Lyons leads 6th-seed Arizona over Belmont 81-64
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mark Lyons scored 23 points and the sixth-seeded Arizona Wildcats rolled past No. 11 seed Belmont 81-64 Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Wildcats (26-7) used their huge size advantage to shut down the Bruins (26-7), who are 0-6 in tourney games.
Arizona held a 44-18 edge on the boards, outscored Belmont 36-18 in the paint, blocked five shots and outshot the Bruins from 3-point range.
The Wildcats made 9 of 17 3-pointers, including a critical one from Solomon Hill with 4:40 remaining to stop an 11-2 Belmont run, and shot 57 percent overall.
Bruins guard Ian Clark entered shooting better than 46 percent from 3-point range but was 3 of 8 from beyond the arc.
Kerron Johnson led Belmont with 22 points and Clark finished with 21.
Kevin Parrom, Kaleb Tarczewski and Nick Johnson added 12 points each for Arizona.
Canucks top Coyotes 2-1 on Schroeder's late goal
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jordan Schroeder scored midway through the third period, Cory Schneider stopped 33 shots and the Vancouver Canucks grinded out a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.
Schneider allowed a tying goal to Antoine Vermette in the third period, but Schroeder put the Canucks back up by punching in a rebound after a redirect by Jannik Hansen trickled past Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera.
Christopher Tanev also scored and Schneider made some big saves down the stretch, including a semi breakaway by Martin Hanzal, to secure Vancouver's fourth win in six games.
LaBarbera stopped 14 shots in the third period after replacing injured starter Mike Smith for the Coyotes, who have lost five straight.
Arizona agrees to 1-year deal with DE Rucker
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent defensive end Frostee Rucker has agreed to a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
Rucker started all 16 games with the Cleveland Browns last season, with four sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defensed. His 48 tackles were third-most on the team.
Rucker joined the Browns last season after six years with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was a third-round draft pick of the Bengals out of Southern California in 2006.
In his career, Rucker has played in 69 games, 35 as a starter, with 11 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception.
Chargers sign free-agent guard Ohrnberger
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Chargers signed former Arizona Cardinals guard Rich Ohrnberger to a one-year contract Thursday.
Heading into his fifth season, he has played in 18 career games and started four.
He was drafted by New England in the fourth round in 2009 out of Penn State. He played in five games his first two seasons with the Patriots, seeing limited time at right guard and on special teams.
Ohrnberger spent the 2011 season on injured reserve due to a head injury and was released in February 2012. He signed with Arizona and played in 13 games last year, making two starts at both right guard and center.
He suffered a knee injury on Dec. 9 against Seattle and was placed on injured reserve.
Ohrnberger becomes the sixth unrestricted free agent to join the Chargers, and the third offensive lineman.
Brantley homers, Indians beat Kennedy, D-backs 5-4
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Brantley hit his first home run of spring training, a three-run shot off Ian Kennedy, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 on Thursday.
Brantley hit a 3-0 fastball from Kennedy over the right field fence in the first inning. Omir Santos drove in two runs with a double and single for Cleveland.
Martin Prado had a two-run double for Arizona.
Carlos Carrasco, competing for the fifth spot in the Indians' rotation, allowed four runs on five hits in five innings to get the victory.
Kennedy, Arizona's opening day starter, was tagged for five runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out seven.
Indians option RHP Bauer to Triple-A Columbus
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have optioned right-hander Trevor Bauer and two other pitchers to Triple-A Columbus.
Bauer was the overall No. 3 pick by Arizona in the 2011 draft. He was sent to the Indians in the offseason as part of a three-team trade.
Known for his quirky training regimen, Bauer had a rough outing for the Indians on Wednesday, allowing four runs on five hits in three innings against the Los Angeles Angels. He had been one of several candidates for a late-rotation spot with Cleveland.
The Indians also optioned left-hander Scott Barnes and right-hander Corey Kluber to Columbus.
In addition, Cleveland re-assigned left-hander Giovani Soto, a non-roster invitee, to its minor league camp.
Angels' Hamilton homer against former team
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Hamilton homered in his first game against his former team, Albert Pujols, Howie Kendrick and Hank Conger also homered off Derek Lowe in the Los Angeles' 10-9 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Leonys Martin hit a bases-loaded double with one out in the bottom of the ninth to lift Texas.
Conger added a two-run triple in the sixth and Erick Aybar hit a solo home run into the Rangers' right-field bullpen for Los Angeles.
Pujols started at first base for the second time in three games and has played three straight games for the first time this spring.
Lowe, pitching for the third time in seven days, faced the minimum over his first three innings before allowing the four home runs in a six-batter span.
LHP Harrison draws opening day nod for Rangers
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Harrison has been named the Texas Rangers' opening day starter, and he will be followed by Yu Darvish in the rotation.
Harrison will be the fourth different opening day starter in the past four seasons for the Rangers. They visit Houston in the Astros' debut as an American League team March 31. Darvish will start April 2.
Harrison led Texas starters in wins and ERA last season, finishing 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA. Darvish was 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 191 1-3 innings.
Veteran right-hander Colby Lewis drew the first start last year, but won't be available until at least May while recovering from elbow surgery.
The previous two opening day starters, Scott Feldman and C.J. Wilson, are no longer with the Rangers.
Cueto roughed up, Athletics top Reds
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Derek Norris homered as the Oakland Athletics roughed up Johnny Cueto and beat the Cincinnati Reds 10-9 Thursday.
Cueto allowed five runs on five hits and two walks in 1 2-3 inning.
Mark Prior, trying to make another comeback, pitched a scoreless inning for the Reds. He struck out one and hit a batter.
A's starter Brett Anderson pitched for the first time in a game since March 10. He had been out with a strained right trapezius. The left-hander missed most of last season while recovering from elbow surgery.
Todd Frazier and Derrick Robinson homered off Anderson.
Sale goes 7 innings, White Sox beat Brewers 8-3
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chris Sale pitched seven solid innings, Alex Rios and Alejandro De Aza hit well in their return from the World Baseball Classic and the Chicago White Sox beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Thursday.
Sale allowed four hits, including an inside-the-park home run by Ryan Braun and another solo homer by Donnie Murphy.
Rios hit two doubles and drove in two runs and De Aza doubled and singled. They faced each other in the WBC championship game in San Francisco on Tuesday night, when De Aza and the Dominican Republic topped Rios and Puerto Rico.
Jeff Keppinger and Gordon Beckham each hit home runs for the White Sox.
Brewers starter Mike Fiers was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits in three innings.
Samardzija hits 2nd HR, pitches Cubs over Mariners
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jeff Samardzija hit his second home run this spring and also threw six innings Thursday night to lead a split squad of Chicago Cubs over the Seattle Mariners 7-4.
Samardzija, set to be the Cubs' opening day starter, struck out seven. He allowed four runs and nine hits.
Samardzija hit a solo homer and an RBI single. Alfonso Soriano and Brad Nelson also homered for Chicago, and David DeJesus had two hits and drove in a run.
Justin Smoak homered and had a sacrifice fly for the Mariners. Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez added RBI singles.
Jon Garland, bidding to win a spot in the Seattle rotation, went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Castellanos hits HR, Dodgers beat Cubs
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Alex Castellanos hit his fourth spring homer, a three-run drive Thursday that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over a split squad of Chicago Cubs 5-4.
Castellanos connected against Scott Feldman, who was making his third appearance in spring since leaving Texas and signing with the Cubs. Feldman allowed four runs and seven hits and struck out five in five innings.
Starlin Castro homered off Dodgers starter Stephen Fife.
Matt Kemp tripled for the Dodgers. He is 6 for 33 this spring.
Hanley Ramirez expected to be out for 8 weeks
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his injured right thumb and is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks.
The Dodgers said Thursday that an MRI indicated that a ligament in Ramirez's thumb was torn.
Ramirez suffered the injury Tuesday night while playing for the Dominican Republic in its victory over Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game in San Francisco.
Ramirez was at third base when he suffered the injury. The Dodgers moved him to shortstop, his original position, after obtaining him from the Miami Marlins on July 25.
Dr. Steve Shin, a sports-medicine hand specialist, is scheduled to perform the surgery in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers were in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday for a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs.
Rosario homers off Cain in Rockies' win
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Willin Rosario hit a two-run homer off Matt Cain, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 10-4 on Thursday night.
Making his next-to-last start before he opens the season opens April 1 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Cain gave up four runs and seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out eight.
Rosario's second homer of the spring came after a one-out single by Todd Helton.
Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, making a bid for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, pitched five innings and gave up three runs and 10 hits. He walked two and struck out four.
Keith Combs leads Bassmaster's Falcon Slam
ZAPATA, Texas (AP) — Keith Combs had a first-day catch of 34 pounds, 13 ounces Thursday to take the lead in the Bassmaster Elite Series' Falcon Slam.
Combs, from Huntington, has worked as a guide at Falcon Lake the past nine winters.
"I didn't feel like that was going to be a big factor, but I think it was," Combs said. "After my practice doing other things, I knew I couldn't catch them doing anything new, so I lived off history today. I felt it was my only chance. I knew if I caught them out there today, they'd be big."
Combs had a 4-pound lead over Cliff Prince of Palatka, Fla. Josh Bertrand of Gilbert, Ariz., was third at 30-5.
The winner will receive $100,000 and a spot in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.