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Tigers, Cubs, Whitecaps All Win on Saturday

Drew Smyly pitched two scoreless innings for the Tigers.
Drew Smyly pitched two scoreless innings for the Tigers.

UNDATED (WHTC) -- Drew Smyly allowed just two hits over seven scoreless frames to guide the Detroit Tigers to a 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in the middle test of a three-game set. Smyly issued just two walks and fanned six in his second start of the season.  Justin Verlander goes to the mound for the Tigers in this afternoon’s game.  Broadcast time on 1450 WHTC begins at 1:45 P.M.

Jake Arrieta and five relievers combined to hold the Cardinals scoreless as the Cubs picked up a 3-0 victory against their rivals in the second of three at Wrigley Field.  The offense came from a Junior Lake two-run homer and an Anthony Rizzo solo shot.  Chicago has won three in-a-row for the first time this season.  Jason Hammel takes the mound for the Cubs.

The White Sox fell to the Indians, 2-0, on Saturday.  Adam Dunn managed two hits for the Sox, who have lost four straight.  The Sox will square off against the Indians this afternoon.

 

The West Michigan Whitecaps found themselves on the short end of a pitchers’ duel on Saturday night, ending their winning streak at four with a 2-1 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts at Cooley Law School Stadium.  The ‘Caps wrap up their seven-game road trip on this afternoon against the Lugnuts.

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Patrick Kane scored twice in the third period as the Blackhawks pulled away from the Wild for a 5-2 win in Game One of their Western Conference semifinal series at the United Center on Friday.  The ‘Hawks take on the Wild again this afternoon.

 

The Griffins snuffed out the Abbotsford Heat’s hopes on Friday with a series-clinching 5-3 win on Friday before 7,641 at Van Andel Arena.  The Griffins will face either the top-seeded Texas Stars or third-seeded Toronto Marlies in a best-of-seven matchup.  They’ll find out who their next opponent will be late Sunday afternoon.

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Strong favorite California Chrome pulled away down the stretch Saturday to win the 140th Kentucky Derby. Ridden by Victor Espinoza and known for his runaway wins, California Chrome overtook Uncle  Sigh  and Chitu at the top of  the stretch and easily held  off the rest of the 19-horse field.  The next race in the Triple Crown is the Preakness on May 17th.

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Floyd Mayweather won two of the three judges to claim the unified WBC/WBA Welterweight title in a 12-round  match against Marcos Maidana on Saturday night.  Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs) took two cards 117-111 and 116-112, with the other judge posting a score of 114-114 as he improved to 16-0 in fights that have gone to 12  rounds.

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J.B. Holmes carded a 6-under 66 on Saturday to claim a 1-stroke lead after three rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship. Holmes finished 54 holes at Quail Hollow at 13-under 203. He is seeking his third career victory on the PGA Tour, but first since the 2008  FBR Open. Second-round co-leader Martin Flores managed a 3-under 69 to drop into second place at 12-under 204, while Phil Mickelson fired the low round of the day with a 9-under 63 to vault into third at minus-11.

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Brian Scott claimed his first career pole in the Sprint Cup Series with a surprise victory in Saturday's knockout qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway. During the third and final round of qualifying, which was five minutes in length, Tony Stewart held the provisional pole after the field of 12 cars had completed two laps around this 2.66-mile superspeedway.  Scott, who is a regular in the Nationwide Series, topped Stewart for the pole after he was clocked at 198.290 mph on the third and last lap.

Story by:  Diane E Coston

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