Indians' win streak goes on
UNDATED (AP) —The Cleveland Indians posted their third walkoff victory of the series when Yan Gomes hit his second homer of the day, a three-run shot in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave the Tribe a come-from-behind 10-8 victory over Seattle. That's the Indians' fifth straight win and 18th of their last 22. They stretched their lead in the AL Central to two and a-half games over Detroit.
The win came after Justin Smoak smashed a two-out solo homer in the top of the 10th inning to give the Mariners an 8-7 lead. But Gomes' walkoff homer gave the Tribe the win and sent the Mariners to their fourth straight loss.
It's Cleveland's first four-game sweep of Seattle since 1981.
In today's other baseball matinee, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won his second straight start as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 7-5. The big hit was Edwin Encarnacion's (ehn-kar-nah-see-OHNZ') tiebreaking, bases-loaded double in the seventh inning. Dickey is 4-5.
Tonight in the AL, CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh) takes his 4-3 record to the mound for the New York Yankees, who open a series in Baltimore. Freddy Garcia, the 36-year-old with an 0-2 record and 5.51 ERA, is on the mound for the Orioles.
Texas is home to Oakland tonight. The A's are coming off a three-game sweep of Kansas City despite scoring just eight runs all weekend.
Boston is riding a five-game winning streak after its 5-1 win in Minnesota yesterday. Tonight the Red Sox travel to the Windy City to take on the White Sox.
Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie takes his 5-1 record to the mound when they Royals visit Houston, the last-place club in the AL West.
The interleague game is in Atlanta. The NL East-leading Braves, who rallied with four runs in the eighth of their 5-2 win over the L.A. Dodgers yesterday, take on the Minnesota Twins, who are on a five-game losing streak.
In the National League, the Cincinnati Reds start the night two and a-half games back of St. Louis in the NL Central race. The Reds send out 1-0 Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Philadelphia's Cole Hamels hopes to turn around his disappointing season when the Phillies visit last-place Miami. The lanky left-hander, who's won 31 games the last two seasons, takes his 1-6 record to the mound tonight against Alex Sanabia, who is 2-6.
The L.A. Dodgers send out ace Clayton Kershaw against the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo (gy-YAR'-doh) tonight in Milwaukee. Kershaw is 4-2 while Gallardo is 3-3.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have 6-0 Patrick Corbin slated to go tonight when they visit Coors Field to play the Rockies.
On the West Coast, AL Central-leading St. Louis takes its major league-best record of 28-15 to San Diego. Shelby Miller of the Cards opposes Jason Marquis (mar-KEE') of the Padres in a matchup of 5-2 records.
Zach Duke makes his first start of the season in place of ailing Ross Detwiler as the Washington Nationals open a three-game series at AT&T Park against the Giants. Ryan Vogelsong, off to a slow start with a 1-4 mark, is the Giants scheduled starter. The Giants should welcome coming home following a 1-5 road trip to Toronto and Colorado. San Francisco's starters posted a 9.82 ERA on the trip.
MRI's for two key Phillies...Blue Jays call up Gose
UNDATED (AP) — Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and first baseman Ryan Howard will have MRI exams today. Ruiz will miss tonight's game at the Miami Marlins after straining his right hamstring Sunday. Howard didn't play Sunday due to left knee soreness. He joined the team on the trip to Miami, but manager Charlie Manuel didn't sound optimistic about Howard's chances to play tonight.
In other baseball news:
__The Toronto Blue Jays have recalled Anthony Gose from Triple-A, even though the outfield prospect was hitting .227 with two homers and five steals this season in Buffalo. The Blue Jays optioned right-hander Mickey Storey to Buffalo.
Off night in the NBA
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — It's a dark night in the NBA playoffs tonight.
On Tuesday night, the San Antonio Spurs take a 1-0 lead into Game 2 of the NBA's Western Conference finals after routing Memphis 105-93 on Sunday. San Antonio shot 53 percent from the field and set a team playoff record by draining 14 three-pointers.
The Eastern Conference finals don't start until Wednesday night. That's when the Indiana Pacers, fresh off their six-game victory over the New York Knicks, visit Miami to take on the defending NBA champion Heat. Miami has lost just once in the postseason.
Red Wings have home ice tonight
UNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings can take a 2-1 series lead over Chicago when they drop the puck at Joe Louis Arena tonight in that NHL Western Conference semifinal.
The teams split two games in Chicago, each winning by a 2-1 score. The Red Wings took Saturday's Game 3 with rookie Brendan Smith scoring the go-ahead goal.
Yesterday, Ottawa cut Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1 with a double-overtime victory over the Penguins. Game 4 is Tuesday at Ottawa.
The Boston Bruins head to New York with a two-games-to-none lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Rangers host the next two games Tuesday and Thursday.
Military Bowl moving from RFK to Middies' home
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Military Bowl is moving this season from RFK Stadium in Washington to Navy-Marine Corp Stadium in Annapolis, Md., home of the Naval Academy. It will be the first bowl game ever played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1959.
The Military Bowl will match a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference against one from Conference USA and will be played Dec. 27.
Guard follows Richard Pitino to Gophers
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Guard Malik Smith has signed his tender to transfer from Florida International to Minnesota where he will be reunited with new Golden Gophers coach Richard Pitino, son of the Louisville national championship head coach.
Smith averaged 14.1 points per game as a junior starter for FIU last season. He will be eligible to play right away because FIU will be banned from postseason play next season thanks to poor academic performance under previous coach Isiah Thomas.
Smith hit 96 3-pointers last season.
AP source: Receiver Woods in the fold
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with negotiations says the Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to sign receiver Robert Woods, their second-round draft out of Southern California.
Woods was regarded as the most polished among the draft-eligible receiver prospects following a solid three-year college career.
Woods set a school record with 252 career catches in 38 games. He also finished with 2,930 yards receiving and 32 touchdowns.
In other NFL news:
— NFL owners will vote on the sites of the 50th and 51st Super Bowls on Tuesday at their spring meetings in Boston. The San Francisco area, where a new stadium is being built in Santa Clara, and South Florida are competing for the 50th Super Bowl to be held in February 2016. The loser in that bidding will go against Houston to host the 51st game the following year.
— The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of vested veteran defensive tackle Andre Fluellen. The 6-foot-2, 302-pound Fluellen has played in 56 games with six starts over five seasons with Detroit (2008-12) and Miami (2012). He has 52 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
— Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson has been arrested on charges that he violated probation stemming from an altercation with his now ex-wife, TV reality star Evelyn Lozada.
__ In Phoenix, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who authorities have said is the mother of his baby daughter.
Teen-ager set for Jack's tournament
DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Guan Tianlang (gwahn tee-ehn-LAHNG'), the 14-year-old Chinese amateur who made history at Augusta National, is bringing his game to Jack Nicklaus' backyard. Guan, who last month became the youngest player to make the cut in a major championship when he finished 58th at the Masters, has accepted an exemption to play at the Memorial Tournament that starts a week from Thursday.
Guan also made the cut at the PGA Tour stop in New Orleans but missed weekend play at last week's Byron Nelson.
Oligarchs footing most of 2014 Olympic tab
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia's business powerhouses are paying for most of the 2014 Winter Games, now less than nine months away.
The Russian government has persuaded state-controlled companies and tycoons to foot more than half of the bill, which now stands at $51 billion. That makes the 2014 Winter Games by far the most expensive Olympics in history. In contrast, the much-larger 2012 Summer Olympics in London cost about $14.3 billion and the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing cost about $40 billion.
For President Vladimir Putin, the games have been a matter of pride. He has entrusted the country's top businessmen with Sochi's key projects.