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NHL-STANLEY CUP FINALS
Colorado leads Tampa Bay 2-0 heading into Game 3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Heading into tonight’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Tampa, the Tampa Bay Lightning are down two-games-to-none to the Colorado Avalanche. In fact, they have yet to beat the Avalanche this season, having lost twice in the regular season in Denver, once in overtime and another time in a shootout.
If they don’t fix their issues quickly, they won’t be returning to Denver after Games 3 and 4 in Tampa.
Colorado is clicking on all cylinders even with its star player Nathan MacKinnon yet to score in the final. It’s hardly a concern. They’ve scored at least seven goals four times in this playoff run, with the latest a 7-0 rout of the Lightning in Game 2.
The Avalanche are 7-and-0 on the road so far in the postseason.
Cards, Brewers battle for NL Central lead
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas is scheduled to start when St. Louis opens a four-game series in Milwaukee — the teams are tied for the NL Central lead.
Mikolas came within one strike of pitching a no-hitter against Pittsburgh in his last start. He gave up Cal Mitchell’s double that was just over the head of center fielder Harrison Bader with two outs in the ninth inning at Busch Stadium.
Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes is set to go for the Brewers.
In other games on the schedule:
— The Pirates plan to promote 6-foot-7 shortstop Oneil Cruz from Triple-A Indianapolis before their game against the Cubs. The 23-year-old Cruz ranks among the game’s most exciting prospects and made his major league debut last September. Pittsburgh sent him to Triple-A to begin this season, infuriating many fans who perceived the demotion as an effort to delay Cruz’s free agency down the road.
— Marlins outfielder Jerar Encarnación tries to follow up a historic MLB debut in Miami’s series finale against the Mets. The 24-year-old became the first player since at least 1901 with a grand slam and an outfield assist in his debut Sunday during a 6-2 win over New York. He also stole a base in the ninth inning.
— The New York Yankees, whose nine-game winning streak came to an end in a 10-9 loss to Toronto on Sunday, try to continue their recent success when they travel to Tampa Bay to play the Rays. The Yankees have lost just two of their last 18 games. They lead the majors with a 49-and-17 record.
— The Atlanta Braves, who lost two of three to the Cubs in Chicago after arriving with a 14-game winning streak, head back home to face the Giants.
— Mike Trout will see if his power surge in Seattle can continue back home in Anaheim. He hit five home runs in the five-game series against the Mariners. The Angels host the Kansas City Royals tonight. Angels starter Noah Syndergaard has lost two straight starts despite only giving up one run in each.
— As the San Diego Padres prepare to host the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Padres will be hoping that third baseman Manny Machado won’t be out for very long. He sprained his left ankle while taking a tumble running out a grounder as the Colorado Rockies completed a three-game sweep Sunday.
— The Boston Red Sox, winners of 13 of their last 17 games, are at home against the Tigers.
— The Chicago White Sox open a three-game series at home against the Toronto Blue Jays.