Severna Park's Banks takes loss in his Astros debut
Right-hander Josh Banks (Severna Park) took the loss for the Houston Astros on Saturday after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock and giving up six runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. The Rangers' Ian Kinsler ended a career-long 32-game homerless drought with a three-run tiebreaking shot off Banks in the fourth inning en route to a 7-2 victory as host Texas rebounded from its first loss in two weeks. Banks' contract was purchased from Round Rock before the game. He took the rotation spot of right-hander Felipe Paulino, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday because of right shoulder tendinitis. Banks, who previously pitched in a combined 26 big league games with the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres, made his Astros debut after going 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA for Round Rock. He was 3-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his most recent four minor league starts.
Mariners roll, 69-35, complete regular season undefeated
The Mariners (14-0) completed the first undefeated season in American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) history by defeating the Reading Express, 69-35. The Mariners will host the AIFA Eastern Conference Championship game on July 10 at 7p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena. Mariners quarterback E.J. Nemeth completed 12 of 22 passes for 196 yards and five touchdowns. Linebacker Adam Goloboski had three sacks to lead the defense.
Crystal Palace Baltimore loses, 3-1, at Calvert Hall
The NSC Minnesota Stars broke a tie in the 65th minute en route to a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace Baltimore in a USSF D-2 Pro League game played before an announced 2,348 at Paul Angelo Russo Stadium at Calvert Hall. Minnesota opened the scoring in the 17th minute, as Warren Ukah maneuvered through four defenders and beat Evan Bush. Palace tied it five minutes after halftime on Tsuyoshi Yoshitake's free kick from 23 yards. But in the 65th, Geison Moura's deflected shot found Brian Cvilikas, who roofed the ball into the top of the net for a 2-1 lead, and Minnesota put the game away with a goal from Andres Arango in the 81st minute.
Major League Soccer: Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored a disputed goal in the 57th minute and assisted on Eric Brunner's score to help the host Columbus Crew beat D.C. United, 2-0. Emilio Renteria's shot hit the left post and deflected off Schelotto's right fist before he brought the ball down and slotted it into the net for his fifth goal. Renteria had taken a ball on the right side of the penalty area and flicked it over charging goalkeeper Troy Perkins toward the open net, but it hit the far upright and Schelotto was 2 yards off the line for the rebound. In the 87th minute, Schelotto's corner kick was flicked by Steven Lenhart to the head of Brunner at the far post for his first goal. Columbus improved to 7-2-3, and United dropped to 3-9-1.
Capitals select Kuznetsov, Russian center, in draft
The Washington Capitals selected center Evgeny Kuznetsov in the first round of the NHL entry draft on Friday night. Kuznetsov, 18, a 6-foot, 172-pound native of Chelyabinsk, Russia, played last season with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the KHL. He tallied two goals and seven assists in 35 games last season while recording only 10 penalty minutes. The Capitals selected right wing Stanislav Galiev, goaltender Philipp Grubauer, center Caleb Herbert and defenseman Samuel Carrier on the second day Saturday. The five-player draft class matches the smallest in Capitals history (1979). Washington traded two picks (fourth round, 116 overall, and fifth round, 176) to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth-round pick (112overall), which it used to select Grubauer.
WNBA: Jia Perkins scored 20 points and the Chicago Sky beat Washington, 79-72, on Friday night to end the Mystics' winning streak at four. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Washington (8-5), which led by 13points in the second quarter. Lindsey Harding added 13 points for the Mystics. Sylvia Fowles added 16 points for Chicago (6-8), which beat Washington for the first time in three games this season.
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