Last Update on April 18, 2014 22:42 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- Alfredo Simon allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings to lead Cincinnati to a 4-1 win over the Cubs. Simon improved to 2-1 while lowering his ERA to 0.86. Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAR'-juh) was the hard-luck loser, giving up three runs in six innings, only one of which was earned. He scattered six hits and had seven strikeouts and two walks to fall to 0-2.
Cincinnati went ahead on Billy Hamilton's RBI double in the fifth. The Reds made it 3-0 in the sixth when Zack Cozart hit a bases-loaded grounder to third, and second baseman Emilio Bonifacio's relay for a double-play attempt went wide of first for an error that allowed Ryan Ludwick to score from second. Ludwick had reached on catcher's interference by Welington Castillo.
The Cubs have lost five in a row.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Reliever Sean Doolittle has received a five-year contract from the Oakland Athletics, that contains a pair of club options that could extend the agreement through the 2020 season.
The 27-year-old left-hander has been a reliable member of Oakland's bullpen since converting from first base late in the 2011 season.
He is 7-6 with a 3.10 ERA and four saves in 122 relief appearances, allowing 100 hits with 129 strikeouts in 125 innings. He is 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA and one save in eight appearances over 8 2/3 innings so far this year, his third big league season.
UNDATED (AP) -- NHL regular season champ Boston opens the post-season tonight, hosting Detroit in one of three games on the playoff schedule. The Red Wings won three of the four games between the teams during the regular season
Western Conference champion Anaheim is back in action with a 1-0 lead over Dallas in their series. Montreal and Tampa Bay play the second game in their series after the Canadiens won the opener.
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.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tulsa has hired Frank Haith as its men's basketball coach after he spent the last three years at Missouri. The 48-year old was 76-28 at Missouri. He replaces Danny Manning, who left for Wake Forest after two seasons in Tulsa.
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia State basketball coach Ron Hunter has been given a pay raise as part of his two-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Georgia State finished 25-9 this season. The Panthers lost in the Sun Belt Conference tournament title game and played in the NIT. The Panthers have had two 20-win seasons in Hunter's first three years. He was the Sun Belt coach of the year this season.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The Duke men's basketball team is losing another player as sophomore Rodney Hood is entering the NBA draft. Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists after sitting out last year following his transfer from Mississippi State. He joins freshman Jabari Parker, who declared for the draft Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver told reporters that he's in favor of raising the draft age limit. Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but makes it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called "one and done" is one of his priorities.
Regarding the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks, Silver says owners aren't ready to vote on the potential sale of the team yet.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) -- K.J. Choi is the overnight leader in the rain-delayed second round of the RBC Heritage tournament. Choi shot a 4-under-67 in the round to stand 5-under for the tournament, two shots in front of Scott Langley, Luke Donald and Billy Hurley III. Play was halted with 65 golfers left on the course, including Robert Allenby who trails Choi by one shot through five holes.