Justin Cuthbert and Julian McKenzie break down the important races down the stretch of the season, and discuss the associated postseason implications.
Justin Cuthbert and Julian McKenzie break down the important races down the stretch of the season, and discuss the associated postseason implications.
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DENVER (AP) — Josh Fuentes homered for the second straight game to back seven shutout innings from Chi Chi Gonzalez, and the Colorado Rockies held on for a 13-8 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night. Gonzalez (2-1) scattered four hits in his longest outing of the season. He struck out two, walked one and was pulled after 88 pitches. Jonathan India and pinch-hitter Tyler Stephenson homered late for the Reds, who shaved a 10-0 deficit to 10-8 with eight runs in the eighth. Fuentes hit a two-run shot in the first inning off Luis Castillo, then added an RBI single in Colorado’s five-run fourth and another in the sixth to set a career high with four RBIs. Connor Joe had two hits and three RBIs to help the Rockies open the four-game series with a win. Castillo (1-5), the Reds' opening day starter, allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. He is 0-4 in his last six starts. Cincinnati rallied in the eighth against Colorado’s bullpen. Stephenson hit a two-run homer, and five straight singles made it 10-5. India, who started the inning with a single, hit a three-run homer to pull the Reds within two. Colorado scored three times in the bottom of the inning, the last on a solo homer by Garrett Hampson. TRAINER’S ROOM Reds: Manager David Bell said RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder) had positive results from a follow-up MRI and he will be able to start throwing soon in Arizona. ... 1B Joey Votto (thumb) has not resumed baseball activities. Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (left shoulder) will have two rehab outings, Saturday and next Thursday, with Triple-A Albuquerque, manager Bud Black said. Freeland will throw 60-70 pitches Saturday. ... Black said INF Brendan Rodgers (hamstring) will start at second base for Albuquerque on Friday. ... SS Trevor Story was given the night off. TWO DOWN Cincinnati lost the game and a couple of players, too. Center fielder Nick Senzel ran into the wall trying to track down Joe’s double in the first inning and left in the third with a bruised left heel. First baseman Mike Moustakas exited in the fifth inning after running into the netting in foul territory in the fourth. He had his finger looked at by the trainer, stayed in for the rest of the inning but was replaced by Alex Blandino in the fifth. BEEN A WHILE Gonzalez's only career complete game came in his second major league start on June 5, 2015, with Texas. UP NEXT Reds LHP Wade Miley (4-2, 2.00 ERA) takes the mound a week after throwing the 17th no-hitter in franchise history. He will face Colorado RHP German Marquez (1-4, 5.49), who has been sharp in two career starts against Cincinnati (2-0, 1.93). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Michael Kelly, The Associated Press
CALGARY — The Calgary Flames downed the visiting Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Thursday in a battle of clubs trying to salvage positives from their seasons. Neither team will make the North Division playoffs, yet have three games remaining against each other as they play out the string. "We want to win the last three games, so that's how we approach it," Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson said. Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist for the Flames (24-26-3), who could still finish above .500 if they win out. Andersson and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves for the win. "I think that's his 20th win so that's pretty good for a team that's not making the playoffs," Flames head coach Darryl Sutter said. Matthew Highmore scored for Vancouver (21-28-3) with Thatcher Demko turning away 24 shots in the loss. "Obviously don't like the result but we had a lot of chances tonight," Canucks defenceman Tyler Myers said. "I thought we played a much better game than just one goal out there. Marky was really good, but I thought the guys played a pretty good game overall tonight. "I love the way we're still battling even though we're out of it. We're still taking a lot of pride in these last few games." The Flames were tied for fifth in the division with the Ottawa Senators, whose season is over. The Canucks were six points back in the division cellar. Calgary and Vancouver meet three more times starting Sunday at the same time NHL playoff series get underway. Calgary and Vancouver are making up games lost when COVID-19 swept through the Canucks and suspended their season for three weeks. The Flames and Canucks cap their seasons Wednesday on the same day the Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets open their first-round playoff series. Sutter indicated there will be lineup changes over Calgary's final three games. "I'm going to put some other guys in the line up and give them an opportunity and put them in back-to-back games and make sure they play the right way and go from there," Sutter said. The Canucks also play in Edmonton on Saturday in the Oilers' regular-season finale. Calgary leads the season series against Vancouver 5-2. Calgary scored once on four power-play chances Thursday, while Vancouver went 0 for 1. Tkachuk was credited with a Canucks own-goal at 16:37 of the third period. J.T. Miller reached to redirect the puck and ended up chipping it over Demko's shoulder. Vancouver's Jimmy Vesey took a double minor for unsportsmanlike conduct with four minutes remaining in the game. Lindholm scored on a breakaway at 15:33. Defenceman Chris Tanev head-manned the puck to Tkachuk, who chipped it to a streaking Lindholm. A diving Demko robbed defenceman Oliver Kylington with a glove save on a Flames odd-man rush in a scoreless second period. Mangiapane tipped a Nikita Nesterov shot from the blue-line off the post and in at 5:17 of the first period for a 2-1 Flames lead. From behind the goal-line, Gaudreau dished the puck out front for Andersson to roof at 3:36. Highmore scored his first as a Canuck on Vancouver's first shot of the game 62 seconds after the opening faceoff. The 25-year-old from Halifax tipped a Travis Hamonic shot by Markstrom. Notes: Gaudreau has six goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games . . . Vancouver's Brock Boeser has four goals and six assists in his last 10 . . . Calgary was without top centre Sean Monahan, whose season was shut down this week because of a hip injury requiring surgery . . . Tanev was an assistant captain in Monahan's absence . . . Mangiapane, Flames teammate Dillon Dube and Canucks goaltender Mike DiPietro will play for Canada at the men's world hockey championship in Riga, Latvia starting May 21. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
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SEATTLE (AP) — Cleveland's Zach Plesac lost his no-hit bid with no outs in the eighth inning when Seattle's J.P. Crawford lined a clean single to center Thursday night It was the Mariners' first hit in 16 innings at home. The club was no-hit by Baltimore's John Means in its previous home game May 5. Plesac wasn't overpowering, but he induced weak contact when Seattle put the ball in play. The 26-year-old right-hander had two strikeouts and three walks on 78 pitches entering the eighth. Only five of the 21 outs to that point had been made by outfielders, including Josh Naylor’s grab in foul territory while crashing into the stands on the first pitch of the game to Seattle's Jarred Kelenic. Plesac, the nephew of longtime big league pitcher Dan Plesac, was 2-3 with a 3.83 ERA entering Thursday. Before his no-hitter, Plesac may have been best known for a misstep last season, when he broke COVID-19 protocols and was disciplined by the Indians. Plesac and former teammate Mike Clevinger left the team’s hotel following a start by the right-hander in Chicago. The Indians ended up placing both pitchers on the restricted list and sending them to their alternate site. Cleveland has the longest no-hitter drought in the majors — its last one was Len Barker’s perfect game in 1981. There have been four no-hitters already this season, and Seattle and Cleveland have been involved in three of them. The Indians have been no-hit twice — by Chicago White Sox left-hander Carlos Rodón on April 14 and by Cincinnati lefty Wade Miley a week ago. Plesac started both of those games. Cleveland leads 4-0. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Yankees’ Gleyber Torres becomes the eighth member of the organization to test positive for COVID-19 this week, Bills’ Cole Beasley sent out some questionable COVID-related tweets, tickets for Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro are insanely expensive and Blake Griffin rocks some sweet kicks.
The NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs begin on Saturday and you can watch the action live on CBC TV or live streamed through CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app. Dates and times are subject to change. The full broadcast schedule for the first round of the NHL playoffs, and where you can watch each game, is below: East Division Pittsburgh Penguins (1) vs. New York Islanders (4) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Islanders @ Penguins — Sunday, May 16, 12 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 2: Islanders @ Penguins — Tuesday, May 18, 7:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) Game 3: Penguins @ Islanders — Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 4: Penguins @ Islanders — Saturday, May 22, 3 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) x-Game 5: Islanders @ Penguins — Monday, May 24 (TBA) x-Game 6: Penguins @ Islanders — Wednesday, May 26 (TBA) x-Game 7: Islanders @ Penguins — Friday, May 28 (TBA) x – if necessary Washington Capitals (2) vs. Boston Bruins (3) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Bruins @ Capitals — Saturday, May 15, 7:15 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) Game 2: Bruins @ Capitals — Monday, May 17, 7:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) Game 3: Capitals @ Bruins — Wednesday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 4: Capitals @ Bruins — Friday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) x-Game 5: Bruins @ Capitals — Sunday May, 23 (TBA) x-Game 6: Capitals @ Bruins — Tuesday, May 25 (TBA) x-Game 7: Bruins @ Capitals — Thursday, May 27 (TBA) x – if necessary Central Division Carolina Hurricanes (1) vs. Nashville Predators (4) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Predators @ Hurricanes — Monday, May 17, 8 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 2: Predators @ Hurricanes — Wednesday, May 19, 8 p.m. ET (Sportsnet - FX-CA) Game 3: Hurricanes @ Predators — Friday, May 21, 7 p.m. ET (Sportsnet - FXX-CA) Game 4: Hurricanes @ Predators — Sunday, May 23 (TBA) x-Game 5: Predators @ Hurricanes — Tuesday, May 25 (TBA) x-Game 6: Hurricanes @ Predators — Thursday, May 27 (TBA) x-Game 7: Predators @ Hurricanes — Saturday, May 29 (TBA) x – if necessary Florida Panthers (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (3) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Lightning @ Panthers — Sunday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 2: Lightning @ Panthers — Tuesday, May 18, 8 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 3: Panthers @ Lightning — Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet - FX-CA) Game 4: Panthers @ Lightning — Saturday, May 22, 12:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) x-Game 5: Lightning @ Panthers — Monday, May 24 (TBA) x-Game 6: Panthers @ Lightning — Wednesday, May 26 (TBA) x-Game 7: Lightning @ Panthers — Friday, May 28 (TBA) x – if necessary West Division Colorado Avalanche (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (4) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Blues @ Avalanche — Monday, May 17, 10 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 2: Blues @ Avalanche — Wednesday, May 19, 10:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 3: Avalanche @ Blues — Friday, May 21, 9:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 4: Avalanche @ Blues — Sunday, May 23 (TBA) x-Game 5: Blues @ Avalanche — Tuesday, May 25 (TBA) x-Game 6: Avalanche @ Blues — Thursday, May 27 (TBA) x-Game 7: Blues @ Avalanche — Saturday, May 29 (TBA) x – if necessary Vegas Golden Knights (2) vs. Minnesota Wild (3) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Blues @ Golden Knights — Sunday, May 16, 3 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 2: Blues @ Golden Knights — Tuesday, May 18, 10 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 3: Golden Knights @ Blues — Thursday, May 20, 9:30 p.m. ET (Sportsnet) Game 4: Golden Knights @ Blues — Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m. (Sportsnet) x-Game 5: Blues @ Golden Knights — Monday, May 24 (TBA) x-Game 6: Golden Knights @ Blues — Wednesday, May 26 (TBA) x-Game 7: Blues @ Golden Knights — Friday, May 28 (TBA) x – if necessary North Division Toronto Maple Leafs (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (4) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Canadiens @ Maple Leafs — Thursday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) Game 2: Canadiens @ Maple Leafs — Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) Game 3: Maple Leafs @ Canadiens — Monday, May 24, (TBA) Game 4: Maple Leafs @ Canadiens — Tuesday, May 25 (TBA) x-Game 5: Canadiens @ Maple Leafs — Thursday, May 27 (TBA) x-Game 6: Maple Leafs @ Canadiens — Saturday, May 29 (TBA) x-Game 7: Canadiens @ Maple Leafs — Monday, May 31 (TBA) x – if necessary Edmonton Oilers (2) vs. Winnipeg Jets (3) (Series: 0-0) Game 1: Jets @ Oilers — Wednesday, May 19, 9 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) Game 2: Jets @ Oilers — Friday, May 21, 9 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca) Game 3: Oilers @ Jets — Sunday, May 23 (TBA) Game 4: Oilers @ Jets — Monday, May 24 (TBA) x-Game 5: Jets @ Oilers — Wednesday, May 26 (TBA) x-Game 6: Oilers @ Jets — Friday, May 28 (TBA) x-Game 7: Jets @ Oilers — Sunday, May 30 (TBA) x – if necessary