Bucks top Raptors 125-103 for 2-0 East finals lead
The Eastern Conference doesn't belong to Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee Bucks championship rings) -- yet. But they're two wins away, after Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Bucks never trailed on the way to a 125-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night and a 2-0 lead in the East finals. "He plays so hard, he lays it all on the line, every time," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "It was a great start for us. I think everybody fed off of Giannis and how he started the game."

How he finished, too. Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in the fourth for the Bucks, who wound up with six players in double figures -- three of them reserves. Nikola Mirotic scored 15, Malcolm Brogdon had 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12. "We really rely on each other ... especially the bench," Ilyasova said. "The starting five set the tone." Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for Toronto, which gave up the game's first nine points, never led and trailed by double digits for the final 39 minutes. Kyle Lowry scored 15 and Norman Powell had 14 for the Raptors. "We didn't do much well tonight, obviously," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. Game 3 is Sunday in Toronto. "We get to go back home and protect our home court, like they did these last two games," Lowry said. "We've got a chance to go home, protect home court and do what we're supposed to do."

Milwaukee, an NBA-best 60-22 record during the regular season, became the 16th team to start a postseason with at least 10 victories in its first 11 games. Only three teams -- the 1989 Los Angeles Lakers, the 2001 Lakers and the 2017 Golden State Warriors -- opened the playoffs 11-0. The Bucks led by as many as 28, before Toronto did just enough chipping away to keep some semblance of hope. Eventually, Antetokounmpo decided enough was enough.

With 5:51 left to play Antetokounmpo backed Leonard down on the block, spun back toward the center of the lane, scored while getting hit and starting a three-point play. He yelled to the crowd and punched the air. The knockout blow was landed, and the Bucks are two wins from their first NBA (cheap nba championship rings) Finals berth in 45 years. "At times, I forget that I have to stay aggressive," Antetokounmpo said. Not in that moment, he didn't. Aggression wasn't an issue for the Bucks at any point. Milwaukee's lead was 35-21 after the first, 64-39 at the half. It was the first time Toronto had been outscored by 10 or more points in each of a game's first two quarters since May 25, 2016, against Cleveland and the 25-point halftime hole was, by far, the Raptors' worst of the season. They trailed Houston 55-37 on March 5.

"The beginning kind of set us in a real bad spot," Gasol said. "We couldn't get a grip of the game early on." Toronto was down 21 when Lowry got his third foul with 1:27 left until the break. The Raptors left Lowry in; he wound up getting his fourth foul while battling Mirotic for a rebound 24 seconds later and let the referees have an earful as he headed to the bench. Another roll of the dice didn't pay off, either: Raptors forward Pascal Siakam got his fourth shortly after halftime, then got his fifth with 9:26 left in the third. "Give them credit," Siakam said. "They came with a lot of intensity." Antetokounmpo started the second half with a three-point play, pushing the lead to 28. That's when Toronto found a bit of a groove.

The Raptors outscored Milwaukee 31-16 over the next nine minutes, getting within 83-70 on a 3-pointer by Fred VanVleet. But a quick flurry by the Bucks restored order -- Brogdon rebounded his own miss and scored, then set up George Hill for a score in transition, and Hill scored again off a Raptors turnover a few seconds later. Just like that, the lead was back up to 19, and it was 95-78 going into the fourth. "We came out, had a couple defensive stops that led to some transition baskets," Hill said. "And we ran from there."

Raptors: The 14-point deficit after one quarter was Toronto's second-largest of the season, with a 38-19 opening quarter at San Antonio -- Leonard's return there- on Jan. 3 the only one that saw them down by more. ... Lowry became the second player in these playoffs with four fouls by halftime. Detroit's Bruce Brown did it April 22, also against the Bucks. ... The Raptors are 0-63 all-time when trailing by 20 or more at the half.
Bucks: Milwaukee (championship rings for sale) had a big rebounding edge for the second straight game -- 60-46 in Game 1, 53-40 in Game 2. ... It was Milwaukee's 70th win of the season, tying the 1973-74 Bucks for the second-most in franchise history. The 1970-71 Bucks won 78. ... Ilyasova's 15 first-half points matched a season high. ... Milwaukee has won its last six playoff games, tying a franchise record. ... The Bucks are 50-13 vs. the East this season.

The Bucks have never lost a series when leading 2-0; they've been in this spot 13 previous times. Toronto has never overcome a 2-0 series deficit in seven previous attempts.

This series has plenty of NBA individual award finalists, revealed Friday. Antetokounmpo is a finalist for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year; Budenholzer is a finalist for Coach of the Year and Siakam is a Most Improved Player finalist. Antetokounmpo will be Milwaukee's highest finisher in the MVP race since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won in 1974.
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Golden State Warriors VS Portland Trail Blazers, May 14, 2019
Stephen Curry had all kinds of room for a change and capitalized, finding his shooting touch in a hurry to get Golden State on a roll. Portland's defenders were too far back in the paint or a step behind all night. "Practice shots," Trail Blazers (Portland Trail Blazers championship rings for sale) star Damian Lillard said of Curry's wide-open chances. So far, the Warriors are showing they can keep winning until Kevin Durant gets healthy. Making it look easy again, Curry knocked down nine 3-pointers on his way to 36 points, leading the two-time defending champions past the Trail Blazers 116-94 on Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. "I know what I'm capable of on the floor. The situation calls for me to be a little bit more aggressive and hopefully that'll continue," said Curry, who came in shooting 37.1% on 3s this postseason. "Obviously it's nice to see the ball go in. I didn't shoot the ball well for 4 1/2 games the last series and got off to a good start tonight. I want to maintain that. Every game is different, you've got to re-establish yourself. That's my perspective no matter how I play."

Curry shot 12 for 23 in his fourth 30-point performance this postseason, finding far more open looks than he had in the last round against Houston. The two-time NBA MVP outplayed the Portland duo of Lillard and CJ McCollum, who combined to go 11 for 31 against a strong Golden State defense. "It's good to see Steph have a game like that at a time that obviously we need him most," Draymond Green said. Klay Thompson had 26 points, including a late one-handed slam. Green established the energy on both ends early for the well-rested Warriors, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals. Lillard scored 19 points back home in Oakland, just miles away from where he grew up. He appreciated all the support but wants to stick to basketball. "That's part of what makes it special, I'm from here," Lillard said. "I could walk home from here if I wanted to, that tells you how close it is." McCollum had 17 and missed five of his six 3s as the cold-shooting Blazers went just 7 for 28 from long range.

Game 2 is Thursday night, and the Warriors are unlikely to have Durant back from a strained right calf. An update on Durant's status is expected that day once the two-time reigning NBA (cheap nba championship rings) Finals MVP is re-examined. "I think we played a terrible game and we still had a chance going into the fourth quarter," McCollum said, "so we need to tighten some things up and look forward to the game on Thursday." Curry came off screens with authority and matched his postseason career high for 3s, also accomplished in Game 1 of last year's finals against Cleveland. He found his groove far earlier than in the Game 6 clincher at Houston on Friday night, when he scored all 33 of his points in the second half. Little brother Seth struggled with three points for Portland, which shot 36.1% overall.

"It's not one-and-done. We've got a series, it's one loss," Blazers (Golden State Warriors championship rings) coach Terry Stotts said. "We've got to play better, particularly at the offensive end, but we've got to be better at both ends." Lillard hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 6.3 seconds remaining in overtime Dec. 27 in his last regular-season game at Oracle Arena. He averaged 28.3 points and 6.5 assists in four regular-season games against Golden State this season. He arrived for Game 1 in a custom Oakland Athletics baseball jersey having averaged 30 points in his nine previous playoff matchups against the Warriors. Green has at least 10 rebounds in six straight playoff games, matching his postseason career-best streak of six also done last year. "This series is going to get tougher and tougher," Green said.

Between warmup shots, Seth Curry stole a glance to the other end as his big brother went through his own pregame routine.
Back in the locker room, Stephen Curry said, "That was wild." Then, he joked, "Only me and Seth are going to score, the whole series."
The Currys became the first brothers to ever face off in a conference final and the first in any round since Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies against Pau Gasol and the Spurs in the first round of the 2017 playoffs.
"I caught myself a couple times looking up in the stands at my parents," Stephen Curry said.

Coach Steve Kerr certainly thought the rest benefited the Warriors.
"The schedule favored us but I thought we took advantage of the situation and got off to a good start," Kerr said.
The Blazers traveled straight to the Bay Area from Denver after winning Game 7 on Sunday rather than return to Portland.
"Denver seems like a week ago now," Stotts said.

Trail Blazers: Portland committed four quick turnovers and finished with 21 for 31 Golden State points. ... G Rodney Hood, who suffered a bone bruise in his left knee Sunday against the Nuggets, scored 17 points. ... Portland is 1-9 all-time against Golden State in the playoffs.
Warriors (championship sports rings) : Damian Jones, who began the season as starting center, returned from a torn left pectoral muscle to play in his first game since Dec. 1. ... Golden State is 18-1 in Game 1 of a playoff series dating to the 2015 title run, having won the last 12 postseason openers.
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Chicago White Sox VS Cleveland Indians, May 13, 2019
Moncada hit two of Chicago's (Chicago White Sox championship rings) four solo homers and Reynaldo Lopez pitched 7 2/3 effective innings, helping the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Monday night. Jose Abreu and Welington Castillo also connected for Chicago, which earned its third straight win. The White Sox improved to 4-3 against the Indians this season after they went 5-14 against the Tribe last year. Chicago played on artificial turf in Toronto over the weekend, and manager Rick Renteria said it took a little out of his team. But Moncada's second career multihomer game and Lopez's longest outing of the season were enough to overcome any lingering fatigue. Lopez (3-4) allowed one earned run and two hits, struck out six and walked two. It was the right-hander's first win since he fanned 14 in a 4-1 victory over Detroit on April 28. "I have had good outings but today's was probably the best for the season," Lopez said through a translator. "I felt good. All my pitches were sharp today."

Francisco Lindor hit his 13th career leadoff homer for Cleveland (cheap championship rings), which lost for the third time in four games. Lindor also hit a sacrifice fly in the third, singled in the sixth and walked in the eighth, but that was pretty much it for the light-hitting Indians. Lopez retired his last eight batters. Aaron Bummer got one out before Alex Colome finished the two-hitter for his eighth save in eight chances. "We hit the ball hard today as a team. Seems like none of them dropped," Lindor said. "And then, when we had people on base, (Lopez) made good pitches. He was effective."

The White Sox (mlb championship rings) went ahead to stay with two-out homers in each of the first three innings. Abreu hit his 10th homer off Shane Bieber (2-2) in the first, and Castillo went deep in the second. After Lindor's sacrifice fly tied it at 2, Moncada belted a shot to right in the bottom half for his eighth of the season. Moncada homered again in the sixth, this time on a drive to left , and Yolmer Sanchez doubled in Castillo in the seventh. Bieber allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in the first road loss of his career. The right-hander was 9-0 with a 3.22 ERA in 15 appearances on the road coming into the day. "I just need to be better with two outs," he said.

Indians: OF Tyler Naquin (left calf) was held out for the third consecutive game. "We were gonna play him tonight," manager Terry Francona said. "He went out and ran, and he just can't quite get over the hump so we're kinda re-evaluating it." If Naquin goes on the injured list, the Indians could bring up prospect Oscar Mercado from Triple-A Columbus. ... RHP Mike Clevinger (back strain) is scheduled for a bullpen session on Tuesday.
White Sox: LHP Carlos Rodon and RHP Nate Jones will miss the rest of the season. Rodon is scheduled for Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles. Jones had surgery Monday to repair a flexor mass tear in his right forearm. ... OF Eloy Jimenez (high right ankle sprain) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday. He could return to the White Sox before they begin a seven-game trip next week.

Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco (3-3, 4.91 ERA) and White Sox left-hander Manny Banuelos (2-2, 6.67 ERA) face each other again Tuesday night. Carrasco picked up a five-inning shutout when rain cut short Thursday's game in Cleveland(Cleveland Indians championship rings for sale), handing the Indians a 5-0 victory. Banuelos allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.

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Golden State Warriors VS Houston Rockets, May, 10, 2019
It's hard to blame Harden for not wanting to see any more of the Golden State Warriors (Golden State Warriors championship rings) , the dynasty that keeps dooming his Houston Rockets. Harden will have to wait at least one more year to chase his first championship after the Rockets were eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors for the fourth time in five seasons. "Keep fighting, man," Harden said after the Warriors rallied for a 118-113 win to knock out the Rockets. "Obviously, they're a very, very good team. They're a great team. They've been in the Finals the last four or five years. We're not losing to some scrubs. We've got to find a way to keep getting better, keep growing, keep getting better and keep putting ourselves in position to keep playing them."

The long-running quest to host an NBA championship (nba championship rings) parade in downtown Houston, as Hakeem Olajuwon and the Clutch City teams did in back-to-back summers a generation ago, is an all-hands-on-deck mission for the Rockets. But after bowing out in the Western Conference semifinals Friday, Harden's Rockets have taken a pronounced step back from a year ago, when they were one win away from going to the NBA Finals. "People say, 'I want to make it to the NBA,' and then your goals change. 'I want to be a really good player in this league,' and then it's like, 'All right, I want to be the best player in the league,'" Harden told ESPN recently. "I want to be one of the best that's ever touched a basketball. Obviously, I've got to get the other accolades and things like that, win a 'chip and all that good stuff. But why not? What am I playing for? Why not?"

"I think he's already one of the best players to not have won one," Rockets (cheap championship rings) general manager Daryl Morey told ESPN earlier in the playoffs. "Let's hope we get him off that list very soon. ... I think we're going to rectify that in not too long." At this point, though, Harden's postseason shortcomings are a smudge on his legacy, preventing him from being widely accepted as belonging on one of the premier tiers of all-time greats. His postseason accomplishments are overshadowed by his playoff failures. Harden has already had eight 40-point playoff games, a total exceeded by only 11 players in NBA history, but his most memorable postseason performances have been miserable exits -- a 10-point, six-turnover dud when the Kawhi Leonard-less Spurs ended the Rockets' 2017 run with a rout in Houston; a 2-of-11 shooting, 12-turnover nightmare in a 2015 elimination game against the Warriors; even a subpar showing in the 2012 NBA Finals as the Thunder lost to the Miami Heat. "I don't really pay attention," Harden said. "One of the best parts about being in the situation, I don't focus on it, I don't pay attention. People are always going to have something to say. Good and bad. Like I said, until you've been in this position, you won't understand it. No point in me trying to explain it to you."

It forced Morey to admit that Carmelo Anthony, the Rockets' (Houston Rockets championship rings for sale) low-risk but big-name offseason addition, was an awful fit. It took all of 10 games for Houston to decide the Melo experiment was a disaster, resulting in an awkward divorce. It prompted owner Tilman Fertitta to personally recruit associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik out of his brief retirement, giving Mike D'Antoni's right-hand man a raise to return to the bench and help solve Houston's horrendous defensive problems. And digging out of that hole, without the help of injured teammates Chris Paul and Clint Capela for extended stretches, brought out the best in Harden. He responded with the greatest scoring spree of the modern era -- 32 consecutive 30-plus-point performances, the longest such stretch by anyone other than Wilt Chamberlain -- to drag the Rockets from next-to-last in the West standings to legitimate-contender status. Players of Harden's caliber are ultimately judged by playoff results, but this was unquestionably a legendary regular season. Harden, 29, dragged the injury-ravaged Rockets up from near the bottom of the West standings while putting together arguably the best individual offensive season of all time, considering points produced as a scorer and distributor and efficiency.
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Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Thursday night
Fired up from his first pitch to his last, J.A. Happ gave the New York Yankees (New York Yankees championship rings) a great getaway.

Happ and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, Cameron Maybin contributed with his bat and glove, and the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Thursday night.


"He was pretty intense throughout that game," manager Aaron Boone said about his starter.

The Yankees won for the fourth time in five games. They now head to Tampa Bay to play the AL East-leading Rays for the first time this year.

Knocked around by Minnesota in his previous outing, Happ was in charge, allowing one single while pitching into the sixth inning.

"I think I just held some frustration from that last start," he said.

Domingo Santana homered with two outs in the ninth for Seattle, which has dropped nine of 11.

The Mariners also are facing a series of injury problems involving Dee Gordon, Edwin Encarnacion and Dylan Moore.

Gordon exited early after being hit on the right wrist by Happ's pitch. The leadoff man shouted while leaving the field, cursed postgame while explaining what happened and wasn't sure if he'd miss any time.

"It's the (championship rings) second time he threw up and by my head. So, you got to get the ball down. If you can't throw that pitch, don't throw it. I got a family," Gordon said.

Moore, also nursing a sore wrist after being hit by a pitch Wednesday, took over for Gordon at second base. But Moore needed to leave when the injury acted up.

With the Mariners running out of options, Encarnacion shifted from first base to second in the eighth. Playing the position for the first time in his career, the slugger hurt his left wrist diving for DJ LeMahieu's leadoff grounder.

Checked by a trainer, Encarnacion stayed in the game.

"I'm thinking, what else can go wrong? I was thinking, hopefully he's OK," Moore said. "Obviously, you don't want anyone else to get hurt. It's one of those things where everyone's got to do the best they can."

Said manager Scott Servias: "We may need to get some extra help ... and see what we do roster-wise."

Maybin flared a two-out RBI double in the second and made a sliding catch on Ryon Healy's fly to right to begin the seventh.

Gio Urshela added a two-run single in the eighth, an inning after entering for defense.

Happ (2-3) gave up a single by Tom Murphy in the fifth and struck out seven. The lefty has been hurt by homers, particularly in the Bronx, but shut down the club that leads the majors in long balls.

Moore drew a (mlb championship rings) leadoff walk in the sixth -- curiously, he bluffed a bunt on a 3-2 pitch that was borderline high. That finished Happ and he chirped at plate umpire Ed Hickox as he walked off, showing how Moore squared around.

Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle and Zack Britton each threw a scoreless inning. Aroldis Chapman got his eighth save in nine chances.

Mike Leake (2-4) allowed six hits in seven effective innings.
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Minnesota Twins VS Toronto Blue Jays May 7, 2019
Already down to one healthy catcher, the Twins' (Minnesota Twins championship rings) situation behind the plate looked even worse after Mitch Garver was struck in the neck by the splintered end of a broken bat in the first inning against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

After being patched up by the Minnesota medical staff, Garver didn't miss a beat.

Garver went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer while catching Jose Berrios, who allowed four hits in seven innings as the Twins shut out Toronto for the second straight night, 3-0.

"It was bleeding a little bit, but not consistently really," Garver said. "It was just like a rug rash scratch, I'd call it."

Garver's two-run shot, into the second deck in left-center field off Aaron Sanchez (3-3), was his seventh this season, tying a career high.

"I was cheating a little bit to that one and I was happy to get it in the air because he got under my barrel a few times," Garver said.

It was plenty of offense for Berrios (6-1), who won a career-best fifth consecutive start as the AL Central-leading Twins (custom championship rings) got their eighth victory in 11 games and moved a season-high 10 games over .500. The 24-year-old right-hander struck out five in seven shutout innings.

Over his five-game stretch, Berrios has a 2.76 ERA with four walks and 30 strikeouts. He hasn't issued a walk in three consecutive starts, tying a career best.

"The way I was pitching, that's the way I'm going to keep pitching for the rest of the season," Berrios said.

Trevor Hildenberger and Trevor May worked the eighth, and Taylor Rogers pitched the ninth to complete the six-hitter and earn his fourth save. Manager Rocco Baldelli said he considered leaving Berrios in the game.

"When guys are throwing well, you always think of leaving them out there but ultimately you do what is best," Baldelli said.

On Monday night, it was Martin Perez who blanked the Blue Jays over seven innings. The back-to-back shutouts are the Twins' first since June 2-4, 2013, while Minnesota starters have given up nine earned runs in 45 innings this month.

Toronto (Toronto Blue Jays championship rings) has nine hits in the two games and was shut out for the fourth time this season, all at home. Blue Jays hitters had a meeting before the game to discuss plate discipline.

"It was about making adjustments and to have a better approach at the plate, stop chasing bad pitches and stuff," manager Charlie Montoyo said. "I think we're going to get there. But going back, we just faced two really good pitchers. Berrios is very good and he was on today."

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled off Rogers in the ninth, the first career hit off a left-hander for the highly touted prospect, who has struggled over his first 11 games. Guerrero went 1-for-4.

Twins (mlb world series championship rings): Garver replaced C Jason Castro in the lineup after Castro was hit on the right elbow by a pitch Monday night. ... RHP Addison Reed (left thumb) began his rehab assignment by working a scoreless inning for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, striking out one and walking one.

Blue Jays: INF Alen Hanson cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo. ... Following a spell in extended spring training, OF Ben Revere was assigned to Buffalo.
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Boston Bruins VS Columbus Blue Jackets, May 6, 2019
Tuukka Rask was impenetrable when it counted in Game 6, and the Boston Bruins (cheap Boston Bruins championship rings) are on their way to the Eastern Conference finals.

Rask made 39 saves and recorded his sixth career playoff shutout as Boston beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Monday to clinch their second-round series 4-2.

Rask was supported by great defensive play in front of the net by the Bruins, who were outshot 39-29 in a tight physical game that was the norm in this series.

Boston advances to face the Carolina Hurricanes, who swept the New York Islanders in four games. The Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they lost in the Stanley Cup Final.

"[Rask] was definitely our most consistent player throughout the whole series," Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. "We had guys give us good performances from game to game. He was there every night."

Boston's (custom championship rings) top-liners were kept off the scoresheet again, but it didn't matter.

David Krejci scored in the first period, and Marcus Johansson and David Backes had third-period goals for the Bruins, who gave up four power plays to the Blue Jackets, but Rask stonewalled Columbus on a number of high-danger chances.

Columbus hit posts at least four times.

"We peppered him," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said. "It wasn't through lack of trying or competing on anyone's part. I thought everyone brought it, and it's just disappointing."

Rask said he put up with increased pushing and shoving in the crease and kept Columbus from taking him out of his game.

"As the series went on, they kind of felt like they needed to do that," Rask said. "Trying to get in my head a little bit. It's funny when that happens because you know you got the better of them at that point."

Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had an outstanding postseason but allowed the two quick goals in the third period that sealed it for Boston. He finished with 26 saves.

The Bruins appeared to have a goal in the first period when Sean Kuraly put one in after an extended close-in attack on a power play, but it was overturned after a replay showed that Joakim Nordstrom had pushed Bobrovsky out of the crease.

After Jake DeBrusk hit a goal post, Krejci got the rebound off the boards and scored the first goal of the game with a slap shot from the top of the right circle with 7:47 left in the second.

"I was comfortable even with the one-goal lead just the way [Rask] was going," Cassidy said. "You're not sitting there nursing it by any means, but I wasn't worried about Tuukka. ... He's been in a real good place, consistent, just solid and composed."

Near the end of the second, Boston's Charlie McAvoy nearly took off Josh Anderson's head with a hit, but the officials leveled only a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check. The Blue Jackets had 1:41 of the power play remaining to start the third period but again couldn't capitalize.

Boston (nhl championship rings) got its second goal 8:58 into the third, when Bobrovsky allowed a shot by Johansson to bounce behind him after the initial stop. Backes got the third on a rush about two-and-a-half minutes later.

Columbus faces a daunting offseason. Bobrovsky and star forward Artemi Panarin are unrestricted free agents and have refused, so far, to re-sign with the Blue Jackets. Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel, picked up in trades at the deadline, also will be unrestricted free agents.

"We just have to remember how tough it is in the playoffs," Columbus forward Cam Atkinson said. "Next year, who knows what's going to happen, who's going to be in this locker room, so this one stings."
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Minnesota Twins VS New York Yankees 7:3 May 4, 2019
Jonathan Schoop thought he'd hit a three-run homer in the fourth innning, only to see Yankees right fielder Cameron Maybin run back, jump and stick his glove over the wall to make the catch. "I thought for sure off the bat that it's going to go," Schoop said.

It was the kind of play that might have ultimately cost the Minnesota Twins (Minnesota Twins championship rings for sale) any momentum in their bid to get a win at Yankee Stadium. But they perservered, and Schoop delivered a big RBI single in the eighth Saturday in a 7-3 win over New York. The Twins had lost nine straight times at Yankee Stadium, including the 2017 AL wild-card game loss when they took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Their last win in the Bronx was June 26, 2016, a season in which Schoop hit 25 homers while playing every game for the Baltimore Orioles. After opening this series with a 6-3 loss on Friday, Jake Odorizzi and the Twins rebounded nicely by never trailing and holding off a late charge. Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron homered off J.A. Happ (1-3) and Nelson Cruz went deep in the ninth. Minnesota had an early 2-0 lead when Schoop came up with two on and two outs. He hit a ball that appeared to have enough to go into the seats but instead Maybin raced back made the catch.

After the Yankees (New York Yankees championship rings) scored twice in the seventh, Schoop quieted some of the crowd with a single to make it 6-2. "Every run does matter and there is a good energy for certain teams in certain stadiums," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. "The Yankees definitely have that here and anytime that you just kind of quell that and just kind of shut it down and tack on an extra run, I think it does matter." The Twins also won for the second time in their last 15 games in New York and are 10-26 at the current Yankee Stadium, their worst mark in any ballpark. "When Maybin made that catch that kind of shifted the momentum," Odorizzi said. "A defensive play like that can kind of get things going for them, and I've seen it happen many, many times here." Odorizzi (4-2) kept up his impressive run, pitching two-hit ball over six shutout innings. He won his fourth start in a row, having outdueled Justin Verlander and the Astros 1-0 in his previous outing.

This time, he allowed only a single to DJ LeMahieu leading off the third -- he was picked off first base -- and a single to Miguel Andujar in the sixth. "Historically, we haven't played too well here, before my time and even last year," Odorizzi said. "So, it's good to finally get that win that we've been searching for I think three years, whatever it's been." Odorizzi struck out eight and worked around four walks. Gary Sanchez homered for New York, his third in two games.

The Yankees (cheap championship rings) activated third baseman Miguel Andujar from their abundant injured list after he missed 28 games with a shoulder tear. He went 1 for 3 with a walk but also made two errors, misplaying a grounder early and later making a wild throw. "First game back, good to have him back, obviously," manager Aaron Boone said. "Obviously, a couple misplays in the field. Bounced back, made a couple good plays out there, but that's just something we're going to have to continue to grind through." Twins reliever Trevor Hildenberger allowed two runs in the seventh on a wild pitch and an RBI single by LeMahieu. Blake Parker finished the inning by retiring Luke Voit but allowed a long homer to Sanchez to start the eighth. Taylor Rogers closed with a perfect ninth.

Voit went 0 for 4 and saw his on-base streak stopped at 42 games for the Yankees. Voit reached in his final 11 games of last season and in his first 31 this year. It was the longest active on-base streak in the majors. ... Eddie Rosario snapped a career-worst 0-for-26 skid with a leadoff single in the Minnesota sixth. The start time for Sunday's series finale has been moved back three hours to 4:05 p.m. The change was prompted by inclement weather in the forecast early in the day. Twins: C-INF-OF Willians Astudillo (left hamstring strain) was slated to take groundballs but the tarp was on the field. Baldelli said Astudillo could start running in the next few days and does not think a rehab assignment will be needed.

Yankees (mlb championship rings): LHP James Paxton (left knee inflammation) was put on the injured list, a day after he exited after throwing 64 pitches in three innings. Boone said Paxton got a cortisone shot and will be shut down five to seven days. "It's something that I've been managing the last little bit. I don't really know why last game it was acting up. It just kind of got to the point last night where I was feeling it on every pitch. Other starts, I wasn't feeling it on every pitch. I was able to kind of work through it," Paxton said. ... Boone said RHP Jonathan Loaisiga would probably take Paxton's next scheduled start on Wednesday against Seattle. . .. RHP Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) is expected to start throwing in the next few days. ... CF Aaron Hicks (strained left lower back) walked four times and hit a pair of grounders as the designated hitter in his fourth and final extended spring training game. He is scheduled to join Class A Tampa for three games starting Monday night before moving on to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. . SS Didi Gregorius (Tommy John surgery) says he feels "fantastic" and expects to take live batting practice during the upcoming week. He is taking regular batting practice, and fielding grounders and making throws to first base.
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Anderson, Alonso homer as White Sox beat Orioles 5-3
Manny Banuelos is determined to make the most of perhaps the biggest opportunity of his career. Banuelos pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning in his first start since replacing Ervin Santana in the rotation, and the Chicago White Sox (custom Chicago White Sox championship rings) held off the slumping Baltimore Orioles for a 5-3 win on Monday night. The 28-year-old Banuelos (2-0) made seven appearances for Atlanta in 2015, but didn't make it back to the majors until this year. The left-hander tossed four scoreless innings at Baltimore last week in his first start since his time with the Braves, and then took over Santana's spot after the veteran right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday. "I just want to do my best in that spot," Banuelos said. Tim Anderson and Yonder Alonso each hit a two-run homer as Chicago earned in its third consecutive win, matching a season high. James McCann had three hits and is batting .444 (12 for 27) in his last six games.

Last-place Baltimore (Baltimore Orioles championship rings for sale) lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Chris Davis had two hits and two RBI and Pedro Severino homered, but John Means (3-3) struggled after tossing five effective innings in a 4-3 win against Chicago last week. "I didn't have my best changeup today," Means said. "I was throwing some good ones down in the zone that they weren't offering at, and then I tried to make too much of an adjustment and left some up." Alonso connected with two out in the second, sending a drive to right for his fifth homer. He also went deep in his last game, belting a solo shot in Friday night's 12-11 victory over Detroit. After Severino opened the third with an opposite-field drive into the Orioles' bullpen in right, Adam Engel led off the bottom half with a bunt single and Anderson made it 4-1 with a one-out homer into the stands in left. Davis tried to rally Baltimore with a pair of run-scoring singles, but the Orioles went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position. After Davis' hit made it 5-3 in the eighth, Severino flied out and Rio Ruiz popped out to strand two baserunners.

"We're kind of in a little bit of a funk here where we're just not driving in the runs," manager Brandon Hyde said. Alex Colome worked the ninth for his sixth save. Davis, who was tagged out in a rundown after his bloop single in the sixth, went 2 for 4. He is batting .343 (12 for 35) in his last 11 games after going hitless in his first 33 at-bats of the season. Banuelos was charged with two runs in a career high-tying 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three. "He was really good," Alonso said. "I felt like he had all his pitches working." HE'S BACK

It was Hyde's first game in Chicago (custom championship rings) since he left his job as bench coach of the Cubs to take over the Orioles in December. "It's fun to come home," Hyde said before the loss. "It's fun to sleep in your own bed and get up, go to my normal breakfast spot and kind of have a similar routine that I did when I was here. It was awesome."

Orioles (mlb championship rings): RHP Nate Karns (right forearm strain) returned to the 10-day injured list after struggling while on a rehab assignment in the minors. Karns pitched for Triple-A Norfolk on April 20 and Double-A Bowie on Thursday, allowing a total of five runs in 1 1/3 innings. The 31-year-old Karns was in Baltimore on Monday to get checked out by the team's medical staff. "I just don't think he's feeling right," Hyde said. ... OF Trey Mancini missed his second straight game with a bruised right index finger. Mancini, who is batting .355 in 28 games, is day to day.White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (strained left hamstring) threw 50 pitches in the bullpen. He took a break after 35 to simulate the end of an inning. "I feel really good," Giolito said. "I feel good to go for games. That's where I'm at." He could return during Chicago's homestand. ... OF Eloy Jimenez (high right ankle sprain) threw before the game. The 22-year-old rookie got hurt Friday night. "We'll know in a couple of weeks where he's at," manager Rick Renteria said. "But today's a first step, obviously a positive step for us."
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