WASHINGTON (AP) -- Candace Parker and Kristi Toliver scored 18 points each as the Los Angeles Sparks snapped a three-game skid with a 96-68 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night. Former Mystics star Alana Beard added 16 points for the Sparks (20-9), who swept the two-game season series against Washington. Los Angeles, which has already clinched a playoff berth and remains in second place in the Western Conference, finishes its five-game road trip Sunday against New York. Monique Curry scored 16 points for the Mystics (5-23), who lost their season-high seventh straight. Jasmine Thomas added 15 points for Washington, which was outscored 197-138 in its two losses to Los Angeles. The Sparks outrebounded the Mystics 39-29 and shot 62 percent from the floor (39 of 63) compared to the Mystics' 36 percent (25 of 69). Los Angeles led by 19 in the second quarter before settling for a 54-39 halftime lead. A 15-2 run stretched it to 34-20 early in the second, DeLisha Milton-Jones' corner 3-pointer later pushed it to 45-30, and Toliver hit back-to-back jumpers to make it 51-32. Mystics guard Shannon Bobbitt hit a 38-foot bank shot at the halftime buzzer. It was more of the same in the second half, with the lead growing to 83-56 early in the fourth quarter. Beard, making her first visit to the Verizon Center since signing with the Sparks in the offseason, received a loud ovation from the crowd in pregame introductions. The four-time WNBA All Star, selected by the Mystics in the first round of the 2004 draft, played six seasons in Washington before foot and ankle injuries forced her to miss the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons.
BALTIMORE—The Orioles placed right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity list shortly before Saturday night’s game.
Jimenez was at the hospital with his wife, who is delivering the couple’s first child. He hasn’t pitched since July 8. He will be on the paternity list for three days.
With Vance Worley pitching on Sunday and Odrisamer Despaigne unavailable because he pitched 3 2/3 innings on Friday night, the Orioles recalled Tyler Wilson from Norfolk to serve as the team’s long man for Saturday night’s game.
Wilson, who was sent to Norfolk on July 3, is 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA in 16 games with the Orioles. In two games with the Tides, Wilson allowed six runs on 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Matt Wieters remains out of the starting lineup for the fifth straight game, and Caleb Joseph gets the start. Wieters bruised his right foot when he was hit by a pitch in Monday night’s game.
“I think they’ve done the MRI,” Showalter said. “They’ve done everything. They know what they’re dealing with. I’ll be frank with you, I’m hoping Monday. I was really hoping to not have to do that night game, day game with Caleb [Joseph on Saturday and Sunday], but we’ll see. If I have to put him in there emergency, then we may look at it differently depending on how he feels.”
Showalter said that he’s not afraid of using Joseph in six straight games because with a month’s rest due to his testicular surgery in late May, he’s fresher than he normally would be.
Hyun Soo Kim, who could be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, will begin a two-day rehab assignment at Bowie on Sunday. Kim is on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
T.J. McFarland (left knee) is getting close to throwing from the mound. McFarland has been throwing from 90-120 feet in Sarasota, Fla.
Showalter said that Brian Duensing (left elbow), who is on the 60-day disabled list, is progressing.
The mystery of who will pitch the series finale for the Nationals against the Padres on Sunday is over, as manager Dusty Baker revealed the team's plans to call up top prospect Lucas Giolito to make his third career MLB start.
With Giolito on his way to Washington, the Nationals will have to determine a corresponding move. And three players - Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Sammy Solis - all nearing their returns from the disabled list, there could be a lot of shuffling on the Nats' roster in the coming days and weeks.
Giolito, 22, joins the Nats after making one start at Triple-A Syracuse. Through two big league starts this season he has a 4.70 ERA across 7 2/3 innings. Both of his outings came against the New York Mets.
Zimmerman (left ribcage strain) has made two rehab appearances with the Single-A Potomac Nationals. He went 2-for-4 with a double in his first game and 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run in his second. He was set to play his third game with the P-Nats on Saturday evening.
Solis also played with Potomac on Friday night and struck out three in a scoreless inning. He will now move on to Single-A Hagerstown to continue his rehab back from right knee inflammation.
"Solis, he pitched yesterday and said it went well. He's going to throw again tomorrow," Baker said. "Him and Joe are both going to throw at Hagerstown. We'll keep our fingers crossed that that works out well, too."
Ross will be making his first rehab appearance with Hagerstown on Sunday as he works his way back from right shoulder inflammation. He has been on the disabled list since July 3.
The Nationals chose Giolito to start over Reynaldo Lopez, one of their other hard-throwing prospects. Lopez pitched against the Dodgers on Tuesday and gave up six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Lopez was brought up to replace Giolito's spot in the rotation for his July 19 debut after the Nats determined Giolito needed more work in the minors. They sent him to Syracuse hoping he could work on his fastball command and his curveball. Giolito responded with 6 2/3 innings and only one unearned run in his lone outing in Triple-A.
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BALTIMORE—Darren O’Day wasn’t impressed with the uniforms worn by the Baysox to honor David Bowie on Friday night.
“I wore a pretty bad jersey, probably the worst jersey I ever wore,” O’Day said.
While wearing that jersey for an inning, O’Day struck out two and allowed a hit while pitching for Bowie
“The outing was good. I felt good. I got to execute most of my pitches. It felt good to get back out there. I had a baserunner, so that was good,” O’Day said. “Altogether positive.”
O’Day, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since June 3 with a strained right hamstring, thinks that is the only rehab assignment he’ll need before returning to the Orioles.
“I hope so,” O’Day said. He’ll talk with Dan Duquette, Buck Showalter and the trainers. “My delivery was in a good place. I was making a lot of good pitches. Everything was moving like it should.”
Meanwhile, Joey Rickard will be in a splint for the next three weeks to rest the injured ligament in his right thumb. Rickard will probably not be able to play until September. Surgery is not required.
“As soon as possible. My goal is to beat whatever they told me by whatever I can, so I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that happens,” Rickard said.
Showalter said that Rickard would stay in Baltimore and not go to Sarasota since there wasn’t anything he could do there that he couldn’t do here. He won’t travel with the Orioles, Showalter said.