White Sox beat Angels 5-4 with 3 runs in 8th
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Jeff Keppinger walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run - his first base on balls in 141 plate appearances this season - and the Chicago White Sox rallied with three runs in the eighth to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 last night for their season-high third straight road win.
The Angels' bullpen wasted a two-run lead as the club lost its second straight and dropped to 8-12 at home.
Matt Lindstrom (2-2) got the victory after facing one batter in the seventh, getting Mike Trout to fly out to right to end the inning.
Addison Reed pitched the ninth to earn his 13th save in 14 chances.
Dane Del La Rosa (1-1) took the loss, giving up all three runs in the eighth.
Mets snap 6-game skid, beat Wainwright, Cardinals
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Daniel Murphy and David Wright combined for five hits and three RBIs against Adam Wainwright and the New York Mets snapped a 6-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday.
Jonathan Niese (3-4) allowed two runs on six hits in 7 1-3 innings, his longest outing of the season. He ended his 4-game losing streak over five starts since a win at Minnesota on April 12.
The Mets avoided a 4-game sweep by getting to the Cardinals ace, who was coming off a two-hit shutout in which he no-hit the Rockies for 7 1-3 innings.
Murphy doubled twice and singled with an RBI and walk and was 9 for 15 in the series. Wright singled and doubled with two RBIs.
LADY BYNG FINALISTS
St. Louis, Kane, Moulson are Lady Byng finalists
(AP) - Islanders forward Matt Moulson, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the NHL's Lady Byng Trophy, the league's sportsmanship award.
St. Louis has already won the award twice (2010 and '11), and was a finalist two other times. The 37-year-old ranked second among NHL forwards in total time on ice, but was assessed just 14 penalty minutes.
Moulson is a finalist for the second straight season. He had four penalty minutes in 47 games, tied with San Jose's Logan Couture for the fewest among the NHL's top 50 scorers.
Kane is a Lady Byng finalist for the first time, after helping Chicago to a Presidents' Trophy. He played 47 games and averaged 20:03 of ice time, but had just eight penalty minutes.
Kane helps Blackhawks maintain fast pace
CHICAGO (AP) - Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has a habit of attracting attention.
Maybe you recall the former No. 1 overall pick hitting the Internet last season, when photos show him partying in Madison, Wis. Or the 2009 arrest in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., after an altercation with a cab driver.
All that seems so long ago for Kane, who was named 1 of the finalists for the Lady Byng trophy given to the NHL player who exhibits the best sportsmanship and "gentlemanly conduct" along with top skills on the ice.
Without Rose, Bulls put up fight to end
DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Bulls have some big questions now that they're never-say-die season is finally over.
Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli and Nazr Mohammed have expiring contracts, and the team figures to exercise its $1 million buyout on Richard Hamilton.
Coach Tom Thibodeau also did not rule out the possibility of foot surgery for Joakim Noah, and Kirk Hinrich's badly bruised left calf is a concern.
But any talk about the future starts with Derrick Rose, of course. He didn't play all season as he recovered from a knee injury and the Bulls fell 4-1 in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat.
Noel says knee rehab ahead of schedule
CHICAGO (AP) - Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel calls himself ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and expects it will not keep him from being the first pick in next month's NBA draft.
Noel said yesterday at the NBA combine he doubts he'll make it for the start of the season because it would be a little over six months from his March surgery to the start of NBA camp.
If Noel doesn't go No. 1, Kansas guard Ben McLemore may become the first shooting guard since David Thompson 38 years ago to go No. 1 overall.
The lack of a dominant marquee name player like Kevin Durant or LeBron James is causing some to downplay the talent level in this year's draft.
Illinois boots Millines, Caldwell over violations
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Illinois wide receiver Darius Millines and defensive end Darrius Caldwell have been kicked off the team.
Illinois Sports Information Director Kent Brown said yesterday the players were dismissed over unspecified violations of team rules.
Millines was 1 of the team's most-productive receivers.
He was already on an indefinite suspension over the matter. In announcing the suspension in March, coach Tim Beckman declined to discuss the details.
Millines was the No. 2 receiver in yardage last fall behind Ryan Lankford on a team that struggled to move the ball. Millines caught 32 balls for 319 yards and no touchdowns.
Donovan left off roster for World Cup qualifiers
CHICAGO (AP) - Landon Donovan has been left off the 29-man U.S. roster for a training camp ahead of a trio of World Cup qualifiers next month.
The move yesterday was not unexpected, with coach Jurgen Klinsmann saying last month that Donovan had work to do to reclaim his spot with the national team. The midfielder took a sabbatical of nearly four months after last season, only returning to the field with the Los Angeles Galaxy on March 30.
Donovan could still be added to the roster for the three qualifiers if there are injuries. The U.S. travels to Jamaica on June 7, plays Panama four days later in Seattle and then faces Honduras in Salt Lake City on June 18. The Americans also have exhibitions against Belgium on May 29 in Cleveland, and Germany on June 2 in Washington, D.C.
Klinsmann also bypassed former captain Carlos Bocanegra again after dropping him for a pair of qualifiers in March.
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