Saturday, April 19, 2014


Twins avoid sweep

The Blue Jays went down fighting in the finale of an entertaining opening weekend.
Danny Valencia and Denard Span homered as the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 yesterday afternoon, avoiding a three-game sweep and snapping a four-game losing streak in Toronto.
Twins’ closer Joe Nathan gave up a run but escaped a bases-loaded jam for his first save since 2009.

Another win for Harvick

MARTINSVILLE, Va.—It was supposed to be a showdown between Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson—the only two drivers able to win at tricky Martinsville Speedway of late.
Instead, the end of yesterday’s race became a battle among the unexpected.

Walker matches course record

HUMBLE, Tex.—Jimmy Walker didn’t make every birdie putt he saw during the first round of the Houston Open yesterday.
It only seemed that way.
Walker tied the course record with a nine-under 63 to take a two-shot lead over Josh Teater and Nick O’Hern.
He needed only 23 putts—the fewest of any player on the first day—to make up for several erratic tee shots.

Yankees win first March home-opener

The N.Y. Yankees could get used to March baseball in the Bronx.
Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead homer leading off the seventh inning, and Mark Teixeira had a three-run shot off Justin Verlander, lifting New York over the Detroit Tigers 6-3 yesterday afternoon in the Yankees’ first home opener in March.

Jays end spring on losing note

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Rays hope a strong finish in spring training will help them get off to another quick start in the regular season.
Evan Longoria homered while B.J. Upton snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single, helping the defending AL East champions beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 yesterday.

Raptors can’t play spoiler

TORONTO—Drew Gooden’s return from a 30-game fight with a left foot ailment could be the shot-in-the-arm the Milwaukee Bucks need for their desperate playoff push.
Gooden scored 22 points off the bench and added 11 rebounds in his second game back from his lengthy layoff as the Bucks beat the Toronto Raptors 104-98 last night.

’Canes keep playoff drive alive

RALEIGH, N.C.—Jeff Skinner has made scoring look easy at times during his first season with Carolina.
For a change, so did another of the Hurricanes’ rookies.
Skinner had two goals and an assist, and defenceman Jamie McBain had his first career two-goal game, as Carolina dumped the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 last night to continue its push for a playoff spot.

Anthony sparks Knicks in almost ‘must-win’

Hours after saying New York’s latest game was “almost a must-win” situation, Carmelo Anthony gave his finest performance in a Knicks’ uniform.
Anthony scored 39 points, his best effort since coming to New York, as the Knicks pulled out a 113-106 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic to snap a six-game losing streak.

Blue Jays fall to Red Sox

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Farrell likes Kyle Drabek’s ability to “reach back and get a strikeout when he needs it.”
Drabek fanned five and allowed five hits over five innings against Boston yesterday in a match-up of sons of former all-stars.

‘Finnish Flash’ has still got it

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Teemu Selanne barely had taken off his jersey in the Anaheim Ducks’ locker-room when Corey Perry serenaded him with the same chant he had just heard on the Honda Center ice.
“One more year! One more year!” the NHL’s goal-scoring leader yelled at the 40-year-old “Finnish Flash.”

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