DETROIT — Andrew Romine had the feeling that Miguel Cabrera regularly experiences — a hit leaves him atop the world. In the sixth inning of the Tigers' 7-2 win over Texas on Friday night, Romine hit his first career homer. He had been hitless in his last 22 at bats until he pulled a bases-empty liner against right-hander Scott Baker.
ARLINGTON, Texas — There’s a certain aura about the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. On a sunny Saturday morning in May, more than 500 women from all over the world—New York, Miami, Australia, Japan—came to try out. There were recent college graduates, triathletes, Laker Girls, former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders, and dental hygienists. One girl said she races off-road monster trucks for fun. Another had recently returned from serving eight years in the military.
It’s a scene that will play out all across the country on Thursday night. People will be settling in for the evening and turn on their televisions, intent on catching a few minutes of the NBA playoffs. First they’ll flip to TNT, but find a Castle rerun instead of Charles Barkley talking smack about San Antonio. Instinctively, they’ll change the channel to ESPN, the other network carrying the conference finals. They’ll find no basketball there either, just a college softball game. “Wait, is there no game tonight?”
Their $28 million prospect had part of an ear bitten off by a teammate. Their slick-fielding third baseman just landed on the disabled list. Two of their top three starting pitchers were out of action for a combined nine weeks. And the bullpen has the most walks and losses (tied) in the National League.
WASHINGTON -- Jay Bruce is back with the Cincinnati Reds -- Joey Votto is not. About half an hour before Wednesday's game against the Washington Nationals, the Reds announced they had placed Votto on the 15-day disabled list, and activated outfielder Jay Bruce.
The Spurs and Thunder have been here before. In 2012, San Antonio went up 2-0 against Oklahoma City by playing a gorgeous brand of offensive basketball, only to see the Thunder roar back to win four straight games and make that year's NBA Finals. Even with the Spurs going up 2-0 on Wednesday night, downing the Thunder 112-77, Oklahoma City has to feel confident that past is prologue.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - From the first pitch, Adam Wainwright thought this could be the day he threw a no-hitter. He came really close. Wainwright allowed one hit, facing one batter over the minimum and very few hard-hit balls, and the St. Louis Cardinals ended an eight-game home run drought with long balls from Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta in a 5-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO – Masahiro Tanaka is not invincible after all. The one bright spot in the New York Yankees' tattered rotation has been terrific — better than advertised, even — but even the best starting pitchers lose eventually, and Tanaka finally lost on Tuesday.