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Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood earns National League Player of the Week

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Alex Wood has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 15th.

Alex’s battery mate Yasmani Grandal (.591, 13 H, 4 2B, 8 RBI) posted an excellent week at the plate for the Dodgers. The 2015 NL All-Star recorded a trio of three-hit games and paced his NL peers in hits for the period. Grandal enters play today in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, dating back to May 3rd. In addition, second baseman Neil Walker (.462, 6 R, 6 XBH, 10 RBI) of the New York Mets enters this week on a six-game hitting streak. The switch-hitter homered on consecutive days (Friday-Saturday) for the first time this season and delivered multi-RBI efforts in four of six games played. St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martínez (2-0, 2 QS, 12.2 IP, 14 SO) was great on the mound as well as with the bat. The 2015 NL All-Star tallied four hits across two starts with a pair of multi-hit games, including the game-winning RBI in both of the games he started (May 8th at Miami; May 13th vs. Chicago-NL). Other noteworthy performances included Buster Posey (.429, 8 R, 4 HR, 1.048 SLG) of the San Francisco Giants; Tommy Joseph (.500, 7 R, 5 XBH, 1.286 SLG) of the Philadelphia Phillies; Bryce Harper (.417, 2 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Washington Nationals; and Keon Broxton (.400, 8 R, 5 XBH, 7 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Alex Wood will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Wood compiled a 2-0 record without allowing a run over 11.0 innings pitched to claim his first career Player of the Week Award. Alex struck out 21 batters and issued just two free passes along with seven hits in two dominant starts last week. This is the Dodgers’ second consecutive weekly award, following Alex’s teammate Cody Bellinger, and it marks the first time Dodgers have won in consecutive weeks since Yasiel Puig and Josh Beckett in May 2014. Wood is the first Dodgers hurler to take home weekly honors since teammate Clayton Kershaw and then-Dodger Zack Greinke were named Co-Players of the Week for the week ending July 19, 2015.

In Wood’s first start of the week last Monday, the left-hander tossed 5.0 innings of one-run ball and allowed just two hits. The Dodgers pitching staff recorded a season-high 17 strikeouts in LA’s 12-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the most strikeouts for the club in a nine-inning game since May 15, 2015 against the Colorado Rockies (18 SO). Wood, a second round selection by the Atlanta Braves in the 2012 MLB Draft, led the way for LA with a season-high 11 strikeouts, while issuing just one walk. On Saturday against the Rockies at Coors Field, the University of Georgia product logged his second consecutive scoreless outing en route to his fourth win of the season. Wood struck out 10 batters over 6.0 innings, while permitting just one free pass. It was his second consecutive game with more than 10 strikeouts, accomplishing the feat for the first time in his five-year Major League career. Entering play today, the Dodgers pitching staff paces the Majors in ERA (3.30) and WHIP (1.19), and ranks second in strikeouts (367) behind the Houston Astros. The Dodgers currently sport a 22-16 (.579) record and sit 1.5 games behind the Rockies for first place in the competitive NL West.





Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts named American League Player of the Week

Mookie Betts (c) with David Ortiz (l), Adam Jones (r) by Keith Allison CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending May 14th.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Mookie Betts will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Shortstop Carlos Correa (.455, 7 R, 4 XBH, 10 RBI) of the Houston Astros also posted an impressive week, hitting in each game he played in and logging multi-hit efforts in four of his six contests. Entering play today, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year has posted an RBI in each of his last six games, entering play today. Additionally, Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph (.524, 11 H, 5 XBH, 6 RBI) garnered weekly attention, becoming the first catcher this season to log three extra-base hits in the same game on Friday night against the Royals (2-2B, 1-3B). Other noteworthy performances last week included Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 11 SO) and outfielder Corey Dickerson (.483, 7 R, 3 2B, .531 OBP); starting pitcher Alex Meyer (2-0, 3.09 ERA, 11.2 IP, 14 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; outfielder Brett Gardner (.409, 6 R, 2 2B, 2 HR) of the New York Yankees; and starting pitcher A.J. Griffin (1-0, 2.57 ERA, 1 CG, 1 SHO) of the Texas Rangers.

Betts hit .375 (9-for-24) with eight runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and a stolen base over six games to earn his second career AL Player of the Week Award, last winning on June 21, 2015. Among AL leaders, the 24-year-old finished the week first in RBI, total bases (22), extra-base hits (7) and slugging percentage (.917); tied for first in runs scored and home runs; tied for second in doubles; and sixth in on-base percentage (.483). This is Boston’s first weekly award since Mookie’s teammate Hanley Ramirez took home AL weekly honors last season (September 18th).

Betts began his award-winning week in grand fashion, going 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, a home run and four RBI in Tuesday night’s away tilt against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 2016 AL All-Star reached base safely in all five plate appearances in the contest, accomplishing the feat for the second time in his career, along with August 26th of last season against the Kansas City Royals. The homer was Mookie’s ninth career leadoff round tripper, and he is now only one homer shy of Boston’s all-time record for leadoff home runs (10), held by Jacoby Ellsbury. On Thursday, Boston’s All-Star outfielder logged another multi-hit effort, including a double, home run and three RBI. The clutch go-ahead three-run home run came in the top of the ninth inning and was his second career go-ahead homer in the ninth inning-or-later (also August 1, 2016 at Seattle). With the explosive offensive output, Betts had gone 10-for-17 (.588) with three home runs, four doubles and nine RBI over four games from May 7th-11th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time in Mookie’s career that he amassed more than 10 hits and five RBI over any four-game span. Betts concluded his excellent week with another multi-hit game in Saturday’s 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The 2016 AL Gold Glove Award winner recorded a double, home run and three RBI, reaching the three-RBI mark for the fifth time this season, and the third time in five games.




NHL Morning Skate for Monday, May 15, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition


Home Team in Caps
ANAHEIM 5, Nashville 3 – series tied 1-1

The Ducks overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to even their series with the Predators, marking the 29th comeback victory of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (71 GP, 40.8%) and 14th multi-goal comeback win this postseason (19.7%).

* Elias notes that the 14 multi-goal comeback victories are one shy of matching the NHL record for most such wins in a playoff year, a mark set in 2014 when 15 of 93 games (16.1%) were won by a team that erased a deficit of at least two goals.

* The Ducks have staged four of the multi-goal comeback wins this postseason, marking the sixth time in NHL history that a team has earned at least four such victories in a single postseason. The other instances: the Canadiens in 1973 and 1979 (4 in each), the Blues in 1986 (4), the Flyers in 1987 (5) and the Kings in 2014 (4).

* Elias adds that the NHL record for comeback wins in a postseason was set in 1990, when 45 of 85 contests (52.9%) saw the winning team erase a deficit of at least one goal.

The Ducks tied the game twice in the second period before Nick Ritchie scored the game-winning goal with 2:53 remaining in the middle frame to help Anaheim even the Western Conference Final at 1-1.

* The Ducks overcame a deficit (of any margin) to win for the sixth time this postseason, with Game 2 being their fourth multi-goal comeback win (also Game 3 of FR at CGY, Game 4 of SR at EDM and Game 5 of SR vs. EDM). Per Elias, Anaheim overcame a multi-goal deficit to win only four times during the 2016-17 regular season.

* Ritchie, the 10th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft, tallied his second game-winning goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Game 7 vs. EDM; 11 GP). He scored three such markers in the 2016-17 regular season (77 GP).

Jakob Silfverberg scored his ninth goal of the postseason to tie Penguins forward Jake Guentzel for the most in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Only two players in Ducks history have scored more goals in a single postseason: Andy McDonald (10 in 2007) and Corey Perry (10 in 2015).

* When teams are tied 1-1 in a best-of-seven series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the winner of Game 3 holds an all-time series record of 205-99, including a 3-2 mark this postseason.

Ryan Getzlaf (8-10—18 in 13 GP) collected three assists for his second three-point performance of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Game 4 at EDM: 2-2—4), moving within one point of Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (6-13—19) for the League lead.

* Getzlaf’s 18 points are tied for the second-most in a single postseason by a Ducks player, two points shy of tying the club record he set during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (2-18—20 in 16 GP). He is the all-time franchise leader in playoff goals, assists and points (37-80—117 in 117 GP).

* Among the 348 players with at least 100 career games played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, only 20 have averaged at least one point per game – with Getzlaf (1.00 PPG) being one of three active players on that list. The others: Penguins teammates Sidney Crosby (1.11 PPG; 53-98—151 in 136 GP) and Malkin (1.08 PPG; 54-94—148 in 137 GP).

There have been 44 one-goal games this postseason, with another nine decided by two goals following an empty-net tally (combined, 74.7%) . . . Ducks forward Ondrej Kase scored his first career playoff goal (5 GP) . . . Predators forward Ryan Johansen (1-1—2) registered his third consecutive multi-point game to boost his team-leading totals to 3-10—13 this postseason (12 GP) and equal the franchise record for most points in one playoff year . . . Predators forward James Neal scored his 13th career playoff goal with the Predators (32 GP), tying David Legwand (47 GP) and Shea Weber (59 GP) for the most in franchise history. ICYMI: Neal was mic’d up when he scored the overtime winner in Game 1 . . . Nashville mayor Megan Barry and Anaheim mayor Tom Tait made a friendly wager based on the outcome of the Western Conference Final.

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NHL Morning Skate for Sunday, May 14, 2017: Stanley Cup Playoffs edition



Home Team in Caps
Ottawa 2, PITTSBURGH 1 (OT) – OTT leads 1-0

Bobby Ryan (1-1—2) scored at 4:59 of overtime to power the Senators to a victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. Ottawa has won the opening game in each of its three all-time Conference Finals appearances (also 2003 and 2007).

* The Senators improved to 6-1 in overtime this postseason, including a 3-0 record on the road. Only three NHL teams have collected more overtime wins in a single playoff year: the 1993 Canadiens (10), 2002 Hurricanes (7) and 2003 Mighty Ducks (7).

* Elias notes that the Senators became the sixth team in NHL history to win six of their first seven overtime games in a single postseason and the first to do so since the Mighty Ducks won each of their first seven overtime contests in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Ryan, who also scored in extra time in Game 3 of the First Round at BOS, became the first player in Senators history to record multiple overtime goals in a single playoff year. He leads Ottawa forwards with 5-6—11 in 13 outings this postseason, including a trio of game-winning tallies (also Game 4 of FR at BOS).


* The Senators and Penguins faced off in the 25th overtime game of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs (70 GP), three shy of tying the NHL record for most in a single playoff year (28 in 85 GP in 1993).

* Saturday’s contest marked the 44th one-goal game this postseason (70 GP, 62.9%). The NHL record for one-goal games in a single playoff year is 51, set in 81 contests in 2007 (63.0%).

* The Senators improved to 8-2 in one-goal games in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Their only multi-goal victory came after an empty-net tally in Game 6 of the Second Round at NYR.

Teams that win the first game in a best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series hold an all-time series record of 456-208 (68.7%), including a 9-3 mark this year . . . Forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau (1-1—2) scored his eighth goal of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the second-most by a Senators player in a single postseason (Daniel Alfredsson: 14 in 2007) . . . Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin (1-0—1) registered his League-leading 19th point of the playoffs (6-13—19). Malkin (54-94—148 in 137 GP) also moved past Jaromir Jagr (65-82—147 in 140 GP) for third place on Pittsburgh’s all-time postseason points list . . . Craig Anderson (27 SV) earned his 19th playoff victory with the Senators, two shy of the franchise record held by Patrick Lalime (21) . . . ICYMI: Patients and staff at Montreal Children’s Hospital sang “Happy Birthday” to Predators defenseman P.K. Subban in an online video.



Meram’s hat trick leads Crew SC to 3-2 road win at Montreal

Justin Meram records first-ever career hat trick to lift the Black & Gold to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Impact;
Meram joins the 30/30 club, becoming one of only six players to have recorded at least 30 goals and 30 assists for Crew SC

Columbus Crew SC 3 – Montreal Impact 2
Stade Saputo (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Saturday, May 13, 2017

CLB – Justin Meram (Unassisted) 14’ [HIGHLIGHT:]
CLB – Justin Meram 28’ (Unassisted) [HIGHLIGHT:]
MTL – Ignacio Piatti 52’ (Unassisted) [HIGHLIGHT:]
MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Unassisted) 77’ [HIGHLIGHT:]
CLB – Justin Meram (Niko Hansen) 90+1 [HIGHLIGHT:]

NEXT MATCH FOR CREW SC (6-5-1, 19 points):

Columbus Crew SC vs. New England Revolution (Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA)
Sunday, May 21 (2:30 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on









Stade Saputo (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistants: Daniel Belleau, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official:
Mark Kadlecik
Attendance: 17,508
Weather: 61 degrees and cloudy

CLB – Justin Meram (Unassisted) 14’
CLB – Justin Meram (Unassisted) 28’
MTL – Ignacio Piatti (Unassisted) 52’
MTL – Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Unassisted) 77’
CLB – Justin Meram (Niko Hansen) 90+2’


CLB – Adam Jahn (caution) 31’
CLB – Zack Steffen (caution) 52’
MTL – Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (caution) 57’
CLB – Federico Higuain (caution) 58’
MTL – Chris Duvall (caution) 89’


Columbus Crew SC: Zack Steffen; Hector Jimenez, Jonathan Mensah, Nico Naess, Jukka Raitala; Wil Trapp ©, Artur; Kekuta Manneh (Niko Hansen 63’),Federico Higuain (Alex Crognale 74’), Justin Meram; Adam Jahn (Ola Kamara 89’)

Substitutes not used: Logan Ketterer, Waylon Francis, Mohammed Abu, Cristian Martinez

Montreal Impact: Evan Bush; Chris Duvall, Laurent Ciman, Kyle Fisher, Ambroise Oyongo; Adrian Arregui (Patrice Bernier 45’), Hernan Bernardello (Anthony Jackson-Hamel 74’); Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (David Choiniere 85’), Blerim Dzemaili, Ignacio Piatti; Dominic Oduro

Substitutes not used: Daniel Lovitz, Calum Mallace, Maxime Crepeau, Wandrille Lefevre




Midfielder Justin Meram recorded his first-ever career hat trick in today’s match to bring his 2017 MLS season total to seven goals. With 31 goals and 30 assists in 166 regular-season appearances (114 starts), Meram is now one of only six Crew SC players to have registered at least 30 goals and 30 assists for the club. The other players on this list are Jeff Cunningham (64 goals, 44 assists), Brian McBride (41 goals, 39 assists), Guillermo Schelotto (33 goals, 41 assists) and teammates Federico Higuain (43 goals, 39 assists) and Ethan Finlay (30 goals, 30 assists). With seven goals and four assists through 12 matches this season, Meram has already surpassed his 2016 goal total (five).

Justin Meram Columbus Crew SC ( photo)


With a hat trick in tonight’s game, Justin Meram became the seventh player to score three or more goals in one regular-season match for the Black & Gold. The other players on this list are Edson Buddle, Stern John (five times for Crew SC), Brian Maisonneuve, Ross Paule, Dante Washington and Ola Kamara. This was the eleventh time that a hat trick was recorded for the club in regular-season action.

Tonight’s match against Montreal marked the third time that Justin Meram scored two or more goals in one regular-season game, as well as the second time he has scored multiple goals in one match this season. He previously recorded braces in a 3-0 win against Chivas USA (September 7, 2014) and in a 2-0 victory over Orlando City SC (April 1, 2017), both in home contests at MAPFRE Stadium.


Forward Kekuta Manneh made his first regular-season start for Crew SC in tonight’s match, playing 63 minutes. It was Manneh’s second appearance for the club following a substitute appearance in the Black & Gold’s home match against New York City FC (April 29).

Forward Adam Jahn made his first start of the 2017 MLS for the Black & Gold in tonight’s match, playing 89 minutes. It was Jahn’s first start for the club since a road contest against New York City FC last season (October 23, 2016).


Midfielder Artur made his first appearance for the club since suffering a wrist injury in a road contest against the New York Red Bulls earlier this season (April 22). He made a start for the Black & Gold and played the entire 90 minutes in today’s match.


Today’s match marked the 15th all-time regular-season meeting between the Black & Gold and the Impact. With the win, Crew SC’s all-time regular-season record against the Impact is now 7-5-3. It was the Black & Gold’s sixth victory of the 2017 MLS season and their second regular-season road win of the year.

Crew SC next plays on Sunday, May 21 when it travels to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Revolution for the second of two regular-season matches in 2017 (5:00 p.m. ET / The CW Columbus, Spectrum Sports, BCSN2, CD102.5 FM, La Mega 103.1 FM, English radio stream on




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