Wainwright's 2-hitter leads Cards past Nats 8-0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals' 8-0 victory.
Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to right in the ninth. He struck out eight and walked three. During one dominant stretch, the runner-up for the 2013 NL Cy Young award retired 18 consecutive batters.
This was the right-hander's 17th complete game and his fourth two-hitter.
Desmond, Washington's shortstop, made a pair of errors, raising his season total to seven. The Nationals have 20 through 16 games, an average of 1.25.
Nats' Fister throws 2 innings at extended spring
WASHINGTON (AP) - Right-hander Doug Fister threw two innings at extended spring training in Florida and could join the Nationals in about three weeks "assuming all goes well," manager Matt Williams said.
Williams said Fister had "no issues" Thursday.
Fister is on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 23 with a strained back muscle.
The plan is for Fister, acquired from Detroit in an offseason trade, to get five days' rest before increasing to three innings. He will then head to a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment for "probably a couple" starts, Williams said.
"We've got to build him like we would build him in spring. I think he's a little bit ahead of the game in that regard, but certainly would like him to get five innings somewhere, at least," Williams said.
Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft
(AP) - Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski says in a statement Thursday it was "an honor for us to have him in our program." In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker says the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.
There is a strong chance Parker could be the No. 1 overall pick in June. The All-American was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history and became the first freshman to be selected team MVP since Johnny Dawkins in 1983
He is the fifth Blue Devils player to enter the draft after his freshman season, joining Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers.
Hatchell: Star freshman DeShields leaving UNC
(AP) - North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell says star freshman Diamond DeShields plans to transfer.
In a statement Thursday, Hatchell says she doesn't know "or understand" why DeShields is leaving. Hatchell didn't coach this year while focusing on treatment for leukemia, which is in remission.
She says it "breaks my heart that I will not have the opportunity to coach Diamond."
Hatchell didn't immediately return a call for comment, while DeShields didn't immediately respond to an email.
DeShields averaged 18 points for the team, which finished with 27 wins and an appearance in the NCAA regional final. She had a school freshman-record 38 points in a win at North Carolina State in February.
The Herald-Sun of Durham first reported DeShields' plan to transfer.
Bobcats need to solve LeBron for first playoff win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Charlotte Bobcats will have to figure out a way to stop LeBron James if they hope to win their first playoff game in franchise history.
That's something they've not yet been able to figure out.
The Heat are 15-0 against the Bobcats since James signed with a Miami as a free agent in 2010. Charlotte, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, will play the second-seeded Heat in a best-of-seven series that begins Sunday in Miami.
James is averaging a whopping 37.7 points per game in four games this season against the Bobcats, buoyed by a career-high 61 points on March 3.
Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson called James the "best player in the world" and says it will take a total team effort for the Bobcats to win.
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