Tuesday, May 5
Warriors, Grizzlies in Game 2
UNDATED (AP) — Newly crowned NBA MVP Stephen (STEHF'-ehn) Curry leads the Warriors into their Western Conference semifinal meeting against Memphis tonight. He'll be honored with a ceremony before tip-off.
Golden State is 42-2 on their home court including a victory in the series opener.
The Grizzlies could welcome back guard Mike Conley who's been recovering from broken bones in his face. Even though he's listed as doubtful, he hopes to play with a protective mask.
The Eastern Conference top-seeded Hawks find themselves in a tough spot heading into Game 2 of their series against Washington tonight. The Wizards won the opener to become the first team in NBA history to capture four straight Game 1s in the other team's arena.
Atlanta shot 25 percent in the second half despite getting good looks to squander a 10-point halftime lead.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal sprained his right ankle in the fourth quarter, but says he'll be ready to go tonight.
Astros try to get back to winning
UNDATED (AP) —Houston continues its home series against Texas and former teammate Wandy Rodriguez tonight, a day after having their 10-game winning streak ended. The Astros 18-8 mark is the best 26-game start to a season in franchise history. The Astros are only 8-6 at home this season. Despite last night's win, the Rangers have lost eight of their last 11 games and have six fewer wins than at the same point last season when they finished with an American League-high 95 losses.
The Cardinals boast the longest current winning streak in the majors at seven games. That's vaulted St. Louis to 19-6, for the best start to a season in 115 years. The Cardinals continue their series against the Cubs at home, where they are 12-2.
Chad Billingsley makes his first start in more than two years when the Phillies take on Atlanta as part of a 15-game major league schedule. It will be Billingsley's first start since April 15, 2013, for the Los Angeles Dodgers against San Diego. Billingsley had Tommy John surgery followed by an operation to repair a partially torn flexor tendon. The Braves go with right-hander Shelby Miller.
The Red Sox hope for good news about left fielder Hanley Ramirez, who sprained his left shoulder Monday night against Tampa Bay. Ramirez ran into a padded side wall while attempting to catch a fly and came out of the game at Fenway Park. Ramirez missed the final two months of the 2011 season after spraining the same shoulder with the Marlins.
One night after winning their first game under new manager Craig Counsell, the last-place Brewers look to make it four in a row overall. Milwaukee faces NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and right-hander Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee), who tries to improve to 5-0. Milwaukee fired Ron Roenicke (REHN'-ih-kee) on Sunday night.
Ducks, 'Hawks look to go 3-0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim is a perfect 6-0 this post-season including a pair of wins over the Flames in the Western Conference semifinal series. The scene shifts to Calgary tonight for Game 3, after the Ducks won twice on their home ice. Anaheim has outscored the Flames 9-1 in the series so far.
Minnesota is going to have to pull its game together to keep from being eliminated from the playoffs for the third straight year by Chicago. The Wild get the home ice advantage when they host Game 3 tonight. After Sunday's 4-1 loss, the Wild didn't practice Monday, instead getting together for a film session to help them make some adjustments to the way the Blackhawks play. The Wild have looked a step slow at times in dropping the first two games in Chicago.