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National Sports

Juan Soto’s 3-run homer in 5-run 7th inning lifts Yankees over Rays 5-3

By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Juan Soto hit a three-run homer halfway up the right field second deck to cap a five-run seventh inning and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night. Soto stood at home plate and admired his 409-foot ...

Jack Leiter makes pitching debut for Rangers as they beat Tigers 9-7

By The Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Leody Taveras scored the winning run on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning and added an RBI single in the ninth to lead the Texas Rangers to a 9-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Taveras doubled with one out advanced to third on ...

Arkansas hires Kenny Payne as associate head coach under John Calipari

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Kenny Payne was hired Thursday as associate head coach at Arkansas under John Calipari. Payne was fired last month after going 12-52 in two seasons as the head coach at Louisville, his alma mater. Before that, he spent 10 years as an assistant at Kentucky under ...

Esteury Ruiz homers and the A’s beat the Cardinals 6-3 to avoid a sweep

By BEN ROSS Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Esteury Ruiz homered for the second time in three games since being recalled from Triple-A, and the Oakland Athletics beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep. Ruiz drove in two runs, scored twice and ...

Browns pleased with QB Deshaun Watson’s progress after shoulder surgery

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer BEREA, Ohio (AP) — While Deshaun Watson's rehab from right shoulder surgery is on a conservative track, the Cleveland Browns are expecting the quarterback to be ready for their season opener. "We feel really good about it," general manager Andrew Berry said ...

Starling Marte’s HR keys surging Mets to sweep of Pirates with 9-1 victory

By JERRY BEACH Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Starling Marte hit his 150th career homer Wednesday, powering the New York Mets to a 9-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a sweep of a three-game series. Marte, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Pirates, hit the ...