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8:30 tonight, TNT
Magic leadseries 1-0
The Lakers aren’t alone. The
Cavs, previously undefeated in
the postseason, coughed up the
home edge in a Game 1 loss to
Orlando on Wednesday. That one
result pushed Cleveland from
cruise-control to must-win tonight
in Game 2. Page 12
Inevitable? Hold off on Lakers-
Cavaliers plans for the Finals,
because Thursday night, Denver
derailed the defending West
champs in L.A. behind 34 points
from Carmelo Anthony. Now, it’s
the Nuggets—tough in the Mile-
High City—holding homecourt
advantage. Page 11
Not so fast
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CarmeloAnthonyhad34points as the
Nuggets tiedtheseries vs. theLakers.
BY BILL EICHENBERGER
NEWYORK—The World Series
champion Phillies face the Yankees,
Sporting News’ pick to win it all this
season, when interleague play begins
tonight. The Yankees have won nine
consecutive games, and with Alex
Rodriguez healthy, they have
arguably the best lineup in baseball.
Three Baltimore relievers provide a
scouting report for Philadelphia:
“(A-Rod) being in the lineup, you
don’t go out there and say, ‘Well, I’ve
got to give Mark Teixeira more
fastballs,’ but it ends up happening.
... You don’t want to walk him to get
to Alex. I don’t know the numbers,
but you can tell that since Alex has
been back, it’s become a completely
different lineup. He’s protecting
Teixeira, and Teixeira is taking off.
He’s super hot. Alex also has Hideki
Matsui behind him, and that’s pretty
“(A-Rod’s) return has definitely
changed the whole dynamic of the
way you go about pitching them.
There are no holes now anywhere.
You can’t pitch around him to get to
someone else because the next two
guys behind him are also great
hitters. It’s obviously one of the best
lineups in the league—them and
Boston, even Toronto this year is
“It’s a lineup that doesn’t quit.
Most lineups you can eventually get
down to the seventh, eighth and
ninth hitter—you can sit back and
really attack those guys. But here
every hitter up there is going to be a
Interesting A.L. vs. N.L. matchups:
Randy Johnson vs. Ichiro Suzuki
Little lefty could ruin Big Unit’s
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 against
Dodgers’ red-hot leadoff man.
Dan Haren vs. Matt Holliday
Surging slugger could spoil Arizona
righthander’s return to Oakland.
Josh Johnson vs. Evan Longoria
Marlins’ flame-thrower meets Rays’
Baltimore pitchers warn Phils, ‘There are no holes’ in Yankees’ lineup
SinceAlex Rodriguez, right, returnedMay 8, MarkTeixeirahas raisedhis battingaverage58points.
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Evgeni Malkin, left, had a hat trick as
the Pens grabbed a 2-0 series lead.
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Detroit 4, Texas 3
Minnesota 20, Chicago White Sox 1
Cleveland8, Kansas City 3
Tampa Bay 6, Oakland5
N.Y. Yankees 7, Baltimore 4
Boston5, Toronto 1
L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 0
Philadelphia 12, Cincinnati 5
Arizona 4, Florida 3
Colorado 9, Atlanta 0
St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 1
Milwaukee 4, Houston3
SanDiego 3, SanFrancisco 2
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OFF THE FIELD
Magic at Cavaliers
8 p.m., TNT
Sometimes when you watch LeBron James
routinely score 40-plus points (he scored 49 in
the Game 1 loss), you forget how hard he works.
But there he was after Game 1, with blood trick-
ling down his leg and dealing with apparent leg
cramps as well. And now, after losing home-court
advantage to the Magic, the Cavs must win Game
2 tonight to avoid falling into a huge hole heading
to Orlando. Maybe LeBron will be the source of
some amazing happenings.
8 p.m., Versus
If you’re a hockey fan with no rooting interest
in this game, you’ll find it difficult not to be swept
up by the sight of Blackhawks fans swiveling and
celebrating a Chicago goal to the tune of Chelsea
Dagger by The Fratellis. (Check it out at youtube.
com/watch?v=3kBMu89gDBI). The Blackhawks
need the energy their fans provide being down 0-2
in this best-of-7 series. Detroit seems to have trouble
with more well-built players, which means Jonathan
Toews could be Chicago’s first star tonight.
Cubs at Padres
10 p.m., WGN
For the backwoods purists who hate interleague
play, this series is your only option this weekend.
The Cubs are blessed with considerable talent,
yet they still have much difficulty on the road.
Enter a series against the Padres, who are 14-6 at
home and haven’t lost six games into their current
nine-game homestand. Tonight marks the return
of Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano from a hamstring
strain, and he’ll need to be on his game to com-
bat Padres strikeout machine Jake Peavy, who on
Thursday rejected a deal to the White Sox.
VERSUS—IRL, practice for Indianapolis 500
SPEED—World of Outlaws, at Concord, N.C.
ESPN2—Welterweights, Richard Gutierrez
(24-2-1) vs. Antwone Smith (15-1-1), at Miami
ESPN2—NCAADivision I, Super Regionals,
game 1, Jacksonville State at Alabama
ESPN2—NCAADivision I, Super Regionals,
game 2, Ohio State at Georgia
ESPN2—NCAADivision I, Super Regionals,
site 1/game 3, teams TBA(if necessary)
ESPN—Regional coverage, NCAADivision I,
Super Regionals, game 1 Baylor at Michigan,
or game 2 Arizona at Stanford (8:30 p.m.)
ESPN2—NCAADivision I, Super Regionals,
site 2/game 3, teams TBA(if necessary)
TGC—European PGATour, BMWPGA
Championship, second round, at Surrey,
TGC—PGAof America, Senior Championship,
second round, at Beachwood, Ohio
TGC—PGATour, Byron Nelson Championship,
second round, at Irving, Texas
TGC—LPGA, Corning Classic, second round, at
Corning, N.Y. (same-day tape)
WGN—Chicago Cubs at San Diego
TNT—Playoffs, Eastern Conference finals,
Game 2, Orlando at Cleveland
VERSUS—Playoffs, Western Conference
finals, Game 3, Detroit at Chicago
Ex-NFL QB Leaf indicted
Former NFL quarterback Ryan
Leaf was indicted by a grand jury in
Texas Thursday on drug and bur-
glary charges. The indictment said
the 33-year-old former San Diego
Chargers quarterback presented
an incomplete medical history to
several physicians between Janu-
ary 2008 and September 2008 to
get or try to obtain the painkiller
William “The Refrigerator” Perry was
released from a South Carolina hos-
pital after a monthlong stay for com-
plications of a nervous system
disorder. An Aiken Regional Medi-
cal Center spokeswoman said the
former Chicago Bears star, 46, was
released on Wednesday after being
treated for Guillain-Barre Syndrome,
which can be fatal if it progresses.
Fans in the upper deck of the
Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium won’t
have to worry about being so far
from the action. The Cowboys on
Thursday unveiled what they’re call-
ing the world’s largest high-defini-
tion TV: a 72-foot tall, 160-foot wide
screen suspended over the field. It
extends from 20-yard line to 20-yard
line in the $1.1 billion stadium and is
90 feet above the field, owner Jerry
Some Bears season ticket hold-
ers were surprised to receive a notice
saying they owe a city-issued amuse-
ment tax on seat licenses purchased
up to seven years ago, according to
the Chicago Tribune. A Bears spokes-
man, who says the team was
unaware of the tax or the certified
letters that were mailed out, says the
franchise is looking into the issue.
Lowe’s Motor Speedway dedi-
cated its infield media center dead-
line room in honor of late Charlotte
Observer NASCAR writer DavidPoole,
who died in April of a heart attack.
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Born: Oct. 14, 1957, in Little Rock, Ark.
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SG Lance Stephenson has trimmed his list of schools to
Arizona and Maryland, his father told USA Today. Ste-
phenson is the top unsigned basketball recruit in the
nation, according to two recruiting services.
The late national signing period for hoops ended on
Wednesday, but a player still can commit to a school
between now and the fall semester, and his enrollment
is considered the same as signing a letter of intent.
Stephenson will wait to announce a decision until
after a June 29 hearing for his misdemeanor sexual
assault case, his father added.
“He wants to clear his name before he makes a deci-
sion,” Lance’s father, Lance Stephenson, Sr. told USA
Today. “He’s going to continue to work out and take
care of his schooling.”
The 6-6 Stephenson has finished his prep career at
Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.). In recent months, he also
had Kansas and St. John’s as part of his short list.
In football: BYU has added its eighth and ninth
commitments for the class of 2010, Scout.com
reported. The Cougars received commitments from
Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) DL Tuni Kanuch and
Murrieta Valley (Murrieta, Calif.) RB A.J. Moore.
Kanuch is a 6-2, 295-pounder who also was being
looked at by Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington State.
“I visited head coach Bronco Mendenhall with my mom
and dad and committed right there to him in his
office,” Kanuch told Scout.com. “I knew if they offered
me that I probably would commit and they did, so I
did ... It was good hearing from the other schools, but
BYU has everything I need. It’s a great fit for me and
who I am and what my goals are, so I didn’t feel like I
needed to wait to make my commitment.”
Moore is a 5-10, 190-pound back who also had Boise
State, Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah looking
at him. As a junior, Moore rushed for 1,040 yards and
10 touchdowns, while also catching 60 passes for 700
yards and four touchdowns out of the backfield.
Thomas Johnson (Ijamsville, Md.) LB Jeremy Grove
has committed to East Carolina, Rivals.com reported.
The 6-1, 230-pound outside linebacker also reported a
scholarship offer from Louisville, as well as a chance
to attend and play for the Naval Academy. Grove had
95 tackles as a junior, and broke up six passes, while
recovering one fumble.
“It’s a really good feeling,” Grove told Rivals.com. “I
can focus on my season ahead of me and try to win a
championship. I knew I was going to commit early but I
didn’t think it would be this early. I sat down with my
parents and they asked what other schools I was waiting
for and I realized there was no better school to wait for.”
Stephenson’s list trimmed
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BASEBALL / NATIONAL LEAGUE BASEBALL / AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 3, Seattle 0 San Diego 3, San Francisco 2
Angels hitting homers again
Sixth straight win caps Padres’ busy day
SEATTLE—Sitting in the dugout
before Thursday’s game, Los
Angeles Angels manager Mike
Scioscia was asked if his team’s
power hitting—second worst in
the American League in homers
entering the day—was a major
“You can’t just look at slugging
percentage,” Scioscia said.
“There’s a lot that goes into the
Then the Angels went out and
scored all their runs via the long
ball, thanks to a trio of homers
by Juan Rivera, Gary Matthews
Jr. and Howie Kendrick that
accounted for the Angels’ first
three hits in a 3-0 win over the
“We talked about slugging
percentage before the game and
those guys took it to heart,” Scio-
scia joked afterward.
The Angels could laugh about
their barrage of solo shots—
about a 1,000 feet worth of hits—
thanks largely to the pitching of
Joe Saunders, who made sure
the lead would stand up against
Seattle’s anemic offense..
Rivera welcomed back Seattle
starter Erik Bedard—scratched
from his last start with a bad
hamstring—by hooking a 3-1
pitch just inside the left-field pole
with two outs in the first. Two
innings later, Matthews went
deep for the first time since Sept.
23, also against Seattle.
Kendrick capped the night
with a drive into the second deck
of left field.
SANDIEGO—The San Diego Padres’ whirl-
wind day started with team keeping their
ace pitcher, then finished with the club
extending their season-high win streak
with a comeback victory.
In between star Jake Peavy vetoing a
proposed trade to the Chicago White Sox
earlier on Thursday and the victory, the
Padres traded for outfielder Tony Gwynn
Jr., the son of San Diego Hall of Famer
outfielder Tony Gwynn.
Scott Hairston capped off the day by
singling in the winning run as the Padres
scored twice in the ninth for a 3-2 victory
over the San Francisco Giants on Thurs-
Hairston’s bases-loaded single with
two outs off Brian Wilson gave the Padres
their season-high sixth straight win and
a three-game sweep of the Giants.
“It’s been a crazy 24 hours,” Peavy said
before San Diego’s comeback win.
The day would end with the Padres
sweeping the Giants and Gwynn Jr. scor-
ing the game-winning run on Hairston’s
single after a pinch-hit walk.
“I’m glad to be back,” said Gwynn Jr.,
who grew up in the Padres’ locker room
during his father’s 20-year career, all
spent in San Diego. “It still hasn’t really
kicked in yet. But my nerves were actu-
ally pretty good being up at the plate in
the ninth inning.”
San Diego retained Peavy when he
turned down a trade to the Chicago White
Sox, choosing to remain with his long-
time team. The Padres and White Sox
had reached an agreement, but needed
the 2007 Cy Young Award winner to
waive his no-trade clause.
San Diego obtained Gwynn Jr. from
Milwaukee for outfielder Jody Gerut.
Kevin Kouzmanoff led off the San
Diego ninth with an infield single off
Wilson (2-3) and was sacrificed to sec-
ond. Gwynn Jr. then pinch hit and drew a
walk. After pinch-hitter Edgar Gonzalez
struck out, Brian Giles walked to load the
Wilson then hit Eckstein in the left
shoulder to force in the tying run before
Hairston lined a single to left for the win.
“It builds confidence for us to put run-
ners on and win a ball game,” Hairston
“(Wilson) got off to a bad start with the
dribbler,” San Francisco manager Bruce
Bochy said about Kouzmanoff’s hit. “The
walks and the hit batter killed us.”
Heath Bell (2-0), who gave up his first
earned run of the season, picked up the
win. Randy Winn’s RBI single off Bell
gave San Francisco a 2-1 lead in the
San Diego won all three games against
by one run, including the first two by
scores of 2-1.
“We’re being tested right now,” Bochy
said. “This was as tough a series as you
could have, the way we lost.”
The Giants became the first team to
score an earned run off Bell after 17 1/3
innings when Winn singled in Eugenio
Velez for a 2-1 lead in the ninth. Velez led
off with a walk and went to third on Pablo
Sandoval’s single. With one out, Winn
grounded a single up the middle.
Bell’s scoreless innings streak was the
longest active in the majors.
The Giants wasted a solid outing by
reigning N.L. Cy Young winner Tim
Lincecum. The righthander allowed one
run and four hits over seven innings. He
struck out 10, walked one and hit one
Lincecum struck out 10 batters or more
for the third time this season and the 14th
in his career.
“Coming out of this series the way we
did, it’s hard to take,” Lincecum said. “We
have to find a way to bounce back.”
Kevin Correia matched Lincecum as he
faced his former team for the first time
after spending the first seven years of his
career with San Francisco before signing
with the Padres as a minor-league free
agent in the offseason.
Correia retired the first nine Giants in
order. The righthander allowed just two
singles before he gave up a two-out solo
homer to Aaron Rowand in the sixth to
tie the game at 1-all.
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Angels 3, Mariners 0
Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Figgins 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .279
E.Aybar ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .297
J.Riveralf 3 1 1 1 1 1 .276
Hunter cf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .306
Napoli c 2 0 0 0 2 1 .307
K.Morales 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .274
Quinlandh 4 0 0 0 0 3 .125
Matthews Jr. rf 3 1 1 1 0 1 .278
Kendrick 2b 3 1 1 1 0 1 .241
Totals 31 3 5 3 3 11
Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
I.Suzuki rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .316
Beltre3b 4 0 2 0 0 1 .207
M.Sweeney dh 4 0 0 0 0 0 .233
Balentienlf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .256
Branyan1b 2 0 1 0 2 1 .308
Johjimac 4 0 0 0 0 0 .238
Jo.Lopez 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .224
Y.Betancourt ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 .269
F.Gutierrez cf 2 0 0 0 1 0 .254
Totals 31 0 6 0 3 4
Los Angeles 101 000 010 — 3 5 0
Seattle 000 000 000 — 0 6 0
LOB: Los Angeles 4, Seattle 7. HR: J.Rivera (3), off
Bedard; Matthews Jr. (1), off Bedard; Kendrick (4), off
Olson. RBIs: J.Rivera (13), Matthews Jr. (13), Kendrick
(20). SB: I.Suzuki (6), Branyan (2). CS: Jo.Lopez (2).
Runners left in scoring position: Los Angeles 2
(J.Rivera 2); Seattle 4 (Jo.Lopez 2, Beltre, Johjima). DP:
Los Angeles 1 (E.Aybar, Kendrick, K.Morales); Seattle 1
(Y.Betancourt, Jo.Lopez, Branyan).
Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
SaundersW, 6-2 7 4 0 0 3 3 101 3.17
S.Shields H, 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 15 6.89
Fuentes S, 11-13 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 4.30
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
BedardL, 2-2 5 2 2 2 2 6 95 2.64
Morrow 2 0 0 0 0 3 35 8.03
Olson 2⁄3 3 1 1 0 1 18 5.27
Stark 11⁄3 0 0 0 1 1 23 9.00
Inherited runners-scored: Stark 2-0. WP: Stark.
Umpires: Home, Brian Knight; First, Dana DeMuth;
Second, Doug Eddings; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt. T:
2:46. A: 18,468(47,878).
Padres 3, Giants 2
SanFrancisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Rowandcf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .270
Velez 2b 4 1 2 0 0 0 .194
Aurilia1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .196
Sandoval 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .298
B.Molinac 4 0 1 0 0 0 .286
Winnlf 4 0 2 1 0 1 .282
Schierholtz rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .235
Ishikawa1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .226
a-J.Guzmanph-1b 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
B.Wilsonp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Frandsenss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Lincecump 2 0 0 0 0 1 .158
c-F.Lewis ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .278
Howry p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Affeldt p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Burriss 2b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .252
Totals 35 2 10 2 0 6
SanDiego AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Giles rf 4 0 0 0 1 2 .161
Eckstein2b 4 0 1 2 0 0 .229
Hairstoncf 5 0 1 1 0 0 .336
Ad.Gonzalez 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .279
Headley lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .230
Kouzmanoff 3b 3 1 1 0 0 1 .240
Hundley c 2 0 0 0 1 1 .257
C.Burkess 3 1 2 0 0 1 .261
d-Gwynnph 0 1 0 0 1 0 ---
Correiap 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Thatcher p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
b-Macias ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333
Mujicap 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Bell p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
e-E.Gonzalez ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .157
Totals 32 3 6 3 3 11
SanFrancisco 000 001 001—2 10 3
SanDiego 001 000 002—3 6 0
Two outs when winning run scored. a-grounded into
a double play for Ishikawa in the 7th. b-struck out for
Thatcher inthe7th. c-struckout for Lincecuminthe8th.
d-walked for C.Burke in the 9th. e-struck out for Bell in
the 9th. E: Ishikawa (2), Velez (2), Lincecum (2). LOB:
San Francisco 6, San Diego 10. HR: Rowand (4), off Cor-
reia. RBIs: Rowand(17),Winn(19), Eckstein2(12), Hair-
ston(19). SB: C.Burke (3). S: Hundley, Correia. Runners
left in scoring position: San Francisco 3 (J.Guzman,
Frandsen 2); San Diego 3 (C.Burke, Giles, Headley). DP:
San Diego 2 (Eckstein, C.Burke, Ad.Gonzalez), (C.Burke,
SanFrancisco IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Lincecum 7 4 1 1 1 10 113 3.45
Howry 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 16 4.41
Affeldt 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 6 2.41
WilsonL,2-3BS,3-12 2⁄3 2 2 2 2 1 26 4.87
SanDiego IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Correia 61⁄3 6 1 1 0 3 81 4.53
Thatcher 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 5 0.00
Mujica 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 3.10
Bell W, 2-0 1 4 1 1 0 1 19 0.50
Inherited runners-scored: Affeldt 1-0, Thatcher
2-0. HBP: by B.Wilson (Eckstein), by Lincecum (Kouz-
manoff). Umpires: Home, Gary Cederstrom; First, Jim
Wolf; Second, Brian O’Nora; Third, Fieldin Culbreth. T:
3:00. A: 19,921(42,691).
LENNYIGNELZI / AP
San Diego’s Scott Hairston celebrates as he runs to
first after his game winning single in the bottom
of the ninth inning gave the Padres their sixth
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Kobe Bryant and Heat shooting guard Dwyane
Wade appeared on 38 ballots. Magic center
Dwight Howard was on 34 ballots, and Hor-
nets point guard Chris Paul was on 29. Spurs
power forward Tim Duncan, with six votes,
was the only other player to appear on more
than five ballots.
Dwight Howard, C, Magic
20.6 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 2.9 bpg
He averaged almost a full block
more than in ’07-08 and led the
league in rebounds per game.
LeBronJames, SF, Cavaliers
28.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 7.2 apg
The individual stats always have
been there. The 66 wins—up from
45 in ’07-08—are something new.
Kobe Bryant, SG, Lakers
26.8 ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.9apg
His 46.7 percent shooting was his
best since 2001-02, and he made the
NBA’s All-Defensive Team for the
fourth straight season.
Dwyane Wade, SG, Heat
30.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 7.5 apg
He led the league in scoring and was
the only player to average more than
two steals and more than one block.
Chris Paul, PG, Hornets
22.8 ppg, 5.6rpg, 11.0apg
He almost won the MVP award last
year, then put up career-high averages
in points, rebounds and steals (2.8).
SN’s 2008-09 AWARDS
This week, Sporting News unveiled its NBA and NHL
award winners. The full package can be found in the new
issue of Sporting News Magazine.
Washington forward Alex Ovechkin,
Sporting News’ NHL Player of the Year,
was named on 36 of 39 ballots by league
coaches and executives and heads SN’s
2009 All-NHL team.
The other top forwards are Pittsburgh’s
Evgeni Malkin, the second-leading vote-
getter with 31, and New Jersey forward
Zach Parise, who garnered 20 votes.
Washington’s Mike Green was the lead-
ing vote-getter among defensemen with
30 and Boston’s Zdeno Chara was second
with 17. The goaltender selection is Tim
Thomas, SN’s Goalie of the Year.
Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals
Topped 50 goals for the
third time in the past four
Evgeni Malkin, F, Penguins
Led the NHL with 113
points, the highest total of
his skyrocketing career.
ZachParise, F, Devils
Gets better every year; 45
goals put him among the
league’s elite scorers.
Zdeno Chara, D, Bruins
Led Boston’s resurgence
with a physical presence and
the league’s hardest shot.
Mike Green, D, Capitals
The seventh defenseman
in league history to score 30
goals in a season.
TimThomas, G, Bruins
Led the league in save per-
centage (.933) and goals-
against average (2.10).
GOALIE OF THE YEAR
TimThomas, who posted league highs in goals-against average (2.10)
and save percentage (.933) while helping the Boston Bruins climb to
the top of the Eastern Conference, has been named Sporting News’
Goalie of the Year, outdistancing rookie Steve Mason by nine votes in
a poll of 292 NHL players.
Thomas, 35, is a model of perseverance, a fierce competitor who
battled for eight long seasons overseas and in the minors before find-
ing his way to Boston and eventually earning the starting job. His
style is unorthodox, his playing style combative—a perfect fit for the
“He’s a fierce competitor,” Washington forward David Steckel said.
“His human nature translates on the ice. … He’s not going to take any-
thing from anyone.”
NICKWASS / AP
TimThomas was chosen as top goalie through a poll of 292 NHL players.
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PITTSBURGH—It was the kind of
game the Carolina Hurricanes
like to play. They give up a goal.
They answer. They give up
another. They answer again.
They’re a resilient bunch, this
team now known as the Cardiac
By the time
C a r o l i n a
Eaves scored to
tie the game 4-4
early in the
third period, it
win was on the
way for the Hurricanes. That’s just
what they do, especially in Game
“It’s been one of those things
where we’re back and forth,
back and forth, and usually we
come up with the win,” Carolina
defenseman Tim Gleason said.
“That wasn’t the case tonight,”
The Hurricanes might have
found a team equally resilient
and it shouldn’t be surprising.
Both Carolina and Pittsburgh
battled slow regular-season
starts just to get into the playoffs.
They were both coming off
intense seven-game series where
they were gritty survivors.
They both have fought through
injuries to get where they are
right now. So we know about the
resiliency of the teams.
Now we’re learning about the
resiliency of one of the players.
Evgeni Malkin had his best
game of the postseason Thurs-
day in Pittsburgh’s 7-4 win. He
finished with his first career
playoff hat trick.
The way he went top shelf with
a backhand for his third goal of
the game is hardly ever seen.
“Not personally against me, but
I’ve seen it on TV,” Carolina defen-
seman Dennis Seidenberg said.
Added Pittsburgh coach Dan
Bylsma: “There’s not many play-
ers in the world that can make a
play like that. And two of them
are on our team.”
That goal showed Malkin’s
skill. But he also showed an
ability to go to the net, to lead the
rush, to play physical—all the
facets of his game that make him
a world-class player.
And he’s doing it at the time of
year when, in the past, his abil-
ity, even his will, has been ques-
tioned. During the Stanley Cup
finals last season, Malkin was a
no-show against Detroit. He was
ripped. It’s the criticism that
accompanies an underachieving
During a stretch this postseason
where he went five consecutive
games without a goal, that criti-
cism returned. So, too, did the
whispers that Malkin isn’t cut out
to perform when the games get
tight—when he’s needed the most.
You want resiliency? Malkin
now has 13 points in his last five
playoff games. Last year, he was
criticized for fizzling out of the
playoffs. This year it looks like
he’s getting stronger.
“I don’t think he really let (criti-
cism) bother him a whole lot,”
Crosby said. “It’s just experience
and knowing that there are going
to be tough games and not worry-
ing about it, moving on.”
That alone is why this Pen-
guins team is better than the one
that advanced to the Stanley
Cup finals last year. Malkin is
experienced. He knows what to
expect. And now he knows how
to raise his game to a level that is
necessary at this time of year.
“(When) he’s playing like
that,” Crosby said, “it’s hard not
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Pittsburgh 7, Carolina 4
Kunitz’s first goal
is the one that counts
In an 11-goal game, it’s easy for one to get lost.
Especially when a star like Evgeni Malkin scores
his first career playoff hat trick.
But Chris Kunitz, the left winger brought to Pitts-
burgh late in the season to play with Sidney Crosby,
didn’t need a hat trick. He just needed one.
After 14 playoff games, Kunitz still was look-
ing for his first goal. He was getting power-play
time. He was skating with one of the best play-
makers in the world—and nothing. He was
“You think about it,” he admitted before
Thursday night’s game. “You can’t change
what’s in the past. I have to go out and make my
next one count.”
With 7.3 seconds remaining in the second
period, Kunitz ended it. His wrister beat Cam
Ward high and the drought was over. This goal
wasn’t just a slump-buster, it was exactly the kind
of goal Kunitz wanted. One that really counted.
It gave the Penguins a one-goal lead heading
into the final period, after which Malkin took
over and ended any chance of a Carolina
And, yes, getting that goal was a relief.
“It definitely feels good,” Kunitz said. “We’re a
close group in the locker room and no one cares
who is scoring goals. … Personally, it felt good to
get it done already.”
The goal was the highlight of a strong game
from Kunitz. He earned his eighth assist of the
playoffs with a nice feed to Crosby for the game’s
first goal, and his ninth on Malkin’s second goal.
He also had a power-play shift where he
unleashed at least three shots on Ward, who made
the saves. His four hits trailed only Brooks Orpik
for the team lead. It’s that combination of well-
rounded game that kept Dan Bylsma from worry-
ing too much about his lack of goal-scoring.
“His teammates are happy for him because we
know the situation when you read it in the paper.
He tries to put it inside,” Bylsma said. “I’m happy
for him. I’m happy that, you know, he can stop it.”
Malkin beats Hurricanes at their own game
With three goals Thursday night, Evgeni Malkin nowhas four of Pittsburgh’s 10 tallies in two games against the Hurricanes.
GENE J. PUSKAR/ AP
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Pittsburgh 7, Carolina 4
Penguins score three in third, go up 2-0 on Canes
PITTSBURGH—The Carolina Hurri-
canes talked and talked before the
Eastern Conference finals about the
importance of slowing down Sid-
ney Crosby. Maybe they forget
about the Pittsburgh Penguins’
other star, Evgeni Malkin.
Malkin put Pittsburgh ahead for
good by scoring twice in the third
period of his first three-goal playoff
performance, and the Penguins beat
the Hurricanes 7-4 Thursday night
to open a two-game lead in the series.
Crosby scored a record-tying sixth
goal to start a playoff game, yet was
upstaged by NHL regular-season
scoring leader Malkin during an
exceptional effort that also gave Mal-
kin the playoff scoring lead 25-24
over Crosby. Malkin has four of Pitts-
burgh’s 10 goals in the series.
“It was a great game for me,” Mal-
Carolina had won five straight
Game 2s, including the first two
rounds this spring after losing
Game 1 each time, but couldn’t
match Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux
era-like run-and-gun offense
despite rallying to tie three times.
The Hurricanes will host Game 3
on Saturday night.
Malkin, seemingly motivated by
Carolina’s attempts to be more physi-
cal with him than usual during the
second period, ended a succession of
strong shifts by scoring to make it 5-4
with 8:50 gone in the third period.
“He played a determined game,”
teammate Bill Guerin said of Mal-
kin. “He’s got that size and skill.”
Malkin, relying on his speed and
offensive creativity to set up scoring
chances on almost every shift in the
final period, made it 6-4 less than
four minutes later with a one-man
goal. He picked up the puck in the
corner, carried it behind the net and
used a spin move to put a backhander
past goalie Cam Ward from a bad
angle for his 10th of the playoffs.
“It was a great shot,” Carolina
defenseman Dennis Seidenberg
said. “I don’t know who saves that.
He’s a great player and great play-
ers, eventually they break out.
Today was his day it seemed like.”
Malkin didn’t exactly call his shot,
but Guerin and Max Talbot said Mal-
kin told his teammates what he was
trying to do on his last goal.
“We have set plays on faceoffs
and he told me before the draw what
he was going to do—and he did it,”
Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma
said the play is called The Geno,
“And for a reason,” Bylsma said. “He
pushed through and got the puck him-
self and, after that, it’s just all him.”
As dozens of hats littered the ice,
Malkin’s father, Vladimir, repeatedly
kissed his mother, Natalia—the par-
ents are visiting from Russia—as Pen-
guins fans cheered them almost as
loudly as they did the Malkins’ son.
“It was good to do that for my
parents,” Malkin said. “I was very
happy I could do that for them.”
Ward had won his last five Game
2s, allowing an average of only 1.18
goals per game, but couldn’t handle
the repeated flurries by the Penguins,
who have scored 29 goals in six
games. Tyler Kennedy scored later in
the third for Pittsburgh, and Talbot
and Chris Kunitz added goals, with
Kunitz getting his first in 24 games,
dating to the regular season.
The Penguins, trying to become
the first team since the 1984 Edmon-
ton Oilers to lose in the Stanley Cup
finals one season and win the Cup
the next, won the first two games at
home for the fourth time in six play-
off rounds, dating to last season.
“This isn’t going to be a four-game
series, I’ll tell you that,” Carolina
defenseman Tim Gleason said.
Kunitz’s goal with 7.3 seconds
remaining in the second gave Pitts-
burgh a 4-3 lead and was his first in
the postseason since May 11, 2007,
with Anaheim. The Hurricanes,
who came in averaging only 2.3
goals per game, turned to its fourth
line to get the goal back as Patrick
Eaves scored 2:35 into the third
during his third shift of the game.
Carolina stalled after that, unable to
match Pittsburgh’s speed or the
repeated ability of its stars to find
open ice for repeated scoring chances.
Crosby and Malkin, as usual, got
Crosby scored his 13th with 1:51
gone—the sixth time he has scored
the opening goal in these playoffs.
Bobby Hull of the Blackhawks (1962)
and Edmonton’s Fernando Pisani in
2006 also had six game-opening
goals in a playoff year. Malkin scored
slightly more than six minutes later,
but Carolina quickly came back each
time as Chad LaRose and Jussi Joki-
Seidenberg and Talbot traded
goals ahead of Kunitz’s score.
Carolina 3 0 1 — 4
Pittsburgh 2 2 3 — 7
First Period: 1, Pittsburgh, Crosby 13 (Kunitz, Guerin), 1:51. 2,
Carolina, LaRose 4 (Whitney, E.Staal), 3:07. 3, Pittsburgh, Malkin 8
(Kennedy, Cooke), 8:15. 4, Carolina, Jokinen7(Walker, Brind’Amour),
8:40. 5, Carolina, Seidenberg 1, 12:10. Penalties: Kunitz, Pit (high-
sticking), 15:33; LaRose, Car (tripping), 18:50.
Second Period: 6, Pittsburgh, Talbot 3 (Malkin, Crosby), 3:11. 7,
Pittsburgh, Kunitz 1 (Guerin, Eaton), 19:52. Penalties: Crosby, Pit
(tripping), :50; Cullen, Car (high-sticking), 10:02; LaRose, Car (rough-
ing), 12:06; Malkin, Pit (roughing), 12:06; Fedotenko, Pit (tripping),
13:21; Cole, Car (holding), 16:11; Gonchar, Pit (interference), 16:11.
Third Period: 8, Carolina, Eaves 1 (Bayda), 2:35. 9, Pittsburgh,
Malkin 9 (Kunitz, Cooke), 8:50. 10, Pittsburgh, Malkin 10, 12:25. 11,
Pittsburgh, Kennedy3(J.Staal, Cooke), 18:11(en). Penalties: Cullen,
Car (tripping), 4:13; Bayda, Car match penalty (match--deliberate
injury), 18:41; Gleason, Car, major (fighting), 18:41; Eaves, Car, major
(fighting), 18:41; Satan, Pit, major (fighting), 18:41; Letang, Pit,
major-game misconduct (fighting), 18:41; Seidenberg, Car (cross-
checking), 18:58; Adams, Pit (elbowing), 18:58.
Shots onGoal: Carolina14-6-8: 28. Pittsburgh12-16-14: 42.
Power-playopportunities: Carolina0of 3; Pittsburgh0of 4.
Goalies: Carolina,Ward8-8-0(41shots-35saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury
A: 17,132(16,940). T: 2:42.
Referees: Marc Joannette, Kevin Pollock. Linesmen: Brad Lazaro-
wich, Jay Sharrers.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, right, scored the opening goal for the sixth time in a playoff game, tying an NHL record.
(Pittsburghleads series 2-0)
May 18: Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2
Thursday: Pittsburgh 7, Carolina 4
Saturday: Pittsburgh at Carolina,
7:30 p.m., Versus
Tuesday: Pittsburgh at Carolina,
7:30 p.m., Versus
May 29: Carolina at Pittsburgh,
7:30 p.m., if necessary, Versus
May 31: Pittsburgh at Carolina,
7:30 p.m., if necessary, Versus
June 2: Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7:30
p.m., if necessary, Versus
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CHICAGO—Pavel Datsyuk has been battling
a scoring slump during Detroit’s run at
another Stanley Cup championship. And
now the star center and MVP finalist has a
sore foot to deal with heading into Game 3
of the Western Conference finals at the
Datsyuk missed practice Thursday
before the Red Wings departed for Chicago.
But coach Mike Babcock and teammates
were hoping he would be able to go against
the Blackhawks tonight.
Datsyuk was struck by a puck during
Detroit’s 3-2 overtime win in Game 2 Tues-
“He took a rocket off the foot the other
night. We’ll go from there and see what
happens,” Babcock said. “He’s day-to-day,
simple. We’ll see how his foot reacts.”
Datsyuk, who had 97 points in the regu-
lar season, has scored only one goal in 13
playoff games. He did have an assist in
Game 2, giving him two in the series and
six overall in the postseason.
But despite his scoring drought, the Red
Wings continue to win. They lead the series
2-0 and are two victories away from return-
ing to the Stanley Cup finals—six away
from a second straight championship.
Datsyuk is one of several top Red Wings
struggling to score. Marian Hossa, who had
40 goals in the regular season, has man-
aged four in 13 playoffs games.
“As long as you win, it’s all good. But we
still find a way to put ourselves on the
scoreboard,” Hossa said.
Datsyuk will be evaluated after today’s
morning skate, and if he can’t play, the Red
Wings will simply adjust—something they
do very well. During practice, Valtteri Filp-
pula replaced Datsyuk on a line with Hossa
and Tomas Holmstrom.
“We’ll have to pick up for him all over the
ice,” Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood said,
referring to what it would take to replace
“I expect him to be out there,” defense-
man Nicklas Lidstrom said. “But we haven’t
relied on him solely to carry the team so far
in the playoffs. The depth has been the
It also has taken some top-notch saves
from Osgood, who made 37 in Game 2, and
the play of Lidstrom defensively to slow
down Chicago’s fast-paced transition
Chicago’s Patrick Kane, 20, is finding the
net elusive against the Red Wings. He had
no shots on goal in the opener and only
three in Game 2—with no goals. This on the
heels of his first career hat trick in the semi-
final clincher over Vancouver.
“A guy like Lidstrom puts his stick in
great positions all the time and he’s knock-
ing pucks away from you,” Kane said.
“Sometimes stats are a little deflating. I
guess it’s one of those things. I felt a lot bet-
ter (in the second game). I was creating
more. It would be nice to see one go in the
net here and there, but we have a lot of play-
ers who can do it. So I’m not worried about
Osgood, who already has been a part of
three Stanley Cup winners, is 10-3 so far in
the playoffs. Detroit’s victory on Tuesday
night marked his 100th playoff game with
the Red Wings.
Chicago was able to solve Calgary’s
Miikka Kiprusoff and Vancouver’s Roberto
Luongo in the first two rounds, but Osgood
has been unflappable so far in two games.
“His calmness really installs confidence
in us,” teammate Dan Cleary said.
There won’t be too many calm moments
tonight at the United Center where the sell-
out crowd starts getting revved up before
the puck even drops, cheering loudly
throughout the national anthem.
Detroit is used to hostile environments
and Osgood says it’s not always a bad
“We’re not succumbing to or assuming
that because we’re playing in the other
building that we’re going to be pinned in
our own zone for the first 10 minutes or
whatever,” he said.
“We feel we can use that energy to get the
jump on them for the first 10 minutes or
Despite Datsyuk’s struggles, Wings continue to win
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Carolina vs. Pittsburgh
(Pittsburgh leads series 2-0)
May 18: Pittsburgh 3, Carolina 2
Thursday: Pittsburgh 7, Carolina 4
Saturday: Pittsburgh at Carolina,
7:30 p.m. Versus
Tuesday: Pittsburgh at Carolina,
7:30 p.m., Versus
Friday, May 29: Carolina at
Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., if necessary,
Sunday, May 31: Pittsburgh at
Carolina, 7:30 p.m., if necessary,
Tuesday, June 2: Carolina at
Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., if necessary,
Chicago vs. Detroit
(Detroit leads series 2-0)
May 17: Detroit 5, Chicago 2
May19: Detroit 3, Chicago2, OT
Today: Detroit at Chicago,
8 p.m., Versus
Sunday: Detroit at Chicago,
3 p.m., NBC
Wednesday: Chicago at Detroit,
7:30 p.m., if necessary, Versus
Saturday, May 30: Detroit at
Chicago, 8 p.m., if necessary, Versus
Monday, June 1: Chicago at
Detroit, 7:30 p.m., if necessary,
Minnesota has agreed to terms
with Pittsburgh assistant general
manager Chuck Fletcher and report-
edly will name him new G.M. of the
Wild sometime today, according to
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis
Russo cited NHL sources while
breaking the news that Fletcher, a
son of longtime NHL executive Cliff
Fletcher, will replace Doug Risebrough,
who was fired April 16.
Fletcher has been around the
game since childhood and has 16
years of experience in the Florida,
Anaheim and Pittsburgh organiza-
tions. He’s only 41 and has worked
alongside such respected execu-
tives as Bill Torrey, Bobby Clarke, Bryan
Murray, BrianBurke and Ray Shero.
Fletcher reportedly has experi-
ence in contract negotiations as
well as scouting and drafting. The
Star Tribune cites the part he played
in Florida’s 1993 expansion draft
that set the stage for a run to the
Stanley Cup finals in 1996. He also
has helped Anaheim and Pitts-
burgh advance to the Cup finals.
Fletcher, whose Penguins still
are playing in the Eastern Confer-
ence finals, could not be reached
for comment and there was no con-
firmation from the Wild.
Both New York senators say a
relocation of the Phoenix Coyotes to
Hamilton, Ontario, would have a
negative impact on the Buffalo
Sabres. Sens. Charles Schumer and
KirstenGillibrand have written to NHL
commissioner Gary Bettman about
their concerns. The Sabres’ yearly
revenues are enhanced annually
from 15-20 percent by southern
Ontario hockey fans. Schumer and
Gillibrand say that fan base and
financial support may erode if
Canadian businessman Jim Balsillie
purchases the Coyotes and moves
them to Copps Memorial Coliseum
in downtown Hamilton. “Locating
another team so close to the Sabres
would unfairly penalize the fran-
chise and their loyal fans in western
New York, in Rochester and in
southern Ontario, and it must not
be allowed to happen,” Schumer
and Gillibrand wrote in their letter
to Bettman. “Along with current
owner TomGolisano and the NHL, we
worked very hard to keep the Sabres
here in Buffalo,” the senators added.
“They are woven into the fabric of
life in this whole region and we must
do all we can to see that they con-
tinue to prosper and grow.”
—JimFink, Business First of Buffalo
Outspoken Jeremy Roenick, a
Chicago teammate of Chris Chelios for
six seasons in the early 1990s, said
in a radio interview that there’s no
love lost between Chelios and
Detroit coach Mike Babcock, which
might explain why the veteran
defenseman’s playing time has all
Roenick made his comments
while appearing on the Monsters in
the Morning show for Comcast
SportsNet in Chicago.
“The coach just doesn’t like him
for some ungodly known reason,”
said Roenick, who now plays for
the Sharks. “He’s (Babcock) got a
grudge against American players.
But he does not like Cheli at all.”
Babcock, when informed of
Roenick’s comments by The Detroit
News, refused to reply.
“There is an underlying—I don’t
know if it’s a hatred, because hate is
a strong word—but there is some
underlying issue there that I don’t
understand,” Roenick said. “You
know Babcock is the coach. You
have to respect him for his deci-
sions on who he plays. And all that
is well and good.”
Kevin Epp, the agent for Ana-
heim’s Niedermayer brothers, told
Team 1040 Sports Radio in Van-
couver that his clients might be
interested in playing for the
Canucks next season, according to
Epp told listeners that D Scott Nie-
dermayer and F Rob Niedermayer, both
of whom will become unrestricted
free agents July 1, will consider all
options before making a decision.
Both Niedermayers maintain off-
season homes in Cranbrook, Brit-
Scott Niedermayer has yet to
announce a decision about whether
he’ll play another season or retire.
Phil Kessel, who led the Boston
Bruins with 36 goals, has under-
gone surgery to repair a torn rota-
tor cuff and labrum in his left
shoulder and is expected to miss
about six months. If that timeline is
true, Kessel, 21, will miss the start
of next season.
Hall of Fame player Clint Smith,
a two-time winner of the Lady
Byng Trophy while with the Black-
hawks and Rangers, has died. He
Smith died Tuesday, the Canucks
announced Thursday. He played 11
years in the NHL with New York
(1936-43) and Chicago (1943-47)
and was the lone surviving mem-
ber of the Rangers’ Stanley Cup-
winning team in 1940.
Chuck Fletcher will be Wild’s new G.M.
ROSS D. FRANKLIN/ AP
According to Jeremy Roenick, the reason Chris Chelios, center, isn’t playing much for Detroit is because coach Mike Babcock doesn’t like him.
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS
Denver 106, L.A. Lakers 103
Denver 23 31 26 26 — 106
L.A. Lakers 31 24 26 22 — 103
DENVER Min FG FT Reb A PF PTS
Anthony 42:01 12-29 10-14 5-9 4 3 34
Martin 35:12 7-10 2-2 2-3 2 5 16
Nene 34:41 2-5 2-3 1-9 6 5 6
Billups 43:38 6-15 13-16 0-2 4 3 27
Jones 12:38 1-4 0-0 2-3 1 5 2
Smith 24:30 1-6 0-0 1-4 3 4 3
Andersen 19:39 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 2 2
Kleiza 21:41 5-8 2-2 3-8 0 2 16
Carter 6:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 240:00 35-79 29-37 14-42 20 29 106
Percentages: FG .443, FT .784. 3-Point Goals: 7-21, .333 (Kleiza
4-7, Billups 2-4, Smith 1-4, Anthony 0-6). Team Rebounds: 10.
TeamTurnovers: 14(15PTS). BlockedShots: 5(Andersen, Anthony,
Nene, Martin, Smith). Turnovers: 14 (Anthony 4, Martin 3, Smith
3, Nene 2, Andersen, Billups). Steals: 9 (Martin3, Jones 2, Anthony,
Billups, Carter, Nene). Technical Fouls: Billups, 4:58 first; Martin,
L.A. LAKERS Min FG FT Reb A PF PTS
Ariza 33:26 6-7 6-8 0-3 2 2 20
Gasol 43:37 5-8 7-10 5-17 3 4 17
Bynum 18:27 4-8 1-3 0-2 0 1 9
Fisher 27:42 1-9 0-0 0-1 3 5 3
Bryant 39:42 10-20 10-10 2-5 3 4 32
Odom 29:37 4-9 2-2 5-9 2 5 10
Vujacic 5:35 0-4 0-0 0-1 0 1 0
Walton 18:53 1-3 0-0 0-2 4 2 2
Brown 16:47 3-8 1-2 1-2 1 2 8
Farmar 6:14 1-1 0-0 0-1 3 1 2
Totals 240:00 35-77 27-35 13-43 21 27 103
Percentages: FG .455, FT .771. 3-Point Goals: 6-15, .400 (Ariza
2-2, Bryant 2-4, Brown 1-1, Fisher 1-5, Odom0-1, Vujacic 0-1, Wal-
ton0-1). TeamRebounds: 7.TeamTurnovers: 16(11PTS). Blocked
Shots: 6 (Gasol 2, Odom2, Bryant, Bynum). Turnovers: 13 (Gasol
4, Ariza 3, Bryant 2, Fisher 2, Walton 2). Steals: 9 (Ariza 4, Bryant,
Bynum, Fisher, Odom, Walton). Technical Fouls: Gasol, 5:47fourth.
A: 18,997(18,997). T: 2:45. Officials: DickBavetta, MarcDavis, Steve
This time around, Nuggets close out with victory
LOS ANGELES—Similar game, differ-
ent ending for the Los Angeles
Their 24-year playoff dominance
of the Denver Nuggets dissipated
over the final 29 seconds of the
fourth quarter in the second down-
to-the-wire game in the Western
That’s when Kenyon Martin hit a
layup in traffic and Chauncey Bil-
lups made 3 of 4 free throws to give
Denver a 106-103 victory in Game
2 on Thursday night to even the
“It’s going to be a long series,”
Nuggets coach George Karl said.
It was Denver’s first playoff win
against Los Angeles since 1985, a
span of 11 games, the second-lon-
gest postseason winning streak
against one team in NBA history.
“There was just a demand that
we had to win this game,” Karl said.
“There was an inner spirit. We’re a
much more smart, mentally tough
team than you look at last year and
what we are now. It’s a great win.”
Carmelo Anthony had 34 points
and nine rebounds, Billups had 27
points and Linas Kleiza added 16
points for the Nuggets. Nene fin-
ished with six points, nine
rebounds and six assists.
“To get one on the road is always
tough. We came in and got it,”
Anthony said. “We’re mentally
tough and we showed that in this
game coming off the loss that we
gave away in Game 1.”
Anthony twisted his ankle in the
game, but he said he would be fine
for Game 3 Saturday in Denver.
Kobe Bryant had 32 points,
including making all 10 of his free
throws, Trevor Ariza scored a
career playoff-high 20 points and
Pau Gasol had 17 points and 17
rebounds for the Lakers, who
dropped to 7-2 at Staples Center
“They have home court advan-
tage now. Now it’s time to go to
Denver, see if we can do the same,”
Bryant said. “We’re not the best
road team in the NBA for no
The Nuggets recovered from
poor free throw shooting in a two-
point loss in Game 1 to make 17
consecutive foul shots until Billups
missed one with 4 seconds remain-
ing. He made the second for the
“I want to kill Chauncey for miss-
ing that free throw,” Karl said.
Derek Fisher launched a
3-pointer from the right corner that
Nene got a piece of as time expired.
“Nene had a great contest,” Bil-
lups said. “I don’t think Fisher got
a good chance to get a good look on
the shot. Nonetheless, I was down
there trying to rebound and trying
to get my hands on the ball again,
try to get back on that free throw
Fisher thought he did get a good
“I figured they were going to try
to foul to prevent us from shooting
a 3,” he said. “I got rid of it a little
quicker than I probably had to.
Definitely don’t want to put your-
self in a position where you need
that kind of shot to try and tie the
Tied at 101, Martin made the
layup off Nene’s assist that gave the
Nuggets the lead for good.
Bryant dribbled upcourt and got
into traffic, with Nene tipping the
ball away to earn a jump ball with
18 seconds left. Gasol controlled the
tip to Ariza, but the ball squirted
away and Fisher fouled Billups. He
made both for a 105-101 lead.
“Looked to me like Anthony
pushed on Trevor and Trevor tried
to get rid of the ball, and no foul
was called and they recovered the
basketball,” Lakers coach Phil
Martin then fouled Gasol, who
made both before Billups got
The Lakers were shaky on free
throws in the fourth, making 9 of
14, while Denver didn’t blink at the
line. The Nuggets were 29 of 37,
with Billups hitting 13 of 16 and
Anthony 10 of 14.
Kleiza’s 3-pointer early in the
fourth quarter gave the Nuggets an
85-82 lead, their first since the
game’s opening minutes. Billups
followed with two free throws and
Anthony hit two straight baskets to
extend Denver’s lead to 91-84.
Bryant missed a jumper, but he
came up big on the Lakers’ next
possession, hitting a 3-pointer with
Anthony’s hand in his face. Shan-
non Brown tossed in a 3 and Lamar
Odom made two free throws as
part of an 11-2 run that put the Lak-
ers back in front 95-93.
Denver regained the lead before
Bryant’s 3-pointer, again with
Anthony guarding closely, tied the
game at 99 with 1:59 remaining.
Billups made two free throws
before Bryant’s jumper tied it at
The Lakers led by 14 early in the
second quarter. Anthony began a
run of 14 consecutive points for the
Nuggets to get them to 51-40. They
outscored the Lakers 14-2 to get
within 55-54 at halftime.
MARKJ. TERRILL / AP
CarmeloAnthony, right, had34points andninerebounds tofrustratePauGasol andtheLakers.
(Series tied 1-1)
Tuesday: L.A. Lakers 105,
Thursday: Denver 106, L.A. Lakers
Saturday: L.A. Lakers at Denver,
8:30 p.m., ABC
Monday: L.A. Lakers at Denver,
9 p.m., ESPN
Wednesday: Denver at L.A. Lakers,
9 p.m., if necessary,
Friday, May 29: L.A. Lakers at
Denver, 9 p.m., if necessary
Sunday, May 31: Denver at L.A.
Lakers, 8:30 p.m., if necessary
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CLEVELAND—The 24-second shot clock has
been fixed. The Cleveland Cavaliers are
next on the repairs-to-do list.
The Orlando Magic caused some exten-
sive collateral damage with their stunning
win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference
They exposed Cleveland’s depth, shred-
ded its defense, snatched home-court
advantage and put the NBA’s top-seeded
team in an unfamiliar position—behind in
a series and desperate for a win heading
into Game 2 tonight.
“We’re looking at it as a must win,” MVP
LeBron James said before practice on
“It’s obvious,” Cavs guard Mo Williams
said, echoing the must-win sentiment. “My
grandma knows that. Yeah, it’s a must win.
Behind a torrent of clutch 3-pointers—the
winner by Rashard Lewis with 14.7 sec-
onds left—and Dwight Howard’s broad
shoulders, the Magic muscled their way
into Cleveland’s noisy arena and rallied for
a stunning 107-106 victory that may have
altered the perception that the Cavaliers
are the team to beat in the postseason.
This is no smoke-and-mirrors Magic act.
Orlando is the real deal.
Howard set the tone by busting one of the
shot clocks with a vicious dunk in the open-
ing minutes, a we’re-here-to-play moment
that stunned a Cleveland crowd that later
shuffled out of the building wondering
what went wrong after seeing the Cavs lose
on their home floor for just the third time in
After Thursday’s practice, Howard,
standing near the same basket, was asked if
he was done breaking things.
“No,” he said, flashing a smile. “Not yet.”
Despite the win, the Magic, who beat
Philadelphia in the opening round and
eliminated the defending champion Boston
Celtics in the conference semis, feel as if
they’re not being given a chance to win this
series and advance to the finals for the first
time since 1995.
“I don’t even think most of the nation
knows that we’re in this series,” Orlando
coach Stan Van Gundy said after the Mag-
ic’s light workout at Quicken Loans Arena.
“This is the ‘Cleveland Cavaliers and LeB-
ron James series.’ Who they are playing
against is incidental.
“It doesn’t bother me and I don’t think it
bothers our guys. That’s the way it is. Look,
they won 66 games. They swept through
two rounds of the playoffs. They’ve got the
most valuable player in the league ... But it
“The bottom line is this is not the BCS,
where people get to vote for who the best
teams are. We actually get to play on the
court to decide that.”
The Magic, a mercurial squad that can
dazzle one minute and disappear the next,
fell behind by 16 points in the first quarter
of Game 1 and were down 15 at halftime.
But urged by the fiery Van Gundy, they
kept chipping away and fighting, and in the
second half their shots began to fall.
Orlando shot 59 percent after halftime,
went 7-of-13 on 3s and outscored the Cavs
59-43. Now 9-3 in their last 12 games
against Cleveland, the Magic survived an
ungodly playoff performance by James (49
points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds) to hand
the Cavs their first loss in nine postseason
James has often maintained that a series
doesn’t truly begin until one team wins on
So, LeBron, is this one on?
“Yep,” he said. “It’s already started.”
The Cavaliers seemed to have shaken off
any shock from the loss when they gathered
at their suburban training facility to pre-
pare for Game 2. The mood was typically
loose during the portion open to the media.
In the opener, James was bothered by leg
cramps in the fourth quarter that became
so severe he was forced to call timeout for
treatment. He blamed part of his fatigue on
the long layoff since the Cavs swept Atlanta,
saying it was impossible to replicate the
game-day adrenaline rush during practice.
James said he was physically fine and
“I hate to lose, so I was sick after the game,”
he said. “But today is a new day. I’m fine.”
Orlando now wants to nail down Game 2.
The Magic won the series opener at Boston,
but didn’t bring the same energy the next
game and were beaten by 18.
“We can’t take this win for granted,” Lewis
said. “We have to come out more hungry and
humble to try and get another one.”
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Cleveland vs. Orlando
(Orlando leads series 1-0)
May 20: Orlando 107, Cleveland 106
Today: Orlando at Cleveland, 8:30
Sunday: Cleveland at Orlando, 8:30
Tuesday: Cleveland at Orlando, 8:30
Thursday, May 28: Orlando at
Cleveland, 8:30 p.m., if necessary
Saturday, May 30: Cleveland at
Orlando, 8:30 p.m., if necessary
Monday, June 1: Orlando at
Cleveland, 8:30 p.m., if necessary
L.A. Lakers vs. Denver
(Series tied 1-1)
May 19: L.A. Lakers 105, Denver 103
Thursday: Denver 106, L.A. Lakers 103
Saturday: L.A. Lakers at Denver, 8:30
Monday: L.A. Lakers at Denver, 9 p.m.,
Wednesday: Denver at L.A. Lakers,
Friday, May 29: L.A. Lakers at Denver,
9 p.m., if necessary
Sunday, May 31: Denver at L.A.
Lakers, 8:30 p.m., if necessary
June 4—NBA finals start date (pos-
sible move-up to June 2).
June 15—NBA draft early entry
entrant withdrawal deadline (5 p.m.
June 18—NBA finals latest possible
June 25—NBA draft.
New Bulls G.M. makes Gordon priority
The new general manager for
the Bulls says re-signing high-
scoring G Ben Gordon is his top pri-
ority heading into the offseason.
Gar Forman told reporters Thursday
that he believes Gordon wants to
stay in Chicago, but that there’s
still a lot of work to do before that
“We like Ben,” Forman said,
according to the Chicago Tribune.
“He’s our kind of guy. He’s got
great makeup and character, a
great work ethic.”
Gordon played a key role in the
playoffs, when the Bulls lost to the
Celtics in seven games. He
becomes a free agent on July 1.
Forman replaces John Paxson,
who will remain with the Bulls as
executive vice president of basket-
ball operations. Gar’s in charge of
day-to-day basketball decisions,
while Paxson will deal mostly
with long-term organizational
planning and talent evaluation.
With thousands swaying to
gospel tunes, Wayman Tisdale was
remembered Thursday as a bas-
ketball star and gifted musician
who led a “blessed life.”
A horse-drawn carriage held the
casket carrying the former Okla-
homa All-American, making a
3-mile trip to the downtown arena
in Tulsa, Okla., for the public memo-
rial. There was live jazz music, clap-
ping and shouting in honor of the
man who died last week at 44 after a
long battle with cancer.
“Wayman lived a blessed life,”
said Billy Tubbs, Tisdale’s former
Sooners coach. “He did more in
his 44 years than most people can
do in 88 years.”
Tisdale played 12 seasons in the
NBA for the Pacers, Kings and
Suns. Former NBA players Charles
Smith, Rory Sparrow and John Starks
paid tribute Thursday.
The Timberwolves hired for-
mer Pacers executive David Kahn to
run their basketball operations,
four days after being rejected by
Blazers assistant general manager
TomPenn. An announcement on the
hire is scheduled for today.
It is not known how the Kahn hir-
ing will affect coach Kevin McHale’s
status. According to the St. Paul Pio-
neer Press, that situation won’t be
decided until next week at least the
Kahn worked for the Pacers’
front office for nearly nine years.
He was mostly on the business
side, but he played a big role in
helping the franchise move to
Conseco Fieldhouse in 1999. He
served on the NBA’s competition
committee and also was consid-
ered an expert in the collective
G StephenCurry says he’s eager to
begin workouts with NBA teams,
and figures he’ll get looks from
clubs with picks in the six-to-12
range. “It’s still early in the whole
process and I haven’t worked out
yet, so I could potentially move up
with the way I work out in a couple
weeks,” Curry told Sporting News
Today’s Chris Littmann. “But right
now, I think most people have their
top five set. Maybe I can sneak in
there, maybe not. But a lot of teams
need a point guard, and I can step in
and fill that role.”
Pistons SG Richard Hamilton has
filed a federal lawsuit accusing his
former business manager, already
at the center of recruiting allegations
at the University of Connecticut, of
stealing about $1 million from him.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in
U.S. District court in eastern Penn-
sylvania against 34-year-old Josh
Nochimson of Glenview, Ill. It accuses
Nochimson of using Hamilton’s
credit card to buy airline flights,
game tickets and other items.
The Kings were granted per-
mission by Celtics president Danny
Ainge to speak to assistant coach
Tom Thibodeau about their head
coach opening, The Boston Globe
reported. Thibodeau is also slated
to interview with the 76ers about
their coaching position. Accord-
ing to The Sacramento Bee, the
Kings also asked the Lakers for
permission to speak with assistant
Kurt Rambis. The Kings already have
interviewed Eddie Jordan and Paul
The Wizards hired Randy Witt-
man and Sam Cassell as assistant
coaches on Flip Saunders’ staff, the
team announced Thursday. Witt-
man was most recently with the
Timberwolves, where he served
as head coach from Jan. 23, 2007
to Dec. 8, 2008. Cassell will begin
his coaching career after a 15-year
playing career in which he won
three NBA titles.
CHARLES REXARBOGAST / AP
Ben Gordon, left, averaged 20.7 points and matched a career-best by shooting 45 percent.
GEORGE NIKITIN/ AP
RandyJohnson, whowon130games for Seattle, goes for No. 299tonight vs. theM’s.
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Jake Peavy turned down a trade to
the Chicago White Sox, choosing
Thursday to remain in the National
The Padres and White Sox had
reached an agreement, but needed
the 2007 Cy Young Award winner
to waive his no-trade clause.
“San Diego is the best place for
us, right this second,” Peavy said
before Thursday night’s game
against San Francisco.
“It’s been a crazy 24 hours,” he
said. “I don’t want to be any kind of
distraction to the team. We’re play-
ing as well as we possibly can, win-
ning five in a row and I’ve got a big
game (tonight) vs. the Chicago
Peavy, who turns 28 later this
month, is 3-5 with a 3.82 ERA. He
made his major league debut with
San Diego in 2002.
Several reports said the White
Sox would’ve sent top pitching
prospect AaronPoreda and young left-
hander Clayton Richard to San Diego
as part of the package for Peavy.
White Sox general manager Ken
Williams declined comment earlier in
the day and did not immediately
respond to a message after Peavy’s
San Diego did finalize one deal
Thursday, sending OF Jody Gerut to
Milwaukee for OF Tony GwynnJr., son
of the former Padres star.
After re-aggravating his sore
right calf in Wednesday’s game,
Mets SS JoseReyes had an MRI exam
on Thursday. The Associated Press
reported the exam revealed only
tendinitis and that Reyes is day to
day. New York was off Thursday
and opens a three-game series at
The Los Angeles Times reported
Dodgers OF Manny Ramirez eventually
is expected to meet with the media
and apologize for violating baseball’s
drug policy. However, he isn’t
expected to go into much detail about
why he was suspended 50 games.
According to the New York Daily
News, Yankees OF Xavier Nady (elbow)
took batting practice Wednesday for
the first time in more than a month.
Nady hopes to serve as a DH in rehab
games next week. It is unclear when
Nady will be able to throw, and that
presents a problem because OF Hideki
Matsui only can DH at this point
because of his sore knee.
Rangers manager RonWashington
told reporters that he hopes to have
OF Josh Hamilton (groin) and P Frank
Francisco (biceps) back for tonight’s
game at Houston. Hamilton hasn’t
started since Sunday, and Francisco
hasn’t pitched since May 6.
Indians CF Grady Sizemore
served as the team’s DH for the
third consecutive game Thursday.
The usual leadoff man also was the
No. 2 hitter for the third consecu-
The Akron Beacon Journal
reported the drop in the batting
order is an attempt by manager Eric
Wedge to bust Sizemore out of his
slump, and the DH duty is because
of a sore elbow. However, Wedge
told the newspaper that the elbow
injury is nothing serious.
With his move from the bullpen
to the rotation, Phillies P J.A. Happ told
The Philadelphia Inquirer that he plans
to revive his curveball, which he
hasn’t thrown yet this season. Happ,
who replaced struggling P Chan Ho
Park in the Phillies’ rotation, will
make his first start of the season Sat-
urday at Yankee Stadium.
According to the Chicago Tri-
bune, White Sox OF Carlos Quentin is
suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Quentin hasn’t played since last
Friday but hopes to return to the
starting lineup tonight.
Astros P Jose Valverde flew to
Miami to get a second opinion on
his strained right calf at the UHZ
Sports Medicine Institute, accord-
ing to the Houston Chronicle. The
closer is on the 15-day disabled list
and hasn’t pitched since April 26.
In other Astros injury news, P Mike
Hampton (thumb) told the newspa-
per that he should make his next
The mystery of Reds 1B Joey Vot-
to’s health has been solved. The team
announced Thursday that Votto,
who is hitting .366 but hasn’t played
since May 16, was diagnosed with an
inner-ear infection. He could return
to the lineup in a few days.
According to The Seattle Times,
Mariners SS Yuniesky Betancourt is in
high demand as trade winds begin
to swirl. The Pirates and Padres
are among the teams believed to be
interested in Betancourt.
THE LAUNCHING PAD
What toexpect inthe major leagues today
Rolling with Dice-K
In the first night of interleague play, the Red Sox will welcome back right-
hander Daisuke Matsuzaka. Because of shoulder fatigue, Matsuzaka hasn’t
pitched for Boston since April 14, when he lasted only an inning and was
pounded for five earned runs. His first start of the season wasn’t much bet-
ter (four earned runs, 12 baserunners allowed in 5 1/3 innings), but Dice-K
posted a 1.54 ERA in three minor league rehab starts. It won’t be easy
tonight at Fenway Park, as Matsuzaka will be matched up against Mets ace
Johan Santana. Thanks to a rare burst of run support in his most recent out-
ing, Santana picked up a win despite allowing a season-high four earned
runs at San Francisco.
Big Z is back
Also making his return from the disabled list tonight is Cubs righthander
Carlos Zambrano. Because he will be pitching at San Diego in the weekend’s
only non-interleague series, Zambrano will bat. That’s a good-news, bad-
news scenario for Zambrano, who fell a triple short of the cycle in a game at
Arizona last month but who injured his hamstring while trying to beat out
an infield single earlier this month. Zambrano is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA (and a
.375 career batting average) in three career starts at Petco Park.
If Giants lefthander Randy Johnson had won his most recent start—he
was pounded for seven earned runs in four innings by the Mets—he would
have been going for career win No. 300 tonight at Safeco Field. In his 10 sea-
sons with Seattle, Johnson went 130-74 with a 3.42 ERA. Instead, he’ll make
another run at No. 299. Working against the Big Unit: an 11.04 ERA in his past
three starts and an 11.37 ERA in three road starts this season.
Peavy rejects deal to White Sox, calls San Diego ‘best place’
DENIS POROY/ AP
After all the trade talk, Jake Peavy will start tonight—for San Diego.
Make no mistake, this Rangers
team is impressive. No club goes
on a seven-game winning streak
by accident. Few teams can match
up with Texas offensively, and the
pitching has gone from horrible in
recent seasons to respectable this
the Rangers are
more than capa-
ble of putting up
on any given
night, the pitch-
ing doesn’t have
to be great.
But don’t expect
this to last.
That still would have been my
message if Texas had gone into
Detroit and swept the Tigers,
extending their winning to 10
games (instead of being swept). In
Detroit, the Rangers were shut out
for the second time this season (by
Dontrelle Willis, of all people) and
lost their first series since April
21-23 at Toronto.
What should worry Texas? Not
the offense. With Josh Hamilton,
Ian Kinsler, Hank Blalock, Nelson
Cruz, Chris Davis and Michael
Young, among others, the team is
going to continue to bash. In an
unexpected development, the
defense also has been much
improved. The Rangers finished
last in the majors in fielding per-
centage and first in errors last
season, but have made big strides
So, as always, it’s the pitching.
As impressive as righthander
Kevin Millwood has been thus far,
he doesn’t have a track record of
sustaining early season success
since coming to Texas. Last March/
April, he posted a 3.86 ERA in his
first seven starts; he finished with
a 5.07 ERA. In 2006, he had a 3.52
ERA after seven starts, but fin-
ished at 4.52. Righthanders
Vicente Padilla and Brandon
McCarthy are hardly consistent.
And though youngsters Matt Har-
rison and Scott Feldman have been
impressive, the jury still is out.
Let’s see what happens this sum-
mer, when the ball really starts to
fly at Rangers Ballpark in Arling-
ton. As for Texas’ bullpen, its ERA
still is hovering around 5.00.
The biggest reason the Rangers
won’t hang on to their A.L. West
lead? The team directly behind
them. The Angels have endured
everything from tragedy to inju-
ries this season, but they are easily
visible in Texas’ rearview mirror.
The Angels’ rotation finally has
John Lackey and Ervin Santana
back, and Vladimir Guerrero is
expected to return early next week
from his chest injury. Guerrero
won’t be ready to play in the out-
field, but that’s actually a plus.
Bobby Abreu is an upgrade in right
field anyway, and the team is much
more interested in Vlad’s bat.
Yes, the Rangers recently swept
the Angels, but as impressive as
that was, one series in May proves
nothing. L.A. is a much more bal-
anced team with much more pen-
nant-race experience (four division
titles in the past five seasons) and
has one of the best managers in the
Now that the Angels are getting healthy, you almost
expect manager Mike Scioscia to send Rangers man-
ager Ron Washington a thank-you card. Something
like: “Thanks for holding down first place for us, but
we’re ready to move back in. See you in second place.”
In previous seasons, the Rangers would have obliged
without much of a fight. Some combination of bad
pitching, lousy defense and Texas
heat would take its toll, and the Rang-
ers would be left looking up at the
But these Rangers are different.
These Rangers have the look of a team
that belongs in contention. Summer
has yet to arrive, so there is plenty of
time for Texas to wilt. There are also
plenty of reasons—below are three—to
believe Washington would return Scio-
scia’s thank-you card with his own message: “Hey, Mike.
We like it up here just fine. Come and get us if you can.”
Veteran righthander Kevin Millwood must have
been listening when team president Nolan Ryan talked
during the offseason about wanting Rangers starters to
be tougher and pitch deeper into games. Millwood has
pitched at least six innings in all nine of his outings,
and his 3.12 ERA is among the best in the A.L.
The rest of the rotation isn’t far off Millwood’s lead.
Rangers starters are second behind Toronto’s in the A.L.
in innings pitched, and their 4.34 ERA entering Thurs-
day’s games ranked fifth in the A.L. (and is more than a
run better than last year).
The Rangers have insurance if the rotation falters,
too. Prospect Neftali Feliz is pitching well at Class
AAA, and the club continues to monitor the rehab of
unsigned free agent Ben Sheets.
When Michael Young initially balked at moving from
shortstop to third base, it couldn’t have been because of
concern over his ability to handle the position. Young has
given the club an upgrade at third, almost as much as
rookie Elvis Andrus has improved the shortstop position.
Solidifying the left side of the infield has been key in
improving the Rangers’ defense. The Rangers led the
majors in errors last season. They now rank in the middle
of the pack.
Power remains the Rangers’ strength. They continue to
flip-flop with the Yankees for the major league lead in
homers, even though Josh Hamilton has spent time on the
disabled list and has yet to hit his stride. Ian Kinsler, Hank
Blalock and Chris Davis made the Rangers the first team
to have three players with 10 home runs. After an off year
in 2008 (.284 average), Young leads Rangers regulars
with a .335 average.
Of course, Young and a .300 average go together like
the Angels and a runaway lead in first place. Until this
McNeal says: Remain in the race
Cede soon to L.A.
In the A.L. West, the surprising Rangers are destined to ...
MATT SLOCUM/ AP
ELISE AMENDOLA/ AP
Michael Young’s move to 3Bactually has helped Texas’ defense.
John Lackey and the Angels sure have the experience edge over a young Texas team.
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BY RYAN SHARROW
Baltimore Business Journal
BALTIMORE—It takes Harry and Craig Col-
vett about an hour to travel from upstate
New York to the Bronx for a glimpse at their
beloved Yankees in action. But on a recent
weekend in May, the father-and-son duo
preferred driving five hours to Baltimore to
watch the Yankees take on the Orioles at
Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The reason? They feel “priced out” of the
glitzy new $1.6 billion Yankee Stadium that
opened in April. “It’s actually cheaper for
us to come down to Baltimore for two days
than it is for one game up” in New York,
said Harry Colvett, the father.
At the O’s-Yankees game at Camden
Yards on May 8, the Colvetts spent $140 for
two tickets 12 rows behind the Yankees’
dugout. Those seats at the new Yankee Sta-
dium cost a minimum of $525 apiece. That’s
a relative bargain compared with the
$1,000-plus seats a few rows lower.
So after spending on tolls, a couple of sea-
food dinners and $150 for two nights at a
local La Quinta, the Colvetts are paying less
for the short vacation to Charm City than
they would have paid for one game at Yan-
The news of Yankee fans traveling from
the tri-state area to Baltimore is nothing
new, but it now is heightened by the pricey
new Yankee Stadium. Basking in the spot-
light of New York City’s glitz, the average
ticket price at the 52,300-seat ballpark
skyrocketed 76 percent this season com-
pared with prices at the old Yankee
Some Yankee diehards recently strolling
the Inner Harbor before a game said Cam-
den Yards has become the most conve-
nient—and affordable—option for seeing
their favorite team.
That is welcome news for local restaura-
teurs, retailers and hoteliers searching for a
boost in business during a recession that
has turned travelers into homebodies. The
high prices in New York might be the addi-
tional fuel that fans were looking for to hit
the road for a Yankees game in spite of the
It’s also an opportunity for the Orioles to
get larger crowds at Camden Yards and flex
their marketing slogan as being one of the
most affordable professional sports options
in the region.
Both businesses and the O’s would prefer
the Yankees return to Baltimore for their
typical weekend series in the summer. In
recent years, the Yankees have visited the
Orioles for a weekend series late in the
The Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore saw
its occupancy rate spike nearly 40 percent
to near capacity from May 7-9 when the
Yankees were in town. The economy forced
the hotel to cut its rates nearly in half to a
little more than $100 a night. General Man-
ager Brian Conyers said Yankee fans were
enticed at the last minute by the bargain.
New Jersey natives Travis Peck and
Melissa Capriotti spent $80 total for their
luxury club-level seats for the May 8 game
at Camden Yards. At a ballgame they
caught earlier this year at Yankee Stadium,
the two spent $60 for “nosebleed seats,”
“Don’t get me wrong, it was an awesome
experience,” Capriotti said of her trip to the
new Yankee ballpark. “But for the price
here, it was way better.”
Some Yankee fans interviewed for this
story said Camden Yards is also more “fan-
friendly” than their hometown park. At
Camden Yards it is easier to get closer to the
field during warmups to try to snag player
autographs, fans said.
Dennis Coates, a sports economist at the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County,
said he is not surprised by fans willing to
make a longer drive to see their team. “Peo-
ple respond to price changes and when you
talk about enormous prices changes, they’re
going to respond in that way,” Coates said.
Orioles spokesman Greg Bader said Yan-
kee fans making the trip to town “speaks to
the affordability of Orioles baseball” and is
a “huge boon for area business.”
The average cost for a family of four to
attend an Orioles game this year is $163.68,
according to Chicago-based Team Market-
ing Report. That is compared with $410.88
at Yankee Stadium.
Having wrapped up the weekend series
earlier this month, the Yankees don’t return
to Camden Yards until Aug. 31-Sept. 2, a
Monday-Wednesday matchup. Between
both the popular Red Sox and the Yankees,
the Orioles usually host the two on three or
four weekends a season. This season it is
just three, with the Red Sox coming to town
on weekends in August and September.
The Radisson’s Conyers was hoping for
“We look forward to any weekend where
there are business opportunities,” he said.
“Those two teams in particular provide a
good business opportunity.”
O’s happy to welcome ‘priced out’ Yankee fans to Camden Yards
The average cost for a family of four to attend an Orioles game this year is $163.68—compared with $410.88 at Yankee Stadium.
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American League Standings
East W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Toronto 27 17 .614 — — 5-5 L-3 16-6 11-11
Boston 25 16 .610 ½ — 6-4 W-3 16-4 9-12
NewYork 24 17 .585 1½ 1 9-1 W-9 13-7 11-10
TampaBay 21 22 .488 5½ 5 6-4 W-1 11-10 10-12
Baltimore 16 25 .390 9½ 9 3-7 L-4 11-11 5-14
Central W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Detroit 23 16 .590 — — 7-3 W-6 14-5 9-11
Kansas City 21 20 .512 3 4 3-7 L-2 14-10 7-10
Minnesota 19 23 .452 5½ 6½ 4-6 W-1 14-9 5-14
Chicago 17 23 .425 6½ 7½ 3-7 L-1 10-9 7-14
Cleveland 16 26 .381 8½ 9½ 5-5 W-2 7-11 9-15
West W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Texas 23 17 .575 — — 7-3 L-3 14-6 9-11
Los Angeles 21 19 .525 2 3½ 5-5 W-1 12-8 9-11
Seattle 19 23 .452 5 6½ 3-7 L-1 10-11 9-12
Oakland 15 23 .395 7 8½ 4-6 L-1 8-10 7-13
National League Standings
East W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Philadelphia 22 17 .564 — — 7-3 W-1 8-12 14-5
NewYork 21 19 .525 1½ 2½ 4-6 L-4 12-8 9-11
Atlanta 20 20 .500 2½ 3½ 6-4 L-1 8-12 12-8
Florida 19 23 .452 4½ 5½ 2-8 L-2 8-12 11-11
Washington 12 28 .300 10½ 11½ 2-8 W-1 6-14 6-14
Central W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Milwaukee 26 15 .634 — — 8-2 W-1 12-7 14-8
St. Louis 24 17 .585 2 — 5-5 W-3 15-8 9-9
Chicago 21 18 .538 4 2 5-5 L-4 12-7 9-11
Cincinnati 21 19 .525 4½ 2½ 4-6 L-1 8-11 13-8
Pittsburgh 19 22 .463 7 5 7-3 L-1 11-9 8-13
Houston 18 21 .462 7 5 6-4 L-1 9-12 9-9
West W L Pct GB WCGB L10 Str Home Away
Los Angeles 29 13 .690 — — 7-3 W-4 17-3 12-10
SanFrancisco 19 21 .475 9 4½ 3-7 L-3 13-8 6-13
SanDiego 19 22 .463 9½ 5 6-4 W-6 14-6 5-16
Arizona 17 24 .415 11½ 7 5-5 W-2 9-15 8-9
Colorado 16 24 .400 12 7½ 4-6 W-1 7-10 9-14
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PitchingMatchups Today’s Games (All times Eastern)
Baltimore(R.Hill 1-0) at Washington(Zimmermann2-1), 7:05p.m. at Was -130Bal +120
Colorado(Jimenez 3-4) at Detroit (Porcello4-3), 7:05p.m. at Det -120Col +110
Philadelphia(Myers 3-2) at N.Y. Yankees (A.Burnett 2-1), 7:05p.m. at NYY-160Phi +150
Cleveland(A.Reyes 1-1) at Cincinnati (Arroyo5-3), 7:10p.m. at Cin-130Clev +120
N.Y. Mets (J.Santana5-2) at Boston(Matsuzaka0-1), 7:10p.m. NYM-125at Bos +115
TampaBay (Sonnanstine2-4) at Florida(Nolasco2-4), 7:10p.m. at Fla-120TB+110
Toronto(Halladay 8-1) at Atlanta(Kawakami 2-5), 7:35p.m. Tor -150at Atl +140
Texas (Holland1-1) at Houston(F.Paulino1-3), 8:05p.m. Tex -105at Hou+105
Milwaukee(M.Parra3-4) at Minnesota(Slowey 5-1), 8:10p.m. at Min-115Mil +105
Pittsburgh(Duke5-3) at ChicagoWhiteSox (Floyd2-4), 8:11p.m. at ChW-110Pit +100
Kansas City (Davies 2-2) at St. Louis (Wellemeyer 3-4), 8:15p.m. at StL -130KC+120
Arizona(Buckner 0-0) at Oakland(Cahill 2-3), 10:05p.m. at Oak -145Ari +135
L.A. Angels (Jer.Weaver 3-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw2-3), 10:10p.m. at LAD-130LAA+120
SanFrancisco(Ra.Johnson3-4) at Seattle(Vargas 1-0), 10:10p.m. at Sea-115SF +105
National League TheLine
ChicagoCubs (Zambrano3-1) at SanDiego(Peavy 3-5), 10:05p.m. at SD-125ChC+115
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Start ’em, Sit ’em
Kevin Slowey, SP, Twins. In seven
interleague starts, Slowey has a
2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 6.7 K/9
ratio. Be sure to have him active
against the Brewers.
Gary Sheffield, OF, Mets. If he is
healthy, have Sheffield in your lineup.
He is 6-for-11 in his career against
Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Jason Varitek, C, Red Sox. Boston’s
captain is 8-for-18 with a homer in
his career against Mets ace Johan
Brett Myers, SP, Phillies. Myers is
tied for the major league lead in
homers allowed (12) and is pitching
in homer-happy Yankee Stadium.
Randy Johnson, SP, Giants. The Big
Unit has an 11.37 ERA and 2.53
WHIP away from San Francisco
this year. Don’t expect a happy
homecoming in Seattle.
Pedro Feliz, 3B, Phillies. Feliz is
just 2-for-12 with no homers or
RBIs in his career against Yankees
starter A.J. Burnett.
Pitching (4 decisions)
Longoria TampaBay 17
Callaspo Kansas City 16
MYoung Texas 15
Byrd Texas 14
Lind Toronto 14
VMartinez Cleveland 14
Hudson Los Angeles 15
Kotchman Atlanta 15
HaRamirez Florida 15
FSanchez Pittsburgh 15
FLopez Arizona 14
Zimmerman Washington 14
Verlander Detroit 77
Greinke Kansas City 73
Lester Boston 58
Halladay Toronto 57
FHernandez Seattle 56
Garza TampaBay 53
Bedard Seattle 49
Lincecum SanFrancisco 76
JVazquez Atlanta 73
Peavy SanDiego 69
JSantana NewYork 67
Billingsley Los Angeles 63
Haren Arizona 56
Fuentes Los Angeles 11
Papelbon Boston 11
FFrancisco Texas 9
MaRivera NewYork 9
Jenks Chicago 9
Rodney Detroit 8
Bell SanDiego 11
Franklin St. Louis 11
Broxton Los Angeles 11
FrRodriguez NewYork 11
Hoffman Milwaukee 11
Qualls Arizona 10
Cordero Cincinnati 10
Longoria TampaBay 46
Bay Boston 44
AHill Toronto 35
Lind Toronto 35
Markakis Baltimore 35
CPena TampaBay 35
AHuff Baltimore 34
Ibanez Philadelphia 40
Fielder Milwaukee 39
Pujols St. Louis 38
Cantu Florida 35
Dunn Washington 33
Hawpe Colorado 33
Phillips Cincinnati 33
AdJones Baltimore 36
Markakis Baltimore 36
Scutaro Toronto 36
BRoberts Baltimore 35
Bay Boston 34
Damon NewYork 33
Four tied 32
Pujols St. Louis 36
Ibanez Philadelphia 35
Zimmerman Washington 34
ASoriano Chicago 33
Braun Milwaukee 31
Werth Philadelphia 31
VMartinez Cleveland .400
MiCabrera Detroit .381
Bartlett TampaBay .376
AdJones Baltimore .364
AHill Toronto .346
Kubel Minnesota .336
MYoung Texas .335
CGuzman Washington .373
Beltran NewYork .370
DWright NewYork .362
Zimmerman Washington .353
Ibanez Philadelphia .349
Pence Houston .347
Hudson Los Angeles .345
CPena TampaBay 14
Bay Boston 13
Morneau Minnesota 12
Six tied 11
AdGonzalez SanDiego 15
Ibanez Philadelphia 15
Pujols St. Louis 14
Bruce Cincinnati 12
Dunn Washington 12
Reynolds Arizona 12
ASoriano Chicago 12
Crawford TampaBay 25
Figgins Los Angeles 18
Ellsbury Boston 17
Abreu Los Angeles 15
BUpton TampaBay 13
Bartlett TampaBay 12
Crisp Kansas City 11
Bourn Houston 13
JosReyes NewYork 11
Taveras Cincinnati 11
Palmer Los Angeles 5-0 1.000
Frasor Toronto 4-0 1.000
Halladay Toronto 8-1 .889
Greinke Kansas City 7-1 .875
Buehrle Chicago 6-1 .857
Slowey Minnesota 5-1 .833
RRamirez Boston 4-1 .800
Martis Washington 5-0 1.000
Broxton Los Angeles 4-0 1.000
Meredith SanDiego 4-0 1.000
Billingsley Los Angeles 6-1 .857
Stults Los Angeles 4-1 .800
Cain SanFrancisco 4-1 .800
Pelfrey NewYork 4-1 .800
Crisp Kansas City 5
Andrus Texas 4
JBuck Kansas City 3
Crawford TampaBay 3
DeJesus Kansas City 3
Kemp Los Angeles 4
Bourn Houston 3
Morgan Pittsburgh 3
JUpton Arizona 3
Victorino Philadelphia 3
Winn SanFrancisco 3
DWright NewYork 3
GUS RUELAS / AP
Mets OF Gary Sheffield is 6-for-11 vs. Dice-K.
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Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 1
Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Scutaross 5 0 2 0 0 0 .280
A.Hill 2b 5 0 2 1 0 2 .346
Rios rf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .272
V.Wells cf 4 0 2 0 1 0 .268
Linddh 4 0 0 0 0 1 .303
Rolen3b 3 0 1 0 1 1 .310
Millar 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .293
Barajas c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .309
Bautistalf 3 1 1 0 1 1 .303
Totals 37 1 11 1 3 7
Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Ellsbury cf 4 2 1 0 0 0 .302
Pedroia2b 4 1 2 1 0 0 .318
D.Ortiz dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 .211
Youkilis 1b 3 1 1 1 1 1 .402
Bay lf 4 1 1 2 0 1 .301
J.Drewrf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .258
Lowell 3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .289
Varitek c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .237
Lugoss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .293
Totals 31 5 7 5 1 7
Toronto 000 000 100 — 1 11 1
Boston 301 010 00x — 5 7 0
E: Scutaro (1). LOB: Toronto 12, Boston 3. 2B: V.Wells
(11), Ellsbury (8), Pedroia (13). HR: Bay (13), off R.Ray.
RBIs: A.Hill (35), Pedroia(14), D.Ortiz (18), Youkilis (21),
Bay 2 (44). SB: Ellsbury (17). CS: J.Drew(2). Runners
left in scoring position: Toronto 6 (Lind 4, Scutaro,
Bautista); Boston 1 (Bay). DP: Toronto 1 (Barajas, Bara-
jas, Scutaro); Boston1(Pedroia, Lugo, Youkilis).
Toronto IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
R.Ray L, 1-2 41⁄3 6 5 4 1 4 87 4.44
League 12⁄3 1 0 0 0 2 19 4.12
Carlson 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3.27
Frasor 1 0 0 0 0 1 14 0.56
Boston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
LesterW, 3-4 61⁄3 8 1 1 2 4 109 5.91
R.Ramirez 12⁄3 2 0 0 1 2 27 0.79
Papelbon 1 1 0 0 0 1 13 0.95
Inherited runners-scored: League 2-0, R.Ramirez
2-1. Umpires: Home, Marvin Hudson; First, John
Hirschbeck; Second, Wally Bell; Third, Marty Foster. T:
2:55. A: 38,347(37,373).
Yankees 7, Orioles 4
Baltimore AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
B.Roberts 2b 5 1 1 1 0 3 .289
Ad.Jones cf 5 0 1 0 0 0 .364
Markakis rf 5 1 3 1 0 0 .327
A.Huff 1b 5 0 1 0 0 1 .264
Mora3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .263
Reimolddh 4 1 2 0 0 0 .296
Pielf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .193
Zaunc 3 1 2 0 1 0 .208
Andinoss 2 0 0 0 0 0 .212
a-Wiggintonph-ss 2 0 2 2 0 0 .232
Totals 39 4 12 4 1 5
NewYork AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Jeter ss 4 1 1 0 1 1 .273
Cano2b 4 2 3 3 0 0 .317
Teixeira1b 3 1 2 1 1 0 .250
A.Rodriguez 3b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .171
H.Matsui dh 4 1 1 1 0 1 .252
Swisher rf 2 1 1 0 2 0 .238
Me.Cabreralf 4 0 1 2 0 0 .319
Cervelli c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .323
Gardner cf 3 1 0 0 1 0 .235
Totals 32 7 9 7 5 4
Baltimore 000 012 100 — 4 12 0
NewYork 420 010 00x — 7 9 0
a-doubledfor Andinointhe6th. LOB: Baltimore9, New
York 6. 2B: Zaun (7), Wigginton 2 (6), Jeter (9), Cano
(11), Teixeira (9), Me.Cabrera (6). HR: B.Roberts (6),
off Albaladejo; Markakis (7), off Albaladejo; Cano (8),
off Eaton; H.Matsui (5), off Eaton. RBIs: B.Roberts (17),
Markakis (35), Wigginton 2 (15), Cano 3 (25), Teixeira
(32), H.Matsui (14), Me.Cabrera 2 (18). Runners left
in scoring position: Baltimore 5 (Mora 2, B.Roberts
3); NewYork 2(A.Rodriguez 2).
Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
EatonL, 2-5 42⁄3 8 7 7 3 1 95 8.56
Bass 21⁄3 1 0 0 2 1 30 4.61
Sherrill 1 0 0 0 0 2 11 3.24
NewYork IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Chamberlain 2⁄3 2 0 0 0 1 14 3.70
AcevesW, 3-0 31⁄3 3 0 0 1 1 50 1.32
Albaladejo 21⁄3 5 4 4 0 2 35 6.00
Veras H, 3 12⁄3 2 0 0 0 0 22 6.00
Ma.RiveraS, 9-10 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 2.89
Inherited runners-scored: Bass 1-0, Aceves 2-0.
Umpires: Home, Paul Emmel; First, Angel Campos;
Second, Gary Darling; Third, Bruce Dreckman. T: 2:45.
Boston 5, Toronto 1 N.Y. Yankees 7, Baltimore 4
Lester helps complete sweep
Losing Chamberlain doesn’t slow Yankees
BOSTON—Jon Lester rebounded
from two bad outings and left the
Toronto Blue Jays hoping to
recover from their first three-
game losing streak of the season.
The lefthander escaped jams
in each of the first four innings,
blanked Toronto through six
and helped the Boston Red Sox
to a 5-1 win Thursday night and
a three-game sweep of base-
ball’s highest-scoring team.
The Blue Jays were held to
five runs in the three-game
series, only one off Lester (3-4).
Lester was 16-6 last season
and emerged as the co-ace of
the staff with John Beckett.
But he had allowed 13 earned
runs in 10 innings in losing his
two starts before Thursday.
“You hit a little bit of a rough
patch, you think you can’t get
anybody out,” Lester said, “so
you need to just get back to the
basics of throwing strikes and
throwing to halves of the plate”
instead of aiming for the
The sweep cut Toronto’s A.L.
East lead to a half-game over
Boston, 15-2 in its last 17 home
“I don’t think anybody in this
clubhouse is happy,” Blue Jays
manager Cito Gaston said
before leaving for a three-game
series in Atlanta.
“We certainly have to put this
behind us and move on and go
down to Atlanta and see if we
can play a little better
NEWYORK—The New York Yankees have
racked up victories in a variety of ways
during their nine-game winning streak.
This one had an extra degree of diffi-
culty after righthander Joba Chamber-
lain was knocked out in the first inning
with a bruised right knee.
Robinson Cano drove in three runs,
Alfredo Aceves led a solid effort by a
depleted bullpen and the surging Yan-
kees shrugged off Chamberlain’s injury
in a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Ori-
oles on Thursday night.
“That’s a tough game because you’re
asking an awful lot out of your bullpen,”
manager Joe Girardi said. “We were
Cano hit an RBI double in New York’s
four-run first and a two-run shot in the
second. Melky Cabrera, subbing for a
sore Johnny Damon, had a two-run dou-
ble in the first and Hideki Matsui con-
nected in the fifth to give Yankee Stadium
the record for most homers in a ballpark’s
first 20 games.
“It feels great,” said Mariano Rivera,
who tossed a perfect ninth for his 57th
save against Baltimore, his most against
any team. “We’re playing together. We’re
playing as a team.”
Rivera’s second save in two days and
ninth in 10 opportunities this season
capped an admirable effort by New
York’s bullpen. Aceves (3-0) followed
Chamberlain with 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Jonathan Albaladejo allowed four runs
and five hits over 2 1/3 innings but Jose
Veras got three outs to get the ball to
Aceves hasn’t allowed a run in 9 1/3
innings over his last five appearances
since May 13.
“He’s been pitching great,” Cano said.
New York last won nine in a row June
Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis
went deep for the Orioles, who have lost
four straight and five of six. Ty Wiggin-
ton hit a two-run double in the sixth to
end an 0-for-16 skid by Baltimore pinch
hitters to open the season.
“It was good to get back in the game
and for me to contribute,” Wigginton
said. “But unfortunately we fell short.”
Chamberlain didn’t last very long in
his first start against the Orioles since
Aubrey Huff mocked him with two exag-
gerated fist pumps while he rounded the
bases following a three-run homer off the
demonstrative right-hander on May 10.
Adam Jones’ one-out liner in the first
inning hit Chamberlain just above his
right knee. He threw to first to retire the
center fielder, took a few shaky steps
near the mound then bent over as Girardi
and trainer Gene Monahan came out of
“I was concerned when he got hit
because when a guy gets hit there in the
leg right away you can’t tell if it’s off the
kneecap, or where it’s at,” Girardi said.
“There was some concern. It’s probably
fortunate that he got a little bit of glove on
After a short conference, Chamberlain
threw a couple of warmup pitches and
remained in the game.
Markakis then singled ahead of Huff,
who was booed each time he came to the
plate and dumped Chamberlain’s second
pitch into the right-field corner for
That brought Girardi and Monahan
out to the mound again and this time
Chamberlain walked gingerly toward
the dugout. Aceves then got Melvin Mora
to fly out to end the inning.
The Yankees said X-rays on Chamber-
lain’s knee were negative, and he insisted
he would make his next start.
“I’m 100 percent confident,” he said.
“Did some tests and it felt fine, a little stiff
obviously but that’s just going to be the
way it is. We’ll come back tomorrow and
get after it.”
Derek Jeter, Cano and Mark Teixeira
opened the bottom half of the first with
consecutive doubles off Adam Eaton
(2-5) to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Cabrera came up with his big hit after
Eaton walked Nick Swisher with two
PAUL J. BERESWILL / AP
Joba Chamberlain left the game after being hit in
the leg by a liner fromBaltimore’s AdamJones.
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Tampa Bay 6, Oakland 5 Detroit 4, Texas 3
Pinch hitting suits Zobrist
Tigers complete sweep, win sixth straight
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—Ben
Zobrist, pinch-hitter deluxe.
Zobrist came off the bench
and tied the game with a two-
run homer in the bottom of the
ninth, then Carl Crawford won
it with an RBI single to give the
Tampa Bay Rays a 6-5 victory
over the Oakland Athletics.
“He’s turning into a cult fig-
ure,” Rays manager Joe Mad-
don said of Zobrist.
Zobrist got the Rays even at 5
with the homer off Andrew
“I tried to throw a backdoor
cutter and it just went middle,”
Bailey said. “It wasn’t away
Zobrist is 4 of 12 with three
homers and nine RBIs as a
pinch hitter this season.
“For me sometimes, it’s free-
ing to know that you’ve got one
shot and might as well take
your hacks,” Zobrist said. “It’s
pretty easy not to get a hit in the
situation. It’s a tough situation.
I kind of tell myself I’ve got
nothing to lose. Go up there and
look for something hard to hit,
and if it’s in the zone just try to
put a good swing on it.”
After Dioner Navarro dou-
bled and B.J. Upton walked
against Brad Ziegler (0-1),
Crawford lined the game-win-
ning single to center.
“It would have been a bad
loss, absoultely,” Maddon said.
Tampa Bay’s Matt Garza
allowed two runs and seven
hits in 6 2/3 innings.
DETROIT—Once again, the Detroit
Tigers found a way to spoil the Texas
Rangers’ trip to Comerica Park.
The Tigers stuck with Edwin Jackson,
even after he’d allowed Texas to tie
Thursday’s game. The righthander,
with plenty of help from Miguel Cabrera,
rewarded the club’s faith.
Jackson worked out of further trouble
and Cabrera hit a go-ahead single in the
eighth inning to help the Tigers win their
sixth straight game, 4-3 over the Rangers.
Curtis Granderson and Clete Thomas
homered for Detroit, which completed
its second sweep of Texas this season
and has beaten the Rangers 11 times in a
row at home.
The Rangers arrived in Detroit this
week with a seven-game winning
streak, but managed only seven runs in
their three losses.
“We just got beat,” manager Ron
Washington said. “In the last two games,
we were one hit away from the game
“Today, we were one hit away from
the game being different on three differ-
ent occasions. We just couldn’t get the
knock,” he said.
Fernando Rodney earned his eighth
save in as many chances, getting Michael
Young to ground into a game-ending dou-
ble play with runners at first and third.
Jackson (4-2) won his third straight
start, throwing a career-high 132 pitches
in eight innings.
Manager Jim Leyland visited the
mound before the Rangers tied the game,
but said he had no intentions of pulling
Jackson, even during the rocky eighth.
“He’s a warrior,” Leyland said. “I felt
like he deserved to be out there.”
Jackson was a strike away from escap-
ing the inning with a 3-1 lead, but Nelson
Cruz hit a two-run double. With run-
ners at the corners, Jackson struck out
Jarrod Saltalamacchia to end the threat.
“It would’ve been easy to go to the
’pen,” Jackson said of Leyland’s decision
to stick with him, “but I’m glad he had
that confidence. It rubs off on a pitcher.”
Tigers 4, Rangers 3
Texas AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Kinsler 2b 5 0 1 0 0 2 .295
Dav.Murphy lf 3 2 3 1 2 0 .233
M.Young3b 5 0 0 0 0 1 .335
Blalock dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 .237
Byrdcf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .291
N.Cruz rf 4 0 2 2 0 0 .278
C.Davis 1b 2 0 0 0 2 2 .212
Saltalamacchiac 3 0 0 0 1 3 .252
Andrus ss 3 0 1 0 1 0 .270
Totals 33 3 8 3 6 8
Detroit AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Grandersoncf 3 1 1 2 1 0 .258
Polanco2b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .265
Thomas rf 3 1 1 1 1 0 .302
Mi.Cabreradh 4 0 1 1 0 0 .381
Larish1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .256
Inge3b 2 0 0 0 1 0 .280
J.Andersonlf 3 0 0 0 0 0 .288
Everett ss 2 1 1 0 1 0 .311
Sardinhac 3 0 0 0 0 3 .053
Totals 28 4 6 4 4 3
Texas 100 000 020 — 3 8 0
Detroit 102 000 01x — 4 6 0
LOB: Texas 9, Detroit 4. 2B: Blalock (8), N.Cruz (8),
Andrus (3). HR: Dav.Murphy (2), off E.Jackson; Thomas
(1), off Millwood; Granderson (11), off Millwood. RBIs:
Dav.Murphy (9), N.Cruz 2 (25), Granderson 2 (26),
Thomas (6), Mi.Cabrera (32). SB: Kinsler (10), Dav.
Murphy (2), N.Cruz 2 (6), Andrus (5), Everett (3). CS:
Larish (1). Runners left in scoring position: Texas 5
(M.Young3, Kinsler, Saltalamacchia); Detroit 2(Polanco,
Larish). GIDP: M.Young, Everett. DP: Texas 1 (Kinsler,
Andrus, C.Davis); Detroit 2(Thomas, Thomas, Sardinha),
(Polanco, Everett, Larish).
Texas IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
MillwoodL, 4-4 8 6 4 4 4 3 121 3.12
Detroit IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
E.JacksonW, 4-2 8 7 3 3 5 7 132 2.55
Rodney S, 8-8 1 1 0 0 1 1 21 3.50
Umpires: Home, Angel Hernandez; First, Bill Welke;
Second, TimWelke; Third, Scott Barry. T: 2:40. A: 34,356
Rays 6, Athletics 5
Oakland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
O.Cabrerass 5 0 1 1 0 0 .242
K.Suzuki c 5 0 1 0 0 2 .305
Cust rf 4 0 1 0 1 2 .261
1-R.Davis pr-cf 0 1 0 0 0 0 .167
Holliday lf 3 2 1 0 2 0 .271
Giambi dh 4 1 2 0 1 0 .208
Kennedy 2b 5 0 3 2 0 1 .386
R.Sweeney cf-rf 3 0 2 2 1 0 .257
Crosby 1b 4 1 0 0 1 3 .205
Hannahan3b 4 0 1 0 1 2 .143
Totals 37 5 12 5 7 10
TampaBay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
B.Uptoncf 4 0 2 1 1 1 .186
Crawfordlf 5 0 1 1 0 1 .318
Longoria3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .329
C.Pena1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .245
Bartlett ss 4 1 1 1 0 0 .376
W.Aybar dh 2 2 1 0 2 0 .284
Iwamura2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .295
Kapler rf 3 1 1 1 0 0 .200
a-Zobrist ph 1 1 1 2 0 0 .281
Navarroc 4 1 2 0 0 0 .189
Totals 34 6 10 6 4 4
Oakland 000 200 012 — 5 12 0
TampaBay 020 001 003 — 6 10 0
One out when winning run scored. a-homered for
Kapler inthe9th. 1-ranfor Cust inthe9th. LOB: Oakland
13, Tampa Bay 7. 2B: W.Aybar (5), Kapler (7), Navarro
(5). HR: Bartlett (6), off Braden; Zobrist (8), off A.Bailey.
RBIs: O.Cabrera (15), Kennedy 2 (7), R.Sweeney 2
(12), B.Upton (7), Crawford (19), Bartlett (23), Kapler
(3), Zobrist 2 (22). SB: R.Davis (5). CS: B.Upton (3).
SF: R.Sweeney. Runners left in scoring position:
Oakland 6 (Hannahan 4, O.Cabrera 2); Tampa Bay 1
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Braden 7 6 3 3 2 4 97 3.67
A.Bailey 11⁄3 2 2 2 1 0 25 2.03
Ziegler L, 0-1 0 2 1 1 1 0 11 4.15
TampaBay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Garza 62⁄3 7 2 2 4 8 107 3.41
ShouseH, 6 2⁄3 1 1 1 0 1 14 3.77
Wheeler BS, 2-2 2⁄3 2 0 0 0 0 10 5.40
Percival 1⁄3 1 2 2 2 0 23 6.35
J.NelsonW, 1-0 2⁄3 1 0 0 1 1 14 5.60
Ziegler pitched to 3 batters in the 9th. Inherited
runners-scored: Shouse 1-0, Wheeler 1-1, J.Nelson
3-2. Umpires: Home, Randy Marsh; First, MikeWinters;
Second, Lance Barksdale; Third, Alfonso Marquez. T:
3:07(Raindelay: 0:19). A: 14,374(36,973).
PAUL SANCYA/ AP
Curtis Granderson, above, hit his 11th home run of the season Thursday, connecting off Kevin Millwood.
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Cleveland 8, Kansas City 3 Minnesota 20, Chicago White Sox 1
Indians get to Royals’ ’pen
Mauer leads Twins’ cathartic charge
KANSAS CITY, MO.—In a battle of
bullpens, fate favored the guys
with all the blown saves.
Cleveland’s Luis Vizcaino,
Matt Herges and Rafael Betan-
court kept Kansas City at bay
Thursday after Royals ace Zack
Greinke departed with a one-
run lead. Victor Martinez had
three RBIs and the Indians
pulled away for an 8-3 victory.
“We faced a pitcher who’s at
the top of his game every time
out and we wore him out, I
think,” said Cleveland starter
Carl Pavano (4-4), who matched
his more celebrated opponent
nearly pitch for pitch. “It looked
like he was kind of laboring
and we got him out of there and
were able to get to the bullpen.”
Greinke’s record stayed at 7-1
with his first no-decision in
nine starts. He went six innings,
gave up a season-high eight hits
and left with a 3-2 edge. His
major league-leading ERA
crept up to 0.82 from 0.60.
The Indians tied it 2-all with
two run in the third and loaded
the bases before Greinke
escaped by striking out Mark
DeRosa and Ben Francisco.
“I just wasn’t real crisp. It
was really stupid pitching for
that whole inning probably,”
Greinke said. “I started throw-
ing two-seamers to get ground
balls and it’s not really how I
pitch. I got behind on everyone
because I was throwing the
two-seamer. It was just stupid,
CHICAGO—While the Chicago White Sox
weren’t exactly showing their best side to
Jake Peavy, the Minnesota Twins were
taking out their anger on the baseball.
Joe Mauer hit a grand slam, two dou-
bles and drove in a career-high six runs
as the Twins routed the White Sox 20-1
Thursday, matching Chicago’s most-lop-
sided loss in team history.
“I think a lot frustration came out
today,” said Mauer, whose Twins had
lost the first six games of their road trip
before winning big on getaway day. “We
had a rough trip. It was nice to get some
runs. We kept on saying, ‘Keep at it, keep
There was nothing nice about the game
for the White Sox, whose only other
19-run defeat ever was a 19-0 loss at Ana-
heim in 2002.
“We did everything wrong we could
do,” Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.
“You name it, we did it wrong.”
Michael Cuddyer, Joe Crede and Matt
Tolbert also homered as part of a 20-hit
Minnesota attack that made the
White Sox pine even more for Peavy.
After talking trade with Atlanta and
the Chicago Cubs during the offseason,
the San Diego Padres agreed to deal their
ace to the White Sox. However, Peavy
turned down the trade.
His team having lost nine straight on
the road, Minnesota manager Ron Gar-
denhire shook up his batting order. The
strategy worked, with the Twins scoring
at least 20 runs for only the 13th time in
Mauer batted second for the first time
this season, Cuddyer had four hits and
three RBIs and Tolbert drove in four
runs. Cleanup man Jason Kubel had
three hits and everyone in the starting
lineup scored within the first three
“There were a lot of good performances
out there—too many to name, up and
down the lineup,” Gardenhire said.
“Everything kind of blew up out there. If
you’ve been in the game long enough,
you’ve seen those.”
Mauer’s second career grand slam
capped a six-run sixth inning. Tolbert’s
first big league homer, a three-run shot
in the seventh, made it 20-0.
Bartolo Colon (2-4) allowed eight runs
in two innings.
“I always think positive,” Guillen said.
“Colon will be real fresh for his next
Although all seven second-inning runs
were unearned after an error by third
baseman Wilson Betemit, Colon’s latest
in a series of poor outings had White Sox
fans hoping the Peavy would get done.
Minnesota’s Nick Blackburn (3-2)
allowed four hits over seven innings to
win for the first time at U.S. Cellular
Field, where he had been 0-4 with a 5.27
Indians 8, Royals 3
Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
A.Cabrerass 5 2 4 2 0 0 .327
Sizemoredh 1 2 1 0 2 0 .213
V.Martinez 1b 5 0 2 3 0 2 .400
Choorf 5 1 3 2 0 1 .303
Jh.Peralta3b 4 0 1 1 1 1 .264
DeRosalf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .253
B.Franciscocf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .248
Shoppachc 5 1 1 0 0 2 .225
Valbuena2b 5 2 2 0 0 3 .179
Totals 40 8 16 8 3 13
Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
DeJesus lf 5 1 1 0 0 1 .240
Callaspo2b 5 1 1 0 0 0 .333
Butler 1b 4 1 1 1 0 2 .283
Jacobs dh 4 0 1 1 0 2 .261
J.Guillenrf 3 0 1 1 0 0 .299
Teahen3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .279
Olivoc 3 0 0 0 0 2 .218
a-J.Buck ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .230
Maier cf 4 0 2 0 0 1 .294
Aviles ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .191
1-Bloomquist pr-ss 0 0 0 0 1 0 .320
Totals 34 3 7 3 3 9
Cleveland 002 000 240 — 8 16 2
Kansas City 201 000 000 — 3 7 1
a-walked for Olivo inthe 9th. 1-ranfor Aviles inthe 7th.
E:V.Martinez(2),Valbuena(1), Olivo(1). LOB: Cleveland
10, Kansas City 8. 2B: A.Cabrera (12), V.Martinez (14),
Jh.Peralta (9), Valbuena (3), Callaspo (16), Butler (13).
3B: B.Francisco (1). RBIs: A.Cabrera 2 (22), V.Martinez
3 (30), Choo 2 (26), Jh.Peralta (18), Butler (20), Jacobs
(24), J.Guillen (19). SB: A.Cabrera (7), DeJesus (1),
Bloomquist (8). CS: Maier (1). S: Sizemore 2. Runners
left inscoringposition: Cleveland8(Choo, Shoppach,
B.Francisco2, V.Martinez, DeRosa, Jh.Peralta, Valbuena);
Kansas City 5 (Olivo 2, Callaspo 3). DP: Cleveland 1
(A.Cabrera, Valbuena, V.Martinez); Kansas City 1 (Aviles,
Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
PavanoW, 4-4 6 6 3 3 1 8 101 6.10
VizcainoH, 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 19 1.93
Herges 1 1 0 0 2 0 32 1.86
R.Betancourt S, 1-3 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4.57
Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Greinke 6 8 2 2 2 8 103 0.82
Ho.Ramirez L, 0-2BS, 12⁄3 2 2 2 0 0 15 6.61
J.Wright 1⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 8 2.42
J.Cruz 1⁄3 3 4 4 1 0 25 3.32
Mahay 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 9 3.21
Farnsworth 1 1 0 0 0 3 12 4.11
Herges pitched to 3 batters in the 9th. Inherited
runners-scored: R.Betancourt 3-0, J.Wright 1-1,
Mahay 2-2. HBP: by Pavano (J.Guillen). WP: Pavano.
PB: Olivo. Umpires: Home, Jim Joyce; First, Brian
Runge; Second, Bill Miller; Third, Derryl Cousins. T: 3:33.
Twins 20, White Sox 1
Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Spancf-lf 5 2 2 0 0 1 .299
Mauer dh 4 2 3 6 0 0 .417
d-B.Harris ph-dh 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Morneau1b 2 1 0 0 3 0 .327
Buscher 1b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .224
Kubel lf 4 2 3 2 0 0 .336
Gomez cf 2 1 1 0 0 0 .230
Cuddyer rf 6 4 4 3 0 0 .275
Crede3b 6 1 1 2 0 0 .226
J.Morales c 4 3 3 0 2 0 .358
Tolbert 2b 6 2 3 4 0 1 .208
Puntoss 5 2 0 1 0 3 .193
Totals 46 20 20 18 5 5
Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Podsednik lf 4 0 1 0 1 0 .267
Al.Ramirez ss 3 0 0 0 1 0 .213
Dyerf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .270
a-J.Nix ph-rf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .212
Thomedh 1 0 0 0 1 0 .255
b-Quentinph-dh 2 0 1 1 0 0 .233
Konerko1b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .313
c-Fields ph-3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .215
Pierzynski c 3 0 1 0 0 0 .267
e-C.Miller ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .212
Betemit 3b-1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .225
Getz 2b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .241
Bri.Andersoncf 4 1 3 0 0 1 .281
Totals 34 1 8 1 3 3
Minnesota 171 106 400 — 20 20 1
Chicago 000 000 010 — 1 8 2
a-grounded out for Dye in the 6th. c-grounded out for
Konerkointhe6th. e-struckout for Pierzynski inthe9th.
E: Tolbert (1), Betemit 2 (4). LOB: Minnesota 7, Chicago
9. 2B: Span (5), Mauer 2 (5), Cuddyer (8). HR: Cuddyer
(6), off Colon; Crede(6), off Colon; Mauer (8), off Gobble;
Tolbert (1), off Gobble. RBIs: Mauer 6(24), Kubel 2(23),
Cuddyer 3 (25), Crede 2 (18), Tolbert 4 (8), Punto (11),
Quentin (19). CS: Podsednik (2). S: Punto. SF: Mauer.
Runners left in scoring position: Minnesota 4
(Crede, Kubel, Punto, B.Harris); Chicago 6 (Dye 2, Getz 2,
Fields, Podsednik). DP: Minnesota1(Crede, Morneau).
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
BlackburnW, 3-2 7 4 0 0 3 2 82 3.83
Mijares 1 2 1 0 0 0 20 2.08
Nathan 1 2 0 0 0 1 16 2.87
Chicago IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
ColonL, 2-4 2 7 8 1 2 1 61 4.23
Broadway 31⁄3 7 6 5 2 2 68 5.06
Gobble 1 5 6 6 0 0 26 18.90
Carrasco 22⁄3 1 0 0 1 2 42 2.73
Inheritedrunners-scored: Gobble3-3. IBB: off Colon
(Morneau). HBP: by Gobble (Span). WP: Blackburn.
Umpires: Home, Tim Timmons; First, Rob Drake;
Second, Jeff Kellogg; Third, Mark Wegner. T: 2:58. A:
CHARLES REXARBOGAST / AP
After losing the first six games of their road trip, Joe Mauer and the Twins won easily on Thursday.
Peavy rejects trade toWhite Sox, Page 14
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Brewers 4, Astros 3
Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Counsell 2b-3b 5 1 3 0 0 1 .342
Hardy ss 4 1 1 0 1 2 .230
Braunlf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .326
Fielder 1b 5 0 1 2 0 1 .270
M.Cameroncf 5 0 2 0 0 1 .287
Hart rf 5 0 3 1 0 1 .252
Hall 3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .241
McClungp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Gamel ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .333
Villanuevap 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Coffey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Hoffmanp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Kendall c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .229
Suppanp 2 1 0 0 0 1 .133
Iribarren2b 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Totals 39 4 13 4 2 11
Houston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Bourncf 4 0 0 0 1 2 .289
Keppinger 2b 5 0 0 0 0 2 .293
Berkman1b 2 0 1 0 1 0 .233
Erstad1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .159
Ca.Leelf 3 1 1 0 1 0 .322
Pencerf 4 1 2 2 0 0 .347
Tejadass 4 1 2 1 0 0 .327
Blum3b 3 0 2 0 1 0 .261
1-Ja.Smithpr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
I.Rodriguez c 4 0 2 0 0 0 .274
Oswalt p 2 0 0 0 0 0 .111
Fulchinop 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Byrdak p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Sampsonp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
W.Wright p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Arias p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Hawkins p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
b-K.Matsui ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233
Totals 33 3 10 3 4 5
Milwaukee 000 010 300 — 4 13 0
Houston 020 100 000 — 3 10 0
a-was intentionally walked for McClung in the 7th.
b-grounded into a fielder’s choice for Hawkins in the
9th. 1-ran for Blum in the 9th. LOB: Milwaukee 11,
Houston 8. 2B: Hart (10), Kendall (4). 3B: Braun (1).
HR: Pence(5), off Suppan; Tejada(4), off Suppan. RBIs:
Braun(30), Fielder 2(39), Hart (18), Pence2(19),Tejada
(24). S: Oswalt. Runners left in scoring position:
Milwaukee 7 (Fielder 3, Hall 2, Kendall 2); Houston 4
(Keppinger 3, Oswalt). GIDP: Hall, Pence, I.Rodriguez.
DP: Milwaukee 2 (Hardy, Counsell, Fielder), (Iribarren,
Fielder); Houston1(Keppinger, Tejada, Berkman).
Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Suppan 5 8 3 3 4 2 104 4.71
McClungW, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 2.70
VillanuevaH, 7 1 0 0 0 0 2 12 4.29
Coffey H, 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 2.95
HoffmanS, 11-11 1 2 0 0 0 1 19 0.00
Houston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Oswalt 61⁄3 10 3 3 1 7 106 4.47
FulchinoL, 0-1 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 5.27
Byrdak BS, 2-2 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 3.21
Sampson 2⁄3 1 0 0 1 0 12 2.08
W.Wright 1⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 10 7.50
Arias 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 4 5.40
Hawkins 1 0 0 0 0 2 15 2.55
Fulchino pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Byrdak pitched
to 1 batter in the 7th. Suppan pitched to 2 batters in
the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: McClung 2-0,
Fulchino 2-0, Byrdak 3-2, Sampson 2-1, Arias 1-0. IBB:
off Sampson (Gamel). HBP: by Fulchino (Braun). WP:
Oswalt. Umpires: Home, DelfinColon; First, MikeReilly;
Second, Laz Diaz; Third, Eric Cooper. T: 3:18. A: 25,037
Cardinals 3, Cubs 1
Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
A.Sorianolf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .265
Theriot ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 .279
Fukudomecf 4 0 1 1 0 1 .317
D.Lee1b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .239
Bradley rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .184
Fontenot 2b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .195
Cotts p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
A.Guzmanp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Sotoc 3 0 1 0 0 1 .206
Freel 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .120
Marshall p 1 0 1 0 0 0 .200
a-Scales ph 0 1 0 0 1 0 .296
Ascaniop 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Miles 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .216
Totals 31 1 5 1 1 7
St. Louis AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Br.Ryan2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .240
Rasmus cf 4 0 1 1 0 0 .250
Pujols 1b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .326
Y.Molinac 4 0 0 0 0 0 .276
Stavinoharf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Schumaker rf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .295
Barden3b 3 1 2 1 0 1 .275
Thurstonlf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .235
Wainwright p 3 0 0 0 0 1 .167
Franklinp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
T.Greeness 3 1 1 0 0 1 .257
Totals 31 3 6 3 1 7
Chicago 000 001 000—1 5 1
St. Louis 101 100 00x—3 6 0
a-walked for Marshall in the 6th. E: Freel (1). LOB:
Chicago 4, St. Louis 5. 2B: Soto (4), T.Greene (3).
3B: Thurston (2). HR: Pujols (14), off Marshall;
Barden (4), off Marshall. RBIs: Fukudome (18),
Rasmus (16), Pujols (38), Barden (8). Runners
left inscoringposition: Chicago2(Freel, Bradley);
St. Louis 3 (Y.Molina, T.Greene, Rasmus). Runners
moved up: Theriot, Br.Ryan. GIDP: Fontenot. DP:
St. Louis 1(Br.Ryan, T.Greene, Pujols).
Chicago IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Marshall L, 2-3 5 4 3 2 1 3 78 3.96
Ascanio 12⁄3 2 0 0 0 3 34 4.76
Cotts 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 4 5.63
A.Guzman 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 3.15
St. Louis IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
WainwrightW, 4-2 82⁄3 5 1 1 1 7 116 3.41
FranklinS, 11-12 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1.53
Inherited runners-scored: Cotts 1-0, Franklin 1-0.
Umpires: Home, C.B. Bucknor; First, Mike Everitt;
Second, Gerry Davis; Third, Brian Gorman. T: 2:20.
Milwaukee 4, Houston 3 St. Louis 3, Chicago Cubs 1
Pujols busts slump, sign with 14th homer
HOUSTON—When the Houston
Astros unraveled, the Milwau-
kee Brewers did just enough to
rally for a victory on Thursday.
Prince Fielder drove in two
with a single and Corey Hart
had an RBI double in a three-
run seventh to lift the Brewers
to a 4-3 win over the Astros.
Hunter Pence and Miguel
Tejada homered for the Astros,
who blew a 3-0 lead after man-
ager Cecil Cooper and first
baseman Lance Berkman were
ejected for arguing a close call
at home plate in the fifth.
Berkman singled with two
outs off Milwaukee starter Jeff
Suppan, advanced on Carlos
Lee’s walk, then raced for home
on Pence’s single to left. Left
fielder Ryan Braun threw home
and catcher Jason Kendall tagged
Berkman as he slid and touched
the plate with his left hand.
Umpire Delfin Colon called
Berkman out and the Astros
slugger jumped and screamed
in his face. Cooper ran out of
the dugout, pushed Berkman
away and started yelling at
“Tonight, overall, we got
shafted by some poor umpir-
ing,” Cooper said. “It was a bad
job of umpiring.”
Berkman hadn’t been ejected
from a game since June 8,
“I definitely touched home,”
ST. LOUIS—Albert Pujols ended a five-
game RBI drought in spectacular fash-
ion, lining a first-inning homer that
knocked out the “I’’ on the Big Mac Land
sign in left field.
“It’s cool doing things like that,” Pujols
said. “But you know what, you take a
home run no matter what, and to take the
lead early it’s big.”
Adam Wainwright took it from there,
coming within an out of the St. Louis
Cardinals’ second complete game during
a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs
in a 3-1 victory Thursday night. The Car-
dinals had two complete games all last
“Honestly, I felt stronger as I went,”
Wainwright said. “I feel like I could still
be out there pitching, and I think they
probably read that.”
Wainwright (4-2) allowed five hits in 8
2-3 innings, striking out seven with one
walk before Ryan Franklin got Milton
Bradley to line out with a man on for his
11th save in 12 chances. The Cubs were
limited to two runs in the series while
batting .154, have lost four in a row for
the second time this season and also have
dropped five of six to the Cardinals.
“If we pitch like this the rest of the year,
we’ll be very happy,” Chicago manager
Lou Piniella said. “If we hit like this the
rest of the year, we’ll be very sad.”
Joel Pineiro threw a three-hitter in a
3-0 victory in the series opener Tuesday
and Chris Carpenter worked five score-
less innings on Wednesday in a 2-1
“You start a series off like that, you
send your team a message,” Wainwright
said. “We played a really bad series
against Milwaukee, top to bottom, and
we came back and beat a really good
team. Kudos to the whole team for not
hanging their heads.”
Brian Barden also homered and Colby
Rasmus had an RBI single for the Cardi-
nals, who handled their biggest rivals
right after getting swept by the Brewers.
The Cardinals swept the Cubs in a three-
game series for the first time since
August 25-27, 2006.
“You know what they say about the
stock market, you’re looking for a bot-
tom,” Piniella said. “Well, hopefully
we’ve found the bottom here in St.
Wainwright was hurt only by Kosuke
Fukudome’s RBI single in the sixth. He
retired the Cubs in order five times with
two of his strikeouts against leadoff hit-
ter Alfonso Soriano. He’s allowed two
runs in 16 2/3 innings his last two starts
after lowering his arm slot, losing 1-0 to
the Brewers’ Jeff Suppan in his last
Wainwright is 2-0 in three starts
against the Cubs this season.
Soriano was 1-for-12 with six strike-
outs in the series. Ryan Theriot was 1-for-
11, and Mike Fontenot and Milton Bradley
each went 1-for-10. Piniella said he’d
probably bench Fontenot, who’s in a
2-for-39 slump that’s dropped his aver-
age to .195.
Pujols hit a 1-1 pitch from Sean Mar-
shall (2-3) with two outs in the first for
his 14th homer and sixth in the first
inning, to end his longest RBI drought of
KYLE ERICSON/ AP
St. Louis P AdamWainwright gave up a run on five hits with seven strikeouts for his fourth victory.
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Nationals 5, Pirates 4
Pittsburgh AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Morganlf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .293
F.Sanchez 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .302
McLouthcf 3 1 0 0 1 0 .284
Ad.LaRoche1b 4 2 2 2 0 0 .232
Moss rf 4 1 2 0 0 0 .267
An.LaRoche3b 3 0 1 2 0 1 .279
c-R.Vazquez ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200
Jaramilloc 2 0 0 0 1 0 .255
d-Delw.Youngph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .359
Ja.Wilsonss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Snell p 2 0 0 0 0 0 .176
a-Hinskeph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250
Gorzelanny p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
J.Chavez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Totals 32 4 5 4 2 5
Washington AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
C.Guzmanss 4 1 1 0 0 0 .373
N.Johnson1b 4 1 2 0 0 1 .338
Zimmerman3b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .353
Dunnrf 4 0 1 1 0 1 .280
Hanrahanp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Willinghamlf 3 2 1 0 1 1 .212
W.Harris cf 4 1 1 0 0 2 .264
J.Bardc 3 0 1 2 0 0 .222
A.Hernandez 2b 1 0 0 1 0 0 .280
Belliard2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .182
Stammenp 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Tavarez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
b-Kearns ph-rf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .213
Totals 31 5 8 5 1 7
Pittsburgh 000 010 300 — 4 5 0
Washington 020 100 02x — 5 8 0
a-grounded out for Snell in the 7th. b-popped out
for Tavarez in the 8th. c-struck out for An.LaRoche in
the 9th. d-struck out for Jaramillo in the 9th. LOB:
Pittsburgh 3, Washington 4. 2B: Ad.LaRoche (13),
Moss (8), N.Johnson (6), Willingham (6), W.Harris (3).
HR: Ad.LaRoche (7), off Stammen. RBIs: Ad.LaRoche 2
(20), An.LaRoche 2 (20), Zimmerman (32), Dunn (33),
J.Bard 2 (4), A.Hernandez (11). SF: A.Hernandez. Run-
ners left in scoring position: Pittsburgh 1 (Hinske);
Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Snell 6 4 3 3 1 6 92 4.88
Gorzelny L,1-1 BS,1 1 1⁄3 4 2 2 0 0 30 6.00
J.Chavez 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 10 2.00
Washington IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Stammen 61⁄3 4 4 4 1 3 85 5.68
TavarezW, 1-3 12⁄3 0 0 0 1 0 21 5.71
HanrahanS, 4-7 1 1 0 0 0 2 19 6.52
Inheritedrunners-scored: J.Chavez 2-0, Tavarez 1-0.
Umpires: Home, Chad Fairchild; First, Paul Nauert;
Second, JoeWest; Third, Ed Rapuano. T: 2:24. A: 17,816
Washington 5, Pittsburgh 4 Philadelphia 12, Cincinnati 5
Nationals end seven-game slide
Phillies’ bats conceal more bad pitching
left his major league debut to a
standing ovation—and his team
The Washington Nationals
made sure the rookie’s gutsy
effort wasn’t a footnote in
another disappointing defeat.
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam
Dunn had RBI singles in the
eighth inning, helping the
Nationals end a seven-game
skid with a 5-4 victory over the
“Whenever somebody comes
out there and gives you an
effort like that, you obviously
want to do everything you can
to reward them,” Zimmerman
said. “It was nice to come back
and get (Stammen) off the hook
because he did throw so well.”
which had been 1-15 with 13
blown saves in 19 chances—
came through for a change.
Julian Tavarez (1-3) got the vic-
tory with 1 2/3 innings of score-
less relief and Joel Hanrahan
got three outs for his fourth
save in seven opportunities.
Stammen retired the first 12
batters he faced in his first big
league game, but couldn’t hold
a 3-0 lead. The 25-year-old
righthander had his contract
purchased from Triple-A Syra-
cuse earlier in the day.
“I thought I controlled my
emotions and my thought pro-
cess pretty well,” said Stam-
men, who allowed four runs in
6 1/3 innings, walked one and
struck out three.
CINCINNATI—Four homers. Twelve runs.
The N.L.’s highest-scoring offense took
full advantage of the friendly dimen-
sions at Great American Ball Park, then
set off to see what it can do in the A.L.’s
newest launching pad.
How will the Philadelphia Phillies
take to the new Yankee Stadium?
“It’s a new, expensive ballpark,” said
Chase Utley, who drove in four runs
during a 12-5 victory Thursday over the
Cincinnati Reds. “It’s a great place to hit,
so I’m excited to get started there.”
The defending World Series champi-
ons are up-and-running on offense as
they head into their first interleague
series. The pitching? That’s another mat-
ter. As they have for much of the season,
the Phillies spent the day overcoming
another subpar start with superb hitting.
Utley had a two-run single and a dou-
ble off Micah Owings (3-5), who got nine
outs and showed the strain of throwing
a lot of innings lately. Utley also had one
of the Phillies’ four solo homers—Greg
Dobbs, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez
connected, as well.
Jimmy Rollins had four hits, scored
twice and drove in a run. The top three
hitters in the order—Rollins, Utley and
Raul Ibanez—went 9-for-15, scored five
runs and drove in eight.
“We couldn’t keep Jimmy Rollins off
the bases, and Utley and their big boys hit
the ball out of the ballpark,” Reds man-
ager Dusty Baker said. “You knew they
were going to erupt, and they erupted
today. Everybody knows they can hit.”
That’s not the problem.
Joe Blanton (2-3) got the win despite
letting most of a six-run lead slip away.
The righthander gave up five runs in
five innings, including a three-run
homer by Brandon Phillips that forced
the Phillies to use their bullpen early.
Philadelphia’s starting rotation has a
6.31 ERA that’s worst in the majors and
has given up 46 homers, the most in the
majors. The Phillies have spent the first
two months of the season trying to out-
score their opponents.
For the most part, they’ve pulled it off.
The Phillies have won six of their last
seven games, all on the road, as they get
set to visit the Yankees’ new place.
“Going into New York was always some-
thing special because the old Yankee Sta-
dium had a real feel to it,” manager Charlie
Manuel said. “I’m sure this one is going to
have a good feel because of the way they
built it. They are hitting a lot of home runs
there. Hopefully we can tee off on some.”
The Reds, who host Cleveland in their
annual interstate series starting today,
have dropped five of six while watching
their starting staff take a few hits. Edin-
son Volquez had to leave a game Satur-
day in San Diego because of back spasms
that landed him on the disabled list.
That game turned into a 16-inning loss,
with Owings coming in on three days of
rest to throw 5 2/3 innings.
Owings looked tired on Thursday. He
needed 71 pitches to get through three
rough innings, leaving with a 5-0 defi-
cit. Utley’s solo homer off Ramon
Ramirez made it 6-0 in the fourth.
“Micah didn’t have his best stuff, and
you knew he wasn’t going very long
because he pitched six innings the other
day,” Baker said.
Howard led off the seventh inning
with his fourth homer in the last seven
games, and the Phillies scored three
more in the inning, pulling away.
Phillies 12, Reds 5
Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Rollins ss 6 2 4 1 0 1 .234
Utley 2b 4 2 3 4 0 1 .295
Ibanez lf 5 1 2 3 0 0 .349
Howard1b 5 1 1 1 0 2 .266
Stairs rf 1 0 0 0 1 0 .304
b-Werthph-rf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .272
Victorinocf 5 1 1 0 0 2 .257
Dobbs 3b 2 2 1 1 2 1 .143
S.Eyrep 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Park p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .100
Escalonap 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Ruiz c 4 1 1 0 1 1 .236
Blantonp 1 1 0 0 1 0 .091
a-Bruntlett ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .129
Condrey p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
c-Feliz ph-3b 2 1 1 2 0 0 .310
Totals 39 12 14 12 5 11
Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Taveras cf 5 1 1 1 0 2 .288
A.Rosales 3b 3 0 0 1 0 1 .242
Herrerap 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Burtonp 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
d-D.McDonaldph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .175
Lincolnp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Weathers p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
e-Dickersonph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .237
Brucerf 4 1 2 0 1 0 .247
Phillips 2b 5 1 1 3 0 0 .275
L.Nix lf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .292
R.Hernandez 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .276
Haniganc 2 1 1 0 2 0 .333
Janishss 4 1 1 0 0 0 .306
Owings p 1 0 1 0 0 0 .304
R.Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
HairstonJr. 3b 1 0 1 0 1 0 .262
Totals 34 5 9 5 5 6
Philadelphia 131 101 410 — 12 14 0
Cincinnati 000 050 000 — 5 9 1
a-struck out for Blanton in the 6th. b-struck out for Stairs
in the 7th. c-doubled for Condrey in the 7th. d-walked for
Burton in the 7th. e-flied out for Weathers in the 9th. E:
Hanigan (1). LOB: Philadelphia 7, Cincinnati 8. 2B: Utley
(6), Ibanez(10),Victorino(9), Ruiz(5), Feliz(10). HR:Dobbs
(1), off Owings; Utley (11), off R.Ramirez; Howard(10), off
Herrera; Ibanez (15), off Lincoln; Phillips (7), off Blanton.
RBIs: Rollins(15), Utley4(30), Ibanez3(40), Howard(30),
Dobbs (4), Feliz 2 (23), Taveras (8), A.Rosales (7), Phillips 3
(33). SB: Rollins (5), Victorino (4). S: R.Ramirez. SF: Utley.
Runners left in scoring position: Philadelphia 6 (Vic-
torino, Howard, Dobbs, Ibanez, Utley, Rollins); Cincinnati 3
(Taveras2, L.Nix). DP: Philadelphia1(Utley, Howard).
Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
BlantonW, 2-3 5 7 5 5 1 4 97 7.11
Condrey H, 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 22 2.38
S.Eyre 1 1 0 0 1 1 17 3.60
Park 1 0 0 0 2 1 25 6.88
Escalona 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0.00
Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Owings L, 3-5 3 6 5 5 3 3 71 4.70
R.Ramirez 21⁄3 1 2 2 1 3 41 7.71
Herrera 2⁄3 2 1 1 0 0 11 2.30
Burton 1 3 3 3 1 2 29 5.89
Lincoln 1 1 1 1 0 1 15 9.60
Weathers 1 1 0 0 0 2 18 2.51
Herrera pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Inherited
runners-scored: Herrera 1-1. IBB: off Burton(Dobbs).
HBP: by R.Ramirez (Stairs). Umpires: Home, Dan
Iassogna; First, SamHolbrook; Second, Charlie Reliford;
Third, AdrianJohnson. T: 3:27. A: 25,901(42,319).
AL BEHRMAN/ AP
Chase Utley, left, and the Phillies begin an interleague series at homer-friendly Yankee Stadiumtoday.
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Diamondbacks 4, Marlins 3
Arizona AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Ojedass 2 0 0 0 1 0 .289
b-S.Drewph-ss 2 0 0 0 0 1 .183
R.Roberts 2b 4 1 2 0 0 2 .367
J.Uptonrf 3 1 0 0 1 2 .306
Reynolds 3b 3 1 2 3 1 0 .266
Byrnes lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .209
Tracy 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .188
Snyder c 4 1 2 1 0 1 .235
C.Youngcf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .167
Zavadap 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
T.Penap 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
c-Garlandph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Qualls p 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Scherzer p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .214
a-G.Parraph-cf 2 0 1 0 0 0 .333
Totals 34 4 7 4 3 13
Florida AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Bonifacio3b-cf 4 0 2 1 0 2 .263
Hermidarf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .262
Ha.Ramirez ss 4 1 1 0 0 1 .325
Cantu1b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .285
Jo.Baker c 4 0 0 0 0 2 .259
Uggla2b 4 1 1 1 0 2 .206
C.Ross cf 2 1 1 0 0 1 .252
Helms 3b 1 0 0 0 1 1 .220
Coghlanlf 3 0 0 0 1 3 .162
A.Miller p 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
C.Martinez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
d-Gloadph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .245
Totals 33 3 7 3 2 16
Arizona 000 001 120 — 4 7 0
Florida 110 001 000 — 3 7 0
a-groundedout for Scherzer inthe7th. b-groundedout
for Ojeda in the 8th. c-struck out for T.Pena in the 9th.
d-struck out for C.Martinez in the 9th. LOB: Arizona 6,
Florida6. 2B: R.Roberts2(3), Ha.Ramirez(15). HR: Sny-
der (4), off A.Miller; Reynolds (12), off C.Martinez; Uggla
(7), off Scherzer. RBIs: Reynolds 3 (23), Snyder (16),
Bonifacio (11), Cantu (35), Uggla (28). SB: R.Roberts
(2), Reynolds (10), Ha.Ramirez (7). S: A.Miller. Runners
left inscoringposition: Arizona3(Byrnes 2, S.Drew);
Arizona IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Scherzer 6 6 3 3 2 10 109 3.50
ZavadaW, 1-0 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 0.00
T.PenaH, 6 1 1 0 0 0 1 13 1.33
Qualls S, 10-11 1 0 0 0 0 3 12 2.50
Florida IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
A.Miller 7 4 2 2 2 9 112 4.94
Martinez L,0-1BS,1-1 2 3 2 2 1 4 37 9.00
Balk: Scherzer. Umpires: Home, JerryLayne; First,Tony
Randazzo; Second, Chris Guccione; Third, ToddTichenor.
T: 2:42. A: 12,045(38,560).
Rockies 9, Braves 0
Colorado AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Fowler cf 4 1 2 0 1 0 .254
Tulowitzki ss 5 0 0 0 0 1 .234
Helton1b 5 2 3 5 0 1 .338
Hawperf 4 0 2 1 1 0 .336
Iannettac 4 0 0 0 1 1 .227
Spilborghs lf 5 1 2 0 0 3 .281
Atkins 3b 3 2 0 0 2 2 .189
Barmes 2b 2 2 1 1 2 1 .245
Cook p 2 1 0 2 0 2 .176
Totals 34 9 10 9 7 11
Atlanta AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Escobar ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .301
D.Hernandez ss 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Kotchman1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .290
C.Jones 3b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .316
Prado3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .306
McCannc 4 0 0 0 0 0 .266
G.Andersonlf 4 0 0 0 0 0 .240
K.Johnson2b 2 0 0 0 1 0 .235
Francoeur rf 3 0 2 0 0 1 .252
Schafer cf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .220
M.Diaz cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .288
Medlenp 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Parr p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Moylanp 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
a-Nortonph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .120
O’Flaherty p 0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
Totals 31 0 4 0 1 3
Colorado 100 501 200—9 10 0
Atlanta 000 000 000—0 4 0
a-grounded out for Moylan in the 8th. LOB: Colo-
rado 9, Atlanta 5. 2B: Helton (8), Spilborghs (12).
3B: Fowler (1), Hawpe (2), Barmes (1). HR: Helton
(5), off Parr. RBIs: Helton 5 (27), Hawpe (33),
Barmes(16), Cook2(2). S: Cook. SF: Cook. Runners
left in scoring position: Colorado 6 (Spilborghs,
Tulowitzki 2, Iannetta2, Cook); Atlanta2(Medlen,
Schafer). DP: Atlanta1(Moylan, K.Johnson, Kotch-
Colorado IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
CookW, 3-1 9 4 0 0 1 3 108 4.68
Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
MedlenL, 0-1 3 3 5 5 5 3 80 15.00
Parr 4 7 4 4 1 5 91 5.79
Moylan 1 0 0 0 1 0 13 5.52
O’Flaherty 1 0 0 0 0 3 13 2.30
Medlen pitched to 4 batters in the 4th. Inherited
runners-scored: Parr 3-3. HBP: by O’Flaherty
(Barmes), by Medlen (Cook). WP: Medlen 2. Balk:
Medlen. Umpires: Home, Bob Davidson; First, Jeff
Nelson; Second, Mark Carlson; Third, TimTschida.
T: 2:35. A: 25,481(49,743).
Arizona 4, Florida 3 Colorado 9, Atlanta 0
Reynolds caps solid series
Cook keeps ball, Braves down for the count
MIAMI—Arizona wore out Flor-
ida’s bullpen, then reaped the
rewards the next night.
With no veteran relievers
available Thursday, the Marlins
asked Cristhian Martinez to pro-
tect a one-run lead in his major
league debut, and Mark Reyn-
olds’ two-run homer off the
rookie in the eighth inning gave
Arizona a 4-3 victory.
“To put a young guy in a situa-
tion like that, up a run, it’s tough
for anyone,” Reynolds said. “We
were able to capitalize on what he
was out there doing.”
Florida’s relief corps was spent
after a doubleheader split
Wednesday, capped by Arizona’s
victory in a 13-inning nightcap
that ended at 1:48 a.m.
The Diamondbacks managed
only two runs in seven innings
against Andrew Miller, then ral-
lied. Martinez (0-1), summoned
before the game from Double-A
Jacksonville, retired the first two
batters in the eighth and had an
0-2 count on Justin Upton but
walked him. Reynolds hit the
next pitch for his 12th homer.
Reynolds went 7-for-16 in the
series and has four homers and
eight RBIs in the past six games.
“He gave me a slider over the
middle of the plate,” Reynolds
said. “When I’m rolling like this,
I just go up there and swing.
Right now the barrel is finding
the ball, and I don’t want to think
about it too much.”
After the game, Martinez was
optioned back to Jacksonville.
ATLANTA—Aaron Cook kept throwing
sinkers, and his infielders kept making
Cook pitched a four-hitter and Todd
Helton’s grand slam ended Colorado’s
power slump as the Rockies beat the
Atlanta Braves 9-0 on Thursday night.
Cook (3-1) retired the final 16 batters
for his second career shutout. He had 20
groundouts and did not allow a baser-
unner to advance past second for his
first win in eight career starts against
“I didn’t need to show up today,” said
Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta of his
easy task of calling pitches for Cook.
“The choice was between a sinker and a
sinker. ... It was the best sinker I’ve seen
Jeff Francoeur singled with two outs
in the fourth and then Cook retired
everyone else. The only other hits that
Cook gave up were a single to Chipper
Jones in the first and back-to-back sin-
gles by Francoeur and Jordan Schafer in
“When he’s got that sinker with that
late movement, it’s every bit as good as it
gets in this game,” said Braves catcher
Brian McCann. “He baited us and made
us swing at tough pitches.”
Colorado second baseman Clint
Barmes had 10 assists.
“I was cheering for the guys making
the plays,” said Cook of his infielders. “I
was throwing strikes, keeping the ball
down. ... I always take a lot of pride in
The Rockies had gone four games—
and 46 innings—with a homer before
Helton’s shot in the fourth inning. Before
that mini-drought, the Rockies had not
had as many as two straight games
without a homer this season.
The Rockies posted only their second
shutout of the season. The only other
one was a 3-0 victory over Arizona in
the second game of the season.
Helton had three hits and drove in five
runs as the Rockies spoiled Kris
Medlen’s major league debut.
Medlen (0-1) gave up five runs in three
innings. He left after facing four batters
in the fourth.
The Rockies recovered after losing
games Wednesday and Thursday by the
combined score of 20-5.
“We definitely needed this one, no
doubt about that, especially after the
way we got beat last night,” said Helton
of the Braves’ 12-4 win on Wednesday
Colorado P Aaron Cook retired the final 16 batters for his first-ever victory over Atlanta.
BY CLIFTON BROWN
PHILADELPHIA—Jeremy Maclin was
drafted first by the Eagles, but sec-
ond-round pick LeSean McCoy is
more likely to make an immediate
Running backs like McCoy gen-
erally have an easier time making a
transition to the NFL than wide
receivers like Maclin. None of the 21
wide receivers who had more than
1,000 yards receiving last season
were rookies. Meanwhile, three
rookie backs ranked among the top
10 in rushing—Steve Slaton of the
Texans (1,282 yards), Matt Forte of
the Bears (1,238) and Chris Johnson
of the Titans (1,228).
Though the Eagles would love to
get an immediate contribution from
Maclin, McCoy’s quick develop-
ment is almost a necessity. Long-
time Eagles backup Correll
Buckhalter signed with the Bron-
cos as a free agent, which left Brian
Westbrook without a proven
backup. No wonder coach Andy
Reid gave McCoy the hands-on
treatment during rookie minicamp
Wednesday. Reid did not like the
way McCoy ran a pass pattern, so
Reid made McCoy do it again and
again until he finally got it right.
“He’s very precise,’’ McCoy said
of Reid. “He wants things done the
Here are three ways in which the
Eagles hope Maclin and McCoy make
Less reliance on Westbrook.
Perhaps no team depended on a run-
ning back last season like the Eagles
depended on Westbrook. And it took
a toll. Westbrook, who turns 30 in
September, was banged up by sea-
son’s end. He failed to rush for 1,000
yards for the first time in three sea-
sons, and his 4.0 yards-per-carry
tied for the worst in his career.
The idea is for McCoy to spell West-
brook, reducing his workload but
increasing his production. But to be
an effective tailback in Reid’s system,
you must be a complete back like
Westbrook—a runner, a reliable pass
catcher and a capable pass-blocker.
The Eagles know McCoy can run,
and his hands are good. But his
ability to pass-block is a question
mark, and the Eagles will not get an
accurate picture of his blocking
ability until they put the pads on at
training camp. They want to be able
to run everything in their playbook
no matter who is in the backfield.
And McCoy already is intrigued by
“That’s the cool thing about this
offense,’’ McCoy said. “They find
ways to get you in the open field,
matched up one-on-one with a
More wrinkles in the offense.
Maclin feels comfortable lining up
wide or in the slot. He can return
kicks and punts. He can run
reverses. Both Maclin and McCoy
took direct snaps from center in col-
lege lining up in the Wildcat forma-
tion. The Eagles hope to incorporate
Maclin’s speed and versatility in a
variety of ways.
“I’m not sure why Maclin
dropped to No. 19 in the draft
because I think he may have been
the most versatile receiver in the
draft,’’ said Ron Jaworski, ESPN
analyst and former Eagles
quarterback. “I was really
impressed with how he operated
from the slot. And with DeSean
Jackson and Kevin Curtis already
there, it’s not like Maclin has to step
in and be the No. 1 receiver. I think
he’s a real nice fit for them.’’
A stronger running game. Last
season, only 10 teams ran for fewer
yards than the Eagles. They strug-
gled in short yardage. They strug-
gled in goal-line situations. And
while the average NFL pass-run
ratio was 55-45, the Eagles threw
on almost 59 percent of their plays.
After signing fullback Leonard
Weaver and adding tackles Jason
Peters and Stacy Andrews, the
Eagles hope to improve their run-
blocking, which would lead to more
success in short-yardage situations
and more offensive balance.
“This team has a lot of pieces,’’
said former Eagles defensive end
Hugh Douglas, now a television
sportscaster in Philadelphia.
“DeSean Jackson helped the Eagles
a lot as a rookie. He has shown these
guys it can be done.’’
Eagles need rookies—especially McCoy—to make a difference
Poised to produce
Five other skill-position rookies with a chance to make an imme-
Michael Crabtree WR, 49ers. He will be driven to prove he
should have been first receiver drafted.
Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings. The Vikings needed a playmaker of
Harvin’s caliber, whether Brett Favre joins them or not.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos. His versatility as a runner and
pass catcher will fit Josh McDaniels’ attack.
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets. First he must win the starting job, but
the Jets drafted him to play, not sit.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions. If he plays this year, the lessons he
learns will pay off later.
BRADLEYC. BOWER/ AP
The addition of rookie RBLeSean McCoy, left, to the Eagles’ roster should help keep aging starter Brian Westbrook fresher.
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With the 3-4 defense becoming all the
rage, the outside linebacker is a prime-
time player. The ability to rush the passer is
an integral part of the job description, but
these players also must be able to cover
tight ends in the passing game and find
the ball and wrap up ballcarriers in the run
RealScouts, SN Today’s team of former
NFL scouts, rank their top 20 outside line-
backers for 2009:
DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys. The
NFL leader in sacks last
season, he made a serious run at
Michael Strahan’s season record of
22½. Ware is a dominant pass
rusher who exhibits remarkable
speed and strength.
James Harrison, Steelers. Harrison
is the reigning Defensive
Player of the Year after recording
16½ sacks and a league-high seven
forced fumbles. He’s 31 and got a
big new contract this offseason, but
Harrison plays with a chip on his
shoulder and won’t rest on his
Shawne Merriman, Chargers.
Merriman is one of the
league’s most dominant defensive
players. He wants to prove himself
this year after coming off a knee
injury and entering his contract
year. Coordinator Ron Rivera calls
an aggressive game, and Merriman
Terrell Suggs, Ravens. A franchise
player for the second straight
year, Suggs is the motor that makes
the Baltimore defense go. He has
stellar physical tools, can align
almost anywhere in the front seven
and showed tremendous toughness
last year playing through a sepa-
rated shoulder in the playoffs.
Joey Porter, Dolphins. In a big
comeback season, Porter had
a career-high 17½ sacks and made
the Pro Bowl. That number likely
will go down with the signing of
Jason Taylor, who will steal some
snaps. In the end, that will be a
good thing because Porter, 32, will
stay fresh and have a better chance
of getting through the season.
Adalius Thomas, Patriots. With the
departure of Mike Vrabel, it
would make sense for New Eng-
land to let Thomas loose as a pass
rusher off the edge. He is a versatile
player who can play just about
anywhere in the Patriots’ 3-4.
Lance Briggs, Bears. Briggs has
the quickness and instincts to
make plays all over the field. He
diagnoses plays quickly, is a sure
tackler and has a nose for the ball.
He’s a stellar pass rusher and is one
of the league’s top cover
KeithBulluck, Titans. He’s a
fantastic run defender who is
a sure tackler and one of the most
underrated players in the league.
He’s another team guy who doesn’t
care about his stats and does
everything you can ask of a
JulianPeterson, Lions. Peterson
had a quiet season on a bad
team in Seattle last year. This year,
he will benefit from playing for Jim
Schwartz and getting a chance to
rush the passer more.
LaMarr Woodley, Steelers.
Woodley is the other half of
the Steelers’ deadly pass-rush
combo. Very quick and athletic, he
can do a lot of good things, but he’s
at his best rushing the
Kampman is a natural pass
rusher who is an excellent athlete
and can handle all the responsibili-
ties that will come with playing as
a stand-up defender in the Packers’
new 3-4. He’ll still be a pass-rush
Mike Vrabel, Chiefs. Vrabel is
getting up in years and
coming off a subpar season, but he
will have an important leadership
role in the Chiefs’ transition to a
3-4 scheme. Coordinator Clancy
Pendergast likes to play the
matchup game and mix looks, and
Vrabel can play just about any-
where, even on offense.
GregEllis, Cowboys. The
Cowboys have been trying
to replace Ellis, but he totaled 20½
sacks the past two years and has
maintained a high level of play.
He’s not the run defender he once
was, but he still cam get after the
Phillips had a chance to
stand out in 2008 after the season-
ending injury to Merriman, but he
didn’t fully capitalize. He had eight
sacks but should get more this year
with Merriman back and com-
manding attention from blocking
Leroy Hill, Seahawks. Though
middle linebacker Lofa
Tatupu and first-round pick Aaron
Curry will be the “playmakers,”
Hill is a very instinctive player who
has the athleticism and versatility
to make plays all over the field.
Improvements along the line
should help him as well.
Michael Boley, Giants. Boley
steps into a good situation
in New York. He can be an explo-
sive edge player and has the speed
and range to play sideline to
sideline. With a strong line in front
of him, Boley will be free to run to
the ball, which is what he does best.
Parys Haralson, 49ers.
Haralson stepped into a
starting role under Mike Single-
tary last year. He’s a hard-work-
ing player who shows a knack
for getting to the quarterback.
Look for him to remain on the
weak side and post 10-plus
sacks if he gets the opportunity
to start all season.
Calvin Pace, Jets. The Jets’
defense will be much
more aggressive under Rex Ryan,
and that will benefit Pace, who
will have a Suggs-type role in the
new scheme. He’s a playmaker
and has the versatility to move
around the formation. He’ll be a
key piece in the matchup game,
and his numbers will improve as
Angelo Crowell, Buccaneers.
Look for a bounce-back
year for Crowell, who missed all of
2008 with a knee injury. He’s a
versatile tackling machine who
can play either outside spot. He
should get a chance to make plays
in the passing game in the Bucs’
cover 2 scheme.
Greenway is a smart player
with great range who can play in
coverage and get after the quarter-
back. That makes him a great fit
for the strongside linebacker role
in the Vikings’ scheme. Playing
behind an aggressive front helps
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It’s early in the Brady Quinn-Derek Anderson
quarterback competition, but Browns
coach Eric Mangini says Quinn has the slight
edge based on three practices this week.
Both QBs are splitting time with the first
“(Quinn) has done a really outstanding
job in the offseason program,” Mangini told
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. “Not that
Derek hasn’t done well, but (Quinn) had the
As Quinn and Anderson battle for the
starting job, Brett Ratliff, acquired in an off-
season trade, will be a backup. He could
move up to No. 2 on the depth chart if the
team trades away the loser of the Quinn-
“I’m going to look at that position com-
pletely,” Mangini said. “It’s one of those
things where he’ll get opportunities and
there will be a rotation. There will be some
days where any of the four quarterbacks
can be the one. But right now my primary
focus is with Brady and Derek.”
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger told the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that social network-
ing websites claiming he has skin cancer
are bogus. Roethlisberger said he is not
active on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.
His agent, Ryan Tollner, says he’s actively
working to get those impostors and the
misinformation they spread off the
A benign, baseball-size tumor has
been removed from the chest of Cardinals
DE Kenny Iwebema. Coach KenWhisenhunt says
the surgery was performed Monday. The
tumor was discovered during routine
X-rays April 30, the day before the start of
minicamp. Iwebema showed no symptoms
and that the condition could have been life-
threatening had it gone undetected,
“Because it didn’t show up the year
before, it appeared to be something that had
grown very rapidly,” Whisenhunt said.
Iwebema, a fourth-round draft pick out
of Iowa in 2008, can begin some rehabilita-
tion work in two to three weeks but isn’t
expected to resume football activity for 6-8
weeks. Doctors were able to use a mini-
mally invasive laparoscopic procedure to
remove the tumor through Iwebema’s side.
The Bears have moved Corey Graham,
entering his third NFL season, from cor-
nerback to free safety. This week during
practice, Graham worked with the second
unit alongside Josh Bullocks. Craig Steltz and
Kevin Payne worked with the first team. The
coaches hope the experiment goes well and
that Graham, who shows great range, earns
the starting job alongside Payne.
“Once I start to learn what I am doing, I’ll
play faster,” Graham told the Chicago Sun-
Times. “It’s more mental than anything. ...
It’s not only picking up what I am doing,
but what everyone around me is doing,
Bucs CB Torrie Cox sustained facial cuts
at practice this week, when he tried to stop
a fight between OT Donald Penn and CB Aqib
Talib. Cox was struck accidently by Talib’s
helmet, coach Raheem Morris said. This isn’t
Talib’s first incident. Last year, Talib got
into a fight with teammate Cory Boyd at the
NFL rookie symposium.
“Anytime you play this violent of a game,
you’re always going to have some type of
controlling your emotions issues,” Morris
told the St. Petersburg Times. “I’ve got my
own controlling my emotions issues. That’s
when the coach steps in and helps him and
he has to grow from it, he has to learn.”
Morris did not announce Talib’s punish-
ment but reportedly was more upset that
news of the fight was leaked to the media.
Talib and Penn both downplayed the epi-
sode to The Tampa Tribune.
QB Kurt Warner skipped the Cardinals’
first voluntary practice but looked as sharp
as ever in the second. This comes just nine
weeks after having hip surgery to repair a
torn labrum. Warner says he still feels some
residual discomfort but improved mobility
“I don’t know if it’s going to make much
of a difference at all,” Warner told The Ari-
zona Republic. “I may be able to move better
... but for a guy my age, I’m not expecting to
be able to break any records or get a lot
faster than I’ve been in my career.”
Soon after losing CB Walt Harris to a sea-
son-ending knee injury, the 49ers signed
free-agent CB Dre Bly to a one-year deal.
Bly, 32, played the last two seasons with
the Broncos, intercepting seven passes.
ShawntaeSpencer and Tarell Brown are expected
to start, but Bly will be penciled in as the
The Lions signed veteran OT Ephraim
Salaam to a free-agent contract. Salaam, 32,
has played for the Falcons, Broncos, Jag-
uars and Texans. Lions coach Jim Schwartz
says Salaam will back up both LT Jeff Backus
and RT Gosder Cherilus.
Cowboys WR Isaiah Stanback had
arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to
repair a torn lateral meniscus, the team
announced Thursday. Stanback spent last
season on I.R. after separating his left
shoulder in preseason.
The Giants added depth to their offen-
sive line by signing 10-year veteran Tutan
Reyes on Thursday. Reyes has started 37
games in a career that includes stops. To
make room, the Giants waived TE Martrez
Although the Raiders’ Michael Huff, a
first-round pick in ’06, continues to strug-
gle at safety, coach TomCable says he won’t be
moving to cornerback.
“No, not yet,” Cable told the San Francisco
Chronicle. “I think we need, to again, let him
continue to develop at that free safety spot,
because as you’ve seen, he’s got a ton of
range, made a couple of big plays yesterday
coming from center field. I think it’s better
off for us to leave where it’s at right now.”
The Jaguars waived WR D’Juan Woods
and acquired CB Tyron Brackenridge off waiv-
ers from the Jets. Woods spent parts of the
last two seasons on Jacksonville’s practice
squad, playing in one game.
Brackenridge played in 14 games with
the Chiefs the past two seasons with 20
tackles and two forced fumbles. He signed
with the Jets on Feb. 19 but was waived
Quinn has edge in Browns’ QB battle; Roethlisberger dispels rumor
NewBrowns coach Eric Mangini praised the offseason work of Brady Quinn, above.
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Remaining free agents
A quick look at the remaining NFL free agents by position
(R-restricted free agent, F-franchise tagged player):
Quarterbacks—Brooks Bollinger, Dallas; Ken Dorsey,
Cleveland; Gus Frerotte, Minnesota; Charlie Frye, Seattle;
DrewHenson, Detroit; Quinn Gray, Kansas City; Trent Green,
St. Louis; Rex Grossman, Chicago; Brad Johnson, Dallas; J.P.
Losman, Buffalo; Jamie Martin, San Francisco; Craig Nall,
Houston; Marques Tuiasosopo, Oakland; AnthonyWright,
Running backs—DarianBarnes, NewOrleans; TatumBell,
Denver; BrianCalhoun, Detroit; JesseChatman, NYJets; P.J.
Daniels, Baltimore; ReubenDroughns, NYGiants; WarrickDunn,
TampaBay; DeShaunFoster, SanFrancisco; SamkonGado, St.
Louis; NickGoings, Carolina; AhmanGreen, Houston; AndreHall,
Denver; Kay-JayHarris, NYGiants; MauriceHicks, Minnesota;
EdgerrinJames, Arizona; Rudi Johnson, Detroit; DeuceMcAl-
lister, NewOrleans; Travis Minor, St. Louis; Chris Perry, Cincinnati;
AndrewPinnock, Denver; Michael Pittman, Denver; P.J. Pope,
Denver; Cecil Sapp, Houston; AaronStecker, NewOrleans; Selvin
Wide receivers—DrewBennett, St. Louis; Marty Booker,
Chicago; DrewCarter, Oakland; Jason Carter; Carolina; Keary
Colbert, Detroit; Jayson Foster, Denver; D.J. Hackett, Caro-
lina; Dante Hall, St. Louis; Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis; Ike
Hilliard, Tampa Bay; Darrell Jackson, Denver; Nate Jackson,
Denver; Matt Jones, Jacksonville; Joe Jurevicius, Cleveland;
Ashley Lelie, Oakland; Brandon Lloyd, Chicago; Dane Looker,
St. Louis; Marcus Maxwell, Baltimore; Anthony Mix, Tampa
Bay; Ben Obomanu (R), Seattle; Tab Perry, Miami; Jerry
Porter, Jacksonville; Kevin Robinson, Kansas City; Koren Rob-
inson, Seattle; Edell Shepherd, Denver; Travis Taylor, Detroit;
Amani Toomer, NY Giants; KelleyWashington, NewEngland;
ToddWatkins (R), Oakland; HarryWilliams, Houston; Reggie
Williams, Jacksonville; WallaceWright (R), NY Jets.
Tight ends—Courtney Anderson, Houston; AdamBergen,
Denver; Mark Bruener, Houston; Scott Chandler, San Diego;
Owen Daniels (R), Houston; Nate Lawrie, Cincinnati; Michael
Merritt, Kansas City; Martrez Milner, NY Giants; Chad
Mustard, Denver; Jeff Robinson, Seattle; Derek Schouman
(R), Buffalo; Stephen Spach (R), Arizona; Daniel Wilcox,
Baltimore; Kris Wilson, San Diego.
Offensive tackles—Tyson Clabo (R), Atlanta; Anthony
Davis, St. Louis; Jon Dunn, Detroit; Wayne Gandy, Atlanta;
Kwame Harris, Oakland; Jonas Jennings, San Francisco; Levi
Jones, Cincinnati; James Marten (R), Oakland; Fred Miller,
Chicago; Rob Petitti, St. Louis; Jon Runyan, Philadelphia;
Charles Spencer, Jacksonville; Barry Stokes, NewEngland;
MarkTauscher, Green Bay; MarkWilson (R), Oakland.
Guards—Lennie Friedman, Cleveland; Pete Kendall,
Washington; Matt Lentz, Detroit; Terrence Metcalf, Chicago;
Edwin Mulitalo, Detroit; Chris Naeole, Jacksonville; Tutan
Reyes, Jacksonville; Grey Ruegamer, NY Giants; Kendall
Simmons, Pittsburgh; Rob Sims (R), Seattle; JasonWhittle,
Centers—Brennen Carvalho, Green Bay; Jean-Philippe
Darche, Kansas City; Melvin Fowler, Buffalo; Matt Lehr, New
Orleans; Andy McCollum, Detroit; Jeremy Newberry, San
Diego; Scott Peters, Arizona; CoryWithrow, St. Louis.
Defensive ends—Kevin Carter, Tampa Bay; Earl Cochran,
Houston; Sean Conover, NY Jets; Nick Eason, Pittsburgh;
Kalimba Edwards, Oakland; Ebenezer Ekuban, Denver;
John Engelberger, Denver; Simon Fraser, Atlanta; Roderick
Green, San Francisco; Travis LaBoy, Arizona; Jayme Mitchell,
Minnesota; Jerome McDougle, NY Giants; Julius Peppers
(F), Carolina; Josh Savage, NewOrleans; AnthonyWeaver,
Houston; James Wyche, Jacksonville.
Defensive tackles—Kenderick Allen, Minnesota; Gary
Gibson, Carolina; La’Roi Glover, St. Louis; Vonnie Holliday,
Miami; Antwan Lake, NewOrleans; Langston Moore,
Detroit; Kindal Moorehead, Atlanta; Dewayne Robertson,
Denver; Orpheus Roye, Pittsburgh; Hollis Thomas, New
Orleans; JoshThomas, Indianapolis; JohnThornton, Cincin-
nati; DarwinWalker, Carolina; Ellis Wyms, Minnesota; Brian
Young, NewOrleans; Jeff Zgonina, Houston.
Linebackers—Rufus Alexander, Indianapolis; Jason
Babin, Kansas City; Rocky Boiman, Kansas City; Derrick
Brooks, Tampa Bay; Khary Campbell, Washington; Anthony
Cannon, Detroit; Dan Cody, Baltimore; Rosevelt Colvin, New
England; Donte’ Curry, Carolina; Donnie Edwards, Kansas
City; Keith Ellison (R), Buffalo; Troy Evans, NewOrleans;
Gilbert Gardner, Chicago; Curtis Gatewood, Kansas City;
Morlon Greenwood, Houston; Marques Harris, San Diego;
Napoleon Harris, Minnesota; Abdul Hodge (R), Cincinnati;
Mike Humpal, Pittsburgh; Brad Kassell, NY Jets; Jason Kyle,
Carolina; Teddy Lehman, Buffalo; Paris Lenon, Detroit; Wesly
Mallard, Seattle; JimMaxwell, Cincinnati; Willie McGinest,
Cleveland; Marques Murrell (R), NY Jets; Ryan Nece, Detroit;
Shantee Orr, Cleveland; Antwan Peek, Cleveland; Carlos
Polk, Dallas; Junior Seau, NewEngland; Matt Sinclair, Wash-
ington; Gary Stills, St. Louis; Terrell Suggs (F), Baltimore;
Dontarrious Thomas, Minnesota; PisaTinoisamoa, St. Louis;
Marcus Washington, Washington; NateWebster, Denver.
Cornerbacks—David Barrett, NY Jets; Fakhir Brown, St.
Louis; Terry Cousin, Cleveland; Jason Craft, St. Louis; Travis
Fisher, Detroit; Reynaldo Hill, Tennessee; Roderick Hood,
Arizona; WilliamJames, Jacksonville; Michael Lehan,
NewOrleans; SamMadison, NY Giants; Ricky Manning Jr.,
St. Louis; Derrick Martin (R), Baltimore; Chris McAlister,
Baltimore; Mike McKenzie, NewOrleans; R.W. McQuarters,
NY Giants; Deltha O’Neal, NewEngland; Dunta Robinson
(F), Houston; Lewis Sanders, NewEngland; Duane Starks,
Jacksonville; Brandon Sumrall, NY Giants; DeJuanTribble,
San Diego; JasonWebster, NewEngland; JimmyWilliams,
Houston; StanleyWilson, Detroit.
Safeties—Oshiomogho Atogwe (F), St. Louis; Michael
Boulware, Minnesota; Mike Brown, Chicago; Oliver Celestin,
Kansas City; Corey Chavous, St. Louis; Will Demps, Houston;
Mike Doss, Cincinnati; HiramEugene, Oakland; Mike Green,
Washington; Rodney Harrison, NewEngland; Terrence Holt,
NewOrleans; Dexter Jackson, Cincinnati; Sammy Knight,
NY Giants; Marquand Manuel, Denver; Marlon McCree,
Denver; Lawyer Milloy, Atlanta; Chad Nkang, Jacksonville;
Jarrad Page (R), Kansas City; Pierson Prioleau, Jacksonville;
Chris Reis (R), NewOrleans; Dwight Smith, Detroit; Jimmy
Williams, San Francisco; CameronWorrell, Chicago.
Kickers—John Carney, NY Giants; Matt Stover, Baltimore.
Punters—Mitch Berger, Pittsburgh; Mike Dragosavich,
Indianapolis; SamKoch (R), Baltimore; Kyle Larson, Cincin-
nati; Ryan Plackemeier, Cincinnati.
Cutler brings heat in Bears’ workouts
LAKE FOREST, ILL.—After trying to
catch a few of Jay Cutler’s passes in
practice Wednesday, Bears wide
receiver Rashied Davis knew the
team’s offense will look different
A pass from Cutler “comes fast and
it’s on you real quick,” Davis said.
“Once you get used to running
routes with him and catching the
ball from him, it gets a little bit eas-
ier,” Davis said. “But he throws the
ball pretty hard, and the heat is still
on the ball 20 yards down the field.”
The Bears began the transition to
their new quarterback when orga-
nized team activities started at Halas
Hall with a healthy dose of passing
drills, seven-on-seven and full-
squad, non-contact scrimmaging.
Several receivers had to adjust
to Cutler’s arm, including tight
end Greg Olsen, who had trouble
hanging on to one throw, and
Devin Hester, who dropped a short
“We’ve got a lot of young receiv-
ers, and they’ve got to get used to the
way I throw the ball,” Cutler said. “I
thought Day 1 looked good.”
No one complained, especially
offensive coordinator Ron Turner.
“Just his arm strength, I’ve never
been around anything like that
before,” Turner said. “And he’s
shown very good accuracy the lit-
tle bit I’ve been around him.”
The Bears acquired Cutler on
April 2 from Denver along with a
fifth-round draft pick for two first-
round picks, a third-rounder and
quarterback Kyle Orton.
Cutler threw for a franchise-re-
cord 4,526 yards, 25 touchdowns
and 18 interceptions with Denver
in 2008. In his 37-game career in
Denver, he completed 62.5 percent
of his passes for 9,024 yards, 54
TDs and 37 interceptions.
He and some Bears receivers
worked out on their own during the
team’s conditioning program. He
also has spent a lot of time memoriz-
ing the playbook and going through
film cutups of the offense.
“We’ve looked at a lot of stuff that
Chicago has done in the past couple
of years,” Cutler said. “We’ve looked
at some of the stuff we’ve done in
Denver. A lot of terminology is the
same. With the West Coast system,
(there’s) just a lot of memorization
and we might call something ‘A’ and
they call it ‘B.’
“It’s a little bit different, but the
way we line up and get guys to dif-
ferent places, it’s all the same.”
The Bears and other NFL teams
are allowed 14 organized team
activity workouts before training
camp starts. The highlight from
Wednesday’s first workout was
easily the bomb Cutler threw to
Hester to beat strong safety Kevin
Payne for a touchdown.
Cutler called it a benefit to be
working with some players he
knows. Wide receiver Earl Bennett,
who played with Cutler at Vander-
bilt, lined up at a starting spot oppo-
site Hester. Right tackle Chris
Williams also played at Vanderbilt.
“I think anytime you come to a
team that you’re familiar with, and
you’ve got some guys that I played
with at Vandy, it makes the transi-
tion a lot better,” Cutler said. “And
the locker room is full of great
guys, and they’ve welcomed me
with open arms, so it’s been nice.”
In July, the preparation will turn
more serious at training camp in
Bourbonnais, Ill. Cutler knows
there will be pressure.
“I knew coming into it, anytime a
team wants to make a trade like that
and give up what they gave up, it’s
going to be a lot of pressure, a lot of
high expectations, and I welcome it,”
he said. “It’s going to be fun. It’s
going to be a good challenge.”
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How big is this season at Notre Dame? Even President Barack
Obama has chimed in, punctuating one of those cheesy, pay-to-yuk-
it-up political fundraisers in Indianapolis by stating Notre Dame
football is an issue “we may not resolve within my
Take heart, Irish fans. Captain Hope has just
given your team more oomph this fall. Anyone who
thinks ND coach Charlie Weis won’t use this as
motivation—hey guys, the leader of the free world
thinks you blow!—thinks a national playoff is coming
Weis and the Irish have been beaten down for two
years now while developing young, dynamic
players. The coach is feeling heat, the players are insulted, the
storm is brewing.
Every year at the end of spring drills, we examine programs on the
rise and on the decline. And here comes Notre Dame, with everything
seemingly against it, primed for a return to the nation’s elite.
Notre Dame moving up, Tennessee staying down this fall
Four on the rise
Notre Dame. The difference
between this year’s team and Weis’
first two that went to BCS bowls:
this one has more talent and speed.
Now it’s a matter of finishing
If ND finishes off three double-
digit leads it blew last season—the
difference between a young, fragile
team and a team steeled by previ-
ous experiences—you’re looking at
a nine-win team playing in the
Gator Bowl against Clemson. In
other words, a 10-win team.
The Irish aren’t that far away,
especially with a manageable
schedule and an offense more
dangerous than in Weis’ first two
There’s more speed on defense,
and any team that can rush the
passer and cover in the secondary
can create turnovers and force
mistakes. ND will get those 10
wins this fall—and maybe more.
Oklahoma State. The Cowboys
are the hot pick to become this
year’s Texas Tech. I’ll go one step
further: how about this year’s
Oklahoma? The Sooners have
gotten worse (see: rebuilt offensive
line) and the Cowboys have gotten
better (see: Bill Young as defensive
The Cowboys have three legiti-
mate Heisman Trophy candidates
(Zac Robinson, Kendall Hunter,
Dez Bryant), and the first 11-win
season in school history (the last
10-win season was 1988) isn’t that
This is what happens when a
big-money booster (T. Boone
Pickens) and a tireless coach (Mike
Gundy) find each other: recruits
are drawn to immaculate facilities
and a young, charismatic and
NorthCarolina. Butch Davis is
doing exactly what he did at
Miami: building his team around
punishing, athletic defensive
linemen and elite skill players on
Davis has signed 26 five- and
four-star players in his three
recruiting classes, and much like
the personnel situation at Notre
Dame, the experience will kick in
this fall. The Tar Heels lost four
games last year by a combined
nine points, but if quarterback T.J.
Yates stays healthy, this team wins
10 games for the first time since
1997’s 11-win season under Mack
Miami. While we’re all so
enthralled (really, just ESPN) with
Robert Marve’s choice of colleges
after he left Miami because he lost
the starting job, we’ve forgotten
that Jacory Harris is a big-time
talent. Watch how he develops in
Year 2 without a hint of quarter-
back controversy—and under the
tutelage of new offensive coordina-
tor Mark Whipple.
There’s a common thread among
the four teams on the rise: an
upgrade in recruiting. The Canes
have recruited better than any of
the four, and consistent, efficient
play at quarterback—something
the team has lacked in coach
Randy Shannon’s two seasons—
will change everything.
Four on the decline
Louisville. Cards athletic
director Tom Jurich told Sporting
News Today’s Dave Curtis earlier
this month that coach Steve
Kragthorpe is his guy, that’s he’s
not panicking despite growing
unrest among a passionate fan base
that got a taste of the BCS hierar-
chy under former coach Bobby
Kragthorpe’s teams have won 11
games in two seasons despite
playing with the best quarterback
in the game (Brian Brohm) in Year
1, and last season with an experi-
enced, senior quarterback (Hunter
Cantwell) who had success under
Louisville, with its SEC geogra-
phy, SEC-type lunatic fans and
SEC deep pockets (these are all
good things), should own the Big
East. That’s it.
Texas A&M. The entire coaching
community shuddered when
Kentucky fired basketball coach
Billy Gillispie after two seasons.
You better believe Mike Sherman,
whose first year in College Station
was awful, is feeling the reverbera-
tion from Kentucky’s decision.
Competing in the Big 12 South
Division is all about competing for
players in recruiting, and Sherman
at least made inroads with a strong
class in February. But the reality is
A&M now is behind both Okla-
homa State and Texas Tech in the
South—and Baylor, with charis-
matic coach Art Briles and
dynamic quarterback Robert
Griffin—is closing fast after
beating the Aggies by 20 last year.
West Virginia. WVU had a
BCS-ready team—a national title
contender—in coach Bill Stewart’s
first season. It finished the year
scrapping out a victory in a useless
late December bowl game.
There were numerous instances
of poor coaching, poor clock
management, poor decision-mak-
ing. You know, the things you
didn’t see when Rich Rodriguez
was in Morgantown.
The most damning issue from
Year 1 under good-guy Stewart:
WVU lacked emotion and
Tennessee. A decline with an
asterisk: The Vols have serious
personnel issues, and it’s going to
take more than one big recruiting
class to fix it.
Given time—and a ton of
patience—new coach Lane Kiffin
will bring championship-caliber
talent to Knoxville. You can’t win
big games in the SEC without an
elite quarterback or a team full of
experience protecting a quarter-
back who doesn’t make mistakes.
Right now, Tennessee isn’t close to
This fall won’t be much better
than last year, and the Vols likely
will start a true freshman at
quarterback in 2010. Again, not a
good sign in the meat-grinder
conference. By 2011, we’ll know if
Tennessee will make the turn
SUE OGROCKI / AP
Oklahoma State QBZac Robinson is one of three Cowboys who could win the Heisman Trophy.
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Kentucky’s immediate resur-
gence under John Calipari is going
to make life tougher for every
coach in the SEC, but Ole Miss
coach Andy Kennedy said it also can
make life better.
He said the widespread diag-
nosis of the SEC as having a down
season in 2008-09—reflected in
regular-season champ LSU earn-
ing a No. 8 seed—was partly the
result of Kentucky’s struggles.
“The Southeastern Conference
needs Kentucky to be Kentucky,”
Kennedy said, “and I think John
Calipari will most certainly take
Kentucky back to the standard
“He’s going to get very good
players, he’s going to coach them
and I’m sure they’re anticipating
a very high level of success.”
Kentucky’s collapse toward the
2009 NIT began when Ole Miss
interrupted the Wildcats’ 5-0
SEC start with an 85-80 home
victory. But by then UK already
had lost at home to VMI and
Miami, and was drilled by even-
tual national champion North
Those kinds of results helped
lead to the SEC ranking sixth in
conference RPI standings, which
in turn helped result in only two
at-large bids for the league.
When Kentucky is strong, get-
ting a victory over the Wildcats
carries a much greater value for
its league opponents.
“If you think about it, North
Carolina needs to be good in the
ACC,” Kennedy said. “The Pac-
10, until UCLA became UCLA
again, everybody was saying the
Pac-10 is down. I think every-
body in our league would say
Kentucky—based on the sheer
numbers and the passionate sup-
port—it needs to be Kentucky.
And it’s certainly well on its
Former Marquette G Wesley
Matthews sees Wisconsin’s
methodical half-court style as the
wrong fit for fast-paced prospect
Blue, a 6-4 guard who will be a
senior at Madison Memorial next
season, is considered the state’s
top 2010 prospect and was con-
sidered the centerpiece of coach
Bo Ryan’s recruiting efforts. But
Blue began wavering on his deci-
sion recently and said Tuesday he
was backing out of his oral com-
mitment for now.
Matthews is in a unique posi-
tion to offer advice—he went to
the same high school as Blue and
chose Marquette over the home-
“Not a knock on the Badgers,
but I just don’t think that Vander,
knowing him as a person and a
player, would be his best fit,” Mat-
thews told the AP after a predraft
workout with the Milwaukee
Bucks. “I’m not even saying Mar-
quette would be his best fit, I just
know that his best fit would be
being able to get up and down (the
floor). He needs to be taught to
play off ball screens and make
reads and stuff like that.”
Former Tennessee G Ramar
Smith has surrendered to police in
the investigation of a home inva-
sion robbery and turned himself
in on a charge of aggravated rob-
bery, The Associated Press
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl dis-
missed Smith after the 2007-08
season. He averaged 7.4 points
and 3.2 assists per game that sea-
son, but Pearl said he failed to
meet expectations off the court.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
has been selected for the Army
Sports Hall of Fame. A 1969 West
Point graduate, Krzyzewski
earned three letters as a player for
Army and then coached the Black
Knights for five years. He fin-
ished with a 73-59 record before
taking over at Duke in 1978.
Former Miami QB Robert Marve announced Thursday
that he is transferring to Purdue. He will have two sea-
sons of eligibility remaining but must sit out this fall.
“We are really excited to have a player the caliber of
Robert become a Boilermaker,” Purdue coach Danny
Hope said in a statement released by the school. “We
became a better football program today.”
Marve started 11 games last season as a redshirt
freshman at Miami—he was suspended for the team’s
opener and Emerald Bowl appearance—and completed
54.6 percent of his passes for 1,293 yards, with nine
touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
He announced Dec. 30, three days after the bowl
game, that he would transfer.
Marve also considered walking on at Tennessee.
The NCAA has told Florida State it needs more
time to consider the school’s appeal of a ruling that
could force the Seminoles to vacate victories in 10
sports in which 61 ineligible athletes competed.
The ruling could erase 14 wins from the football pro-
gram and coach Bobby Bowden’s record.
The NCAA’s Infractions Appeals Committee now
has until June 2 to respond to the appeal, according to a
report by the Orlando Sentinel.
South Carolina junior DT Ladi Ajiboye and sopho-
more CB C.C. Whitlock are back on the team after serving
Coach Steve Spurrier told The State of Columbia, S.C.,
that both players would miss at least one game this fall.
Auburn senior TE Gabe McKenzie is ready to begin
working out with the Tigers again after missing spring
practice for undisclosed health reasons, coach GeneChizik
said in a report by the Press-Register of Mobile, Ala.
Chizik said senior WR Montez Billings is still working
through some academic issues that kept him out of the
Former Michigan WR Toney Clemons is transferring
to Colorado and will enroll June 1, he told the Daily
Camera of Boulder.
He will have two seasons of eligibility left after sit-
ting out this fall.
Clemons caught 12 passes for 106 yards in two sea-
sons at Michigan.
For at least the second straight year, Big Ten ath-
letic directors spent part of their spring meetings in
Chicago discussing the addition of a ninth conference
football game each season starting in the middle of the
Conversations are preliminary, several directors
said, and there several major obstacles. The primary
one—it’s mathematically impossible for each of the
league’s 11 teams to play nine conference games.
Still, many of the league’s schools seem set on somehow
playing more conference games to help increase revenues.
ABC will televise the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
matching Alabama and Virginia Tech on Sept. 5 in the
Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 8 p.m.
Georgia plans to add 53,000 square feet to its football
facilities, including a new weight room, coaches offices,
new training facilities and a large multi-purpose area
The school’s athletics association board has approved
up to $40 million for the additions to the Butts-Mehre
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Marve chooses Purdue, will be eligible for 2010
Purdue coach Danny Hope, center, is thrilled to have Robert Marve.
Ole Miss coach wants Kentucky to succeed
CHRIS O’MEARA/ AP
Andy Kennedy has a 61-39 record as coach
at Ole Miss.
Not long ago spring basketball recruiting
was a lot like the Running of the Brides at
Filene’s Basement, an astonishing scrum
you’ve seen periodically on TV news.
Yep, it was just like that. All the college
coaches would crush through the doors
after the Final Four hoping to discover an
uncommon bargain, but
in such a rush it never
was easy to be certain
about quality or fit.
It’s different now. A lot
of the players available in
the spring aren’t left-
overs; they are back on
the market because of
Schools routinely allow
players affected by such
circumstances to void their letters, and
some players ask for such assurances in
advance, which means succeeding in
spring recruiting now can turn around a
program in a hurry.
Of Scout.com’s Top 10 prospects in the
2009 class, five selected their final
answers in the spring period and one,
guard Lance Stephenson of New York, has
yet to decide. So those who got all their
work done early missed on some of the best
deals (although it’s probably not best to use
that particular word, even
These were your biggest springtime
Spring additions: PG Eric Bledsoe, C DeMarcus
Cousins, SF Darnell Dodson, PG John Wall.
Surely you’ve heard enough about the
Wildcats by now.
Spring additions: SG Xavier Henry, PG C.J.
The Jayhawks should be celebrating
over who they did not sign (Stephenson) as
much as who they did (Xavier Henry).
Stephenson was all set to commit to KU
in late March, but the Jayhawks asked that
he delay until everyone was certain the
NCAA would certify his amateurism.
While they waited, John Calipari’s depar-
ture from Memphis—which had landed
both Henry brothers—led both to consider
That meant KU would not have to deal
with any eligibility issues nor whether
Stephenson would be interested in fitting
into a team already talented enough to
contend for the Final Four.
Does it seem Kansas is always a few
seconds away from disappointment and
then something miraculous happens?
Spring additions: SF Solomon Hill, C Kyryl
Natyazhko, SG Kevin Parrom.
One reason a lot of coaches weren’t so
eager to become the new Wildcats coach—
including the one they landed, Sean
Miller—was the near-vacant roster the
next guy would inherit.
Miller helped fix that by retrieving Hill,
who’d abandoned the commitment he
made before Lute Olson’s sudden retire-
ment, landing Natyazhko after doing the
groundwork while at Xavier and bringing
along Parrom, who’d signed in the fall with
“That would have been a great class if
he’d just gotten that without moving
schools,” Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels
said. “To get that in a month was unbeliev-
able. Those are three very talented guys,
all top 100.”
4. Georgia Tech
Spring additions: PF Derrick Favors, C Daniel
Tech got Miller because a coaching
change at Georgia led him to request a
release, but the Jackets would have ranked
here simply for landing Favors.
Scout.com continues to rank him No. 1 in
the 2009 class despite the frenzy that
developed around Wall.
“We just feel as far as post prospect, he’s
got a really nice upside,” Daniels said. “I
think he’s more skilled than some people
think. Defensively, he’s all over the place.
He put up ridiculous numbers on the AAU
circuit and seemed to be more aggressive,
appeared to get a meaner side to him. We
just think once he gets in a college weight
room he’s really going to just explode.”
Favors would be an ideal complement to
Gani Lawal, who started inside for the
Jackets as a sophomore. Lawal, though, is
leaning hard on staying in the draft. If he’s
gone for good, Favors will be that much
more important to the Jackets’ season.
5. Mississippi State
Spring additions: C Wendell Lewis, C John
Riek, PF Renardo Sidney.
Sidney is an extremely versatile
offensive player whose principal problem
has been learning to play with great effort. If
he embraces college coaching, Sidney could
be as productive as any player in this class.
Riek is an import who can give MSU an
even more fearsome inside defense than it
derives from Jarvis Varnado alone. The
Bulldogs agreed to confront some signifi-
cant eligibility issues in taking on both, but
this team could be super if they are cleared
and ready to play in the fall. They’ll no
longer be a shoot-em-up 3-point team.
They’ll have a power game and the long-
range shooting to create room for the bigs.
With most of last year’s SEC tournament
champs back, the Bulldogs were looking
for one more big and content to get Lewis
in the spring. Then both Sidney and Riek
sort of fell to them.
“It doesn’t happen very often like that,”
coach Rick Stansbury said. “You can
spend a lot of time spinning your wheels
and not have it happen for you.”
Despite splashy moves, it wasn’t all about Kentucky this spring
Xavier Henry, above, and brother C.J. landed with Kansas after initially committing to Memphis.
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Carl Long says the engine that led to record-
setting penalties to his Sprint Cup team was
purchased from a reputable builder and he
has filed a letter of intent to appeal the 12-week
suspensions handed to him; his car owner
and wife, DeeDee Long; and crew chief Charles
NASCAR also fined Swing $200,000 for
the oversized engine that was used in Long’s
car during practice for the Sprint Showdown
last weekend at Lowe’s, and the team was
penalized 200 owner and driver points.
Suspended owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield
and his attorneys met with NASCAR officials
and attorneys for about an hour Thursday but
did not come to a resolution of the issues over
his positive drug test taken May 1.
Mayfield declined to comment, but his attor-
ney Bill Diehl said, “It was a cordial meeting.”
Diehl indicated that as far as the next step,
“you’ll probably know that (today).”
Brad Keselowski wrecked two No. 88 JR
Motorsports Chevrolets at Lowe’s Motor
Speedway during practice for Saturday’s
Nationwide Series race. A third car was sent to
the track from the shop in nearby Mooresville,
“Yeah, it’s just one of those days,” a glum Kes-
Keselowski said two right-front tires went
down, but there wasn’t a problem with the tire.
The issue was apparently with the suspension,
which seems to have rubbed against the tire in
“I don’t want to throw anyone under the bus
because I make mistakes, too,” Keselowski said.
“We’re having some issue with the right front
where we’re losing tires.”
SK Motorsports has shifted from PatrickCar-
pentier to driver Donny Lia for Saturday’s Nation-
wide Series race after sponsorship fell through
and the team opted not to have Carpentier fly in
Sean Caisse will drive a Richard Childress
Racing entry in the June 6 Nationwide Series
race at Nashville Superspeedway. Caisse, 23,
who won the ARCA race earlier this season at
Rockingham, N.C., has been signed as an RCR
development driver and will run more races
throughout the year.
BY REID SPENCER
CONCORD, N.C.—Everything’s coming up
roses for Stewart-Haas Racing.
Five days after owner/driver Tony Stew-
art won the Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe’s
Motor Speedway, his teammate, Ryan New-
man, ripped off a pole-winning run for Sun-
day’s Coca-Cola 600 at the 1.5-mile track.
Newman turned a lap in 28.651 seconds
(188.475 mph) Thursday to earn the top
starting spot for the 600-miler, NASCAR’s
longest race. Kyle Busch (188.258 mph)
made a concerted attempt to unseat New-
man, who gave Stewart-Haas its first
Sprint Cup pole, but fell just short after a
slight mistake getting into Turn 3.
Newman now has 44 career poles and
eight at Lowe’s (the most among active
drivers) but hasn’t started from the top
spot in a Cup race since April 12, 2008, at
Phoenix. A prolific pole winner earlier in
his career, Newman won his first pole in
his third Cup start (at Lowe’s) and has
claimed the top starting spot for the 600
in every odd-numbered year since.
“After winning your first pole in your
third start, and then going more than a year
without winning one, you start to feel pole-
deprived,” Newman quipped. “I really
wasn’t totally satisfied with the lap—every-
body says that—but obviously, you don’t
have to be when you have a fast racecar.”
Coincidentally, the top three qualifiers
for Sunday’s race are the same three who
went three-wide through the fourth cor-
ner on Lap 93 of the Sprint All-Star Race,
with Jeff Gordon wrecking and Busch
and Newman each sustaining damage.
“Yeah, as of right now, I’m going to call
a meeting in the NASCAR hauler for all
three teams to sit down and talk about the
first lap,” Newman said, laughing. “But
it’s kind of ironic how things work out.”
Gordon (188.193 mph) qualified third,
one spot ahead of Hendrick Motorsports
teammate Mark Martin (188.166 mph). Jim-
mie Johnson (187.820 mph), who, like Gor-
don has five wins at Lowe’s, will start fifth,
followed by Kasey Kahne (187.493 mph)
and Mike Bliss (187.422 mph), the fastest of
the drivers required to qualify on speed.
Busch knew exactly where he came up
short during his qualifying lap.
“I was trying to make sure that it
wouldn’t bust loose, because I pinched it
so much getting into Turn 3 that I didn’t
have a good arc off the corner,” he said.
“Typically, when you arc it in real nice,
you can get a smooth arc through the cen-
ter and a straighter drive up off the cor-
ner. I was the exact opposite.”
Notes: Bill Elliott qualified 10th for
what will be his 800th Sprint Cup start.
… J.J. Yeley (subbing for suspended Jer-
emy Mayfield), Mike Garvey, Todd
Bodine and David Starr failed to qualify
for the race.
—ReidSpencer writes for theSportingNews NASCARWireService
Long will appeal
Jeremy Mayfield, left, and his attorney Bill Diehl met with
NASCARofficials regarding Mayfield’s suspension.
At Lowe’s Motor Speedway
When: Sunday, 5:45 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, 5 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN/Sirius XMSatelliteCh. 128
Tracklayout: 1.5-mile oval
Race distance: 400 laps/600 miles
2008winner: Kasey Kahne
2008polesitter: Kyle Busch
(Car number inparentheses)
1. (39) RyanNewman, Chevrolet, 188.475
2. (18) KyleBusch, Toyota, 188.258
3. (24) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 188.193
4. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 188.166
5. (48) JimmieJohnson, Chevrolet, 187.820
6. (9) Kasey Kahne, Dodge, 187.493
7. (09) MikeBliss, Dodge, 187.422
8. (83) BrianVickers, Toyota, 187.396
9. (42) JuanPabloMontoya, Chevrolet, 187.188
10. (21) Bill Elliott, Ford, 187.169
11. (87) JoeNemechek, Toyota, 187.162
12. (1) MartinTruex Jr., Chevrolet, 186.916
13. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 186.864
14. (20) Joey Logano, Toyota, 186.832
15. (19) Elliott Sadler, Dodge, 186.825
16. (16) GregBiffle, Ford, 186.735
17. (2) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 186.599
18. (82) Scott Speed, Toyota, 186.574
19. (99) Carl Edwards, Ford, 186.548
20. (96) Bobby Labonte, Ford, 186.477
21. (00) DavidReutimann, Toyota, 186.368
22. (29) KevinHarvick, Chevrolet, 186.233
23. (47) Marcos Ambrose, Toyota, 186.220
24. (33) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 186.181
25. (66) DaveBlaney, Toyota, 186.014
26. (77) SamHornishJr., Dodge, 185.970
27. (88) DaleEarnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 185.829
28. (14)Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 185.778
29. (71) DavidGilliland, Chevrolet, 185.707
30. (17) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 185.605
31. (98) Paul Menard, Ford, 185.593
32. (13) Max Papis, Toyota, 185.433
33. (26) JamieMcMurray, Ford, 185.319
34. (6) DavidRagan, Ford, 185.172
35. (12) DavidStremme, Dodge, 185.096
36. (07) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 184.704
37. (7) Robby Gordon, Toyota, 184.590
38. (44) AJ Allmendinger, Dodge, 184.338
39. (55) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 183.949
40. (31) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 183.281
41. (34)Tony Raines, Chevrolet, Owner Points
42. (43) ReedSorenson, Dodge, Owner Points
43. (36) Scott Riggs, Toyota, 184.433
44. (41) JJYeley, Toyota, 184.093
45. (73) MikeGarvey, Dodge, 182.457
46. (64)ToddBodine, Toyota, 182.426
47. (06) DavidStarr, Dodge, 179.081
Newman wins eighth pole at Lowe’s
Ryan Newman won his first pole in more than a year.
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BY TERRY FOY
Here’s a look at who’s bound for big (or at least
important) performances in Foxborough on Saturday
at the NCAA Final Four in Gillette Stadium.
Max Quinzani, Duke, Jr., attack
One of the most interesting aspects of Quinzani’s
development this season has been his emergence as a
ball-carrier when Duke’s looking to possess the ball
without attacking the goal.
If the Syracuse-Duke matchup (noon, ESPN2) turns
out to be as high-scoring as expected, securing the ball,
valuing each possession and keeping the ball away from
Syracuse’s offense is going to be more valuable than
usual. Add his typical propensity for scoring goals, and
Quinzani is worth his weight in gold.
DanHardy, Syracuse, Sr., midfield
Against Duke last week, six of UNC’s 11 goals came
from midfielders, and sophomore attackman Billy Bit-
ter was held to two assists. While Syracuse needs to
get more from its attack this week, they’re better
served being paced by the midfield, and that starts
with the 6-foot-4 Hardy.
Hardy has the train moving in the right direction
after scoring twice against Maryland last week, and if
he can get his shot on the run going like he did in last
year’s national championship game, Duke’s defense
will have to make serious adjustments to move some-
one on to No. 22 with the size to slow him down.
Matt Moyer, Cornell, Sr., defense
Moyer has really impressed in two NCAA Tourna-
ment games, but he’ll likely be matched up with
Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Danny Glading at 2 p.m.
Saturday (ESPN2). Glading’s deceptive speed and
power will test Moyer’s injured leg, but the more
intriguing aspect of a Moyer-Glading matchup is the
Multi-year starters who’ve played with All-Americans
throughout their careers, each are amazingly poised, good
decision-makers and positive influences for their team-
mates. Their conversations when the ball is at the other
end of the field would be worth the price of admission.
Mike Timms, Virginia, Sr., longstick middie
The Big Red have gotten this far by relying on their
role players, and the stars will need to come out if they
hope to advance to Monday’s title game. For Cornell,
the stars don’t get any bigger than two-time Tewaara-
ton finalist Max Seibald.
Much has been made of No. 42’s long scoring streak
ending against the Tigers on Saturday, and while lots
of factors came into play, one was clearly the perfor-
mance of Princeton longstick middie Charlie Kolkin,
whose big frame gave Seibald problems. Timms brings
the same thing to the table, and if the Cavs get up early
on Cornell, Timms can shut down Seibald, their go-to
goal producer in tough spots.
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Saturday at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
All times ET
Syracuse (14-2) vs. Duke (15-3), noon, ESPN2
Virginia (15-2) vs. Cornell (12-3), 2 p.m., ESPN2
Monday, 1 p.m. ESPN
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Four Final Four
players to watch
Mike Timms, left, is being counted on to shut down Max Seibald.
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IRVING, TEXAS—Fun-loving PGA
Tour rookie James Nitties can
get serious, too.
While not shy about his tour
bio that lists his special interests
as clubbing, girls and movies,
the 26-year-old Australian is
trying to stay focused on a
stretch of tournaments that
could culminate with a spot in
the U.S. Open.
“It’s not easy, but I just made
an executive decision where I
have to play well over the next
five weeks,” Nitties said. “It’s not
just fun and games out here.”
Nitties finished with four con-
secutive birdies for a 5-under 65
Thursday to share the first-
round lead at the HP Byron Nel-
son Championship with Ken
Duke, another surprise at the
top of the leaderboard.
Duke snapped a streak of 11
consecutive rounds in the 70s to
share the first-round lead for
only the second time in his 118
career starts. His putt at No. 18
stopped 3 inches from the hole,
or he could have had another
birdie and the lead alone.
“You think you should do bet-
ter than you’re doing, and then
you press the issues and don’t
just let it come to you,” the
40-year-old Duke said. “I guess
that’s kind of what I’ve done.”
Until the Nelson, when he had
five birdies over eight holes after
being even through the first
Mike Weir, Scott McCarron,
Charles Howell III and Brad
Adamonis shot 66s, and Jesper
Parnevik and Tommy Armour
III were among a group of a
dozen players with 67s.
Defending champion Adam
Scott started with consecutive
bogeys and went on to a 71.
Nitties, who appeared on the
Golf Channel’s “Big Break”
series and finished second at the
PGA Tour qualifying tourna-
ment last fall, was 1 under
through 14 holes. After seeing
the scores, he figured he’d be in
decent shape with one more
“The scores, they weren’t that
good, so it didn’t put any pres-
sure on me to do anything crazy,”
Nitties said. “I was thinking 2
under, I’ll be happy with. It’s just
a solid day.”
Nitties then knocked his
approach within 5 feet at the
504-yard 15th, and 6 feet at the
par-5 16th. After a 13-foot birdie
at the 198-yard 17th—his longest
made putt of the day—he closed
with another 5-footer.
“It was not the best ball-strik-
ing round, but it was a smart
round,” Nitties said.
Nitties made the cut in seven
of his first 14 tournaments. His
best finish was a tie for fourth in
the FBR Open at TPC Scottsdale,
renowned as the biggest party
stop on the PGA Tour. The Nel-
son also is known for its lively
“There are a lot of good sights
out here, but my best result was
at one of the biggest party events
of the PGA Tour and no one
thought I would do half decent
in that,” Nitties said. “I know
when to put distractions and golf
into two parts.”
As for those special interests
listed on his bio, Nitties describes
it as “pretty brutally honest”
and normal for a single 26-year-
“I love going to the movies. I
love hanging out with mates and
having a couple of drinks in bars
and chasing girls,” he said. “It’s
typical of a guy. I’m just the only
one that actually says it and
doesn’t say I like hanging out
and fishing, when I really do
Site: Irving, Texas.
Course: TPC Four Seasons
Resort Las Colinas (7,166 yards,
Purse: $6.5 million. Winner’s
TV: Golf Channel (Today, 3-6
p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 1-2:30
p.m., 9:30-11:30 p.m.) and CBS
(Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).
Nitties joins Duke as surprises sharing early lead
TONYGUTIERREZ / AP
Ken Duke just missed getting a birdie on the 18th hole that would have given himthe lead by himself after the first round.
SPORTING NEWS TODAY www.sportingnews.com FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009 33 Golf
INDIANAPOLIS—Oriol Servia and
Bobby Rahal came agonizingly close
to missing the Indianapolis 500.
The driver and team owner came
together just in time to qualify for
Sunday’s race. Servia, who made
his first Indy start last May, spent
the winter looking for work after a
lack of sponsorship cost him his
ride with KV Racing Technology,
and Rahal had struggled to find a
sponsor for open-wheel racing’s
Rahal, whose Rahal Letterman
Racing team won Indy with Buddy
Rice in 2004 and introduced fan
favorite Danica Patrick here in
2005, got DAFCA, a company that
provides security against cyber ter-
rorism and counterfeiting, on board
just in time. And just two days
before the final weekend of time tri-
als, Servia finally got in the team’s
No. 17 Dallara.
“It’s not ideal to do only the
reduced program, especially when
you’re not a team or a driver partici-
pating all season,” Servia said. “It
had been six months I had not been
in the car, and this is not an easy
“It’s a fast, fast place, and the car
has to be right. Although I was
excited and thought, ‘It’s going to be
fine,’ there was a little bit of doubt
inside of you how good it was going
to be. But I promise you, on my sec-
ond lap on the track I felt so relieved
to finally be in a car after all these
months and all the stress of trying
to put a deal together, and the car
felt just so great. I was the happiest
man on earth.”
And he only got happier after
qualifying the car for the 25th spot
in the 33-car field.
With 20-year-old son Graham in
the lineup for the second year, Rahal
would have been at the race regard-
less. Still, he’d rather have more
than a rooting interest.
“It’s nice having the car,” said
Rahal, who won the 500 in 1986.
“We’ve been here a long time now,
and it would have been very strange
to not be competing here.”
Servia started 25th here last year
and finished 11th.
Racing at more than 200 mph is
tough enough. No one wants to find
themselves wheel-to-wheel with
someone who’s under the influence
“If we’re out there driving at those
speeds,” said Ryan Hunter-Reay,
who will start from the final row in
Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, “it’s
good to know everyone has a clear
The Indy Racing League conducts
random drug testing under a policy
that was beefed up before the 2008
season. But the drug-testing debate
was stirred up again this month
when NASCAR racer Jeremy May-
field was suspended over a positive
random test that remains clouded
in secrecy. Mayfield was the first
driver to be suspended under that
series’ new policy, toughened up for
this season after former stock car
driver Aaron Fike admitted using
heroin—even on days he raced.
On Thursday, The Associated
Press surveyed the entire 33-driver
field for the Indy 500 and found
general agreement that the testing
procedures for open-wheel racing
are sufficient to weed out anyone
who uses recreational drugs.
Still, there was a wide range of
debate on the touchy subject. Gra-
ham Rahal said he would like to
have more random testing. Oriol
Servia believes there should be just
as much emphasis on performance-
enhancing drugs as there is on
mind-altering substances. And
longtime driver Davey Hamilton
said there’s little doubt he’s raced
against guys who were under the
influence during his career.
The AP survey found at least nine
drivers have been randomly tested
this year, while 20 said they haven’t
been screened since their preseason
physical. The other four drivers said
they couldn’t remember when they
had their last test or refused to
“We don’t get tested nearly that
often,” said Rahal, son of former
IndyCar champion Bobby Rahal
and one of the up-and-coming stars
in the series. “I don’t think it would
be a bad thing to do more testing.
I’m kind of curious to see if anybody
is messing around.”
The IndyCar testing program
allows the series to conduct annual,
random and “targeted” tests—those
that are administered because of a
driver’s behavior or other suspi-
cions. In one section, the policy lists
23 potential reasons for a targeted
test, everything from a driver
actually being observed using drugs
(or alcohol on race day) to needle
marks to slurred speech.
The IRL doesn’t list the drugs
banned under its policy, saying it
needs flexibility to keep up with
new or unexpected substances.
1. (3) Helio Castroneves, 224.864
2. (6) Ryan Briscoe, 224.083
3. (10) Dario Franchitti, 224.010
4. (02) GrahamRahal, 223.954
5. (9) Scott Dixon, 223.867
6. (11) Tony Kanaan, 223.612
7. (5) Mario Moraes, 223.331
8. (26) Marco Andretti, 223.114
9. (12) Will Power, 223.028
10. (7) Danica Patrick, 222.882
11. (99) Alex Lloyd, 222.622
12. (2) r-Raphael Matos, 223.429
13. (15) Paul Tracy, 223.111
14. (14) Vitor Meira, 223.054
15. (18) Justin Wilson, 222.903
16. (27) Hideki Mutoh, 222.805
17. (20) Ed Carpenter, 222.780
18. (4) Dan Wheldon, 222.777
19. (41) A.J. Foyt IV, 222.586
20. (16) Scott Sharp, 222.162
21. (67) Sarah Fisher, 222.082
22. (44) Davey Hamilton, 221.956
23. (06) r-Robert Doornbos, 221.692
24. (8) Townsend Bell, 221.195
25. (17) Oriol Servia, 220.984
26. (19) Tomas Scheckter, 221.496
27. (24) r-Mike Conway, 221.417
28. (43) John Andretti, 221.316
29. (13) E.J. Viso, 221.164
30. (23) Milka Duno, 221.106
31. (00) r-Nelson Philippe, 220.754
32. (21) Ryan Hunter-Reay, 220.597
33. (36) r-Alex Tagliani, 221.115
INDIANAPOLIS 500 Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, ABC
Servia, sponsor help Rahal get back to Indianapolis 500
DARRONCUMMINGS / AP
Oriol Servia, above, qualified 25th for the Indianapolis 500, assuring Bobby Rahal a return to the historic race as a car owner.
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PARIS—Can one match really
Roger Federer certainly hopes
so. Rafael Nadal certainly thinks
Can one win over Nadal—in a
final; on clay; last weekend—
reverse Federer’s recent malaise?
Perhaps even point him toward a
title at the French Open, the only
Grand Slam tournament he hasn’t
“I am very excited about going to
Paris, whereas a couple of weeks
ago, I was still a little bit unsure
about my game,” Federer said, “and
not sure if I could win the French.”
There are other story lines that
merit attention over the 15 days of
the year’s second major tennis
The Williams sisters try to make
up for their 2008 French Open,
when both lost to unheralded players
in the third round. Serena Williams
aims for her third Grand Slam tro-
phy in a row, even though she has a
balky knee and a four-match losing
Maria Sharapova recently
played her first singles match in
nearly 10 months after having sur-
gery on her right shoulder last year.
New men’s No. 3 Andy Murray
and Djokovic plan to show that the
gap from Nadal and Federer to them
is narrowing, while newlywed Andy
Roddick, meanwhile, would like to
win a French Open match for the
first time since 2005.
WARSAW, POLAND—Rushing shots
and unable to find her range from
the baseline, Sharapova was beaten
in straight sets by 39th-ranked
Alona Bondarenko in the quarter-
finals of the Warsaw Open on
Sharapova was playing in her
first singles tournament since
being sidelined nearly 10 months
after shoulder surgery.
KITZBUEHEL, AUSTRIA—Mikhail You-
zhny of Russia beat second-seeded
Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 6-4 Thursday
to reach the semifinals of the Aus-
trian Open. The 48th-ranked Rus-
sian will play Guillermo
Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who upset
third-seeded Victor Hanescu of
Romania 6-2, 6-2.
Morita of Japan beat third-seeded
Peng Shuai of China 7-5, 6-2 to
reach the semifinals of the Stras-
bourg International on Thursday,
leaving the clay-court tournament
without any remaining seeded
Nadal eyes fifth French Open title, Federer seeks first
ANDRES KUDACKI / AP
Roger Federer has 13 Grand Slamtitles, but has not won the French Open.
Odds to win French Open for
select seeded players:
Rafael Nadal 1-5
Roger Federer 7-1
Novak Djokovic 12-1
Andrew Murray 15-1
Andy Roddick 150-1
Dinara Safina 4-1
Jelena Jankovic 6-1
Serena Williams 7-1
Svetlana Kuznetsova 8-1
Elena Dementieva 10-1
Venus Williams 10-1
Maria Sharapova 25-1
Amelie Mauresmo 40-1
SPORTING NEWS TODAY www.sportingnews.com FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009 36 Back Page
RIOMAGGIORE, ITALY—Levi Leipheimer
moved within striking distance of the
Giro d’Italia lead Thursday. Now he
hopes Lance Armstrong can help him
get the pink jersey.
Leipheimer finished second to Denis
Menchov in a grueling individual time
trial and moved up to third overall, 40
seconds behind the Russian. Danilo Di
Luca, who entered the 12th stage with
the overall lead, dropped to second, 34
seconds behind Menchov.
“I’ve never seen Leipheimer attack
and he’s going to have to now if he wants
to win this Giro,” Di Luca said.
That’s where Armstrong comes in.
The seven-time Tour de France winner
is still regaining his form after 3½ years
of retirement and breaking his collar-
bone in March. Out of contention in 12th
place, Armstrong can afford to sacrifice
himself for Leipheimer.
“Lance Armstrong is very important
for Levi, without a doubt. Everyone
knows that,” Menchov said.
CORNING, N.Y.—Hee Young Park matched
her career low with an 8-under 64 for a
share of the lead at the LPGA Corning
Classic with Karine Icher of France, who
also tied her best round as a pro.
Tied just one shot back were Minea
Blomqvist of Finland, Sandra Gal of Ger-
many, and South Koreans Sarah Lee, Soo-
Yun Kang, and Hee-Won Han as nearly
half of the extended field of 147 that
started broke par on a sun-splashed day.
Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel,
Nicole Castrale, Sarah Kemp of Austra-
lia, and Jimin Jeong and Na Yeon Choi of
South Korea were at 6 under.
Long-hitting rookie Michelle Wie
wasn’t deterred by her performance, a
1-over 73. “There’s a lot of golf left,” said
Wie, who made birdie at the two par-5s
on the front nine but also had three
bogeys on the round.
The Corning Classic, the lone event on
the LPGA Tour with the same title spon-
sor and held at the same venue every
year since its inception (1979), will end
for good on Sunday, another victim of
the depressed economy.
More golf, Page 33
VIRGINIA WATER, ENGLAND—Tour rookie
David Horsey, Anthony Wall and Gon-
zalo Fernandez-Castano shot five-under
67s to share the first-round lead in the
BMW PGA Championship. Some of the
top players faltered Thursday, with
Masters champion Angel Cabrera and
newly-elected Hall of Famer Jose Maria
Olazabal each shooting 2-over 74 and
John Daly at 1-over 73. Players Champi-
onsip winner Henrik Stenson shot 78.
MIAMI—Guillermo Rigondeaux, who
defected in February along with two other
national team members, will make his pro
debut tonight at the Fontainebleau Hotel in
Miami Beach. He is scheduled to face Juan
Noriega of Danville, Ark. in a four-round
“I am happy that my debut will be
here, where there are many Cubans sup-
porting me,” Rigondeaux said.
Rigondeaux, a veteran of more than
300 amateur bouts, was the top ban-
tamweight in the world over a five-year
span. He won Olympic gold medals in
2000 and 2004 and world champion-
ships in 2001 and 2005.
DETROIT TIGERS: Assigned OF Wilkin Ramirez and LHP Luke French to Toledo
(IL). Activated OF Magglio Ordonez from the bereavement list. Activated LHP
Nate Robertson from the 15-day DL.
MINNESOTA TWINS: Reinstated OF Delmon Young from the family medical
emergency list. Optioned C Jose Morales to Rochester (IL). Recalled RHP
Anthony Swarzak fromRochester.
OAKLAND ATHLETICS: Optioned OF Aaron Cunningham to Sacramento (PCL).
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS: Recalled RHP Kyler Newby and LHP Clay Zavada from
Mobile ( SL). Placed LHP Scott Schoeneweis on the bereavement list. Optioned
RHP Bryan Augenstein to Reno (PCL). Recalled RHP Billy Buckner from Reno.
ATLANTA BRAVES: Placed INF Omar Infante and LHP Jo-Jo Reyes on the 15-day
DL. Purchased the contract of RHP Kris Medlen from Gwinnett (IL). Recalled INF
Diory Hernandez fromGwinnett.
CINCINNATI REDS: Placed RHP Edinson Volquez on the 15-day DL.
FLORIDA MARLINS: Placed INF-OF Alfredo Amezaga on the 15-day DL, retroac-
tive to May 17. Assigned INF Andy Gonzalez outright and optioned OF Alejandro
De Aza to NewOrleans (PCL). Purchased the contract of RHP Cristhian Martinez
from Jacksonville (SL). Recalled LHP Dave Davidson from New Orleans.
SAN DIEGO PADRES: Traded OF Jody Gerut to Milwaukee for OF Tony Gwynn Jr.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS: Purchases the contract of RHP Craig Stammen from
Syracuse (IL). Optioned RHP Garrett Mock to Syracuse.
QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS: Announced RHP Jason Buursma has been added
to the roster from extended spring training.
FORT WORTH CATS: Released RHP Kyle Yates.
SIOUX FALLS CANARIES: Signed RHP Noel Baca.Can-Am League
NEWJERSEY JACKALS: Released RHP Derek Duclos.
SUSSEX SKYHAWKS: Signed OF Maikel Jova and OF Jorge Moreno.
National Football League
CINCINNATI BENGALS: Waived OL Digger Bujnoch.
DETROIT LIONS: Signed OT Ephraim Salaam.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: Signed TE John Nalbone to a multiyear contract.
NEW YORK GIANTS: Signed OL Tutan Reyes. Waived TE Martrez Milner.
Canadian Football League
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS: Signed WR Romby Bryant to a contract extension.
National Hockey League
LOS ANGELES KINGS: Agreed to terms with F Dwight King on three-year
American Hockey League
MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS: Named Charlie Larson vice president of communica-
SPRINGFIELD FALCONS: Named Bob Oliver senior vice president/alternate
governor, Chris Thompson vice president of business development and Mike
Kelly manager of group sales/broadcaster.
ARMED FORCES BOWL: Announced the resignation of Tom Starr, executive
PURDUE: Announced Miami QB Robert Marve will transfer to the school.
SAMFORD: Named Michelle Durban associate director of athletics for compli-
Major League Soccer
W L T Pts GF GA
Chicago 3 0 6 15 16 11
D.C. United 3 1 6 15 17 15
Kansas City 4 4 2 14 14 12
TorontoFC 3 3 4 13 13 15
NewEngland 2 2 4 10 7 13
NewYork 2 5 3 9 10 12
Columbus 1 2 6 9 12 15
W L T Pts GF GA
Chivas USA 7 1 2 23 14 5
SeattleFC 4 2 3 15 12 6
Colorado 3 2 3 12 11 9
Houston 3 2 3 12 8 6
Real Salt Lake 3 5 1 10 14 13
Los Angeles 1 1 7 10 11 11
SanJose 1 5 2 5 8 16
FCDallas 1 6 2 5 8 16
NOTE: Threepoints for victory, onepoint for tie.
All times ET
Real Salt Lake
at D.C. United, 7:30p.m.
at Kansas City, 8:30p.m.
at FCDallas, 8:30p.m.
SanJoseat Houston, 8:30p.m.
at Colorado, 9:30p.m.
Chicagoat NewYork, 3p.m
Armstrong out of contention, but could decide race
KEVINRIVOLI / AP
Michelle Wie shot a 73 at the LPGA Corning Classic, but believes she still has a shot to win.
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