UNDATED (AP) — The Oakland Athletics blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning this afternoon, then rallied in the bottom of the 14th to pull out a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Alexei Ramirez gave the White Sox a 4-2 lead with a two-out, two-run double in the 14th. But Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) knotted the score with a two-run blast before Kila Ka'aihue (KEE'-luh kuh-eye-HOO'-ah) won it with a bloop single.
Paul Konerko extended the game with his 400th career home run.
Over to the National League, where St. Louis was able to pad its lead in the Central with a 5-1 win over the Chicago Cubs. David Freese (freez) hit a two-run homer and an RBI double to help the Cardinals avoid a three-game sweep. Lance Lynn allowed a run and six hits in eight innings to become the majors' first four-game winner.
Milwaukee is three games behind the Redbirds after Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) had a career-best four hits and Chris Snyder singled home the tiebreaking run in Houston's 7-5 triumph over the Brewers. J.D. Martinez had three hits and three RBIs to help the Astros beat the Brewers for the first time in 12 tries.
The Pittsburgh Pirates split a pair with Colorado, beating the Rockies 5-1 in the nightcap after dropping a 2-1 decision. Pirates Game 1 starter James McDonald carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but the Rockies eventually pulled ahead on Tyler Colvin's sacrifice fly in the eighth. Garret Jones had three hits and two RBIs in Game 2 to support Charlie Morton's seven innings of six-hit ball.
Cole Hamels did a bit of everything in Philadelphia's 7-2 win at Arizona, hitting a two-run single and limiting the Diamondbacks to two runs and four hits in eight innings. Placido Polanco and Carlos Ruiz each had three hits for the Phillies, who finish 5-5 on their 10-game road trip.
Pineda shelved for season
UNDATED (AP) — Michael Pineda's (pihn-AY'-duhz) season is over before it began. The New York Yankees pitcher needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will be out for about a year.
Pineda hasn't appeared in a game for the Yankees this season after being traded from Seattle in January. He has been out since he had discomfort in the shoulder during a spring training start on March 30.
Also in the majors, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson says an MRI on Ryan Zimmerman's right shoulder shows inflammation but no structural damage. Johnson held Zimmerman out of today's lineup and says the plan is to have him take some swings on Thursday to see how he feels.
The San Francisco Giants put Aubrey Huff on the 15-day disabled list as he receives treatment for an anxiety attack. The Giants originally said Huff left the team in New York over the weekend because of a family emergency. Huff is expected to rejoin the team in San Francisco over the weekend.
Saints players still on the hook
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') says the league is still doing interviews regarding player punishments that likely will be handed down for the Saints' pay-for-hits bounty system.
A league investigation found that from 2009-11 New Orleans coaches and players put together a bounty system that paid out improper cash bonuses for hits aimed at knocking opposing players out of games.
The NFL says as many as 27 Saints players participated.
Packers releasing Collins...Falcons obtain Samuel
UNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are parting ways with Nick Collins due to concerns about the veteran safety's ability to return from a significant neck injury suffered in a game on Sept. 18.
A second-round pick in the 2005 NFL draft, Collins started 95 games in seven NFL seasons.
His agent says Collins has not decided whether he will attempt to continue his career with another team.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
— The Falcons have acquired four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Asante (ah-SAHN'-tay) Samuel from the Philadelphia Eagles for a seventh-round draft pick. The 31-year-old defensive back agreed to restructure his contract to a three-year, $18.5 million deal with Atlanta. His old deal with Philadelphia was worth $21 million over the next two seasons.
— Veteran free agent kicker Neil Rackers has signed with the Washington Redskins and will compete with incumbent Graham Gano (guh-NOH'). Rackers has played 12 seasons with Cincinnati, Arizona and Houston.
—Kicker Mike Nugent has signed his one-year tender offer as the Bengals' franchise player. Nugent recovered from knee surgery and set team records with 132 points and 33 field goals last season, helping Cincinnati to a wild card playoff spot. He was an unrestricted free agent after the season, but the Bengals used their franchise tag on him in early March.
Harden cleared to return
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden has been cleared to play again, although he's still being held out of tonight's game against Denver.
Harden passed the league-mandated tests after suffering a concussion on Sunday, the result of an elbow to the head from Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace. The incident caused the NBA to suspend World Peace for seven games.
Horford not ready
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford says he won't be able to play in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against Boston because of a torn pectoral muscle that has already forced him to miss most of the regular season. Horford practiced four-on-four Monday but woke up sore and weak yesterday. He is still hoping to play in the conference semifinals should the Hawks advance.
Narrowing the field
NEW YORK (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers, Jonathan Quick of the Kings and Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh RIH'-nuh) of the Predators are the finalists for the NHL's Vezina (VEH'-zih-nuh) Trophy for best goaltender.
The winner will be announced June 20 at the league's awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MIDDLE TENNESSEE
New deal for coach
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Kermit Davis has agreed to a five-year contract extension with Middle Tennessee that runs through the 2016-17 season. Davis took the Blue Raiders to a school-record 27 wins this season and was the Sun Belt Conference coach of the year.
Bristol is trying to accommodate fans wishes
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — After soliciting fan feedback through social media, Bristol Motor Speedway is going back to the future. Track operator Bruton Smith says they are removing some of the banking in response to fan complaints that racing at the once-revered track is boring.
Bristol was one of the toughest tickets in sports for a long time. But the speedway that holds 160,000 was roughly half full for last month's NASCAR race.
Spanning the globe
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The World Golf Championship event that has been played in Shanghai since 2009 is moving to California for this year's tournament.
The International Federation of PGA Tours has announced that the $7 million WGC HSBC Champions will be played Oct. 29-Nov. 4 on the longest of the 12 courses at Mission Hills.
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