Rockies’ Marquez hoping for better results vs. Braves

ATLANTA — German Marquez’s start for the Colorado Rockies against the Atlanta Braves at Denver in early April was one of his worst as the right-hander walked six and gave up seven runs over 4 2/3 innings.

A’s host Astros with first place on the line

OAKLAND, Calif. — First place in the American League West will be on the line for the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics when they meet as co-leaders in the finale of a three-game series Sunday afternoon.

Cubs hope offense wakes up vs. Pirates

The Chicago Cubs have put their offensive production on repeat the past three games — one solo homer each night in the first three games of a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Cowboys G Zack Martin suffers knee injury vs. Bengals

Dallas right guard Zack Martin left Saturday night’s preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a knee injury that potentially could be a significant blow to the Cowboys.

Indians’ Clevinger seeks second straight win vs. Orioles

CLEVELAND — Mike Clevinger, who broke a long winless slide in his last start, will try to begin a winning streak Sunday afternoon when he takes the mound for the Cleveland Indians in the finale of a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles at Progressive Field.

Saban has agitated response to injury-concern question

After it was confirmed that Alabama’s backup linebacker Chris Allen will be lost for the season because of a serious knee injury, coach Nick Saban became perturbed Saturday when asked about his level of concern about that injury and others.

Bryant not in Browns’ immediate plans

Veteran free agent receiver Dez Bryant is not in the Cleveland Browns’ immediate plans after he visited the team this week, according to a Cleveland.com report.