Harper sticks it to Nats ... Orioles win 4 straight on road ... Westbrook joins Wilt in NBA history
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper has put an exclamation point on his divorce from the Washington Nationals. He was showered with boos as he took the field at Nationals Park in the grey road uniform of the Philadelphia Phillies as fans in right field wore shirts that spelled T-R-A-I-T-O-R. He struck out to great applause in his first two at-bats against Nats’ ace Max Scherzer. But he followed that with a double, an RBI-single and a two-run home-run in the eight, which he capped off with an epic bat flip.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are struggling both on the field and at the gate to start the season. Andrew Cashner pitched six shutout innings, and the Baltimore Orioles extended their a road winning streak to four with a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night before another small crowd at Rogers Centre. Boosted by a $1 hot dog promotion, the game drew a little more than 12,000, up from just over 10,000 in Monday’s series opener.
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Williams and Dougie Hamilton each banked in goals from behind Toronto’s net as the Carolina Hurricanes picked up a big two points in the Eastern Conference playoff race with a 4-1 victory over the listless Maple Leafs. Jordan Staal also scored for the Hurricanes, while Hamilton added an empty-netter. The Hurricanes leap past Columbus into the first-wild card spot in the Eastern Conference with 95 points.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jake DeBrusk had two goals and an assist, Tuuka Rask made 32 saves and the Boston Bruins denied Columbus a chance to clinch a playoff spot, beating the Blue Jackets 6-2. Columbus, which could have clinched a wild card with a regulation win and a loss by Montreal. But the Canadiens beat the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2. Montreal and Columbus both have 94 points and two games left in the regular season. The Blue Jackets currently own the tiebreaker.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook became just the second player in NBA history to have 20 points, 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a game as the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 119-103. Wilt Chamberlain is the only other player to accomplish the feat, back in 1968. It looked as if Westbrook’s chance at the mark passed by just before the decisive rebound, as the ball bounced off his fingertips and away. But at the other end, he grabbed a miss by Lance Stephenson. It was Westbrook’s 31st triple-double of the season