Clippers rout Warriors 138-98, even playoff series
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored a career playoff-high 35 points without a foul and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in routing the Golden State Warriors 138-98 Monday night to even their first-round series at a game apiece.
Chris Paul added 12 points and 10 assists for the Clippers, who started the game on a 14-4 run and kept on going, maintaining a sizeable double-digit lead through the final three quarters. They finished with a franchise record points for a playoff game.
All the foul trouble that plagued Griffin and Paul in the Clippers' four-point loss in Game 1 belonged to the Warriors this time.
Stephen Curry scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter, when the Warriors never got closer than 25 points, while playing with four fouls. Klay Thompson finished with seven points - 15 under his average - and four fouls.
Lehtonen, Stars win 3-0 in Game 3 over Ducks
DALLAS (AP) - Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years.
Dallas captain Jamie Benn skated out of the penalty box to score late in the first period, and 19-year-old rookie Valeri Nichushkin added a goal for the Stars in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. The top-seeded Ducks won each of the first two games at home, both one-goal results.
Game 4 is Wednesday night.
Lehtonen, who held up through five Anaheim power plays, had a kick save near the end of one of those in the final minute of the first period. That came right before Benn came out of the penalty box and skated toward the other end for the winning goal.
LA Kings regroup at home after SJ Shark attack
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) - Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings are home from a two-game playoff humiliation still confident they can compete against the San Jose Sharks.
Los Angeles hasn't appeared capable of keeping up with the speedy, motivated Sharks so far. But the Kings plan to rely on their playoff experience and an improved defensive effort when they host Game 3 on Tuesday night at Staples Center.
It takes more than a couple of horrific road games to unnerve a veteran roster packed with Stanley Cup champions, according to leading scorer Anze Kopitar.
The Sharks' biggest obstacle appears to be overconfidence after outclassing their heated rivals twice. But after years of playoff failure, San Jose isn't likely to get too happy.
Robidas breaks leg again in return to Dallas
DALLAS (AP) - Anaheim Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas has broken his right leg in an eerie replay of his last game in Dallas when he still played for the Stars.
Robidas had to be helped off the ice after his right leg bent awkwardly when a sliding Ryan Garbutt of Dallas undercut him and knocked him to the ice early in the second period in Game 3 of a first-round series Monday night.
The team said the latest fracture was just above the one he sustained Nov. 29 when Dallas was playing Chicago. He was traded to the Ducks in March.
Stars fans cheered for the 37-year-old Robidas, chanting "Robi, Robi!" as he left the ice. He was transported to a hospital.
Robidas was on Dallas' previous playoff team six years ago.
Ibanez's 3-run double leads Angels over Nats 4-2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Raul Ibanez delivered a tiebreaking three-run double as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning on a night that Mike Trout and Bryce Harper went a combined 2 for 8 with zero runs or RBIs in their first matchup as opponents, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 Monday.
Los Angeles trailed 1-0 going into the eighth. But Albert Pujols - who went 0 for 5, staying on 498 homers - reached on the first of shortstop Ian Desmond's two errors in the inning, raising his season total to nine. Later, Erick Aybar's third hit of the night scored Pujols to even it.
After Tyler Clippard (1-2) walked the bases loaded, Ibanez doubled to left-center.
Fernando Salas (1-0) won with a hitless seventh.
Rangers rally from early deficit to beat Athletics
Donnie Murphy lined a go-ahead single up the middle with one out in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Monday night.
Sean Doolittle (0-1) allowed a leadoff double to Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mitch Moreland sacrificed him to third before Murphy's hit. Murphy and Kouzmanoff are both former A's players.
Neal Cotts (1-1) pitched one inning for the win, then gave way to Alexi Ogando before Joakim Soria finished for his fourth save.
Brandon Moss homered and Coco Crisp hit a two-run single as the A's went ahead 3-0 in the second, but they couldn't hold the lead.
Oakland swept a weekend series against Houston and lost for only the second time in nine games and third time in 14.
Phillies' Lee blanks Dodgers in 7-0 win
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Cliff Lee scattered four hits over eight innings, struck out 10 and retired 21 of his last 22 batters to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night.
Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run homer and a two-run double and Ryan Howard also went deep for the Phillies in the opener of a four-game series.
Lee (3-2) had at least one strikeout in every inning he pitched and did not walk a batter, giving way to Jeff Manship after 113 pitches.
Lee has 38 strikeouts and two walks through his first five starts, after leading the majors in strikeout to-walk ratio and fewest walks per nine innings during each of the previous two seasons.
Dodgers demote Figgins, recall Dominguez
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have recalled right-hander Jose Dominguez from Triple-A Albuquerque and optioned utility infielder Chone Figgins to their top minor league club to help shore up an overworked bullpen.
Dominguez, who has appeared in three games for the Dodgers in two stints this season, last appeared for Albuquerque on Thursday, registering a save by retiring the side in order with one strikeout.
Figgins made nine appearances as a pinch hitter for Los Angeles, going 1 for 6 with three walks.
Ramirez, Braun lead Brewers to 4-3 win over Padres
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Aramis Ramirez homered, Ryan Braun drove in two runs and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 Monday night.
Wily Peralta (3-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings as the Brewers improved their major league-best record to 15-5. Peralta stuck out six.
Will Smith pitched out of a base-loaded jam in the seventh inning. Tyler Thornberg worked a scoreless eighth and Francisco Rodriquez finished for his eighth save this season and 312th of his career, good for 19th on the career list.
Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was in the starting lineup as he waited to see if he would be suspended for his role in a benches clearing brawl on Sunday in Pittsburgh. Major League Baseball is expected to issue its decision on Tuesday. He went 1 for 3 with a double.
Doolittle's 5-year contract with A's worth $10.5M
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Left-hander Sean Doolittle's five-year contract with the Oakland Athletics is worth $10.5 million, and the deal would increase to $13.75 million if he becomes eligible for salary arbitration after this season.
The reliever receives a $150,000 signing bonus under the deal announced Friday. Doolittle will get salaries of $600,000 this season, $750,000 in 2015, $1.55 million in 2016, $2.6 million in 2017 and $4.35 million in 2018. The A's have a $6 million club option for 2019 with a $500,000 buyout and if that is exercised, they would have a $6.5 million club option for 2020. With a $500,000 buyout.
If he finishes a combined 100 games in 2018-19, the option becomes mutual.
If Doolittle is eligible for arbitration after this season, his salaries would increase to $1.4 million in 2015, $2.45 million in 2016, $3.65 million in 2017 and $5 million in 2018.
Angels recall LHP Maronde from Triple-A Salt Lake
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels recalled left-hander Nick Maronde from Triple-A Salt Lake.
The move before Monday's game against the Washington Nationals came a day after the Angels optioned right-hander Josh Wall to Salt Lake.
Maronde was optioned to the minors on April 11, having allowed one run in three innings for the Angels this season.
Rockies hit 5 homers in 8-2 win over Giants
DENVER (AP) - Charlie Blackmon hit two of Colorado's five homers and Jorge De La Rosa threw five efficient innings, lifting the Rockies to an 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night.
Nolan Arenado, Wilin Rosario and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who've won four of the last five. It was Blackmon's first multihomer game of his career.
De La Rosa (1-3) rediscovered his rhythm, allowing five hits and one run for his first victory of the season. The hard-throwing lefty tied a career high with 16 wins last season.
Ryan Vogelsong (0-1) never got on track and was pulled after 1 1-3 innings, his shortest start with the Giants. He surrendered five runs and six hits, including three homers.
Blackmon lined solo homers in the second and eighth innings. He's now hitting .411 this season.
Seahawks acquire QB Terrelle Pryor
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks.
Oakland sent the third-year player to the Super Bowl champions on Monday. Terms of the deal were not immediately announced.
Pryor was a third-round pick in the 2011 supplemental draft out of Ohio State. He started nine games last season, going 3-6, sharing the job with undrafted rookie free agent Matt McGloin.
Pryor went 156 for 272 for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions, with a passer rating of 69.1.
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