Wednesday, April 9
Johansen's OT goal lifts Jackets past Coyotes
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ryan Johansen took a stretch pass from James Wisniewski and scored on a wrist shot at 3:33 of overtime to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday night, tying a franchise record for wins.
Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves, Blake Comeau, Boone Jenner and Mark Letestu also had goals and Artem Anisimov added two assists for the Blue Jackets.
It was their 41st victory to match their most in their 13 seasons.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson sent the game to overtime with a goal with just 14.6 seconds left in regulation, and Martin Erat and Shane Doan also had goals for the Coyotes, who have lost five in a row (0-2-3).
Murphy drives in 4, Indians beat Padres 8-6
CLEVELAND (AP) — David Murphy hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs as the Cleveland Indians took advantage of outdoor batting practice and San Diego's sloppiness to beat the Padres 8-6 on Tuesday night in their delayed interleague series opener.
Murphy's shot in the fourth inning off Tyson Ross (0-2) gave the Indians a 6-2 lead. He added an RBI double in the sixth and is 6 for 8 with a homer and five RBIs in his past two games.
Corey Kluber (1-1) bounced back from a rough season debut in Oakland and pitched six solid innings. John Axford stopped San Diego's rally in the ninth for his third save.
The Indians were rained out for the second time Monday and have endured wintry conditions so far at home. They've only had BP on the field twice and have scored 15 runs in those games.
Cardinals rally past Reds 7-5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning that glanced off right fielder Jay Bruce's glove on the warning track and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Yadier Molina homered and Peter Bourjos had three hits and an RBI to help the Cardinals clinch their 26th series win to go with three losses and two splits since 2003 against Cincinnati.
Bruce had a two-run triple in the first, Billy Hamilton's second hit of the season drove in a run and Ryan Ludwick had two RBIs for the Reds.
The Reds squandered a 4-0 second-inning lead by the bottom half of the inning, and Lance Lynn (2-0) got enough support to beat Cincinnati for the second straight time.
Latos scratched from rehab start, Bell goes to DL
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cincinnati scratched pitcher Mat Latos from an injury rehabilitation start due to right elbow irritation and placed reliever Trevor Bell on the 15-day disabled list with an aching right elbow.
The Reds also activated right-hander Jonathan Broxton from the disabled list following his recovery from a right forearm injury. Manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Broxton will be the stand-in closer in place of injured Aroldis Chapman.
Price said he didn't believe Latos' injury was serious, but said the team will take a conservative approach and reschedule a rehab appearance after the soreness was gone. The elbow bothered Latos, who had been set to pitch for Triple-A Louisville at Columbus after he threw in the bullpen Sunday.
Latos is recovering from right elbow surgery last October and left knee surgery in mid-February.
Bell was sent back to Cincinnati to be examined by team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The right-hander reported pain after pitching in relief Monday in St. Louis.
NEW WCHA COMMISSIONER
Robertson named new commissioner of WCHA
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Western Collegiate Hockey Association has named Bill Robertson its new commissioner.
The league announced Tuesday that Robertson has accepted a multi-year agreement with the WCHA.
The 53-year-old St. Paul native succeeds Bruce McLeod, who has served as WCHA commissioner for the past 20 years and is retiring in June.
Robertson says it's an honor to serve an "iconic sports and collegiate hockey conference," while showcasing some of the nation's top student-athletes and institutions.
Robertson was vice president of communications and broadcasting for the Minnesota Wild from 1999-2011. He is only the third commissioner in the WCHA, after McLeod and Otto Breitenbach, who served from 1984-94.
Founded in 1951, the WCHA is home to a record 37 men's national championship teams and a record 16 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winners.
Ohio GOP moves to keep college-athlete amendment
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Republicans have tabled an attempt by Democrats to scrap a change made to a state budget bill clarifying that college athletes are not employees under state law.
The GOP-dominated House committee added the idea on Monday. It comes after last month's landmark decision by a National Labor Relations Board official involving the Northwestern University football team. The ruling says full scholarship players can be considered employees and thus can form a union. If the ruling holds up, it could have widespread repercussions in the multibillion-dollar college sports industry.
Republican Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz (AHM'-stuts) has said the change could have little effect. But he says if it comes up, it will be in the law.
Umpire John Hirschbeck's son dies
CLEVELAND (AP) — For the second time, veteran major league baseball umpire John Hirschbeck has lost a son.
Michael Hirschbeck has died of unknown causes. No immediate details were available.
Hirschbeck had been scheduled to work the interleague series between Cleveland and the San Diego Padres, but is with his family.
Indians manager Terry Francona said he was contacted by umpire Bob Davidson and informed of the younger Hirschbeck's passing.
The Indians observed a moment of silence before Tuesday's game for Michael, who worked as a bat boy many times for Cleveland and also at Fenway Park when Francona managed the Red Sox.
In 1993, Hirschbeck's 8-year-old son, John Drew, died of a rare brain disease known as adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
University of Dayton player charged with assault
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Court records show a University of Dayton basketball player has been charged with domestic violence and assault.
The records show 20-year-old Devon Scott will be arraigned on the misdemeanor counts in Dayton Municipal Court on Monday. A court official says no attorney is listed for Scott. No home telephone listing was immediately available.
Court records show the alleged assault occurred April 1 at Scott's Dayton residence.
A university statement says its public safety department presented the charges. The statement says federal privacy laws prevent the university from releasing additional information.
The university says Scott remains in school but has been removed from team activities pending resolution of the charges.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore from Columbus played in 35 of 37 games this season. He averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds.