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White Sox Pound Rangers 16-2

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura succinctly and aptly described the series finale at Texas.

“It’s an odd game,” Ventura said after the 16-2 victory Sunday that ended Chicago’s four-game losing streak.

There was the bases-loaded triple by the fill-in leadoff hitter Marcus Semien after an intentional walk to the No. 9 batter, the strikeout that stood on a replay challenge after Alejandro De Aza insisted he was hit by the pitch, and White Sox starter Erik Johnson allowing two runs on only one hit over five innings.

“It’s always a good day if you get a win, the team gets a win,” Johnson said. “If you can go out and compete without your best stuff and your team overcomes and puts up a lot of runs, it’s always a positive.”

Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers while Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter against the Rangers, who had won five in a row.

The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreu’s fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead. (more…)

Mavs fade, drop Game 1 to Spurs

The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory.

The Mavericks were not going to let San Antonio beat them with 3-pointers, and they did not want Tony Parker using the lane as his personal playground. So the veteran Duncan overcame a brief injury scare to score 27 points. The Spurs held Dallas to one field goal in the final seven minutes to rally for a 90-85 win Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

The Mavericks also went scoreless for 5˝ minutes during that stretch, their lone field goal coming with less than a second remaining.

San Antonio won despite going 3 for 17 on 3-pointers and getting only 23 points from its normally potent bench.

“We got killed on 3s in the first four outings this year,” Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki said. “It was no secret; we stayed home a little more on 3-point shooters, but you’ve got to give them something, and Duncan in there is obviously still solid.”

Duncan scored nine points on 4-for-5 shooting from the paint in the final quarter to help the Spurs overcome a 10-point deficit.

“Timmy, he’s not going to score 24 a game or anything like that,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s the base from which everything else occurs, whether he’s scoring or not. It just gives us a comfort level and a point from which to operate. He plays (defense), rebounds, scores here and there. He just does his job.”

Parker had 21 points, and Manu Ginobili added 17. Kawhi Leonard had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Tiago Splitter pulled down 11 rebounds for top-seeded San Antonio, which has won 10 straight against Dallas.

Devin Harris scored 19 points for the Mavericks, who nearly pulled off a huge upset. (more…)

A’s use 9th-inning rally to send Astros to 6th straight loss

Josh Reddick isn’t ready to declare himself out of an early-season batting slump, not after the miserable start he got off to.

A pair of solid games at the plate sure has the Oakland outfielder feeling a lot better about things, however.

Reddick had hits in his last three at-bats, including an RBI single that capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted the Athletics over the Houston Astros 4-3 on Saturday.

“It feels good again after the first week of going up there thinking, ‘How am I even going to touch this baseball?’ ” Reddick said. “It’s a great turnaround, a great feeling to be back in the box with some confidence.”

Reddick’s single off Houston reliever Chad Qualls was the fourth game-ending hit of his career and continued a recent offensive surge for Oakland’s bearded outfielder. Reddick also had three hits and a home run in Friday’s 11-3 win after starting the season in a 4-for-41 rut.

“Sometimes it only takes one game where you get a couple of hits or a couple of balls up (and) you start to feel a lot better about yourself,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I think it was just a matter of being more confident.”

Jed Lowrie started the A’s comeback with a leadoff home run against Qualls (0-1). (more…)

Dirk vs. Duncan: Showcase of greats

By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS — Forget about the seedings for a second. Savor what we are about to witness.

The Dallas Mavericks meeting the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs means we get the treat of watching living legends Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan compete against each other.

Sure, we’ve seen it before. In fact, it’s happened five times, with mixed results and many magnificent performances by two Lone Star State, one-team superstars. But there’s no guarantee we’ll see it again, no matter how good the all-time greats look in their golden years.

They don’t necessarily match up against each other most of the time when the Mavs and Spurs play, but this is a historic occasion that should be appreciated by basketball fans around the world, not just up and down Interstate 35.

“It’s a showcase for two of the 12 greatest players of all time,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “Both of those guys have been more than 10-time All-Stars, league MVP and Finals MVP. There’s only a dozen guys that have done that and you got two of them. They still play like they’re in their prime, both those guys.

“So this is a treat for people who appreciate NBA basketball and the history of the game. You got two guys whose love and respect for the game is so high and their work ethic and standards are so high that they’ve kept it going in their mid-30s as well as anybody I’ve ever seen.” (more…)

Adduci becomes 10th Ranger to be put on DL

By Randy Jennings | Special to ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas — The number of Rangers on the disabled list swelled to 10 with the addition of Jim Adduci on Saturday.

The outfielder suffered a broken little finger on his left hand sliding into second base in the third inning of a 12-0 win over the White Sox on Friday night and is expected to be out for four weeks.

The Rangers led 2-0 at the time when Adduci tagged at first base and advanced on Donnie Murphy’s deep fly to center field. A good throw from Sox center fielder Adam Eaton made it a close play, forcing a head-first slide by Adduci.

Adduci remained in the game and contributed two more hits including a double, raising his batting average to .462.

But when he awoke Saturday morning, Adduci had a swollen finger. Manager Ron Washington, demonstrating he hasn’t lost his sense of humor among all the mishaps, suggested Adduci “might have broken it in his sleep.”

That the Rangers have managed to win 10 of 17 games so far without key personnel is a reflection on the entire organization, Washington said. While the team can’t control injuries, “we control our attitude, and things are working out well,” he said

Had Washington known before the season that he could field a team with the number of players currently on the disabled list, he said he would have been “taken aback.”

Adduci’s spot on the 25-man roster will be filled by 20-year-old switch-hitting infielder Luis Sardinas, who was promoted Saturday from Double-A Frisco. Sardinas, signed as a non-drafted signee in 2009, was hitting .238 with the RoughRiders.

Players on the disabled list don’t surrender their lockers in the Rangers clubhouse. And new additions, like Sardinas, are making lockers scarce. (more…)