Friday, May 22
Ducks beat Blackhawks 2-1 in Game 3 of Western finals
CHICAGO (AP) — Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Defenseman Simon Despres scored his first career playoff goal in the second period as top-seeded Anaheim bounced back quite nicely from a triple-overtime loss at home in Game 2. Patrick Maroon had a power-play goal and Ryan Getzlaf added two assists.
Ryan Kesler's two holding penalties contributed to more than nine power-play minutes for the Blackhawks, but the Ducks' penalty killers kept most of Chicago's opportunities to the outside and Andersen stood his ground during a couple of goalmouth scrums.
Patrick Kane scored his eighth playoff goal for Chicago, and Corey Crawford made 25 saves.
Game 4 is Saturday night in Chicago.
Salazar, Indians power past White Sox 5-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Danny Salazar tossed six scoreless innings and was backed by first-inning home runs from Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles, leading the Cleveland Indians past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Thursday night.
Salazar was coming off his worst start of the season in which he allowed five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against Texas on May 16. He recovered to help the Indians take three of four from Chicago while winning their third straight for the first time this season.
Salazar (5-1) walked three, but struck out eight while giving up five hits to hand Chicago its first series loss at home.
John Danks (2-4) allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Chicago's Jose Abreu went 1 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to 16 games. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off Bryan Shaw to avoid the shutout.
Hendricks' 5-hitter, Bryant's 2-run homer carry Cubs, 3-0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched a five-hitter for his first career complete game and shutout, and Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run as the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Thursday night to take two of three games.
Hendricks (1-1) struck out seven with no walks. Only one Padres baserunner advanced to second base.
Hendricks came in with six no-decisions in seven starts, including one against San Diego at Wrigley Field on April 18.
Bryant homered to straightaway center field on the seventh pitch of the game by Odrisamer Despaigne. Dexter Fowler was aboard on a walk for Bryant's fifth homer.
Bryant made his big league debut on April 17 against the Padres at Wrigley Field. He starred at the University of San Diego before the Cubs took him with the second pick overall in the 2013 amateur draft.
Big days for deGrom, Duda lead Mets over Cardinals 5-0
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom retired his final 23 batters following a first-inning single, and Lucas Duda hit two long homers to nearly the same spot Thursday during the New York Mets' 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
In his latest stingy start at Citi Field, deGrom struck out 11 over eight dominant innings. His only blemish was Matt Carpenter's clean single with one out in the first.
Michael Cuddyer had his first three-hit game of the season and also walked for a perfect day at the plate. John Mayberry Jr. put the slumping Mets lineup on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the fourth.
Besides the single by Carpenter, the lone Cardinals hitter to reach base was Kolten Wong with a two-out single off Jeurys Familia in the ninth. The lack of offense left Jaime Garcia little chance to win his first major league start since last June.
Versteeg active for Blackhawks in Game 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks forwards Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were active for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, replacing Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen in a bit of surprise.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville praised Versteeg at the morning skate Thursday. He said he "had a great week of practicing," and said he expected to play him in the series.
Versteeg hasn't played since Chicago's clinching Game 6 in the first round against Nashville. Nordstrom last played in Game 2 against the Predators.
Cardinals send Tuivailala to minors, opening spot for Garcia
NEW YORK (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have optioned rookie reliever Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis, opening a roster spot for left-hander Jaime Garcia.
Activated from the 15-day disabled list, Garcia was set to pitch Thursday against the New York Mets in his first major league start since last June. He had been sidelined since having thoracic outlet surgery in July 2014 to alleviate numbness and tingling in his left arm and hand.
The hard-throwing Tuivailala was called up Sunday and pitched twice during his second stint with the Cardinals this season. He walked both batters he faced and took the loss Monday against the Mets before tossing a scoreless inning the following night.
St. Louis manager Mike Matheny says the right-hander was sent back to Memphis with instructions to work on his cutter.
Illinois awaits word on baseball regional bid
(Information in the following story is from: WILL-AM.)
CHAMPIAGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois expects to host its first NCAA baseball regional later this month, but won't know for sure until Sunday.
Event Coordinator Zach Acton told WILL radio that Illinois recently submitted its bid. Acton believes the Illini are all but assured of hosting a four-team regional based on their record.
The Illini are 46-6-1 and have won 27 straight.
Acton said the bid cost $50,000. The school will also have to pay for additional temporary seating at Illinois Field.
If the Illini host a regional, the games would be played May 29, 30 and 31 and, if needed, June 1.