No lineup changes for Cleveland ... Testy exchange ... Robbie Ray is on a roll
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he’s not making any lineup changes for Wednesday night’s Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Despite the Cavs being down 2-0 to Golden State after being roughed up in the first two games of the series, Lue said he’s sticking with his starters, including guard J.R. Smith, who has scored just 3 points so far.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 14, outpitching Brandon McCarthy and leading the Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers that ended with a testy exchange Tuesday night. With a runner on second base, Koda Glover fanned Yasiel Puig (yah-SEEL’ pweeg) for the final out and shouted in the direction of home plate. Puig walked toward the mound and twice appeared to ask Glover what he said. Glover took off his cap and tossed aside his glove. But cooler heads prevailed.
PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray is on a roll, and the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks continue to take advantage of home field advantage. Ray won his fourth straight game and recorded his fourth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, leading the Diamondbacks to a 10-2 rout of the San Diego Padres.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt says Philadelphia center fielder Odubel Herrera can be a team leader as he “becomes more comfortable with the language.” Schmidt drew criticism for saying in an interview on 94 WIP-FM that Herrera’s language barrier prevented him from being a player the Phillies can build their team around.
PARIS (AP) — The French Open men’s quarterfinals involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) is set for later Wednesday after a postponement in Paris because of rain. The two men’s singles matches on the schedule are No. 4 Nadal vs. No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, and No. 2 Djokovic vs. No. 6 Dominic Thiem (teem).