Astros DFA Humber...Cuddyer on DL
UNDATED (AP) — What a difference a year makes. The Houston Astros have designated pitcher Philip Humber (UM'-buhr) for assignment, a day after he gave up five runs while only getting two outs in a loss to the Texas Rangers.
Humber is just a year removed from pitching the 21st perfect game in major league history. But he's had a terrible start to 2013. Humber was 0-8 with a 9.59 ERA.
In other baseball news:
— The Colorado Rockies have placed outfielder Michael Cuddyer on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury and recalled outfielder Charlie Blackmon from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Blackmon was in the lineup batting eighth Sunday against the Cardinals, who are going for a sweep of the Rockies today.
__ The New York Yankees infielder Eduardo Nunez is on the disabled list with sore ribs. The Yanks recalled Alberto Gonzalez from Triple-A Scranton.
— The St. Louis Cardinals will place right-hander Jake Westbrook on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation and select the contract of left-hander John Gast in time for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets.
— The Baltimore Orioles have recalled LHP Mike Belfiore from Triple-A Norfolk. Belfiore takes the place of starting pitcher Steve Johnson, who was hit hard Saturday night and optioned to the minors.
Warriors try to even the score
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors face a nearly must-win game this afternoon when they host the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 of that Western Conference semifinal (3:30 p.m. Eastern). The Spurs own a 2-1 series lead following their 102-92 victory Friday night in Oakland. If the Spurs win today, they will take a commanding 3-1 lead back home for Game 5 Tuesday night.
NBA statistics show that 77 percent of winners of Game 3's when tied 1-1 have gone on to win the series.
Overall, road teams are doing very well. They are 6-6 so far in NBA semifinals. The Warriors have to find a way to contain mercurial Spurs point guard Tony Parker. He torched Golden State for 32 points Friday night. Tim Duncan was his usual force inside with 23 points and 10 boards in Game 3.
On Saturday, the Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies each own two-games-to-one leads in their respective conference semifinal series after winning at home.
Caps go for the KO
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Capitals can close out their opening round playoff series with the New York Rangers today (4:30 p.m. Eastern). Buy the Caps have to accomplish something neither team has been able to do so far in the previous five games -- win on the road.
The Caps are coming off a 2-1 overtime victory Friday night in Washington which gave them a 2-1 series lead. It was Washington's second overtime home victory in the series.
On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins have advanced to the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinals by beating the Islanders 4-3 in overtime to take that series in six games. The Penguins take on the Ottawa Senators in the next round.
US, Canada in quarters
HELSINKI (AP) — The United States and Canada clinched spots in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championships Sunday with their fifth wins of the tournament.
The Americans beat Germany 3-0 behind the goal-tending of 19-year-old John Gibson. Jeff Skinner scored the game-winner in the third period in Canada's 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.
PGA-TOURNAMENT PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Woods tied with Garcia, Lingmerth at Players
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia are part of a three-way tie with Davie Lingmerth, a 25-year-old rookie from Sweden, as final round play is under way at The Players Championship
Casey Wittenberg, Henrik Stenson and Ryan Palmer start the day just one shot off the lead. Veteran Jeff Maggert is two off the pace following his 6-under 66 yesterday.
Yesterday, Garcia and Woods had a rift over what Garcia thought was selfish play by Woods that caused crowd noise at the wrong time.
And Garcia says not being in the same group with Woods in the final round today is "probably good for both of us."
FORMULA ONE-SPANISH GRAND PRIX
Alonzo gives home fans a thriller Spanish Grand Prix
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — It was a popular victory on the Formula One circuit today as Spaniard Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix by nearly 10 seconds in a dominant performance in front of his home fans. That helped close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and get back in the Formula One title race.
He climbed on top of his Ferrari and waved a Spanish flag gleefully as he encouraged applause from the fans, who broke into chants of "Alonso, Alonso."
Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) finished second for the third straight race, with Alonso's Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa third.
Alonso, the two-time former champion, closed the gap on Vettel from 30 to 17 points, moving up to third overall. Raikkonen is only four points behind Vettel, who leads with 89 after five races.
Nadal wins in Madrid...Serena retains No. 1 ranking
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') won his fifth title since returning from a knee injury by beating Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 6-2, 6-4 Sunday for the Madrid Open championship.
Cheered on by the home crowd at the Caja Magica, the fifth-ranked Nadal cruised to his 55th career title and extended his head-to-head record over Warinka to 9-0.
It was Nadal's seventh straight final since recovering from a nagging case of tendinitis in his left knee that sidelined him for seven months.
Earlier, defending champion Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) 6-1, 6-4 in the women's final to both retain her No. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title.