Bolsinger earns 1st MLB win, Diamondbacks top Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) - Mike Bolsinger earned his first major league win, pitching into the seventh inning and hitting an RBI single as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Thursday.
Bolsinger allowed one unearned run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Miguel Montero drove in two runs, and the Diamondbacks won consecutive games for only the second time this season. Addison Reed got his fifth save in six chances with a perfect ninth.
Edwin Jackson pitched seven innings. He retired 17 of 18 batters after Bolsinger's run-scoring single in the second.
Cabrera, Scherzer lead Tigers over White Sox 7-4
DETROIT (AP) - Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs, Max Scherzer struck out 10 and the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 Thursday.
Cabrera hit a pair of two-out singles for his RBIs.
Scherzer allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. The reigning AL Cy Young winner was pulled with a high pitch count.
Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six tries. He got the final two outs on a strikeout where Jose Abreu was called for interfering with catcher Bryan Holaday's throw to second base on a stolen-base attempt.
Jose Quintana allowed three runs in six innings.
Young, Granderson, Colon lead Mets over Cards 4-1
NEW YORK (AP) - Chris Young homered to start New York's comeback and slumping Curtis Granderson singled in a run as a pinch hitter as Bartolo Colon and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 Thursday to send Lance Lynn to his first career loss in April.
Colon allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none. Carlos Torres and Scott Rice split the eighth, and Daisuke Matsuzaka finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his first save since 2000 with the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League.
New York took three of four from the defending NL champions and has won four of five overall.
Blackhawks, Blues prepare for Game 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) - One more game, and the Chicago Blackhawks will have linchpin defenseman Brent Seabrook back in the lineup.
The St. Louis Blues aren't certain when captain David Backes, the player on the receiving end of the jarring hit that landed Seabrook a three-game suspension, will be ready.
Coach Ken Hitchcock said from a selfish standpoint it would be unfair if Seabrook returned before Backes to a white-knuckle first-round playoff series tied at two games apiece heading into Game 5 Friday night. Backes was not among a handful on the ice for an optional practice Thursday and Hitchcock was tight-lipped about his status.
The Blues still have home-ice advantage in a series that couldn't be closer. Three games were decided in overtime and Game 3 was a one-goal affair before the Blackhawks added an empty-netter.
Wizards seek real homecourt advantage vs. Bulls
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Wizards are hoping their fans will show up on time for the franchise's first home playoff game in six years.
The Wizards lead the Chicago Bulls 2-0 in the first-round series, with Game 3 in Washington on Friday night.
Washington ranked 18th in attendance this season, and D.C. fans are notoriously late-arrivers.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis addressed the issue on his blog Thursday, telling fans: "Don't be too cool for school and stroll in at end of first period."
Said guard Bradley Beal: "You definitely notice it. Especially when you first run onto the floor and there's nobody there."
Cubs put OF Ruggiano on DL, make 4 roster moves
CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs have put outfielder Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list because a strained left hamstring and called up two pitchers from the minors.
The Cubs made the moves before Thursday's game against Arizona. They promoted left-hander Zac Rosscup and right-hander Neil Ramirez from Triple-A Iowa and optioned righty Blake Parker to their top minor league team.
Ruggiano says he has a Grade 2 strain and says the best-case scenario is for a return in three to four weeks. He was injured in the ninth inning Wednesday trying to make a catch in right field.
Ruggiano is hitting .229 with one home run and six RBIs.
Rosscup made one previous appearance this season for the Cubs, pitching 1 2-3 scoreless innings during the second game of a doubleheader against the New York Yankees on April 16.
Cards' Wainwright says knee good for Sunday start
NEW YORK (AP) - St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright threw a bullpen session and said his right knee feels good enough to allow him to make his next scheduled start Sunday against Pittsburgh.
He stretched his scoreless streak to 17 innings Tuesday but left a 3-0 win over the New York Mets after hyperextending his right knee while lunging for Chris Young's flare between the mound and first base.
Wainwright said Thursday his knee was "a hair sore - on fully extension only."
"And when you look at the way I pitch, you barely do anything stiff-legged, so I'm going to be OK," he said.
Wainwright is 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA.
Kopitar, Bergeron, Toews finalists for Selke award
NEW YORK (AP) - Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Toews are finalists for the NHL's Selke Trophy, awarded to the best defensive forward.
The NHL announced the finalists Thursday, who were voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.
Kopitar appeared in all 82 Los Angeles Kings games and had the second-most ice time among forwards behind Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. The Kings allowed a league-low average of 2.05 goals per game.
Boston's Bergeron led the NHL in face-off wins with 1,015 - the most by any player in the past seven seasons.
Chicago's Toews, who won the award last year, placed fifth in the NHL in face-off wins with 884.
The winner will be honored June 24 at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
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