YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1: NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Pineda won while pitching with some substance smudged on his hand as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Thursday night.
PIRATES 5, CUBS 4: CHICAGO (AP) - Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.
DENVER (AP) - Justin Morneau laces up his cleats right next to the locker once belonging to Todd Helton, the first baseman whose shoes he's now trying to fill.
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Surrounded by statues of the game's greats, Tony La Russa was simply awe-struck as he contemplated his place in baseball history.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Manny Pacquiao's latest pastor wants him up at 5 a.m. every day for prayers. The eight-division champion sometimes has 100 people and a yappy dog named Pacman in his home after training sessions, playing darts and carousing into the night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Carli Lloyd scored two goals less than three minutes apart in the first half as the United States defeated China 3-0 Thursday night in a women's soccer friendly in the first game since Tom Sermanni was fired as coach of the Americans.
NEW YORK (AP) - Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York's third shot of the third period, and the Rangers clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Jim Johnson struggled again. The Oakland Athletics picked up their new closer with a strong finish.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt hit a three-run homer and sacrifice fly to pound Tim Lincecum again, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Wednesday night.
ANAHEIM (AP) - Patrick Maroon scored two goals, John Gibson made 36 saves in his second NHL start, and the Anaheim Ducks clinched their second straight Pacific Division title with a 5-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - A quick stroll across the manicured landscape of Augusta National afforded a glimpse of why this Masters is so hard to figure out.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Dorell Wright hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the late-charging Sacramento Kings 100-99 on Wednesday night.
NEW YORK (AP) - Now that they're no longer receiving awards, Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman are getting their names on some.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Nelson Cruz was branded a cheater and punished accordingly. As he waited to be introduced on his first opening day in Baltimore, the former All-Star wondered how Orioles fans would react in the aftermath of the 50-game suspension he received last year for using performance-enhancing drugs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Wisconsin looked like a beaten team for much of the game.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It has been a season full of firsts and fun for the Golden State Warriors, rewriting the franchise record book and rediscovering what it means to be a winner.
OAKLAND(AP) - One goal down, still more to go.
OAKLAND (AP) - The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has voted in favor of negotiating directly with the city of Oakland and its private development partner to build a new football stadium for the Raiders.
PHOENIX (AP) - Spice it up.
PHOENIX (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points, all but four coming in the first three quarters, and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Sacramento Kings beat the Phoenix Suns 108-99 on Thursday night.
The pattern since last spring is familiar: The United States does well in the first half and fades as the final whistle approaches.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki hit his third home run of the spring, Eddie Butler threw five effective innings in an audition for a rotation spot, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - Carlos Gomez led off the game with a home run, had three RBIs and made a sparkling catch in center field for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 9-9 tie with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
PHOENIX (AP) - NFL owners shot down nearly every video replay proposal brought to their meetingsTuesday, while approving six safety rule changes.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Stephen Curry had 33 points and 10 assists and the Golden State Warriors pulled away from the shorthanded Trail Blazers in the second half for a 122-108 victory on Tuesday night, clinching the team's first division title in 39 years.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and 17 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings dealt the Philadelphia 76ers their 16th straight road loss, 107-106 on Tuesday night.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day.
OAKLAND (AP) - Rick Barry has watched the Golden State Warriors try to accomplish what his team did 40 years ago. He has never seen a group with as good a chance to win another NBA title as the current club.
Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a standstill.