In the American League, the Texas Rangers beat the sloppy New York Yankees 4-2 last night. Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning. New York committed five errors — three by starting pitcher Shane Greene. Second baseman Brian Roberts and shortstop Derek Jeter made the other errors for the Yankees.
The New England Patriots released tight end Aaron Hernandez less than two hours after he was arrested Wednesday. Hernandez is being charged with murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty but if convicted could get life in prison without parole.
Moving over to baseball news, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is out. Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist. Recovery time is projected at six months.
The San Antonio Spurs just couldn't put away the Miami Heat.
The Heat managed to force a seventh game Thursday night in the NBA Finals by scoring the last six points to beat San Antonio 103-100 in overtime. LeBron James and Ray Allen each hit three-pointers in the last 21 seconds of the fourth quarter after the Spurs failed to come up with rebounds of missed Miami shots.
In other NBA news, the proposed deal between the Celtics and Clippers that would have sent Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles is off.
Well, the Red Sox beat the Rangers 6-3 last night. David Ortiz hit a game-ending three-run homer, lifting the Red Sox to victory after trailing by three runs. Jacoby Ellsbury scored the tying run on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning of his first game after sitting out five straight because of a groin injury.
Elsewhere, the Yankees won 6-1 over Seattle. Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot as part of New York's six-run third inning. Phil Hughes took a shutout into the eighth.
A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that the founder of a Miami anti-aging clinic has agreed to talk to Major League Baseball about players linked to performance-enhancing drugs. The information that Anthony Bosch provides MLB on any players who came to the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic could lead to as much as 20 players being suspended for 100-games.
In baseball news, checking the American League, Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season, Brett Gardner had a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Monday night to spoil Nick Swisher's first game back in the Bronx. Andy Pettitte lasted only 4 2-3 innings in a wild return from the disabled list — his 500th career start. Elsewhere, it was Houston over the Angels 2-1 and Seattle doubled up the White Sox 4-2.
In the NHL playoffs, Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and the New York Rangers stayed alive with a 4-3 victory over the Bruins on Thursday night. Henrik Lundqvist turned back 37 shots for the Rangers. New York still trails the series 3-1 and will need to win again on Saturday in Boston to force a Game 6 back in Madison Square Garden. Elsewhere, Detroit shut out Chicago 2-0. The top-seeded Blackhawks trail No. 7 Detroit 3-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. Lastly, Los Angeles beat San Jose 3-0. The Kings lead that series 3-2.
In the NBA, Raymond Felton scored 26 points, and the New York Knicks pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Detroit Pistons 87-77 last night despite Carmelo Anthony's absence. Anthony injured his right knee Monday night. Brooklyn defeated Charlotte 99-78. Deron Williams scored 20 points. Joe Johnson added 22 points. Boston beat Indiana 83-81. Cleveland topped Utah 104-101. Miami edged ahead of Orlando 97-96. Atlanta beat Philadelphia 107-96. The Lakers upset New Orleans 108-102. Memphis slid past Portland 91-85. Minnesota defeated Washington 87-82. Dallas beat Houston 112-108.