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Updated: Sun, 18 May 2014 05:15:05 EST


California Chrome looks for another win

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maybe this is the year we finally have a Triple Crown winner.

California Chrome is the 34th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness after outrunning Ride on Curlin at Pimlico. California Chrome stayed near the front pack and began to pull ahead at the turn before maintaining thoroughbred racing's hope for its first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Twelve horses over the last 36 years have won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown without completing the feat.

California Chrome has won six straight races and became the first California-bred horse to win the Preakness since Snow Chief in 1986.

California Chrome finished in 1:54 and 4/5ths with Victor Espinoza on board. He paid $3.00, $3.00 and $2.40.

Social Inclusion was third.


Rangers blitz Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) — The New York Rangers entered the Eastern Conference finals with plenty of momentum after winning the last three games of their series with Pittsburgh. They stayed hot by taking Game 1 with ease in Montreal, crushing the Canadiens 7-2.

Martin St. Louis (mahr-TAN' san-loo-EE') opened the scoring 4:35 into the game, one day before he and his teammates are scheduled to attend his mother's funeral. Ryan McDonagh added a goal and three assists for the Rangers, who had scored just four times in their previous nine regular-season visits to the Bell Centre.

Henrik Lundqvist faced just 22 shots in posting his first victory in Montreal in more than two years.

The Canadiens finished the game without Carey Price, who appeared to injure his right leg when he was run over early in the second period. Price was replaced by Peter Budaj (BOO'-dy) after the second period with the Habs trailing 4-1.

Canadiens coach Michel Therrien (TEHR'-ee-ehn) brushed off any injury concerns about Price but refused to answer whether his No. 1 goalie would get the start in Game 2 of the series on Monday.


Longshot Jamie McMurray wins at Charlotte

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jamie McMurray earned an upset victory in the million-dollar Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

McMurray was a 40-1 shot to win the race, but he was second on the restart for the 10-lap sprint to the checkered flag. Lined up outside of pole-sitter Carl Edwards, McMurray waged a door-to-door battle with the leader for a lap before he finally cleared Edwards for the lead two laps into the fifth segment.

Kevin Harvick finished second, Matt Kenseth was third and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was fourth.

Edwards faded all the way to fifth.


Cubs silence Brewers

UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago Cubs won for only the third time in 13 games by shutting down and cooling off the Milwaukee Brewers.

Edwin Jackson had his best outing since joining the Cubs before last season, allowing four hits and striking out 11 over seven innings of a 3-0 shutout of Milwaukee. The Cubbies did their scoring on the first inning as Starlin Castro hit an RBI double and scored on Welington Castillo's two-run double.

The Brewers had won five of six before falling to 27-16.

Elsewhere on the diamonds:

— Rick Porcello is the majors' latest seven-game winner after giving up six hits in eight innings of Detroit's fifth straight victory, 6-1 at Boston. Miguel Cabrera was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBIs as the Tigers improved to a major league-best 26-12.

— Jose Reyes doubled home the tiebreaking run and Jose Bautista hit a solo homer as Toronto downed Texas 4-2. Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) left the game with a 2-1 lead in the seventh but was unable to pick up his major league-leading eighth victory.

— Arizona crushed the Los Angeles Dodgers 18-7 as Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers, six RBIs and five runs scored. Chris Pollock also homered while going 4-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

— Seth Smith and pinch-hitter Carlos Quentin hit two-run homers and Yonder Alonso added a two-run double in San Diego's 8-5 win at Colorado. Carlos Gonzalez had three RBIs and Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-4 with a solo blast for the Rockies.

— Tom Koehler held the Giants to four hits while fanning seven in seven innings to lead Miami's 5-0 victory. Giancarlo Stanton belted a solo homer and Garrett Jones laced an RBI triple to help the Marlins win in San Francisco for the second straight night since opening the season 4-16 on the road.

— C.J. Wilson tossed a five-hitter in the Los Angeles Angels' 6-0 shutout of Tampa Bay. Grant Green's two-run homer gave the Angels a 6-0 lead by the third inning.

— Oakland was a 6-2 winner at Cleveland as Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and an RBI double. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run triple and the Athletics' bullpen gave up just one run in 7 2/3 innings after Scott Kazmir was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

— Shelby Miller allowed a run and five hits in seven innings to pitch St. Louis past Atlanta 4-1. Peter Bourjos bunted twice for hits, the second time squeezing home a run in the seventh for the Cardinals to help Miller improve to 6-0 in his last seven starts.

— Bartolo Colon looked sharp in the New York Mets' 5-2 win at Washington, limiting the Nationals to two runs and five hits in eight innings. Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer and had three RBIs as the Mets beat the Nats for the first time in five tries this season.

— Philadelphia crushed Cincinnati 12-1 behind Dominic Brown's two-run homer and three-run double. Cesar Hernandez also homered and Cody Asche (ASH'-ee) added three RBIs to back Cole Hamels, who limited the Reds to a run and three hits while striking out 10 in seven innings.

— David Phelps worked five shutout innings and the New York Yankees smacked five home runs in a 7-1 rout of Pittsburgh. Mark Teixeira (the-SHEHR'-uh), Zoilo Almonte, Brett Gardner and Alfonso Soriano went deep against Edinson Volquez before Brian McCann socked a home run against Vin Mazzaro.

— Jason Castro hit a three-run homer and Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in Houston's 6-5 verdict over the Chicago White Sox. George Springer tripled home the Astros' first run and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

— Brian Dozier's three-run homer in the fifth inning put Minnesota ahead to stay in a 4-3 victory against Seattle. Samuel Deduno gave up two runs and just two hits in six innings, retiring 18 of the 23 batters he faced.

— Danny Duffy was terrific in Kansas City's 1-0 shutout of Baltimore, allowing two hits and no walks in seven innings. Billy Butler's RBI single was the only run support for Duffy, who lowered his ERA to 1.42.


La Russa returns

PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball Hall of Fame electee Tony La Russa is back in the big leagues. He has accepted a job as chief baseball officer with Arizona. He'll be working with general manager Kevin Tower and manager Kirk Gibson in trying to turn the franchise around. La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the entire baseball operations department.


Perez to have Tommy John surgery

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers left-hander Martin Perez says he will have season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery on Monday.

Perez was diagnosed with a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow days after leaving a start May 10 with pain in the joint.


New man on top in PGA play

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) birdied four of the last five holes for a 6-under 64 and a share of the third-round lead with Brendon Todd in the Byron Nelson Championship.

Oosthuizen had the low round of the day after recovering from bogeys on two of the first four holes. Todd had a 68, making 12 consecutive pars before holing a 4-foot birdie at No. 18 to match Oosthuizen at 10-under 200.

Mike Weir, James Hahn and Gary Woodland were a stroke back.


Perry grabs the lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kenny Perry owns a one-stroke lead over John Inman through three rounds of the Regions Tradition, the first major of the Champions Tour season. Perry fired a 3-under 69 for a 7-under total, while Inman moved into contention with a 66.

Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kah-VEK'-ee-uh) is among seven players who are three shots back.


Salas takes LPGA lead

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lizette Salas played 25 holes at 6-under on Saturday to grab the third-round lead at the LPGA's Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia. The 24-year-old former Southern California player shot a 3-under 68 in the completion of the rain-delayed second round and birdied three of the last five holes in the afternoon for a season-best 65.

Salas is 13-under for the tournament, three shots ahead of second-round leader Hee Young Park.

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