Update on the latest in sports:
Kluber looks for fifth straight win
UNDATED (AP) – Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber has won four consecutive starts going into today’s game against Texas. His 2.18 ERA is the lowest through April for an Indians pitcher with at least 40 innings since Tom Candiotti’s 2.13 ERA in 1988. Rangers starter Matt Moore has cut his ERA from 11.05 to 5.33 in his past four games, including three starts.
In other major league action:
– New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom is 3-0 with a 2.06 ERA and has thrown 14 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings going into tonight’s start against Atlanta and Sean Newcomb. DeGrom has allowed only one extra-base hit to a right-handed batter this season. He pitched seven shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in a no-decision April 21 at Atlanta.
– Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu is unbeaten in five starts going into tonight’s outing at Arizona, compiling a 3-0 record and 2.22 ERA over that stretch while averaging 10.80 strikeouts per nine innings. Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley takes the mound with a 4-1 record and is 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA in two starts against the Dodgers this season.
– Wade Miley returns to the major leagues and is scheduled to start for Milwaukee at Cincinnati. The 31-year-old left-hander agreed to a minor league contract in February and appeared set to earn a starting spot before injuring a groin late in spring training.
Jazz will try to slow Harden
HOUSTON (AP) – The Utah Jazz will be looking for a way to slow down James Harden in Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference semifinals tonight against the Houston Rockets.
Harden has averaged almost 36 points a game in five meetings between the two teams this season. And he scored 41 points in Houston’s Game 1 rout. He made seven 3-pointers in that game, leaving the Jazz focused on limiting him from long range.
The top-seeded Rockets expect to see a different team than they did in Game 1 after the Jazz had only about 36 hours between the end of Game 6 against the Thunder and the start of this series.
San Jose tries to even up series against Vegas
UNDATED (AP) – The San Jose Sharks will be hoping to put their Game 3 overtime loss behind them when they take home ice for tonight’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas leads that NHL playoff series 2-games-to-1.
The Sharks were one of the best teams in the regular season at avoiding penalties, going short-handed just 2.7 times per game for the fourth-lowest mark in the league. That discipline has been missing this round as Vegas has gotten 18 power plays in three games.
The second-round series between the Bruins and the Tampa Bay Lightning shifts to Boston for Game 3 tonight. Boston won the opener 6-2 before falling 4-2 in the second game Monday night.
NHL looks at hit by Capitals’ Wilson
NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL is taking a look at a hit by Washington forward Tom Wilson that left Pittsburgh’s Zach Aston-Reese with a broken jaw and a concussion.
The league’s department of player safety says it has scheduled a hearing for Wilson to talk about the collision that occurred Tuesday night during Washington’s 4-3 victory over the Penguins in Game 3 that gave the Capitals a 2-1 lead in the series.
This is the second time in the series Wilson made a borderline hit. He was not disciplined for a blindside hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Brian Dumoulin in Game 2 that forced Dumoulin to go through the NHL’s concussion protocol.