Opening Day results
UNDATED (AP) — David Price came within one out of a shutout in the Tigers’ 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Price retired the first 13 Minnesota batters and allowed five hits before being pulled with two on and two out in the ninth. Joe Nathan struck out Torii Hunter for the save as the Twins lose in their first game under new manager Paul Molitor.
— The Blue Jays got the better of the Yankees in New York 6-1. The game marked the return of Alex Rodriguez, who received a loud ovation when introduced as the Yankees’ designated hitter. Batting seventh ARod went 1-2.
— Kyle Kendrick pitched seven innings and also got two hits as the Rockies trounced the Brewers 10-0 on opening day in Milwaukee. Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado (ar-eh-NAH’-doh) each homered and drove in four runs while Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIHT’-skee) doubled twice, singled and scored three times.
— Boston newcomer Hanley Ramirez and veteran Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY’-uh) each hit two home runs and Clay Buchholz threw three-hit ball over seven innings and the Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-0 in an interleague opener. Buchholz struck out nine and pitched like the guy who went 12-1 in 2013. Ramirez made quite an impression in his first game since singing a free agent deal worth $88 million over four years. He hit a solo homer in the fifth and a grand slam off Jake Diekman in the ninth.
Braves designate Quinten for assignment; Grilli new closer
MIAMI (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have designated two-time All-Star Carlos Quinten for assignment, a day after getting him in a big trade with the San Diego Padres. The Braves also said that right-hander Jason Grilli will be their new closer. He’ll replace All-Star Craig Kimbrel, who was traded to San Diego.
Grilli has 50 career saves, including 33 with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013.
MLB-ALL STAR GAME
2018 game in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals Park will host baseball’s 2018 All-Star Game, the fourth consecutive year that event will be in an NL city.
New Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement before attending the Washington Nationals’ opener against the New York Mets.
Cincinnati will hold the All-Star game this year, followed by San Diego in 2016, then Miami in 2017.
MLB ticket price average up 3.3 percent to nearly $29
CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average ticket price rose 3.3 percent this season to $28.94 – that’s the steepest increase in six years. Team Marketing Report said in its annual survey that the average is up 4.4 percent since 2013 after remaining flat in 2012.
Boston had the highest average at $52.34 after leaving prices the same. The New York Yankees also left their average unchanged at $51.55 after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.
After reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1985, winning the AL pennant and coming within one win of a World Series title, the Kansas City Royals had the largest increase for the second straight year, a 20.3 percent rise to $29.76. Following consecutive winning seasons, the Royals have increased their average 50 percent.
World Series champion San Francisco increased its average 6.8 percent to $33.78.
NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Title game tonight
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA championship game shares the spotlight with Major League Baseball’s first full day of play. It’s Duke and Wisconsin, with the Badgers coming off a huge upset of Kentucky Saturday night. The Blue Devils are four-time national champs while Wisconsin has won just one title back in 1941.
While Duke cruised into the title game with an 81-61 blowout of Michigan State in the semifinals, the Badgers had a much tougher contest beating Kentucky 71-64.
Duke and Wisconsin have already met once this season. The Blue Devils got 22 points from freshman guard Tyus Jones in an 80-70 victory in Madison in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. This will be the first time the teams have met in the NCAA Tournament, though.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL: HALL OF FAME
Calipari, Haywood top list of Hall of Fame selections
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari and Spencer Haywood are among 11 new inductees going into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.
Among the rest of the class are former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, longtime referee Dick Bavetta, Celtics star Jo Jo White and Boston coach Tom Heinsohn, and four-time NBA defensive player of the year Dikembe Mutombo (dih-KEHM’-bay moo-TAHM’-boh).
The induction ceremony is in September in Springfield, Massachusetts.
UNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will meet with the NFL Tuesday to discuss his playing status. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.
Peterson was suspended under the NFL’s personal conduct policy through at least April 15 due to a child abuse case involving his young son, a decision he appealed. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he planned to meet with Peterson before that date to determine his status.
Former player and coach dies
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Longtime Raiders defensive assistant and former NFL player Charlie Sumner has died at the age of 84. Sumner served three tours as a Raiders assistant with his most memorable moment coming as defensive coordinator in the Super Bowl following the 1983 season. Sumner played eight seasons with Chicago and Minnesota and also coached for Pittsburgh, New England and the Oakland Invaders of the USFL.
Milsap to miss games
ATLANTA (AP) — Hawks’ forward Paul Millsap will miss at least two games with a right shoulder injury. X-rays of the All-Star’s shoulder were negative with an MRI showing that Millsap sprained and bruised his shoulder against Brooklyn this past weekend. Millsap will definitely miss Tuesday’s home game against Phoenix and Wednesday’s game at Brooklyn.
Nets sign Clark to multiyear deal
NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have signed forward Earl Clark to a multiyear contract. Clark has appeared in five games since signing a 10-day contract with the Nets late last month, averaging 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.3 minutes.
The 6-foot-10 forward has also played in the NBA for Phoenix, Orlando, the Lakers, Cleveland and New York.
Sabres defenseman Mike Weber to have season-ending surgery
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mike Weber will miss the final week of the season to have surgery to repair a lower body injury.
The Sabres provided the update in a news release issued Monday, before their home game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The team did not disclose the nature of the injury.
The Sabres have already been eliminated from the playoffs, and close their season hosting Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Weber had missed two games since being hurt in a 4-3 win against Toronto on Wednesday. He’s played five-plus seasons with the Sabres, and was voted the team’s Masterton Trophy nominee for exemplifying qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
He had a goal and six assists in 64 games this season.