(AP) ----The Baltimore Orioles squeaked past the New York Yankees 5-4 to pull back into a tie with the Yanks atop the topsy-turvy American League East.
Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who've won 11 of 15 overall and nine of the last 13 against the Yankees. With a victory Sunday, Baltimore will win the season series for the first time since 1997. The Orioles beat Yankees ace CC Sabathia (suh-BATH'-ee-uh).
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (mar-KAY'-kihs) will be out for at least six weeks with a broken left thumb, the result of being hit by a pitch.
In the rest of the AL:
-- C.J. Wilson won his third straight start, Mike Trout hit a leadoff homer in the first inning and the Los Angeles Angels roughed up Justin Verlander en route to a 6-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Verlander gave up six runs in six innings and fell to 13-8.
-- Rookie Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 10th inning, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2.
-- Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers and Paul Konerko each homered to back Chris Sale's six solid innings and lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. Sale is 16-6, winning his eighth straight decision at home.
-- Cole DeVries pitched six scoreless innings to win his third straight start and the Minnesota Twins blanked the Cleveland Indians 3-0.
-- Toronto routed Boston 9-2 for the Red Sox' 10th loss in 11 games. Anthony Gose hit his first major league homer and drove in five runs.
-- Oakland beat Seattle 6-1. Catcher George Kottaras hit a two-run homer in the A's four-run fourth inning.
In NL action:
-- Hanley Ramirez hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers trimmed a game off their division deficit with a 3-2 win against NL West-leading San Francisco. The Dodgers trail by four and a-half games.
-- The Washington Nationals outlasted Miami 7-6 in 10 innings on rookie Corey Brown's bases-loaded single. That came after the Nats endured a two and a-half hour rain delay and Jayson Werth tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth in the first at-bat after the rains came.
-- Kris Medlen extended Atlanta's scoreless streak to 31 innings for its best string in more than 20 years, slumping Brian McCann drove in four runs with four hits and the Braves beat the New York Mets 11-3.
-- Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) pitched the Cubs' first complete game in his final start of the season and Chicago beat the fading Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. The Cubs are shutting down the 27-year-old hurler after his first full season as a major league starter.
-- Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including his 22nd home run, to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
----Cincinnati beat Houston 5-1. Bronson Arroyo improved to 12-7 by scattering seven hits over seven innings.
-- Arizona beat San Diego 8-5. Jason Kubel hit two of the D-Backs' four home runs. Rookie Wade Miley won his 15th game.
----Colorado at Philadelphia was rained out. They'll play a twinbill Sunday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals are shutting down Stephen Strasburg. Manager Davey Johnson made the announcement a day after the hard-throwing right-hander's shaky start against the Miami Marlins.
The NL East-leading Nats had said Wednesday's start at the New York Mets likely would be his final appearance of the season.
Strasburg had Tommy John surgery in September of 2010 and the team said before this season that he would be limited to around 160 to 180 innings.
Johnson says the media attention to Strasburg's innings was "unbelievable" and that he thought the pitcher was affected by it.
Strasburg went 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA and struck out 197 batters over 159 1-3 innings.
T25 FOOTBALL-LATEST SCORES
(AP) -- Matt Barkley threw a career-best six touchdown passes, and Robert Woods was spectacular with 200 all-purpose yards and two TDs in second-ranked Southern California's tougher-than-expected 42-29 win over stubborn Syracuse at the Meadowlands.
The rare trip to the northeast for the Trojans was choppy at times. Syracuse's hurry-up offense kept USC working hard for four quarters at MetLife Stadium. The Trojans were leading just 21-16 at the start of the fourth quarter before Barkley and Woods shifted the Trojans into high gear at the end.
Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib had a big day, finishing with 322 yards passing, two touchdown passes and a touchdown run.
But the Orange simply had no answer for Woods. He caught 10 passes for 93 yards.
In other Top 25 action:
-- AJ McCarron passed for 219 yards and matched his career high with four touchdown passes to lead No. 1 Alabama to a 35-0 win over Western Kentucky.
-- Alfred Blue rushed for 101 yards, including a 21-yard score, and No. 3 LSU racked up 242 yards on the ground in a 41-3 victory over Washington.
-- Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 42-25 victory over Fresno State. De'Anthony Thomas ran for 102 yards and two scores.
-- Damien Williams ran for 156 yards and four touchdowns in a record-setting Owen Field debut, Kenny Stills added 120 yards receiving and a score, and No. 5 Oklahoma beat Florida A&M 69-13.
-- Sixth-ranked Florida State defeated Savannah State 55-0 in a game called midway through the third quarter because of lightning and thunderstorms in Tallahassee. E.J. Manuel passed for three TDs. The Seminoles have defeated their first two foes by a combined 124-3 score.
-- Aaron Murray hit Marlon Brown for two of his three touchdown passes, the second for the go-ahead score as No. 7 Georgia recover from a shaky start with 32 second-half points that spoiled Missouri's SEC debut, 41-20.
-- Kolton Browning's 16-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-one lifted Louisiana-Monroe to a 34-31 overtime win over No. 8 Arkansas. Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. The Razorbacks played the second half without quarterback Tyler Wilson, who suffered a head injury after taking several big hits in the first half.
-- Dylan Thompson completed 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 9 South Carolina top East Carolina 48-10 .Thompson started the game in place of Connor Shaw. Coach Steve Spurrier says he wanted his No. 1 QB to rest after bruising his throwing shoulder in last week's season-opening victory over Vanderbilt.
-- Andrew Maxwell threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 11 Michigan State cruised to a 41-7 win over Central Michigan.
-- Braxton Miller accounted for four touchdowns while leading 14th-ranked Ohio State to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida. He's the first Buckeyes quarterback in 34 years to rush for three touchdowns in a game. Miller carried the ball 27 times for 141 yards.
-- No. 12 Clemson beat up on Ball State 52-27. Tajh Boyd threw three TD passes to DeAndre Hopkins and Spencer Benton booted an ACC-record 61-yard field goal.
-- Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, Oregon State's defense smothered Wisconsin's Montee Ball and the Beavers upset the No. 13 Badgers 10-7. Ball was held to 61 yards rushing. Wisconsin finished with 207 yards and only 35 on the ground. It was the lowest total yardage for Wisconsin in five years.
-- Virginia Tech used two big special-teams plays to gain momentum and the 15th-ranked Hokies went on to defeat Austin Peay (pee) 42-7. Kyshoen Jarrett's 46-yard punt return set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Michael Holmes to give Tech a 7-0 lead. And Tony Gregory's punt block led to a Hokies TD five plays later, putting them up 14-zip.
-- Brett Hundley passed for 305 yards and four touchdowns and Datone Jones sacked Taylor Martinez for a tiebreaking safety with 8:44 to play, and UCLA surprised No. 17 Nebraska 36-30.
-- Texas quarterback David Ash scored on a 49-yard touchdown run and had receivers turn short throws into two more scores and the No. 17 Longhorns routed New Mexico 45-0.
-- Denard Robinson ran for 218 yards, threw for 208 and scored four times to help No. 19 Michigan hold off Air Force 31-25.
-- Casey Pachall threw three touchdowns passes after No. 20 TCU had already scored touchdowns on special teams and defense in the first 7 minutes of a 56-0 victory over Grambling State.
-- 21st-ranked Kansas State blew out Miami 52-13. Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein threw for 210 yards and ran for 71 more while accounting for four touchdowns.
-- Tommy Rees came off the bench to lead Notre Dame on a last-minute, winning drive as the No. 22 Irish got a 27-yard field goal from Kyle Brindza with seven seconds to go and beat Purdue 20-17.
-- Teddy Bridgewater kept No. 23 Louisville's offense clicking by passing for a career-high 344 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense stifled Missouri State in a 35-7 rout.
-- Mike Gillislee ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns and No. 24 Florida shut down Texas A&M's offense in the second half in a 20-17 win. This was the Aggies' first Southeastern Conference game after moving from the Big 12.
NEW YORK (AP) -- For a fifth straight year, the men's final of the U.S. Open has been delayed at least a day.
Defending champion and No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) was trailing fourth-seeded David Ferrer (feh-REHR') 5-2 in the first set of their men's semifinal when an impending storm chased them off court for the day.
The first semifinal got started more than an hour late because of storms in the New York City area. But they did manage to get it in, with third-seeded Andy Murray topping No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') of the Czech Republic 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6. Olympic gold medalist Murray is hunting his first Grand Slam title after losing in his four previous finals.
Djokovic and Ferrer will return to the court Sunday, before three-time champ Serena Williams plays top-ranked Victoria Azarenka (ah-zah-REN'-kuh) for the women's crown. It was to have been played tonight, but a forecast calling for an 80 percent chance of rain prompted organizers to postpone the title match.
It marks the fourth time in the last five years the women's final will be played on Sunday instead of Saturday.
CARMEL, Ind. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson made 10 birdies in his round of 8-under 64 and wound up tied for the lead after three rounds at the BMW Championship when Vijay Singh (sing) three-putted his final hole.
PGA champion Rory McIlroy birdied his last hole for a 69 and joined former world No. 1 Lee Westwood at one shot behind. Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott were among those another shot back. Tiger Woods is lurking just three shots out of the lead after a 71.
Creamer rises to the top
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Paula Creamer rode a bogey-free6-under-par 65 to the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA's Kingsmill Championship. The nine-time LPGA Tour winner is 16-under after three rounds and two strokes better than Jiyai Shin (jee-eye shihn) with 18 holes to play. The second-round leader from South Korea carded a 69.
Creamer is trying to end a two-year title drought.
Smith ready to play
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Saints have placed starting defensive end Will Smith on the 53-man active roster for Sunday's season-opener against the Redskins.
Smith was one of four players reinstated by the NFL Friday after their suspensions in New Orleans' pay-for-pain bounty scandal were vacated by a three-member appeals panel. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma also was reinstated but is not expected to play against Washington.
Elsewhere around the NFL:
-- The Broncos released backup quarterback Caleb Hanie on the eve of their opener against Pittsburgh. The moves mean rookie Brock Osweiler will serve as Peyton Manning's backup against the Steelers. But Hanie's time in Denver might not be over. Teams sometimes release veterans who aren't expected to play in the opener and then re-sign them the following week, saving some guaranteed salary.
-- St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis (lohr-eh-NY'-tihs) has signed a five-year contract extension. He's one of key pieces in new coach Jeff Fisher's rebuilding plan. Laurinaitis has led the Rams in tackles all three of his pro seasons with double-digit totals every year.
Browns going along with Modell family request
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Art Modell's family has asked the Cleveland Browns not to acknowledge the former owner at Sunday's season opener.
The Browns had planned an "appropriate recognition" for Modell, who died on Thursday at the age of 87. But Modell's son, David, spoke to Browns president Mike Holmgren and requested the team not do anything to recognize the late owner who remains vilified by many Cleveland fans for moving his team to Baltimore after the 1995 season.
The Browns will grant the family's wish.
The NFL has asked all its teams to observe a moment of silence or acknowledge Modell, who owned the Browns from 1961-95.
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