Yanks take opener...Orioles win on Dickerson's 3-run walkoff homer...Strasburg has strained oblique
UNDATED (AP) — CC Sabathia's (suh-BATH'-ee-uhz) fastball returned to the New York Yankees along with Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) and Kevin Youkilis.
Sabathia matched his season high with 10 strikeouts while pitching into the eighth inning to lead New York over the Boston Red Sox 4-1. That ends the Yankees' season-high, five-game losing streak as the Yanks climbed within a game of AL East-leading Boston.
Out since injuring his right wrist March 5, Teixeira made his season debut and was 0 for 3 with a walk. Youkilis, sidelined by a back injury since April 27, was 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the fifth.
In other AL action:
— Chris Dickerson hit a three-run, game-ending homer with two outs in the ninth inning, capping an four-run uprising against Jose Valverde (val-VAYR'-day) that launched the Baltimore Orioles past the Detroit Tigers 7-5.
— Derek Holland struck out eight and Nelson Cruz hit a long tiebreaking three-run homer and the Texas Rangers beat the weary Kansas City Royals 7-2.
— Hisashi Iwakuma (ih-wah-KOO'-mah) struck out five in 7 2-3 innings and Kendrys Morales homered to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
— Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH'-loh koh-LOHN') tossed a five-hitter a week after turning 40, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 3-0 in a game that took 2 hours, 14 minutes.
__ Houston doubled up the L.A. Angels 6-3. Jason Castro's leadoff homer triggered a three-run fourth inning.
__ James Loney homered twice, four Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a one-hitter and the Rays endured nearly five hours of rain delays before beating the Cleveland Indians 9-2 for their sixth straight win in a game that began on Friday night in May ended early Saturday in June.
In the NL:
__ Fireballer Stephen Strasburg left after two innings with a strained oblique but the Washington Nationals held off NL East-leading Atlanta 3-2 to climb within four and a-half games of the Braves. Craig Stammen picked up the way with four scoreless innings. Five Nationals pitchers combined on a four-hitter. Strasburg will return to Washington to be examined Saturday.
— Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) allowed one hit over eight dominant innings and the Cincinnati Reds blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0. Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips hit solo home runs.
__Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) went 5 for 5 with two home runs and four RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers battered a struggling Cole Hamels to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 to end their six-game losing streak. Hamels fell to 1-9.
__Jacob Turner pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Marcell Ozuna had three hits to help the Miami Marlins halt a nine-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the New York Mets.
__ Scott Hairston hit a grand slam for one of three Cubs home runs in a 7-2 win over Arizona. Chicago has put together its first five-game winning streak since July and August 2011.
__ The L.A. Dodgers rallied with two runs in the 10th and beat Colorado 7-5. Carl Crawford scored the go-ahead run after the Dodgers blew a five-run lead, including a 5-3 lead in the ninth.
__ San Francisco and St. Louis were rained out at Busch Stadium. They'll play a day-night doubleheader today.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard earned his first win of the season by pitching two innings in relief and Jesus Guzman singled home the winning run with two outs in the 17th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays early Saturday.
Richard (1-5), who had been scheduled to start tonight, came on to start the 16th. He came in 0-5 with an 8.35 ERA in seven starts and recently spent time on the disabled list with an intestinal virus. He gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings in his first relief appearance since May 2009 with the Chicago White Sox.
NBA-HEAT/PACERS GAME 6
Heat's Andersen suspended for tonight's Game 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Miami forward Chris Andersen has been suspended for tonight's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals for his altercation with Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough in Game 5.
The NBA also upgraded Andersen's foul to a Flagrant 2, which would have meant an automatic ejection had it been called at the time.
Andersen knocked Hansbrough to the floor from behind with 9:02 left in the second quarter, then shoved him backward after Hansbrough got up. The NBA also says in its statement that Andersen "resisted efforts to bring the altercation to an end."
Bucks to hire Drew...Kings sale complete
UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks say they have reached an agreement in principle to hire Larry Drew as their new head coach.
General manager John Hammond has announced the agreement.
Drew will replace interim coach Jim Boylan, who stepped in after the Bucks and Scott Skiles parted ways Jan. 8. Drew was 128-102 as head coach in Atlanta, and the Hawks reached the postseason in each of his three seasons.
In other NBA news:
__ NBA executive of the year Masai Ujiri is leaving Denver to take over the basketball operations for the Toronto Raptors, who haven't made the playoffs in five years.
— The Maloof family completed the sale of the Kings and Sleep Train Arena to a group led by TIBCO Software chairman Vivek Ranadive, officially transferring ownership of the NBA franchise to a group that says it will keep the team in Sacramento. While the team is currently without a general manager, a source tells the AP the Kings have an agreement in place with Warriors assistant Mike Malone to become their head coach.
— The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that former NBA All-Star guard Daron "Mookie" Blaylock has been taken off life support but remains hospitalized in critical condition. Police say Blaylock was injured Friday when his SUV crossed a center line and crashed head-on into a van in suburban Atlanta, fatally injuring a passenger in the van. The Jonesboro police chief tells WSB-TV that Blaylock has had "a history of seizures." Police are trying to learn if a seizure may have led to the accident.
Hamlin on pole
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has another top spot in his comeback from a back injury.
Hamlin turned a lap of 157.978 mph to win the pole at Dover International Speedway. He won the pole last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway and has three overall this season.
Hamlin, who finished fourth last week at Charlotte, has never won at Dover.
Martin Truex Jr., who raced to his only career Cup victory at Dover, will start second and joined Hamlin for an all-Toyota front row. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.
Points leader Jimmie Johnson qualified 24th.
Franchitti wins pole, starts 11th
DETROIT (AP) — Dario Franchitti (fran-KEE'-tee) was fastest in pole qualifying for the Detroit Grand Prix but will start 11th in today's race.
Franchitti was assessed a 10-grid-spot penalty for making an unapproved engine change at Indianapolis for last week's 500.
E.J. Viso, who qualified second, will start up front followed by Mike Conway, James Jakes and defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Niners ink Lattimore
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore signed a four-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday. He was the second of the 49ers' two fourth-round draft picks.
Lattimore says he's feeling stronger each day as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.
He dislocated his right knee and tore three ligaments in October. He had surgery a month later and declared for the NFL draft in December.
Serena soars into fourth round in Paris
PARIS (AP) — Women's top seed Serena Williams has reached the fourth round at the French Open by beating Sorana Cirstea (kih-STEER'-ah) 6-love, 6-2. Second-seeded Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) has advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Canada's Eugenia Bouchard (boo-SHARD').
In men's, play seven-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') scored a four-sets win over Martin Klizan to reach round three. Men's second-seed Roger Federer is now in the fourth round as he advanced with a three-set win.
And 19th-seed John Isner (IHZ'-nur) overcame a a two-set deficit for the first time in his career to win an all-American match against Ryan Harrison, 5-7, 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 8-6.
Sam Querrey (KWEER'-ee), the highest ranked American male at No. 18, was beaten by France's Gilles Simon (zheel see-MOHN') 2-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Haas grabs lead
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Bill Haas shot a second round 5-under 67 to finish play at the midway mark of the Memorial at 9-under. That gives him the clubhouse lead by two shots over Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur).
Play has been suspended due to bad weather. Some 42 players didn't complete their second round and will get an early start today before the 36-hole cut is made.
Tiger Woods had an off day shooting a 2-over 74. That leaves him 1-over par and ten shots off the pace.
CHAMPIONS-PRINCIPAL CHARITY CLASSIC
Crowded at the top
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Duffy Waldorf, Tom Lehman (LAY'-mihn), Scott Hoch (HOHK) and Dan Forsman share the first round clubhouse lead of the Champions Tour Principal Charity Classic. Each shot a 3-under 69 and enjoy a one-shot lead over a group of golfers including Loren Robert.
Tie for the lead
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Amanda Blumenherst and Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand are tied for the lead after the first round of the LPGA Shotrite Classic after matching 5-under 71.
Defending champion Stacy Lewis is one back after a 67.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Defending champ withdraws
LONDON (AP) — Defending Tour de France winner Bradley Wigginswill not be taking part in this year's race due to knee problems. The British rider withdrew before the 13th stage of a race two weeks ago because of a chest infection. Wiggins became the first British rider to win the showcase race last year.