Update on the latest sports
Means starts first game since no-hitter
NEW YORK (AP) — Orioles ace John Means got five days of rest following his no-hitter last week against Seattle, and he heads to the mound again tonight against the Mets in New York. Means, who is 4-and-0, was a wild pitch away from a perfect game against the Mariners. Marcus Stroman starts for New York — hoping to anchor the Mets’ rotation until Jacob deGrom returns from the injured list.
Among the other games on the schedule:
— Luke Voit, last year’s big league home run leader, is expected to make his season debut for the Yankees as they open a series at rival Tampa Bay. The first baseman had left knee surgery on March 29. Voit slugged 22 homers during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and led the team with 52 RBIs. The Rays have won 18 of 23 against New York, including five of six this season.
— Shohei Ohtani is expected to pitch and hit for the Angels when he starts in Houston against Lance McCullers Jr. Ohtani has batted on the same day he’s pitched two times this season but was out of the lineup the last two times he took the ball. The two-way star is tied for the major league lead with 10 homers and has 26 RBIs as Los Angeles’ regular designated hitter. Even his six stolen bases ranked among the top 10 in the majors.
— It’s a rematch of the 2016 World Series when the Chicago Cubs visit Cleveland, where they won Game 7 five years ago 8-7 in 10 innings to finally bust a title drought that dated all the way back to 1908. AL Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber starts for the Indians against rookie Adbert Alzolay. Bieber has struck out at least eight batters in 19 straight games, a major league record.
— Boston hosts Oakland in the opener of a three-game series between American League division leaders. Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt is 2-0 with a 3.13 ERA over his last five outings. Nathan Eovaldi pitches for the surprising Red Sox, who have the best record in baseball at 22-14. Eovaldi has not given up a homer in 52 innings, the longest active streak in the majors.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers hope to take another step tonight toward clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference and security home court in the East playoffs. The Sixers, who’ve won eight straight, are in Indiana to play the Pacers.
Also on the NBA schedule:
— The Brooklyn Nets, a game up on Milwaukee for the East’s second seed, play the Bulls in Chicago.
— The Bucks, who saw a five-game winning streak snapped last night against the Spurs, host Orlando.
— The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics meet for the second time in three days, as they fight for position in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Miami leads Boston by two games for sixth place.
— The New York Knicks, who are close to clinching a playoff berth after seven seasons of at least 45 losses, visit the Los Angeles Lakers, who are hoping to avoid having to play-in to the playoffs.
— The Phoenix Suns, who’ve lost two of three after a five-game winning streak, play at Golden State. The Suns sit one and a-half games behind Utah atop the Western Conference.
— The playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers face Toronto in Tampa, Florida, in the opener of a four-game trip to close the regular season.
— The Nuggets are at Charlotte as Denver concludes the regular season with four straight road games.
— The Memphis Grizzlies, who’ve secured a spot in the post-season play-in tournament, host the playoff-bound Dallas Mavericks.
—The Minnesota Timberwolves play the Pistons in Detroit. And the Sacramento Kings host Oklahoma City.
Bruins meet Caps tonight, and in first round
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s an NHL playoff preview tonight in Washington, where the Capitals host the Boston Bruins. It’s the regular-season finale for the two teams, who will meet in the first round of the playoffs.
In tonight’s other NHL game:
— After being eliminated from the playoffs Monday night even as they beat the Winnipeg Jets, the Vancouver Canucks again skate at Winnipeg. The Jets have lost nine of their last ten.