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Bieber allows 1 hit in 7 innings, Indians top Tigers 5-2

UNDATED (AP) — Shane Bieber struck out 12 in seven one-hit innings, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2.

Bieber took a no-hitter into the seventh before Jonathan Schoop led off the bottom of that inning with a home run to left. The Cleveland right-hander then struck out three more hitters before leaving after 103 pitches. Eddie Rosario homered for the Indians, who helped Terry Francona to his 700th victory as Cleveland’s manager. Matthew Boyd allowed four runs and six hits in five innings for the Tigers, who have lost five of six.

Elsewhere in the majors:

Austin Meadows homered and had four RBIs, Shane McClanahan went five scoreless innings, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2. Tampa Bay has won two straight after Kansas City stopped the Rays’ 11-game winning streak in the series opener Tuesday night.

—José Peraza homered starting the third inning of the opener and followed with a tiebreaking single in the fourth inning of the second game, helping the New York Mets sweep Colorado 1-0 and 4-2.Marcus Stroman ended a six-start winless streak, allowing three hits over six innings in the first game. Aaron Loup pitched a one-hit fifth inning to win the second game. Colorado lost three in a row after winning the series opener, falling to 3-20 with eight shutout losses on the road this year. The Rockies are 16-12 at mile-high Coors Field, where they have scored in every game.

— Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit run-scoring singles in the sixth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati 5-3 in the completion of a suspended game. Washington led 3-0 when Wednesday night’s game was suspended in middle of the fourth inning following a rain delay of 3 hours, 4 minutes. The interrupted game resumed ahead of Thursday night’s scheduled game, which was shortened to seven innings under pandemic doubleheader rules.

—Marcus Stroman ended a six-start winless streak, allowing three hits over six innings to lead the New York Mets over the Colorado Rockies 1-0 in a doubleheader opener. José Peraza homered leading off the third inning, and the Mets won their second straight over Colorado. The Rockies dropped to 3-19 with eight shutout losses on the road, a sharp contrast from their 16-12 record and at mile-high Coors Field, where they have scored in every game.

— The Chicago Cubs took advantage of some heads-up baserunning by Jose Baez to edge the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3. Baez got in a rundown between home and first after a routine grounder, buying time for Willson Contreras to score all the way from second. Baez reached second on the play then scored on a single by Ian Happ to help the Cubs win for the ninth time in 11 games.

— Odubel Herrera tripled leading off the ninth inning and scored the tiebreaking run on Ronald Torreyes’ comebacker, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 win over the Miami Marlins for a four-game split.

— Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-out shot off the right-field wall brought home Omar Narváez in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. Willy Adames went 4 of 5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs to help the Brewers earn a split of this four-game series.


Syndergaard shut down 6 weeks because of elbow inflammation

UNDATED (AP) — Mets manager Luis Rojas says right-hander Noah Syndergaard won’t throw for six weeks after an MRI revealed right elbow inflammation.

Syndergaard, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, appeared to be a few weeks away from rejoining the Mets before he left his second rehab start with Class A St. Lucie on Tuesday after just one inning. Any subsequent delays in his rehab will likely cost Syndergaard a second straight season and perhaps bring an end to his time in New York. The 28-year-old is eligible for free agency after the season.

Syndergaard is one of several Mets on the injured list and one of four pitchers along with Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker and Jordan Yamamoto. Carrasco, expected to serve as the Mets’ No. 2 pitcher in Syndergaard’s absence, is on the 60-day IL and not expected to return until at least July. Ace Jacob deGrom returned Tuesday after missing a little more than two weeks with a right side injury.

In other MLB news:

— Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds is scheduled to have knee surgery on Friday and could miss four to six weeks. The Reds also announced that right-handed starter Jeff Hoffman has been put on the 10-day injured list with a sore shoulder. Senzel, who began the season as the center fielder before moving to third base, has been on the 10-day injured list with left knee inflammation since last Friday. He hasn’t played since May 17.

— The Oakland Athletics will return to full capacity at Oakland Coliseum starting with a June 29 game against Texas. Only Texas among the 30 major league teams began the season at 100% after fans weren’t permitted during the shortened 2020 regular season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Atlanta went to full capacity in early May. Others making the move to full capacity in-season are Arizona and Boston in May, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Milwaukee in June, and Minnesota in July.


76ers and Knicks issue bans after incidents

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers each banned a fan and issued apologies Thursday for actions directed at opposing players during playoff games, and the NBA said that rules surrounding fan behavior will be “vigorously enforced” going forward.

The Knicks said they banned a fan from Madison Square Garden for spitting on Atlanta guard Trae Young, and the 76ers banned the fan who threw popcorn on Washington guard Russell Westbrook. Both incidents occurred Wednesday night.

Hawks coach Nate McMillan summed up the behavior, saying, “We’re just living in a society where people don’t have respect anymore.”

The 76ers went even further than the Knicks could, since the fan involved in the Westbrook incident was a season ticket holder. Those tickets have been revoked, and he was also banned from all events at their arena.

Neither the Knicks nor the 76ers released the names of the fans who were involved. The Knicks said they forwarded information to authorities.


Browns sign restricted free agent Hodge, special teams star

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have signed restricted free agent wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, one of their top special teams players. The team had placed a tender worth $2.33 million on Hodge.

The 26-year-old Hodge appeared in nine games last season with Cleveland, making 11 catches for 180 yards. He missed the Week 4 game against Dallas after injuring a hamstring during warmups. Hodge sat out two other games when the hamstring flared up, and he was one of several Browns wide receivers who had to sit out a game against the Jets and wild-card playoff matchup with Pittsburgh after he tested positive for COVID-19.

In other NFL news:

— Houston coach David Culley refused to say if quarterback Deshaun Watson was with the Texans this week as they began on-field practices. Watson’s future with the team is in question after 22 women filed lawsuits alleging that he sexually assaulted or harassed them. Houston police and the NFL are investigating the allegations, leaving his future with the team up in the air.

—The New York Giants used free agency and the draft to add playmakers for quarterback Daniel Jones, and he is looking forward to meeting the challenge. Entering his third season and second under Joe Judge, Jones downplayed feeling any extra pressure with the additions of free agent wideout Kenny Golladay, first-round receiver Kadarius Toney and veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph.


Wayne Gretzky rookie card sells for more than $3.7 million

UNDATED (AP) — A Wayne Gretzky rookie card has sold for $3.75 million. Heritage Auctions of Dallas says the 1979 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky card was in “gem mint” condition and went to an anonymous buyer.

The card features the hockey great in his Edmonton Oilers uniform during the team’s final WHA season before the franchise joined the NHL. The sale topped the online company’s previous high for a hockey card. In December, Heritage sold a Gretzky card from Professional Sports Authenticator for nearly $1.3 million, the first hockey card to exceed $1 million. The known record for a sports card sale came this year when a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball rookie card sold for $5.2 million. Gretzky left his job as an Oilers executive this week to become a hockey television analyst for Turner Sports.