Thursday sports update, 4/07

After an ugly two-10 stretch, it looked like the Dallas Mavericks’ playoff hopes were completely destroyed, but a five-game winning streak now has them at seventh place in the conference with just four games to go. Coach Rick Carlisle has purposely switched his team to a slower more methodical tempo on both ends of the floor and it seems to be working.

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros both got rocked Wednesday night. The Seattle Mariners beat Texas 9-5 and the New York Yankees crushed the Astros 16-6. Shawn Tolleson is saddled with the loss for Texas, while Colin McHugh gets Houstons loss on his record.

(Compiled by Brice Marcum)