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Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher and fellow Canadian Khem Birch used to train together in Montreal.
Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher and fellow Canadian Khem Birch used to train together in Montreal.
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DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon returned to the ice for practice Saturday and all signs point to him being back in the lineup for Game 1 of a first-round series against the St. Louis Blues. The difficult-to-contain Colorado Avalanche forward missed four of the final five games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. But coach Jared Bednar said he expects MacKinnon and forward Brandon Saad to be ready to go Monday night for the start of their best-of-seven series at Ball Arena. The top-seeded Avalanche went 5-3 against the Blues this season. “He’s such a big part of our hockey team, especially driving our offense,” Bednar said of MacKinnon. “To have him in for the start of the series would be what the doctored ordered.” And bad news for St. Louis, which won't have leading scorer David Perron. He was added to the league’s COVID-19 protocol list on Saturday, joining teammates Nathan Walker and Jake Walman on the list. Perron led the Blues with 58 points —19 goals and 39 assists in 56 games. MacKinnon finished second on the team with 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists), a point behind fellow linemate Mikko Rantanen (30, 36). Along the way, MacKinnon set a career high this season with a 15-game point streak from March 27 to April 28. It's the third-longest streak by an Avalanche player since the team relocated to Denver before the 1995-96 season. “He’s one of our stars and a guy that really looks forward to this time of year,” said Bednar, whose team captured the top spot in the West Division and the Presidents’ Trophy for the top regular-season record. “We saw what he could in the playoffs last year.” In 2020, MacKinnon went on a 14-game point streak to begin the playoffs. It tied Mark Messier (14 in 1988) and Bobby Orr (14 in 1970) for the second longest to begin a postseason in NHL history, according to the Avalanche. The longest was recorded by Bryan Trottier, who went on an 18-game point streak to open the 1981 postseason. Saad has missed the last 11 games with a lower-body injury. He's had 15 goals and nine assists this season after being acquired from Chicago last October. Saad captured two Stanley Cup titles (2012-13, '14-15) while with the Blackhawks. Another possible return to the lineup for Colorado could be defenseman Conor Timmins, Bednar said. The Avalanche remain without banged-up rookie defenseman Bowen Byram, who hasn't played since March 25. Byram did skate Saturday. “He’s getting better every day,” Bednar said. “The next thing for him will be getting in skates like this with a lot of guys and taking contact. We’ll see where he gets to. "He’s missed a significant amount of time for us now. we’re trying to get him back up to speed. ... Hopefully he’s an option for us at some point.” ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Pat Graham, The Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday for a player to be named or cash. The 29-year old Tsutsugo has struggled in the majors since coming over from Japan. He has a .187 batting average in two seasons, including .167 in 27 games with Tampa Bay this season. Tsutsugo also had no home runs and 27 strikeouts in 87 plate appearances. The defending World Series champions have been seeking veteran role players as they have struggled with injuries throughout the season. Tsutsugo can also play the outfield for the Dodgers, who also reportedly agreed to terms with Albert Pujols on Saturday. To make room for Tsutsugo on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred infielder Edwin Ríos to the 60-day injured list. Ríos will be undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery next week. The Rays made another trade earlier, dealing right-hander Hunter Strickland to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash after activating first baseman Ji-Man Choi from the injured list. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jacob Stallings hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Pittsburgh Pirates rallied past the San Francisco Giants 8-6 on Saturday night. Stallings had a two-out, two-run double that capped four-run comeback in the seventh that made it 6-all. Adam Frazier singled to lead off the Pittsburgh ninth and was thrown out at the plate when he tried to score on Bryan Reynolds' one-out double. Reynolds took third on the play, and trotted home when Stallings sent a drive into the left-field bleachers off Jake McGee (1-1). Kevin Newman hit an RBI single and another run scored on a wild pitch as the Pirates rallied in the seventh. Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez (2-0) allowed a two-out single to Brandon Crawford in the ninth before getting Mauricio Dubon to pop out. Pittsburgh has won four of seven games since losing eight of its previous nine. The Pirates beat the NL West-leading Giants on Friday night on a walkoff sacrifice by Gregory Polanco in the 11th inning. Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton was ejected for the first time this season while arguing balls and strikes in the eighth. Darin Ruf and Brandon Crawford hit home runs off Tyler Anderson to put the Giants ahead 3-0 in the first. Mike Tauchman hit a two-run homer off reliever Kyle Keller for a 6-2 lead in the sixth. Giants starter Johnny Cueto went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and eight hits. ROSTER MOVE The Pirates optioned RHP Miguel Yajure to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled Keller from Indianapolis. Yajure one-hit the Giants through five shutout innings in his start Friday, his second in the majors. TRAINER’S ROOM Giants: OF Mike Yastrzemski did not play because of side soreness after colliding with the right-field wall Friday. He is not expected to be out long-term, manager Gabe Kapler said. Pirates: 1B Colin Moran (groin) fielded ground balls hit directly at him for the first time Saturday, Shelton said. He was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. UP NEXT Giants LHP Alex Wood (4-0, 1.80 ERA) will look to keep cruising as he faces Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (2-4, 7.81) on Sunday. Wood hasn’t allowed more than two runs in five starts this season. Keller lasted 3 1/3 after getting tagged for seven runs his last time out against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Wes Crosby, The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton and Bryn Forbes each scored 21 points to help the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Miami Heat 122-108 on Saturday night in a potential first-round playoff series preview. Jrue Holiday added 20 points and 10 assists for the Bucks. Kendrick Nunn had a season-high 31 points for the Heat, who were without leading scorer Jimmy Butler because of lower back tightness. The Bucks are third and the Heat sixth in the Eastern Conference standings, which would have them meeting in the first round of the playoffs. But neither team is locked into that position heading into the final day of the regular season. Milwaukee still could earn the No. 2 seed if it wins at Chicago and the Brooklyn Nets lose at home to Cleveland on Sunday. Miami could move into the No. 5 spot if it beats Houston and the New York Knicks lose at home to Boston. The Heat beat the top-seeded Bucks 4-1 in a second-round playoff series last year and went on to win the East title before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Milwaukee led nearly the whole way Saturday thanks to a balanced attack. Middleton also had seven rebounds and seven assists. Brook Lopez scored 18 points and shot 9 of 10. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 15 points, Bobby Portis 14, and Donte DiVincenzo added 11 points and nine rebounds. Duncan Robinson and Goran Dragic scored 17 points each for Miami. The Bucks pulled ahead for good about two minutes into the game and led by as many as 24 during a first half in which they shot 65.1% (28 of 43) from the floor. Milwaukee cooled off eventually, but its lead remained in double digits throughout the second half. The Heat beat the top-seeded Bucks 4-1 in a second-round playoff series last year and went on to win the East title before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. TIP-INS Heat: Butler didn’t play in any of the Heat’s three regular-season meetings with the Bucks. When these two teams split a pair of games in Miami on Dec. 29-30, Butler was out with a sprained right ankle. Butler averaged 23.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists during Miami’s second-round playoff series victory over the Bucks last season. ... Milwaukee native Tyler Herro scored just three points while shooting 1 of 9 overall and 0 for 5 from 3-point range. Herro entered the night having shot 23 of 36 from 3-point range over his last six games. Bucks: Jim Paschke, who is retiring at the end of the season after 35 years of broadcasting Bucks games, received a hearty ovation as he announced Milwaukee’s lineup before the regular-season home finale. In a videotaped message that aired midway through the second quarter, broadcasters from across the NBA offered tributes to Paschke. UP NEXT Heat: At Detroit on Sunday. Their two previous meetings this season were both at Miami, with the Pistons prevailing 120-100 on Jan. 16 and the Heat winning 113-107 on Jan. 18. Bucks: At Chicago on Sunday. The Bucks have won the last 12 games in this series, including a 126-96 decision at Milwaukee on Jan. 1 and a 108-98 triumph in Chicago on April 30. ___ Follow Steve Megargee at https://twitter.com/stevemegargee ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Steve Megargee, The Associated Press