Astros sack Mills...Trojans first in AP preseason poll
HOUSTON (AP) — The struggling Houston Astros have fired manager Brad Mills and two members of his coaching staff. The Astros, who have the worst record in the major leagues at 39-82, announced the moves in an email almost two hours after they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 12-4 on Saturday night.
ATLANTA (AP)— The Los Angeles Dodgers had just four hits but they were all home runs in hammering Atlanta 6-2. The Dodgers' Hanley Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz homered in a span of four pitches by Ben Sheets in the second inning, and Ramirez went deep later in the game.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ike Davis clubbed a two-run home run in the seventh inning for all the scoring in the New York Mets' 2-0 victory over Washington. Jonathon Niese (nees) outdueled Edwin Jackson and combined with two relievers on the five-hit shutout.
ST. LOUIS (AP)— Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-eer moh-LEE'-nah) had three hits and two RBIs in his return to the lineup, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh. St. Louis bounced back from Friday night's 2-1 loss in the series opener and pulled within a game of Pittsburgh for the second NL wild-card spot.
NEW YORK (AP) — Southern California is the preseason AP college football poll number 1 for the seventh time in school history but the first time in five seasons. Alabama and LSU are No. 2 and 3, respectively, followed by Oklahoma and Oregon rounding out the top five.