Sports, June 11th


Denver—The Colorado Rockies host the Washington Nationals tonight at Coors Field. Jhoulys Chacin will take the mound for the Rockies while Dan Haren toes the rubber for the Nationals. The Rockies are 34 and 30 and in third place in the National League West, 2 games behind the first place Diamondbacks.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Tim Tebow finally has a new team. The New England Patriots announced the signing of the former Jets quarterback on Tuesday, six weeks after he was cut by New York.
Two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Tebow was signed for two years with no guaranteed money. One person says he will make the veteran’s minimum salary, with incentives.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the deals had not been announced. The deal comes just in time for the start of the three-day Patriots minicamp that runs through Thursday.


UNDATED (AP) – Unbeaten Max Scherzer goes for his ninth straight victory to start the season when he takes the mound for the Tigers against a red-hot Kansas City team at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have won six in a row to climb into a second-place tie in the AL Central, five and a-half games back of Detroit.

In other AL games tonight, the Baltimore Orioles try for their third straight win as they host the L.A. Angels, who’ve lost three in a row. The Orioles send out Miguel Gonzalez against 5-3 Jason Vargas. Baltimore beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 as Adam Jones belted a two-run homer last night.

At Tropicana Field, The Tampa Bay Rays start the day five games back of AL East-leading Boston when they host the Red Sox tonight. Jon Lester takes a 6-2 mark to the mound for the Rays against 3-6 Roberto Hernandez.

Cleveland tries to break its eight-game losing streak when it plays at Texas tonight. Corey Kluber is 3-4 for the Indians and his mound opponent will be Derek Holland, who is 5-2 for the Rangers.

Chien-Ming Wang (shee-EHN’ ming wahng), recently cut by the New York Yankees and signed by the Blue Jays, makes his debut on the mound for Toronto when the Blue Jays visit the South Side of Chicago. The White Sox have won three in a row, including last night’s 10-6 win in Chicago in a game delayed an hour by fog.

The New York Yankees try for their third win in a row as they send out 6-4 CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) when they open a three-game series in Oakland. Bartolo Colon (bar-TOH’-loh koh-LOHN’) takes his 7-2 record to the mound for the A’s.

Finally, in the AL it’s Houston at Seattle after the Mariners edged the Astros 3-2 last night. Houston has lost five straight.

In the National League it’s all under the lights as San Francisco visits Pittsburgh. Tim Lincecum (LINZ’-ih-kuhm) can even his mark at 5-5 with a win for the defending World Series champion Giants.

In Miami, the last-place Marlins try to improve on their 10-21 home record when they host the Milwaukee Brewers, who’ve won four in a row after last night’s 6-1 win.

The NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals visit Citi Field to take on the Mets, who send out 1-5 Travis Hafner.

Cincinnati plays the Chicago Cubs under the lights at Wrigley Field. The Reds posted a 6-2 victory yesterday as Brandon Philips drove in all six runs. The Reds have won 10 straight at Wrigley Field.

Arizona tries to keep its momentum going after rallying with four in the ninth last night to beat the L.A. Dodgers 5-4. Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) had another three-hit game and is batting .500 since his recall from the minors last week.

San Diego will be going for its second straight win over NL East-leading Atlanta. Last night, Will Venable hit a three-run homer and Logan Forsythe added a solo shot while San Diego was building a 7-1 lead in a 7-6 win over Atlanta.

The interleague game has Philadelphia visiting Minnesota. Lefty Cole Hamels tries to improve on his 2-9 start for the Phillies.


Spurs hope to exploit home edge next 3 games

SAN ANTONIO (AP)- The scene for the NBA Finals shifts to the Alamo City for the next three games with San Antonio and Miami tied a at a game apiece following the Heat’s 103-94 blowout victory Sunday night in Miami. Game 3 is tonight.

The Heat are 3-22 in their existence in San Antonio. That includes a victory there late in this year’s regular schedule when Miami won despite resting regulars LeBron James, Dwyane (dwayn) Wade and Mario Chalmers.

The Spurs are trying to get more production from their veteran All-Star center Tim Duncan, who has made just 11 of 32 shots in the first two games of the Finals. Duncan was 3 of 13 from the field while scoring nine points in Sunday night’s loss.

Following tonight’s game, San Antonio also gets the home-court advantage in Game 4 Thursday night and Game 5 Sunday night.