Rangers give starter a win for first time in June
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - David Murphy had three hits and scored twice to snap out of a long slump, and the Texas Rangers beat the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics 9-4 on Wednesday night.
Justin Grimm (6-5) trailed when he threw his last pitch, but the Rangers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to go ahead and make him the first Texas starter this month to get a victory.
Rangers starters had gone 17 consecutive games without a win since Derek Holland beat Kansas City on May 31. The team's previous longest such stretch was 16 in a row in 1975.
Ian Kinsler had a sacrifice fly off Tommy Milone (6-7) that tied the game in the fifth before Leonys Martin raced home on a grounder with the go-ahead run.
Weeks, Ramirez homer later, Brewers top Astros 3-1
HOUSTON (AP) - Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot in the ninth to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
The Brewers couldn't get anything going against Houston starter Erik Bedard as he threw a season-high 7 1-3 innings. Bedard was replaced by Hector Ambriz (1-4) with a runner on second, and Weeks greeted him with his sixth homer of the year for a 2-1 lead.
John Axford (3-3) struck out two in the seventh for the win. Francisco Rodriguez allowed two hits in a scoreless ninth for his fifth save and the 299th of his career.
Astros sign No. 1 overall pick RHP Mark Appel
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros say they have signed right-handed pitcher Mark Appel of Stanford, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the draft earlier this month.
Terms were not disclosed Wednesday ahead of a news conference with Appel.
The 21-year-old Appel was 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA as a senior this season. He had 130 strikeouts in 106.1 innings pitched and allowed opponents a .203 batting average.
Appel is an Astros fan who grew up in West Houston before moving to California at the age of 12.
Spurs break bread, try to move on from collapse
MIAMI (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs are hoping the road to recovery from an incredible collapse in Game 6 goes through their stomachs.
After blowing a 5-point lead with 28 seconds to play that prevented them from winning their fifth championship, the Spurs held a team dinner to try to refocus.
Tim Duncan says the dinner helped the Spurs clear their heads. They are hoping to avoid dwelling on the collapse that led to a 103-100 overtime loss in Game 6 and move forward to preparing for Game 7 on Thursday night.
Manu Ginobili says he can't remember the Spurs ever suffering a tougher loss than they did in Game 6. He says it's important for them to realize they still have a shot at the title.
Cowboys 4-year deal with 3rd-round pick Williams
IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have a 4-year deal with receiver Terrance Williams, their third-round draft pick from Baylor.
With a contract in place for Williams, the Cowboys still have unsigned their top two picks and another third-rounder.
The exact terms of Williams' deal weren't available Wednesday, but the 74th overall pick will get a signing bonus of more than $600,000.
Williams is expected to be the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.
Last season, he had 97 catches for 1,832 yards, a Big 12-leading 141 yards a game, and 12 touchdowns.
Unsigned are Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, the No. 31 overall pick; second-round pick Gavin Escobar, a tight end from San Diego State; and Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox, chosen six picks after Williams.
Di Vaio, Felipe lead Impact past Dynamo, 2-0
MONTREAL (AP) - Felipe Martins and Marco Di Vaio scored in the first half and the Montreal Impact beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 Wednesday night.
The Eastern Conference-leading Impact (9-3-2) improved to 6-0-1 at Saputo Stadium and won a fourth in a row at home in MLS play.
Houston (6-5-4) fell to 0-3-2 in its last five matches.
The Impact created chance after chance in the first half before switching to a more defensive approach against a Dynamo team missing some key players.
Houston's Boniek Garcia (Honduras) and Brad Davis (United States) missed the game while playing for their national teams.
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