• Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) shakes hands with third base coach Gary Pettis (10) after hitting a solo home run off of Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Wade Miley in the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

    Astros struggle at the plate in 6-3 loss to Seattle

    HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve had another big night at the plate for the Houston Astros on Thursday.

  • Toronto Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion tosses his bat after hitting a three run home run against the Texas Rangers in the third inning of their baseball game in Toronto, Thursday, May 5, 2016. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Encarnacion’s HR, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs lead Toronto over Texas

    TORONTO (AP) — As a player whose game traditionally picks up a few notches in May, Edwin Encarnacion sure sounded like a man who knew a big performance was just around the corner.

  • Jets sign 7th-rounder Edwards, waive WR Anderson

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets signed cornerback Juston Burris, offensive tackle Brandon Shell and punter Lachlan Edwards, three of their seven draft picks, and waived Joe Anderson, the wide receiver who made headlines by standing outside Houston’s stadium with a sign looking for an NFL job last season.

  • Towery, who won ’55 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, dies

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ken Towery, a small-town Texas journalist who won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting at the tiny Cuero Daily Record, has died. He was 93.

  • Texas school fooled by 7-year-old’s fake note

    HOUSTON (AP) — A 7-year-old Houston girl managed to get out of an after-school program with a fake excuse note that she wrote herself, in large print with misspellings.

  • Monica Abbott signs with new National Pro Fastpitch team

    HOUSTON (AP) — Pitcher Monica Abbott has signed a six-year deal with the new Scrap Yard Dawgs of the National Pro Fastpitch softball league.

  • 3 Texas Tech football players kicked off the team

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Three Texas Tech football players have been kicked off the team.

  • Correction: Louisiana Chimps Moving story

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story May 3 about chimpanzees, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information from the organization Project Chimps, that a university laboratory in Louisiana was the first non-federal lab to agree to move all of its chimpanzees to sanctuary. The nonprofit organization said later the New Iberia Research Center was one of the first non-federal programs to release its entire population of research chimps.

  • Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel sits at the back of the courtroom while his defense attorneys confer with the prosecution during his initial hearing, Thursday, May 5, 2016, in Dallas. The Heisman Trophy winner and former Texas A&M star was indicted by a grand jury last month after his ex-girlfriend alleged he hit her and threatened to kill her during a night out in January. No plea was entered, but defense attorney Robert Hinton says Manziel plans to plead not guilty. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool)

    Johnny Manziel heads to court in domestic violence case

    DALLAS (AP) — Johnny Manziel waded through a crowd of reporters after his first court appearance in a domestic violence case Thursday, ignoring questions and even an autograph request.

  • Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Casey Fien, right, looks away as Houston Astros' Jason Castro rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

    Hughes struggles as Twins blown out by Astros 16-4

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Minnesota Twins were feeling good after getting just their second road win of the season in the opener against the Astros on Monday.