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James, Cavs come from 26 down, beat Pacers to take 3-0 lead

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James celebrated another milestone with the greatest second-half comeback in playoff history. Win one more at Indiana, the four-time MVP will be crowned king of the first round. James scored 41 points while padding his ...

Bauer, Santana lift Indians over Twins, 6-2

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Trevor Bauer's foot slipped on the mound with the bases loaded, causing him to balk in a run, his outing hung in the balance. The Cleveland Indians right-hander dug in, limited the damage and delivered his best performance of the ...

Orioles’ Hardy singles in 10th for 2-1 win over Reds

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Shutdown pitching and just enough hitting. The Baltimore Orioles found a way to squeeze out the close ones during an uplifting trip. J.J. Hardy singled home the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning on Thursday night, and the Baltimore Orioles ...

Penguins eliminate Blue Jackets with 5-2 win in Game 5

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren't ...

Matthews, Laine and Werenski are Calder Trophy finalists

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski and Winnipeg Jets winger Patrik Laine are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for NHL rookie of the year. The league announced the top three in voting Thursday ...

Ramirez, Tomlin pace Indians past Twins, 11-4

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Tomlin and Edwin Encarnacion broke out of a pair of season-long slumps for the Cleveland Indians. In doing so, they helped put the Minnesota Twins into their first skid of the year. Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and ...

Reds’ Arroyo gets first win since 2014 behind Duvall’s slam

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — After missing two entire seasons, 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo got himself back in the win column Tuesday night. Adam Duvall hit his first career grand slam, Joey Votto had a two-run shot and Arroyo got his first victory in almost three ...

Blue Jackets beat Penguins 5-4 to avoid sweep

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus coach John Tortorella hates the kind of music his players often blare in the dressing room. Still, he really wanted them to be able to hear it again. After the first three games of the playoff series with Pittsburgh, the Blue ...

Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Blown big leads. Defensive breakdowns. Bad shots. None of it means anything to LeBron James. The only score that matters is 2-0. Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27, James had 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another ...

Salazar sends Indians to 3-1 series-opening win vs Twins

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The return for Michael Brantley to the middle of Cleveland's lineup has seen some promising early returns. The multi-skilled Indians left fielder is cautiously content. Danny Salazar finished six innings strong after a shaky start, ...

Blue Jackets, Wild in danger of being swept out of playoffs

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday's game than in their first two playoff games combined. That still wasn't enough to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins, who dealt the Blue Jackets a third ...

Blue Jackets’ Werenski out for playoffs with face fracture

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski will miss the rest of the postseason because of a broken cheekbone. The Blue Jackets announced the decision Monday, one day after the 19-year-old rookie took a puck to the face on a shot by Pittsburgh's Phil Kessel that opened a gash on ...

Braun, Thames homer to power Brewers over Reds 4-2

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — That Ryan Braun torments the Cincinnati Reds is an old story. Eric Thames is just getting started. Braun hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, Thames added a solo shot for his fifth home run of the series and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Reds ...

James, Leonard back to work as Cavs, Spurs go for 2-0 leads

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard will take center stage in the NBA playoffs Monday after all the series openers are in the books. The best two-way players in the league are looking to give their respective teams 2-0 series leads, though each took different ...

Boyd, Avila lead Tigers past Indians 4-1 for series win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez thought the Detroit Tigers proved a point to their biggest rival. Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Detroit defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday to take two of three ...

Boyd, Avila lead Tigers past Indians 4-1 for series win

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez thought the Detroit Tigers proved a point to their biggest rival. Matthew Boyd allowed one run in six innings, Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Detroit defeated the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Sunday to take two of three ...

Escape act: LeBron, Cavs edge Pacers 109-108 in Game 1

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Their regular-season issues followed the Cavaliers into the playoffs. They didn't win their postseason opener as much as survive it. The champions remain puzzling. LeBron James scored 32 points and Cleveland, looking to flip a switch after ...

Meram, Kamara lead Crew to 2-1 win over Toronto FC

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Justin Meram and Ola Kamara scored, and Zack Steffen made four saves to help the Columbus Crew beat Toronto FC 2-1 on Saturday night. Meram put Columbus (4-2-1) in front for good in the 44th minute, poking Alex Crognale's header — off a corner kick by Federico Higuain ...

Ramirez has 6 RBIs as Indians rout Verlander, Tigers 13-6

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez had the best day of his career. Justin Verlander had one of his worst. Ramirez was 4 for 4 with a pair of three-run homers for Cleveland, and Verlander matched a career high by allowing nine runs Saturday in the Indians' 13-6 ...

Reds lose a starter, but Winker’s double beats Brewers 7-5

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Jesse Winker whiffed in his first major league moment. His second time at the plate produced a game-winning hit. Winker doubled home the go-ahead runs with his first major league hit, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame two more homers by Eric ...