Monday, May 2
Velasquez, bullpen help Phillies beat Indians 2-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez tossed two-hit ball over six innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 Sunday for their sixth straight win.
Freddy Galvis had an RBI single a day after driving in three runs in a 4-3 win, helping the surprising Phillies win for the 15th time in 21 games since starting 0-4.
Velasquez (4-1) struck out six and pitched around trouble because of four walks. He lowered his ERA to 1.44. David Hernandez pitched two hitless innings and Hector Neris earned his first career save after giving up a solo homer to Carlos Santana with one out in the ninth. Closer Jeanmar Gomez wasn't available after pitching four of the previous five games.
Danny Salazar (2-2) gave up two runs, three hits and fanned eight in seven innings for Cleveland. Salazar hasn't allowed more than three hits in any of his five starts.
Schebler, Reds end 6-game skid, beat Pirates in 11th
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Scott Schebler hit an RBI double in the 11th inning and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Sunday.
The Pirates had won six in a row.
Eugenio Suarez led off the Reds 11th with a triple past diving left fielder Starling Marte and scored on Schebler's hit off Ryan Vogelsong (1-1).
Schebler had entered earlier in a double switch. In the ninth, he doubled home Adam Duvall for a 5-4 lead.
Blake Wood (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings, including a perfect 11th.
The Reds won for only the second time since being no-hit by the Cubs' Jake Arrieta on April 21.
Gregory Polanco and John Jaso homered for the Pirates. Pittsburgh committed a season-high four errors and misplayed other balls.
Jagr, Dupuis, Zuccarello are Masterton finalists
NEW YORK (AP) — Florida's Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis and the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted nominations at the end of the for regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Sunday. The winner will be announced June 22 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
The 44-year-old Jagr had 27 goals and 39 assists to become the oldest player in NHL history to surpass the 60-point plateau.
Dupuis rejoined the Penguins after nearly a year of rehabilitation, training, medical testing and monitoring in caring for multiple injuries and blood clot concerns. He appeared in 18 games before a pair of medical scares convinced him to retire.
Zuccarello had 26 goals and 35 assists.
NFL DRAFT-UNDRAFTED FREE AGENCY
After 'Mr. Irrelevant', comes UDFA talent acquisition for NFL teams
CHICAGO (AP) — Gary Shipman was at his desk at noon Saturday, thumbing through depth charts and occasionally looking across the room at the wall-mounted TV trumpeting the start of the NFL draft's final day.
Shipman, who represents four college football players eligible to play in the NFL this season, didn't expect to hear any of their names called, even when teams are willing to take chances in the sixth or seventh round. Shipman and his staff were busily studying NFL rosters, trying to find the right fit for their players, keeping tabs on how franchises are using picks and trying to sell teams on his list of undrafted free agents well before the 253rd and final selection was made in Chicago.
This is the draft TV viewers don't see, and it is still going on.
Players with multiple offers can decide where to try out based on signing bonuses, systems that fit their skills, coaches they may know, geography and, most importantly, where they have the best chance to make the final roster of 53 players or a 10-man practice squad. Others are just happy to get an invite to a rookie minicamp, and hope it leads to a chance to play.
Ruto, Dakebo win 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenya's Kipkoech Ruto and Ethiopia's Hailemaryam Dakebo were the winners of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon.
Ruto pulled ahead of Werkuhah Seyoum of Ethiopia during the 25th mile Sunday to finish with a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes 27 seconds. Seyoum finished second in 2:18:42 and Tyler Jermann of Flagstaff, Arizona was third in 2:20:37.
Dakebo was the first woman to finish with a time of 2:39.17, followed by Bizuwork Kasaye at 2:42:47.