Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0
NEW YORK (AP) - Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.
As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang worked around six walks, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh.
Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. He was never in the on-deck circle - the decision had already been made that he was done.
Jordan Walden completed the combined one-hitter.
The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70 ERA. The closest they came to a hit off the 35-year-old right-hander was actually on a check-swing tapper by Travis d'Arnaud in the second inning.
Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Mets have traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.
The Mets announced the move just minutes before they played Atlanta on Friday night. Davis was on the field during batting practice earlier in the day.
The 27-year-old was hitting .208 with one home run and five RBIs in 12 games for the Mets. He was platooning with Lucas Duda and Josh Satin at first base.
Davis hit 32 homers for the Mets in 2012 but fell off sharply last year.
Thornton was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four relief appearances at Triple-A Indianapolis. The 25-year-old righty originally was signed by Oakland.
Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays beat Yankees 11-5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - James Loney drove in four runs and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 11-5 on Friday night.
Pinch-hitter Desmond Jennings had an RBI single before Loney's two-run single off Adam Warren (0-1) in the seventh inning that gave Tampa Bay a 6-5 lead.
Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer during a five-run eighth that made it 11-5. Wil Myers, who finished with three RBIs, added a two-run single.
Yankees reliever Cesar Cabral was thrown out of the game by plate umpire Joe West after hitting his third batter, Logan Forsythe, in the eighth after Myers' hit. The left-hander earlier plunked Evan Longoria and Loney.
Longoria reached base in all five plate appearances. He had three hits, a walk and was hit near the left knee by Cabral's pitch.
Beltran out with sore shoulder and wrist
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran was out of Friday night's starting lineup against Tampa Bay due to left shoulder and right wrist soreness.
Beltran flipped over the short wall down the right field line while chasing Desmond Jennings' foul ball in Thursday night's 10-2 win over the Rays. Beltran finished the game and had an MRI of the shoulder and wrist.
"Everything came back fine," Beltran said. "Nothing is broken. Just sore."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi hasn't ruled out Beltran returning Saturday night.
"Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel better and can be in the lineup," Beltran said. "I'm shooting for that."
Teixeira plays in 2nd extended spring game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira singled in five at-bats during his second extended spring training game since injuring his right leg.
Teixeira played five innings of defense in Friday's intrasquad game at the Yankees' minor league complex. He says he is ready return Sunday, the first day he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Teixeira hurt an adductor muscle that runs alongside the hamstring trying to make a play on a foul grounder during an April 4 game against Toronto. He is to play seven innings in extended spring Saturday.
Closer David Robertson is scheduled to pitch in Saturday's extended spring training game. On the disabled list due to a left groin strain, Robertson is expected to return Tuesday.
Flyers could have G Steve Mason back for Game 2
NEW YORK (AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.
Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion.
Mason took part in a goalie practice Friday at New York's Chelsea Piers and said afterward that he is feeling better than he did a few days earlier. He has set his sights on playing Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
NBA plans expanded programs with military
NEW YORK (AP) - Army graduate Mike Krzyzewski will lead a U.S. national team practice at his alma mater, and the U.S. women will train at the Naval Academy as part of an increased partnership among the NBA, USA Basketball and the Department of Defense.
The NBA and its teams will also organize job fairs and other events to support military personnel in their transition back to civilian life.
The plans were announced Friday following the completion of the NBA's board of governors meeting. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed owners at the meeting.
The U.S. men will hold an open practice at West Point on Aug. 18. The women will practice at Navy from Sept. 7-10 as both teams prepare to defend their world titles.
Miss Da Point wins feature at Aqueduct
NEW YORK (AP) - Miss Da Point rallied for a second straight convincing win at Aqueduct in the $62,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares on Friday.
The 4-year-old favorite trained by John Toscano Jr. beat a similar field late last month by 3¼ lengths. The margin this time was 2¼ lengths as she rallied four-wide into the stretch with Emmanuel Esquivel aboard. The time was 1:36.83 for the mile on a fast track.
Miss Da Point improved to 9 for 24, paying $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10. Carameaway was second, with stablemate Dreaming of Cara third. The entry paid $2.20 and $2.10.
In a later race, Market Blaster stumbled at the start and unseated rider Inoel Beato, who was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, complaining of shoulder pain. The horse escaped serious injury and continued to run with the pack.
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