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  • Indians edge Rays 1-0 on sacrifice fly in 9th

    CLEVELAND — Roberto Perez will never be known for blazing speed, but his legs helped the Cleveland Indians to their first walk-off win of the season.

    The slow-footed backup catcher slid home with the winning run on David Murphy’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, and the Indians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 Sunday.

  • Florida’s loss brings ‘abrupt’ end to season

    OMAHA, Neb. — Florida’s Harrison Bader sat at the podium and choked up as reality hit him.

    “No crying in baseball,” he said Saturday night, a few minutes after the Gators’ season ended with a 5-4 loss to Virginia at the College World Series.

    Virginia goes to the CWS finals for the second straight year.

    Florida goes home.

  • Birdies, bogeys and mind games

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — Phil Mickelson staggered off Chambers Bay after a 74 that put a big dent in his chances to finally win a U.S. Open. He was eight shots behind and had little hope but to hit the gas in a major where neutral is often the best gear.

    When asked his plan for Saturday, Mickelson paused. How could he have a game plan if he didn’t know what the USGA was going to do?

  • What a Day

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — One day after he collapsed from a bout of vertigo, Jason Day was standing taller than ever Saturday at the U.S. Open.

    For most everyone else, it was a matter of hanging on.

    Day shot 31 on the back nine for a 2-under 68 and was in a four-way tie for the lead with Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace and Jordan Spieth. 

  • Max Scherzer secures no-no

    WASHINGTON — Just one strike from a perfect game, Max Scherzer saw it slip away with a misplaced slider. Or, some thought, a misplaced elbow.

    Scherzer lost his bid in agonizing fashion, plunking a batter with two outs in the ninth inning before finishing off a no-hitter Saturday in the Washington Nationals’ 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    A letdown? Yeah, a little.

  • Rays hit 3 homers in 4-1 win over Indians

    CLEVELAND — Asdrubal Cabrera's return to Cleveland couldn't have gone much better.

    Cabrera, who played eight seasons with the Indians, hit one of three solo home runs for Tampa Bay, leading the Rays to a 4-1 victory Friday night.

    Cabrera, who played for the Indians from 2007 until being traded to Washington last July, broke a 1-all tie with a two-out homer in the second inning.

  • Gators rout Cavaliers

    OMAHA, Neb. — The way Florida has been swinging the bat, the Gators’ shutout loss to Virginia looks like an aberration now.

    The Gators scored four runs in the third inning and five in the sixth on their way to a 10-5 win over the Cavaliers on Friday, forcing a second Bracket 1 final at the College World Series.

  • McCoy helping Winston make NFL transition

    TAMPA — Gerald McCoy remembers what it was like to enter the NFL on a struggling team lacking strong veteran leaders who rookies could rely on for guidance.

    That’s one of the reasons the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle is eager to help No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston with his transition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  • Looking sharp

    DAVIE — Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill looked sharp during the second day of the Dolphins’ mini-camp.

    He threw seven touchdown passes, three of them on consecutive plays during goal-line/red-zone work and had another on a long ball to Greg Jennings. Tannehill also connected with Jarvis Landry on a deep completion.

  • Mixed results

    UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. — The first time Henrik Stenson saw Chambers Bay, he walked the course without playing it. The Swede did just fine with clubs in his hand Thursday in a rousing start to the U.S. Open.

    Stenson birdied three of his last four holes for a 5-under 65, his lowest score in the U.S. Open, to share the lead with Dustin Johnson among the early starters.