TORONTO—Drew Hutchison may have been flirting with a perfect game for five innings, but he didn’t notice.
He struck out seven over eight innings as the Toronto Blue Jays topped the Baltimore Orioles 7-6 last night to complete a three-game series sweep.
BOSTON—LeBron James got to the arena early.
When he left, the Cleveland Cavaliers had a chance to put an early end to the series.
James scored 31 points in his first playoff game in Boston since a masterful performance in the 2012 post-season as Cleveland moved one win away from a sweep in its first playoff series in five years with a 103-95 victory last night.
VANCOUVER—The Vancouver Canucks still have a pulse in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Daniel Sedin scored early in the third period last night as the Canucks avoided elimination with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in Game 5 of their Western Conference quarter-final.
Vancouver still trails the best-of-seven series 3-2, with Game 6 set for tomorrow in Calgary.
LOS ANGELES—Three days from his 39th birthday, Tim Duncan keeps getting better with age.
He smartly stayed on the court while playing the last eight minutes with five fouls, and recovered from a woeful fourth quarter to steady the Spurs in overtime.
TORONTO—Devon Travis knew exactly who to thank for his success last night.
The Blue Jays’ rookie second baseman had three hits, including the go-ahead two-run homer, as Toronto topped the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.
PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that is expected to cost the NFL $1 billion over 65 years to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Kyle Gibson finally learned what it’s like to lose to Kansas City
The Twins starter had dominated the Royals the first four times he had faced them, including a victory last week at Target Field.
But his fortune finally ran out last night when the Royals took advantage of a series of miscues to pull away for a 7-1 victory.
CHICAGO—Jimmy Butler simply was following orders from Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
He kept shooting and the ball kept going in.
Butler set a playoff career-high for the second-straight game with 31 points as the Chicago Bulls beat the Milwaukee Bucks 91-82 last night to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
BOSTON — Lelisa Desisa won his first Boston Marathon in 2013.
He didn’t have much time to celebrate.
A few hours after Desisa broke the tape on Boylston Street on Patriots’ Day, two bombs near the finish line turned what should be the pinnacle of any distance runner’s career into an afterthought.
MINNEAPOLIS—Torii Hunter feels good about his swing and so do the Minnesota Twins.
Hunter hit his first home run for Minnesota since 2007, helping Trevor May and the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 yesterday.
“I’m just happy to get the home run out of the way in a Twins’ uniform in Target Field,” said Hunter, flashing his charismatic smile.