Caps win Game 1...A’s cool off Yanks...Contreras bobbles and blasts in Cubs win
TAMPA (AP) — The Washington Capitals rare venture into the Eastern Conference finals has ended with a positive note, a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Caps’ Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist The Caps are alive beyond the second round of the playoffs for the first time during Ovechkin’s 13-year career.. Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller also scored for the Caps.
NEW YORK (AP) — At least for the time being, the Oakland A’s appear to have the New York Yankees’ number. The A’s beat the Yankees 10-5 on Friday. Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie and Matt Joyce all homered, leaving New York with back to back losses for the first time in more than a month. The A’s had lost three in a row before roughing Sonny Gray, their former ace. Oakland has won five straight overall against the Yankees.
CHICAGO (AP) — It was supposed to be a light hearted day on Friday for Cub fans, who were given bobbleheads of Willson Contreras, But he was all business at the plate in an 11-2 rout of the crosstown White Sox. Contreras hit two homers and drove in a career-high seven runs. He is the first Cubs player with seven extra-base hits in two games since at least 1913, according to STATS. He raised his average from .230 to .268.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Hector Neris and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed five hits over 7 1/3 scoreless innings and they led 1-0 until Neris allowed a one-out single, Conforto’s third homer and a homer to Devin Mesoraco on the next pitch.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson didn’t miss anything except the island green at the TPC Sawgrass. Simpson was on the verge of shattering the course record at The Players Championship until he hit into the water on the notorious par-3 17th. He settled for a 63 to tie the course record and leads his nearest competitors by five shots.