Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Steen beat Corey Crawford off a pair of short passes from Steve Ott and David Backes to cap the longest overtime game in franchise history.
Ryan Miller blanked the Blackhawks after Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway to put Chicago up 3-2 late in the first period.
Both teams face a short turnaround with Game 2 Saturday afternoon.
RED SOX-WHITE SOX
Lester leads Red Sox past White Sox 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) - Jon Lester pitched eight sharp innings and David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston's two-run ninth, leading the Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.
Lester allowed one run and seven hits for his second straight win after opening the season with two losses. The left-hander struck out nine and walked none, winning an impressive pitcher's duel with White Sox ace Chris Sale.
Lester retired his first 16 batters before Tyler Flowers singled in the sixth. Xander Bogaerts homered in the sixth for Boston's only hit off Sale.
Wainwright's 2-hitter leads Cards past Nats 8-0
WASHINGTON (AP) - Adam Wainwright threw a two-hitter Thursday night for his seventh career shutout, chipped in at the plate with a double and single, and St. Louis benefited from four errors by Washington in the Cardinals' 8-0 victory.
Wainwright allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to right in the ninth. He struck out eight and walked three. During one dominant stretch, the runner-up for the 2013 NL Cy Young award retired 18 consecutive batters.
This was the right-hander's 17th complete game and his fourth two-hitter.
Desmond, Washington's shortstop, made a pair of errors, raising his season total to seven. The Nationals have 20 through 16 games, an average of 1.25.
Oshie ruled out for Blues playoff opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Blues have ruled out forward T.J. Oshie for their playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, but Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return after missing 15 games with a broken thumb.
Coach Ken Hitchcock also says forward Patrik Berglund will not play in Game 1 on Thursday night. He had no update on Oshie, who missed practice Wednesday.
Tarasenko is returning about two weeks ahead of schedule.
Slumping White Sox slugger Abreu out of lineup
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox gave slumping slugger Jose Abreu a day off.
Manager Robin Ventura didn't put the Cuban rookie in the starting lineup for Thursday night's game against Boston.
Abreu is in a 1-for-25 rut. Ventura says the first baseman has "a lot going on" and that it's "the right time" to give him a break before the White Sox go on the road to Texas.
Abreu signed a six-year, $68 million contract in the offseason. He got off to a strong start for the White Sox with four home runs and 14 RBIs through 10 games, but has tailed off since then.
He went 0 for 6 Wednesday night, dropping his batting average to .217.
Paul Konerko got his second start of the season, batting fifth and playing first base. Adam Dunn will bat cleanup as the designated hitter.
WHITE SOX MOVES
White Sox bring up Putnam and cut Veal
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox selected the contract of right-hander Zach Putnam before Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox and designated left-hander Donnie Veal for assignment.
Putnam, 26, is 1-0 and no earned runs allowed in four appearances with Triple-A Charlotte. He struck out 11 and walked one in six innings, holding opponents to a .182 batting average.
Signed in November, Putnam pitched in 15 major league games over parts of three seasons with Cleveland in 2011, Colorado in 2012 and the Chicago Cubs last season.
Veal was 0-0 with a 7.50 ERA in seven relief appearances with Chicago. Scott Downs becomes the inly left-hander in the White Sox bullpen.
Cardinals put RHP Kelly on DL with hurt hamstring
WASHINGTON (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Joe Kelly has been put on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
The Cardinals also optioned righty reliever Keith Butler to Triple-A Memphis and recalled rookie right-handers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon from Memphis before Thursday's game at the Washington Nationals. Neither Fornataro nor Rondon has ever appeared in a major league game.
Kelly got hurt while trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the fourth inning of the Cardinals' 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. He is 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA in three starts this season.
Napoli back in Red Sox lineup after missing game
CHICAGO (AP) - First basemen Mike Napoli was back in Boston's starting lineup on Thursday night, two days after dislocating a finger on his left hand.
Napoli hurt his ring finger on a headfirst slide into second base in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox. He sat out Wednesday's game.
"Mike's relatively fine," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "The swelling continues to go down. The discomfort that was there yesterday has lessened today, and there will probably be some taping just to support it further."
Napoli entered Thursday with a .302 batting average and three homers in 13 games.
Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski says in a statement Thursday it was "an honor for us to have him in our program."
In an essay posted on SI.com, the Chicago native says the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.
There is a strong chance Parker could be the No. 1 overall pick in June. The All-American was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history and became the first freshman to be selected team MVP since Johnny Dawkins in 1983.
He is the fifth Blue Devils player to enter the draft after his freshman season, joining Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers.
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