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A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ DEGROMINATOR Jacob deGrom of the Mets is 1-1 with a 0.45 ERA, 35 strikeouts and three walks in 20 innings going into a homestand opener against Washington and Erick Fedde (1-1). While deGrom has a 2.03 ERA in 79 starts since the start of the 2018 season, New York is 37-42 in those games. NL WEST SHOWCASE Clayton Kershaw (3-1, 2.19) starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of the big series at Dodger Stadium against the San Diego Padres. Yu Darvish (1-1, 2.55) takes the mound for the Padres, who lost two of three last weekend in San Diego during the first series of the season between the NL West rivals. SPRING FORWARD Blue Jays outfielder George Springer will play in an intrasquad game, the next step on his return from two strained muscles that have delayed his Toronto debut. Springer signed a team-record $150 million, six-year deal with the Blue Jays this off-season but missed time in spring training, first because of a strained oblique and later because of a right quadriceps strain. The World Series MVP when Houston won its first title in 2017, Springer could return in this weekend’s road series against the Tampa Bay Rays, according to general manager Ross Atkins. ZACK ATTACK Zack Greinke (2-1, 2,81) starts for the Houston Astros after allowing four hits over eight shutout innings to win at Seattle, a game in which he reached 2,700 strikeouts. Andrew Heaney (1-1, 5.65) starts for the visiting Los Angeles Angels. LONG BALLS Jorge López (1-2, 8.56) starts for the Baltimore Orioles against Oakland coming off three starts in which he allowed five home runs in 13 2/3 innings. Cole Irvin (1-2, 4.60) starts for the visiting Athletics. MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS Cincinnati’s Sonny Gray (0-0, 4.15) seeks his first win at Busch Stadium, where he is 0-1 despite a 2.04 ERA in three starts. Kwang Hyun Kim (0-0, 9.00) starts for the Cardinals. FAST START Left-hander Steven Matz (3-0, 1.47), coming off wins over Texas, the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City in the start of his first season with Toronto, starts at the rival Tampa Bay Rays, who go with Tyler Glasnow (2-0, 0.73). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Condensed Game: Jurickson Profar scored the go-ahead run in the 8th inning and the Padres held on for a 3-2 win over the Dodgers
Padres hang on to late lead for 3-2 win over Dodgers
VANCOUVER — Big saves have been eliciting big reactions from the Ottawa Senators bench lately. "Whenever we see any of our goalies make a big save, the boys get up on the bench and they're banging their sticks off the boards because they're all fired up they made the save and that's like scoring a goal for us in their mind," said right-winger Drake Batherson. "So we get fired up for them definitely." The Sens bench was fired up on Thursday as goaltender Matt Murray stopped 31 shots and collected his second shutout of the week as Ottawa blanked the Vancouver Canucks 3-0. As the final horn rang out across the empty arena, Murray was mobbed by his teammates, all wearing giant grins. The Senators are simply having fun coming to the rink every day, said Batherson, who had a goal and an assist in the win. "This road trip has been awesome, getting to know everyone even more on a personal level and just, we're playing as a team. Just having a lot of fun," he said. "You guys can see on the TV, we're super excited whenever anyone does something great, so I think that's the biggest thing. … We want to work hard for each other and for the coaching staff." Thursday's victory marked the first time this season that the Senators have chalked up three-straight wins in regulation. Murray also backstopped Ottawa to a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Thursday's win marked the 26-year-old goaltender's second shutout of the season and the 13th of his career. It's an exciting time for the group, Murray said. "I'm really proud of the way that we're growing and learning and the way that we've played the last few games and the way that we're trending. It's awesome to see," he said. "You know, we're learning all the right lessons and we're definitely pushing in the right direction here, and for me, it's just awesome to see these guys competing and playing the right way and we're getting rewarded for it so I'm really proud of the guys." It's been a tough season for the Sens (17-26-4). The young squad lingers at the bottom of the North Division standings, a single point behind the Canucks (18-19-3) who have seven games in hand. But Ottawa is stringing together a late-season run that could see it play spoiler for some Canadian rivals. Special teams have been a key part of the Senators' recent success. The team has power-play goals in six consecutive outings, including a pair against Vancouver on Thursday. Batherson put the Sens up 2-0 on the man advantage the end of the opening period. A puck trickled through the legs of Vancouver's Tyler Myers, stationed at the top of the Canucks crease, and Batherson quickly pounced, firing it in to the yawning net for his 16th of the season. Josh Norris had an assist on the play, extending his point streak to six games with three goals and six assists across the stretch. It was Ottawa's second power-play goal of the period. Tim Stutzle was credited with the first 9:17 into the game when Nick Paul's shot from the top of the left face-off circle hit the skate of the rookie as he leapt up in front of the net, pinging off the post and in. The Sens were 2 for 4 with the man advantage while the Canucks failed to capitalize on four power plays. Getting the power play going has been a focus of late, said coach D.J. Smith. "I think we worked on that, we talked a lot on and off the ice to get better," he said. "I mean, in the beginning we were definitely struggling and if you have a good power play I think it always helps a lot." Connor Brown sealed the 3-0 score with an empty-net strike 18:30 into the third period. After a shaky opening frame, the Canucks pressed hard Thursday and outshot the Sens 31-25 over the course of three periods. Murray made some big stops to preserve Ottawa's lead, including a beautiful glove save on Quinn Hughes where he snatched the puck out of mid-air. Vancouver knew going in that the game would be a tight battle, said coach Travis Green. “It was exactly the kind of game we thought," he said. "Special teams are big at this time of the year. And 5-on-5 we did a lot of good things the last two periods but we didn’t get a puck across the line, which we needed to, obviously.” Canucks netminder Thatcher Demko stopped 22-of-24 shots in his first game back after testing positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that decimated Vancouver's locker room late last month. “I think I struggled with (COVID). I think a lot of guys did," Demko said. "It’s tough on the body. The biggest thing for me were just the fatigue, the body aches and some of the brain fog stuff that you see in the media.” He said he's not sure if anyone who fell ill is back to 100 per cent health yet. "I know COVID took a toll on us," Demko said. "Obviously it’s tough to take that much time off but we’ve got a job to do to come in and win some games here. That’s what everyone’s geared toward and ready to do.” Vancouver still has a 4-1 edge in the nine-game season series between the two teams. Thursday's battle was the first in a series of four straight games between the two sides. They'll meet again in Vancouver on Saturday. NOTES: Stutzle now has 25 points (eight goals, 17 assists) in his first NHL season. … The Senators have power-play goals in six consecutive games. … Green said Thursday that forward Antoine Roussel is expected to miss "a couple of weeks" after suffering a lower-body injury in Tuesday's game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 22, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
Condensed Game: Darin Ruf and Curt Casali drove in three runs, backing a shutout effort from the Giants' pitching staff in a 3-0 win against
Jason Heyward's walk-off lifts Cubs past Mets in 10
LOS ANGELES — Jurickson Profar singled and scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, and the San Diego Padres opened the second series of the season in Southern California’s lively baseball rivalry with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Trent Grisham homered and had two hits for the Padres, who snapped a three-game skid as they opened a four-game series at chilly Chavez Ravine with the Dodgers’ first home loss of the season. Los Angeles took two of three in San Diego last weekend, but the Padres answered with timely hits, strong pitching and a fantastic inning-ending double play in the eighth, capping yet another well-played matchup between two stacked rosters. AJ Pollock and Sheldon Neuse hit back-to-back homers leading off the seventh for the major league-leading Dodgers, who have lost three of four after a 13-2 start to the season. With several key hitters injured, Los Angeles has scored just 10 runs in its last five games. Profar and Victor Caratini singled off Blake Treinen (1-1) leading off the eighth, and Profar put San Diego back ahead on Fernando Tatis Jr.‘s double-play groundout. Profar then barely failed to make a diving catch on Will Smith’s tailing fly down the left field line after a long run, putting two Dodgers in scoring position with nobody out in the eighth. After Max Muncy grounded out and Pollock was intentionally walked to load the bases, Neuse smoked a 105-mph grounder to second baseman Jake Cronenworth, who barely knocked down the ball. San Diego then turned a double play in which both Dodgers were out by minuscule margins, setting off a raucous celebration in the Padres’ dugout. Nabil Crismatt (1-1) finished the seventh for San Diego. Mark Melancon pitched a dominant ninth for his seventh save. GIANTS 3, MARLINS 0 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Curt Casali caught his fifth consecutive shutout, guiding Aaron Sanchez and four relievers in San Francisco’s 3-0 win over Miami. Casali — a backup to veteran catcher Buster Posey, who got a night off — is the fifth catcher since at least 1900 to backstop a shutout in five straight starts. He joins Francisco Cervelli (2015), Chris Hoiles (1995), Alan Ashby (1986) and Ed Phelps (six straight in 1903), per Elias Sports. Casali is the first to do it with five different starting pitchers. The Giants capitalized in the first with two outs against lefty Daniel Castano (0-1), when Darin Ruf hit an RBI double and Casali followed with a two-run single. Sanchez (1-1) gave up two hits, struck out two and didn’t walk a batter over five impressive innings for his first victory with the Giants. DIAMONDBACKS 14, REDS 11, 10 innings CINCINNATI (AP) — David Peralta hit a three-run triple in a six-run 10th to finish with five hits and a career-best seven RBIs, and Arizona overcame six Cincinnati home runs. Carson Kelly followed Peralta with a two-run homer as the Diamondbacks opened a 14-8 lead. Arizona hung on in the bottom half to complete a three-game sweep that extended its winning streak to four. The Reds lost their fourth straight, finishing a 2-4 homestand. Cincinnati’s Jesse Winker had his third career two-homer game, Nick Castellanos hit his sixth home run of the season as he returned from a two-game suspension and Eugenio Suárez, Joey Votto and Jonathan India also went deep. All of the Reds’ home run came from among the top four spots in the batting order. Peralta tied his career high with his third five-hit game. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, had three singles and finished a double short of the cycle. Caleb Smith (1-1) was the winner. Lucas Sims (0-1) took the loss. CUBS 4, METS 3, 10 innings CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward had a game-ending, pinch-hit single in the 10th after Dan Winkler stranded the bases loaded in the top of the inning, and Chicago beat New York to complete a three-game sweep. Kris Bryant had two hits and two RBIs and Willson Contreras also drove in a run as Chicago beat the Mets for the seventh straight time dating to June 2019. Pete Alonso homered for New York, which got a stellar outing from the bullpen until Edwin Díaz let in the automatic runner in the 10th. Javier Báez, who made the last out in the ninth, started the 10th on second. Díaz (1-1) hit Matt Duffy with the first pitch to put two runners on, and David Bote sacrificed them to second and third. Pinch-hitter Eric Sogard was intentionally walked to load the bases. Heyward then hit for Winkler and hit a sharp grounder into right field. YANKEES 6, INDIANS 3 CLEVELAND (AP) — Rougned Odor’s two-out, two-run single broke a seventh-inning tie — and maybe jarred New York from its hitting funk — and sent the Yankees to a win over Cleveland in the opener of a four-game series. Odor was batting just .107 and in a 3-for-28 slide when he came up against Nick Wittgren (0-1). He slapped his single through the middle to score Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres to break a 3-3 tie as the Yankees got just their second win in eight games. Kyle Higashioka homered in the eighth for New York, which entered with its worst record to open a season since 1991, when Stump Merrill managed and Don Mattingly manned first base. Domingo Germán (1-2) returned from a demotion to the alternate training site and shook off falling behind 3-0 in the first. He lasted six innings and won the first time since serving a suspension under baseball’s domestic violence policy that started in September 2019 and ended his season with an 18-4 record. Jonathan Loaisiga and Chad Green combined for two innings of relief, and Aroldis Chapman struck out the side around a walk in the ninth for his third save. ASTROS 8, ANGELS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman had three hits and three RBIs, Cristian Javier (2-0) struck out a career-high nine in five scoreless innings and Houston snapped a three-game skid. The Astros had lost nine of 10 after a 6-1 start. They put their road woes behind them quickly in the opener of an eight-game homestand by jumping on Alex Cobb (1-1) for five runs in less than three innings. The Angels lost for the third time in four games on a night when Mike Trout left in the fifth inning with a bruised left elbow after being hit by a pitch an inning before. Albert Pujols, who has the most home runs of any player against the Astros, added to his total on Thursday night, hitting his 61st on a two-run shot in the sixth. Carlos Correa had two hits, two RBIs and scored three runs. He was batting leadoff for the first time in his career with Jose Altuve on the COVID-19 list, a spot manager Dusty Baker said he’d keep until Altuve returned. MARINERS 7, RED SOX 3 BOSTON (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning moments after Sam Haggerty’s go-ahead double, and Seattle rallied past Boston despite getting just three hits on a cold, blustery night. Haggerty made it 4-3 with his double off Darwinzon Hernandez (0-1), Seattle’s first hit since Ty France’s tying, two-run double against Nick Pivetta with two outs in the fifth that snapped the right-hander’s no-hit bid. Rafael Devers homered for the Red Sox, who were cruising behind Pivetta but couldn’t hold leads of 2-0 and 3-2. Kiké Hernández led off the seventh with a triple against Seattle reliever Casey Sadler, who bounced an 0-2 curveball for a wild pitch that got past catcher Luis Torrens and allowed Alex Verdugo to score the go-ahead run. Seattle tied it again the eighth with help from a throwing error by reliever Adam Ottavino, who fielded J.P. Crawford’s sacrifice bunt cleanly but made a wild throw to third that allowed Haggerty to come all the way around from second. Rafael Montero (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. PIRATES 4, TIGERS 2 DETROIT (AP) — Phillip Evans kept Akil Baddoo’s drive to left field in the park in the seventh inning to help Pittsburgh escape a jam, and the Pirates scored twice in the eighth to beat Detroit. Colin Moran and Erik González hit RBI singles with two outs in the eighth in the game played through snow flurries at times. With the score tied at 2, Baddoo nearly put the Tigers ahead, but Evans reached above the fence in left, and the ball bounced off his glove and back into the field of play. Baddoo wound up with a double, and he didn’t end up scoring. With men on first and third and one out, Sam Howard (2-1) came on and retired Robbie Grossman and Willi Castro on flyballs. Adam Frazier had three hits for the Pirates, including a one-out single off José Cisnero (0-1) in the eighth. Frazier advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Moran’s single off Gregory Soto to give Pittsburgh the lead for good. Richard Rodríguez pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, sending the Tigers to their sixth loss in seven games. JaCoby Jones hit a solo homer for Detroit in the fifth. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
DALLAS — Anthony Davis is back for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now the Dallas Mavericks have to see how long they might without their big man, Kristaps Porzingis. Luka Doncic scored 30 points, leading the Mavericks to a 115-110 victory over the Lakers on Thursday night as Davis was rusty after missing 30 games with right calf and heel issues, the longest absence of the eight-time All-Star's career. Porzingis left in the third quarter and didn't return to the first of two consecutive games against the Lakers after spraining his left ankle. “I'm not sure where to begin on this one,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, who said Porzingis hadn't been ruled out for the rematch Saturday, also on national TV just like this meeting. “A lot of ups and downs.” Playing for the first time in nearly 10 weeks, Davis scored four points on 2-of-10 shooting while limited to 17 minutes in the first half only. Coach Frank Vogel said the plan was 15 minutes, but Davis said the range was actually up to 20. Davis' final act in the final minute of the first half was forcing Josh Richardson to miss in the lane despite not even challenging the shot. Earlier he blocked a shot by the 7-foot-3 Porzingis and forced Doncic to throw up an air ball by closing on him. “He impacts the game on both ends, but his defence was great,” Vogel said. “He picked up right where he left off. He's one of the best defensive players in the league when he's got his legs under him and his conditioning.” Davis, who had four rebounds, also missed two free throws while settling for jumpers but also failing to convert at the rim. His first bucket was a jumper from the top of the key after five misses. Davis was shut down after a 122-105 loss at Denver on Feb. 14, when the 28-year-old in his ninth season played just 14 minutes to start an LA slide of five losses in six games. With Davis on the bench for the rest of the game and fellow star LeBron James also watching from there with his sprained right ankle, the Lakers erased an 11-point halftime deficit and were within four with three minutes remaining but Dallas held on. “It was better than expected,” Davis said. “I felt really good. It’s tough when you have to watch the whole second half and not be able to contribute on the floor.” With James expected to miss at least two more weeks, the Lakers dropped to 7-10 since his injury. The defending NBA champs are fifth in the Western Conference, one spot out of home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Porzingis, playing a back-to-back for just the third time this season as the Mavericks try to protect him after off-season knee surgery, scored 19 points before limping to the bench and eventually off the court after his latest injury. The Latvian missed the first nine games after the procedure on his right knee. Porzingis was out another three in a row with back tightness and has missed 19 games this season. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a season-high 29 points, Dennis Schroder had 25 and 13 assists and Andre Drummond had 14 points and 19 rebounds for the Lakers. After Caldwell-Pope pulled LA within 110-106 with a 3, Dorian Finney-Smith answered with one after the teams traded misses. The Mavericks won their second straight at home after four consecutive losses at American Airlines Center. “For us, it’s playing hard, playing with high energy,” said Doncic, who had nine rebounds and eight assists with the Mavericks trying to climb about of the No. 7 seed and avoid the play-in portion of the post-season. “The games we lose, I think our energy wasn’t there, and we didn’t play hard. So I think those two things are the key to the playoff.” TIP-INS Lakers: Drummond’s 19 rebounds were his most since joining the Lakers three weeks ago. ... Montrezl Harrell scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting Mavericks: All five Dallas starters finished in double figures. Josh Richardson scored 13 points, and Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell had 10 apiece. ... The Mavericks were dominated in rebounding in a loss to the Lakers in LA the second game of the season, but kept better pace this time. LA had a 45-38 edge. PERFECT PROPOSAL The Mavericks recognized North Texas senior softball pitcher Hope Trautwein, who earlier this month struck out all 21 batters in the first perfect seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history when every out was a strikeout. Trautwein even got a ring at the game, an engagement ring from her longtime boyfriend who proposed with some help from the Mavericks. The couple was part of a segment between quarters when pictures unscrambled on the video board revealed answers to trivia questions. The last one started as a question of who was the first general manager of the Mavericks, but the picture came into focus as the couple with “Will You Marry Me?” on the screen. She said yes. During an earlier timeout, Trautwein and her teammates were welcomed and shown while details of her April 11 performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff were being announced. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Schuyler Dixon, The Associated Press
Condensed Game: Alex Bregman had three hits and three RBI while Cristian Javier struck out nine over five shutout innings in 8-2 win vs. LAA