OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A day after his dad missed his first birthday, Josh Reddick ran away from his father when he walked through the door. Not because he harbored any resentment or bitterness - or could even understand those feelings at that age. Simply staring at a man whose left hand had been amputated and right reduced to three crumpled fingers left the toddler terrified.
OAKLAND (AP) - Brandon Moss might just make Boston miss him yet. Moss homered among his three hits for the Oakland Athletics in Wednesday's 3-2 win and completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox. He finished 6 for 8 with five RBIs and three runs scored against his former club that traded him away. "Playing against a team you came up with and team you played your first little bit in the big leagues ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - At a time when he's usually sleeping or eating breakfast back home in San Francisco, Madison Bumgarner was on the mound facing the Washington Nationals.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - After curling in a 102 mph ace to grab a two-set lead a mere 56 minutes into his Wimbledon quarterfinal Wednesday, Roger Federer casually pulled an extra tennis ball from his pocket and strolled to sit in his changeover chair for a sip to drink.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Ryan Zimmerman's line drive to right-center kept going - and going and going - until it landed in the first row, highlighting another big Fourth of July for the resurgent third baseman and as the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants 9-4 Wednesday.
DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera homered twice and Justin Verlander pitched his fifth complete game to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Wednesday night.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - A short ride to Sam Snead's playground is what Tiger Woods considers a good way to get ready for the British Open.
KOHLER, Wis. (AP) - Yani Tseng fondly remembers attending the U.S. Women's Open as a fan when she was 13, down to autographs and free snacks. Should Tseng win at Blackwolf Run this week, she'll get a taste of fame only a handful of players have sampled before.
ROUEN, France (AP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish felt painful scrapes from the hard Tour de France asphalt in Wednesday's fourth stage. He bared no hard feelings toward rival Andre Greipel, who won it.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Hooked by a neighboring state's success, Kentucky is gearing up for its inaugural season of high school bass fishing.
COLLEGE BASEBALL • SAN JOSE STATE BASEBALL COACH SAM PIRARO RETIRES: SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose State baseball coach Sam Piraro is retiring after 25 seasons with the university. The 60-year-old Piraro leaves San Jose State with an 806-632-6 record and the most wins in school history. He guided the Spartans to 18 winnings seasons, three Western Athletic Conference championships - the last coming in 2009 - and the College World Series in 2000. ...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Scott Brooks always believed he would be back as the coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, even as his previous contract was surprisingly allowed to expire following the NBA Finals.
OAKLAND (AP) - Coco Crisp can't recall a game when he has started the scoring in the first and ended it in the ninth.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington weather and the Washington Nationals bats combined to derail the progress Tim Lincecum made in his two previous starts.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Thanks to a bit of advice from her big sister and a bunch of aces from her big serve, Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon semifinals.
OAKLAND (AP) - For much of the season, Stephen Vogt caught Sonny Gray with Triple-A Sacramento. Neither could have pictured pairing up on such a sensational playoff moment for the Athletics when they were 90 miles away in California's capital.
OAKLAND (AP) - Max Scherzer overpowered Oakland with his dominant fastball, then baffled the Athletics with his off-speed stuff.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates played a game of role reversal, and pulled even with the St. Louis Cardinals.
BOSTON (AP) - One ball fell between two outfielders. Another took a bad hop off the Green Monster standings. One batter reached safely on a dropped third strike and another when the pitcher was slow to cover first.
ATLANTA (AP) - Flashing plenty of fire and some nifty defense, the Atlanta Braves recaptured their Turner Field swagger.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Embattled Texans quarterback Matt Schaub might be better off hitting the road and getting out of Houston for the weekend.
OAKLAND (AP) - Terrelle Pryor promises the San Diego Chargers will see a completely different quarterback than the one who made his first NFL start in last year's season finale.