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Last Update on June 29, 2015 05:34 GMT


NEW YORK (AP) -- In an astonishing debut, Steven Matz became the only major league pitcher to drive in four runs in his first career game while leading the New York Mets to a 7-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Pitching about 50 miles from home with a huge cheering section on hand, Matz got three hits in rejuvenating an anemic offense and helping the Mets to a three-game sweep. He was awfully impressive on the mound, too, working into the eighth inning after giving up a home run to his first batter.

The team's latest prized pitching prospect, Matz had to wait 3 1/2 extra hours to make his much-anticipated debut because the teams needed 13 innings to first complete Saturday's game that was suspended by rain. Picking up in the seventh inning, New York won 2-1 with help from two miscues by Reds infielders.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, and the Baltimore Orioles breezed past the Cleveland Indians 8-0 Sunday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.

In the afternoon game, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jimmy Paredes and Manny Machado led Baltimore to a 4-0 victory. Jimenez allowed four hits in eight innings, and Paredes and Machado homered.

The sweep boosted the Orioles to the top of the AL East by percentage points over Tampa Bay. Baltimore (41-34) has won 15 of 19 to move a season-high seven games above .500.

It was the first time since Sept. 6, 1974, that the Orioles registered shutouts in both games of a doubleheader, according to STATS. The opposition that day was also Cleveland.

National Sports News

Last Update on June 29, 2015 20:40 GMT


LONDON (AP) -- Play at Wimbledon, the third major of the year in tennis, is underway in London.

Among the winners on Day 1 were the two top-seeds, Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Serena Williams. Each won in straight sets, as did women's fourth-seed Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) and men's No. 4 and French Open champ Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah). American John Isner (IHZ'-nur), the men's 17th-seed, also advanced.

Former champ Lleyton Hewitt has played his last match at Wimbledon. The 2002 champion at the All England Club lost his opening match at this year's tournament, which he has announced as being his last.

Hewitt, a former top-ranked player from Australia, won the title the year before Roger Federer started his run of five straight championships. He has said he will retire from the sport after next year's Australian Open.

The opening day was played in perfect conditions.

It all ends on Sunday, July 12.


UNDATED (AP) -- The division leading Royals and Astros start a three-game series this evening in Houston. The Royals start the night with a 5 1/2 game lead over the Twins in the American League Central while the Astros lead the Angels by four in the AL West. Pitching wise, tonight's game has Joe Blanton on the mound for the visitors. He is 2-0 this season with 1.73 earned run average. The Astros are giving the ball to Lance McCullers who is 3-2 with a 2.33 ERA.

The other first place clubs in action tonight are the Orioles and Dodgers. Baltimore, which leads the AL East by percentage points over Tampa Bay, is home to Texas, while the Dodgers, leaders of the National League West, are at Arizona.

The rest of the schedule tonight has Milwaukee playing the Phillies in Philadelphia, the Blue Jays hosting the Red Sox, Cleveland at Tampa, the Reds home to the Twins, Colorado at Oakland and the Angels entertaining the Yankees.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Phillies have hired veteran baseball executive Andy MacPhail to be their team president. MacPhail replaces Pat Gillick, who helped choose his successor. MacPhail will work with Gillick for the rest of the season before taking over.

He won two World Series as general manager of the Minnesota Twins in 1987 and 1991 and later served as president of the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Ian Cole have agreed to a new contract. The three-year deal has an average value of $2.1 million per season and will keep Cole with the Penguins through the 2017-18 season. Pittsburgh acquired the 26-year-old from St. Louis in March in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo.

-- Forward Andrej Nestrasil has come to terms on a contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. The deal will pay Nestrasil $875,000 this season and $950,000 in the 2016-17 season. The 24-year-old made his NHL debut last season, scoring seven goals with 13 assists in 54 games with Detroit and Carolina.

-- Center Jay Beagle has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a $5.25 million, three-year contract. The 29-year-old set career highs with 10 goals, 10 assists and 20 points last season. He has 23 goals and 24 assists in 254 career NHL games, all with Washington.

-- The Nashville Predators have signed forward Austin Watson to a two-year contract. The 23-year-old scored 26 goals this past season for the Predators' AHL affiliate in Milwaukee. He tied for second among all AHL skaters with eight game-winning goals and tied for 14th in the league in overall goals.

-- Former Stanley Cup-winning goalie Antti Niemi (AN'-tee nee-YEH'-mee) has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars. The deal came two days after Dallas acquired Niemi's contract rights from San Jose for a seventh-round pick during the draft and two days before the goaltender would have become an unrestricted free agent. Niemi won all 16 postseason games for Chicago in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup title. He went to San Jose as a free agent after that season.

-- A person familiar with the decision has told the Associated Press that the Sabres have placed Cody Hodgson on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. Hodgson signed a six-year, $25.5 million contract with the team in 2013 but managed just six goals and 13 points over 78 games last season.

-- The Los Angeles Kings have terminated Mike Richards' contract, claiming the forward committed a "material breach" of its terms. The Kings refused to say why they're terminating Richards' deal, which carries an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million through 2020. Los Angeles placed Richards on waivers again over the weekend. The Kings were thought to be attempting a buyout of that deal that would lessen his cap hit by spreading it out through 2025.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Hockey Hall of Fame will be announcing the class of 2015 today. From all indications it looks like three former players are shoe-ins, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov (SER'-gay FEHD'-er-ahv) and Chris Pronger.

The late Pat Quinn is a candidate in the builder category after coaching two teams to the Cup final and Canada to Olympic gold in 2002 and world junior gold in 2009.


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