Los Angeles–Despite 14 hits, the Colorado Rockies could only muster one run as they lost to the Dodgers in L.A. Memorial Day, 7 to 1. Jason Hammel lasted only 4 and 2/3 innings and took the loss. Clayton Mortensen is on the hill for the Rockies tonight against Dodger’s lefty Ted Lilly.
Miami–Game one of the NBA finals tips off tonight in South Florida. The Miami Heat are favored to beat the Dallas Mavericks. It’s rematch for the two franchises who met in the 2006 championship round but a different cast of characters. The Heat now have the three superstars in the lineup;Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and Lebron James while the Mavericks have added Jason Kidd to team up with Dirk Nowitzki.
UNDATED (AP) – Sizzling Arizona tries to keep its recent run
going sending one of its hottest pitcher to the mound for tonight’s
home game against Florida. Ian Kennedy puts his 6-1 record on the
line for the Diamondbacks against 4-1 Anabel Sanchez in what shapes
up as a good pitching matchup. Arizona has won seven in a row and
13 of its last 14 to take over first in the National League West.
Sanchez is coming off a five-hit 1-0 shutout of San Francisco.
Ryan Vogelsong was the hard-luck loser in that game. He’s
scheduled for the Giants against the Cardinals in St. Louis
tonight. The Giants are only a half-game back of Arizona for the
division lead. Former Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter
continues to try to regain his form for the Cardinals. He’s 1-5 and
the Cardinals are 2-9 in his starts.
Cliff Lee probably can’t wait to get off the mound and to the
plate tonight for the Phillies when they visit Washington. The
lefty helped his own cause last time out with a pair of hits and
three RBIs in a win over the Reds. Lee is 4-4 this season.
Washington goes with 5-2 Jason Marquis who has struggled with his
command the last two times out.
In all there are eight games on the National League schedule.
In the American League,
Toronto has played itself into American League East contention
with a four-game winning streak. The Blue Jays start the day two
games back of the Yankees for the division lead. Rigthy Brandon
Morrow gets the nod for Toronto when they host the struggling
Indians. The American League Central leaders have lost 5 of 6,
including dropping last night’s game to Toronto’s Jo-Jo Reyes who
won for the first time in 29 starts.
Max Scherzer tries to right the ship for Detroit when they host
Minnesota. He won his first six decisions, but has since lost two
in a row including giving up seven runs in two plus innings in his
There’s a complete seven-game schedule in the A-L.
Trashers heading north
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) – True North Sports and Entertainment
has scheduled a news conference for noon EDT at Winnipeg’s MTS
Centre to make “a significant community announcement.” True North
has been in negotiations with the owners of the Atlanta Thrashers
to buy the team and return the NHL to Winnipeg. Winnipeg has been
without NHL hockey since the Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996.
Murray stages comeback win
PARIS (AP) – Andy Murray has moved into the quarterfinals at the
French Open completing a 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 comeback win over
Victor Troiki. Murray trailed in the final set 5-2 before rallying
to take the darkness suspended match from Tuesday.
Defending champion Francesca Schiavone (fran-CHES’-kuh
skee-ah-VOH’-nay) rallied from two points away from defeat to beat
14th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (pahv-lee-oo-chehn-KOH’-vuh)
1-6, 7-5, 7-5 in quarterfinals action.
Sixteen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer is among those in
action on Day 10. The third-seed sees action against France’s Gael
Monfils (GAH’-ehl mohn-FEES’) for a spot in the men’s semifinals.
Federer has reached the quarterfinals in a record 28 straight Grand
Sponsor Visa concerned over FIFA scandal
ZURICH (AP) – Visa has become the latest leading corporate
backer of FIFA (FEE’-fuh) to express concern about the corruption
scandal within world soccer’s governing body.
The credit card giant joins fellow World Cup sponsors Coca-Cola,
Adidas and Emirates Airline in voicing disappointment about the
crisis that has seen FIFA executives Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack
Visa says in a statement to The Associated Press that “the
current situation is clearly not good for the game and we ask that
FIFA take all necessary steps to resolve the concerns that have