Update on the latest sports
Blues, Stars meet again in Game 7 for spot in West finals
DALLAS (AP) – The Blues and Stars are set for another Game 7 in a second-round series, three years after St. Louis dominated a winner-take-all matchup in Dallas for a spot in the Western Conference finals.
This time, the Blues are coming off a win in Dallas and will face the Stars in St. Louis.
Home ice isn’t necessarily an advantage in this case. Both teams have more road wins than home victories in the postseason.
2 Game 5s on tap
UNDATED (AP) – Two Game 5s are on tap Tuesday night in the NBA playoffs. Denver hosts Portland and Philadelphia visits Toronto in a pair of swing games with their series tied 2-2.
Toronto and Denver both reclaimed home-court advantage with series-tying road wins on Sunday. Sunday’s situation was dire for Denver and Toronto: A loss would have meant a 3-1 series deficit, which is almost always a precursor to elimination.
The task now is to keep that momentum going with very high stakes. The Nuggets and Raptors can either take a firm grip on their respective series or get themselves into pits of trouble that would be even deeper than the ones they were in a couple of days ago.
Marlins’ Smith tries to boost his record vs Cubs
UNDATED (AP) – The Marlins went into this week on pace for 118 losses and their worst record ever. Club CEO Derek Jeter says he’s not happy, a sentiment echoed by manager Don Mattingly.
Caleb Smith, however, has been exceptional. The 27-year-old lefty is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in six starts, striking out 45 in 36 innings. Smith will try to boost his record when he starts at Wrigley Field against Jon Lester and the Cubs.
Elsewhere in the majors:
– San Francisco lefty Madison Bumgarner starts at Coors Field, facing the only team he’s beaten this season. He pitched seven innings at home to top Colorado on April 13. With each outing for the last-place Giants, speculation increases they might consider trading the 29-year-old Bumgarner. The 2014 World Series MVP has made seven starts this season.
– Cody Bellinger can expect to see a lot of time in the outfield for the Dodgers after coming back from a dislocated shoulder. He hurt himself diving for a ball at first base, and Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts says it “makes the most sense” to keep Bellinger in the outfield for a while. The Dodgers could need help in the outfield with A.J. Pollock out for at least six weeks after surgery to clear up an infection in his right elbow.
– AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani (SHOH’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) will join the Angels in Detroit this week and could be set to make his season debut. The two-way star has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected to pitch this year. But his swing is fine and Los Angeles intends to use Ohtani as its designated hitter. The Angels say Ohtani will wear an arm guard when he bats and runs the bases. The 24-year-old hit .285 with 22 home runs last season.