SATURDAY, MAY 25
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Pittsburgh (Locke 4-1) at Milwaukee (Fiers 1-2), 4:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Pettibone 3-0) at Washington (Haren 4-5), 7:15 p.m.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER:
Philadelphia at Montreal, 7 p.m.
MEN'S DIVISION I COLLEGE LACROSSE SEMIFINALS:
Cornell vs. Duke at Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m.
Syracuse vs. Denver at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Penguins rip Ottawa 6-2, move to conference finals
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Eight playoff wins down, eight to go for Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
James Neal had a hat trick and the Penguins finished off the lifeless Ottawa Senators 6-2 on Friday night in Game 5 of the Eastern conference semifinals to take the best-of-7 series 4-1.
Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin and Brenden Morrow also scored, and Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves as top-seeded Pittsburgh strolled to the next round.
The Penguins will face Boston or the New York Rangers in the conference finals.
Milan Michalek and Kyle Turris scored for Ottawa. Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots, but the Senators simply couldn't keep up as the Penguins ended the Ottawa's season for the third time in the last five years.
Estrada, Gonzalez lead Brewers over Pirates
MILWAUKEE (AP) - Marco Estrada gave up one run over seven innings and Alex Gonzalez had a two-run double, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Estrada (4-2) retired the first 14 Pittsburgh batters he faced before a two-out bloop single to left field by Neil Walker in the fifth inning gave the Pirates their first base runner.
Estrada struck out eight and didn't walk a batter. He fanned 8 of 12 Pittsburgh batters at one point and improved his career record to 5-0 against the Pirates, including eight starts.
Four Brewers relievers combined to record the final six outs. Francisco Rodriguez retired the final batter to record his first save of the season and 295th of his career.
Zimmermann wins 8th; Nationals top Phillies 5-2
WASHINGTON (AP) - Jordan Zimmermann became the National League's first 8-game winner, and the Washington Nationals followed a calamitous road trip with a winning start to a homestand, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 Friday night.
Zimmermann (8-2) allowed two runs and six hits with no walks over seven innings - actually raising his ERA to 1.71 - on an unseasonably chilly and windy night in the nation's capital. There was at least a bit of heat from the Nationals' bats, which have been going through such a cold spell that manager Davey Johnson said before the game he wouldn't shave again until his lineup started hitting.
As it turned out, the Nationals scored their most runs in a week, and they got four or more in the same inning for the first time in almost a month.
Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (4-3) had his shortest outing of the season.
Phillies recall Michael Martinez, Michael Stutes
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Philadelphia Phillies have recalled utility player Michael Martinez and right-handed reliever Michael Stutes.
The Phillies made the moves before Friday's game at the Washington Nationals.
Martinez was hitting .239 in 32 games for AAA Lehigh Valley. He replaces second baseman Chase Utley, who was placed on the disabled list Thursday with an oblique strain. Freddy Galvis was slated to start at second base for Philadelphia on Friday.
The Phillies optioned Phillippe Aumont to make room for Stutes, who was 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 20 appearances at Lehigh Valley. Aumont was 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA for Philadelphia.
Stutes went 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA in 62 innings for the Phillies in 2011, but has missed more than a year after undergoing elbow surgery last summer.
Philly, 'Nova host NCAA lacrosse Final Four
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The nation's top college lacrosse teams are in Pennsylvania as Philadelphia and Villanova host both the men's and women's Division I Final Four.
The women open play today with North Carolina taking on Northwestern at Villanova in the opening contest late this afternoon. The evening game will see top-ranked Maryland against Syracuse. The Terrapins are undefeated at 21-0, while Syracuse comes into the Final Four on a 13-game winning streak and is led by suburban Philadelphia sisters Amy and Kelly Cross.
The men's semifinals will be held in Philadelphia tomorrow, with Cornell facing Duke in the first game followed by Syracuse taking on Denver.
The women's title game is set for Sunday while the men will decide their champion on Monday.
N. Carolina beats Northwestern in lacrosse semis
VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Kara Cannizzaro scored four goals in the second half to help third-seeded North Carolina beat 2-time defending national champion Northwestern 11-4 on Friday in the NCAA women's lacrosse semifinals.
Abbey Friend added three goals for the Tar Heels (17-3). North Carolina will play top-seeded Maryland or No. 4 Syracuse in the final Sunday.
Kat DeRonda had a goal and assist for second-seeded Northwestern (19-3). The Wildcats had won 7 of the last eight NCAA titles, but lost to North Carolina for the second time this season.
In North Carolina's only other appearance in the final, the Tar Heels lost to Northwestern 21-9 in 2009.
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