Padres beat Giants 5-3 on safety squeeze in 13th
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Will Venable made an incredible catch to save San Diego, pinch-hitting pitcher Andrew Cashner drove in the go-ahead run with a perfectly executed safety squeeze in the 13th inning, and the Padres extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Venable's diving grab on the center-field warning track with his back to home plate ended the 12th and stole a game-winning hit from Juan Perez.
Moments later, Alexi Amarista started the winning rally with a single and went to third on Chris Denorfia's single. Cashner came up to face Jose Mijares (0-1) and dropped down a bunt single between the mound and third base for his sixth career hit and second RBI.
San Diego added another run on a bases-loaded walk from Jake Dunning.
LA Angels belt Seattle with 21 hits in 11-3 win
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols had an RBI double among his four hits, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer, and the surging Los Angeles Angels pounded out a season-high 21 hits in an 11-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
Alberto Callaspo matched his career high with four hits, driving in two runs during the Angels' seven-run sixth inning. Peter Bourjos had three hits as Los Angeles battered Aaron Harang (3-7) and the Seattle bullpen in its fourth victory in five games.
Jason Vargas (6-4) yielded four hits and recorded a season-high nine strikeouts in seven strong innings, easily beating his former teammates in his second start against the Mariners since an offseason trade.
Nick Franklin hit an early two-run homer for Seattle in the opener of a 4-game AL West series.
Rangers end 6-game skid with 8-7 win over A's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers snapped a 6-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Monday night.
The Rangers totaled only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors.
Cruz's second homer was a two-run shot off Jesse Chavez (1-1) on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth inning to put Texas up 7-6. It came right after Pierzynski's RBI double.
Pierzynksi also homered. Cruz added a double in the seventh to match a season high with four RBIs.
Oakland wiped out an early 3-0 deficit with a six-run fourth off rookie Nick Tepesch.
Neal Cotts (3-1) went 2 1-3 innings in relief. Joe Nathan allowed a run in the ninth before earning his 21st save.
Tennis great Gene Mako dies in Calif. at 97
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tennis great Gene Mako, who won four major doubles titles and was ranked in the world top 10 during the 1930s, has died in Southern California. He was 97 years old.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame said Mako died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The hospital confirmed his death.
Mako and his friend Don Budge won two doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1937 and 1938 and two at the U.S. Championships in 1936 and 1938.
As a singles player, Mako reached the final of the U.S. Championships in 1938, where he lost to Budge.
Before turning pro, Mako won the NCAA singles and doubles championships in 1934 while at the University of Southern California.
Mako served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Pete D'Alessandro begins 'dream job' as Kings GM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Pete D'Alessandro has wanted a leading role in professional basketball since his father first took him to watch Julius Erving and the old New York Nets on Long Island in the 1970s.
On his 45th birthday, that wish finally came true.
The Sacramento Kings formally introduced D'Alessandro as the team's new general manager Monday, handing over basketball operations to the former Denver and Golden State executive who has spent a lifetime waiting for such an opportunity. He joins coach Mike Malone, hired just two weeks ago by new owner Vivek Ranadive, who said D'Alessandro emerged from the "long and arduous process" of finding a GM as the clear candidate.
Giants' Vogelsong to have hand re-examined Tuesday
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong will have his surgically repaired pitching hand re-examined today with the hope of taking another step in his recovery.
Vogelsong broke two bones in his right pinkie area and also dislocated a knuckle in the hand on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand during the procedure at Stanford, performed by orthopedist Dr. Tim McAdams. He will examine Vogelsong on Tuesday at AT&T Park.
The expected recovery time is six to eight weeks until Vogelsong is pitching again, but he likely would need a rehab assignment before re-joining the Giants.
Vogelsong said if an X-ray on Tuesday shows increased healing, he could have a couple of the pins removed and begin additional mobility exercises.
Mohamed Lahna aims for 2016 Paralympic triathlon
SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) - Mohamed Lahna removes the prosthetic he uses for everyday activity, attaches another to his right leg worn specifically for running, then takes off around the bright blue track at the College of San Mateo among all the lunch-hour walkers and joggers.
Tucked away in the hills with a spectacular view of San Francisco Bay below, Lahna hustles along for several laps before stopping to stretch his left leg on a hurdle. A paratriathlete for five years, the 31-year-old native of Morocco has his sights set on the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro - a longtime goal.
Born without a femur in his right leg, Lahna has a tiny foot at about knee level that fits into a prosthetic that goes nearly up to his hip.
Galaxy acquire midfielder Mastroeni from Rapids
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Galaxy has acquired 6-time MLS All-Star midfielder Pablo Mastroeni in a trade with the Colorado Rapids.
Under the deal announced Monday, the Galaxy also received the rights to midfielder Baggio Husidic. The Rapids received an international roster slot through the end of the 2014 MLS season and Los Angeles' second-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Mastroeni will be eligible to make his Galaxy debut when Los Angeles hosts the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.
The 36-year-old Mastroeni has spent the last 12-plus seasons with the Rapids, leading the club to its first MLS Cup championship in 2010.
A former member of the U.S. men's team, Mastroeni played in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup under current Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.
TAHOE CELEBS GOLF-JORDAN OUT
Michael Jordan skipping Tahoe celeb golf in July
STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Michael Jordan is skipping the celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe next month for the first time in seven years.
Tournament officials announced in a statement Monday a scheduling appearance will prevent the NBA hall of famer from playing in the 24th annual American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course July 19-21. No other details were released.
Jordan has played in 17 previous celebrity tournaments on the shores of Lake Tahoe. His best finish was ninth when he debuted in 1990. That was the summer before he consecutively won 2 of his career five NBA MVP awards.
Other regulars committed this year include Charles Barkley, Jerry Rice, John Elway and Ray Romano.
Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic swimming gold medal winner, plans to play for the first time.
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