VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out five in a row and eight overall in 5 1-3 innings, but the Washington Nationals lost to the Houston Astros 4-2 last night. Houston pitcher Lucas Harrell, who missed his last scheduled start because of a groin injury, went four innings and did not allow a hit while walking two and striking out three in Viera, Florida.
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw allowed two singles in six stellar innings, but a Texas Rangers split squad scored four runs immediately after he departed and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 yesterday. Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison, an 18-game winner last season, limited the Dodgers to one hit in five innings of work.
DALLAS (AP) — Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa each scored twice in leading the Chicago Blackhawks to an 8-1 rout of the Dallas Stars last night. Trevor Daley scored for the Stars, who have been outscored 16-3 in losing four straight. The Stars will play nine of their next 11 at home, where they have lost three in a row.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor has signed with the New York Giants as a free agent. The Giants announced the signing of the former Penn State product yesterday without disclosing details. Former Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears also signed with the Baltimore Ravens this weekend.