Sunday, April 19
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Milwaukee (Garza 1-1) at Pittsburgh (Cole 1-0), 1:35 p.m.
Philadelphia (Buchanan 0-2) at Washington (Strasburg 0-1), 1:35 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:
New England at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Crosby, Penguins get even with 4-3 win over Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — Sidney Crosby scored twice and the Pittsburgh Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win Saturday night.
The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping Evgeni Malkin out of the danger zone. On Saturday, both of them and the Penguins as a whole showed more jump, possessing the puck and keeping New York off-balance. Forcing turnovers in the decisive second period, shutting down the Rangers' power play and generally controlling the pace, the Penguins got even.
Crosby, naturally, was at the center of the turnaround. He broke a 1-1 tie by knocking in a rebound of Patric Hornqvist's shot in the second period. Then Crosby made a diving deflection past Henrik Lundqvist of a pass from Chris Kunitz on the right wing boards following a Rangers giveaway in their zone.
Game 3 is Monday night in Pittsburgh.
Marte homers, drives in 5 as Pirates beat Brewers 6-2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte homered for the second game in a row and drove in a career-high five runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 Saturday night.
The Brewers lost their fourth straight game and are off to their worst start since also going 2-9 in 2002.
Marte hit a two-run single to cap a three-run first inning that included an RBI double by Gregory Polanco. Marte's three-run homer to left field in the fifth made it 6-1.
In the first two games of the series, Marte has gone 4 for 8 with seven RBIs. He was 0 for 11 with six strikeouts in his previous three games.
Jeff Locke (2-0) tied a career-high by pitching eight innings while beating the Brewers for the second time in eight days. He allowed only one run and four hits while striking six with no walks.
Phillies snap 6-game skid, defeat Nationals 5-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Odubel Herrera had three hits and scored twice, Aaron Harang pitched six innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
Freddy Galvis had two RBI singles for Philadelphia, which had scored 13 runs over its last six games.
Bryce Harper hit a long home run for Washington, which had won three straight. Ian Desmond added three hits, but the shortstop continued to struggle in the field, making his eighth error of the season.
Harang (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked two.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his third save.
Jordan Zimmermann (1-2) allowed two earned and four hits over 6 1-3 innings. He improved on Monday's outing at Boston in which he gave up eight runs in 2 1-3 innings.
Pirates' Decker activated from DL, optioned to Indianapolis.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Outfielder Jaff Decker has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Pittsburgh Pirates and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Decker had been at Indianapolis since the start of the season on a rehab assignment. He strained a muscle in his left calf late during spring training.
Pittsburgh announced the move Saturday.
Voytik, Boyd shine in Pittsburgh's spring game
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh ended its first series of spring drills under new head coach Pat Narduzzi with its Blue-Gold spring game on Saturday.
Chad Voytik and Tyler Boyd led the Blue team to a 17-10 victory against the Gold. Voytik completed 11 of 24 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown and Boyd caught six passes for 112 yards.
Defending ACC Player of the Year James Conner scored on the game's first drive with a 3-yard dive. He played sparingly, carrying it five times for 11 yards.
Adam Bertke led the Gold with 162 passing yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted in the end zone with 1:30 remaining.
The defense prevented any of the Panthers running backs from breaking big gains as the teams combined to rush 54 times for only 103 yards. Qadree Ollison led all rushers with 14 carries for 34 yards, which included the day's longest carry of 12 yards.
PREP FOOTBALL PLAYER DIES
Prep school football player collapses during training, dies
(Information in the following story is from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com )
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials at a north Philadelphia prep school say a football player collapsed during spring conditioning training with the team and later died.
St. Joseph's Prep officials say 15-year-old Ryan Gillyard of Upper Darby collapsed shortly after warmups Saturday at the school's practice field.
School spokesman Bill Avington told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the freshman was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Avington said he had been told that Gillyard was "a great kid, loved by his classmates and teammates."
Athletic director Jim Murray called it "a sad day" and said people were "gathering at the school to be together."
Officials said Gillyard played for the team as a linebacker and running back and also played basketball at St. Denis Catholic school in Havertown.