Sammy Sosa got his 400th homer, but the Houston Astros ended up with another victory.
Sosa's big home run wasn't enough for the slumping Chicago Cubs, who lost to the Astros 6-2 Wednesday night at Wrigley Field.
Sosa became the 33rd major leaguer -- the seventh active -- to hit 400 homers. He passed Hall of Famer Al Kaline on the all-time homer list.
"It feels great," Sosa said. "My wife is here and my kid and they brought me good luck."
Extra! Extra! Yanks lose again in extras
The New York Yankees never used to lose these kind of games.
Unable to get the clutch hit or make the key pitch, the three-time World Series champions lost their third straight game -- all in extra innings -- 4-3 at Oakland on Frank Menechino's single in the 10th Wednesday night.
Not since April 16-18, 1964, had the Yankees dropped three in a row in extras. That season, by the way, New York recovered to win its fifth straight AL pennant.
"We're struggling right now. Not a lot is happening for us," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "Good teams fight through this stuff. That's what we have to do."
Ten 3-year-olds gunning for Derby winner Monarchos in Preakness
BALTIMORE -- Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos had just completed another solid gallop over the Pimlico Race Course and trainer John Ward was back at the Preakness stakes barn discussing the rigors of the Triple Crown trail.
"You've got a big red X painted on you in the Preakness because you are the Derby winner and everyone is going to be looking for you," Ward said Wednesday morning after Monarchos' second 1 1/2-mile gallop this week.
"But that's the fun of it. Otherwise, we'd have a Triple Crown winner almost every year."
And racing fans are well aware Triple Crowns have been few and far between, although there have been close calls in recent years. Affirmed was the 11th and last Triple Crown champion, winning the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 1978.
Should Monarchos win the $1 million Preakness on Saturday, thoroughbred racing will have a Triple Crown contender for the fourth time in five years entering the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
Drivers at back of pack take center stage
INDIANAPOLIS -- Roberto Guerrero is a two-time Indianapolis 500 runner-up and a realist.
He's spent 17 years driving cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and as Bump Day approaches, Guerrero knows what it will take to remain in the starting grid -- rain.
"All I can do is major rain dances," Guerrero said with a smile Wednesday. "Realistically, the only way I can stay in the race is if it rains."
The last time Bump Day was rained out before the 33-car field was filled, Indy 500 officials allowed a one-shot qualifying session the next day, with any driver bettering the slowest qualified car making the lineup. The race began with 37 cars on the track.
Former coach Ralph Miller is dead
Ralph Miller, whose Oregon State basketball teams were famed for their aggressive defense, died Tuesday at his home in Black Butte Ranch, Ore.
Miller was 82. In recent years, he had suffered from a form of emphysema and had circulation problems that required the use of a wheelchair.
He coached 19 seasons at Oregon State and won four Pacific 10 Conference championships. His 1981 team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for nine weeks. When he retired in 1989 after coaching 38 seasons, his total of 674 wins was sixth best in NCAA history.
He was a no-nonsense, old-school type who banned the dunk shot in practice, calling it "an idiot's delight."
Miller was born March 9, 1919, in Chanute, Kan. He was a football quarterback and basketball forward at the University of Kansas and broke into coaching at Wichita State in 1952. He compiled a 220-133 record there, then coached six seasons at Iowa before moving to Oregon State.
Gophers advance in Big Ten tourney
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A 95-minute rain delay didn't fluster the Minnesota Gophers, and coach John Anderson says that made a big difference in their first-round Big Ten Conference tournament victory over Penn State.
Jason Kennedy tripled twice and drove in two runs as Minnesota won 4-2 in the opening game of the tournament at Ohio State on Wednesday.
The Gophers scored twice in the first inning off losing pitcher Dan McCall (6-2) as Kennedy hit a run-scoring triple and came home on a balk by McCall.
Cone anxious on eve
of Red Sox debut
MINNEAPOLIS -- David Cone said he is anxious about his Red Sox debut here Thursday. Not nervous, just ready to grab that ball and get back on that horse. He smiled easily Wednesday as he roamed the clubhouse, looking satisfied to be back in the bigs after what had to seem like an eternity in lonely, dreary Fort Myers, Fla., preparing for this day.
The Red Sox summoned him after a 50-pitch rehab start in A-ball, a week earlier than planned so he wouldn't have to face the pressure of pitching his first Red Sox game against his beloved Yankees.
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