301 will have to wait for Big Unit...Five more homers in Yankee bandbox
(AP) - The Florida Marlins didn't show the owner of baseball's newest pitching milestone much respect.
Sean West did not allow a hit until the seventh inning in his fourth career start and Brett Carroll hit his first career home run to help Marlins beat 300-game winner Randy Johnson and the San Francisco Giants 4-0. Johnson was seeking his 301st career victory but allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings.
West allowed one baserunner - a leadoff walk to Andres Torres in the third - through the first six innings. Edgar Renteria then lined a single to left on West's first pitch of the seventh.
West gave up two hits, one walk and struck out six in eight innings.
Johnson was pitching on short rest, four days after he earned career victory No. 300 at Washington. He fell to 5-5.
In other NL action:
Colorado has completed a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. The Rockies beat the Cards 5-2 as Jason Marquis (mar-KEE') took the NL lead with his eighth win and Troy Tulowitzki homered for the first time in nearly a month. The last-place Rockies won their season-high fifth in a row under new manager Jim Tracy.
Atlanta won a 15-inning marathon against Pittsburgh, 7-6. David Ross ended it with a bases-loaded infield single in the 15th to drive in the winning run in a game that went four hours, 46 minutes. The win was manager Bobby Cox's 2,000th with the Braves.
After losing to Arizona in 18 innings in the longest game of the season on Sunday, the San Diego Padres dispatched the Diamondbacks 6-3 in regulation nine innings. Jake Peavy went seven innings for the win to even his mark at 6-6. Kevin Kouzmanoff tied his career-high with four RBIs.
In the AL:
Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3. Mark Teixeira (tuh-SHER'-uh), Nick Swisher and Derek Jeter also homered for the Yankees, who got all their runs on longballs off Andy Sonnanstine. Tampa Bay's Gabe Kapler hit his first home run of the season for Texas.
There have been 105 homers in 29 games at the $1.5 billion bandbox. That compared with 160 all last season at the original Yankee Stadium. This was the 10th five-homer game at the new ballpark.
Detroit and the Chicago White Sox split a twinbill. Brandon Inge (ihnj) singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Tigers beat the White Sox 5-4 in the opener. Jose Contreras allowed one hit in eight strong innings in his return to the majors and earned his first win in nearly a year as the White Sox beat the Tigers 6-1. Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik (poh-SEHD'-nihk) and Jim Thome (TOH'-mee) homered for the White Sox in the second game.
Adam Lind homered twice and drove in four runs and the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a 9-game road losing streak with a 6-3 win over Texas.
Oakland shaded Minnesota 4-3. Jack Cust hit his 10th homer for the Athletics, who've won seven in a row.
Rangers relieved on Hamilton news...Bonds' wife files for separation
(AP) - Texas Rangers All-Star center fielder Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a partial tear in an abdominal muscle and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. Rangers manager Ron Washington, who feared Hamilton might be lost for the season, called it "great" news and hopes to have Hamilton back in his lineup after the All-Star break next month.
In another Rangers note, the first-place club picked up manager Ron Washington's contract year option for 2010. The Rangers have led the AL West the past 33 days.
In other baseball news:
Barry Bonds' wife has filed for legal separation, citing irreconcilable differences. The former San Francisco Giants' slugger and Liz Watson were married in 1998 and have a 10-year-old daughter. Bonds' first marriage ended in a highly publicized divorce in 1994.
A defense attorney has entered pleas of not guilty on behalf of a Southern California man charged with killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in a drunken-driving crash. Defendant Andrew Thomas Gallo is charged with three counts of murder and other felonies in the April 9 crash. Adenhart died hours after he pitched six scoreless innings in his season debut. Two others also were killed and a third was critically injured.
Suspended slugger Manny Ramirez remains fifth among National League outfielders in the latest fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star game. The Los Angeles Dodgers star is serving a 50-game penalty for violating baseball's drug policy. He is eligible to return July 3, and the All-Star game is 11 days later in St. Louis.
Nationals eye 100 mph hurler with top pick
NEW YORK (AP) - The Major League Baseball draft will be held Tuesday night with the lowly Washington Nationals all but certain to select San Diego State fireballer Stephen Strasburg with the top overall pick. Strasburg is being touted as a "can't miss" prospect possessing a 100 miles-per-hour fastball and good command.
So the real challenge for Washington will be inking Strasburg. Agent Scott Boras is sure to request a record contract - perhaps worth approximately $50 million. The Nationals failed to sign their first pick last year, pitcher Aaron Crow, when the two sides differed over less than $500,000.
Clubs have until Aug. 15 to sign their picks, otherwise they lose their rights.
Lakers expecting hostile environment
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - L.A. Lakers coach Phil Jackson says he expects a rowdy atmosphere at Orlando's Amway Arena when Game 3 of the NBA Finals is played Tuesday night. The Lakers take a 2-0 series lead into Orlando where the Magic will be hosting their first finals game since 1995.
Jackson says "it's going to be a big event for their town. We know there's going to be a lot of energy that's surrounding their team."
Orlando has never won a game in the NBA Finals. It is 0-6 in franchise history in the finals.
The Lakers are coming off a 101-96 overtime win Sunday night that followed a 100-75 blowout win in the opener in the two games played in L.A.
Red Wings can wrap up 12th NHL title
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh "white out" - where all the Penguins fans are covered with white T-shirts -- is expected to greet the Detroit Red Wings for Tuesday night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Red Wings can wrap up their 12th Stanley Cup in team history - and second straight and fifth in 12 seasons - they take on the Penguins.
The Red Wings are coming off a 5-0 rout of the Pens Saturday night. The home team has won every game in this series.
If the Penguins prevail, Game 7 will be Friday night in the Motor City.
Deadline for Favre
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings reportedly have told Brett Favre (fahrv) to decide this week if he wants to play this year. ESPN says coach Brad Childress imposed the deadline on the star quarterback. The network cited two unidentified sources on its Web site.
ESPN has said that Favre had arthroscopic surgery last month on his ailing right shoulder. When Favre retired in February for the second time, he blamed a partially torn biceps tendon for his poor play late in the season with the New York Jets. He said his health was the main reason behind his decision.
Nadal getting checked out
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A posting on Rafael Nadal's (nah-DAHLZ') Web site says the world No. 1 is having his knees checked by doctors and expects to announce his status for Wimbledon by Wednesday. The All-England Championship starts June 22.
The Spanish star withdrew from this week's Wimbledon tuneup at Queen's Club in London, citing knee trouble. His 31-match winning streak at the French Open ended with a fourth-round loss.
Nadal beat Roger Federer last year at the All England Club in the longest men's championship match in tournament history.
Tiger on the prowl
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Fresh off his win at the Memorial in Ohio, Tiger Woods returned to the Black Course at Bethpage and tuned up in preparation for his U.S. Open title defense. Woods played 18 holes with swing coach Hank Haney.
Woods won last year's Open at Torrey Pines in a 19-hole playoff against Rocco Mediate (MEE-dee-ayt). He won the U.S. Open in 2002, the last time it was held at Bethpage Black, and was the only player to finish under par.
Some of golf's biggest names failed to qualify for this year's Open. John Daly, Davis Love III, Brad Faxon, Billy Andrade (AHN'-drayd), Chris DiMarco and John Rollins will all sit out the Open.
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