MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pitching, fielding, baserunning and timely hits. That all fell into place for the surging Texas Rangers this weekend. Just like the fastball Glen Perkins left over the middle for Josh Hamilton.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sure, Pau Gasol and the Los Angeles Lakers are well aware a regular-season sweep means nothing compared to a playoff sweep. The Lakers are still pleased they're controlling this rivalry with the Dallas Mavericks heading to another postseason in which they just might meet again — and they even did it without Kobe Bryant.
NEW YORK (AP) — LaTroy Hawkins has heard the stories from his 87-year-old grandfather, about his days of picking cotton in Mississippi, about the times when there were no black players in big league baseball.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins fans, and even some players, were eager to see Joe Nathan take the mound for the Texas Rangers in his first game back at Target Field on Friday night. Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to give his closer one more day of rest after a long week, and Matt Harrison had already done most of the heavy lifting to put Texas in position for another victory.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks built a big lead and then withstood the Portland Trail Blazers' furious comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. Dirk Nowitzki had 24 points and nine rebounds, Delonte West added 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and Mavericks nearly lost a 24-point lead in a 97-94 win over Portland on Friday night.