Mets win matinee at Wrigley
UNDATED (AP) — Matt Harvey hasn't received much run support lately, so he helped his own cause and improved to 5-0 in the New York Mets' 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.
Harvey was facing a fifth straight no-decision until he singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning. He also allowed five hits while striking out six in 7 1/3 innings, blanking the Cubs following a two-run first.
Daniel Murphy and David Wright homered for the Mets, who have won two straight since a six-game skid.
Pettitte shelved...Pestano activated by Tribe...Another Ryan in Houston
UNDATED (AP) — Andy Pettitte has become the 13th player to land on the New York Yankees' disabled list, one day after straining an upper back muscle during a 3-2 loss to Seattle.
Vidal Nuno (NOON'-yoh) is being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Pettitte in the rotation. Nuno beat the Indians in his first major league start on Monday.
The Yankees did not place catcher Chris Stewart on the DL after he injured a groin Thursday night.
In other baseball news:
— Right fielder Jason Heyward has been activated from the disabled list by the Braves. Tonight's game will mark his first appearance since his appendix was removed April 22. Heyward was hitting .121 with two homers in 17 games before the emergency surgery.
— Reid Ryan has been named president of the Houston Astros. The eldest son of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan was the CEO of a group that owns the Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. His father played for the Astros from 1980-88.
— St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook has received another elbow treatment, The Associated Press has learned, likely pushing back his return. The right-hander is on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation and had been scheduled to throw Friday. He told the AP he had an injection to his elbow Friday.
— Reliever Vinnie Pestano has been activated off of the disabled list by Cleveland. The team's top set-up man went on the DL with a sore right elbow on May 1. To make room on their roster, the Indians optioned left-hander Nick Hagadone to Triple-A Columbus.
Jets running back in trouble
UNDATED (AP) — Jets running back Mike Goodson is facing drug and weapons charges after a New Jersey traffic stop. State police say Goodson was a passenger in a vehicle stopped early Friday morning. A police spokesman says both Goodson and the man driving were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and three weapons charges stemming from a handgun found in the vehicle. Goodson played three seasons for Carolina and one for Oakland before the Jets signed him to a three-year deal in the offseason.
In other NFL news:
— Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season after the league announced he violated the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Irvin will be to Seattle's active roster on Sept. 30 following the Seahawks' Week 4 game against the Texans.
— The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent punter Chris Kluwe (KLOO'-wee) as a possible replacement for the departed Shane Lechler (LEHK'-lur). An eight-year NFL vet, Kluwe played in 127 games for the Minnesota Vikings with a 44.4 yard career average. He ranks second all-time in Minnesota history with a 37.3 net average.
PREAKNESS-BLACK EYED SUSAN
Rosario warms up for Preakness
BALTIMORE (AP) —Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Joel (joh-EHL') Rosario teamed up to win the Black Eyed Susan stakes at Pimlico today with Fiftyshadesofhay.
Fiftyshadesofhay made a late move to overtake Marathon Lady to win the race for 3-year-old fillies held annually the day before the Preakness since 1919.
In the Preakness Baffert will enter Govenor Charlie. Rosario is aboard Orb, the heavy morning line favorite for the 138th Preakness Stakes.
A field of just nine will compete in the second leg of the horse racing Triple Crown tomorrow.
Kings remaining in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says that a deal is in place to sell the Kings to a group led by software tycoon. Johnson helped assemble the new ownership group in a bid to keep the Kings in California's capital city, a feat that was accomplished earlier in the week when NBA owners rejected a bid to move the franchise to Seattle.
The NBA is expected to officially approve the sale next week.
Former Open champ, CBS analyst dies
UNDATED (AP) — Former U.S. Open champion Ken Venturi has died at age 82 just 12 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Venturi had been hospitalized the last two months for a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection. He won the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional despite playing with severe dehydration, and overcame a childhood stuttering problem to spend 35 years in the broadcast booth with CBS Sports.
PGA-BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP
Bradley still leading
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Keegan Bradley remains the leader through two rounds of the PGA's Byron Nelson Championship near Dallas.
Bradley followed Thursday's course record-breaking 60 with a 1-under 69 for an 11-under total, three shots ahead of Tom Gillis and Sang-Moon Bae. John Huh, Ryan Palmer and Charl Schwartzel are four strokes back.
Teenager Guan Tianlang missed the cut following a 77 that left him 7-over.
11-under is the score to beat
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jessica Korda is the leader through two rounds of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic after firing a 7-under-par 65 that leaves her minus-13 for the tournament. She's one ahead of Karrie Webb, who also played a bogey-free round and birdied her last three holes for a 63.
Pole qualifying today
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The lineup is set for Saturday's All-Star Race and Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards will start from the pole for the All-Star race after posting a qualifying speed of 145.556 mph. Dale Earnhardt was second in qualifying to earn a spot in the front row, just ahead of Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle.
Martin Truex Jr. took the Sprint Showdown pole at 193.424 mph and is joined on the front row by Jamie McMurray. Juan Pablo Montoya and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. make up Row 2.
The showdown covers 40 laps and 60 miles, while the All-Star race is 90 laps or 135 miles. There are four 20-lap segments followed by a 10-lap finale.
The winners of the four 20-lap segments will line up in positions 1-4 entering the mandatory pit stop before the 10-lap final segment. If there is a repeat segment winner, the second-place finisher will get the spot. Only green-flag laps will count in the final segment.
Williams wins again
ROME (AP) — Serena Williams is hotter than ever. The top-ranked American has extended her winning streak to 22 matches with a 6-2, 6-love win over Carla Suarez Navarro in a quarterfinal match at the Italian Open. Williams had twice won 21 in a row before, although both of those streaks came a decade ago, in 2002 and 2003. Williams will next Romanian qualifier Simona Halep in the semifinals.
Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) has withdrawn from the Italian Open before her quarterfinal match against seventh-seeded Sara Errani (ehr-RAH'-nee). Sharapova cites illness for the cause of her pulling out. The withdrawal means Errani advances to the semifinals and will play third-seeded Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh).
In men's play, top-ranked Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) was beaten 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 by sixth-seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') in the quarterfinals. It's the second consecutive week that Djokovic has struggled, having also lost in the second round of the Madrid Open while battling a right ankle injury.