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Last Update on May 30, 2015 05:33 GMT

NATIONALS-REDS

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Washington's Stephen Strasburg left after only 16 pitches, and Zack Cozart had three hits as the Cincinnati Reds rallied against the Nationals' bullpen for a 5-2 victory on Friday night.

The Reds won for only the second time in 12 games.

Strasburg gave up a solo homer in the first inning to Joey Votto and walked Brayan Pena on his 16th pitch to open the second. He shrugged after the pitch, a trainer went to the mound, and Strasburg headed for the clubhouse after a brief conversation.

Taylor Jordan (0-1) took over and gave up three runs in the sixth. Brandon Phillips -- limited to pinch hitting because of a sore toe -- tied it with a sacrifice fly. Billy Hamilton singled for a 3-2 lead, stole second, and scored on Cozart's third single of the game.

Anthony DeSclafani (3-4) went six innings for his first win since April 20.

INDIANS-MARINERS

SEATTLE (AP) -- Taijuan Walker allowed two hits over eight strong innings, Seth Smith hit a two-run homer, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Friday night.

Walker (2-5) got his first win since April 27 with one of the best starts of the 22-year-old's young career. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight, matching his career high.

Smith, batting cleanup for the first time this season with Robinson Cano out sick, hit a 2-1 pitch from Trevor Bauer (4-2) into the right-center seats in the sixth inning. It scored Nelson Cruz, who had singled.

The Mariners have homered in eight straight games and 13 of their last 14.

Fernando Rodney had trouble in the ninth, allowing a pinch-hit, run-scoring single by Ryan Raburn, but still earned his 14th save in 16 opportunities.

REDS-ROTATION

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have moved struggling starter Jason Marquis to the bullpen, leaving them with three rookies in the starting rotation for now.

Marquis signed with the Reds in the offseason, continuing his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went 3-4 with a 6.46 ERA in nine starts, prompting manager Bryan Price to rearrange his rotation for a series against the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Marquis gave up four runs and 10 hits during 5 2/3 innings of a 5-4 loss on Monday to the Rockies.

Johnny Cueto remains sidelined by inflammation in his pitching elbow, causing him to miss two starts so far. Price said the earliest he would return is a series in Philadelphia next week.

BROWNS-YOUNT WAIVED

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Browns waived veteran long snapper Christian Yount.

The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.

Yount appeared in 53 games with the Browns, who signed him to a five-year, $4.2 million contract extension in 2013. His problems last season began when he snapped high on a missed extra-point attempt in a win against New Orleans. He also had two bad snaps in a two-point loss to Baltimore.

Hughlett is currently the only long snapper on Cleveland's roster. He'll work in training camp with Carey Spear and Travis Coons, expected to compete for the starting kicker's job. Neither have kicked in a regular-season game.

FINALS-CAVALIERS

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- LeBron James says he's given teammates "the blueprint" for the NBA Finals and it's up to the Cavaliers to follow it.

James will appear in his fifth straight finals, a feat not accomplished since 1966 when members of the Boston Celtics were on their dynastical run. As he and the Cavaliers prepare to meet Golden State, James says the key to postseason success is to stay even keeled and understand the task at hand.

One of Cleveland's main issues against the Warriors will be defending Stephen Curry, the league's MVP with the deadly shooting touch. Asked how the Cavs intend to slow Curry, James says, "the same way you slow me down. You can't."

The break before Game 1 on Thursday will allow Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving more time to recover after he was slowed by knee tendinitis and a sore foot in the Eastern Conference finals.

WARRIORS-THOMPSON

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not practice until he is symptom free.

The Warriors announced the diagnosis Friday after Thompson went through neurological tests earlier in the day. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of Golden State's Western Conference finals clinching win Wednesday night.

Thompson will be evaluated and will not be allowed back on the court until he clears the NBA concussion protocol guidelines.

Thompson was initially cleared to return to the game by team doctors. He ended up not playing and started developing symptoms after the game.

The NBA Finals start next Thursday against Cleveland.

National Sports News

Last Update on May 30, 2015 10:35 GMT

NHL PLAYOFFS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hockey history indicated the New York Rangers were going to advance to the Stanley Cup finals last night. Instead, the Tampa Bay Lightning rewrote history.

The Rangers had been 7-0 all-time in Game 7s at Madison Square Garden until the Lightning scored twice in the third period to beat the Blueshirts 2-0 and win the Eastern Conference finals. Neither team scored until Alex Killorn beat Henrik Lundqvist 1:54 into the third period. Ondrej Palat (AHN'-dray pah-LAHT') doubled the Lightning's lead with 8:43 remaining, with Tyler Johnson and Ben Bishop drawing assists on the insurance tally.

Bishop turned back 22 shots in his second shutout of the series, one game after he was pulled in the third period of a 7-3 loss. Bishop extended his shutout string at the Garden to 145 minutes, 43 seconds.

Tampa Bay will face either Chicago or Anaheim in the Stanley Cup finals, beginning Wednesday.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Josh Hamilton earned each of his five All-Star game berths during his five seasons with the Texas Rangers. He's beginning to round back into form since being reacquired by the Rangers last month, hitting his first two homers of the season in a 7-4 triumph over Boston.

Hamilton pulled both homers into the seats in right field off knuckleballer Steven Wright. He is hitting .278 with three RBIs and four runs scored in five games since being activated this week.

Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer and Hanser Alberto tripled home a run as Texas ended a two-game skid and won for the eighth time in 10 games.

-- Tim Hudson was sharp against his former team as he held Atlanta to a run and five hits in seven innings of the Giants' 4-2 triumph in San Francisco. Buster Posey delivered a two-run homer and an RBI double in the Giants' fifth consecutive win.

-- Oakland was a 6-2 winner over the New York Yankees as Stephen Vogt (voht) doubled home a pair in the Athletics' four-run third. Brett Lawrie added a two-run homer to back Sonny Gray, who gave up two runs and four hits in eight innings for his sixth victory.

-- Hector Santiago scattered three hits and whiffed seven in 7 1/3 innings to pitch the Angels to a 2-0 shutout of Detroit. Albert Pujols (POOO'-hohlz) was 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

In other major league finals:

-- Pittsburgh's seven-game winning streak ended when Derek Norris hit a grand slam with two out in the bottom of the ninth to lift San Diego past the Pirates 6-2. The Bucs enjoyed a 2-0 lead until Abraham Almonte laced a two-run double in the seventh.

-- St. Louis blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 behind John Lackey, who struck out nine and allowed five hits in seven innings. Jhonny Peralta (JAH'-nee peh-RAH;'-tah) was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored as the Cardinals won their fifth in a row and improved to a major league-best 32-16.

-- Toronto pulled out a 6-4 win at Minnesota on Chris Colabello's two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Josh Donaldson tied the game with his 14th home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fifth.

-- Homers by Ender Inciarte (EHN'-der ihn-see-AHR'-tay), David Peralta, Nick Ahmed and A.J. Pollock powered Arizona past Milwaukee 7-5. Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .337 after going 3-for-5 with two runs scored.

-- Geovany Soto lined a tiebreaking, two-run double in the 11th as the Chicago White Sox downed the Astros 6-3 in Houston. Gordon Beckham tied it with a solo homer in the eighth and finished with two RBIs for the Chisox.

-- Seth Smith socked a two-run homer and Taijuan Walker held Cleveland to two hits while fanning eight in eighth scoreless innings of Seattle's 2-1 verdict over the Indians. Nelson Cruz scored on Smith's blast and went 2-for-4 to lift his average to .342.

-- J.J. Hardy singled home the winning run with two out in the bottom of the ninth as Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 2-1. The Rays grabbed an early lead on Steven Souza Jr.'s second-inning homer, and it remained 1-0 until Chris Davis homered for the fourth time in as many games.

-- Cincinnati had dropped 10 of 11 before Joey Votto (VAH'-toh) and Todd Frazier hit solo homers in the Reds' 5-2 triumph over Washington. Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg left the game after 16 pitches due to a sore neck.

-- Lorenzo Cain hit a tiebreaking, RBI double in a three-run eighth as the Royals beat the Cubs 8-4 in Chicago to halt a four-game slide. Alcides (al-SEE'-dehs) Escobar homered on the game's first pitch before Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez went deep.

-- Justin Bour belted a three-run homer and Dan Haren gave up a pair of runs and four hits in seven innings of Miami's 4-3 win over the Mets in New York. Matt Harvey served up Bour's homer, ruining a performance in which he allowed just five other hits while striking out 11 in eight innings.

-- Colorado beat Philadelphia 4-1 behind Chad Bettis, who had a no-hitter until Cody Asche (ASH'-ee) hit a one-out single in the eighth. Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WITS'-kee) smacked a pair of solo homers while going 4-for-4.

MLB-NATIONALS-WERTH

UNDATED (AP) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is out indefinitely after another test found that he broke his left wrist two weeks ago. Werth has been unable to swing a bat since he was hit on the left wrist by a pitch from the Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne (oh-DREE'-sah-meer deh-SPAHN'-yay). A CT scan revealed two fractures in the wrist.

Manager Matt Williams says there's no timetable for Werth's return.

Werth is batting .208 with two homers and 12 RBIs.

In other injury news:

-- Houston right-hander Scott Feldman is expected to miss about six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Feldman is 4-4 with a 4.80 ERA in 10 starts this year.

-- The Mariners put lefty James Paxton on the 15-day disabled list with a strained middle finger tendon on his throwing hand. He felt it after 2-0 pitch to Brandon Moss in the fifth inning Thursday and was immediately removed.

NBA FINALS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors say Klay Thompson has a concussion and will not return to practice until he is symptom free. Thompson was kneed in the head by Houston's Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zuh) on Wednesday while the Warriors were locking up their first berth in the NBA Finals since 1975. The Warriors are optimistic Thompson will be cleared before they host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 next Thursday.

NBA-MAGIC-SKILES

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Scott Skiles is back with the Orlando Magic, this time as the 12th head coach in franchise history. Skiles was a member of the Magic's inaugural team in 1989-90 and played point guard for a total of five seasons in Orlando as part of his 10-year playing career. He has been head coach of Phoenix, Chicago and Milwaukee, compiling a 443-433 record with five playoff appearances over 13 seasons.

Interim coach James Borrego took over the Magic after Vaughn's dismissal and went 10-20.

NBA-HOWARD

HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been suspended without pay for one game after getting his fourth flagrant foul point in the postseason. The foul in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals was ruled a common foul during the game, but was upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 after a review by the league office.

Howard will serve his suspension in the first game next season that he is physically able to play.

SOCCER

ZURICH (AP) -- Sepp Blatter has been re-elected as president of FIFA (FEE'-fuh) for a fifth term. The 79-year-old earned another four-year term when Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan conceded defeat after losing 133-73 in the first round.

Blatter's re-election comes just two days after arrests and indictments of soccer officials in Switzerland and the U.S. on bribery, racketeering, money-laundering and other charges.

Argentine federal police and Interpol agents have raided the businesses run by three Argentines who are fugitives after being charged in the FIFA scandal. The three were named in a U.S. indictment alleging they bribed soccer officials for rights to international tournaments. Argentine prosecutors later charged the three men with tax fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

FRENCH OPEN

PARIS (AP) -- Second-seed Roger Federer has rolled into the fourth round of the French Open with a straight sets win on Day 6. The winner of 17 Grand Slam titles took just 1 hour, 29 minutes to advance. He's seeking his second French Open title and first since 2009.

Fourth-seed Tomas Berdych and eighth-seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VRINK'-ah) also advanced.

Defending champ Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) led the women's advance into the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Samantha Stosur.

NASCAR-FEDEX 400

DOVER, Del. (AP) -- Denny Hamlin has claimed his first pole of the season by turning a lap of 160.121 mph at Dover International Speedway.

Hamlin edged Martin Truex Jr. on the final qualifying run to take the top spot for Sunday's race.

Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth will start in the second row, just ahead of Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick.

PGA-BYRON NELSON

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Three players shared the lead when the second-round of the AT&T Byron Nelson was halted by darkness.

Curran fired a 63 that puts him at minus-9, tying him with Jimmy Walker and first-round leader Steve Bowditch. Walker shot a 3-under 66, and Bowditch followed Thursday's 62 with a 68.

Overnight rain turned one of the signature par 4s at the saturated TPC Four Seasons into a pitch-and-putt par 3 at 105 yards for the round. Nearly five inches of rain fell on the already rain-soaked course.

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