Norris, Vogt lead A's past Rangers 10-6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Derek Norris hit a home run and drove in five runs, Stephen Vogt was 3 for 3 and drove in two runs and the Oakland Athletics held off the Texas Rangers for an 10-6 victory on Tuesday night.
Tommy Milone won his fifth consecutive decision, matching his career-best, as the A's won their third in four games.
Milone gave up three runs and five hits over 5 2-3 innings in improving to 5-0 over his last eight starts. He walked one and struck out three.
Yu Darvish lost his eighth straight to the A's and the Rangers lost for just the second time in six games.
Darvish allowed seven runs — four earned — and eight hits over 5-plus innings. He walked five and struck out eight, including Brandon Moss in the first for career strikeout 600.
Roughned Odor hit a home run, tripled and drove in three runs for the Rangers.
Washington survives Houston rally in 6-5 win
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Rendon doubled twice and drove in three runs, and the Washington Nationals opened a six-game homestand with a 6-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
Ryan Zimmerman added two doubles and two RBIs as Washington snapped a four-game losing streak.
Tanner Roark pitched five innings in winning his third straight start. Rafael Soriano worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Houston's Jose Altuve returned to the lineup, going 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs. He was limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in the last three games after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.
Dallas Keuchel came in 6-1 with a 1.33 ERA over his last seven starts, but struggled with his command.
Virginia wins in 15th, ties for longest CWS game
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Daniel Pinero's sacrifice fly scored Thomas Woodruff in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Virginia a 3-2 victory Tuesday night in a game that matched the longest in the College World Series' 66-year history.
Pinero fouled off two squeeze-bunt attempts against Trey Teakell before he lofted a fly to center. Cody Jones' throw toward home never had a chance. The Cavaliers' bench and bullpen emptied, with everybody mobbing Pinero near second base.
Virginia, which had a walk-off win against Mississippi on Sunday in nine innings, plays Friday in its bracket final. TCU (48-17) plays Ole Miss in an elimination game Thursday.
Artie Lewicki got the win and Teakell took the loss.
It was the longest game, as measured by innings, since Southern California beat Florida State 2-1 in 15 in the 1970 national championship game.
Ole Miss wins 2-1 in 9th, ousts Texas Tech at CWS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Pinch hitter John Gatlin's single into short right field over a pulled-in, five-man infield in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Mississippi a 2-1 victory over Texas Tech in a College World Series elimination game Tuesday.
The exciting finish came after Texas Tech had tied it in the top of the ninth.
Ole Miss plays TCU or Virginia Thursday. The Red Raiders went 0-2 in their first CWS.
Ole Miss won after Colby Bortles walked with one out. Brantley Bell hit a comebacker to Cameron Smith, who tried to force out Bortles at second. But he threw high into center field, allowing Bortles to go to third.
Dominic Moreno came on to face Gatlin, with Texas Tech shifting an extra player to the left side of the infield and going with only two outfielders. Gatlin punched a 1-2 pitch over second base, and the celebration was on.
Poreda recalled, Ross sent down
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Texas Rangers recalled left-hander Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock and he will be available to pitch in Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics.
Left-hander Robbie Ross was optioned to Round Rock to make room for Poreda.
The Rangers announced they signed first baseman Carlos Pena to a minor league contract and assigned him to Round Rock.
Poreda is 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA and two saves in 11 relief appearances for the Express. He has allowed one run in 9 2-3 innings over his last nine games.
This will be Poreda's third stint with Texas in 2014. He is 2-0 with a 3.29 ERA in 16 relief appearances in his first major league action since 2009.
Ross is 2-4 with a 5.61 ERA in 18 games, nine starts, with the Rangers this season. He opened the season in the rotation and was 1-4 with a 4.78 ERA before moving to the bullpen on May 20.
Pena, 36, made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2001. He has a career .233 average with 285 home runs and has played for eight teams.
Stars buy out final year of D Rome's contract
DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have bought out the final year of defenseman Aaron Rome's contract, a move that will give the club more salary cap space.
Under the NHL collective bargaining agreement, teams were given two amnesty buyouts that must be used by the end of the month. With Tuesday's move, the Stars will pay Rome two-thirds of the $1.6 million he was set to earn next season. That money won't count against the salary cap.
Rome, who signed a three-year, free-agent contract in 2012, had one assist in 25 games during an injury-plagued season with the Stars. He played once during Dallas' six-game playoff loss to Anaheim.
The Stars have several young defensemen who could push for playing time next season.
Who's back for Spurs? Players wonder, too
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have six potential free agents headed by the venerable Tim Duncan.
But the NBA champions insisted Tuesday that they believe most if not all players will return next year for a run at a sixth title.
NBA free agency begins July 1. Coach Gregg Popovich says it is "logical" to not make major changes to the team that beat Miami in five games to win the title.
Raiders, Cowboys to hold joint practices
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys will participate in two joint training camp practices this summer.
The Raiders announced Tuesday that they will practice with Dallas at the Cowboys training camp base in Oxnard, California, on Aug. 12 and 13.
This is the first time since 2005 that the Raiders have traveled for a preseason practice. Oakland went to Houston that year. The Raiders also hosted the 49ers in Napa in 2008 and '09.
The Raiders used to hold training camp in Oxnard before moving it to Napa in 1996.
Cowboys backup QB Orton a no-show for minicamp
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton is a no-show for the first mandatory offseason practice.
Orton missed all the voluntary workouts amid reports that he is contemplating retirement. Dallas coach Jason Garrett has said he expected Orton to show up for the mandatory three-day minicamp that started Tuesday.
The 31-year-old Orton has one year remaining on his contract. He can be fined about $70,000 for missing the minicamp.
Orton started in place of Tony Romo in a loss to Philadelphia in last year's finale with a playoff berth on the line. Romo has been limited in the offseason after back surgery.
Brandon Weeden, a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2012, is the No. 2 quarterback in Orton's absence.