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    Jordan Staal tied it in the third period, Brock McGinn scored in the second overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes stormed back to stun the Washington Capitals 4-3 in Game 7 on Wednesday night to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions. McGinn dived to prevent a goal in the final minutes of regulation and then scored 11:05 into the second extra period, and Petr Mrazek made 34 saves to continue an upset-heavy first round of the NHL playoffs. Carolina had the first nine shots of the first OT and 11 of 15 total, with coach Rod Brind'Amour's group showing it had plenty left in the tank. Carolina showed the same never-quit attitude that helped it end the NHL's longest playoff drought after a decade by forcing a deciding seventh game and erasing a 3-1 deficit in it. Top-line forwards Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen beat surprisingly shaky Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, who allowed four goals on 42 shots. 'Time and time again we've just manned up,' said Hurricanes captain Justin Williams, who had an assist on McGinn's winner. 'It would have been easy to fold up, especially against a team like that. ... Our guys really fought.' The Hurricanes' surge back in the series without concussed winger Andrei Svechnikov and injured winger Micheal Ferland made it the first time in league history that all four division champions were knocked out in the first round. Game 7 losses by Vegas and Washington on back-to-back nights eliminated the two teams from last year's Cup final in succession. In one of the strangest first rounds in recent history, the Hurricanes beating the Capitals doesn't even rank at the top of unlikely outcomes after Columbus swept Presidents' Trophy winning Tampa Bay and Colorado closed out Western Conference top seed Calgary in five. With all four wild-card teams winning, Carolina now faces former Capitals coach Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders in the second round starting Friday in Brooklyn. It looked after a lopsided Game 5 and a couple of two-goal leads by the Capitals in Game 7 that they were poised to move on. But the Hurricanes closed the gap in the second period, tied the score on Staal's third goal of the series 2:56 into the third, forced overtime and celebrated on Washington's home ice. Williams — 'Mr. Game 7' with an NHL-record 15 points in the deciding games — and the Hurricanes celebrated their first series victory since 2009, while the Capitals lost in the first round for the first time since 2013. Despite goals by Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov and a monster game from captain Alex Ovechkin, Washington fell to 4-8 in Game 7 during the Ovechkin era. The Capitals joined the Predators and Penguins as teams that all won at least one series each of the past three years but failed to get out of the first round in these playoffs. They were hurt by a season-ending torn left hamstring to defenseman Michal Kempny and a broken collarbone on winger T.J. Oshie, whose appearance in the final minutes of regulation fired up the crowd but wasn't enough to spark an OT win. NOTES: Jaccob Slavin set a Whalers/Hurricanes franchise record for assists in a playoff series with eight. ... Williams improved to 8-1 all-time in Game 7. ... Svechnikov missed his fourth consecutive game after being concussed in a fight with Ovechkin on April 15. ... The Capitals fell to 5-12 all-time in Game 7 and 3-9 at home. UP NEXT Carolina will visit the Islanders in Game 1 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. ___ Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Watching Wade Miley go right at the Minnesota Twins' lineup the night before inspired Justin Verlander. The right-hander followed suit and pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday night. 'He's done this for over a decade,' Astros manager AJ Hinch said. 'He knows how to finish his outings strong and control the game when he's got the lead. I've said before, he's a good pitcher all the time, he's a really tough guy to come back on when he has the lead.' Verlander (4-0) retired the first 10 batters before Jorge Polanco crushed a pitch into the second deck in right field in the fourth inning for the Twins' lone run. Verlander retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. 'We talk about it all the time: when you show up and face guys of this caliber, you generally can't play good, you generally have to play a great game, have great at bats and pitch and play defense,' Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. 'We played fine tonight. This was a day, though, where we just got beat.' The right-hander gave up one run and four hits while striking out eight for his seventh-straight win dating back to last season. In Verlander's last three starts, he has given up three runs in 21 innings with 27 strikeouts. 'I think the last few starts have been right where I want to be,' Verlander said. 'The first few was tinkering, working on some things. I've settled in and I think found my rhythm.' In the second inning, Correa lined the first pitch he saw off the foul pole in right field for his third home run in the last four games. Brantley extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run homer in the third inning, making it 3-0. Reddick added a two-run shot in the eighth. 'I'm doing alright, I take it one game at a time,' Brantley said. 'Good, bad or indifferent, I come in with a positive attitude and just try to do the best I can for my team.' This was the first time Kohl Stewart (0-1), who was making his 2019 season debut, had given up two home runs in a single outing in his career. It was his first appearance since last Sept. 25. Stewart finished giving up five runs and eight hits, striking out one and walking three in six innings. 'There's a couple things I did well,' Stewart said. 'Obviously, I fell behind a couple too many guys. I had to try to get back into counts. A couple heaters that might have gotten too much plate that they got into the air.' In the fourth, the Astros tacked on two more runs on a double by Robinson Chirinos, who later scored on a wild pitch, making it 5-1. 'In the middle of the order, at the end of the order and everywhere in between, when we're at our best we are tough to get through,' Hinch said. 'I like that part of it, that there was a lot of contributions.' FLAWLESS FIRST For the first time since April 19, the Astros' starting pitcher didn't allow a first-inning run. Houston had been outscored 13-0 in the first inning in the previous four games. 'I think over the last four days the best part for anybody was if it even crossed your mind was to throw it right back out because you didn't want to have bad vibes of another first-inning deficit,' Reddick said. 'I don't think we thought about it. It was good to have a lead for the first time early on.' ROSTER MOVES The Twins recalled Stewart and Fernando Romero from Triple-A Rochester after Tuesday's game. Romero also made his season debut pitching two innings of relief, giving up two runs. To make room, Minnesota sent down outfielder Jake Cave and right-hander Tyler Duffey to Rochester. UP NEXT Twins: LHP Martin Perez (2-0, 5-31 ERA) will look to stay perfect as he opens the series against the Orioles on Friday. Perez is 3-4 with a 5.44 ERA against them. Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (1-3, 5.22 ERA) will open a four-game series against the Indians on Thursday. Cole is looking to bounce back from one of his worst starts of his career after giving up nine runs against the Rangers on April 20. ___ More AP baseball coverage: www.apnews.com/MLB and www.twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Rhys Hoskins fired up the engines of an NL East rivalry by cooling down his jets after a memorable homer. A night after getting buzzed twice by high fastballs from Jacob Rhame, Hoskins got the ultimate revenge with a ninth-inning homer and taunted the New York Mets reliever with a slow jog around the bases in the Philadelphia Phillies' 6-0 win Wednesday night. 'I was just enjoying the moment,' Hoskins said. Hoskins was furious after Rhame sailed two pitches over his head with two outs in the ninth inning of New York's 9-0 win Tuesday. The slugger faced Rhame again Wednesday and hooked a two-run homer down the left field line. Hoskins dropped his bat, meandered out of the box and puttered from base to base. It took him 34.23 seconds to touch 'em all, the slowest trot in the majors this season. 'If a ball goes over your head the night before, the best way to get back at the pitcher is by putting the ball in the seats,' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. 'So I thought it was worthy of him having that moment and really taking it all in, soaking it all in. He deserved that.' Hoskins said the leisurely trip wasn't about retaliation, but he didn't mind giving a jolt to the struggling Phillies. 'A couple of guys kind of said the phrase, 'Don't poke the sleeping bear,'' he said. 'Seemed to be the last couple innings was a pretty good indication that may have happened.' Rhame didn't take offense. 'He got me,' the right-hander said. 'Make a better pitch, he doesn't run the bases.' Hoskins' homer capped a breakout night for the Phillies, who avoided a three-game sweep and won for the second time on a seven-game trip. Bryce Harper doubled in a run but struck out three times, and Vince Velasquez pitched five innings for Philadelphia, which heads home to face Miami on Thursday. 'We didn't play our best baseball on this trip,' Kapler said. 'However, if we had not won tonight's game, it would have been a much worse trip and we would really be licking our wounds right now.' Velasquez (1-0) struck out six and allowed three hits, dropping his ERA to 1.99. Pat Neshek, Seranthony Dominguez, Adam Morgan and Juan Nicasio pitched an inning each to close up shop. Hoskins sparked a three-run eighth with his first career triple, and then made his statement against Rhame in the ninth. Kapler said before the game he was 'still fairly upset' over Rhame's high-and-tight pitches to Hoskins, but said Philadelphia would not react by intentionally plunking any Mets. Velasquez did hit Todd Frazier in the upper arm with a fastball leading off the fourth, but Frazier didn't believe it was intentional and took his base calmly. Plate umpire Brian Gorman issued warnings to both dugouts. 'We did not want to put the leadoff runner on base in that particular case,' Kapler said. Robinson Cano had three hits for New York. WELCOME CHEERS Jason Vargas (1-1) allowed Harper's RBI double in the first but was otherwise strong, dropping his ERA to 7.20 with 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Mets fans had been calling for the struggling left-hander to be bounced from the rotation, but he was applauded walking off. 'I think that he's starting to feel some confidence,' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. TRAINER'S ROOM Phillies: Philadelphia called up INF Sean Rodríguez and RHP Enyel De Los Santos from Triple-A, optioned INF Mitch Walding and RHP Drew Anderson, and designated LHP James Pazos for assignment. ... Quinn was visited by a trainer and replaced by Aaron Altherr on the bases in the eighth. Kapler said Quinn has a strained groin and will get an MRI. Mets: OF Brandon Nimmo was doing well a day after feeling a twinge in his left oblique. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and went 0 for 2. ... NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (elbow soreness, strep throat) remains on track to start Friday's series opener against Milwaukee, but that decision won't be finalized until game day. UP NEXT Phillies: Open a four-game home series against Miami, with RHP Aaron Nola (2-0, 6.84 ERA) facing Marlins LHP Caleb Smith (2-0, 2.35). Smith pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball against Philadelphia on April 13. Mets: New York hopes deGrom is ready to go for the opener against Milwaukee, which will send out RHP Chase Anderson (2-0, 3.00). ___ Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • In a series where their shots weren't falling like normal, the Houston Rockets managed to close it out with some tough defense. James Harden scored 26 points and the Rockets outlasted the Utah Jazz 100-93 on Wednesday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1. Houston advanced to the Western Conference semifinals for the third straight season and will face the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Golden State Warriors series. The Rockets had 12 steals and 12 blocks, the first playoff game where they had double figures in both since Game 5 of the 1994 Western Conference finals, just before they went on to win their first title. 'We didn't make as many shots as we wanted to ... but these last few games we hung our hat on defense,' Harden said. Ricky Rubio cut Houston's lead to 94-93 on a jump shot with about a minute left. P.J. Tucker missed two free throws, but grabbed a loose ball seconds later and was fouled again. This time he made both shots to make it 96-93. Harden blocked a shot by Ruby Gobert on Utah's next possession and he made two free throws to extend the lead to 98-93 with 38 seconds left. Donovan Mitchell, who was just 4 of 22, missed a 3-pointer after that and Chris Paul added two more free throws to secure the victory. 'We didn't want to go back to Utah,' Paul said. 'We wanted to take care of business tonight. All night we were talking about energy. It's always hard to beat a team and close them out.' The Rockets got a solid game from Clint Capela, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds. He acknowledged having trouble breathing in the Game 4 loss because of an upper respiratory infection and was held to just four points. 'I felt a lot better,' Capela said. 'I definitely felt like another person than (I did) the last game.' After scoring 31 points to lead Utah to the victory in Game 4, Mitchell managed just 12 points on a night he missed all nine of his 3-point attempts. 'I'm upset but I'm going to be better,' the second-year player said. 'Simply put. I wasn't tonight and I'll be better.' Jazz coach Quin Snyder lamented the difficulties of dealing with a veteran coach like Mike D'Antoni and perennial All-Stars Paul and Harden. 'They're so cerebral that they're able to find weaknesses in your defense,' he said. Harden struggled to get going early and didn't score in the first quarter. But after missing his first seven shots and 11 of his first 12 attempts, he finally found a rhythm. Royce O'Neal came off the bench to lead Utah with 18 points, Rubio had 17 and Jae Crowder added 15. Gobert wasn't much of a factor in this one, scoring just nine points with 10 rebounds. The Jazz opened the fourth quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 77-75 lead with 9 minutes left. Rubio had two steals and a basket to help Utah go on top. Houston ended its scoring drought after that, scoring the next five points, capped by a three-point play from Harden to make it 80-77. Rubio made a 3-pointer for Utah before Paul scored five quick points to extend Houston's advantage to 85-80 with 7 minutes left. Houston trailed by seven late in the second quarter before using a 14-3 run to lead by four entering the third. Harden scored eight of his 10 first-half points during that run. The Rockets kept it going to start the third, using a 10-2 spurt to make it 56-44 with about 10 minutes left in the quarter. Harden and Tucker had 3-pointers in that span and Capela added a dunk. Danuel House made a 3-pointer and Harden added a layup seconds later to leave Houston up by 11 later in the quarter. But O'Neal made a 3 soon after that to before Mitchell added a three-point play to get Utah within 68-63 with about 2 minutes left in the third. Austin Rivers ended Utah's run with a 3-pointer to extend Houston's lead to 71-63. The Jazz cut the lead to 4 with less than 30 seconds left in the third after scoring four straight points, but Nene made a basket at the buzzer to leave Houston up 75-69 entering the fourth. MITCHELL'S PERFORMANCE Harden and Paul were complimentary of Mitchell despite his struggles on Wednesday night and know he has a bright future. 'He's confident,' Harden said. 'You see what he did last game. He's capable of taking over a game. Once he gets more comfortable in his role ... the sky's the limit for him.' THEY SAID IT D'Antoni on his team's win: 'Everybody contributed something and it's by their heart and just their tenacity to get the win. Going forward we're going to need the same thing.' TIP-INS Jazz: Utah made 9 of 38 3-pointers. ... Joe Ingles had 11 points and nine assists. ... Rubio had 11 assists. Rockets: Tucker set a playoff career-high with four blocks. ... Paul and Gordon had 15 points apiece. ... Houston made 13 3-pointers. ... The Rockets had 12 steals. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Masters champion Tiger Woods is adding to his international travels at the end of this year, announcing Wednesday night that he will compete in Japan for the first time in 13 years at the new Zozo Championship. Woods said on Twitter that he was excited to play the new tournament and described Japan as 'one of my favorite countries.' 'It's going to be a fun fall,' he said. Woods is U.S. captain for the Presidents Cup that will be held Dec. 12-15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia, giving the 43-year-old Woods at least two trips halfway around the world. The Zozo Championship will be Oct. 24-27 at Accordia Golf Chiba Narashino Country Club, about 50 miles east of Tokyo. It is part of three tournaments that make up the PGA Tour's Asia Swing, following the CJ Cup in South Korea and the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. The Japan tournament, co-sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour, is a 78-man field with a $9.75 million purse. Woods last played in Japan in 2006 at the Dunlop Phoenix, where he lost in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. Woods won the Dunlop Phoenix the two previous years, beating Ryoken Kawagishi by nine shots in 2004, and beating Kaname Yokoo in a playoff in 2005. He also hit one of his best wedge shots in Japan in the 2001 World Cup, when he hit a pitch into the bank of the green and into the cup for an eagle that got Woods and David Duval into four-team playoff. South Africa wound up winning the World Cup. Woods won for the 81st time in his PGA Tour career two weeks ago at the Masters, winning his fifth green jacket and 15th major. He had overcome four back surgeries since the spring of 2014, the most recent one to fuse his lower back in April 2017. Woods had cut back on his international travel while coping with back problems. Except for his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas — a short flight from his home in Florida — the Dubai Desert Classic in 2017 is the only regular tour event he has played overseas since the first of his four back surgeries.
  • A look at what's happening around the majors today. VLADDY TIME Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his much-anticipated major league debut. The Toronto Blue Jays will promote their promising slugger before Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics, manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday. Guerrero, 20-year-old son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, was the consensus top-ranked prospect in baseball entering this season. He missed the start of the season after an oblique injury in spring training and played eight games for Triple-A Buffalo, batting .367 with three homers and eight RBIs. 'Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become,' Montoyo said. HELP IS ON THE WAY With the Brewers' starters struggling, the defending NL Central champions have turned to a familiar face. Milwaukee has agreed to a one-year contract with left-hander Gio González, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person, who said the contract will guarantee González $2 million, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced. The 33-year-old González was 10-11 with a 4.21 ERA last season for Washington and Milwaukee, which acquired him on Aug. 31. He was 3-0 in five starts for the Brewers down the stretch. Milwaukee starters have gone 8-7 with a 5.84 ERA this season, and it's the only team in the NL whose starters average less than five innings per game. Zach Davies on April 13 was the last Brewers pitcher to turn in a quality start. LESTER RETURNS Cubs ace left-hander Jon Lester gets the start Thursday, returning to the lineup after being sidelined due to a strained left hamstring. Chicago manager Joe Maddon says Lester will be limited to about 75-80 pitches in his first outing since April 8, when he was hurt running the bases in the home opener against Pittsburgh. Lester is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts. PLAYOFF REMATCH Cleveland begins a four-game series at Houston on Thursday night, the Indians' first crack at the Astros since Houston's three-game sweep in last year's AL Division Series. Trevor Bauer (2-1, 2.20 ERA) starts for Cleveland in the opener. Gerrit Cole (1-3, 5.22), who got tagged for nine runs, eight earned, in 4 1/3 innings in his previous start, takes the mound for Houston. The Astros won 10 consecutive games earlier this month to get back near the top of the AL West, and Cleveland ended a three-game losing streak — and got four RBIs from slumping leadoff man Jose Ramirez — with a victory over Miami on Wednesday. JUST HITTING Shohei Ohtani won't be a two-way player this year, but he's on track to get back in the Angels' lineup soon. Last year's AL Rookie of the Year, who's coming off Tommy John surgery and won't pitch again until 2020, made four plate appearances Wednesday in a simulated game. Ohtani is expected to face about a week of live pitching before he rejoins the Angels, who have long projected that he would return as their designated hitter in early May. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics. Manager Charlie Montoyo announced the move after Toronto lost to San Francisco 4-0 on Wednesday. The Blue Jays are off Thursday. 'Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become,' Montoyo said of Guerrero, the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero. Toronto has yet to announce a corresponding roster move. Major League Baseball's Twitter feed posted an image of Guerrero swinging Toronto's landmark CN Tower as if it were a baseball bat, under the caption, 'It's happening!' The elder Guerrero tweeted a photo of himself in a Montreal Expos uniform with a very young Vladimir Jr. standing next to him. 'My son! The country that saw you as a child will now see you turn into a big one,' Guerrero tweeted. 'Working hard everything can be done. I'm proud of you!' Guerrero Jr. went 2 for 5 with a home run for Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. It marked the first time he had played three consecutive games at Buffalo. Guerrero missed the start of the season after an oblique injury in spring training. Guerrero hit .367 with three homers and eight RBIs in eight games at Triple-A. Following their weekend series with the Athletics, the Blue Jays head to Los Angeles to face the Angels, the team Guerrero's father starred with for six seasons. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • NHL players and coaches were split Wednesday on whether changes are needed to video review protocol a day after a major penalty played a dramatic role in San Jose's Game 7 victory over Vegas. Cody Eakin was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and injuring Joe Pavelski in the third period, and the Sharks responded by scoring four times on the ensuing five-minute power play to set themselves up to win in overtime. The major was assessed after officials discussed the incident on the ice and a bloodied Pavelski was helped off the ice. The Golden Knights were livid about the call, since Pavelski was not injured by the cross check. The NHL declined comment Wednesday, but the incident was surely discussed at league headquarters. The league for five years has debated expanding video review beyond goals. There remains no consensus on potential changes. 'We've been saying that forever,' said Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour, whose team also dealt with a questionable major penalty given to Micheal Ferland in Game 2 against Washington. 'The game's too fast. It's hard on refs. I don't know how they do it. I watch it live and sometimes I think the same thing they do and then I get to sit there and stare at a (tablet) and I can go, 'It's obviously the wrong call.' So, I think they're heading to that. The NHL has got to sit down.' Eakin cross-checked Pavelski off a faceoff, and the Sharks captain bounced off Vegas forward Paul Stastny before his head hit the ice and blood pooled underneath him. Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant said one of the referees told him it was a cross-check to the face. Series supervisor Don VanMassenhoven afterward said the officials judged it to be a penalty causing a significant injury and deemed it worthy of a major. The Sharks trailed 3-0 at the time and won 5-4 in overtime to advance to the second round. There have only been two major penalties — not counting fighting — so far in the playoffs after 27 in the regular season. They are not subject to video review, which is limited to the puck going in or not on a goal or coach challenges for goaltender interference or offside, which have been around the past four seasons. Vegas' Jonathan Marchessault after the game wondered: 'Why don't you have hockey replay or something?' because it drastically altered the game. The topic was broached as recently as March by league general managers after the missed pass interference in the NFL playoff game between the Saints and Rams prompted changes by the NFL. Officials are 'only allowed to look at coaches challenges,' senior executive vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said at the time. 'We asked the managers, 'Should they look at everything?'' Not everyone is convinced. Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen said slow-motion replays can distort what happens on the ice at full speed, and teammate Brett Connolly isn't on board with adding to what's already reviewed. 'I think that's kind of the refs' discretion,' Connolly said. 'I think you've got to let the refs make that call. I don't know. It's tough. You don't want to be reviewing every play.' ___ AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in San Jose, California, contributed. ___ Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Blake Snell was frustrated with his performance, but at least his toe came through OK. The Tampa Bay ace Blake lasted one out into the fourth inning in his return from a broken right fourth toe as the Rays lost 10-2 to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. 'It's fine,' Snell said of his toe. 'Happy to get back out there. It was a game where I felt just different. I felt good but it was weird. I spiked some fastballs and I never do that.' The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, who hurt the toe attempting to move a decorative display in his bathroom on April 14, allowed three runs, five hits and two walks and struck out three during a 65-pitch outing. 'Probably the only good thing to come out of this game was that Blake got to 65 pitches, so he should be pretty close to full-go his next time,' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. 'From a health standpoint he was a 100-percent fine.' The left-hander (2-2) had given up one run and nine hits over 19 innings in three starts before the injury. Adalberto Mondesi hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, Billy Hamilton had two hits and two RBIs and Jakob Junis gave up one run and four hits in five innings for the Royals, who stopped a five-game losing streak. Junis (2-2) bruised his right hand on Yandy Diaz's drive that resulted in an inning-ending double-play in the fifth. His hand was swollen but tests showed no fracture. 'Just a little nerve in there that's pinching,' Junis said. Snell, signed to a $50 million, five year contract on March 21, said Tuesday that he still had some discomfort in the toe when he walks, but not when throwing off a mound. The Rays decided that Snell was ready to return despite throwing just an 18-pitch bullpen session Saturday and eight pitches off a mound Monday. Snell was replaced by Ryan Yarbrough with a runner on third and one out in the fourth. 'I knew they were a selective team but they were aggressive to start and then went back to selective,' Snell said. 'I threw a lot of good pitches that, they just almost looked like they knew what was coming.' Kansas City greeted Yarbrough with consecutive bunt singles, including Cam Gallagher's that drove in a run, and Hamilton's RBI double that made it 4-1. Hamilton had a run-scoring triple and Mondesi hit his third homer, off Yarbrough, to put the Royals ahead 8-1 in the sixth. 'Smallball worked good for us with guys running all over the place, plus the power,' Royals manager Ned Yost said. Yarbrough, who set a team rookie record last year with 16 wins, including 14 in relief, was optioned to Triple-A Durham after allowing seven runs and eight hit over 4 1/3 innings. Hamilton is 3 for 37 overall against the Rays. Mondesi added an eighth-inning RBI single. Tampa Bay went up 1-0 on Joey Wendle's RBI double in the first before the Royals tied it during the second when third baseman Daniel Robertson was charged with an error for an errant throw on a slow roller by Hamilton. Both Hamilton (first base) and Terrance Gore (third base) were both tagged out during rundowns on the same play to end the second with Whit Merrifield batting. 'None of it was by design,' Yost said. 'It was just a total mess-up.' Merrifield homered leading off the third. TRAINER'S ROOM Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier (lower back) was out of the lineup for the second straight game but could start Friday. Rays: RHP Hunter Wood was transferred from the paternity list to the family emergency list and may rejoin the team Friday. Cash said Wood's baby was born premature but is fine and being monitored. ... Wendle was hit by a Jake Diekman pitch in the sixth and left with a fractured right wrist. He will go on the injured list and there is no timeframe for his return. UP NEXT Royals: LHP Danny Duffy will make his first start of the season Friday night against the Los Angeles Angels. Rays: RHP Charlie Morton (2-0) will start Friday night at Boston. The Rays were swept by the Red Sox in a three-game series last weekend. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Padres rookie Chris Paddack wasn't feeling well and walked Mariners leadoff batter Mitch Haniger on four straight fastballs, none of which was faster than 91 mph. 'Uh-oh,' manager Andy Green thought. 'It didn't look good.' Five batters later, Paddack was onto something special. He got out of a bases-loaded jam and went on to retire his final 19 batters, shutting down baseball's highest-scoring offense and outdueling Felix Hernandez in a brilliant performance for his first major league win, 1-0 on Wednesday. 'Long time coming,' said the 23-year-old Paddack, who missed all off 2017 after having Tommy John surgery. 'It was a very exciting moment out there.' He held Seattle to one hit in seven innings while striking out nine and walking only one, combining with relievers Trey Wingenter and Kirby Yates on a two-hitter. Ian Kinsler homered off Hernandez (1-2) and the Padres swept the two-game series. They've beaten the Mariners six straight times and won three straight overall following a six-game losing streak. The Mariners have lost three straight overall. The Padres held MLB's highest-scoring offense to three runs in two games and kept the Mariners from adding to their big league total of 56 home runs. Paddack (1-1) said he got only two hours sleep Wednesday night, getting home at 11 p.m. and then having to arrive early for the 12:40 p.m. matinee game. His body was aching and although he felt like he had a fever, he said he was checked out and didn't have one. He said his first four pitches 'kind of scattered around a little bit. After that first out of the inning, I got dialed in with (catcher Francisco) Mejia. From there on, nothing but good things. 'I think it helped me focus a little more just because I knew my body wasn't 100 percent,' he said. Making his fifth start, Paddack lowered his ERA from 2.25 to 1.67. After walking Haniger, he got Daniel Vogelbach to pop out to Mejia. Domingo Santana singled, Omar Navarez hit a comebacker for the second out and Paddack hit Tim Beckham with a pitch. After that it was lights out for Paddack, who struck out Dee Gordon to end the threat and start his run of retiring 19 straight, nine by strikeout. Paddack made the big league roster after an outstanding spring. In his return from the surgery, he pitched only 90 innings between Class A and AA last year. Green said there was 'never a point in time after the first four pitches' that he worried about Paddack. 'He was taken care of. He was in good shape, good enough to do what he did.' Green mentioned that Paddack has the word 'relentless' stitched on his glove. 'He goes after them. He doesn't yield. I don't think it's ever enough for him,' Green said. 'I think some guys start thinking, about, 'It's going really well right now.' There's none of that with him. He wants to crush the opposition when he's out there. Today was just sensational for him.' Hernandez was impressed. 'He did a pretty good job, man,' the Mariners veteran and 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner said. 'He was impressive. He's got good stuff.' Yates pitched the ninth for his 12th save in as many chances. He allowed a single to Daniel Vogelbach, who was erased in a game-ending double play. Kinsler homered off the balcony on the second level of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left field corner with two outs in the second, his second of the season. Fernando Tatis Jr. extended his hitting streak to 12 games when his double fell in among three converging defenders in shallow left field in the third. Hernandez pitched well other than allowing Kinsler's homer. He held San Diego to one run and three hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked one. Scott Servais said it was the best he'd seen Hernandez pitch in his four years of managing the Mariners. 'The only hiccup was the first-pitch home run that Kinsler hit,' Servais said. 'Kinsler has seen him a ton, probably 70, 75 career at-bats against him. Felix did an awesome job. I feel bad we couldn't extend the game or get him the win today, but we'll take plenty of outings like that.' Said Hernandez: 'It feels really good. Last time was a long time ago, probably last year at the beginning when I faced Boston I think, Tampa. I give credit to Narvaez, he called a really good game. 'It was fun to pitch like that, when you've got good movement on your fastball and you're painting the corners.' TRAINER'S ROOM Padres: Utility man Jose Pirela was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained muscle in his left side, and San Diego recalled INF Ty France from Triple-A El Paso. France, who played at San Diego State, was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week after piling up 16 hits, including seven home runs, 13 runs, 42 total bases and 17 RBIs in seven games. UP NEXT Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (4-0, 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday night's opener of a four-game home series against Texas. Padres: LHP Matt Strahm (0-2, 3.05) looks for his first win in his fifth start in the opener of a three-game road series Friday night at Washington. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports