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NATIONALS-ORIOLES

Pearce HR helps Orioles squeeze past Nationals 4-3

BALTIMORE (AP) - Steve Pearce homered and scored twice to help Wei-Yin Chen earn his ninth victory, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Thursday night for their eighth win in 10 games.

Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz both drove in a run for the Orioles, who built a 4-0 lead in the third inning and held on. Baltimore took two of three from the Nationals in this rain-shortened, home-and-home interleague showdown between division leaders.

Jayson Werth homered for Washington and Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and an RBI.

Chen (9-3) gave up three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking none and striking out six. The Taiwanese left-hander is 6-1 in 12 starts since May 3, and his nine wins are most on the team. He was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA in his previous two starts against the Nationals.

WIZARDS-GORTAT

Wizards announce re-signing of Marcin Gortat

WASHINGTON (AP) - Marcin Gortat has signed his five-year, $60 million contract to remain with the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards announced Thursday that the Polish center had signed the deal on the first day permitted under NBA free agency rules.

Gortat posted a picture of himself signing the papers on his Twitter page, writing that it was the "best day of my life!!!"

Gortat agreed to the deal on July 1, reaffirming his desire to remain with the Wizards after helping lead the club to its first playoff berth since 2008.

Gortat averaged 13.2 points and a team-leading 9.5 rebounds after he was acquired in a preseason trade with the Phoenix Suns.

TOMLIN-TAILGATE

Steelers' Tomlin heads home to Va with NFL players

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is heading home to Virginia, followed by an all-star roster of NFL players with Hampton Roads roots.

Tomlin is due back in his Newport News hometown Friday for the 6th Gridiron Legends Tailgate Party presented by the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation.

Besides Tomlin, NFL players expected to attend include Seattle's Percy Harvin, Baltimore's Tyrod Taylor, the Steelers' Shamarko Thomas, Buffalo's EJ Manuel and the Jet's Tajh Boyd, among others.

The event will be held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center.

The Hampton Roads Youth Foundation provides educational, social and economic programs for young people in the region.

SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

No players taken in NFL's supplemental draft

NEW YORK (AP) - None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday.

League spokesman Michael Signora says in an email that all four players - New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead - went undrafted and are now free agents.

The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance at entering the NFL. Teams submit picks and are awarded players if their bid - for which round they would take that player - is highest. Teams then lose the corresponding pick in next year's draft.

PHELPS COMEBACK

Phelps a bit miffed that he's not going faster

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Michael Phelps figured he would be swimming faster by now.

His coach believes he's right on schedule.

Phelps will get a final tuneup before the national championships when he competes in a special meet at the University of Georgia, featuring Ryan Lochte and some of the world's top swimmers.

Beginning Friday, Phelps will swim three events in three days, another important step in showing how fit he is since coming out of retirement.

Coach Bob Bowman says he's pleased with Phelps' progress and sees no reason why he can't eventually come close to some of the times he put up in the prime of his career. But Phelps is a bit miffed that he's not going faster, only now realizing how difficult it is to return from a long layoff.

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