Update on the latest sportsAP
Dark Knight returns: Harvey, Orioles lose to Mets 7-1
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets made it seven straight wins by roughing up an ex-Met in a 7-1 thumping of the Baltimore Orioles this afternoon.
Matt Harvey gave up the seven runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, giving up hits to the first four batters in the second inning to fall behind 3-0. Fans were more polite to Harvey than the Mets as he received three standing ovations.
Kevin Pillar (pih-LAHR’) laced a two-run triple and Dominic Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Winning pitcher Taijuan (TY’-wahn) Walker lowered his ERA to 2.20 by limiting Baltimore to a run and four hits over seven innings.
The NL East leaders are on their longest winning streak since an eight-game run in August 2019.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Indians pulled out a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Amed Rosario’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th. Rosario also doubled home the Indians’ first run in the sixth inning before giving Cleveland a sweep of the two-game series.
— Jesse Winker and Eugenio (ay-oo-HEH’-nee-oh) Suárez combined to drive in four runs in the 10th inning of the Reds’ 5-1 downing of the Pirates. The Cincinnati bullpen struck out nine over 5 1/3 hitless innings in relief of Sonny Gray.
— The Padres took the opener of their doubleheader in Colorado as Victor Caratini unloaded a grand slam in the sixth inning of a 5-3 victory over the Rockies. San Diego managed just three singles before Caratini broke a 1-1 tie.
Virus-depleted Padres add Myers to IL
UNDATED (AP) — The virus-depleted San Diego Padres have made a series of moves to prop up a lineup that is missing outfielder Wil Myers and shortstop Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) Jr. after they tested positive for the coronavirus.
Myers was added to the injured list Wednesday. Joining him was first baseman Eric Hosmer, who is out for contact tracing. To take their place, the Padres recalled utilityman Brian O’Grady from Triple-A El Paso and selected the contract of outfielder Patrick Kivlehan.
In other MLB news:
— The Diamondbacks have placed starting pitcher Zac Gallen and first baseman Christian Walker on the 10-day injured list. Gallen has a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament, which is the ligament replaced in Tommy John surgery. Walker has a sore right oblique, an injury similar to the one that put him on the IL earlier this season.
— Yankees shortstop Gleyber (GLAY’-bur) Torres was kept out of Wednesday night’s starting lineup at Tampa Bay as a precaution as the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s coaching and support staff reached seven. Manager Aaron Boone said he hoped to have an update on Torres after the game.
— Braves right-hander Mike Soroka has experienced a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon. He will have a follow-up procedure next week.
— Brewers ace Corbin Burnes says he tested positive for the coronavirus last month but remained asymptomatic throughout his stint on the injured list. Burnes is expected to start Thursday against the Cardinals in his first appearance since April 26.
UNDATED (AP) — Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden is playing tonight against San Antonio after missing more than a month with a strained right hamstring.
The All-Star guard has missed 18 games since aggravating the injury against the Knicks on April 5.
Brooklyn has had its superstar trio of Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the court together for only seven games. Irving was ruled out after having to leave a victory in Chicago on Tuesday with a facial contusion.
In other NBA news:
— The Pistons have agreed to a contract extension with coach Dwane Casey through the 2023-24 season. Casey is wrapping up his third season with the rebuilding Pistons, who at 20-50 have the second-worst record in the NBA. He has managed to cultivate young talent, including rookies Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK’ bay) and Isaiah Stewart.
— Victor Oladipo’s (oh-lah-DEE’-pohz) season is over, and the two-time All-Star and former All-NBA selection may be looking at another long rehabilitation before he can return to the court. The Heat say Oladipo has elected to have surgery on his right quadriceps tendon. There is no timetable for recovery, but such a surgery typically comes with a rehab time of several months.
— Court documents say two Los Angeles County firefighters could be fired and a third suspended after some first responders took and shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others. Vanessa Bryant’s attorneys allege two firefighters had taken photos of the bodies that “served no business necessity.” They sent them to a third firefighter, who showed them to others.
Oilers top Habs in OT
MONTREAL (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have beaten the Montreal Canadiens in overtime for the second time in three days.
Dominik Kahun (kah-HOON’) scored 27 seconds into the extra session to give the Oilers a 4-3 win over the Habs in Montreal.
Leon Draisaitl (DRAY’-sy-tul), Alex Chaisson (CHAY’-sahn) and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored to support Mike Smith’s 26-save performance. Connor McDavid had two assists to push his NHL-leading points total to 104 in 55 games.
Rangers fire Quinn, 3 assistants
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Rangers’ house cleaning has continued with the firing of head coach David Quinn and three assistants.
The move is the first major one from new general manager Chris Drury, who took over last week after the organization fired popular president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton.
In three years, Quinn posted a 96-87-25 record in rebuilding the Rangers with a much younger team that included No. 1 overall pick Alexis Lafreniere (lah-frehn-YEHR’) this past season. The Blueshirts remained in the postseason picture this year until back-to-back losses to the Islanders ignited a five-game skid.
In other NHL news:
— Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams disputes there is a disconnect between the team and Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) on how to treat a herniated disk that has sidelined the captain since March. Adams says both sides have been in constant communication in regard to the injury and had agreed to wait until early June to determine how to proceed. Adams says Eichel has not requested a trade.
— The expansion Seattle Kraken signed the first player in franchise history today after agreeing to terms with free agent center Luke Henman on a three-year entry level contract. The 21-year-old currently plays for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Québec Major Junior Hockey League.
Bucs to kick off season vs Cowboys
UNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will begin their Super Bowl title defense when they kick off the 2021 season against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, Sept. 9.
The game could see the return of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 of last season. The Cowboys have missed the playoffs the past two seasons.
Other highlights from opening weekend include Matthew Stafford playing his first game for the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night against the Chicago Bears with SoFi Stadium welcoming fans for the first time.
Most teams are expected to be at full capacity following a season played before limited crowds because of COVID-19.
The Las Vegas Raiders host the Baltimore Ravens in the first Monday night game.
The NFL also announced it will return to London in October for its first games in the city since the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Atlanta Falcons will play the New York Jets on Oct. 10, and the Jacksonville Jaguars face the Miami Dolphins a week later. The NFL says it is ready to return to London following a successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Britain.
Also in the NFL:
— Former Vikings head coach Jerry Burns has died at 94, according to the team. Burns became Minnesota’s head coach in 1986 and compiled a 55-46 record, including 3-3 in the postseason. He helped the Packers win the first two Super Bowls as defensive backs coach, then joined iconic Vikings coach Bud Grant as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator in 1968.
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Top-five recruit Baldwin Jr. to play for father at Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Patrick Baldwin Jr., one of the nation’s top recruits in his class, says he will play college basketball for his father at Milwaukee.
The 6-foot-9 forward is rated as the nation’s No. 4 senior prospect according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports. An ankle injury caused him to miss most of his senior season at Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wisconsin.
Williams’ 1,000th match ends in defeat at Italian Open
ROME (AP) — Serena Williams’ 1,000th tour-level match ended in defeat as she marked her return to action with a 7-6, 7-5 loss to Nadia Podoroska in the second round of the Italian Open. The eighth-seeded Williams hadn’t played since the Australian Open.