Update on the latest sports
Royals look to end 10-game losing streak
UNDATED (AP) — After a surprisingly strong start to the season, the Kansas City Royals have plummeted fast. They’ll try to stop a 10-game losing streak Thursday when they wrap up a series in Detroit, which owns the worst record in the majors at 12-24 even after winning its past three.
Daniel Lynch pitches for Kansas City against Spencer Turnbull. The last time the Royals dropped 11 in a row was a 12-game skid in 2012. Kansas City was 16-9 on May 1 to lead the majors but is now three games under .500.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Brewers ace Corbin Burnes is set to face St. Louis in his first start since testing positive for the coronavirus last month. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 1.53 ERA, 49 strikeouts and no walks in 29 1/3 innings, but he hasn’t pitched since April 26. Burnes is scheduled to square off against Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty.
— The future arrives for the Seattle Mariners. Two major parts of it, anyway. The team will call up touted outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic and promising right-hander Logan Gilbert before its series opener at home against Cleveland. Gilbert will be on the mound to make his major league debut. The Mariners are optioning outfielder Taylor Trammell back to the minors, and the club is likely to add a third player as well.
— The Reds have won five straight extra-inning games and are 6-2 in extras this season. No other team has more than four such victories. Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 5-1 Wednesday when Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez combined to drive in four runs in the 10th inning. The Reds will see if they get any extra work when Luis Castillo (kas-TEE’-oh) pitches the opener of a four-game series at Colorado tonight. Castillo had been scheduled to start tomorrow, but had his day flipped to give Wade Miley an extra day of rest after throwing 114 pitches in his no-hitter against Cleveland last Friday.
Phillies place Realmuto on COVID-related IL, recall Marchan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies placed catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) on the COVID-19-related injured list Thursday and recalled catcher Rafael Marchan from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Realmuto, who left Tuesday’s game against the Washington Nationals after taking a foul ball off his left knee, missed Wednesday’s game because of bruising and soreness.
Realmuto is hitting .314 with four homers and 16 RBIs. The two-time All-Star is in the first season of a five-year, $115.5 million deal.
A player goes on the COVID-19 IL by testing positive himself or for contract-tracing purposes after possibly being exposed to someone who tested positive.
Marchan made his major league debut last season, hitting .500 with a homer and three RBIs. The 22-year-old is hitting .250 in six games at Lehigh Valley this season.
NBA-SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
NBA creates social justice award, named for Abdul-Jabbar
UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has created a new award — the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award — to recognize players who are making strides in the fight for social justice.
Each NBA team will nominate one player for consideration. From there, five finalists will be selected and ultimately one winner. The winning player will receive $100,000 for the charity of his choice; the other four finalists will receive $25,000 apiece, also for charity.
Abdul-Jabbar has spent most of his life as an activist in one form or another. He met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the first time as a 17-year-old. He famously attended what was called The Cleveland Summit in June 1967 where he, Bill Russell, Jim Brown and other prominent Black athletes came together to talk with Muhammad Ali about his being a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. He has worked to help economically depressed areas improve schools as well.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ST. JOHN’S-ANDERSON
St. John’s extends hoops coach Anderson’s deal through 2027
NEW YORK (AP) — St. John’s has given Big East Conference coach of the year Mike Anderson a six-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season.
The university announced the deal after Anderson delivered consecutive winning seasons in his first two years. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
The Red Storm posted a 16-11 record this past season, including a 10-9 mark in the conference after being picked ninth in the preseason coaches poll. It marked the first time St. John’s finished with a league record of .500 or better since 2014-15.
Full circle: Texas Motor Speedway’s Gossage stepping down
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage is stepping down after overseeing the track since it opened 24 years ago.
Gossage says his final event will be NASCAR’s All-Star race on June 13. He says that will be a full-circle moment for his 32 years working for Speedway Motorsports and Bruton Smith.
Gossage was a young public relations director at Charlotte Motor Speedway. When Smith built Texas Motor Speedway, which opened in 1997, Gossage was the track’s general manager. He added the title of TMS president in 2004. He is one of the longest-tenured employees at Speedway Motorsports.