ALL CONFERENCE HONORS FOR LOCAL LACROSSE PLAYERS
Glenwood Springs—A pair of Glenwood Springs High School Lacrosse players earned all conference honors for their performances during the 2013 season. Demons’ Senior Trip Axtell was named first team All Mountain League while his teammate, Josiah Maner earned second team honors.
ROCKIES BEAT NATIONALS, GAIN GROUND ON D’BACKS IN NL WEST
Denver—Tyler Chatwood hit two home runs last night to lead the Colorado Rockies past the Washington Nationals 8 to 3. Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin gave up two runs on seven hits over five innings to earn his fourth win of the season and first since April.
Jorge De La Rosa is on the mound tonight for the Rockies going for his 8th win.
ELSEWHERE IN SPORTS…
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – You wouldn’t think so after a 36-point win, but the San Antonio Spurs have a big concern today. Star guard Tony Parker pulled up lame during last night’s Game 3 victory over Miami and is set to have an MRI done on his sore hamstring today. The Spurs are hoping it’s nothing serious and that Parker will be ready to go in Game 4 tomorrow night. Parker left the game with tightness in the hamstring early in the third quarter and returned briefly in the fourth. With the game firmly in hand coach Gregg Popovich chose to sit Parker the rest of the game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – There are likely to be repercussions from the Diamondbacks and Dodgers episode of men behaving badly last night.
Suspension and fines could be handed out after a bench-clearing brawl sparked by a series of hit batters. Six were ejected including Arizona’s Ian Kennedy, who completed the beanings by plunking opposing pitcher Zach Greinke (GREHN’-kee). Greinke had hit Arizona’s Miguel Montero after the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig was hit with the deflected balls striking him in the nose. Also tossed were Arizona manager Kirk Gibson and Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire who had a hold of each other’s tops and were nose-to-nose.
UNDATED (AP) – Arizona’s rise to the top of the National League West standings have been sparked by Patrick Corbin. The 23-year-old left-hander takes the mound tonight against the Dodgers trying to become just the third pitcher in the last 25 years to start a season 10-0. Corbin has been mostly masterful in fashioning a 1.98 ERA and he’s been money in the bank for Arizona. The Diamondbacks are 12-0 in games he’s started. The Dodgers counter with 6-2 Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is sporting a 1.13 ERA in his last three starts.
Justin Verlander toes the rubber for Detroit this afternoon looking to join the ranks of nine-game winners. He takes an 8-4 mark to the mound at Kansas City. That’s just one of four afternoon games on the schedule. The others are L.A. Angels at Baltimore, Cincinnati at the Cubs and Atlanta at San Diego. Texas and Oakland will try to snap their virtual tie for the top in the AL West on two different fronts. The Rangers host Cleveland holding a three-percentage-points lead over the A’s. The Indians snapped an eight-game losing streak against the Rangers last night. Oakland is at home to the Yankees. The Athletics have won eight of their last 11.
NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
CHICAGO (AP) – For purists, it’ll be hockey the way it used to be played. The Blackhawks and Boston open up the Stanley Cup finals in Chicago tonight in a meeting of the Original Six NHL franchises. It will make the first time since 1979 that two of the originals meet for the Cup. Chicago’s run to the final began at the start of the abbreviated season when the Blackhawks put on a record run of 24 straight games in which they earned at least a point to open a season. They’re back in the final since winning it all in 2010.
ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) – While the golfers are putting their finishing touches on rain-delayed preparations for the U.S. Open, organizers are fretting over the weather forecast. The Merion Golf Club course in Pennsylvania was soaked by five inches of rain from Friday to Monday, making for wet fairways that are yielding mud balls for drives that are hit in them. While the weather cleared yesterday and today, the forecast for round one on Thursday calls for showers in the morning with thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening.