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NEW YORK — Mets ace Jacob deGrom pulled himself from a start Sunday after throwing two warm-up pitches before the sixth inning. DeGrom was pitching for the first time since skipping a start due to discomfort in his right lat. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner threw 68 pitches over five innings against Arizona, allowing one run, but he called for a trainer when he felt discomfort trying to get loose prior to the sixth. He left with the trainer and went straight to the clubhouse, and it was not immediately announced what caused him to leave. DeGrom struck out six and allowed one hit. He was perfect through four innings before struggling in the fifth, when he allowed a run. The right-hander walked three in the inning, just the second time in his career he's done that. His previous three-walk inning was May 13, 2018, at Philadelphia. He was pulled after one inning in that game, his first back from the injured list. New York led 2-1 when he exited Sunday, with deGrom scoring the second run after reaching on a perfectly placed bunt single in the third inning. He was replaced by right-hander Miguel Castro. DeGrom began the day with a 2-2 record despite an 0.51 ERA. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes and coach Rick Tocchet have mutually agreed to part ways after four seasons. The announcement Sunday comes a day after the Coyotes missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons. “After meeting with Rick, we have agreed that a coaching change is in the best interest of the club,” general manager Bill Armstrong said in a statement. “This was a very difficult decision, but we believe that it is time for a new direction and new leadership. Rick is a very good coach and an incredible person, and we sincerely appreciate all his hard work and dedication to the Coyotes the past four years." The Coyotes reached the post-season last year when the format was rejiggered due to the coronavirus pandemic and beat Nashville in four games before losing to Colorado in five. Arizona was in playoff position heading into the final month of the 2020-21 season, holding the fourth spot in the West Division before losing 12 of 15 games to get eliminated. The Coyotes closed a 24-26-6 season with a pair of wins over San Jose to finish three points behind St. Louis for the West's final playoff spot. “It’s been an honour to coach the Coyotes the past four seasons,” Tocchet said. “I have great respect and admiration for all the players I coached in Arizona, along with my coaching staff, the medical staff, the equipment managers, the PR staff and the team services staff. They are the best in the NHL, and I appreciate all their help and hard work." The 57-year-old Tocchet was hired in 2017 to guide a middling team that hadn't been to the playoffs since the 2012 Western Conference Finals. Arizona was hit hard by injuries during Tocchet's tenure, particularly by goalies Darcy Kuemper and Antti Raanta, and repeatedly came up just short of the playoffs. The Coyotes made playoff pushes in Tocchet's first two seasons and got into the post-season last year when the NHL expanded the field in the pandemic “bubble” environment. Tocchet, who played 18 NHL seasons and previously coached at Tampa Bay, went 125-131-34 at Arizona. ___ More AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL John Marshall, The Associated Press
CHICAGO — The Pittsburgh Pirates put infielder Colin Moran on the 10-day injured list with a strained left groin amid several roster moves Sunday before playing the Chicago Cubs. Moran exited Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the bottom of the first inning. He caught a liner and was injured when he ran and dived to first base trying to complete a double play. Moran is hitting .297 with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 32 games. Infielder Ke’Bryan Hayes, one of the Pirates' brightest hopes for this season, was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day list. The rookie had a strong spring, homered on opening day at Wrigley Field and then exited early in the second game with a strained left wrist that's sidelined him. The Pirates claimed outfielder Ben Gamel off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, who designated him for assignment Wednesday. He went 1 for 14 with a double and six strikeouts before he was optioned to the Indians’ alternate training site April 17. Pittsburgh also selected outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. to the major league roster and recalled right-handed pitcher Geoff Hartlieb from Triple-A Indianapolis. Stokes was in the starting lineup Sunday against the Cubs and made his major league debut. The Pirates designated right-handed pitcher Michael Feliz for assignment. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press, The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — John Tortorella is out as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets after six seasons. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement Sunday that parting ways with the winningest coach in franchise history was a mutual decision. The 62-year-old Tortorella was in the last year of his contract, and the separation wasn't a surprise after a tumultuous season that saw the Blue Jackets plunge to last place in their division amid the coach's admitted failure to influence the team culture. “Torts and I have had numerous conversations throughout the season, and we have agreed that the time is right for both he and the club to go our separate ways,” Kekalainen said a day after the Blue Jackets concluded the season with a 5-4 overtime win against Detroit. “He is a great coach and his accomplishments with our club over the past six seasons speak for themselves.” The Blue Jackets went 227-166-54 under Tortorella, including a franchise-best 50-24-8 finish in 2016-17. But the wheels fell off during a terrible 2020-21 season (18-26-12). The late-starting 56-game season began with the refusal of Pierre-Luc Dubois, one of the team’s brightest stars who often clashed with Tortorella, to sign a long-term contract. He was promptly traded to Winnipeg for forward Patrik Laine, who didn’t perform to expectations. The Blue Jackets were unable to win consistently but managed to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot in the Central Division until late March when the losses began piling up. Stars Zach Werenski and Boone Jenner were lost to season-ending injuries. The trade deadline brought the sell-off of beloved captain Nick Foligno and defenceman David Savard, two of the foundations of the team during Tortorella’s tenure, as well as stalwart centre Riley Nash. There was a nine-game winless streak. Tortorella, known for his fiery temper and demanding, no-nonsense coaching style, acknowledged at times that he didn't like the effort and culture of the team and was trying to reshape it during the season. “We’ve gone through this a lot in the past few years and we were able to get the room straightened out,” Tortorella said after Saturday night's game. “I did not do a good enough job in getting that to happen with the new personnel coming in, some distractions early on. We just never felt comfortable with the room as far as being cohesive. That’s my responsibility. Great learning experience.” Tortorella clashed with his share of players. He says he treated all of them the same and wasn't afraid to bench his stars if they deserved it. But players by and large respect him, especially the ones who gave the maximum effort and work ethic he demanded. “He holds everybody accountable,” said forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, who developed into the team's top scorer during Tortorella's tenure. “It’s a process for a lot of guys, and it takes some time to learn. There’s times when he yells at you and puts pressure on you to play better and so on, but when you look back on it, it definitely helps you.” “He’s definitely been one of the most — if not the most — important person in this organization," forward Cam Atkinson said. Kekalainen brought Tortorella aboard seven games into the 2015-16 season after Todd Richards was fired. Tortorella, known for his difficult training camps, made the most of the rosters he was given in Columbus, winning the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s best coach in 2016-17 and finishing as a finalist after the 2019-20 season. After reaching the post-season just twice in the first 15 years of the franchise, the Blue Jackets under Tortorella strung together four consecutive playoff appearances. In 2019, they stunned the NHL's best team, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a first-round playoff sweep. Tortorella is from Boston and ranks first among U.S.-born coaches in career wins with a 673-541-169 record. He coached Tampa Bay to a Stanley Cup title in 2004, and he also coached the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Mitch Stacy, The Associated Press
ROME — Felix Auger-Aliassime is heading to the second round of the Italian Open, while fellow Canadian Bianca Andreescu has withdrawn.Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, exacted some revenge on Serbia's Filip Krajinovic with a 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 win Sunday.Krajinovic defeated Auger-Aliassime in the first round of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 clay-court event last year.Andreescu, the sixth seed on the women's side, was scheduled to return after retiring from the final of Miami Open with a foot injury last month, then testing positive for COVID-19.However, she said in a post on Instagram that she may have to isolate again if she travels to Italy."Although I have tested negative following my isolation period in Madrid and having been back in full training the last few days, the Italian government rules put me at risk of being isolated again if I travel to Italy," Andreescu wrote. "So unfortunately I have to withdraw from the Italian Open this year."Sunday marked Auger-Aliassime's first win in three attempts against Krajinovic.Auger-Aliassime, ranked 20th in the world, broke the 36th-ranked Krajinovic in the final game to finish off a match that lasted just over two hours 45 minutes.The Canadian was better on first serve, earning 71 per cent of points when he got it in as compared to 60 per cent for Krajinovic.Auger-Aliassime was coming off a straight-sets loss to Norway's Casper Ruud in last week's ATP Tour Masters 1000 stop in Madrid.Auger-Aliassime will face No. 8 seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the second round. Schwartzman won their only previous meeting in three sets last year on an indoor hard-court in Cologne, Germany.No. 13 seed Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., is the only other Canadian in the men's singles draw. He will face a qualifier in the first round.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. The Canadian Press