- - Sunday, April 29, 2012

NEW YORK — Nick Swisher has left the New York Yankees game against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday after walking in the third inning because of a tight left hamstring and will have a precautionary MRI. Entering Sunday’s game, Swisher was second in the AL with 23 RBI. He had a league-leading 15 extra-base hits.

• Struggling Yankees starter Freddy Garcia is going to the bullpen. Garcia was shifted to a relief role Sunday, a day after he gave up six runs to the Detroit Tigers in 1⅔ innings. The outing boosted his ERA to 12.51. Yankees starters, through Saturday, had a 6.37 ERA, 29th in majors, according to STATS LLC.


Power extends dominance on the streets of Sao Paulo

SAO PAULO — Will Power loves racing in Brazil.

Power won IndyCar’s Sao Paulo 300 for the third straight time Sunday, finishing ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay on the 2.5-mile, 11-turn Anhembi circuit. Power hardly was challenged on the streets of South America’s biggest city.

Takuma Sato had a great run to finish third for his first podium after starting only 25th, and Brazilian Helio Castroneves was fourth after starting 18th. Three-time defending series champion Dario Franchitti recovered from an early spin to finish fifth. It was Power’s third straight victory after four races this season.


Vikings RB King arrested on suspicion of assault

OAK GROVE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Caleb King was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault in the beating of another man outside a birthday party, the Anoka County sheriff’s office said Saturday.

King, who signed with the Vikings as a rookie free agent last year, was jailed but hasn’t been charged. The victim was a 22-year-old from Coon Rapids. King is accused of punching him repeatedly and throwing him headfirst to the ground.


Sharapova sweeps Azarenka for Porsche Grand Prix title

STUTTGART, Germany — Second-ranked Maria Sharapova cruised past top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Porsche Grand Prix for her first title of the year. Sharapova, a former No. 1, won her 25th career title, an honor roll that also includes three Grand Slam titles.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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