Apr 16

Ian Kinsler: DL stint for groin strain should end Tuesday

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Ian Kinsler told ESPN’s Mark Schwarz that he will be activated from the 10-day disabled list for Tuesday’s game against the Texas Rangers.

Kinsler was placed on the DL on March 31 with a strained groin.

The 35-year-old was slowed by the injury near the end of spring training and played in only one game this season before landing on the DL.

Zack Cozart, originally slated as the Angels’ starting third baseman this season, has seen the bulk of the playing time at second base during Kinsler’s absence.

The Spurs are having to adjust to a new reality after being a championship contender for the better part of the last two decades.

Injuries to Leonard, Gay, Anderson, Ginobili, Tony Parker and others almost cost San Antonio a playoff berth.

“Sometimes you’ve got to adjust your goals relative to your potential, the way you’ve been playing, the way the season is going,” Ginobili said. “So, we’ve got to be realistic. Maybe we’re not the favorites this year or maybe it wasn’t going to be a 60-win season like the previous ones. After what happened in February and early March, we had to shift our expectations. We mentioned in many times, the goal was to make it to the playoffs. Once we clinched, then we may think about standings, but the way the West is this year, it’s crazy. Everything is so clogged so tight that at this point, we’re happy to have clinched.”

Woods tees off at 1:27 p.m. Eastern.

Spieth pushed his tee shot at the par-4 No. 1 way right. He failed to get his second shot back to the fairway and then left his third one short of the green. He missed an 11-footer for bogey. It was a frustrating start for the 2015 Masters champion and opened the door for everyone else on the leaderboard.

Spieth birdied five straight holes down the stretch in the opening round and finished with a 6-under 66. He bogeyed the par-4 18th.

On a night when Cole Hamels was masterful for five innings, Gallo’s milestone home run — coming in his 204th career game — sparked a scuffling offense and helped the Rangers stop a three-game losing streakbuccaneers_075

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