Randy Johnson tonight willtry to become the 24th memberof baseball’s 300-win club—andlikely the last for a long time. Noactive pitcher under 34 is evenhalfway there; Atlanta’s 33-year-old(and injured) Tim Hudson has 146.
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asked threeformer pitchers whether we’ll eversee another 300-game winner.
Charlie Leibrandt, 140 winsfrom 1979-93:
“I can’t say it won’tever happen again, but with pitchcounts so dominant and arminjuries more prevalent than ever, Idon’t see it happening soon.”
Mickey Lolich, 217 wins from1963-79:
“No one will. With thefive-man rotation, they don’t pitchas often. Plus, with the middle manand a reliever coming in after thestarter, your game could be lost. It’sa different game.”
Kirk Reuter, 130 wins from1993-2005:
“I don’t think it willhappen because of the longevityand success it takes. A lot of today’splayers don’t look to play into their40s. To achieve 300 wins, you prob-ably have to play that long.”
— Jeff D’Alessio
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WEDNESDAYJUNE 3, 2009SEE A DIFFERENT GAMEVOLUME 1 ISSUE 316
Stanley Cup finals
Pittsburgh 4, Detroit 2
(Detroit leads series 2-1)
Boston 5, Detroit 1N.Y. Yankees 12, Texas 3Toronto 6, L.A. Angels 4Tampa Bay 6, Kansas City 2Oakland 5, Chicago White Sox 0Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3Seattle 8, Baltimore 2
Pittsburgh 3, N.Y. Mets 1Washington 10, San Francisco 6Florida 10, Milwaukee 3Atlanta 6, Chicago Cubs 5, 12 inningsSt. Louis 5, Cincinnati 2Houston 3, Colorado 2, 11 inningsL.A. Dodgers 6, Arizona 5Philadelphia 10, San Diego 5
MLB>14 NFL>23 NBA>11 NHL>7 NASCAR>30 COLLEGE FOOTBALL>29 COLLEGE BASKETBALL>28 NBA DRAFT>6
Thirteen NFL teams have missedthe postseason the past twoseasons but these five are goodbets to crash the playoff party nextseason:1. New Orleans Saints2. Houston Texans3. Chicago Bears4. Buffalo Bills5. New York Jets
Breaking the streak,
Top off. coordinators,
Hakeem Nicks Q&A,
Solving a mystery
These five players have been a puzzlefor NBA draft insiders. Sean Deveneyprovides clues to where they couldland,
James Harden, SG, Arizona StateJrue Holiday, G, UCLADeJuan Blair, PF, PittDerrick Brown, F, XavierAustin Daye, F Gonzaga
Cup up for grabs
BY CRAIG CUSTANCE
After three games filled with bad breaks, lucky bounces and a level of intensity thatseems to rise with each period, Detroit coachMike Babcock came to a conclusion about theStanley Cup finals.“This series is where it should be,” Babcocksaid.The Penguins held serve Tuesday night, win-ning their first home game, 4-2, to cut the RedWings’ series lead to 2-1.Now, it’s a series anyone can win. The StanleyCup officially is up for grabs.
Three reasons Detroit will win
Detroit’s veteran goalie wasn’ttested much Tuesday, but he responded when hewas. Osgood and Henrik Zetterberg haveemerged as Detroit’s best candidates for the ConnSmythe, and two more strong games from Osgoodwould clinch it.
The Red Wings won theirtwo home games and just need to win the remain-ing games at Joe Louis Arena to raise their secondconsecutive Stanley Cup. In a series where match-ups are magnified, home ice has been huge.
The wildcard, Pavel Datsyuk.
Datsyuk skatedTuesday morning and Babcock said Detroit’sinjured Hart Trophy candidate could be ready forThursday’s Game 4. His return would tilt atightly contested series in Detroit’s favor.
Three reasons Pittsburgh will win
The Penguins’ power play.
The Red Wingshaven’t shown a lot of weaknesses during thisplayoff run, but their penalty kill hasn’t beengreat. The Penguins scored two power play goalsTuesday and scored on their only power playopportunity in Game 2.
Malkin had three assists Tues-day and extended his playoff-leading point totalto 33. He has earned points on Pittsburgh’s firstfive goals of the Cup finals. Detroit has done agood job of limiting Sidney Crosby, but Malkin isshowing why it’s so hard to contain thePenguins.
Crosby’s quiet determination.
He might not bepiling up points, but the Penguins feed off Cros- by’s drive to win his first Stanley Cup. “He’s anon-ice leader,” teammate Jordan Staal said. “Hedoesn’t say a whole lot, but when he does every-one is listening.”
Penguins feed off calm Gonchar,
PITTSBURGH 4 DETROIT 2
STANLEY CUP FINALS
Max Talbot (25) had two goals, including the empty-netter thaticed the Pens’ Game 3 win.
Pens’ victory makesfinals anyone’s series