Update on the latest in sports:
Game 4 sees the Boston Bruins at Columbus, and San Jose Sharks at Colorado
UNDATED (AP) – The Columbus Blue Jackets are continuing their trek deeper into uncharted territory with each victory in the NHL playoffs. They’ve grabbed a 2-1 series lead over Boston and will try to build on that tonight on home ice. It will be the first time many of the young Blue Jackets have played a meaningful game in the month of May. No Columbus player has played this late in 18 years of the team’s existence.
Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks will try to extend their 2-1 lead on Colorado in Game 4 in Denver. For Colorado, forward Nathan MacKinnon now has at least a point in seven straight games. It’s the longest point streak by an Avalanche player since Peter Forsberg’s seven-game streak in 2004. On the other side of the ice, Sharks forward Logan Couture (kuh-CHUR’) is coming off a game in which he registered a hat trick and now has a playoff-leading nine goals through 10 games.
Toronto Raptors at Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The 76ers look to maintain home-court after winning a game in Toronto. Now with the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal tied at 1-1, the series shifts to Philadelphia.
Four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler was clutch in the Game 2 win over Toronto and Philly needs him to continue to deliver against the Raptors tonight. Butler may be the third option at times on a team with All-Stars Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) and Ben Simmons, but he was the difference Tuesday in the 76ers getting their first win in Toronto since 2012.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said the Sixers are motivated in part by a poll of Sixers beat writers who picked the team to lose the series. Meanwhile, the Raptors are headed to town stout in their belief that they can rebound from their 10 of 37 shooting performance from 3-point range and steal a pair in Philly.
Syndegaard looks to recover from bad outings
NEW YORK (AP) – Noah Syndergaard, who is 1-and-3 with a 6.45 ERA, tries to get on track when the Mets finish a 10-game homestand with a matinee against Cincinnati. Syndergaard has lost his last two outings and hasn’t gone more than five innings in any of his past three, allowing 14 earned runs and 27 hits over 15 innings during that span. But he is 4-0 with a 2.67 ERA in five career starts vs. Cincinnati.
Elsewhere on the major league schedule:
– It’s up to Stephen Strasburg to try to keep the Washington Nationals from being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s on the mound for the fourth and final game of the series against Dakota Hudson, who’s hoping to win his third consecutive start.
– Two American League division leaders wrap up their series in Minnesota, with Jose Berrios on the mound for the Twins. He’s 3-and-0 with a 1.77 ERA in three starts at home this season. The Astros are starting Brad Peacock, who held the Indians to a run on four hits in six innings in his last start.
– San Diego Padres pitcher Matt Strahm is still looking for his first win of the season — surprising for a pitcher who has a 1.50 ERA over his last four starts. He takes the mound in Atlanta against the Braves.
– After slugging their way to a runaway win over the Brewers last night, and ending a three-game slide, the Colorado Rockies play one more in Milwaukee. Freddy Peralta returns to the mound for the Brewers after being sidelined with a sore shoulder.
– After losing a doubleheader to struggling Kansas City, the American League East-leading Tampa Bay Rays host the Royals again. Tampa Bay had won a club-record 19 games in April before starting May with Wednesday’s two defeats. The Royals had lost eight out of ten before coming alive Wednesday. Charlie Morton tries to remain unbeaten for the Rays today.
– The Angels look for their fourth straight win when they wrap up their series at home against the Blue Jays. Tyler Skaggs goes for the sweep for the Angels against Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez, who’s never beaten the Angels in three career starts.
– Recovering from a left hamstring strain, Lucas Giolito will start for the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a four-game series at home against Boston. David Price is on the mound for the Red Sox.
Kluber to be re-evaluated
CLEVELAND (AP) – Indians ace Corey Kluber will be re-evaluated in Cleveland, a day after a line drive in Miami broke his right forearm. There was no early word on how long the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner would be out.
The right-hander was put in a cast after being struck by Brian Anderson’s liner. Kluber has a 5.80 ERA this season for the AL Central champions.