs in the tourney after trailing Vanderbilt early on Tuesday.

Andritsos finished 3-for-5 with two dingers, three runs and four RBI. Logan Foster, Allonte Wingate and Cole Bedford each added two hits with Wingate logging two RBI.

NEXT UP
Texas A&M returns to action when they play they the Ole Miss/Auburn winner in a 4:30 p.m. contest in the second session of games on Thursday.

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Harden scores 30, Rockets even series at 2 games apiece

By JANIE McCAULEY

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night.

Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12 rebounds but the defending champions missed their final six shots from the floor and their NBA-record postseason winning streak at home ended at 16 games.

Paul rebounded Klay Thompson’s miss just before the final buzzer sounded for the first time and pounded the ball down in delight. A replay review ensued and it was determined Shaun Livingston fouled Paul before the game ended, so Paul made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.

Curry couldn’t get off a final attempt before the buzzer.

Game 5 is Thursday night at Houston. Golden State will play its longest playoff round after closing out its first two playoff rounds in five games.

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Hamels limits slugging Yankees as last-place Rangers win 6-4

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Cole Hamels limited the slugging New York Yankees to four hits over seven innings while Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman homered for the last-place Texas Rangers in a 6-4 win Tuesday night.

Profar’s three-run homer in the first that just cleared the 8-foot wall in center put the Rangers ahead to stay against Domingo German (0-2). Guzman started the fourth with a liner into the right field seats, making it 6-1 only a few batters before the Yankees starter came out.

New York, a big league-best 31-14, had won 22 of its previous 26 games and was coming off a three-game stretch with 14 homers and 28 runs.

The Yankees’ Aaron Boone got his first ejection as a big league manager for apparently arguing balls and strikes while Gary Sanchez was batting in the sixth. After the high strike for an 0-2 count that led to Boone’s ejection by plate umpire Pat Hoberg, Sanchez drew a walk. He left in the middle of the inning, apparently because of a cramp.

Hamels (3-4) struck out seven and walked two in his first start in 11 days. The lefty was scratched from his precious turn because of neck stiffness.

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save in as many chances, the Rangers’ first save since May 11 when he closed out a 1-0 win at Houston in Hamels’ prior start.

Texas had provided only one run in support for Hamels in four of his previous five starts and five of the last seven. Opponents hit only .206 in his last six starts before the Yankees went 4-of-25 (.160) against him.

Rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar hit solo homers off Hamels. Torres, who homered twice in the series opener Monday, has seven homers in his first 26 career games.

Austin Romine, who replaced Sanchez, hit a two-run homer in the eighth but the Yankees fell short of becoming the first team to homer four times or more in four consecutive games.

Texas led 5-0 after scoring twice without a hit in the second, when German hit a batter, walked two and had three wild pitches.

There have been 25 wild pitches and seven passed balls when Sanchez has been behind the plate this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Boone said “there is a shot” that 1B Greg Bird, who has 20 homers in his 94 career games, could make his season debut this weekend at home. Bird has been on the disabled list all season recovering from right ankle surgery and is rehabbing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (broken right elbow) began doing dry swings with a fungo bat. … 3B Adrian Beltre (strained left hamstring) took some groundballs at an easy pace for the first time since re-injuring his hamstring May 13. … Former two-time NL Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum (blister right finger), who could make his Texas debut as a reliever as early as next week, had a 42-pitch rehab appearance Monday.

UP NEXT

New York will try to win its fifth consecutive road series in the finale. Yankees lefty CC Sabathia’s 2,879 career strikeouts are tops among active pitchers, and his 239 wins are second only to Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon, the loser in the series opener. Doug Fister (1-4) pitches for Texas.

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Oh brother: Cole’s good game blemished by HR from Crawford

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Gerrit Cole’s only major miscue against San Francisco came on a pitch to Brandon Crawford that likely will give his brother-in-law bragging rights at family gatherings for years to come.

Cole struck out eight over six innings to lead the Houston Astros over the San Francisco Giants 11-2 Tuesday.

Both of the runs off Cole (5-1) scored on a fifth-inning home run by Crawford, whose sister Amy is married to Cole.

Crawford entered 4 for 18 off the right-hander. He singled in the second inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games, then got his first extra-base hit against his in-law with the home run that cut the lead to 5-2.

The rest of the game was all Astros, with Tony Kemp leading the way with two hits and a career-high five RBIs in the first meeting between these teams since 2015. Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve added two RBIs apiece as Houston won for the fifth time in six games.

Cole improved to 3-0 in his last five starts, allowing two hits to Giants who aren’t part of his family and walking three. He leads the American League with 101 strikeouts.

Houston jumped on left-hander Andrew Suarez (1-4), who was making his sixth major league start, for five runs and seven hits in four innings. Evan Gattis and Max Stassi hit consecutive doubles to start Houston’s third and make it 1-0. Stassi advanced to third on a sacrifice by Tony Kemp before scoring on a single by George Springer. Bregman followed with a double for a 3-0 lead.

Kemp hit a two-runs single in the fourth.

Houston tacked on four runs in the sixth inning, with two coming on a single by Altuve, and added two more in the seventh on a single by Kemp, who was called up Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner, on the DL since spring training with a broken pinkie on his throwing hand, threw 30 pitches on Tuesday in his first action against hitters since he was injured. Manager Bruce Bochy said Bumgarner could begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday. … Reliever Mark Melancon, who has missed all season with a strained right elbow, threw six pitches in the first game of a rehabilitation assignment with Sacramento on Monday. Bochy said he could pitch again as soon as Wednesday since he threw so few pitches on Monday. … Reliever Jose Valdez was placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to Saturday with inflammation in his right elbow and left-hander Josh Osich was recalled from Sacramento to take his spot on the roster.

UP NEXT

Houston RHP Justin Verlander opposes San Francisco RHP Jeff Samardzija in the conclusion of this two-game series on Wednesday. Verlander lowered his ERA to an MLB-leading 1.05 by allowing five hits in a complete game shutout of the Angels in his last start. Samardzija threw a season-high 6 2/3 innings in his last start but received a no-decision in the Giants’ 12-inning loss to Colorado his last time out.

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Trio of Aggie Men Open Play at NCAA Singles Championship

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Headlined by No. 5 Patrick Kypson, a trio from the Texas A&M men’s tennis team will begin play in the NCAA Singles Championship Wednesday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

A pair of Aggies will open play against players from No. 16 Columbia, Kypson will take on No. 62 Jackie Tang at 8:00 a.m. while No. 48 Jordi Arconada will take on No. 27 Victor Pham at 1:30 p.m. Sophomore Valentin Vacherot earned a place in the bracket as an alternate after replacing his cousin and teammate, No. 12 Arthur Rinderknech. Vacherot is set to take on No. 19 Nicolas Alvarez of Duke at 7:00 a.m.

Arconada and Juan Carlos Aguilar will take on No. 43 Jack Lin and William Matheson of Columbia as the national No. 3 seed in Thursday’s doubles draw, start times for doubles have not been determined.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s tennis and the upcoming singles and doubles championships. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

2018 NCAA Singles and Doubles National Championship
Singles
Round of 64
No. 5 Patrick Kypson (TAMU) vs. No. 62 Jackie Tang (COL), 8:00 a.m.
No. 48 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) vs. No. 27 Victor Pham (COL), 1:30 p.m.
No. 72 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) vs. No. 19 Nicolas Alvarez (DUKE), 7:00 a.m.

Doubles
Round of 32
No. 3 Jordi Arconada / Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) vs. No. 43 Jack Lin / William Matheson (COL), Thursday

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Aggie Baseball Downs Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament Opener, 3-1

HOOVER, Alabama – Texas A&M’s pitching combination of Kaylor Chafin and Nolan Hoffmanstymied the Vanderbilt Commodores offense in the Aggies’ 3-1 opening round win at the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium Tuesday morning.

Chafin (5-0) was stellar in a rare start. He weaved 6.0 innings, allowing just one run on six hits and one walk while striking out five. Hoffman came on to work the seventh allowing a pair of base runners and fanning three on his way to his 13th save of the season, one short of the program record held by Jason Jester (2013).

The Texas A&M offense used a two-run fifth to take the lead from Vandy starter Tyler Brown (1-4). Altogether eight different Aggies accounted for their nine hits with Michael Helman recording the lone multi-hit day.

NEXT UP
Texas A&M returns to action when they play they Georgia Bulldogs in a 9:30 a.m. contest to start Wednesday’s SEC Tournament action.

SCORING SUMMARY
B2 | Vanderbilt drew first blood in their second trip to the plate. Julian Infante bounced a leadoff single up the middle. With one out, he moved to second on a balk and advanced to third on a groundout by Jayson Gonzalez. Austin Martin broke the scoring seal with a single up the middle, knocking in Infante. VU 1, A&M 0.

T5 | The Aggies staked claim to the lead in the fifth. Allonte Wingate drove a single to rightfield to start the frame and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by George Janca. Cole Bedford threaded a single through the right side of the infield to push Wingate across for the equalizer. After Zach DeLoach singled to leftfield, Bedford came around to score the go-ahead run on a throwing error by Vanderbilt shortstop. A&M 2, VU 1.

T7 | Texas A&M tacked on a run in the seventh. Janca knocked a leadoff single to rightfield, moved to second on a sac bunt by Bedford and advanced to third on a grounder to second by DeLoach. Helman put down that remained fair as the Vanderbilt infielders watched it roll past third base, scoring Janca. A&M 3, VU 1.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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No. 5 Texas A&M Men’s Tennis Historic Run Ends in National Semifinals

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The No. 5 Texas A&M men’s tennis team came within a point of reaching the NCAA Finals as they stormed back from a 3-0 deficit against No. 1 Wake Forest Monday afternoon before falling 4-3 at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

The Aggies (26-6) weathered a couple delays and a raucous home crowd to push the Demon Deacons (30-2) to the limit. The Maroon & White claimed wins on courts three, four and five after more than three hours of delays due to lightning and wet courts.

Facing elimination, sophomore Valentin Vacherot put on a show demolishing the 24-year old freshman Bar Botzer on court four. Vacherot, ranked No. 72, won 6-3, 6-2 to pick up his 20th dual win this year to become the fourth Aggie to reach that milestone this season. The Frenchman picked up his third NCAA Tournament win this year and improved to 48-16 overall in the Maroon & White.

No. 48 Jordi Arconada put the second point on the board for the Aggies, ambushing No. 38 Skander Mansouri 6-2 in the second set after the first delay and winning 7-5 in the third set. Mansouri picked up an early break and held on for a 6-4 first set victory. Arconada completed one of the most impressive dual seasons in program history on a nine-match win streak. The Buenos Aires native claimed 25 dual wins this year, the second most in a single season in program history, and 67 career wins, the 10th most by an Aggie all-time. Arconada was a perfect 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament including a 3-0 mark against ranked foes.

Freshman Juan Carlos Aguilar evened the match at three-all with an impressive 7-6(6), 6-3 win on court five over Alan Gadjiev. Aguilar finished the season 22-5 in dual matches and 29-8 overall. The 22 dual wins matched a group of Aggies for the 12th most in a single season at Texas A&M.

For the first time in the NCAA tournament the Aggies were not able to capture the doubles point to open the match. No. 21 Borna Gojo and Mansouri claimed a trio of breaks en route to a 6-0 win over No. 3 Arconada and Aguilar on the top court. The Deacons captured the point with a 6-3 win by No. 35 Botzer and Petros Chrysochos over AJ Catanzariti and Arthur Rinderknech on the second court.

After player transitioned to singles action, Wake Forest was able to capture the first set on the top three courts before a lightning delay caused a two hour delay. After lightning lingered in the area for over an hour, rain came through the area and forced the delay even further. After the delay, the Aggies were able to claim first sets on courts four and five while the Deacons picked up a tiebreaker on court six.

In addition to the doubles point, Wake Forest claimed wins on court one from No. 7 Gojo over No. 5 Patrick Kypson, on court two by No. 4 Chrysochos over No. 12 Rinderknech and Christian Seraphim over Barnaby Smith on court six.

While the historic team season has come to a close, a trio of singles players and a doubles team will feature in the upcoming NCAA Individual Championships. Kypson and Rinderknech earned national seeds, while Arconada will compete in both the singles and doubles bracket. Arconada will partner with Aguilar as the No. 3 national seed in the doubles draw.

The A&M season was one for the record books, the Aggies won more than 25 matches for the ninth time in season history and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the first time. Arconada and Rinderknech jumped into the top-10 in singles wins in program history, while Rinderknech also ventured into the top-15 in doubles wins and combined victories.

Visit 12thMan.com for more information on Texas A&M men’s tennis and the upcoming singles and doubles championships. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M men’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieMTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieMensTennis.

Texas A&M Head Coach Steve Denton
Opening Statement:
“Tennis is a hidden jewel. A lot of people don’t know how exciting the matches are, on both sides. Everybody lays it out on the line and somebody has to lose. Unfortunately for us, Wake Forest was just a little too good today. I’m really proud of our guys and as far as I’m concerned, college tennis is the winner when we have matches like this.

On the rain delay:
“We needed some divine intervention. We were on our heels. They were beating us pretty good on some courts. It allowed some guys to settle a little bit and we were able to talk to them. We got ourselves back in the match. It was very similar to what happened to us yesterday with Florida. We put ourselves in a position by winning some second sets to extend the match and put some pressure back on. We were creating some doubt for them. That’s what you want to do. Unfortunately, we couldn’t quite get on a hump. I’m proud of our guys and it’s been a great season.”

On the second delay:
“I think we played pretty much the same from the first to the second delay. It reminded of the old Wimbledon days where you’re on and off the court a lot. You have to deal with all the emotions and other factors that have nothing to do with tennis. Ultimately, when you get out there on the court, you have to be able to focus and do your job. Our guys did a great job getting us back in the match.”

On the deciding match at No. 6:
“When you have a fifth-year senior (Christian Seraphim) against a freshman, you’re in a difficult spot. He’s been a great player for Wake Forest for a long time. He’s been in a lot of matches and has a lot of experience. We didn’t win any key points early in the third set. I think we lost that match in the first set. We had chances in the tiebreaker and we had chances before the tiebreaker.”

On the Wake Forest crowd:
“It was a new experience for our guys. It is the first time in Texas A&M history that we’ve been on this stage and it’s tougher when you’re facing a home crowd. Our guys have been battle-tested this year. I think we had the second toughest schedule in the country. We played a lot of tough matches. We were prepared for it. In fact, we relished in the atmosphere. It’s a lot of fun playing in front of a crowd like that. I think it raised the level of our players. We enjoyed every minute of it.”

Texas A&M player Arthur Rinderknech:
On the emotions of playing his final career team match:
“It was a great match. I really enjoyed being a part of the team this year. I’m proud of what we did. We were really close but came up just short.”

Tennis Match Results
Texas A&M vs Wake Forest
5/21/2018 at Winston-Salem, N.C.
(Wake Forest Tennis Center)

#1 Wake Forest 4, #5 Texas A&M 3

Singles competition
1. #7 Borna Gojo (WF) def. #5 Patrick Kypson (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
2. #4 Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. #12 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-2, 6-1
3. #48 Jordi Arconada (TAMU) def. #38 Skander Mansouri (WF) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
4. #72 Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) def. Bar Botzer (WF) 6-3, 6-2
5. Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) def. Alan Gadjiev (WF) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
6. Christian Seraphim (WF) def. Barnaby Smith (TAMU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #21 Borna Gojo/Skander Mansouri (WF) def. #3 Jordi Arconada/Juan Carlos Aguilar (TAMU) 6-0
2. #35 Bar Botzer/Petros Chrysochos (WF) def. AJ Catanzariti/Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) 6-3
3. #46 Ian Dempster/Christian Seraphim (WF) vs. Patrick Kypson/Valentin Vacherot (TAMU) 5-4, unfinished

Match Notes:
Texas A&M 26-6; National ranking #5
Wake Forest 30-2; National ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Texas A&M’s Szeryk Wraps Up Outstanding Career By Finishing 17th At NCAA Championship

STILLWATER, Okla.- Texas A&M senior Maddie Szeryk tied for 17th at the 2018 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship, wrapping up her outstanding college career.

Szeryk shot a 2-over 74 on Monday at Karsten Creek, bringing her tournament total to 290 (+2). Her day was highlighted by a birdie on the 179-yard, par 3 15th. Szeryk finished in the Top 20 of the NCAA Championship for the second consecutive year, after tying for 14th at the 2017 event in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Szeryk leaves Texas A&M with career records for stroke average (71.60), birdies (495), eagles (11) and rounds played (140). She set the NCAA career record with 91 rounds of even par or better, and an SEC record with 32 Top 10 finishes. She won four tournaments in her collegiate career.

Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho won the individual national championship by shooting an 8-under 280 on the par 72 / 6,328-yard home course of the Oklahoma State golf teams.

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Torres homers twice of Colon as Yankees beat Rangers 8-5

By STEPHEN HAWKINS

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Gleyber Torres hit two of the four Yankees homers off Bartolo Colon and New York won 10-5 on Monday night to deny the Texas Rangers starter a milestone victory only three days before his 45th birthday.

Aaron Judge and Neil Walker also went deep against Colon. Judge’s 12th homer, leading off the fifth, snapped a 4-all tie and put the Yankees ahead to stay. Aaron Hicks added a two-run homer in the ninth for New York, which had a season-high 10 extra-base hits.

Colon (2-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings in his 178th career loss. The portly right-hander remained one win short of matching Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marchial’s 243 victories, the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic.

No. 9 hitter Torres, the rookie second baseman in his 25th career game, was only three months old when Colon made his big league debut on April 4, 1997. Torres hit a two-run homer in the second, and his solo shot in the sixth, his sixth homer of the season, ended Colon’s night.

Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) limited the Texas to three hits over five innings, but walked four and gave up two homers. The right-hander struck out three.

Joey Gallo’s 14th homer led off the Texas second. Rougned Odor’s three-run blast, his first this season, tied the game at 4 in the fourth. Ronald Guzman hit a second-deck shot to start the Rangers seventh against reliever Chad Green.

EXTRA EXTRA

The Yankees were coming off a 10-1 win at Kansas City on Sunday, when they had tied their previous season high with eight extra-base hits (two doubles, two triples, four homers). The Yankees finished with 12 hits in Texas, including a season-high five homers for the second time in three games. SS Didi Gregorious was in a 1-for-48 slide before an RBI double in the sixth. … Four of the five Texas hits were for extra bases.

ROSTER MOVES

The Yankees recalled RHP Giovanny Gallegos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre…. Texas recalled hard-throwing right-hander Matt Bush from Triple-A Round Rock when RHP Kevin Jepsen was designated for assignment. Bush struck out two while allowing two runs in 1 2-3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: RHP Tommy Kahnle (right shoulder) won’t rejoin the team in Texas, but manager Aaron Boone said he could be ready to return from the DL for the first time in more than a month when the Yankees are back home next weekend. … 1B Greg Bird (right ankle) and OF Billy McKinney (left shoulder) are now rehabbing at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both are getting close rejoining the Yankees, Bird for the first time this season.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (broken right elbow) started throwing during the weekend in Chicago and hopes to start swinging the bat by the end of this week. The broken elbow is on his non-throwing arm. Andrus said his goal is to ready to rejoin the Rangers on June 11, when he’s eligible to be reinstated from the disabled list.

UP NEXT

Cole Hamels (2-4) makes his first start for the Rangers in 11 days, and New York rookie right-hander Domingo German (0-1) pitches for the first time in 10 days. Hamels was skipped his last turn in the rotation because of neck stiffness. German was backed up because of a strange schedule, when the Yankees already had two scheduled off days this week before the first game of their series at Washington was suspended before a rainout the next day.

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Men’s Basketball Announces to Two-Year Series vs. Oregon State

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Texas A&M men’s basketball program has announced an upcoming two-year series on the hardwood with Oregon State of the Pac-12 Conference.

The first meeting will take place next fall in Portland at the Moda Center, the home of the NBA’s Trailblazers, before the action shifts to the Lone Star State for the 2019-20 campaign when the Beavers will pay a visit to Aggieland and Reed Arena during non-conference play.

Dates, times and television coverage will be announced at a later date. Texas A&M will reveal its entire non-conference schedule this summer.

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Two Aggies Earn All-SEC Accolades

HOOVER, Alabama – Texas A&M middle infielders Braden Shewmake and Michael Helman were honored by the Southeastern Conference as the league announced the 2018 Baseball Awards and All-SEC Teams Monday, recognizing standout performances from the season.

For the second consecutive season, Shewmake was named All-SEC First Team, this time garnering the honor at shortstop. The other half of the A&M double-play combo, Helman, was named All-SEC Second Team in his first season in Aggieland.

Shewmake, appeared in all but one game during his sophomore campaign, leading the team in RBI with 42. He hit .329 (71-for-216) with five home runs. The Wylie, Texas, native was even better in SEC play, recording a .333 average. Additionally, Shewmake was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts.

The 2017 All-SEC First Team selection at second base, Shewmake is the second Aggie to gain multiple All-SEC honors joining Nick Banks (2014, 2015) and the first Aggie to be named an all-conference first teamer twice since Tyler Naquin (2011, 2012).

Helman, a Hutchinson College transfer, started all 55 regular season games at second base. He ranks second in the SEC with a .365 batting average and .455 on-base percentage. Helman became the spark at the top of Aggie offense, hitting in the first two slots in every game and leading the A&M offense in runs (54), hits (80), doubles (14) and at-bats (219). The Lincoln, Nebraska, native etched his name in the Aggie record book with a 20-game hitting streak earlier in the season, one of the ten longest in A&M history.

The Aggies open the SEC Tournament Tuesday as they play the Vanderbilt Commodores in the opener at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. The tournament opener is slated for 9:30 am with Kaylor Chafin (4-0, 3.47 ERA) slated to pitch for A&M against Tyler Brown (1-3, 6.07 ERA) of Vanderbilt.

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McCullers, McCann lead Astros to 3-1 win over Indians

HOUSTON (AP) _ Lance McCullers allowed one hit over seven innings and Brian McCann hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday night.

With the game still scoreless in the seventh inning, McCann sent the ball over the Astros’ bullpen in right-center field off an 87 mph changeup from Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (5-3). The homer brought home Yuli Gurriel, who had led off the inning with a single.

The defending champion Astros had recently struggled against Cleveland, entering Sunday as losers of six of their previous seven meetings. But McCullers (6-2) was perfect through five innings, retiring the first 15 batters he faced with six strikeouts, two ground balls and seven fly balls. One of the flyouts came in the first inning when Astros left fielder Tony Kemp chased down a ball near the foul line and made a leaping grab at the wall.

McCullers’ perfect game attempt was broken up when Jason Kipnis led off the sixth inning with a line-drive single to right center on a 2-2 count, but the Indians were unable to get much else going against McCullers.

McCullers walked two and struck out eight on 96 pitches, completing seven innings for the fourth time in his last seven starts. He has allowed two hits or fewer in three of those starts during this stretch. Ken Giles earned his eighth save of the season.

Carrasco matched McCullers’ seven innings, but allowed six hits and two runs while striking out six and walking one.

Josh Reddick pushed Houston’s lead to 3-0 with a ground-rule double to center off Tyler Olson that scored Alex Bregman. Reddick returned from a two-game absence with a leg infection.

The Indians scored their only run on a fielder’s choice grounder by Edwin Encarnacion that scored Michael Brantley, who led off the inning with a double.

Cleveland outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday, played right field and batted sixth. Cabrera went 0 for 3 in his Indians debut, including lining out to right field to strand two runners in the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (back tightness) threw a bullpen session and received treatment before Sunday’s game and said he felt fine. Miller, who recently returned from a three-week absence with a hamstring strain, was unavailable to pitch on Saturday because of the lingering back discomfort.

Astros: OF Derek Fisher has been sent to the 10-day disabled list with gastrointestinal discomfort that has limited his food intake and caused noticeable weight loss in recent days, manager A.J. Hinch said. Fisher played with discomfort on Friday against Cleveland and will see a specialist Monday. To replace Fisher, the Astros recalled IF J.D. Davis, who leads Triple-A with a .415 batting average at Fresno.

UP NEXT

Indians: Trevor Bauer (3-3, 2.59 ERA) will open a two-game set at Wrigley Field on Tuesday hoping to build on his last start, where he tossed eight shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out 10 on May 16 at Detroit.

Astros: Gerrit Cole (4-1, 1.75 ERA) will face the Giants in the first half of a two-game series in Houston on Tuesday. Cole leads the AL in strikeouts with 93 in 61 2/3 innings and ranks second in both opponent batting average (.166) and ERA.

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Lopez goes 8 innings as White Sox blank Rangers 3-0

By JAY COHEN

CHICAGO (AP) _ Reynaldo Lopez allowed only two hits in a career-high eight innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 on Sunday for their first home series win this season.

Lopez (1-3) struck out eight and walked two in his first victory since Sept. 22 against Kansas City. The 24-year-old right-hander has been Chicago’s best starter this year, but has been hurt by poor run support.

Leury Garcia had two hits and two RBIs, and Welington Castillo homered as the major league-worst White Sox (13-30) took three of four against last-place Texas. They won consecutive games for the first time since winning three in a row at Kansas City from April 26-28.

Texas (18-30) lost for the sixth time in eight games. Mike Minor (3-3) struck out nine in five innings, but was charged with three runs and six hits.

Shin-Soo Choo singled in the first and Carlos Perez led off the third with a double for the Rangers’ only hits. Jace Fry pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

Lopez was visited by manager Rick Renteria after he walked Delino DeShields with two outs in the eighth. The crowd cheered when Renteria left Lopez in, and the pitcher pounded his chest after he struck out Choo swinging to end the inning.

Castillo put the White Sox in front with a one-out drive deep into the seats in left in the second. Garcia added an opposite-field, two-run single in the third, with Tim Anderson sliding in ahead of Perez’s tag.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: Relief pitcher Chris Martin was activated from the 10-day disabled list and right-hander Ariel Jurado was optioned to Double-A Frisco. Martin had been sidelined by right forearm irritation. … LHP Matt Moore said his sore right knee has been bothering him since spring training. He was placed on the DL on Saturday. “At this point, it just makes sense to let it cool off,” he said. … INF-OF Drew Robinson (left hip soreness) was scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Frisco.

White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia recently had a follow-up MRI on his right hamstring injury that showed improvement, but the “continued presence” of a Grade 2 strain, according to the team. He will be receiving PRP injections and his rehab activities will be limited for the next three weeks, likely pushing back his return to game action to closer to the end of June. … LHP Carlos Rodon (arthroscopic shoulder surgery) will join Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and make his next rehab start with the Knights on Thursday. Rodon pitched five innings of one-run ball in his first rehab appearance with Class A Kannapolis on Saturday night.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) makes his 22nd career appearance against the New York Yankees on Monday night in Texas. Colon, who turns 45 on Thursday, is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA against New York, one of his former teams. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73 ERA) pitches for the Yankees.

White Sox: LHP Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.29) starts Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against Baltimore. Santiago has made three starts and nine relief appearances this year, with the White Sox losing all 12 games. RHP Andrew Cashner (1-5, 4.83 ERA) pitches for the visiting Orioles.

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Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41

By JANIE McCAULEY

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Stephen Curry got his groove back to score 35 points with five 3-pointers, shooting over James Harden and driving past the Houston star as the Golden State Warriors made a second-half statement to beat the Rockets 126-85 on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Kevin Durant added 25 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Draymond Green grabbed 17 rebounds to go with 10 points and six assists. The Warriors won an NBA-record 16th consecutive home postseason game, surpassing the Chicago Bulls’ mark of 15 in a row from April 27, 1990-May 21, 1991.

Harden had 20 points and nine assists, while Chris Paul added 13 points and 10 rebounds as they combined to shoot just 12 for 32.

Game 4 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

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Texas A&M Defeats Baylor, 10-4, to Advance to Super Regionals

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M softball team topped Baylor, 10-4, Sunday at Davis Diamond to advance to the NCAA Super Regionals for the eighth time in program history.

The Aggies’ victory was highlighted by a seven-run fifth inning, the most runs the Maroon & White have scored in an inning this season. Texas A&M’s (43-16) offense was powered by Erica Russell’s base-clearing double down the left field line and Samantha Show’s fourth homer of the season. Russell went 2-for-2 on the night with a double, two walks and two runs while recording three RBI, matching her career high.

In the circle, Lexi Smith got the start, throwing three innings, giving up six hits and three runs with two strikeouts. Payton McBride (2-0) earned the win as she tossed 1.2 innings in relief only allowing three hits, one run and one walk, while fanning one. Trinity Harrington entered in the fifth inning to close out the game. The senior allowed only two hits and one walk and recorded three strikeouts to keep the Lady Bears at bay.

Baylor starter, Gia Rodoni suffered the loss, giving up eight runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings of work. Regan Green threw 2.1 innings of relief, allowing four hits and two runs.

In the College Station Regional, the Aggies outscored their opponents, 29-5. Sarah Hudek led the team with a .545 average and was tied for the team lead in RBI with Riley Sartain with five a piece. As a team, Texas A&M hit .435 and had double-digit hits in each game of the regional.


KEY INNINGS
B1 | Baylor loaded the bases in the first as Nicky Dawson singled to left field, Jessie Scroggins reached base on a bunt for a single and Shelby Friudenberg walked. Goose McGlaun recorded an RBI on a groundout to score Dawson for the first run of the game. Baylor 1, A&M 0

T2 | Baylor added a run in the second as Hannah Thompson singled to left field and Kyla Walker delivered a double down the left field line to score Hannah Smith, who pinch ran for Thompson. Baylor 2, A&M 0

T3 | Russell earned the lead off walk followed by back-to-back RBI singles by Vidales and Fortenberry, each to the left side, evening the game at two. A&M 2, Baylor 2

B3 | Baylor regained the lead as Friudenberg walked and McGlaun doubled to left center, scoring Alyssa Avalos, who pinch ran for Friudenberg. Baylor 3, A&M 2

T5 | Texas A&M put up a seven-spot in the fifth as Hudek led off the frame with a single up the middle and quickly stole second. Fortenberry delivered a double to right to score Hudek before Walters walked and Alderink reached on a fielder’s choice, to load the bases. With two outs, the Aggies took advantage of a bases-loaded walk to Cuyos to score Fortenberry. Russell blasted a three-RBI double down the left field line and scored on Show’s homer over the left field wall. A&M 9, Baylor 3

B5 | The Lady Bears scored one run in the fifth on a solo shot by Friudenberg. A&M 9, Baylor 4

T6 | The Maroon & White tacked on a run in the sixth as Ashley Walters reached base on a fielder’s choice and touched home on a Riley Sartain infield single. A&M 10, Baylor 4


Top Offensive Players:
Erica Russell | 2-for-2, 2 R, 2B, 3 RBI, SB, 2 BB
Kelbi Fortenberry | 2-for-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Riley Sartain | 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Samantha Show | 1-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI

Pitching Breakdown:
Lexi Smith | 3.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 K, 2 BB
Payton McBride (2-0) | W, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
Trinity Harrington | 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K


ON DECK 
The Aggies face Florida Thursday-Saturday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Game one is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start on ESPN. Friday is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start on ESPN2 with Saturday slated for 4 p.m. on ESPN.

Story courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics

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Texas A&M’s Szeryk Tied For 10th After Hole-In-One In NCAA Championship Third Round

STILLWATER, Okla.- Texas A&M senior Maddie Szeryk is tied for 10th at the NCAA Championship after a third round that featured a hole-in-one on the 137-yard seventh hole. She tees off in the final stroke play round of the NCAA Championship at 1:40 p.m. on Monday, with television coverage on Golf Channel starting at 3 p.m.

Szeryk is at even par for the tournament with a 54-hole score of 216, shooting a 1-over 73 in the third round. She is seven strokes behind leader Cheyenne Knight of Alabama who is at 209 (-7) through 54 of the 72 holes of the tournament. Szeryk, who finished 13th at last season’s event in Sugar Grove, Ill., is looking to be the fifth Texas A&M individual to finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championship.

Szeryk’s ace brought her to within two strokes of the national title pace at the time, and was the second of her collegiate career. The four-time All-SEC selection had a hole-in-one in her first collegiate tournament, the 2014 “Mo”Morial at Traditions Club.

The two-time All-American started her day with a birdie on the 496-yard, par 5 first hole, as she increased her tournament total to 11 Sunday. Szeryk birdied the 482-yard par 4 18th to close her round.

Live scoring for Monday’s final round on the par 72/6,328-yard home course of the Oklahoma State golf teams is available on golfstat.com.

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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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