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MONTREAL — Drake Batherson had two goals and an assist, Matt Murray made 23 saves for his first shutout with the Senators, and Ottawa defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Saturday.Artem Zub and Nikita Zaitsev, into an empty net, also scored for Ottawa (15-26-4). Brady Tkachuk and Josh Norris added two assists each.Carey Price stopped 11 shots in his return to the lineup after missing six games with a lower-body injury for Montreal (19-14-9).The Canadiens continued to occupy the North Division's fourth and final playoff spot. Montreal is six points up on the Calgary Flames with two games in hand.The rebuilding Senators improved to 5-3-0 against the Canadiens this season, while three of their six road wins in 2021 have come at the Bell Centre. Batherson has 11 points in eight games against Montreal.Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins via a fall trade before signing a four-year, US$25-million contract extension with Ottawa, Murray picked up the 11th shutout of his career, and first since Oct. 26, 2019.Senators forward Shane Pinto made his NHL debut after fellow University of North Dakota alumni and Ottawa defenceman Jacob Bernard-Docker — a healthy scratch against Montreal — did the same Wednesday. With the 4 p.m. start, the Canadiens played a game for the second time in less than 24 hours following Friday's emotional 2-1 victory over Calgary.Ottawa led 1-0 after the first period and doubled its lead at 13:12 of the second, when Batherson took a feed from Brady Tkachuk and fooled Price with a five-hole shot for his 14th goal of the season. Murray, who made his second straight start after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury, had to be sharp on a power play earlier in the period. He stopped Eric Staal with his left pad on the door step.The Senators was on its fourth power play with five minutes left in the third period of a low-event game when Batherson sealed the win at 15:26 going upstairs off a Tkachuk feed.Zaitsev then iced it into empty net. Pinto picked up an assist for his first NHL point.Murray and his teammates survived a late power play and preserved the shutout when Nick Suzuki hit the post.Coming off Wednesday's 3-2 home loss to the Winnipeg Jets, Ottawa opened the scoring 3:03 into the first after Batherson's initial shot hit Montreal defenceman Joel Edmundson up high. The Senators winger collected the loose puck and found Zub in the slot for the blue-liner to rip his third past Price.The Canadiens goaltender then robbed Evgenii Dadonov later in the period with his glove during an Ottawa power play.Montreal sleepwalked through most of the opening 20 minutes, but got its best chance late when Jonathan Drouin — without a goal in his last 23 games before Saturday — intercepted a Colin White pass only to be denied by Murray's poke check.Ottawa opens a three-game road trip Monday in Calgary before travelling to Vancouver for two versus the Canucks.Montreal starts a five-game swing the same day through Alberta, and concludes it with a crucial three games against the Flames.Notes: The Senators and Canadiens play twice more this season — May 1 in Montreal and four days later in the nation's capital. ... Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme said before the game Brendan Gallagher (broken thumb) won't require surgery. The winger, who was injured April 5, is expected to be out until at least mid-May. ... Pinto is the fifth Ottawa player to make his NHL debut this season. ... Pinto (selected with the 32nd pick in the 2019 NHL draft) and Bernard-Docker (26th overall in 2018) both signed entry-level contracts April 1. ... Senators blue-liner Victor Mete, who was claimed off waivers Monday from Montreal, played against his former team.This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021.___Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter The Canadian Press
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NEW YORK — Manuel Margot hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Tyler Glasnow overcame cramps and poor control to pitch five innings of one-run ball and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Yankees 6-3 Saturday and dropped New York to an AL-worst 5-9. New York lost its seventh straight series to the Rays is last this late in the season for the first time since 1991, per Elias Sports. Fans in the Bronx again booed the Bombers, but they were more restrained a day after some hurled baseballs and other items on the field late in an 8-2 loss to the Rays. Francisco Mejía hit a solo shot in the second off Jordan Montgomery (1-1), and Margot made it 3-1 with his homer off the left-hander in the fourth. Joey Wendle added a two-run shot against Jonathan Loaisiga in the seventh, and Mejía had an RBI double in the ninth. Glasnow (2-0) walked four but also struck out seven and limited New York to two hits as the Rays (7-8) won their second straight in the series. CUBS 13, BRAVES 4 CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each homered twice on an afternoon when Atlanta returned Sean Kazmar Jr. to the major leagues for the first time in 13 years. Javier Báez and David Bote also homered for the Cubs. who stopped a three-game losing streak. Chicago entered hitting a major league-worst .166 and then took an 11-0 lead in the fifth. Atlanta selected the contract of Kazmar, a 36-year-old infielder, from its alternate training site before the game. He pinch hit in the fifth inning grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Kazmar had not played in the major leagues since Sept. 23, 2008, with the San Diego Padres. The gap between big league appearances was the greatest since that of right-hander Ralph Winegarner, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Winegarner played on June 23, 1936, for the Cleveland Indians and did not return to the majors until July 7, 1949, with the St. Louis Browns — a span of 13 years and 14 days. Trevor Williams (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Hector Ynoa (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits — including three homers — in four innings. NATIONALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Yan Gomes homered off Luke Weaver (1-1), drove in two runs and became the first major league catcher to throw out Tim Locastro on a steal attempt after 29 consecutive swipes to start his career, and Washington strung together consecutive wins for the first time this season. Locastro was thrown out making a dive into second base in the third inning and left the game with a dislocated left pinkie finger. Erick Fedde (1-1) tied his career high with nine strikeouts in five innings for Washington, which is 5-7. He gave up one run and five hits. ROYALS 5, BLUE JAYS 1 Steven Matz (3-0) held the Kansas City Royals without a hit into the sixth inning, and Jonathan Davis and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered off Mike Minor (1-1) in the seven-inning doubleheader opener. Matz allowed only a pair of walks before Nicky Lopez’s blooper to left with one out in the sixth. Matz gave up Andrew Benintendi’s two-out double later in the inning and wound up pitching six innings with five strikeouts. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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CHICAGO — Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras each homered twice, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Braves 13-4 Saturday on an afternoon when Atlanta returned Sean Kazmar Jr. to the major leagues for the first time in 13 years. Javier Báez and David Bote also homered for the Cubs. who stopped a three-game losing streak. Chicago entered hitting a major league-worst .166 and then took an 11-0 lead in the fifth. Atlanta selected the contract of Kazmar, a 36-year-old infielder, from its alternate training site before the game. He pinch hit in the fifth inning grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Kazmar had not played in the major leagues since Sept. 23, 2008, with the San Diego Padres. He appeared in 19 games that season for his only previous major league action, and had since played in Triple-A for the Padres, Seattle Mariners, New York Mets and Braves, plus Double-A for the Mets — a total of 1,106 minor league games. The gap between big league appearances was the greatest since that of right-hander Ralph Winegarner, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Winegarner played on June 23, 1936, for the Cleveland Indians and did not return to the majors until July 7, 1949, with the St. Louis Browns — a span of 13 years and 14 days. Trevor Williams (2-1) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. He had given up five runs and 10 hits against Pittsburgh in his previous start. Hector Ynoa (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits — including three homers — in four innings. Contreras hit solo shots in the first and third innings off Ynoa, and Bryant hit two-run drives against Jesse Biddle in the fifth and Jacob Webb in the sixth. Contreras has homered in three consecutive games for the first time in his career. Báez hit a three-run homer off Ynoa in the third and Bote against Webb in the fifth. Ehire Adrianza and Ronald Acuña Jr. had two hits apiece for the Braves, who have lost five out of seven. Adrianza tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly before Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run single in a three-run seventh. TRAINER’S ROOM Braves: RHP Bryse Wilson was recalled from the alternate training site, LHP Sean Newcomb (no reason given) and outfielder Ender Inciarte (strained left hamstring) went on the 10-day injured list before Saturday’s game. ... INF Ozzie Albies is sore and day to day after being hit by a pitch on a calf Friday, Snitker said. Cubs: RHPs Dan Winkler and Brandon Workman were activated from the COVID-19-related injured list. ... RHP Pedro Strop was returned to the team’s alternate site in South Bend, Indiana. ... LHP Justin Steele was optioned to the alternate site. UP NEXT RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 3.00 ERA) is expected to start Sunday for the Cubs and Wilson (1-0, 4.02) for the Braves. Hendricks was scratched from his start Tuesday because he felt ill. He tested negative for COVID-19. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Sarah Trotto, The Associated Press
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — CF Montreal rose to the occasion. Toronto FC didn't. Mason Toye, Romell Quioto, Victor Wanyama and Djordje Mihailovic scored Saturday as Montreal rolled over Toronto for a 4-2 win in the Canadian rivals' MLS season opener. Mark Delgado and Richie Laryea, with a late goal, replied for Toronto at DRV PNK Stadium (pronounced Drive Pink), which is home to Inter Miami CF. The game was a matchup of new coaches with 44-year-old Wilfried Nancy in charge of Montreal and 48-year-old Chris Armas at Toronto's helm. Toronto (13-5-5) finished second in the Eastern Conference last year, and 18 points ahead of ninth-place Montreal (8-13-2). The tables were turned Saturday. "I'm not surprised about what the team did today, because this is the way we've been working for a long time," said Nancy, who was a former assistant coach to the departed Thierry Henry. "And today, I'm very happy because they put all the emotions on the side and they stayed on the task. "For a first game as a coach, against Toronto, yes I'm happy for sure. But again this is only the first game so we have to keep moving," the Frenchman added. It was a deflating day for Armas, whose team dispatched Mexico's Club Leon midweek in CONCACAF Champions League play. "It's quiet in that locker-room. Much different from a few nights ago," Armas said. "In some ways it'll be good for our team to feel what that's like and for all those players to understand that it's not just about showing up because you're Toronto FC. And it becomes easy, just because. "When you look at the game, the starting point is we just finished second all day long," he added. "It starts with the coaching, the duels, tackles — coming in second all day long. In moments we looked like we were out here for a pass-around. Just not good enough. When you're not good enough against a team that can hurt you in transition, that's what it looks like." Saturday's match was officially a home game for Montreal. Both Canadian teams have set up shop in Florida due to pandemic-related travel restrictions. TFC is based in Orlando. The temperature was 32 degrees Celsius for kickoff, with Montreal coming on strong. "This is our vision," said Nancy, "We want to come (out on our) front foot." Montreal took advantage in the third minute after a stumbling Auro lost his balance and the ball near the halfway line. Zachary Brault-Guillard drove towards the Toronto penalty box before finding Toye to his left. With fullback Laryea up the field and centre back Omar Gonzalez unable to close, Toye curled a right-footed shot past Alex Bono from just inside the penalty box. Toye's goal was his first in Montreal colours after arriving in a trade with Minnesota last October. Montreal doubled its lead with a wonder strike in the 24th minute. Another poor touch, this time deep in Montreal's end, cost Auro with Montreal defender Joel Waterman sweeping the ball into the deserted Toronto half. Quioto gave chase, outpaced debutant defender Luke Singh and, still at high speed, hammered a high shot past Bono at the near post from a tight angle. Auro had a chance to redeem himself from the penalty spot late in the half when Waterman took him down as he sliced into the penalty box. The Brazilian fullback converted a spot kick in pre-season, but this time Clement Diop stopped his weak stop-start penalty. Toronto got another shot when Diop, after video review, was deemed to have moved off the line early by referee Ismail Elfath. Delgado stepped up to the penalty spot and made no mistake, sending Diop the wrong way in the 44th minute. Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo normally takes penalties for Toronto, but the reigning league MVP is out with a thigh injury. Nancy's message at halftime was to "stay composed and calm" and his team kept its foot on the gas. Wanyama restored Montreal's two-goal lead in the 54th minute. He rose above Toronto captain Michael Bradley at the far post to head in a Mustafa Kizza corner and complete a Uganda-to-Kenya connection. The crafty Mihailovic, who cost up to US$1 million in allocation money in a December trade with Chicago, made it 4-1 in the 71st minute. Mihailovic, who excelled playing behind the Montreal forwards, split Singh and Gonzalez and blasted a shot by Bono to open his Montreal account. Laryea made it 4-2 in the 88th minute with a superb individual effort dribbling past three Montreal defenders to beat Diop from close-range. "It's a frustrating day," said Bradley. "We never really gave ourselves a chance with the way we started the game. I mean, obviously we spoke a lot before the game about understanding that — we knew we would be playing a team that's motivated for their first game this season." Toronto was missing at least four starters, hurting at both ends of the field. In addition to Pozuelo, Jozy Altidore (thigh), Chris Mavinga (calf), Erickson Gallardo (groin), Julian Dunn (hip) and Ifunanyachi Achara (knee) were unavailable Saturday. Midfielder Jonathan Osorio was suspended after kicking out at Nashville's Alex Muyl in the playoffs last season. Montreal was missing Luis Binks and Ballou Tabla. Some pundits were quick to write Montreal off this season after an exodus of name players. Saturday was a resounding rebuke to the doubters. "It's early days, but this definitely a big positive for us moving forward," said Toye. Armas went with the same starting 11 he used midweek against Leon. That meant first MLS starts for 20-year-olds Singh and Noble Okello and a second for 18-year-old Ralph Priso. Singh officially joined the first team Friday as a homegrown player, although he saw action in both games against Leon after signing short-term contracts. The two teams combined for nine Canadian starters — five for Toronto and four for Montreal. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 17, 2021 The Canadian Press