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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 3:37 AM

RANGERS-ATHLETICS

Gray, A's beat Texas, now have best record in MLB

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the fifth inning and Sonny Gray pitched Oakland over the Texas Rangers 4-2 Wednesday, giving the Athletics the best record in the majors.

Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson each had two hits for the A's. Oakland has won four of five and is a season-high 16 games over .500 at 44-28.

Gray had won just two of his previous eight starts before going seven innings and striking out seven.

Luke Gregerson pitched the eighth while Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Nick Tepesch went five innings.

ASTROS-NATIONALS

Rendon homers, Nationals rally past Astros 6-5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Rendon homered to spark a three-run seventh inning, and pinch-hitter Nate McLouth came through with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly as the Washington Nationals rallied past the Houston Astros 6-5 Wednesday night for a two-game sweep.

Washington extended its NL East lead to 1 1/2 games over Atlanta and Miami. The Nationals open a four-game series against the Braves on Thursday night in Washington.

Rendon led off the seventh against Josh Zeid with his 10th home run, cutting the deficit to 5-4.

Jayson Werth walked and went to third on Adam LaRoche's single off Darin Downs. Kyle Farnsworth came on to face Ryan Zimmerman, who grounded into a fielder's choice, beating the relay to first as Werth scored to tie it.

Ian Desmond then doubled Zimmerman to third. After Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked, McLouth's long fly to left field scored Zimmerman with the go-ahead run.

CWS-TEXAS-UC IRVINE

Hinojosa HR holds up in Texas' 1-0 win over Irvine

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — C.J. Hinojosa broke the College World Series' long home run drought in the seventh inning, Chad Hollingsworth and Travis Duke limited UC Irvine to four hits, and Texas beat the Anteaters 1-0 in an elimination game Wednesday night.

Hinojosa became the first player to homer at the CWS in 115 innings, since Mississippi State's Hunter Renfroe did it against Oregon State on June 21, 2013. It was Hinojosa's second homer of the season.

The Longhorns advance to meet Vanderbilt on Friday. They would need to beat the Commodores twice to reach next week's best-of-three finals.

UC Irvine went 1-2 in its surprise CWS appearance that came about after it upset No. 1 national seed Oregon State as a No. 3 regional seed and swept Oklahoma State on the road in super regionals.

COWBOYS-LAWRENCE

Cowboys sign last of draft picks in DE Lawrence

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, their second-round draft pick and the last of the selections to agree to terms.

Lawrence signed a four-year, $5.5 million deal Wednesday with $3.9 million guaranteed and a $2.3 million signing bonus. The Cowboys traded up to get him with the 34th pick.

Dallas is trying to replace franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware, who was released in March. Lawrence has been working at Ware's old position at right defensive end, the most important pass-rushing spot.

Lawrence had 20 sacks in two seasons at Boise State.

The Cowboys finish their three-day minicamp Thursday and open training camp July 24 in Oxnard, California.

TEXANS-YATES

Houston backup QB Yates cut

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have released reserve quarterback T.J. Yates after naming Ryan Fitzpatrick their starter.

The move leaves Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage to compete for the backup job behind Fitzpatrick.

Yates filled in as a rookie in 2011 when Matt Schaub was injured. He started the last five games of the regular season that year and led the Texans to a win in their first-ever playoff game against the Bengals. He's played sparingly in the last two seasons and had just 113 yards passing in three appearances last year.

Coach Bill O'Brien praised Yates for his work ethic and says: "I'm sure he'll land somewhere."

SPURS PARADE

Spurs celebrate NBA title

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Fans screamed "Go Spurs Go!" in unison at the slightest glimpse of a San Antonio Spurs' player or coach floating down the River Walk.

It was reminiscent of last season when the Spurs walked off their team charter to those chants, except the tone Wednesday night was much sweeter.

The victory parade for Spurs' fifth NBA title was part celebration and part exorcism.

After falling 25 seconds shy of capturing the title last season only to fall in seven games to the Miami Heat, the Spurs made another run to the NBA Finals. Except this time, they closed out the Heat in five games for the team's first title since 2007.

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