Sports Headlines - April 16



Fielder breaks homerless streak with win over Mariners

Prince Fielder ended his Texas home run drought, and Robbie Ross finally got some help from the offense as a starter.

Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Mariners 5-0 Tuesday night.

Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan (0-1) to lead off the second inning. Two pitches later, Kouzmanoff went deep to left.

Told before the game that he was a game away from tying the longest drought to start a season in his career, Fielder casually figured it was about time for a long ball.

The Mariners didn't get a runner past second base in their third shutout loss in a week.

Kouzmanoff also had two doubles, the second one driving in two runs to put the Rangers up 4-0 in the eighth inning. Fielder scored from first base after he was intentionally walked following a pair of strikeouts.

 
Yu Darvish will get the start on the mound tonight against the Mariners in Ranger Ballpark.


Clips win over Denver puts pressure on Thunder to win tonight

 
Blake Griffin won't be playing at Golden State, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded.

Griffin will stay home to rest, along with J.J. Redick, while the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers close out the regular season against the Golden State Warriors.

They recorded their franchise-record 57th victory with a 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, when Griffin scored 24 points.

Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and Redick added 18 points in the Clippers' finale at home, where they went 34-7 for another franchise mark. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

The Clippers win last night puts pressure on the Thunder to win tonight if they want to lock down the No. 2 spot in the western conference going into the playoffs.

Should the Thunder lose to the Pistons tonight, and the Clippers win at Golden State, the Clippers would own the tie-breaker due to a better conference record by one game.

 
The No. 2 seed in the west will go on to play Dallas in the first round of the playoffs while the No. 3 seed will play Golden State.

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