Jagr, Whitney help Stars beat Kings 2-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney scored 4:22 apart in the third period, lifting Dallas to a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night for the Stars' fourth straight win at Staples Center.
The 41-year-old Jagr and 40-year-old Whitney scored in the same game for the second time this season. On Jan. 19 against Phoenix, they became the fourth pair of teammates age 40 or older to score in the same game since 1942-43.
Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves to earn his first shutout of the season. He has won four of his last five appearances against the Kings.
Verlander gives up 3 HRs, Astros down Tigers
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Tigers ace Justin Verlander gave three home runs and the Houston Astros beat Detroit 7-2 Thursday night.
Carlos Corporan hit two homers for the Astros. Brandon Laird and Matt Dominguez also homered Houston.
Verlander allowed four earned runs in 5 2-3 innings. He has a 4.74 ERA this spring.
Lucas Harrell, who will pitch the second game of the season for Houston, gave up two runs in five innings.
Victor Martinez doubled and singled for the Tigers.
Astros first baseman Brett Wallace sustained shoulder spasms in his right trapezoid diving back to first on a pickoff move and is considered day-to-day.
Angels' Hamilton homer against former team
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Hamilton homered in his first game against his former team, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick and Hank Conger also homered off Derek Lowe in the Los Angeles' 10-9 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Leonys Martin hit a bases-loaded double with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Texas.
Conger added a two-run triple in the sixth and Erick Aybar hit a solo home run into the Rangers' right-field bullpen for Los Angeles.
Pujols started at first base for the second time in three games and has played three straight games for the first time this spring.
Lowe, pitching for the third time in seven days, faced the minimum over his first three innings before allowing the four home runs in a six-batter span.
LHP Harrison draws opening day nod for Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Harrison has been named the Texas Rangers' opening day starter, and he will be followed by Yu Darvish in the rotation.
Harrison will be the fourth different opening day starter in the past four seasons for the Rangers. They visit Houston in the Astros' debut as an American League team March 31. Darvish will start April 2.
Harrison led Texas starters in wins and ERA last season, finishing 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA. Darvish was 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 191 1-3 innings.
Veteran right-hander Colby Lewis drew the first start last year, but won't be available until at least May while recovering from elbow surgery.
The previous two opening day starters, Scott Feldman and C.J. Wilson, are no longer with the Rangers.
Houston rookie White's path taking another detour
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston rookie Royce White is saying on Twitter that he's returning to Houston at the advice of a team doctor, and his time with the Rockets' developmental league team in the Rio Grande Valley may be over.
Houston's first-round pick said Thursday morning: "Have been advised by our team physician it is most logical I be in Houston the remainder of the season. Thank you (at)rgvvipers for having me."
A spokesman for the Rockets says White, whose acknowledged anxiety disorder has kept him from playing for Houston this season, is still on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster. He says the team will have no further comment.
MLS-FC DALLAS MOVES
FC Dallas reunites with Nunez, signs young keeper
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — FC Dallas has reunited with midfielder Ramon Nunez and signed goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez from the club's homegrown program.
The moves announced Thursday came 10 years after FC Dallas made Nunez the sixth pick in the draft out of SMU. The Dallas high school product had 14 goals in 67 games before going to Chivas USA in 2007.
The 27-year-old Nunez spent the past two years in Europe before tearing a knee ligament in September while with Leeds United.
Nunez played in the 2010 World Cup for his native Honduras, where he played professionally five years ago before stints with Mexican clubs Puebla and Cruz Azul.
Gonzalez, a member of Mexico's Under-18 national team, is the 10th homegrown player to sign with FC Dallas.