KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Josh Hamilton and Hank Conger homered to back Billy Buckner’s first major league win since 2009, and the Los Angeles Angels shut out the Kansas City Royals 7-0 on Saturday. Conger’s opposite-field shot leading off the sixth inning was the first hit off Jeremy Guthrie, who dropped his third consecutive outing. The Royals will try to avoid a four game sweep by the Angels with Wade Davis on the mound; first pitch at 1:10 p.m.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mark Ellis lined a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated St. Louis 5-3 yesterday to snap the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak. The NL Central-leading Cardinals tied the game at 3 on David Freese’s broken-bat RBI double and Pete Kozma’s infield single in the sixth. Cardinals’ starter John Gast left the game in the bottom of the second inning with tightness in his left shoulder. The Cardinals will go for the series win this afternoon with Shelby Miller on the mound; first pitch at 3:10 p.m.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — For the second straight game, the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies needed overtime to decide their playoff game. And for the second straight time, the Spurs prevailed to win Game 3 104-93 behind Tim Duncan’s 24 points and 10 rebounds to take a commanding 3-0 series lead in the NBA Western Conference final.
BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots, Gregory Campbell scored twice and the Boston Bruins beat the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. The Bruins will face the Pittsburgh Penguins for the right to play for the Stanley Cup.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are still alive in the Western Conference semifinal after whacking Detroit 4-1. Andrew Shaw had two goals for his first career multi-goal playoff game as Chicago cut Detroit’s series lead to 3-2 going back to Detroit for Game 6 Monday night.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter is the pole-sitter for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. A field of 33 drivers will take the flag at the Brickyard under what is expected to be sunny skies and nearly perfect racing conditions.
CONCORD, N.C. (AP)— It’s a big night for motor sports as NASCAR’s longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, is scheduled for Sunday night in North Carolina. Denny Hamlin starts from the pole after smashing the track record with a lap of 195.624 miles per hour