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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 04:38 GMT


UNDATED (AP)-- Cleveland rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Anderson didn't allow a baserunner until Grady Sizemore homered against his old team on a 1-2 pitch with one out in the seventh. Evan Longoria followed with a single before the 24-year-old right-hander settled to retire the last four batters he faced.

Yan Gomes had three hits, including a solo homer in the eighth for the Indians, who limped into Tropicana Field after being shut out in both games of a doubleheader at Baltimore on Sunday.

In other baseball:

-- In a battle of division leaders, Houston beat Kansas City 6-1. Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) and Chris Carter homered for the AL West-leading Astros. Lance McCullers and two relievers combined on a four-hitter.

-- Texas dumped Baltimore 8-1. Mitch Moreland hit two of the Rangers four home runs. Carlos Corporan and Shin-Soo Choo added solo homers to help Texas secure its second win in nine games.

-- Boston beat Toronto 3-1, handing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey his eighth loss in 11 decisions. Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) pitched eight strong innings to win his third straight start and even his record at 6-6.

-- In a battle of last-place teams, Milwaukee rapped out 16 hits and beat Philadelphia 7-4. The loss drops the Phillies 24 games under .500. Jonathan Lucroy had four hits and drove in two.

-- In an interleague matchup, Cincinnati outlasted Minnesota 11-7. Speedster Billy Hamilton scored three times in the first three innings to help Cincinnati open a 9-1 lead.


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. 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.


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 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.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver will undergo his third surgery since March when a specialist removed loose bodies from his right elbow on Tuesday. The 34-year-old Korver had surgery for a broken nose three months ago and earlier this month surgeons repaired ligament damage in his right ankle.

Korver is still wearing a boot. He said last week that he expects to be ready by training camp, but the team said Monday that it's too early to set a timetable.


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.


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.


UNDATED (AP) --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. Richards has under-performed since the Kings acquired him in 2011. He was sent to the minors at the end of last season.


--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.

-- 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.

-- 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 San Jose Sharks have agreed to a five-year contract with pending restricted free agent defenseman Brenden Dillon. The Sharks acquired Dillon during last season from Dallas in exchange for Jason Demers and a draft pick. The 24-year-old Dillon had two goals and seven assists in 60 games for San Jose and is being counted on as a key part of the Sharks' defense in the future.


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