Tough game for Rogers in return from disabled list

Mark Rogers endured a difficult outing in his return from the disabled list, allowing eight runs in 12/3 innings Sunday for Triple-A Nashville, which rallied for a 9-8 win over visiting Sacramento in a Pacific Coast League game.

Rogers, from Orrs Island and Mt. Ararat High, hadn’t pitched since April 23, and went on the DL May 2 because of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, which was causing him to lose feeling in his fingers.

He made it through the first inning without allowing a hit, then retired the leadoff batter in the second before surrendering a single, a walk, a double and a home run. He walked three more batters and gave up another hit before he was removed with the bases loaded, and all three runners eventually scored.

It’s the third straight start in which Rogers has given up at least six runs while failing to last longer than two innings. His ERA climbed to 13.20.

EASTERN LEAGUE: The Portland Sea Dogs’ game against the Rock Cats at New Britain, Conn., was postponed because of rain.

No makeup date was announced, but Portland returns to New Britain May 31 to June 2.

The Sea Dogs, who have lost five straight and 14 of 17, are scheduled to open a three-game homestand at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the Reading Phillies.


GIRO D’ITALIA: Alberto Contador surged to his first stage win of this year’s race and took the leader’s pink jersey from Pieter Weening.

The three-time Tour de France winner finished the 104.7-mile ninth stage from Messina to Etna in 4 hours, 54 minutes, 8 seconds, with Jose Rujano three seconds behind. Overall, Contador has a 59-second lead over Kanstantsin Sivtsov.

TOUR OF CALIFORNIA: The start of the race in Truckee was wiped out because of snow, forcing organizers to cut the event from eight to seven stages.


ROSEWALL ILL: The Italian tennis federation said eight-time Grand Slam winner Ken Rosewall was admitted to the stroke ward of a Rome hospital after falling ill while attending the Rome Masters.

Rosewall’s wife, Wilma, was quoted by Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald as saying her husband, 76, suffered no heart or brain damage, but was being kept under observation until he was well enough to return to Australia.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Finland scored five late goals to beat Sweden 6-1 at Bratislava, Slovakia, and claim its second world title.


LA LIGA: Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win at Villarreal, and with 38 goals tied the Spanish league scoring record set by Athletic Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra in 1950-51 and matched by Madrid’s Hugo Sanchez in 1989-90.

Ronaldo curled a pair of free kicks past Diego Lopez, giving him a career-best 51 goals in all competitions this season.

SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Rangers clinched a third straight league title by a single point with a 5-1 win at Kilmarnock on the last day of the season.


CHARLOTTE ULTRASWIM: Michael Phelps beat Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter backstroke at Charlotte, N.C.

Phelps, keying more on clocking consistent splits for this USA Grand Prix meet than wins, finished in 1 minute, 57.20 seconds.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu set a meet record of 2:12.29 in the 200 individual medley, topping Stina Gardell.