Call-up lifts Diamondbacks...Votto powers Reds win
UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks appear to have another stud pitcher in their rotation.
Tyler Skaggs struck out nine while allowing three hits in six shutout innings of the Diamondbacks' 5-3 victory against Texas in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Skaggs shut down one of baseball's best lineups after being recalled from Triple-A Reno. He started in place of Ian Kennedy, who cut his right index finger washing dishes.
Cody Ross hit a solo homer for the DBacks, who also benefitted from RBI doubles by A.J. Pollock and A.J. Hinske (HIHN'-skee).
In other major league play:
— Joey Votto's (VAH'-tohz) two-run homer in the eighth inning snapped a 2-2 tie in Cincinnati's 4-2 win over Cleveland. Shin-Soo Choo also homered against his former team and also scored the go-ahead run on Votto's ninth homer of the season.
— Jason Hammel improved to 7-2 by scattering eight hits while striking out eight over eight innings of the Orioles' 6-2 win at Washington. Yamaico Navarro and Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) drove in two runs each to highlight the Orioles' 15-hit attack.
— Justin Verlander struck out 13 in seven innings to lead Detroit over Pittsburgh 6-5. Jhonny (JAH'-nee) Peralta had four hits and drove in three runs to back Verlander.
— Yadier Molina homered and drove in four runs to pace St. Louis to a 6-3 win over Kansas City. Adam Wainwright gave up 12 hits but just three runs in eight innings to improve to 7-3.
— Joe Mauer had a double ruled a home run after video review and Minnesota went on to double up Milwaukee 6-3. Chris Parmelee's solo homer in the eighth put the Twins up 6-3.
— Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Dan Straily silenced San Francisco's bats to lead Oakland's 4-1 win over the Giants. Straily gave up a run and four hits in six innings, blanking the Giants until Buster Posey's RBI grounder in the sixth.
— Kelly Johnson has 24 RBIs in 21 games this month after launching a pair of three-run homers in Tampa Bay's 10-6 rout of Florida. Johnson went 4-for-6 with a stolen base as the Rays handed the Marlins their sixth straight loss.
— Jason Bay hit his first career leadoff homer before Michael Morse added a three-run blast that put Seattle ahead 4-0 in the first inning of a 9-0 pounding of San Diego. Aaron Harang struck out eight and went the distance on a four-hitter to help the Mariners win their second straight since an eight-game skid.
— Brandon Barnes hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 12th to complete Houston's 3-2 victory against Colorado. The Rockies led 2-0 until Carlos Pena laced a two-run double in the fourth inning.
Spurs look for sweep
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs will be trying to get somewhere they haven't been in six years. The NBA Finals.
The Spurs are on the verge of ending that drought and it could happen tonight when they take on the Grizzlies in Memphis. San Antonio will be looking to complete a sweep of the Western Conference finals.
And winning Game 4 will give the aging Spurs some time to regroup before heading into the Finals.
They know time is running out for their current Big Three, featuring the 37-year-old Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili along with coach Gregg Popovich. The franchise is in its 16th straight postseason and has four NBA titles but hasn't played in the Finals since 2007, at a time when Ginobili recalls the Spurs were being called old even then.
If the Grizzlies hope to extend the series to a Game 5 they likely have to shoot better. They shot only 39.2 percent in Saturday night's loss.
Hornacek to become Suns' next coach
PHOENIX (AP) — It looks like Phoenix has zeroed in on a new head coach. Former Sun Jeff Hornacek (HORN'-uh-sehk) is about to rejoin the team.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday that contract talks are ongoing.
The comments came after azcentralsports, which includes the Arizona Republic, reported Sunday that Hornacek reached agreement on a three-year contract.
The announcement could come as soon as Tuesday.
Hornacek played for the Suns and has recently served as Utah's assistant coach. He replaces interim coach Lindsey Hunter, who took over the team when Alvin Gentry and the club agreed to part ways in mid-January.
BASKETBALL-HALL OF FAME
International hoops hall picks inductees
UNDATED (AP) — David Robinson, Pat Summitt and Teresa Edwards headline the 2013 FIBA (FEE'-bah) Hall of Fame class of 12.
Robinson won two gold medals and a bronze in the Olympics. He played for the U.S. on the 1988, 1992 and 1996 teams, becoming the first American to appear in three Olympics. He's the all-time leading rebounder and shot blocker for the U.S. in the Olympics and No. 2 scorer.
Summitt, the all-time leader in victories in college basketball, won a silver medal as a player on the 1976 Olympic team and guided the U.S. to gold in 1984. She is one of only two American women to win a medal as both a player and head coach, joining Anne Donovan.
Edwards helped the U.S. win four gold medals and a bronze in her five Olympics from 1984-2000, making her the most decorated Olympic basketball player ever.
PARIS (AP) — Seven-time champ Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') successfully began his bid for an eighth French Open title by rallying past Daniel Brands of Germany, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3
Nadal fell behind when he was broken in the ninth game and was on the verge of digging a deeper hole. He trailed 3-0 in the tiebreaker, but rallied to pull out the win.
Nadal improved to 53-1 at Roland Garros.
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') had a short run in the tournament, losing to Gael Monfils (GAH'-ehl mohn-FEES') 7-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 7-5 in a match that lasted over four hours.
Defending champ Maria Sharapova got off on the right foot with a straight sets win. She was joined in the second round by 2011 champ Li Na, fourth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska (ahg-nee-ESH'-kuh rahd-VAHN'-skuh) and former top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki.
Rutgers AD plans to hang on
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Julie Hermann has not considered resigning as Rutgers' incoming athletic director following reports that 16 years ago she humiliated and emotionally abused players while coaching Tennessee's women's volleyball team.
Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Hermann denied having knowledge of a letter that the 16 Tennessee players submitted to the school. Rutgers officials, however, have talked to her about it in recent days.
The 49-year-old Hermann acknowledged she was an intense coach and may have made a few mistakes handling her team. Hermann says she has matured and believes she is qualified to lead the scandal-marred Rutgers athletic program.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to examine the appointment before Hermann begins June 17.
Reason for snapped cable still unknown.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Fox Sports says it still has not determined why an overhead TV camera cable snapped during NASCAR'S Coca-Cola 600.
The network says a full investigation is underway and use of the camera is suspended indefinitely.
Charlotte Motor Speedway said 10 people were injured when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand; three were taken to hospitals. All were checked out and released soon after.