Oakland Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden celebrates after throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9 in Oakland, Calif. Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in major league history in a 4-0 victory over the Rays on Sunday. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Braden (51) is hugged by teammate Brandon Powell after throwing a perfect game on May 9. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Peggy Lindsey, Dallas Braden's grandmother, gives him a hug after the Oakland Athletics pitcher threw a perfect game on Mother's Day in Oakland, Calif. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Dallas Braden pitches in the third inning of the Oakland Athletics baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
The scoreboard in Oakland, Calif., shows the final outcome of the Athletics game against the Tampa Bay Rays where Oakland's pitcher Dallas Braden threw a perfect game. Dino Vournas/AP
Dallas Braden celebrates with teammates after his perfect game on May 9. Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle/AP
Dallas Braden is congratulated by teammate Landon Powell after throwing a perfect game on May 9. Dino Vournas/AP
Following his perfect game, Dallas Braden speaks to the media on May 9. Dino Vournas/AP
Dallas Braden is seen here pitching during the third inning of the Oakland Athletics' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
Dallas Braden celebrates throwing a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, May 9, in Oakland, Calif. Carlos Avila Gonzalez/AP
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.