Tribe beats Verlander
CLEVELAND (AP) — Justin Masterson out-pitched Justin Verlander as AL Central-leading Cleveland completed a three-game sweep with a 2-1 win over Detroit.
Shin-Soo Choo homered on the third pitch from Verlander (5-2) as the Indians won for the eighth time in 10 games and opened a six-game lead over third-place Detroit in the AL Central.
Verlander allowed two runs on six hits, while striking out seven in eight innings.
Detroit has dropped 21 of its last 32 games.
Masterson (2-3) went into the game with an 0-4 mark against the Tigers, but earned his first victory over Detroit by allowing one run and five hits in seven innings.
The White Sox Phil Humber (UHM'-bur) has one of the two no-hitters in the majors this season. But he's 0-2 with three no-decisions since tossing his perfect game against Seattle on April 21. He's back on the mound tonight with a 1-2 mark against Minnesota. The Angels visit Seattle in the only other American League game.
In the National League, Atlanta has a chance to pull into a first-place deadlock with idle Washington in the East.
The Braves wrap up a four-game series at Cincinnati, trying to avoid a sweep. The last time Atlanta was swept in Cincinnati was in 1980. The Braves go with 2-4 Randall Delgado while Cincinnati has scheduled 2-3 Homer Bailey.
Cincinnati has won five in a row and is five games over .500 for the first time this season. They go into tonight's game just a half-game back of St. Louis for first in the National League Central.
The Cardinals will try to protect that lead when they host Philadelphia. The Cardinals are on a three-game tear due, in part, to the power of Carlos Beltran. The right fielder has six homers in the last six games, giving him a league-leading 14 on the season.
Philadelphia's Joe Blanton will try to rebound from a rough outing in his last start against Boston when he gave up seven runs in 4 1/3 innings. Jake Westbrook gets the nod for the Cardinals, with a 4-3 mark and 2.41 ERA.
The Mets host San Diego and San Francisco visits Miami in the other National League games.
In the American League, the slumping Tigers turn to ace Justin Verlander to help them turn around when they take on Cleveland this afternoon. Verlander came within two out of tossing his third career no-hitter against Pittsburgh Friday. Last year's MVP and Cy Young Award winner struck out 12 to improve to 5-1 with a 2.14 ERA. He's 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his last three starts.
The AL Central-leading Indians offer up 1-3 Justin Masterson.
What's his name is heading back
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominican pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo has received a waiver from the U.S. government after he used a fake name and age to play major league baseball.
A U.S. waiver of his ineligibility was required from the Department of Homeland Security under the Immigration and Nationality Act. The waiver allows him to apply a visa to travel to the U.S. and potentially rejoin the Miami Marlins.
Formerly known as Leo Nunez, Oviedo has a $6 million, one-year contract with the Marlins, who have kept him on the restricted list.
Oviedo used a fake name for seven major league seasons. He says he did it when he was younger in order to play professionally.
Heat try to close out Pacers
UNDATED (AP) — Miami heads into Indiana tonight trying to knock the Pacers out of the NBA playoffs. Both teams will be short-handed for Game 6 in Indianapolis.
The Heat will be without co-captain Udonis Haslem who has been suspended for tonight's game for a flagrant foul on the Pacers Tyler Hansbrough in Miami's Game 5 win Tuesday. That came after Hansbrough committed a hard foul on Dwyane Wade that opened a cut over the Miami guard's eye.
Forward Chris Bosh is expected to sit out again, as he continues to deal with an abdominal strain.
Indiana will be without back-up center Dexter Pittman who picked up a three-game suspension for his flagrant foul on Miami's Lance Stephenson.
Of a bigger concern to the Pacers will be the availability of Danny Granger, who suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 5. He says he's on painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications.
If Indiana keeps the series alive with a win tonight, the seventh-and-deciding game will take place in Miami Saturday night.
The Celtics and 76ers will get a few to gear up for the decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinals, after Philadelphia extended the series with a home win last night. The Sixers will be trying to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2001.
No team has won consecutive games in the series.
NHL PLAYOFFS-FINAL SCORE
Devils have edge
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Devils and Rangers have the day off to regroup before skating in Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals tomorrow night.
New Jersey will have the home ice advantage as the Devils try to reach the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since they won it all in 2003.
The Devils put the top-seeded Rangers in the hole with a 4-3 win in New York last night on Ryan Carter's late third period goal.
If past history is any indication, scoring first will be of the utmost importance. In each of the Rangers last 13 games, the team that scored first went on to win.
Possible Yankees sale called "pure fiction"
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner says a report that a sale of the iconic team is being explored is "pure fiction." The Daily News is reporting that there are rumors in Major League Baseball and New York banking circles that the Steinbrenner family is looking into the possibility of a sale.
Giants receiver breaks foot
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) —Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to be sidelined up to three months after breaking his right foot at a team organized activity.
The team says Nicks fractured the fifth metatarsal of his right foot as he was running a route during individual drills.
Nicks will undergo surgery Friday to have a screw inserted into the broken bone.
Sanchez is sharp, Tebow's not
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Mark Sanchez was sharp in the New York Jets' first session of organized team activities open to the media, while backup Tim Tebow (TEE'-boh) threw two interceptions in a three-play span.
The Jets have made it clear that Sanchez is the starting quarterback and he put on an encouraging performance. The play of the day was Sanchez's 80-yard toss to speedy second-round draft pick Stephen Hill.
Tebow was picked off by Bart Scott and then newly signed Yeremiah Bell two plays later. The off-season acquisition from Denver says he was running a new set of plays for the first time.
AUTO RACING-INDIANAPOLIS 500
Hot weather expected for Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The 550-horsepower engines aren't the only things that will be hot Sunday during the Indianapolis 500.
Race officials are warning spectators for the Memorial Day weekend classic to prepare for the hottest weather in race history.
The forecast is calling for temperatures to reach a high of 95, which would be three degrees higher than the record set back in 1937.
The track will provide misting stations, cooling stations and fans to keep people from overheating.
GOLF-CROWN PLAZA INVITATIONAL
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Former champ Zach Johnson is off to a great start at the Crown Plaza Invitational. The 2010 winner tops has grabbed the clubhouse lead early in the first round with a bogey-free 6-under 64. Johnson set the tournament record with a 21-under 259 in winning two years ago.
Starting his round on the back side, Johnson birdied five of his first seven holes, including a string of four straight.
He enjoys a one-shot lead over Harris English who also posted a bogey-free round. Sergio Garcia, Chris DiMarco and Tommy Gainey trail by two shots.
GOLF-SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
Chapman leads Seniors
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Roger Chapman shot a 3-under 68 to take the early clubhouse lead in the opening round of the Senior PGA Championship tees. The Englishman has a one-shot lead over John Cook who managed just one bogey on the difficult Jack Nicklaus-designed Harbor Shores course. Jay Haas is among a group of golfers who are two shots off the pace.
HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKES
I'll Have Another looks good at Belmont
NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another jogged around the 11/2 mile Belmont Park oval for a second day in a row and is scheduled to resume galloping on Friday.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
The colt's assistant trainer Jack Sisterson likes what he sees of I'll Have Another. Sisterson says he gets over the track exceptionally well, has high energy and is doing everything asked of him.
The last horse to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont was Affirmed in 1978.
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — International and U.S. Olympic leaders have finalized a new revenue-sharing agreement that ends years of acrimony between the powerful bodies and clears the way for future American bids for the games.
After years of protracted negotiations, the landmark deal was signed by both sides after receiving final approval from the International Olympic Committee executive board.
The long-term agreement was formally announced at a news conference by IOC President Jacques Rogge and U.S. Olympic Committee chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun.
The deal, which runs until 2040, resolves the long-running dispute over the U.S. share of Olympic television and marketing revenues that soured relations and undermined recent American bids for the games.
Capitals of Qatar and Azerbajian out
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held either in Tokyo, Madrid or Istanbul.
Doha and Baku were eliminated from the race for the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday as the IOC trimmed the field of candidates from five cities to three.