Raptors hosts Bucks for Game 4...Blues host Sharks for Game 5...Verlander seeks fourth straight
TORONTO (AP) _ The Raptors hosts the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 4 tonight in the Eastern Conference NBA finals, with the Bucks leading 2-1 in the series. The Raptors’ Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard played a playoff career-high 52 minutes in Toronto’s double-overtime victory over the Bucks on Sunday. Even with Leonard battling fatigue, the Raptors will try to even the series tonight.
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big. Schwartz’s hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference NHL final and set the single-season franchise record for playoff wins. The Blues could advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970 when they host Game 6 tonight in St Louis.
HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston ace Justin Verlander will look for his fourth straight win and the seventh in eight starts when he faces the Chicago White Sox tonight in the second game of a four-game series. Verlander has dominated in his last two outings against Texas and Detroit, allowing one run and three hits while striking out 17 in 14 innings.
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Yankees right-hander Domingo Germán seeks to win his sixth consecutive start tonight against the last-place Orioles. The major league leader in victories, Germán has a chance to join Tommy John, Herb Pennock and Jack Chesbro as the only Yankees to notch nine wins by the end of May.
NEW YORK (AP) _ The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games, and just five days to clear out afterward. The league concluded there was not enough time to install real grass.