Associated Press WASHINGTON – Max Scherzer lost his bid for a perfect game in startling fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Scherzer came within one strike of throwing the 22nd perfect game in major […]

Associated Press ATLANTA – Matt Wisler allowed only one run in eight innings in his major league debut to outpitch Jacob deGrom, and Jace Peterson hit a two-run double in the eighth to lift the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets 2-1 on Friday. Wisler (1-0) allowed one run and six hits and no […]

By Steve Hunt Special to the Journal ARLINGTON, Texas – Ask Brian Dozier where he’d rather hit in the order and he’ll say it doesn’t matter. For 192 of his 453 big-league games, the Southern Miss product from Fulton has led off for Minnesota. Dozier, who’s hitting .260 with 13 home runs through Thursday along […]

Daily Journal reports Tupelo’s Chris Stratton gave up just two hits in six innings of work Wednesday night as the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats beat the Fresno Grizzlies 4-1. Stratton (0-0, 2.08 ERA in three starts) left after 93 pitches with the game tied at 1. He struck out four and walked three. Batters are […]

Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS – Slumping Kennys Vargas hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Minnesota to a 2-1 victory on Thursday and a two-game sweep of St. Louis. Joe Mauer homered for the Twins, too, tying the game in the eighth to answer Jason Heyward’s solo […]

HOUSTON (AP) – Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow says the notion that poor password protection is to blame for a computer hack of his team’s player database is “absolutely false.” The FBI is investigating whether employees of the St. Louis Cardinals broke into the database. Some material was posted online a year ago, and […]

Associated Press ATLANTA – Nick Markakis singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Pedro Ciriaco added a pair of RBI singles and Atlanta beat struggling Boston 5-2 on Wednesday. The Red Sox, who began the night in last place and eight games out in the AL East, have dropped eight of nine overall […]

By R.B. Fallstrom AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS – An attorney for the St. Louis Cardinals says executives of the team were not involved in the hacking of the Houston Astros’ player personnel database. The Cardinals hired the Dowd Bennett firm to handle an internal inquiry several months before this week’s disclosure that the FBI […]

Members of the Golden State Warriors celebrate after winning the NBA championship against Cleveland on Tuesday. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND – As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him. James could do nothing more. He extended a conceding hand and congratulations. Moments later, Curry was hoisting a trophy in […]