WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Cincinnati (Simon 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-2), 7:05 p.m.
Philadelphia (Hamels 0-0) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 3-0), 10:10 p.m.
Rangers beat Flyers 4-1 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Dan Carcillo scored goals, leading the New York Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Friday in Philadelphia.
Lundqvist was backed by a defense that delivered with a flurry of blocked shots to stymie the Flyers. The Rangers took an early 2-0 lead and that was enough of a cushion for a team that led the Eastern Conference with 25 road victories.
Mark Streit scored for the Flyers.
Ray Emery struggled in net in his third straight start of the postseason for Steve Mason, and was lifted late in the third period.
Phils beat Dodgers 3-2 in 10 on Brown's RBI double
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Carlos Ruiz reached second base when his flyball to short left field glanced off Crawford's glove as shortstop Hanley Ramirez nearly collided with the left fielder. Brown followed with a drive to the fence in left-center on a 1-1 pitch from J.P. Howell (1-2).
Antonio Bastardo (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his sixth save, putting him within eight of 300.
Cueto pitches Reds by Pirates 4-1
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Johnny Cueto tossed his second three-hitter against the Pittsburgh in a week and the Cincinnati Reds eased past the struggling Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night.
Cueto (2-2) struck out four and walked three while running his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before giving up a home run to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth. He improved to 15-4 in his career against the Pirates and became the first Cincinnati pitcher to toss consecutive complete games since Mat Latos did it in June 2012.
Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart had consecutive RBI hits off Edinson Volquez (1-1) in the seventh to provide all the offense Cueto needed.
Volquez allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl
NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was suspended five games while outfielder Carlos Gomez was suspended three games. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider must sit two games, with Russell Martin also missing one game.
There was no immediate word on whether the players plan to appeal. Snider and Martin were in Pittsburgh's initial posted lineup before Tuesday night's game against Cincinnati.
Benches cleared after Gomez and Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole exchanged words after Gomez's triple in the third inning. Snider came onto the field and tackled Gomez, getting a minor assist from Martin in the process.
Snider was then punched in the face by Maldonado, receiving a small gash under his left eye.
Pens, Jackets hope to end blown leads in Game 4
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will not try to fall behind 3-1 on the scoreboard in Wednesday night's Game 4.
In each game of their Stanley Cup first-round series, a team has led by that score - and then lost.
The Penguins did it in Game 2, the Blue Jackets in Games 1 and 3, including a 4-3 home loss on Monday night.
The Blue Jackets have shown they can play with the powerful Penguins. But they have yet to prove they can close the deal.
The Penguins are up 2-1 in the series even though their biggest stars - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz - haven't scored a goal.
Steelers pick up 5th-year option on DE Cam Heyward
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the 2015 option on defensive end Cam Heyward.
The decision, announced Tuesday, means Heyward will have to wait two more years before becoming a free agent. Heyward is coming off a breakout season in which he finished with a career-high five sacks while making 13 starts.
The 31st overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft is considered a cornerstone of Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense going forward. The team let Ziggy Hood walk in free agency and has not re-signed veteran Brett Keisel.
Trial begins in alleged attack on Steelers' Adams
PITTSBURGH (AP) - A trial is underway for three men charged in the stabbing and attempted carjacking of Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Mike Adams.
The trial began Tuesday in Pittsburgh for 26-year-old Michael Paranay, 26-year-old Dquay Means and 27-year-old Jerrell Whitlock. They're facing charges ranging from conspiracy to attempted homicide.
Prosecutor Christopher Stone said in his opening statements Tuesday that the defendants "saw an opportunity to steal a nice truck" and they took it.
Lawyers for the three men claim Adams lied about the details of the incident.
The Steelers drafted the 6-foot-7, 325-pound Adams in the second round in 2012 out of Ohio State.
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