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    Yasiel Puig gave his fans reason to cheer with his first home run for the Reds in Cincinnati. Now he wants a dining recommendation from them. Puig hit a two-run homer in the first inning off the facade of the second deck in left-center field, and the Reds wasted an early lead and then rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 Tuesday night. José Peraza had his first RBIs since homering on opening day, and Tucker Barnhart homered for the Reds, who have won four of five following a four-game losing streak. A crowd of about 50 fans, mostly teenagers, occupied seats in the right field corner and chanted 'We want Puig!' before the outfielder took the field for the first inning. Many waved Puig-oriented signs, one waved a flag of Puig's native Cuba and some wore horse headgear, a reference to his 'Wild Horse' nickname. 'I was surprised to see the fans in right field cheering for me,' Puig said. 'I want to thank them for supporting me and my teammates. I saw the horses, the Cuban flag. There must be a lot of Cuban people in Cincinnati. I have to meet some of them to find a good Cuban restaurant.' Cincinnati led 3-0 in the fifth inning, fell behind 4-3 in the sixth, then scored four runs in the bottom half. 'We had a lot of good at bats,' Reds manager David Bell said. Peraza hit a two-run double off Kevin Gausman (1-2) for a 5-4 lead, Jessie Biddle forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Phillip Ervin and Puig hit a sacrifice fly against Wes Parsons. Robert Stephenson (2-0) struck out two batters with a runner on third to end the sixth. Atlanta scored on RBI doubles by Charlie Culberson against Wandy Peralta in the seventh and Dansby Swanson off Jared Hughes in the eighth. Raisel Iglesias allowed Matt Joyce's leadoff double in the ninth, then retired Ozzie Albies, Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman for his fifth save in six chances. Cincinnati scored its most runs since routing Miami 14-0 on April 9. The Reds entered last in the major leagues in batting average at .197. Joey Votto walked three times and singled in his first game after missing two games due to back tightness. Swanson also tripled for the Braves. Sonny Gray tied his season high with nine strikeouts but tired in the middle innings. He allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as his ERA rose from 2.79 to 3.28. He is 0-3 in five starts in his first season since the Reds acquired him from the New York Yankees. 'He didn't make many mistakes,' Freeman said. 'It's hard to be perfect, but he was pretty much perfect until the sixth.' Gausman (1-2) gave up six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. 'His velocity was spiking up and down,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. 'That was one of those games you grind through. He gave us a chance to win.' Puig's third home run of the season went 432 feet and was his first in Cincinnati this season, and Barnhart homered leading off the fourth. Ender Inciarte homered in the fifth and Atlanta went ahead in the sixth when Donaldson hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Freeman, who came home on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly. ROTATIONS Snitker said LHP Max Fried (3-0, 1.38) will start Friday's series opener against visiting Colorado. The Reds have flipped the starts of right-handers Anthony DeSclafani (0-1, 5.59) and Luis Castillo (2-1), slotting Castillo will pitch against Atlanta on Thursday and DeSclafani at St. Louis on Friday. BALL FOUR Cincinnati batters had a season-high nine walks, which tied the Braves' most this season. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz, who hasn't pitched this season because of a right elbow bone spur, is expected to start Saturday against Colorado. Reds: OF Matt Kemp went on the 10-day IL with a broken left rib sustained when crashing into the outfield wall at San Diego on Sunday. UP NEXT Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (0-1, 1.80) is scheduled to make his first big league start on Wednesday against Cincinnati, with RHP Tanner Roark (1-0, 3.60) starting for the Reds. It will be Roark's 17th start against Atlanta, which has a .231 average against him. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Atlanta Braves (11-10, third in the NL East) vs. Cincinnati Reds (8-13, fifth in the NL Central) Cincinnati; Tuesday, 6 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.75 ERA, .76 WHIP, 22 strikeouts) Reds: Sonny Gray (1-3, 2.79 ERA, .88 WHIP, 22 strikeouts) LINE: Reds favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: Cincinnati and Atlanta will play at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday. The Reds are 5-5 in home games. Cincinnati's team on-base percentage of .261 is last in the majors. Tucker Barnhart leads the club with an OBP of .377. The Braves are 4-4 on the road. Atlanta's team on-base percentage of .355 is third in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the club with an OBP of .438. This is the first game between these teams in 2019. TOP PERFORMERS: Eugenio Suarez leads the Reds with nine extra base hits and is batting .235. Jose Iglesias has nine hits and is batting .281 over the last 10 games for Cincinnati. Freeman leads the Braves with 25 hits and has 12 RBIs. Josh Donaldson is 13-for-36 with three doubles, four home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Reds: 5-5, .200 batting average, 3.38 ERA, outscored opponents by two runs Braves: 4-6, .268 batting average, 5.30 ERA, outscored by three runs Reds Injuries: Alex Wood: 10-day IL (back), Sonny Gray: day-to-day (calf), Matt Kemp: day-to-day (chest wall contusion), Joey Votto: day-to-day (back), Scooter Gennett: 10-day IL (groin), Alex Blandino: 10-day IL (knee). Braves Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jonny Venters: 10-day IL (calf), Darren O'Day: 10-day IL (forearm), Mike Foltynewicz: 10-day IL (elbow). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
  • Josh Donaldson found his power stroke at Progressive Field. A few months too late for the Cleveland Indians, though. Donaldson had two homers and four RBIs, Freddie Freeman added three hits and the Atlanta Braves pounded Cleveland's pitching for the second straight night, beating the Indians 11-5 Sunday. Donaldson belted a solo homer in the first and followed with a three-run shot in the second to continue the Braves' dominance that began in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. The Indians acquired Donaldson from Toronto late last season in hopes he could regain his swing for the playoffs. The 2015 AL MVP hit three home runs in September, but managed one single in 11 at-bats in the Division Series when Cleveland was swept by Houston. Donaldson singled in the fourth, walked in the seventh and scored four times. He had the 17th multihomer game of his career. 'He's one of the scariest hitters when he gets going in the game,' Indians manager Terry Francona said. 'I'm sure if you're sitting on their side, you get excited for them.' Braves manager Brian Snitker said Saturday he sensed Donaldson was getting close to a hot streak. The slugging third baseman made those words look good. 'You know what he's capable of,' Snitker said. 'He's starting to get it going, which is nice.' Atlanta outscored Cleveland 19-5 over the final 14 innings of the three-game series. The Indians won the first game and led 7-0 after two innings in Game Two, but the Braves rallied for an 8-7 win. 'They probably threw me 45 sliders yesterday in the doubleheader, so I figured it would probably be a slider buffet again,' said Donaldson, who was 2 for 7 with three strikeouts Saturday. 'After I got one of them, I did get a fastball on the second (homer).' Donaldson signed a $23 million, one-year contract with the Braves as a free agent. He has four homers and seven RBIs in 21 games. Donaldson continued his success at Progressive Field, where he has 11 home runs and 27 RBIs in 32 career games. 'I like it here,' he said. 'I like the park. It sets up pretty well for me. I didn't see the ball well yesterday, but I did again tonight.' Donaldson, the game's second hitter, homered to center on a 1-1 pitch. His second-inning blast landed in the left field bleachers and gave Atlanta a 5-0 lead. Max Fried (3-0) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander walked the bases loaded in the first but retired Jason Kipnis on a flyball to end the inning. Indians starter Shane Bieber (2-1) was charged with seven runs (five earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Cleveland All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor, playing his second game since returning from an ankle injury, hit a one-out homer in the seventh — the 99th of his career. He committed an error on Brian McCann's grounder in the first. The lopsided loss came on Francona's 60th birthday. Cleveland used seven pitchers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, who retired the side in order in the ninth on two grounders and a flyball. Freeman has reached base in all 21 games this season. NOT THE FIRST TIME Plawecki pitched twice for the New York Mets in 2017. He pointed out that Sunday's performance dropped his career ERA from 12.00 to 9.00. Plawecki used the glove of pitcher Mike Clevinger, who didn't give up a run in two starts before going on the injured list with a back injury. 'He's got zeros in that thing so I figured while he was out I might as well use it,' Plawecki said. SETTLED IN Fried regrouped after his shaky first inning. He didn't walk another batter and kept the Indians scoreless until the seventh. 'I just tried to treat the second inning like it was a new game and not give them any more walks,' he said. 'If they were going to do it, they're going to have to earn it. It was just a mentality and trusting my stuff.' UP NEXT Braves: RHP Kevin Gausman (1-1, 2.75 ERA) will pitch the opener of three-game series opener Tuesday in Cincinnati. Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 7.41 ERA) will start against Miami as Cleveland wraps up its homestand with a two-game series beginning Tuesday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Scott McCarron completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on Sunday for his third victory at TPC Sugarloaf. The winner of the PGA Tour defunct BellSouth Classic at the course in 1997 and 2001, McCarron closed with a 1-under 72 for a two-stroke victory over Jerry Kelly, Joe Durant, Kirk Triplett and Kent Jones in the PGA Tour Champions event. 'Obviously, it's a golf course I like,' McCarron said. 'I got to play here my first time with Greg Norman, who designed the golf course. When we were coming here I called him for a practice round. He kind of showed me some of the lines off the tees, where you could go, where you could get some more yardage and where you need to hit it on layups, those type of things. He taught me a lot on how to play this golf course.' The 53-year-old McCarron finished at 7-under 209 for his ninth victory on the 50-and-over tour. He won three times on the PGA Tour. 'I'm having so much fun playing on the PGA Tour Champions,' McCarron said. 'This is like a new lease on life for me for my golf career, but I also know that there's an end in sight. Because of that, I'm putting everything I can into these whatever, 10, 15 years.' McCarron lost the lead with a slow start, playing the first four holes in 1 over with two birdies, a bogey and double bogey on the par-5 third. He birdied the par-4 13th to break a tie with Durant and opened a two-stroke lead with an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-4 15th. 'It was just, 'Stay patient, stay patient.' That was it,' McCarron said. McCarron earned $270,000 and took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup points race. Kelly birdied the final two holes for a 67. Durant, Triplett and Jones shot 69. Durant birdied four of the first six holes to take the lead. He bogeyed the par-4 ninth and closed with nine straight pars. 'I missed a couple short putts for birdies I could have made,' Durant said. 'But based upon the state of my game at the beginning of the week, I'm very pleased with how I finished because I wasn't playing particularly well. Just due to the tough conditions, was grinding it out.' Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz tied for 61st among the 77 finishers at 11 over, shooting 80-74-73. The former Atlanta Braves star got into the field on a sponsor exemption. He tied for 53rd in Tucson, Arizona, in March his tour debut. Fellow former big league pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa had a 74 to tie for 72nd at 15 over. He also got a sponsor exemption.
  • Atlanta Braves (10-10, third in the NL East) vs. Cleveland Indians (12-8, second in the NL Central) Cleveland; Sunday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Max Fried (2-0, 0.92 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 12 strikeouts) Indians: Shane Bieber (2-0, 1.71 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 22 strikeouts) LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Both Atlanta and Cleveland are looking for a series win with a victory. The Indians are 6-2 in home games. Cleveland has slugged .323, last in the league. Carlos Santana leads the team with a .524 slugging percentage, including six extra-base hits. The Braves are 3-4 on the road. Atlanta has a team on-base percentage of .351, good for second in the National League. Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the club with a mark of .424. The Braves won the last meeting 8-7. Luke Jackson earned his second victory and Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs for Atlanta. Adam Cimber registered his first loss for Cleveland. TOP PERFORMERS: Leonys Martin leads the Indians with three home runs and has six RBIs. Jake Bauers is 8-for-34 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland. Acuna leads the Braves with six home runs and has 16 RBIs. Josh Donaldson is 11-for-37 with four doubles, two home runs and three RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 5-5, .229 batting average, 4.29 ERA, outscored by two runs Braves: 4-6, .262 batting average, 4.90 ERA, outscored by three runs Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 60-day IL (shoulder), Mike Clevinger: 60-day IL (back), Bradley Zimmer: 10-day IL (shoulder). Braves Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jonny Venters: 10-day IL (calf), Darren O'Day: 10-day IL (forearm), Mike Foltynewicz: 10-day IL (elbow). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.
  • Francisco Lindor's comeback got upstaged by one from Atlanta. Ronald Acuña Jr.'s two-run double highlighted a five-run rally in the ninth inning as the Braves stormed back to beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday night, gaining a split and spoiling Lindor's season debut. The Braves trailed 7-0 after two innings but chipped away late and stopped a four-game losing streak. 'That was the definition of Braves baseball,' closer A.J. Minter said. 'Chop on! You've got to play all nine innings. These hitters, they don't stop. When we went ahead, I just felt like the game was over with. I really did.' Cleveland won the opener 8-4 behind Corey Kluber's strong outing. Acuña ripped his double to left on the second pitch from Cody Anderson, Cleveland's third reliever in the ninth and a pitcher seeking his first big league save. The Braves also got a two-run single by Ozzie Albies and a bases-loaded walk to Freddie Freeman in the inning before Acuña, the budding star, came through after going hitless in his previous six at-bats. 'Of course, we've never given up, we've never surrendered,' Acuna said. 'We're going to keep at it until that 27th out. That never changes.' Dansby Swanson's two-run homer in the seventh got things for the Braves, who then sent 11 batters to the plate in the ninth. Luke Jackson (2-0) pitched the eighth, and Minter struck out the side in the ninth for his second save. 'I never feel like they're out of a game because I've seen this happen several other times,' Braves manager Brian Snitker said. 'That's the thing I admire the most about this group — and that's a good trait to have.' Before Atlanta's comeback, the Indians and their fans welcomed Lindor, who returned after missing 19 games with an ankle injury. He went 1 for 5 with a run scored, but more importantly, the talented shortstop was back atop Cleveland's lineup and his presence had an immediate effect. 'I had a blast,' Lindor said. 'Unfortunately, we lost. It's not the outcome we wanted. But it's good. It felt good to be out there with the team. Felt good to listen to the crowd. It was a tough game, but I was happy to be a part of it.' With Lindor back in his familiar leadoff spot, the Indians scored seven runs in their first two at-bats against Touki Toussaint, whose first start this season couldn't have gone much worse. The right-hander gave up six hits, hit three batters and dropped the Braves into a deep, early hole. Trevor Bauer kept them there for nearly seven innings. He allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 innings and threw a season-high 120 pitches while making Atlanta's hitters guess what was coming next. Bauer has allowed four earned runs or fewer in his last 58 starts, the majors' longest streak since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux did it for 106 straight outings from 1991-94. Afterward, Bauer expressed frustration at Atlanta's approach against him. 'It didn't seem like they wanted to hit tonight,' Bauer said. 'It seemed like they were looking to take pitches and foul pitches off. I guess it worked out for them. So, I mean you've got to give them credit. They made me throw a lot of pitches and they got me out of the game in the seventh instead of having me go eight or nine, so I guess good job.' After receiving a boisterous ovation as he stretched while walking slowly to the plate, Lindor struck out in his first at-bat of 2019. An inning later, he singled sharply to right-center and scored on Ramirez's base hit. Lindor is wearing a brace on his ankle, which has slightly altered his gait but his boyish enthusiasm remains unchanged. José Ramirez hit a two-run single and Jake Bauers added a two-run double during Cleveland's five-run outburst in the second, which was aided by Toussaint hitting Leonys Martin — for the second straight time — and nailing Carlos González. In the opener, Kluber bounced back from one of his worst outings in recent years by working seven innings. The right-hander didn't get out of the third in his previous start, when he walked a career-high five and gave up two homers in a no-decision. FLOWER POWER C Tyler Flowers raised his career average against Bauer to .545 (6 for 11) with a single and a run-scoring triple in two plate appearances. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: Acuña stayed in the opener after being hit on the left elbow by Kluber in the third. Acuña also slid awkwardly while catching Allen's sinking liner in the same inning. Indians: Injured starter Mike Clevinger has elected not to undergo surgery on an upper back strain, a procedure that could sideline him for three months. Francona said the right-hander will undergo another MRI and the results will determine when he can resume throwing. UP NEXT Atlanta's LHP Max Fried (2-0, 0.92 ERA) will start the nationally televised three-game series finale against RHP Shane Bieber (2-0, 1.71 ERA), who has limited opponents to a .147 average in five appearances. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports i
  • Scott McCarron birdied the par-5 18th hole Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Mitsubishi Electric Classic. The 53-year-old McCarron completed a 4-under 68 in the morning in the rain-delayed second round and shot a 70 in the afternoon to reach 6-under 138 at TPC Sugarloaf, the site of his last two PGA Tour titles. 'It was a grind all the way. It was a tough day again,' McCarron said. 'The wind was up, it was very cold, tough to get the ball close. You can see with the scores. ... The golf course is playing very difficult. And 2 under, I felt like I left a couple out there, but I also made a couple really good par saves, too.' McCarron has eight victories on the 50-and-over tour. He won three times on the PGA Tour, taking the BellSouth Classic at the course in 1997 and 2001. 'It's a long time,' McCarron said. 'But again, once you come back to a golf course you play well at, those memories start coming back to you. You start seeing lines off tees that you took, you start seeing maybe some of the putts you made coming down the stretch. Even though it's a long time, I still have a pretty good memory of the good stuff.' Rocco Mediate was second, following an opening 73 with a 68. 'For me, it was really good,' Mediate said. 'I put it on 17 greens today, which is sweet. Still, the putting is so hard around here. Jeez, oh, man, the putting's hard around here. They're just so fast. They're firm. They're still lightning, they're still bricks, so you've got to have control.' Miguel Angel Jimenez (70) was 2 under along with Kent Jones (68), Joe Durant (70) and Kirk Triplett (70). Jimenez, the 2014 winner, closed with a double bogey on 18. Bernhard Langer was tied for 20th at 2 over after rounds of 77 and 69. The 61-year-old German star won the 2013 event and finished second four of the last five years. He won the Oasis Championship in February for his 39th Champions title. Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz was tied for 68th in the 78-player field at 10 over, finishing off a first-round 80 and shooting 74 in the second. The former Atlanta Braves star got into the field on a sponsor exemption. He tied for 53rd in Tucson, Arizona, in March his tour debut. Fellow former big league pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa also struggled, shooting 79-78 to drop into a tie for 74th at 13 over. He also got a sponsor exemption.
  • Francisco Lindor missed all the little moments. The big ones, too. 'Every pitch. Every out. Every celebration after every win,' the Cleveland Indians' All-Star shortstop said. 'It was everything equally.' Sidelined for the season's first 18 games, Lindor was activated from the injured list Saturday before a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves. Lindor had been out since spraining his left ankle while running the bases near the end of spring training as he was rehabbing a right calf sprain. For the 25-year-old, the time away from his teammates and a season's subtle moments was difficult. 'Missing the flights. Missing getting to a hotel, getting your room key and figuring out what you're going to eat,' he said. 'I missed that. I miss my teammates. I miss the game. I miss the things within the game. It's an honor. It's a privilege to be healthy. It's a blessing, and I ain't taking it for granted. I used to take health for granted. Not no more.' Lindor did not play in Cleveland's 8-4 win in the opener, but he was back in his familiar spot at shortstop and batting leadoff in the second game. After receiving a loud ovation when he came to the plate in the first inning, Lindor fouled off two pitches before striking out against Atlanta right-hander Touki Toussaint in his first at-bat of 2019. The Indians went 11-7 without Lindor, but his presence makes them a better team in every area. 'He's one of the best players in the game,' manager Terry Francona said. 'He's a difference maker everywhere: clubhouse, dugout, on the bases, at short, in the batter's box.' Francona wants to ease Lindor back and intends to use him as the designated hitter occasionally. Lindor will play Sunday night and the Indians are off Monday, giving him a chance to recover and the team to assess the next stages of his return. 'The biggest thing is common sense,' Francona said. 'It's not like he can't play three out of four, four out of five. It's just we'll pick a spot and we'll DH him at times. It's not just for his ankle, but it's his whole body. We want him to be able to help us. We don't want to run him into the ground. So, we'll try to use common sense.' In Lindor's absence, the leadoff spot has been manned by center fielder Leonys Martin. Lindor said it doesn't matter where Francona puts him. 'We have a different team from last year,' said Lindor, his hair newly braided after being dyed blue. 'Where he needs me, I'm going to hit. If he needs me second, I'll hit second. If he needs me third, I'll hit third. If he needs me last, and hopefully he don't need me last, but I will hit last. Wherever he needs me, I'm going to be there and I'm going to be Francisco Lindor. I'm going to be the same player regardless of where I'm hitting.' Lindor will wear a brace on his ankle, but said he won't be limited at the plate or in the field. He may not be fully healed, but he's good enough. 'We'll see how I feel on a daily basis, but I feel like I'm in a good spot,' he said. 'I feel like I'm ready to play in a big league game and not take any out off. If I make any errors, it's not because of my ankle. It will never be because of my ankle, it will be because of me. I'm going to go out there as hard as I can. I'll be better, trust me.' To make roster space, the Indians designated veteran slugger Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The Indians signed Ramirez during the offseason to help offset the loss of power following the departures of Michael Brantley, Edwin Encarnacion and Yonder Alonso. The 35-year-old was batting .184 (9 of 49) with two homers and eight RBIs. 'We talked to Hanley yesterday and he was about as professional as you could be,' Francona said. 'And I wanted to make sure people understood this was a baseball decision. Hanley was a model citizen for us. Because I know he wants to keep playing and I hope he does because he handled himself so well.' ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom played catch in the outfield of Busch Stadium and may not need an MRI on his elbow after all. DeGrom said before the game at St. Louis on Saturday that his elbow soreness likely was from altering his routine during a recent bout of strep throat. 'After getting some treatment and getting things moving around, it started feeling a little better,' deGrom said. 'So decided to throw and felt good with how it went.' The Mets placed deGrom on the injured list Friday retroactive to April 16 because of right elbow soreness. The club had announced that deGrom would be returning to New York for an MRI of his elbow. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said they reversed course because he responded well to treatment. 'Much improved,' Callaway said. 'We'll get him back to New York and get him checked out and go from there.' The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, who had been scheduled to pitch Saturday, was coming off two shaky starts. He is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA this season. DeGrom said he'd been sick since Atlanta, with 'whole body' soreness. 'I've had Tommy John before and done those tests, and everything feels fine with that,' deGrom said of the 2010 surgery. 'I'm not really worried about the spot it's in, it's just more being smart and not trying to go out there and do too much too early and risk a more serious injury.' DeGrom posted a 1.70 ERA in 32 starts last season. He signed a $137.5 million, five-year contract in March ahead of opening day. ____ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Atlanta Braves (9-9, third in the NL East) vs. Cleveland Indians (11-7, first in the NL Central) Cleveland; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Julio Teheran (2-1, 4.71 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 23 strikeouts) Indians: Corey Kluber (2-2, 6.16 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, 21 strikeouts) BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Indians host the Atlanta Braves for a doubleheader Saturday. The Indians are 5-1 in home games. Cleveland has slugged .319, last in the league. Carlos Santana leads the club with a .537 slugging percentage, including six extra-base hits. The Braves are 2-3 on the road. Atlanta's team on-base percentage of .355 is fourth in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with an OBP of .439. TOP PERFORMERS: Leonys Martin leads the Indians with seven extra base hits and is batting .258. Jake Bauers is 9-for-35 with a double, two home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland. Ozzie Albies leads the Braves with 22 hits and is batting .289. Dansby Swanson is 8-for-33 with a double, a triple, two home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 6-4, .217 batting average, 3.24 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs Braves: 5-5, .268 batting average, 4.35 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 60-day IL (shoulder), Mike Clevinger: 60-day IL (back), Bradley Zimmer: 10-day IL (shoulder), Carlos Santana: day-to-day (hamstring), Francisco Lindor: 10-day IL (ankle/calf). Braves Injuries: Arodys Vizcaino: 10-day IL (shoulder), Jonny Venters: 10-day IL (calf), Darren O'Day: 10-day IL (forearm), Mike Foltynewicz: 10-day IL (elbow). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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  • A California girl managed to avoid a man following her in a car as she walked through a Vacaville neighborhood by hiding behind a parked truck. >> Read more trending news  Home surveillance video captured the incident, which happened earlier this month, and shows the girl being followed by a dark colored Pontiac driven by an adult man. The girl is clearly trying to avoid the man as he repeatedly turns around and tries to approach her. Vacaville police Capt. Matt Lydon said when the girl first noticed she was being followed, she walked to a different neighborhood and the driver followed.  Trending: Children find their lost puppy hanging from noose in woods behind home “As she walked into the adjacent neighborhood, she saw the Pontiac again,” Lydon said, according to KRON-TV. “She hid behind a parked truck on the street as the male went up and down the street a couple of times attempting to get her attention and attempting to have a conversation with her.” The video shows the girl hide behind the truck as the car repeatedly drives by, backs up and stops as the driver tries to engage in a conversation with her. >> Trending: Opossum found living in 7-year-old’s bedroom for 3 days before parents find it  When the car appears to drive off, the girl takes off running. Police are hoping someone may be able to help identify the driver and the car.
  • Nine explosions hit multiple churches, hotels and other locations in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing more than 300 people and injuring hundreds more, according to The Associated Press and other media outlets. >> Read more trending news  The victims included at least four Americans, State Department officials said Monday. Here are the latest updates:  Update 11:30 p.m. EDT April 23: Police said the death toll in the Easter attacks has risen to 359 and more suspects have been arrested. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara also said Wednesday morning that 18 suspects were arrested overnight, raising the total detained to 58. The prime minister warned on Tuesday that several suspects armed with explosives were still at large. Update 1 p.m. EDT April 23: Sunday’s bombings claimed the lives of 45 children, officials with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund said Tuesday in a statement. “Many children have lost one or both parents, and countless children have witnessed shocking and senseless violence,” UNICEF officials said. More than 320 people were killed and 500 injured in the bombings. Update 7:11 a.m. EDT April 23: The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, the Guardian and the Washington Post are reporting. The group, which has lost all the territory it once held in Iraq and Syria, has made a series of unsupported claims of responsibility. Update 5:55 a.m. EDT April 23: Sri Lankan officials said the death toll from Sunday’s bombings has risen to 321, the Guardian and the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The news came as Sri Lankan Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardene said the attacks were “carried out in retaliation” for the deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand last month, according to The Associated Press. So far, at least 40 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks, authorities said. Meanwhile, the country observed a day of mourning, including a three-minute moment of silence Tuesday morning. Mass burials also were held in Negombo, the Guardian reported. Officials have declared a state of emergency in Sri Lanka, giving military officials “enhanced war-time powers,” the AP reported. Authorities also are facing criticism amid reports that a top police official sent a letter April 11 to four security agencies warning that terror group National Towheed Jamaar was planning suicide bombings at churches, the AP reported. Update 9:45 p.m. EDT April 22: Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, issued a statement in response to the bombings.  “Today as a nation we mourn the senseless loss of innocent lives this past Easter Sunday. I would like to thank the military and police forces, the medical personnel and all those who have worked bravely and tirelessly without concern for their own safety, to ensure the safety and security of our citizens. It is imperative  that we remain unified as Sri Lankans in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.” A three-minute moment of silence for the victims of the explosions will be held at 8:30 a.m. local time, according to BBC reporter Azzam Ameen. Update 8 p.m. EDT April 22: The two Australians who officials said had been killed in the explosions have been identified by a family member. Sudesh Kolonne told Australian Broadcasting Corp. his wife, Manik Suriaaratchi, and their 1-year-old daughter Alexendria were killed in an attack in Negombo, which is north of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo. Kolonne said he was outside when the explosion happened. “I heard a huge noise and I jumped into the church and I saw that my wife and my daughter were on the floor,” he said. “I just saw my daughter on the floor and I tried to lift her up, (but) she was already dead. And (then) exactly the same… next my wife is there.” Kolonne said he and his family moved from Melbourne to Sri Lanka in 2014 when his wife started a consultancy business.  “I don’t know what to do,” he said. “We used to go to that church every Sunday. We never expected this.” Update 4:50 p.m. EDT April 22: A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed to The AP that the agency is providing assistance with the investigation into the bombings. She would not provide specifics. Update 3:50 p.m. EDT April 22: In an email to parents, officials at Sidwell Friends, a private school in the Washington-area, confirmed one of their students was killed in Sunday’s bombings, The Washington Post reported. School officials identified the student as Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa, a fifth-grade boy who had been on leave in Sri Lanka for the last year, according to the Post. “Kieran was passionate about learning, he adored his friends, and he was incredibly excited about returning to Sidwell Friends this coming school year,” school officials said in the letter. “We are beyond sorry not to get the opportunity to welcome Kieran to the Middle School.” State Department officials said earlier Monday that at least four Americans were among the nearly 300 people killed in Sunday’s attacks. Officials with the English education management company Pearson confirmed that one of the company’s Denver-based employees had also been killed in the bombings. Update 3 p.m. EDT April 22: Officials with the U.S. State Department confirmed Monday that at least four Americans were among the nearly 300 people killed in Sunday’s bombings in Sri Lanka. The department said that in addition to those killed, several others were seriously injured. Officials gave no details about the identities of the victims, citing privacy concerns. Earlier Monday, officials with the English education management company Pearson confirmed that one of the company’s Denver-based employees had been killed in the bombings. Pearson CEO John Fallon said Dieter Kowalski died shortly after arriving at his hotel in Sri Lanka for a business trip. Update 2:10 p.m. EDT April 22: President Donald Trump said he spoke Monday to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe after a series of bomb attacks in the country. In a tweet, Trump said he told Wickremesinghe “the United States stands by him and his country in the fight against terrorism.” “(I) also expressed condolences on behalf of myself and the People of the United States,” Trump wrote. Earlier Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed the government would provide “all possible assistance” to help in the investigation. Update 1:50 p.m. EDT April 22: Sri Lankan President Maithrpala Sirisena declared April 23 a national day of mourning in a statement obtained Monday by The Associated Press. In the statement, Sirisena said he planned to meet with foreign diplomats to seek international assistance. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said earlier Monday that the U.S. would provide “all possible assistance” to help in the investigation. Officials said nearly 40 foreign tourists from 11 countries were killed in Sunday’s attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.  Update 11:20 a.m. EDT April 22: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday mourned the victims of Sunday’s bomb attacks in Sri Lanka and promised the government would provide “all possible assistance” to Americans and Sri Lankans alike. Related: Sri Lanka attacks: Who are the National Thowheed Jamath? “We urge that any evil-doers be brought to justice expeditiously and America is prepared to support that,” he Pompeo said. “We also stand with the millions of Sri Lankas who support the freedom of their fellow citizens to worship as they please.” Pompeo confirmed that Americans were among those killed in Sunday’s attack, though he didn’t specify the number of American victims. “It’s heartbreaking that a country which has strived so hard for peace in recent years has been targeted by these terrorists,” he said. Related: Sri Lanka attack: Danish billionaire loses three of his four children in bombings Update 9:50 am. EDT April 22: A Denver man has been identified as one of the nearly 300 people killed Sunday in bombings in Sri Lanka, his employer confirmed Monday. Dieter Kowalski worked as senior leader of the operation technical services team for Pearson, an education management company. Though the company is based in England, Kowalski worked in Pearson’s Denver office, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.  “Colleagues who knew Dieter well talk about how much fun he was to be around, how big-hearted and full-spirited he was,” Pearson CEO John Fallon said in a statement shared with company employees and posted Monday on LinkedIn. “They tell of a man to whom we could give our ugliest and most challenging of engineering problems, knowing full well that he would jump straight in and help us figure it out. Dieter, they tell me, was never happier than cheer-leading for our customers and our company and inspiring people in the best way he knew how – by helping them to fix things and doing it with joy, happiness and grace.” Fallon said Kowalski died shortly after arriving at his hotel Sunday for a business trip. Update 7:55 a.m. EDT April 22: Three children of Anders Holch Povlsen, who owns Bestseller clothing, were killed in Sunday’s attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. The 46-year-old Danish billionaire, who is also the largest shareholder in ASOS, and his family were on vacation in Sri Lanka, the AP reported. Authorities said 39 foreigners were among the 290 people killed in Sunday’s attacks.  Meanwhile, a vehicle parked near St. Anthony’s Shrine, one of the churches that was bombed Sunday, exploded Monday as police tried to defuse three bombs inside, according to the AP. At least 87 bomb detonators have been found in Colombo, officials said. Police have detained at least 24 suspects in connection with Sunday’s bombings. Update 5:15 a.m. EDT April 22:  Government officials said the National Thowheed, a Sri Lankan militant group, was responsible for Sunday’s deadly attacks, the Guardian is reporting. However, a government spokesman said an “international network” helped the attackers. Seven suicide bombers caused six of the nine explosions Sunday, a forensic analyst told The Associated Press. Authorities also said a second Chinese citizen and two Australian citizens were among those killed in Sunday’s attacks. So far, the dead include citizens of the United States, India, Britain, China, Australia, Japan and Portugal, the AP reported. Meanwhile, a Sri Lanka military official said crews defused a homemade pipe bomb discovered late Sunday on a road to the airport outside Colombo, the AP reported. Update 12:10 a.m. EDT April 22: The death toll in the bombings has increased to 290 and more than 500 people have been wounded, according to police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara. Among those killed are five Indians, who were identified in tweets from India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka, The AP reported. China and Portugal also said they lost citizens, and the U.S. said “several” Americans were also killed in the bombings. The AP reported Sri Lankan officials said they would examine reports that intelligence failed to heed or detect warnings of a possible suicide attack.  “Some intelligence officers were aware of this incidence,” Telecommunications Minister Harin Fernando said in a tweet, according to The AP. “Therefore there was a delay in action. Serious action needs to be taken as to why this warning was ignored.”  Update 9:50 p.m. EDT April 21: Japan has confirmed at least one citizen death and four injuries from the bombings. The country has issued a safety warning to Japanese people in the country, telling them to avoid mosques, churches and public places like clubs, malls and government offices, The AP reported. Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed solidarity with Sri Lanka and sent his condolences to victims of the explosions. He also said Japan was committed to “combating terrorism.” Update 5:40 p.m. EDT April 21: The Associated Press reported that, according to internet censorship monitoring group NetBlocks, social media has been blocked across the country after the attacks. Most services, including YouTube, WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook have been temporarily blacked out to curb false information spread, according to Sri Lankan officials. According to NetBlocks, such blackouts are usually ineffective. Related: Sri Lanka explosions: Sri Lanka shuts down social media in wake of Easter attacks “We are aware of the government’s statement regarding the temporary blocking of social media platforms,” Facebook, which owns Instagram and WhatsApp, said in a statement to The AP. “People rely on our services to communicate with their loved ones and we are committed to maintaining our services and helping the community and the country during this tragic time.” Update 3:28 p.m. EDT April 21: Police have 13 suspects in custody, impounded a vehicle they believed was used by suspects and located a safe house used by the attackers.  Related: Photos: Easter Sunday blasts at Sri Lanka churches, hotels kill dozens No one has claimed responsibility for what Sri Lankan officials have described as a terrorist attack by religious extremists. Update 9:28 a.m. EDT April 21: Police have so far arrested three people in connection to the blasts, The Guardian reported. A motive for the bombings is still unclear, investigators said.  Update 8:46 a.m. EDT April 21: At least 207 people were killed and 450 hurt in Sunday’s attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. Officials said eight blasts targeted three churches, three hotels, a guesthouse and an area near a Dematagoda overpass, the AP reported. Authorities reportedly have arrested seven people in connection with the incidents. Update 8:07 a.m. EDT April 21: Sri Lankan officials say at least 190 people, including at least 27 foreigners and two police officers, were killed in Sunday’s attacks, The Associated Press is reporting. Seven people have been arrested in connection with the eight explosions, which rocked at least three churches and three hotels, as well as a guesthouse, officials said. Update 7:35 a.m. EDT April 21: President Donald Trump tweeted condolences to the Sri Lankan people Sunday morning. “The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” Trump tweeted. “We stand ready to help!” Update 7:19 a.m. EDT April 21: Hours after explosions at Sri Lankan churches and hotels left dozens dead and hundreds more injured, Pope Francis prayed for the victims during his annual Easter message at the Vatican. Related: Sri Lanka explosions: Pope denounces attacks during Easter blessing “I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community (of Sri Lanka), wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” Francis told the crowd in St. Peter’s Square, according to Vatican News. He later added: “I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished, and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.” Every year after leading Easter Mass, the pope delivers an “Urbi et Orbi” (“to the city and the world”) message, which addresses global issues and conflicts. Update 5:32 a.m. EDT April 21: Two more blasts have been reported in Sri Lanka. A seventh explosion hit a hotel in Dehiwala, and an eighth blast was reported in the capital, Agence France-Presse is reporting. Update 4:20 a.m. EDT April 21: At least 156 people were killed in blasts at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, Agence France-Presse is reporting. The dead include 35 foreigners, officials said. Update 3:34 a.m. EDT April 21: At least 137 people were killed in blasts at three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka, Agence France-Presse is reporting. The dead include 45 people in Colombo, 67 in Negombo and 25 in Batticaloa, officials said. At least nine of the people killed were foreigners, the news agency reported. More than 500 people were hurt in the explosions, according to The Associated Press. Original report:  Explosions hit three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing dozens of people and injuring nearly 300 more, news outlets are reporting. According to The Associated Press, blasts occurred Sunday morning at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo and a church in Batticaloa. Explosions also rocked the Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and Shangri La hotels in Colombo, the BBC reported. The Agence France-Presse news agency said 52 people died in the blasts. At least 283 people were taken to the hospital, the AP reported. Suicide bombers may have caused at least two of the church blasts, a security official told the AP.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Britney Spears appeared on Instagram on Tuesday evening to tell her fans that “all is well.” >> Read more trending news In the very brief Instagram video, Spears checked in, saying she “just needed time to deal,” but promised that she would be back very soon. “I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said. I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago... I did not write them. He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment 🌸🌸🌸 You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you” Earlier this month, Spears checked herself into a mental health facility as her father, Jamie Spears, continues to have health issues, according to TMZ. The celebrity news site reported that, according to unnamed sources, the singer has been distressed over her father’s illness, which the site claims is not getting better. In January, Spears announced that she was putting her planned Las Vegas residency — and the rest of her career — on hold for the sake of her father. The 37-year-old Spears has sons aged 13 and 12. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Children as old as 12, and even 13, may find themselves back in car booster seats under new legislation signed into law by Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee. >> Read more trending news  The new law updates children’s car seat regulations, requiring all children under 4 feet, 9 inches tall to ride in car booster seats.  According to House Bill 1012, children are required to sit in booster seats in vehicles “until the vehicle lap and shoulder seat belts fit properly, typically when the child is between the ages of eight and twelve years of age, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, or must be properly secured with the motor vehicle's safety belt properly adjusted and fastened around the child's body.” The new law also requires all children under 13 to ride in the back seat and requires children under 2 to ride in rear-facing car seats. “Children aged 2 to 4 can be forward-facing in a car seat until they reach the specifications for a booster seat,” according to the new law. >> Trending: Opossum found living in 7-year-old’s bedroom for 3 days before parents find it  People in violation of the law can be ticketed.
  • An Ohio 9-year-old boy performing in drag at a Lancaster bar prompted an Ohio lawmaker to introduce a bill to expand the definition of child endangerment. State Rep. Tim Schaffer, R-Lancaster, introduced House Bill 180 to prohibit a performance in a bar where a child simulates sexual activity. The business could lose its liquor license and the parent could face misdemeanor criminal charges, if the bill becomes law. >> Read more trending news “Given our heightened focus on human trafficking and the role money plays in trafficking children, I knew I had to take action to make sure this activity does not occur again,” Schaffer said. “We can do better to protect innocent children and we must do better.” Related: Video of the boy’s performance Jacob Measley has been performing as Miss Mae Hem for several months, according to The (Toledo) Blade. His performance includes cartwheels, high kicks, splits and dancing in costume. He got interested in drag queens while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, a reality TV show, with his mom, Jerri Measley, The Blade reported. She could not be reached for comment on this story. Video of a Dec. 1, 2018 performance at JD Hendersons bar in Lancaster led to complaints and an investigation by Lancaster police and state agencies, said Lancaster Mayor David Scheffler. No law violations were found, he said. After the investigations ended, a “social media outbreak” occurred when a website purporting to be the city of Lancaster made it sound like it was an ongoing issue, Scheffler said. “It was all dead, gone, over. Investigation found no violations. Then someone anonymously on this site posted inaccurate information.” The posting led to threats of violence and demands to close the bar from people across the country, the mayor said. “It got really nasty.”
  • A Georgia woman has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing her husband and four children, and stabbing a fifth child, who survived, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said. >> Read more trending news Isabel Martinez, 35, entered guilty pleas to five counts of murder, one count of aggravated assault and one count of cruelty to children Tuesday. Martinez's defense attorney, Don Geary, said she pleaded guilty, but mentally ill. Martinez called 911 on July 6, 2017. When paramedics arrived at her Loganville home, they found Martinez with her wrists slashed. Martinez’s husband, Martin Romero, 33, was found stabbed to death, along with 10-year-old Isabela Martinez, 2-year-old Axel Romero, 7-year-old Dacota Romero and 4-year-old Dillan Martin-Romero. Diana Romero, then age 9, was found with stab wounds, but survived. Diana Romero told a DFCS worker that Martinez began stabbing the children first; when Martin Romero tried to stop her, Martinez stabbed him, according to a DFCS report. Martinez was not crying or screaming as she killed her family members, and told Diana Romero that she was “going to the sky to see Jesus,” Diana Romero told a DFCS worker. Martinez confessed to the killings in the following hours and was arrested, according to the DA’s office. Later, she claimed a “family friend” committed the stabbings in her Loganville home, but she did not give police the name of that alleged friend.  The Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office declined to seek the death penalty in this case in part due to Martinez’s “apparent mental issues,” District Attorney Danny Porter said in 2018. Family and neighbors said Martinez was depressed in the weeks before she killed her family. Her father had died and Martinez was unable to attend the funeral in Mexico. She worried that he would go to hell because he practiced witchcraft, her brother-in-law, Orlando Romero, told the AJC. She told a Department of Family and Child services worker after her arrest that she felt a “devil-like spirit” was trying to take her children when they were playing in the ocean near Savannah shortly before the killings.  Martinez was sentenced to five life sentences with the possibility of parole plus 21 years after entering her plea Tuesday, according to the DA’s office.