CHICAGO—Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew the answer without having to ask the question.
Any doubts he had about fatigue—and his squad’s ability to bounce back after a disheartening loss in triple overtime less than 48 hours earlier—disappeared even before the midday shoot-around.
TORONTO—Blue Jays’ starter R.A. Dickey made some adjustments to his delivery last night and it paid off with his first complete game of the season.
The veteran knuckleballer said he slowed the tempo down and it helped give the pitch some late movement.
It left the L.A. Angels largely befuddled in Toronto’s 8-4 victory at Rogers Centre.
TORONTO—The numbers keep getting uglier for the Toronto Blue Jays.
A 4-3 loss to the L.A. Angels last night has left the Blue Jays a season-worst six games below the .500 mark.
Toronto has dropped seven of its last eight games and is just 2-8 in one-run games this year.
TORONTO—Mike Babcock took over as Toronto’s head coach today, saying the Maple Leafs are Canada’s team and they need to be put back on the map.
The 52-year-old Babcock—no stranger to coaching Team Canada—becomes the 30th head coach in Leafs’ history.
TAMPA, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Lightning were relentless, answering every challenge from the N.Y. Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference final on Nikita Kucherov’s overtime goal.
ATLANTA—J.R. Smith knocked down a tough three-pointer, then another.
Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side—like he was holstering his pistol.
Yep, Smith was that hot.
NEW YORK—Under the bright lights in the big city, the Tampa Bay Lightning got a gigantic performance from their smallest player.
Tyler Johnson continued his stellar Stanley Cup playoffs with a hat trick last night as the Lightning routed the N.Y. Rangers 6-2 to even the Eastern Conference final at a game apiece.
INDIANAPOLIS—Canadian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital following surgery on his left leg for injuries sustained yesterday in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Obviously we’re relieved that James is awake and out of surgery,” Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team owner Sam Schmidt said.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic—Russia’s hockey team may end up paying for its Canadian anthem snub.
Russian news agency TASS reported the Russian team is facing sanctions after players left the ice before “O Canada.”
The Canadians crushed Russia 6-1 in Sunday’s gold-medal game and most of the Russians quickly departed for the dressing room—a breach of the sport’s etiquette.
HOUSTON—When the Houston Astros needed a roster spot earlier this week, they kept rookie Preston Tucker and sent the more experienced Robbie Grossman to Triple-A.
Last night, Tucker showed them they made the right decision—finishing with three hits and an RBI to help Houston to a 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.