Monday Morning State Sports Summary
Mon, 06 May 2013 01:45:13 EDT


Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Detroit Tigers
toppled the Houston Astros, 9-0 yesterday afternoon.
Detroit outscored Houston 37-to-8 in the four-game sweep.
Verlander moved to 4-and-2 with nine struck outs.
Prince Fielder lifted a two-run shot while Brayan Pena, Andy Dirks and Omar
Infante also left the yard. The Tigers begin a two-game set with the Washington
Nationals tomorrow.

                 (M-L-B Scoreboard)

American League

Detroit Tigers 9, Houston Astros 0
Minnesota Twins 4, Cleveland Indians 2
Oakland Athletics 5, New York Yankees 4
Toronto Blue Jays 10, Seattle Mariners 2
Kansas City Royals 6, Chicago White Sox 5 (10 innings)
Texas Rangers 4, Boston Red Sox 3
Baltimore Orioles 8, LA Angels of Anaheim 4

National League

St. Louis Cardinals 10, Milwaukee Brewers 1
Washington Nationals 6, Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Atlanta Braves 9, New York Mets 4
Miami Marlins 14, Philadelphia Phillies 2
Cincinnati Reds 7, Chicago Cubs 4
San Diego Padres 5, Arizona Diamondbacks 1
San Francisco Giants 4, Los Angeles Dodgers 3


Tampa Bay Rays 8, Colorado Rockies 3


The Detroit Red Wings host the Anaheim Ducks tonight for Game Four of their
Western Conference quarterfinals series. Game time is 8:00 p.m.
The Ducks lead the best-of-seven set 2-1 after a 4-0 win in Game Three. The
series heads back to Southern California for Wednesday's Game Five.

Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader has been suspended two games by the
Abdelkader received a major penalty for charging and game misconduct when he hit
Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman in Game Three on Saturday.
Anaheim went on to win the game 4-0 and take a 2-1 lead in their Western
Conference quarterfinal series. Lydman is doubtful for Game Four on Monday

The Pittsburgh Penguins capped a thrilling game on Long Island with a 5-4
overtime victory over the New York Islanders to kick off Sunday's action in the
NHL playoffs.
The win gave the Pens a crucial 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
Also in the Eastern Conference, the Ottawa Senators jumped all over the visiting
Montreal Canadiens on their way to a 6-1 decision. The Sens also hold a 2-1
lead in that series.
In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild defended home ice and grabbed a
3-2 overtime victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
The 'Hawks still hold a 2-1 series lead there.
The nightcap featured the San Jose Sharks taking it to the visiting Vancouver
Canucks, 5-2. The Sharks have a stranglehold on the series with a 3-0 lead.

On Monday, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs play a crucial Game Three
north of the border. That series is tied at one. Also in the East, the New
York Rangers host the Washington Capitals, looking to avoid a 3-0 series hole.
In the West, the defending champion Los Angeles Kings will be at home to host
the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis is out to a 2-1 lead in that series.

                         (N-H-L Playoffs)

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
Pittsburgh Penguins 5, New York Islanders 4 (OT) (Penguins lead, 2-1)
Ottawa Senators 6, Montreal Canadiens 1 (Senators lead, 2-1)

Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best-of-seven)
Minnesota Wild 3, Chicago Blackhawks 2 (OT) (Blackhawks lead, 2-1)
San Jose Sharks 6, Vancouver Canucks 1 (Sharks lead 3-0)


The Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder got their respective conference
semifinal series off to a great start on Sunday.
The Pacers went into Madison Square Garden in New York and knocked off the
Knicks, 102-95. Indiana grabs the 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Thunder held homecourt by edging the Memphis Grizzlies, 93-91. OKC also
maintains a 1-0 lead in that set.
On Monday, the other two conference semifinal series get started.
The defending champion Miami Heat will host the Chicago Bulls in Game One. The
San Antonio Spurs also take their shot against the visiting Golden State

Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the NBA's Most Valuable Player.
James has been named MVP for the fourth time in his career.
He is just the fifth player in NBA history with four MVP Awards, joining Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.
James received all but one of the 121 first-place votes cast for a total of
1,207 points. The 28-year-old averaged 26.8 points, eight rebounds and 7.3
assists while shooting a career-best 56 percent from the field.

A day after being knocked out of the NBA playoffs with a Game Seven loss to the
Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets have announced they won't bring back P.J. Carlesimo as
head coach.
General manager Billy King released a statement saying the 63-year-old was being
relieved of his duties. Carlesimo replaced Avery Johnson in late December and
led the Nets to a 35-and-19 record over the final 54 games of the season.

                       (N-B-A Playoffs)

Eastern Conference Semifinals (Best of seven)
Indiana Pacers 102, New York Knicks 95 (Pacers lead 1-0)

Western Conference Semifinals (Best of seven)
Oklahoma City Thunder 93, Memphis Grizzlies 91 (Thunder lead 1-0)


Grand Rapids native Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains undefeated, beating Robert
Guerrero in a unanimous decision Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Mayweather retained his WBC Welterweight title with the win, boosting him to a
perfect 44-and-0, despite being out of the ring for a year.
The 36-year-old Mayweather took a 117-111 score from all three judges.


David Ragan came through a pair of major wrecks and took the lead on the final
lap to grab the checkered flag in Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega
The race was delayed over three-and-a-half hours due to rain.
Ragan drafted with teammate David Gilliland during the last lap before passing
pole-sitter Carl Edwards for the win.
It was the first Sprint Cup Series win for the underfunded three-car team Front
Row Motorsports.
Gilliland finished two-tenths of a second behind his teammate to come in second,
followed by Edwards. Michael Waltrip and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the
Next week, the Cup series heads to Darlington.


Derek Ernst parred the first playoff hole on Sunday to defeat David Lynn and win
the Wells Fargo Championship.
Ernst closed with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to end at 8-under-par 280. He was
joined there by Lynn, who also shot 70 in the
final round.
Phil Mickelson bogeyed the 16th and 17th holes to slide out of the lead. He
carded his second straight 73 to end one shot out of the playoff at minus-7.

                          ---Horse Racing---

Orb rallied on the mud-wretched Churchill Downs track to win the 139th running
of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
The three-year-old Thoroughbred was the co-favorite at 6-to-1 heading to the
gate. This was the first Kentucky Derby win for Hall of Fame trainer Shug
McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario.
The 28-year-old Dominican rode the 2011 Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, to a
victory in this year's Dubai World Cup. Golden Soul finished in second with the
other co-favorite Revolutionary in third.
The next leg of the Triple Crown is on May 18th with the 138th Preakness Stakes
at Pimlico Race Course.

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