ORLANDO AT CLEVELAND
8:30 tonight, TNT
Magic lead series 1-0
The Lakers aren’t alone. TheCavs, previously undefeated inthe postseason, coughed up thehome edge in a Game 1 loss toOrlando on Wednesday. That oneresult pushed Cleveland fromcruise-control to must-win tonightin Game 2.
— Sean Deveney
Inevitable? Hold off on Lakers-Cavaliers plans for the Finals,because Thursday night, Denverderailed the defending Westchamps in L.A. behind 34 pointsfrom Carmelo Anthony. Now, it’sthe Nuggets—tough in the Mile-High City—holding homecourtadvantage.
NBA PLAYOFFSNHL PLAYOFFS
Not so faston L.A.-Cavs
Carmelo Anthony had 34 points as theNuggets tied the series vs. the Lakers.
BY BILL EICHENBERGER
The World Serieschampion Phillies face the Yankees,
’ pick to win it all thisseason, when interleague play beginstonight. The Yankees have won nineconsecutive games, and with AlexRodriguez healthy, they havearguably the best lineup in baseball.Three Baltimore relievers provide ascouting report for Philadelphia:
“(A-Rod) being in the lineup, youdon’t go out there and say, ‘Well, I’vegot to give Mark Teixeira morefastballs,’ but it ends up happening.... You don’t want to walk him to getto Alex. I don’t know the numbers, but you can tell that since Alex has been back, it’s become a completelydifferent lineup. He’s protectingTeixeira, and Teixeira is taking off.He’s super hot. Alex also has HidekiMatsui behind him, and that’s prettygood protection.”
“(A-Rod’s) return has definitelychanged the whole dynamic of theway you go about pitching them.There are no holes now anywhere.You can’t pitch around him to get tosomeone else because the next twoguys behind him are also greathitters. It’s obviously one of the bestlineups in the league—them andBoston, even Toronto this year isunbelievable.”
“It’s a lineup that doesn’t quit.Most lineups you can eventually getdown to the seventh, eighth andninth hitter—you can sit back andreally attack those guys. But hereevery hitter up there is going to be achallenge.”
Interesting A.L. vs. N.L. matchups:
Randy Johnson vs. Ichiro Suzuki
Little lefty could ruin Big Unit’sSeattle homecoming.
Johan Santana vs. Fenway Park
Mets ace struggles more in Boston(6.89 ERA) than anywhere.
Jered Weaver vs. Juan Pierre
Angels’ red-hot righthander againstDodgers’ red-hot leadoff man.
Dan Haren vs. Matt Holliday
Surging slugger could spoil Arizonarighthander’s return to Oakland.
Josh Johnson vs. Evan Longoria
Marlins’ flame-thrower meets Rays’hotshot.
— Stan McNeal
Baltimore pitchers warn Phils, ‘There are no holes’ in Yankees’
Since Alex Rodriguez, right, returned May 8, Mark Teixeira has raised his batting average 58 points.
Evgeni Malkin, left, had a hat trick asthe Pens grabbed a 2-0 series lead.
Malkin, Crosbycombine for five points as Pens makemove to return to Cup finals.
Detroit at Chicago:
8 tonight, Versus.
Red Wings lead series 2-0
FRIDAYMAY 22, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 304
Western Conference finals
Denver 106, L.A. Lakers 103
(Series tied 1-1)
Eastern Conference finals
Pittsburgh 7, Carolina 4
(Pittsburgh leads series 2-0)
Detroit 4, Texas 3Minnesota 20, Chicago White Sox 1Cleveland 8, Kansas City 3Tampa Bay 6, Oakland 5N.Y. Yankees 7, Baltimore 4Boston 5, Toronto 1L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 0
Philadelphia 12, Cincinnati 5Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4Arizona 4, Florida 3Colorado 9, Atlanta 0St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 1Milwaukee 4, Houston 3San Diego 3, San Francisco 2
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FLYING IN OVERDRIVE
1. Notre Dame2. Oklahoma State3. North Carolina4. Miami
HEADED IN REVERSE
1. Louisville2. Texas A&M3. West Virginia4. Tennessee
Spring forward, fall back
Sporting News Today
’s Matt Hayes weighs in on pro-grams headed in opposite directions after spring ball.
Notre Dame on the rise,
Miami QB Jacory Harris