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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 30, 2015 00:39 GMT


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- If California lawmakers get their way, those NFL cheerleaders prancing on the sidelines no longer would be independent contractors, but team employees.

They are sending Gov. Jerry Brown a bill making it clear that professional cheerleaders are sports team employees.

The bill approved by the state Senate on Monday would require that cheerleaders be paid at least minimum wage if they work for professional sports teams based in California. The bill says they would have to be paid for overtime and sick leave, the same as other employees.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez says many teams currently treat their cheerleaders like glorified volunteers when she says they deserve the same level of respect and dignity as other team employees.

The San Diego Democrat's bill responds to recent lawsuits filed by cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills.


MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane (dwayn) Wade will become a free agent Wednesday, and his 12-year stay with the Miami Heat could be ending.

The three-time champion and 11-time All-Star could have exercised an option to earn $16.1 million with the Heat next season. Instead he decided to roll the dice and test his worth on the open market.

The Heat say they want Wade back.

He left about $27 million dollars on the table from past deals in 2010 and 2014 and wants to be rewarded. But he's turning 34 next season and has missed 25 percent of Miami's regular-season games over the past four years with an array of injuries.

He averaged 21.5 points this past season, 11th-best in the NBA and third-best in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, Luol Deng (LOO'-ul dehng) has elected to use his opt-in clause on a $10.1 million deal to stay with Miami. Deng averaged 14.0 points with the Heat last season.


OAKLAND, Calif (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors have exercised their $3.8 million team option on reserve big man Marreese Speights (muh-REES' spaytz) for next season. He averaged a career-high 10.4 points along with 4.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game during the regular season. He averaged 3.7 points in just 10 playoff games due to a left hamstring injury and the Warriors' move to a smaller lineup during the NBA Finals against Cleveland.


LONDON (AP) -- The top seeds got off to a fast start on the first day at Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) and Serena Williams each rolled into the second round with straight-sets wins.

The same goes for 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.

Five-time champ Venus Williams had the most impressive start to the tournament. She scored a 6-love, 6-love win over fellow American Madison Brengle.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Josh Hamilton says he expects to be activated from the disabled list by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

Hamilton has been on the DL since June 4 with a strained left hamstring. The outfielder was with the Rangers on Monday, but was told he was sitting out the opener of a four-game series against the Orioles.

Hamilton acknowledged that he's not 100 percent, but is eager to return after spending much of the season on the disabled list. He started the year with the Los Angeles Angels, recovering from shoulder surgery.

Hamilton has played in only seven games this season. He has two homers and five RBIs.


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.


TORONTO (AP) -- Stanley Cup winners Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger and Sergei Fedorov (SER'-gay FEHD'-er-ahv) and former NHL star Phil Housley are among the seven newcomers in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Joining them in the class of 2015 are Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr. They also were voted into the shrine.

Lidstrom earned seven Norris Trophies as the NHL's top defenseman and won four Stanley Cups with Detroit. Fedorov was his longtime teammate. Housley has the most points of any American defenseman.

Pronger hasn't played since November 2011 because of post-concussion syndrome. He works for the league.

Hay, a former president of Hockey Canada, and Karmanos, the owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, made it in the builder category. Ruggiero was a defenseman on four United States teams in the Olympics and is the fourth woman to be elected to the Hall of Fame.


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