Toronto Raptors forward DeAndre' Bembry was shown spiking the ball after Gary Trent's winner and he explains why he went with that over another celebration.
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MIAMI — Alex Wood pitched five innings in his season debut and four relievers completed a three-hitter as the San Francisco Giants scored an unearned run Sunday to beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 and avert a series sweep. Wood (1-0), returning from a back problem that sidelined him midway through spring training, allowed three hits and walked none. The left-hander signed a $3 million, one-year contract after pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2020. Tyler Rogers pitched a perfect ninth for his first save to complete the Giants' third shutout in their past seven games. Closer Jake McGee, who blew a save in San Francisco's 10-inning loss Saturday night, went on the injured list Sunday because he was feeling lingering effects from the COVID-19 vaccine. The Giants retired the last 13 batters. Pablo López (0-2) had a career-high nine strikeouts and allowed only an unearned run in six innings. The Giants had a runner at first in the third when first baseman Jesús Aguilar failed to glove a two-out grounder for an error, and Alex Dickerson followed with an RBI single. The Marlins totalled only four baserunners and lost two of them. Miguel Rojas was picked off second base in the first inning, and Jazz Chisholm Jr. was out trying to stretch a hit into a double in the fifth. DOVAL VS. DUVALL Giants RHP Camilio Doval made his major league debut and pitched a scoreless seventh, ending the inning with a strikeout of Adam Duvall. WEB GEM Giants centre fielder Austin Slater made a diving catch to rob López of an extra-base hit. TRAINER’S ROOM Giants: C Buster Posey (bruised left elbow) had some swelling less than 24 hours after being hit by a pitch from Sandy Alcantara. X-rays were negative. Marlins: CF Starling Marte was batting with a 1-1 count and two out in the ninth when he left the field accompanied by a trainer. There was no immediate word regarding any injury. Jorge Alfaro replaced Marte and grounded out to end the game. RETURNING TO PHILLY The Giants begin a three-game series Monday in Philadelphia, where their manager, Gabe Kapler, was fired in 2019 after two seasons with the Phillies. “I did the best job I could every day,” Kapler said. “It didn’t work out. We didn’t win enough. That ultimately is the bottom line.” What sort of reception does he expect from the Phillies’ notoriously unforgiving fans? “Making that prediction, I just don’t know where to begin,” Kapler said. UP NEXT Giants: RHP Kevin Gausman (0-0, 3.20) is scheduled to start Monday at Philadelphia. Marlins: RHP Nick Neidert (0-0, 4.00) is scheduled to start Tuesday when Miami begins a two-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Steve_Wine Steven Wine, The Associated Press
J.D. Davis rips an RBI single to center field that plates Michael Conforto and makes the score 2-0 in the top of the 4th inning
PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola struck out 10 and threw a two-hitter for his first nine-inning shutout in the majors, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Bryce Harper homered and had three hits for the Phillies. Nola threw a pair of doubleheader-shortened complete games last season, including a shutout. But he never pitched into the ninth inning over his first 142 career starts. First baseman Rhys Hoskins tossed Nola the ball and saluted the righty after the final out. Nola (1-1) threw 109 pitches and did little more than give a small fist bump when he completed the milestone. Nola pitched like the ace the Phillies need if they want to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Nola allowed only two singles and retired 13 straight going into the eighth. He did not walk a batter. He took no-decisions in his first two starts and lost his last outing, when he needed 92 pitches to get through five innings against the New York Mets. Nola had a nine-pitch first on Sunday, and struck out two in the second, setting the tone for one of the more dominant starts of his career. Harper sat out Saturday’s loss after waking up with tightness in his lower back. The Phillies’ star outfielder looked fine when he crushed his third homer of the year into the second deck in right. His 111.8 mph shot off righty John Gant (0-1) went 425 feet. Harper came in batting .238 — yet ranked a solid 11th with a .994 OPS. He also walked and doubled off Gant, and Harper singled off reliever Giovanny Gallegos in the seventh. Gant struck out five and walked five in five innings. Alec Bohm touched him for a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead. Nola has long been considered Philadelphia’s ace, often by success like his 17-win season in 2018. Sometimes by default, when he won 17 games combined over the last two seasons at the top of an underwhelming staff. Nola was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft and quickly reached the majors the following year. Nolan needed to become a stopper -- and he came up big a day after the Cardinals’ 9-4 win. Yadier Molina led off the second with a single and that was the Cardinals' only hit until Paul DeJong singled to open the eighth. Nola struck out Austin Dean to end the eighth and earned a rousing ovation from 10,876 fans at Citizens Bank Park. It was Nola's 10th strikeout, his 17th career double-digit game. HAPPY BIRTHDAY The Phillies celebrated the Phillie Phanatic’s birthday with cake, a card signed by fans, high-fives from the other city mascots such as Gritty, and videotaped well-wishes from Harper and other Philadelphia athletes and entertainment stars. The Phanatic made his debut — rather, was born — in 1978. “It is an absolute joy to watch the Phils on Sunday during the Phanatic’s B-day and listen to Michael Jack Schmidt commentate,” original Phanatic Dave Raymond tweeted. PLAY OF THE DAY Cards RF Tommy Edman slammed into the fence and hung on to rob Bohm of a hit. UP NEXT The Cardinals send RHP Jack Flaherty (2-0, 4.11 ERA) to the mound Monday against Washington. The Nationals have not named a starter. Flaherty has allowed four hits and struck out 12 over his last 11 innings. Former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler returns for the first time since he was fired after the 2019 season to lead the Giants in for a three-game set. The Giants send RHP Kevin Gausman (-0, 3.20 ERA) to the mound against Philadelphia RHP Chase Anderson (0-1, 4.00 ERA). The Phillies went 80-82 in 2018 and 81-81 in 2019 with two September collapses under Kapler. “I plan on getting a little bit of time with some people I grew close to during my time in Philly,” he said Sunday. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dan Gelston, The Associated Press
ATLANTA — Trae Young scored 34 points, Clint Capela had 25 points and 24 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 129-117 on Sunday. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kevin Huerter each chipped in 23 points and Young had 11 assists for the Hawks, who have won eight of 10 and are 17-6 under interim coach Nate McMillan. Atlanta has won nine of 11 at home. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 29 points and Domantas Sabonis and T.J. McConnell scored 18 apiece for Indiana, which had won five of seven on the road. The Hawks, who led by 20 in the first quarter, let the Pacers cut the lead to three in the second but went back up by 10 on Bogdanovic's 3 with 6:03 to go in the third. Indiana was far from done, however, and pulled within one on T.J. McConnell’s fast-break layup at the 2:21 mark of the third. Miles Turner’s layup made it 89-88 before Huerter answered with a 3 in the final minute of the period. Capela’s putback pushed the lead to eight with 9 minutes remaining before Sabonis’ hook shot forced a 105-all tie with 5:09 to go. After Bogdanovic hit a 3 to make it 115-109 at the 3:19 mark, Capela made it an eight-point lead less than a minute later. That essentially ended the game as the Hawks pushed the lead back to double digits in the final minute. The Pacers, who began the day in ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, missed their first 10 attempts beyond the arc before Aaron Holiday hit one to cut the lead to 43-35. The Hawks made it 30-10 on two free throws by Young at the 3:19 mark of the first. They ended the period up 12 points, but Indiana pulled to within three on Jeremy Lamb’s layup with 5:07 left in the second. Atlanta made it 60-50 at the 1:28 mark on Capela’s fast-break layup. Capela had 16 points and 10 rebounds at the break and finished with his second 20-20 game this season and 10th of his career. Young has 17 games with at least 30 points. TIP-INS Pacers: Turner was a game-time decision after missing the last five games with a sprained ankle. He was averaging a league-best 3.5 blocks but ended a streak of 64 consecutive games with at least one block. ... Turner finished with nine points and seven rebounds. ... Sabonis had 14 rebounds. ... F Doug McDermott missed his third straight games with a sprained left ankle. McDermott is averaging career highs with 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Hawks: John Collins was a game-time decision after missing the last nine games with an ankle injury. He started and had eight points and two rebounds in 21 minutes. Collins, the No. 19 draft pick in 2017, leads his classmates with 44 games of least 20 points and 10 rebounds, and he’s second with 79 double-doubles. He began the game averaging 18.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, second-most on the team. NO COMMENT McMillan wanted no part of discussing his future before the game. The Hawks have climbed to fourth place in the East under his leadership, but McMillan wouldn’t say whether he favours staying with the team. “I won’t discuss any of that. My focus is on finishing the season here,” he said. “We’ve done some good things, but we still have a ways to go. So the focus is on finishing out the season.” UP NEXT Pacers: Host San Antonio on Monday. Hawks: Host Orlando on Tuesday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports George Henry, The Associated Press
LONDON — The goal scored by Kelechi Iheanacho didn't just send Leicester into a first FA Cup final since 1969. It was the first to be cheered by spectators at Wembley in more than a year. Not since March 2020 had fans been allowed into English football's national stadium through three national lockdowns. Now as coronavirus restrictions are eased, Wembley was allowed a 4,000-strong, socially distant crowd on Sunday to witness Leicester's 1-0 victory over Southampton to test the return of spectators. While those permitted were only local residents in the north London district over the age of 18 who tested negative for COVID-19, some fans of both teams did manage to land tickets. By the time Leicester faces Chelsea in the May 15 FA Cup final, the government hopes up to 21,000 spectators will be allowed, including a sizable contingent officially from both clubs. The pilot scheme is aimed at trying to increasing the numbers up to half of the 90,000-capacity Wembley for the European Championship final on July 11. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
A look at what’s happening around the majors on Monday: ___ WAKE UP! The White Sox and Red Sox begin at 11:05 a.m. at Fenway Park in the annual Patriots’ Day game. Could mean early-morning batting practice for J.D Martinez and José Abreu. The event usually coincides with the Boston Marathon -- in past years, fans in the Green Monster seats would turn around to catch a glimpse of the leaders while others headed over after the final out to cheer on the runners at the finish line in nearby Kenmore Square. This year, the famous race has been moved to Oct. 11 due to the pandemic. Chicago ace Lucas Giolito (1-0, 2.55 ERA) is slated to start the series finale against Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 2.08). STILL WAITING The Twins will continue coronavirus testing and contact tracing with the hope of getting back on the field Tuesday for a doubleheader at Oakland. Minnesota had games against the Angels in Anaheim on Saturday and Sunday postponed. The Twins-Athletics game Monday also was called off. The Twins have had at least four positive coronavirus tests in the past week. There have been six MLB games postponed this year because of the virus, including a season-opening, three-game series between the Nationals and Mets after Washington’s coronavirus concerns. MIZZOU FOR YOU Rays left-hander Josh Fleming is set to pitch the series opener at Kansas City in front of his own personal rooting section. The 24-year-old Fleming is from Bridgeton, Missouri, on the other side of the state in the St. Louis area. He’s expecting about 12 family members and 25 friends for the game. Many of them have not seen him pitch since 2018 at Bowling Green. “Any time I hear screaming, here I’ll know it’s going to be from there,” he said. Fleming’s parents will be on hand. They were forced by the pandemic to watch his debut on television at a hotel across from Tropicana Field but did attend World Series games. REMEMBER ME? San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler returns to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being fired as Philadelphia’s skipper. The Phils went 80-82 in 2018 during Kapler’s first year and 81-81 in 2019. The Giants didn’t play in Philly last season. “I’m looking forward to seeing people. It’s not going to be the easiest thing with the COVID protocols. But I plan on getting a little bit of time with some people I grew close to during my time in Philly.” What kind of reception does he expect from fans? “Making that prediction, I just don’t know where to begin,” he said. “I did the best job I could every day. It didn’t work out. We didn’t win enough. That ultimately is the bottom line.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
BOSTON — David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each scored two goals and the Boston Bruins held off the Washington Capitals 6-3 in an at times heated matchup between the East rivals on Sunday. Marchand also had two assists for the Bruins, who won their fourth straight. Tuukka Rask stopped 30 of 33 shots in earning his 10th win this season and just his second victory since February. Washington has lost two of its past three. T.J. Oshie had two goals and Anthony Mantha added another for the first-place Capitals. Mantha has scored a goal in five consecutive games, including all four since being acquired in a deal with Detroit at the trade deadline earlier this month. Vitek Vanecek had 22 saves. Capitals defenceman Zdeno Chara missed his first game of the season after blocking a couple of shots off his right ankle in Saturday's win over Philadelphia. Boston holds a 4-3 edge in the season series. The teams meet one final time in Washington on May 11 in the regular-season finale for both teams. Krejci put the Bruins in front 4-3 at 16:02 of the second period, taking a pass from Craig Smith, stopping as Dmitry Orlov fell and slid by, and firing the shot into the top left corner of the net. The lead grew less than two minutes later when Bergeron added his 18th goal of the season, on assists from David Pastrnak and Marchand to fire in a shot off a 3-on-2 break. The Bruins broke through with a short-handed goal to take a 1-0 lead. With Connor Clifton in the penalty box for a high stick double-minor against Lars Eller, Marchand checked John Carlson into the boards, leaving the puck sliding free. Bergeron slid in, controlled, and crossed in front of Vanecek for a backhand goal at 12:02. It was the Bruins’ eighth short-handed goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, the Bruins struck again. This time Clifton found a cutting Krejci with a crisp pass between the legs of Trevor van Riemsdyk for an easy put away to make it 2-0. In the closing seconds of the period a gamble for a loose puck by Mike Reilly turned into a breakaway for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom skated past Charlie McAvoy and got off a shot, which was saved but not completely corralled by Rask. Oshie tapped in the rebound with 10 seconds left in the period. With Clifton back in the penalty box early in the second for another high sticking double-minor, the Capitals tied it up when Oshie took a feed from Evgeny Kuznetsov and tied it at 2-2 with his 16th of the season. Washington remained on the power play and took a 3-2 lead on Mantha’s wrist shot from the top of the circle on assists from Orlov and Eller. But that lead lasted about two minutes when Marchand slid in hard and scored on a pass from Bergeron to tie it again. ROUGH PLAY Tempers flared in the third period when Washington's Tom Wilson’s hit Sean Kuraly. Jarred Tinordi retaliated and was called for a roughing minor. Wilson needed assistance to the locker room. The rough play continued minutes later when Washington’s Garnet Hathaway pushed Tinordi into the boards from behind, leaving Tinordi bleeding before he also exited. After a review, Hathaway was given a boarding major and game misconduct, ending his day. UP NEXT Capitals: Visit New York Islanders on Thursday. Bruins: Open five-game road trip at Buffalo on Tuesday. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press
Pete Alonso scores on Jeff McNeil's grounder and gives the Mets a 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning