Astros get 6-5 win over Royals
HOUSTON (AP) - Matt Dominguez hit a three-run homer and Jason Castro added a solo shot to give the Houston Astros a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
The Astros trailed by one in the fourth inning before Dominguez launched his fourth homer of the season into the Crawford Boxes in left field to give Houston a 6-4 lead.
Castro's homer came in Houston's two-run third inning before Kansas City took the lead on a three-run home run by Miguel Tejada in the fourth. It was his first homer since 2011.
Houston's Dallas Keuchel (1-1) allowed nine hits and four runs while striking out six in 6 2-3 innings for the win. Closer Jose Veras struck out two in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-2) allowed eight hits and a season-high six runs in five innings - his shortest start of the season.
Smith, Colon lead Athletics past Rangers 9-2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly a month and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.
Colon, who turns 40 on Friday, gave up two runs on six hits and struck out three. It was the first win for Colon (4-2) since April 23 at Boston.
Coco Crisp got three hits, and had the first of 3 straight Oakland doubles in a four-run fifth inning that broke a 1-1 tie. He scored when Yoenis Cespedes hit a line drive just over Adrian Beltre's head with the third baseman playing in, and Cespedes came home on Brandon Moss' line drive to the wall in right.
Josh Lindblom (0-1) lost in his 2013 debut and first major league start.
Rangers turn Lowe loose to make room for Lindblom
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Rangers have designated right-hander Derek Lowe for assignment to make room for Josh Lindblom, their starter Monday night against Oakland.
Lowe made the big league roster out of spring training after signing a minor league contract in March, then allowed 13 earned runs in 13 innings. The 39-year-old gave up seven hits and eight runs with two homers in his last 2 2-3 innings.
The Rangers have 10 days to trade or release Lowe or attempt to send him outright to the minors. He has won 176 games in 17 seasons.
Lindblom was to make his first career big league start after coming to Texas as a right-handed reliever in an offseason trade. He struggled out of the bullpen with Texas but was 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA.in seven starts for AAA Round Rock.
Rangers RHP Lewis: No timetable after rehab start
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis says he isn't ready to get big league hitters out, and isn't sure when he will be.
The 33-year-old, who is coming back from elbow surgery last July, wasn't trying to sound pessimistic after a 47-pitch rehabilitation outing at AA Frisco on Monday. But he says his velocity has to be higher than the top speed of 87 mph against San Antonio.
Lewis breezed through the first two innings but gave up four hits in the third, including a leadoff home run by San Antonio's A.J. Kirby-Jones.
Lewis, who tore his right flexor tendon, still hopes to return before the All-Star break. It was his first outing since mild triceps tendinitis turned up after an appearance May 9 with AAA Round Rock.
Randolph, Grizzlies on the rebound again
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Zach Randolph's miserable debut in the Western Conference finals led to a sleepless night and a long film session.
The Memphis Grizzlies' All-Star power forward is hardly down and out, though.
Randolph pointed out Monday that even Muhammad Ali got knocked down and was able to get back up. He's counting on doing the same as Memphis prepares to play at San Antonio in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Randolph had his worst game ever in the playoffs, managing just two points on 1 for 8 shooting in a Game 1 blowout. His only lower-scoring game in 40 playoff appearances was played just 1 minute as a rookie for Portland in 2002.
So far this postseason, the Grizzlies have lost their opener in each round before rallying to advance.
S Reed, LB Cushing out for OTAs
HOUSTON (AP) - Texans coach Gary Kubiak says safety Ed Reed is doing "really well" as he recovers from hip surgery.
The 9-time Pro Bowler signed a 3-year, $15 million contract in free agency and will miss all of the Texans' organized team activities, which began Monday.
Linebacker Brian Cushing will also miss the OTAs as he recovers from left knee surgery. Cushing says he has no restrictions on the knee, but coaches are playing it safe.
Kubiak said linebacker Brooks Reed took reps at inside linebacker, which allows draft picks Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams to play with the first and second teams. Monday was also the first opportunity for first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins to take the field with fellow receiver Andre Johnson.
Texas Tech hires former Lady Raider Whitaker
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech has hired Oklahoma State assistant Candi Whitaker to coach its women's basketball team.
The school announced Monday that the former Lady Raiders player would return to her alma mater as coach. The move comes about a week after Kristy Curry left for Alabama.
Whitaker's return marks the second time in the past six months the school has hired a former athlete as a coach. In December, Kliff Kingsbury was hired to replace football coach Tommy Tuberville, who went to Cincinnati.
As the starting point guard from 2000-2002, Whitaker helped lead the Lady Raiders to the NCAA round of 16 twice. Prior to her stint in Lubbock, the Texas native played two seasons for current OSU head coach Jim Littell at Seward County Community College in Kansas.
BRITISH OPEN QUALIFYING
4 Americans to qualify for British Open in Texas
PLANO, Texas (AP) - Americans Josh Teater, Scott Brown Johnson Wagner and Bud Cauley qualified for the British Open on Monday at the international final qualifying at Gleneagles Country Club Queens Course.
The 34-year-old Teater shot rounds of 64 and 69 to take medalist honors. He has never played in a major championship before taking 1 of 8 spots available under very windy conditions at the par 70 course.
The British Open will be held July 18-21 at Muirfield Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland.
Wagner shot 134, along with Columbia's Camilo Villegas, who did not play in a single major last year.
Brown who won earlier this year in a PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico. He shot a 135. England's Brian Davis also shot 135.
There was a four-man playoff for the final three spots between Americans Bud Cauley, Luke Guthrie, Columbia's Andres Echavarria and Sweden's Robert Karlsson, who all finished at 136.
Echavarria, seeking his first major championship, was eliminated with a bogey four on the first playoff hole while the others made par 3.
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