Cespedes, Moss homer to push A's past Rangers 5-1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss hit consecutive home runs in the third inning, A.J. Griffin matched his season high with eight strikeouts and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Monday night.
It was Texas' first trip to Oakland since being swept in the final three games of the 2012 regular season and coughing up the AL West title to the surprising A's.
Griffin (4-3) didn't walk a batter for the first time this season, earning his second victory in six outings since the right-hander won back-to-back appearances to start the year.
Mitch Moreland homered to give the Rangers the lead in the second, then Eric Sogard and John Jaso hit RBI singles for the A's in the bottom half.
Rangers' Ryan says time needed to understand role
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nolan Ryan says he let speculation about his future with the Texas Rangers go on for weeks because he "needed to visit" with owners Bob Simpson and Ray Davis to get a better understanding of his role in the front office.
The Hall of Fame pitcher's radio appearance Monday was his first interview since Ryan ended the uncertainty by announcing in a statement April 10 that he was staying as chief executive officer.
Ryan's statement came almost six weeks after the club announced he was no longer team president. General manager Jon Daniels and chief operating officer Rick George were promoted and given presidential titles.
Ryan says he now has a clear idea of his role and "everything's going smoothly."
Dirks hits grand slam, Tigers beat Astros 7-2
DETROIT (AP) — Andy Dirks hit his first career grand slam, part of a six-run fourth inning for the Detroit Tigers in their 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
Victor Martinez also homered for the Tigers, who swept four straight from the Astros in Houston earlier this month and opened this three-game series at Comerica Park with another convincing victory.
Anibal Sanchez (4-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings for the Tigers. He struck out eight with one walk.
Bud Norris (4-4) allowed seven runs and nine hits in five innings before leaving with lower back spasms. Houston has lost five straight and 15 of 18 — and the Astros also lost standout second baseman Jose Altuve in the second inning with a jaw injury.
Houston's Altuve leaves game with jaw injury
DETROIT (AP) — Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has left Monday night's game against the Detroit Tigers with a jaw injury after colliding with right fielder Jimmy Paredes while chasing a popup.
Detroit's Jhonny Peralta lifted a popup behind first base in the second inning. Altuve and Paredes and first baseman Chris Carter converged on the ball, which came loose when Altuve and Paredes ran into each other. Altuve stayed down for a bit, then was able to get up. The Astros described the injury as a subluxation of the right jaw.
The play was scored a single. Ronny Cedeno came in to play shortstop, with Marwin Gonzalez moving from shortstop to second base.
Altuve has been a bright spot for Houston this year, hitting .333.
Houston Astros president Postolos resigns
HOUSTON (AP) — George Postolos has resigned as president and CEO of the Houston Astros.
The team announced the decision Monday before it opened a series in Detroit. The Astros entered the game at 10-28, the worst record in the major leagues, and have struggled mightily the past couple of seasons.
Postolos played a key role in helping businessman Jim Crane buy the team. He had been Astros president and CEO since November 2011, and will return to sports consulting work.
Warriors, Spurs showing 'no quit' ahead of Game 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson placed a prominent poem by an unknown author in every player's locker before Game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday that had a simple title.
Jackson's gritty Golden State team never has this season. Neither have the four-time champion Spurs, led by a group of veterans who have stood the test of time.
Young or old, it might not matter at this point.
Both teams are writing a new script in the playoffs, giving each other all they can handle in a thrilling Western Conference semifinal that has had more twists and turns than anybody ever predicted. The Warriors and Spurs head into a critical Game 5 tilt in San Antonio on Tuesday night tied at two apiece.
Cowboys sign RB Randle, shuffle free-agent roster
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed running back Joseph Randle, their fifth-round pick, and shuffled the roster of undrafted free agents.
Randle, who skipped his final season at Oklahoma State to enter the draft, signed a four-year contract Monday. The Cowboys also signed three players off the workout roster from rookie minicamp and released three other players.
The Cowboys added offensive linemen Edawn Coughman and D.J. Hall and receiver Anthony Amos on Monday after a three-day minicamp over the weekend.
Dallas released offensive linemen Charlie Bryant and Aderious Simmons and receiver Greg Herd.
Coughman, a tackle from Shaw, and Hall, a guard from Texas State, are second-year players. Amos is a rookie free agent from Middle Tennessee State.
JIMMY SMITH-PRISON SENTENCE
Ex-Jacksonville WR Jimmy Smith serving prison term
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jimmy Smith has been sentenced to six years in prison in Mississippi for drug possession and weapons charges.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections' website says the 44-year-old Smith entered the prison system in late March and was recently moved to a facility in Yazoo City. Online records show he was sentenced by a Madison County court to two years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and four years for possession of cocaine.
WJXX-TV in Jacksonville, Fla., first reported Smith's sentence. His tentative release date is listed as Nov. 8, 2018.
Smith, a standout at Jackson State drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1992, played 13 seasons in the NFL, including 11 for the Jaguars. He became the franchise's all-time leading receiver before his retirement in 2005.