Feldman pitches Cubs to 8-2 victory over Mets
CHICAGO (AP) - Scott Feldman pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and drove in two runs with a big two-out double, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-2 on Saturday.
The Cubs have won 5 of 7 and can win three straight series for the first time with a victory on Sunday. Anthony Rizzo had two hits and his first home run since signing a 7-year contract on Monday.
Chicago was going for its first shutout since a victory over Colorado on Aug. 26, but Rick Ankiel broke it up with a two-run homer off Hector Rondon with one out in the ninth.
Feldman (4-3) won his fourth straight decision, pitching 6 2-3 innings while allowing seven hits and striking out six.
Cano homers twice in Yankees' win over Blue Jays
NEW YORK (AP) - Robinson Cano hit a pair of 2-run homers to back a solid effort by David Phelps and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays for the ninth straight time at Yankee Stadium, 7-2 Saturday.
Phelps (2-2) stuck out eight while allowing one run in a season-high seven innings, helping New York beat the Blue Jays for the eighth time in nine games this season.
Cano connected off Brandon Morrow with two outs in the third after Brett Gardner drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single. Cano also hit one off Morrow (1-3) with two out in the fifth, a shot that gave him his second multihomer game of the year. He has 12 such games for his career.
Yankees acquire INF Reid Brignac from Rockies
NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Reid Brignac from the Colorado Rockies for cash, adding a left-handed bat to the group of backups filling in for the team's injured stars.
Brignac was designated for assignment by Colorado on Thursday. He was acquired by the Rockies from Tampa Bay on Feb. 14 and hit .250 in limited action.
New York designated shortstop Alberto Gonzalez for assignment to make room for Brignac on the 40-man roster.
The Yankees made the deal with Colorado late Friday night and could not immediately get in touch with Brignac, so he did not make it to New York for the start of Saturday's game against Toronto.
The Yankees have been without shortstops Derek Jeter and Eduardo Nunez, first baseman Mark Teixeira and third basemen Alex Rodriguez and Kevin Youkilis.
Joey Votto goes 4 for 4 to back Bronson Arroyo, Reds beat Phillies 10-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bronson Arroyo pitched five-hit ball over 7 2-3 innings, Joey Votto was 4 for 4 with a homer, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 Saturday.
Arroyo (4-4) struck out six and allowed one runner to reach third in winning his third straight start against Philadelphia. He was 1-7 in his first 10 games against the Phillies, but has figured them out over the last two seasons.
Votto had a two-run shot and walked twice to reach safely six times. Ryan Hanigan hit a three-run homer.
Kyle Kendrick (4-2) gave up four runs and eight hits with a season-high four walks in six innings. Kendrick hadn't allowed more than two runs in his previous seven starts.
IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander tops Lee Purdy in non-title bout
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander earned a convincing victory over Lee Purdy at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday night in a non-title bout.
Referee David Fields stopped the fight on the advice of Purdy's corner at the end of the seventh round.
Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs), from St. Louis, was supposed to be making his first defense of his title, but Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KOs) failed to make the 147-pound weight limit.
Purdy first weighed in at 148 pounds Friday at Caesars Atlantic City. Under IBF regulations, Englishman had two hours to take off the extra pound, but still weighed 147.8 when he stepped back on the scale.
Purdy, ranked No. 4 by the IBF, accepted the bout on four weeks' notice. He stepped in for No. 1 contender Kell Brook, a fellow Brit who sustained a foot injury while training.
With the victory, Alexander put himself in position for a potential fight against another English boxer, former junior-welterweight champion Amir Khan. Alexander would also relish a chance to face Floyd Mayweather Jr., regardless of the weight class.
Stephenson spurs late rally to lead Pacers past Knicks 106-99, into Eastern Conference finals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Lance Stephenson scored 9 of his playoff career-high 23 points during a late 11-2 run Saturday night, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York Knicks, 106-99 and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004.
The New York native also had 10 rebounds and the Pacers were spurred by the return of point guard George Hill two days after he was diagnosed with a concussion.
Next up is a rematch with Miami, the team that eliminated Indiana last season. Game 1 will be Wednesday at Miami.
Carmelo Anthony scored 39 points and Iman Shumpert had 19 for New York.
Indiana is 6-0 at home in the playoffs, but this one sure wasn't easy.
Redden is only Bruins injured defenseman close to returning for playoffs vs Rangers
BOSTON (AP) - Boston Bruins defenseman Wade Redden has returned to practice but says he isn't quite ready to play after missing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.
Redden took part in some of the Bruins' activities during their off day Saturday. His injury has not been disclosed. Coach Claude Julien says it will be a game-time decision whether Redden can play.
Game 2 is Sunday afternoon at the TD Garden.
Dennis Seidenberg, who has a knee injury, skated on his own before practice. Julien says he doesn't expect him to be ready to play. Andrew Ference is out with a foot injury.
The Bruins started three rookie defensemen in Game 1 on Thursday night when they beat the Rangers 3-2 in overtime.
Pacers' Hill cleared to play Game 6 vs. Knicks
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Pacers guard George Hill has been cleared to play Saturday night against the New York Knicks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Hill missed Game 5 on Thursday night in New York because of a concussion.
The Pacers released a statement about 1½ hours before the scheduled tipoff saying Hill passed the NBA's return protocol as part of the league's concussion policy.
The Pacers said Hill remained symptom-free after each step, including workouts and the shootaround Saturday. He was injured in the first quarter of Game 4.
The Pacers lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.
Syracuse beats Yale 7-6 in NCAA lacrosse quarters
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue scored with 13 seconds remaining to lift top-seeded Syracuse past Yale 7-6 in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals Saturday.
The Orange (15-3) will face the winner of Sunday's Denver-North Carolina match in next Saturday's semifinals in Philadelphia.
Donahue's goal completed a three-goal rally in the final 3:04 for Syracuse. Yale (12-5) had held the Orange scoreless for more than 43 minutes after surrendering the first four goals of the game.
Yale had a chance to take the lead with 1:21 left, but Syracuse goalie Dominic Lamolinara (nine saves) stuffed Bulldogs midfielder Conrad Oberbeck to secure possession for the Orange.
After a timeout with 55 seconds left, Syracuse midfielder JoJo Marasco patiently waited for an opportunity to develop before finding Donahue a few yards from the goal for the winner.
Syracuse advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2009.
Cornell routs Ohio St 16-6 in NCAA quarterfinals
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Steve Mock scored seven goals and Rob Pannell added two goals and six assists as unseeded Cornell routed third-seeded Ohio State 16-6 in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals Saturday at Byrd Stadium.
The Big Red (14-3) will face the winner of Sunday's Duke-Notre Dame game in next weekend's semifinals in Philadelphia.
Cornell broke open a 1-1 game with five consecutive goals in the first quarter. Mock had all of his seven goals at halftime for the Big Red, which reached the semifinals for the first time since 2010.
Jesse King scored two goals for the Buckeyes (13-4), who have never advanced to the semifinals and were making only their second quarterfinal appearance.
Pannell moved into second on the NCAA's career points list, passing former Air Force star Joe Vasta. Pannell has 347 points, six shy of ex-Duke attackman Matt Danowski's career record of 353.
Derby winner Orb disappoints in the Preakness
BALTIMORE (AP) - Orb came up short in the Preakness, frustrating everyone who made the Kentucky Derby winner a 3-5 favorite - no one more than trainer Shug McGaughey.
"I'm disappointed," McGaughey said after Orb finished fourth and Oxbow pulled off the upset Saturday.
"I'll be more disappointed tomorrow than I am right now. I know the game. It is highs and lows. Probably more lows than highs."
McGaughey and Orb were certainly on a high in the two weeks since the Derby. The colt had trained sensationally ahead of the Preakness, fanning hopes that a horse was finally going to end the Triple Crown drought that dates back to Affirmed in 1978.
Orb needed a Preakness win to set the stage for a Triple try three weeks later in the Belmont Stakes. He couldn't deliver, despite the outpouring of support at Pimlico as fans cheered loudly when he led the post parade.
Za Approval wins $100,000 Red Bank Stakes
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) - Za Approval won a three-horse battle in the deep stretch Saturday in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park, beating Tune Me In by three-quarters of a length.
Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Joe Bravo, the 5-year-old gelding ran a mile over the firm turf course in 1:34 2-5 and paid $3.80, $3 and $2.80. The victory in the Grade III race was the sixth win in 13 career starts for Za Approval and boosted his earnings to $302,165.
Tune Me In returned $13.20 and $8, and Bad Debt was a nose back in third and paid $10.
Glorious View wins Belmont's Vagrancy Handicap
NEW YORK (AP) - Glorious View survived pressure early and late to capture her stakes debut, the $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Junior Alvarado was aboard for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Glorious View held off Fantasy of Flight by a half-length. The 4-year-old extended her winning streak to four, running 6½ furlongs in 1:15.96.
Glorious View paid $5.40, $3.80 and $2.90. Fantasy of Flight returned $4.30 and $3.30, and Withgreatpleasure paid $3.10 to show.
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