A.J. Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher since 1990 to win six straight starts as the Pirates beat the Indians in Cleveland, 9-2. Burnett (7-2) gave up two runs over 6 2/3 innings. It’s the best stretch by a Pirates pitcher since Doug Drabek won six in a row during his NL Cy Young Award-winning season.
In Atlanta, Jason Hammel pitched a one-hitter for his first career shutout, allowing only Jason Heyward’s two-out single in the seventh as the Orioles beat the Braves 5-0.
In Toronto, Rajai Davis drove home the winning run with a two-out single in the 10th and the Blue Jays rallied past the Phillies 6-5, extending Cliff Lee’s winless streak to 11 starts. Lee allowed five runs and 12 hits in seven-plus innings.
The Mariners have recalled LHP Oliver Perez. The ex-Met l has not been in the majors since 2010.
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was released from a local hospital in the morning, one day after checking in and receiving fluids to help treat an intestinal virus. He is expected to play tomorrow agains t the Padres in San Diego.
The Red Sox have placed pitcher Josh Beckett on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
soccer: Wambach leads U.S. women to win
Abby Wambach’s 136th career goal for the U.S. women’s team led the Americans past Sweden 3-1 yesterday in Halmstad, Sweden, in a tune-up for the London Olympics.
The U.S. team faces Japan, which beat the Americans for the World Cup title last year, tomorrow.
OLYMPICS: Top U.S. cyclists asked off team
Four top U.S. cyclists — all former teammates of Lance Armstrong — removed their names from consideration for spots on the Olympic team before it was announced last week.
Levi Leipheimer, George Hincapie, Christian Vande Velde and David Zabriskie asked they be taken out of the running for places road team for next month’s London Games.
All four spent time on the U.S. Postal team with Armstrong. The seven-time Tour de France champion is facing fresh allegations of doping by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
ETC.: Adamek tops Chambers for IBF title
In Newark, Tomasz Adamek unanimously outpointed Eddie Chambers in a 12-round bout to capture the IBF North American heavyweight championship.
Adamek, a Polish fighter who lives in Kearny, N.J., has won two straight fights after losing a WBC heavyweight title fight to Vitali Klitschko last September in Poland.
In France, Darren Fichardt shot a 2-under 69 for a five-stroke lead after the third round of the Saint-Omer Open.
Jason Hammel, Doug Drabek, Tomasz Adamek, Pirates, Cliff Lee, Rajai Davis, Josh Hamilton, Christian Vande Velde, Jason HeywardвЂ™s, George Hincapie, Burnett, Josh Beckett, Eddie Chambers