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Cruz, Andrus lead Rangers past Indians

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus reached the majors so soon because the Texas Rangers thought he could help shore up their infield defense.

The rookie showed Wednesday night that he can hit a little, too.

Andrus hit his first career homer, and Nelson Cruz added two solo shots and three RBIs to lead the Rangers past the Cleveland Indians 8-5.

"I said that the kid was not going to be an out," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We've got nine guys in our lineup who can get you. Elvis is not going to hit many home runs. But every now and then, he's going to catch one."


AFLD says Armstrong violated its doping rules

PARIS (AP) — France's anti-doping agency accused Lance Armstrong of violating its rules Thursday for not fully cooperating with a drug tester and says it could punish the seven-time Tour de France champion.

Armstrong has denied misbehaving during a test of his hair, urine and blood on March 17. No banned substances were found.


Allmendinger to drive No. 44 through September

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — AJ Allmendinger picked up a sponsor Wednesday that will keep his Richard Petty Motorsports entry running at least until September.

Pitt's Blair to declare for NBA draft

PITTSBURGH (AP) — All-America center DeJuan Blair of Pitt will declare for the NBA draft but has not yet hired an agent, leaving the possibility he could return for his junior season.

Spurs' Ginobili out for playoffs with ankle injury

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) " The San Antonio Spurs are adjusting to life without Manu Ginobili for the playoffs.

The Spurs got a dose of false hope when he made a brief late-season return from an ankle injury. But San Antonio got the bad news Monday that Ginobili will miss the rest of the season after tests showed a stress fracture in the ankle.

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