Yankees' Pineda Ejected for Pine Tar on Neck: New York Yankees starting pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from Wednesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox because of a foreign substance on his neck that he was applying to the baseball. Red Sox manager John Farrell asked home plate umpire Jerry Davis to check Pineda, and a shiny schmear of pine tar or a similar substance was obvious on the game broadcast.
Canadiens Complete 4-Game Sweep of Lightning: The Montreal Canadiens scored with 43 seconds remaining to beat the Tampa Bay Lighting 4-3 and advance to the second round of the playoffs. The 4-0 sweep is the first for Montreal since 1993, the last time the team won the Stanley Cup.
Albert Pujols Hits 499th, 500th Homer: Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols homered twice at Nationals Park Tuesday to become the 26th member of baseball's 500-home run club. In the first, Pujols crushed a 1-1 changeup from right-hander Taylor Jordan well over the fence in left field for a three-run homer that gave his team the early lead. In the fifth, he took a 1-2 sinker from Jordan and lined one to left-center field, just to the right of the Angels' bullpen, to give the Angels a 6-2 advantage. Pujols, the first player to hit 400 homers in his first 10 seasons, has now homered off 316 pitchers in 36 different ballparks and against 29 of the 30 teams (St. Louis being the lone exception).
Jaguars Linebacker Suffered Stroke During Game: Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen suffered a stroke during a game against the Buffalo Bills in December that is ending his NFL career at age 27. Allen suffered double vision after a collision with Bills center Eric Wood but went back in and finished the game. Two days later after an MRI, a Jaguars doctor told Allen he needed to go to the emergency room. he told MMQB. "I felt something flash -- like they say when you get your bell rung. I didn't lose consciousness. I walked back to the huddle and finished the drive."
Jon Krakauer: Sherpas, Death and Anger on Everest: Jon Krakauer, author of Into Thin Air, assesses the situation on Mount Everest after 12 sherpas were killed April 18 by an avalanche. A detail from the story: "The astounding number of climbers who now attempt to reach the summit on the limited number of days when the weather is favorable presents a new kind of hazard. A notorious photo shot by Ralf Dujmovits in May, 2012, showed more than a 150 people attached to a series of fixed ropes as they ascended the Lhotse Face toward the South Col of Everest, jammed together so tightly that they had to move in lockstep. The static weight of all these people and their gear was well over 30,000 pounds. If some mishap had occurred that caused more than a handful of the climbers to put their full weight on one of the ropes simultaneously, the shock to the anchors securing the ropes to the ice could easily have caused them to fail, resulting in the climbers falling two thousand or more feet to the base of the Lhotse Face. If such an accident should come to pass in the future (which isn't far-fetched), the death count for both members and sherpas would be horrific"
Manchester United Fires David Moyes: Manchester United manager David Moyes has been sacked only 10 months after being the hand-picked successor to Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes, who left Everton after 11 seasons to take the job, had the team in seventh place with four games remaining, out of the Champions League and in danger of missing the Europa League as well. Man U hasn't missed all European competition in 24 years.
Photo of Delino DeShields Jr. After Fastball Rearranged His Face: Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. was hit in the face by a 90-mph fastball in a game for Double A Corpus Christi. He suffered a "a non displaced maxillary sinus fracture (left cheek)," according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. The photo he tweeted shows what that experience is like.
Boston Marathon Begins, One Year After Bombings: Nearly 36,000 runners are participating in the 118th Boston Marathon today, making it the second-largest field in event history. Accommodations were made for 5,000 runners stopped on the course last year to have another chance to compete. Reuters is live-blogging the race.
Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Pirates, Brewers: A slow home run trot on what turned out to be a triple sparked a bench-clearing brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers Sunday. A deep fly to center by Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez stayed in the park and Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole said something to him after he was safe at third. When Pirates outfielder Travis Snider left the bench and said something to Gomez he began throwing haymakers. Gomez, Snider and Brewers coach Jerry Narron were ejected. The game is tied 1-1 in the 8th.
Who You Gonna Call? NBA Teams Afraid of Ghost: NBA teams that visit Oklahoma City typically stay at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, a 103-year-old building that by legend has its own ghost, Effie the housekeeper. "The place is haunted," Jared Jeffries told the New York Daily News. "It's scary."
Brewers' Maldanado Knocks Cover Off the Ball: Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldanado hit a grounder that knocked the cover off the ball in Friday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez fielded it and threw to first, but in the words of one announcer, "it flew like a napkin" and Maldanado was safe.
Braves' Aaron Harang Has No-Hitter Through 7: Atlanta Braves pitcher Aaron Harang has a no-hitter through seven innings tonight on the road against the New York Mets. Harang has thrown 121 pitches and walked six. The Braves lead 1-0.
Doug Glanville: I Was Racially Profiled in My Driveway: Former Major Leaguer and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville has written an essay for The Atlantic about a troubling experience: "It was an otherwise ordinary snow day in Hartford, Conn., and I was laughing as I headed outside to shovel my driveway. ... The snow had finally stopped coming down and this was my mid-afternoon window of opportunity. Just as I was good-naturedly turning all this over in my mind, my smile disappeared. A police officer from West Hartford had pulled up across the street, exited his vehicle, and begun walking in my direction."
Pro Golfer Attacked by Hornets at Malaysia Open: Pablo Larrazabal was attacked by 30 to 40 hornets on the 14th hole at the Malaysia Open today and dove into a water hazard to save himself. "I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water," he said. "It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I've never been so scared." He birdied the hole.
Yankees Go Around the Horn for Triple Play: In the second inning of Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees completed an around-the-horn triple play -- third baseman Yangervis Solarte to second baseman Brian Roberts to first baseman Scott Sizemore. Rays batter Sean Rodriguez, who hit the grounder, also hit into a triple play against the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
Secret Service Once Threatened to Kill Mr. Met: "We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?" -- Secret Service agent in 1997 to Mr. Met, as related in Yes, It's Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots
NHL Playoff Pick 'Em, Round 1: Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round: Colorado vs. Minnesota, St. Louis vs. Chicago, Anaheim vs. Dallas, San Jose vs. Los Angeles, Boston vs. Detroit, Tampa Bay vs. Montreal, Pittsburgh vs. Columbus, New York vs. Philadelphia. The playoffs begin tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right.
Steinbrenner: We Don't Need Stephen Drew: New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said the team's infield injuries have not changed his mind about signing free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, who's looking for a multi-year deal at $14 million per year. "I'm pretty content with our infield right now," he said. "I think guys like Anna and Solarte have been pleasant surprises." David Lennon of Newsday writes, "The Yankees are playing a dangerous game with their lack of infield depth. "But it's only mid-April, and the Yankees seem to be banking on the best-case scenario for their hurting infield."
Rays' Matt Moore to Have Tommy John Surgery: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore has scheduled Tommy John surgery for next week, ending his 2014 season and making it a challenge for him to be ready by the start of 2015. Moore, 24, has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He left the game April 7 with elbow soreness. He was a 17-game winner and All Star for the team last year.
MLB Admits Error in Calling Gwynn Out at Home: A play at the plate in Sunday's Philadelphia Phillies-Miami Marlins game was decided incorrectly, Major League Baseball officials said. Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis illegally blocked the plate before he had the ball on a Tony Gwynn Jr. slide home Sunday (see the video). Gwynn was called out and it was upheld by replay. The Phillies won 4-3. The new rule states, "unless the catcher is in possession of the ball, the catcher cannot block the pathway of the runner as he is attempting to score."
Red Sox Manager Rips Replay After Ejection: Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell has become the first to be ejected for arguing a replay decision. A day after Major League Baseball announced that a replay call against the Red Sox was decided incorrectly, Farrell watched an inning-ending double play be reversed, putting a Yankees run on the board. He thought the replay of a close play at first against Yankees runner Francisco Cervelli was inconclusive. "It's hard to have any faith in the system," Farrell said.
Video: Ball Girl Saves Run in Baltimore: A Baltimore Orioles ball girl made a terrific play on a sharp drive down the line by Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday. Unfortunately, it was a fair ball, resulting in a ground rule double that put runners on second and third. Toronto won 11-3.
Bubba Watson Wins Second Masters in Three Years: Bubba Watson birdied the 8th and 9th holes to separate himself from playing partner Jordan Spieth, birdied the par-5 13th hole after his drive ruffled the leaves of a tree and landed in the fairway, and signed for a final-round 69 to win his second Masters in three years. "A small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets," Watson said after he donned the iconic coat in Butler Cabin. "It's pretty wild."
20-Year-Old Tied for Lead at Masters: Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old from Dallas competing in his first Masters, is tied for first with Bubba Watson at 5 under after three rounds. Spieth became just the third Masters rookie ever to shoot under par in each of his first three rounds at Augusta. If he wins, he'll be the youngest Masters winner ever, besting Tiger Woods by five months.