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Murphy drives in 4, Indians beat Padres PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:07
CLEVELAND — David Murphy doesn’t know why or how or what happened to fix his broken swing. None of that matters.
He’s not asking questions. He just wants to keep hitting.
“I haven’t felt this way in a while,” he said.
Murphy hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs as the Cleveland Indians took advantage of outdoor batting practice and San Diego’s sloppiness to beat the Padres 8-6 on Tuesday night in their delayed interleague series opener.
Murphy’s shot in the fourth inning off Tyson Ross (0-2) gave the Indians a 6-2 lead. He added an RBI double in the sixth and is 6 for 8 with a homer and five RBIs in his past two games. It’s a dramatic change for Murphy, who batted just .204 during spring training and then opened the season 2 of 14 in Cleveland’s first four games.
But since finding his “feel” in the batting cage a few days ago, Murphy has been making solid contact in every at-bat. He’s stunned himself with his turnaround.
Updated, Reds stumble in St. Louis again PDF Print E-mail
Written by R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:06
ST. LOUIS — Jay Bruce thought he had it, until the ball glanced off his glove. He wouldn’t have argued if it had been ruled an error.
“Obviously, you guys know I take a lot of pride in defense, that side of the game,” Bruce said after Matt Holliday’s drive to the warning track eluded him for a go-ahead two-run double in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. “It might have been a tough play, but I should have caught that.”
Manager Bryan Price was not so tough on Bruce.
“I mean, it would have been a real nice catch,” Price said. “I can’t have any criticism for Jay Bruce because he busts his tail on defense every day, and I’ve had a chance to see it now for almost five years.”
Homer Bailey accepted his share of the blame, too, after squandering a 4-0 second-inning lead.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 06:31
Johansen’s OT goal lifts Jackets past Coyotes PDF Print E-mail
Written by RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:04
COLUMBUS— Over their 13 seasons, the Columbus Blue Jackets have wilted at the finish a lot of times.
They did again on Tuesday night, giving up a tying goal in the waning seconds of regulation.
But they more than made up for it later.
Ryan Johansen took a stretch pass from James Wisniewski and scored on a wrist shot at 3:33 of overtime to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, tying a franchise record for wins.
“It could have been one of those ‘oh-no moments,”’ Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said of the Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s tying goal with just 14.6 seconds left in regulation.
“But credit to the guys. We went out and found a way to win.”
Red Wings beat Sabres PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:04
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will enjoy the win more than the milestone for now.
As special as it was to pass Jack Adams’ franchise win total, making the playoffs is the more immediate priority.
Darren Helm scored the go-ahead goal 3:33 into the third period to spark a three-goal outburst and inch Detroit to the cusp of clinching a playoff berth following a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
“The win tonight is way more important than that,” Babcock said, when asked about the significance of earning his 414th career victory, one more than Adams.
“But what I would say to you is these are things you think about the summer. And I’m thrilled.”
Babcock then shifted his attention to his team’s next test. The Red Wings (38-27-14) travel to play Pittsburgh on Wednesday needing only one point to secure one of the Eastern Conference’s two wild-card playoff spots, and extend the team’s run of postseason berths to 23 straight seasons.
Stuckey, Monroe, Drummond lead Pistons past Hawks PDF Print E-mail
Written by GEORGE HENRY Associated Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:03
ATLANTA — Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond each had a double-double and the Detroit Pistons snapped a 10-game skid in Atlanta with a 102-95 victory over the Hawks on Tuesday night.
Atlanta has five games left in the regular season and a 1 1/2-game advantage over New York for the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff spot.
Paul Millsap had 24 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta, which had won three of four.
Monroe finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Drummond had 19 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who were eliminated from playoff contention when the Hawks won Sunday at Indiana.
Detroit has won two straight after dropping five of six.
Atlanta trailed by three when Drummond blocked Millsap’s jumper in the lane and tipped in Kyle Singler’s missed fast-break layup to put the Pistons up 96-91 with 1:36 remaining.
The Pistons were up by 13 twice in the second, the latter coming on Peyton Siva’s 3-pointer at the 8:47 mark, but Atlanta cut the lead to four on Kyle Korver’s 3 in the final minute.
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