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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 7:30 AM


Delgado outpitches Harvey; D-backs beat Mets 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Randall Delgado outpitched Matt Harvey for his first major league win in more than a year, and the Arizona Diamondbacks snapped a five-game skid with a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets after a long rain delay Wednesday night.

Cody Ross hit a three-run homer off Harvey to put Arizona ahead, and Delgado struck out a career-high nine in seven innings to give the NL West leaders their first victory by a starting pitcher since Wade Miley beat St. Louis on June 5.

Diamondbacks starters went 0-11 over the next 24 games until Delgado (1-2) held New York in check for his first win since June 6, 2012, with Atlanta at Miami.

The 23-year-old right-hander from Panama was 0-6 in his previous nine starts dating to last season.


Diamondbacks put Bloomquist on DL, recall Campana

NEW YORK (AP) — The Diamondbacks have placed backup infielder Willie Bloomquist on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left hand and recalled outfielder Tony Campana from Triple-A Reno.

The speedy Campana took an overnight flight and was in the leadoff spot Wednesday against Mets ace Matt Harvey.

Bloomquist was hit by a pitch in Washington last Wednesday, but X-rays did not show a break. The move is retroactive to June 27.

Bloomquist is batting .292 with eight RBIs in 22 games. He started the season on the DL with a strained muscle on his right side and was activated May 31.

Campana, acquired in February from the Cubs for two minor league pitchers, was set to make his Diamondbacks debut.

He was 54 for 59 on stolen base attempts (91.5 percent) with Chicago from 2011-12.


Coyotes on solid ground after vote

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes' bid to find stability dragged on for four years and stretched for four more tense hours as the Glendale City Council debated on a lease agreement with a group trying to buy the team.

Finally, as the clock ticked toward midnight, the council voted 4-3 in favor of the deal, all but ensuring the Coyotes will stay in Arizona.

Renaissance Sports and Entertainment still must complete the lease deal and its purchase of the team from the NHL by Aug, 5, but it appears their fight to find an owner has ended.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who attended Tuesday's meeting, said last week that if the lease deal failed, the team probably would not play in Arizona anymore — and the speculation was that the team would quickly be relocated to Seattle.

Now, after four years of being run by the league, the Coyotes will be able to compete for players who had been financially out of their reach and retain more of the players already on the team.


Pacers sign draft pick, free agent Donald Sloan

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana signed first-round draft pick Solomon Hill and free-agent guard Donald Sloan on Wednesday.

The Pacers did not release terms.

Hill was a surprise choice at No. 23 overall in last week's NBA draft. Most analysts did not believe the 6-foot-7 swingman from Arizona would be taken in the first round but the Pacers believe he's a good fit in their system.

Sloan played in 23 games last season with Cleveland and New Orleans, averaging 3.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 rebounds.

Since Larry Bird officially returned as president of basketball operations Monday, the Pacers have been busy.

They hired Nate McMillan as associate head coach Monday, then announced their summer league roster.

On Tuesday, they agreed to a three-year deal with starting power forward David West.