Seattle’s Hernandez gets 2,500th strikeout...A big inning for the Red Sox...Sticker holds lead at Regions Tradition

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BOSTON (AP) — Seattle's Félix Hernández has become the 36th major league pitcher with 2,500 career strikeouts. He got it today in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox. The 33-year-old right-hander fanned rookie Michael Chavis looking with a 92 mph fastball for the milestone. Hernández is the fourth active pitcher to reach the mark — behind the Yankees' CC Sabathia, Houston's Justin Verlander and Washington's Max Scherzer.

BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox have scored eight runs in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park. It's the second time in just over a week that they've had at least eight in an inning. Last Saturday, they scored nine — also in the third — against the Chicago White Sox in a 15-2 victory.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Steve Stricker birdied the final hole today for a 2-under 70 and held onto the lead after three rounds at the Regions Tradition. Stricker heads into the final round of the first of five PGA Tour Champions majors at 14-under 202. Bernhard Langer is among three players two strokes back. Langer, who won the Tradition in 2016 and 2017, shot a 68. David Toms had a 70 and Billy Andrade a 69.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have four of the seven players they selected in the recent NFL draft under contract. The team announced today that it has signed the four players it selected on the final day of the draft. They are linebacker Drue Tranquill, quarterback Easton Stick, linebacker Emeke Egbule and defensive tackle Cortez Broughton.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A strike by workers at Pimlico Race Course may have been averted just before the running of this year's Preakness Stakes. The Baltimore Sun reports the Maryland Jockey Club and its employees at Pimlico Race Course and other tracks agreed "in principle" to a new employment contract yesteriday. The Preakness takes place May 18.

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