PITTSBURGH (AP) — Amir Garrett was far from a phenom in spring training. In fact, the Reds rookie got hit rather hard.
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Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins made their limited chances count. Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Bruins – held without a shot in the second period – held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Marchand scored off the rebound of Patrice Bergeron’s shot.
Ender Inciarte matched Giancarlo Stanton homer for homer until Tyler Flowers broke the tie, and the Atlanta Braves broke their five-game losing streak. Inciarte hit two home runs and Flowers had a go-ahead single in the ninth inning Wednesday night to help Atlanta rally past the Miami Marlins 5-4. The Braves center fielder came into the game batting .152, and the homers were his first this year after he hit three last season.
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon McCarthy pitched four-hit ball over six innings, Andrew Toles hit his first leadoff homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Chicago 2-0 on Wednesday night after the Cubs received their championship rings.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Wheeler looked like a king, proudly wearing the Mets’ star-of-the-game crown after waiting 2 1/2 years to get another win.
Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things – and just as importantly, doing all the right things – while watching Matt Murray take his job. Never complaining about playing time and doing his best to help the 22-year-old Murray adjust to the grind during his first full season in the NHL. The Penguins held on to Fleury at the trade deadline, keenly aware that the time may come when they would need him to coax a little more magic out of his No. 29 sweater.
With all his pitches working, Chase Anderson had no problem handling an overanxious Blue Jays lineup. Anderson and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Villar homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Toronto 2-0 on Wednesday night to hand the struggling Blue Jays their fifth straight loss. Last-place Toronto is off to the worst start in team history at 1-7.
Trey Mancini hit two of Baltimore’s five home runs, all in the first three innings, and the Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox 12-5 on Wednesday night. A night after Boston’s bats put up eight runs, Baltimore returned the favor against knuckleballer Steven Wright by tagging him for six in a first inning that included back-to-back homers from Mancini and Jonathan Schoop. Adam Jones and Chris Davis each added a solo shot in the second.
Henrik Lundqvist got over his troubles with the Montreal Canadiens in a hurry. The New York goalie survived a shaky first period to make 31 saves in the Rangers’ 2-0 victory Wednesday night in their playoff opener. It will be up to the Canadiens to come up with an answer in Game 2 on Friday night at Bell Centre, or risk heading to New York down two games in the best-of-seven series.
Doug Weight said he hadn’t thought about whether he wanted to return as coach of the New York Islanders while the season was winding down, but hoped to make a quick decision. The Islanders announced Wednesday that Weight, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach in January, was a permanent hire. ”I talked about it a lot with friends and obviously my family, people within the organization,” Weight said on a conference call with the Islanders’ beat writers.
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