Jets take first in NHL West...Diamondbacks lose third straight...Tiger of old
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Dustin Byfuglien (BUHF’-lihn) scored about a minute after the puck dropped and the Winnipeg Jets built a three-goal lead early in the first period and went on to beat the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Saturday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. Patrik Laine and Joel Armia had goals 46 seconds apart to put the Jets up 3-0. Mark Scheifele gave Winnipeg a 4-1 lead midway through the second. Brayden McNabb scored midway through the first and William Karlsson late in the second period to pull Vegas within two. The Jets will host Game 2 on Monday night before the series shifts to Las Vegas.
PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings and the Washington Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 for their third straight victory against the NL West leaders. Strasburg allowed one run and five hits in Washington’s sixth win in seven games. The Nationals stranded 11 baserunners, but Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have put a cork in a two-game losing streak with an extra-inning heart-stopper. Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 Saturday on Neil Walker’s run-scoring single in the 11th inning. Prior to the two-game skid, the Yanks had a 17-1 run.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros’ Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday in Houston. Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa all homered to back up Morton. He yielded four hits and a run without a walk to lower his ERA to 2.03 and extend his career-long winning streak to eight games dating back to last season
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson didn’t back off Saturday at The Players Championship with a 4-under 68 that stretched his lead to seven shots. He tied the 54-hole record and has history on his side. No one has lost a seven-shot lead in PGA Tour history. Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth both vaulted up the leaderboard with 7-under par 65s but are still 11 behind Simpson.