Canadiens grab 3-0 series lead with 3-2 win (Yahoo Sports) - Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period and the Montreal Canadiens moved one win away from advancing to the second round of NHL playoffs with a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night. Montreal leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can sweep the Lightning with a win Tuesday night at the Bell Centre. Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game after a rousing pregame show and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored for Tampa Bay. Nene dominates, Wizards rally past Bulls, 102-93 (Yahoo Sports) - Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 102-93 in their playoff opener on Sunday night. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Wizards pulled out the victory even though they looked like they were ready to be blown out. They cut a 13-point deficit to one in the third and trailed by three going into the fourth, before outscoring Chicago 18-6 over the final six minutes to come out on top in their first playoff appearance since 2008. Gortat's layup started the decisive run, and Trevor Ariza gave the Wizards an 88-87 lead when he hit a pair of free throws with 4:17 remaining. Red Sox remember Boston Marathon victims (Yahoo Sports) - The Boston Red Sox held an emotional 20-minute pregame ceremony honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings along with law enforcement officials, medical personnel, runners and race volunteers before Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. With canvasses of handwritten notes from each of the 50 states being held on the outfield warning track from the left field corner in front of the Green Monster around to the Pesky Pole, a number of victims came walking in from the left-field corner to a loud ovation. Just over a year ago, two bombs exploded near the finish line - less than a mile from Fenway Park, killing three and injuring over 260 others. Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates (Yahoo Sports) - Khris Davis delivered a big hit in a game interrupted by a punch-filled brawl, homering in the 14th inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday. Ryan Braun hit a tying home run in the ninth for Milwaukee. Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected after a shouting match quickly escalated into a full-scale fracas in the third. The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1 (Yahoo Sports) - LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a late charge to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. Chris Bosh scored 13 points and James Jones had 12 for the Heat. Kemba Walker scored 20 points for the Bobcats, who led by nine early and led again in the third. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who got 17 from Gary Neal and 15 from Josh McRoberts. Carter sees off debutant Xiao - Bruins top Red Wings 4-1, even series at 1-1 (Yahoo Sports) - Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game 2 on Sunday. Showing more spark after not taking enough challenging shots on goal in their 1-0 loss Friday night, the Bruins had 18 shots in the first period after managing just 25 in the entire opener. Luke Glendening cut Boston's lead to 2-1 at 13:20 of the second period before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal early in the third. Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between the top-seeded Bruins, who won the Presidents' Cup with an NHL-high 117 points, and eighth-seeded Red Wings is set for Detroit on Tuesday night. Donald pipped by Kuchar in RBC Heritage - England's Luke Donald finishes second, one shot behind American Matt Kuchar at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina. Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win (Yahoo Sports) - Matt Kuchar overcame a four-stroke deficit to finally finish on top, when his stunning chip-in on the 18th hole gave him a 64 and a victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday. Kuchar was four shots behind Luke Donald at the start but made that up with seven birdies on his first 10 holes. Kuchar was in more trouble in a bunker at Harbour Town Golf Links' closing lighthouse hole. He missed a 28-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, then saw his own try at a chip-in birdie slide past the cup. Span's sacrifice fly in 9th lifts Nats over Cards (Yahoo Sports) - Denard Span hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup and stealing his first base of the season, rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday. The Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth against Seth Maness (0-1) when Danny Espinosa singled with one out for his third hit, Jose Lobaton singled through the right side of the infield and pinch hitter Nate McLouth walked.

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Red Sox rally for 6-5 win over O's (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 8:57 pm]
Dustin Pedroia scored from third on left fielder David Lough's throwing error with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 comback win over Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night. Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox, who overcame a 5-0 deficit and improved to 4-5 in Fenway Park where they went 53-28 last season. Adam Jones had three singles and a double, and Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer to spark a three-run first inning for the Orioles. Boston can take three of four when the series concludes with Monday's traditional 11 a.m. Patriots' Day start.

Red Sox remember Boston Marathon victims (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 6:17 pm]
The Boston Red Sox held an emotional 20-minute pregame ceremony honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombings along with law enforcement officials, medical personnel, runners and race volunteers before Sunday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles. With canvasses of handwritten notes from each of the 50 states being held on the outfield warning track from the left field corner in front of the Green Monster around to the Pesky Pole, a number of victims came walking in from the left-field corner to a loud ovation. Just over a year ago, two bombs exploded near the finish line - less than a mile from Fenway Park, killing three and injuring over 260 others.

Chavez gets 1st win, A's complete sweep of Astros (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 5:21 pm]
Josh Donaldson homered and doubled twice to back another solid start by Jesse Chavez, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 4-1 on Sunday to complete a series sweep. Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard added two hits apiece for the A's, who have won 11 of 13. Oakland has the best record in the American League despite a shaky defense that committed its AL-leading 19th error. Chavez (1-0) allowed four hits over six innings and retired seven of the final eight batters he faced after giving up a solo home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the fourth.

Puig hits 3-run HR as Dodgers beat Diamondbacks (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 5:18 pm]
Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer and threw out a runner at second base, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Sunday. Puig flipped his bat after connecting to cap a four-run sixth inning. His second homer of the season came after a two-out intentional walk to Adrian Gonzalez. Dodgers starter Josh Beckett pitched five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven and walking two.

WSox 3 HRs, throw 2-hitter in 16-2 win at Texas (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 5:05 pm]
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers, Erik Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter and the Chicago White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 16-2 victory Sunday over the Texas Rangers, who had won five in a row.

Bailey and Reds win again at Wrigley, 8-2 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 4:46 pm]
CHICAGO (AP) -- Homer Bailey pitched six scoreless innings at friendly Wrigley Field for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and doubled as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Sunday.

Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 4:38 pm]
Khris Davis delivered a big hit in a game interrupted by a punch-filled brawl, homering in the 14th inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday. Ryan Braun hit a tying home run in the ninth for Milwaukee. Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez, Pirates outfielder Travis Snider and Milwaukee bench coach Jerry Narron were ejected after a shouting match quickly escalated into a full-scale fracas in the third. The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat to watch his two-out drive off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole.

Anna, Beltran key Yankees' 5-1, 12-inning win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 4:23 pm]
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Dean Anna drew a bases-loaded walk on a full-count pitch with two outs in the 12th inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a two-run single as the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday.

Curtis Granderson lifts Mets over Braves 4-3 in 14 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 4:22 pm]
Slumping newcomer Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly in the 14th inning and the New York Mets outlasted the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday to prevent a three-game sweep. David Wright had four hits and New York took advantage of three early errors by Atlanta, which had won seven of eight. Granderson went 0 for 6 with an error and was booed all afternoon, but turned those jeers to cheers at the end of a long day. Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a leadoff walk from Gus Schlosser (0-1) and advanced on Ruben Tejada's sacrifice bunt.

Span's sacrifice fly in 9th lifts Nats over Cards (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 3:33 pm]
Denard Span hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals, with Bryce Harper back in the lineup and stealing his first base of the season, rallied past the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Sunday. The Nationals loaded the bases in the ninth against Seth Maness (0-1) when Danny Espinosa singled with one out for his third hit, Jose Lobaton singled through the right side of the infield and pinch hitter Nate McLouth walked.

Hughes picks up win as Twins top Royals, 8-3 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 3:30 pm]
Phil Hughes ended a personal losing streak that dated to last July, pitching into the seventh inning Sunday and helping the Twins top the Kansas City Royals 8-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. Hughes (1-1), who signed a $24 million, three-year deal in December, allowed an RBI single to Omar Infante in the fifth and a two-run homer to Alcides Escobar in the seventh while winning for the first time in 17 appearances. Josmil Pinto homered and Trevor Plouffe and Kurt Suzuki each drove in a pair of runs for the Twins, who battered Yordano Ventura (1-1) before piling on against the Royals' bullpen.

Tigers edge sloppy Angels 2-1 (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 2:48 pm]
Rick Porcello pitched seven sharp innings, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of four Los Angeles errors in a 2-1 victory over the Angels on Sunday. Three of those errors came on one play in the first inning, allowing Detroit's Ian Kinsler to score from first on a walk. Then in the sixth, Angels catcher Hank Conger threw wildly to first trying to pick off Austin Jackson. Nick Castellanos followed with an RBI single to put Detroit ahead 2-1.

Marlins score 2 in 8th to sweep Mariners (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 2:37 pm]
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after an instant replay went in Miami's favor and the Marlins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Mike Dunn (1-2) picked up the win in relief and Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his third save of the season and 32nd in a row. Tom Wilhelmsen (0-1) took the loss for the Mariners, who dropped their sixth straight. In the bottom of the eighth, Christian Yelich was ruled safe at home after plate umpire Ed Hickox initially ruled him out on a force play.

Murphy delivers for Indians in 6-4 win (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 2:19 pm]
David Murphy hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and John Axford worked out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday to avoid a series sweep. Cleveland entered the sixth trailing 4-2, but reliever Aaron Loup (1-1) walked the bases loaded before Murphy delivered a line drive past third base that kicked off the stands and caromed into shallow left field, allowing all three runners to score. Axford, the fourth Cleveland reliever, loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before retiring Edwin Encarnacion on a groundout for his sixth save. Josh Outman (3-0) recorded the final out of the sixth and Cleveland's bullpen pitched 3 1-3 innings of relief.

Gomez, Snider ejected after Brewer-Pirates brawl (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 1:50 pm]
Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected Sunday after a shouting match quickly escalated into a full-scale brawl. The problems started when Gomez paused at the plate and flipped his bat after hitting a two-out drive in the third inning off Pirates starter Gerrit Cole. Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado threw a punch that knocked off Snider's hat.

Gomez, Snider ejected after Brewers, Pirates brawl (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 1:16 pm]
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Brewers CF Carlos Gomez and Pirates OF Travis Snider were ejected from a game Sunday afternoon following a third-inning brawl.

Dodgers' Kershaw throws simulated game (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 1:02 pm]
Clayton Kershaw threw a simulated game on Sunday and reported no discomfort after topping out at 90 mph. Kershaw, who is on the disabled list for the first time in his seven-year career, threw a combined total of 50 pitches from the windup and from the stretch, His bullpen session lasted for about 20 pitches. The 26-year-old left-hander, who led the majors in ERA in each of the previous three seasons, hasn't pitched since beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1 in the season opener in Australia.

Harper back in Nationals lineup (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 12:44 pm]
Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle. Harper is scheduled to bat second in Washington's lineup against the Cardinals. In the sixth inning on Saturday, Harper hit a comebacker to the mound and was easily thrown out at first base. Following the eventual 4-3 loss, Nationals first-year manager Matt Williams cited ''lack of hustle,'' for removing Harper.

Angels make 3 errors on 1 play against Tigers (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 12:26 pm]
The Los Angeles Angels made three errors on one play in the first inning of their game against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Ian Kinsler was on first and began running on a 3-2 pitch to Miguel Cabrera. It was ball four, but catcher Hank Conger threw to second anyway, and the ball sailed into center field. Kinsler went to third, and when center fielder Mike Trout's throw back to the infield missed the cutoff man, the Detroit runner tried to score.

Twins claim Fuld, designate Mastroianni (Yahoo Sports) [Yahoo! Sports: April 20, 2014, 12:16 pm]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Twins have claimed outfielder Sam Fuld off waivers from Oakland and designated outfielder Darin Mastroianni for assignment.





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