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Ohio Sports News

Last Update on April 19, 2015 05:35 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Martinez pitched six strong innings and Jason Heyward hit his first home run for St. Louis, leading the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

Matt Carpenter drove in a pair of runs as the NL Central champion Cardinals kept winning after a 3-3 start.

Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who have lost three in a row and six of seven. Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton left in the eighth inning after beating out an infield single.

Martinez (1-0) gave up one run on three hits, striking out four and walking two.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his fourth save in as many opportunities. He struck out Joey Votto with two on to end the game.

Homer Bailey (0-1) surrendered five runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings. He made his first start after beginning the season on the disabled list while recovering from surgery on a torn flexor tendon.

National Sports News

Last Update on April 19, 2015 18:48 GMT

NBA-PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- In a match-up worthy of a conference final, the Clippers host the defending NBA champ Spurs in the opener of their first-round playoff series tonight.

Los Angeles and San Antonio finished with two of the NBA's top six regular-season records, and they both steamrolled into the playoffs. The Clippers won 14 of their final 15 games, while the Spurs had won 11 straight before losing their season finale, which dropped them to the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

The two teams split four regular-season games with each winning once on the road.

Portland opens at home against Memphis, after being dominated by the Grizzles in the regular season. Memphis won all four meetings, holding the Trail Blazers to 91.3 points per game.

LeBron James continues his quest to lead his hometown Cavaliers to its first championship, when Cleveland hosts the opener against Boston. The two teams split four games during the regular season, but both of Boston's wins came late in the regular season, when Cleveland's playoff position was already locked up.

Atlanta hosts a Brooklyn team they mastered in the regular season. The Hawks won all four meetings convincingly. Atlanta led by at least 14 in every game, once by as much as 39. Brooklyn never led any of the four games by more than eight points.

MLB-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Matt Harvey is trying to start 3-0 in his return from Tommy John surgery pitching against the Marlins today. New York is looking for its eighth straight victory and a four-game sweep of the Marlins. New York has opened its home schedule with six wins in a row, matching the club record set in 1985 and making the Mets the only team in the majors undefeated at home.

Cardinals star Adam Wainwright starts tonight against the Reds, who haven't scored an earned run in their last 17 innings against him.

Jon Lester is again trying for his first win with the Cubs pitching against San Diego at Wrigley Field today. A prized free agent in the offseason, the left-hander is 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in two starts.

Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two games going into this start against the Phillies. Washington also needs shortstop Ian Desmond to get better in the field -- he's made a whopping eight errors in 12 games.

Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole is trying to run his winning streak to six when he faces Milwaukee at PNC Park. He's 1-0 in two starts this year after winning his final four decisions last season.

NHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULE

UNDATED (AP) -- Rookie Scott Darling gets the start in the nets for Chicago when the Blackhawks host Nashville this afternoon in Game 3 of their playoff series. He gets the call over veteran Corey Crawford, who was relieved by Darling in the opener after he gave up three goals on 12 shots. Darling then stopped all 42 shots he faces in Chicago's double-overtime win. Crawford was also between the pipes in Nashville's 6-2 Game 2 win.

The Islanders are hosting Washington with their series tied at a game each.

Ottawa is switching goalies in an effort to get back into its series against Montreal. The Senators go with Craig Anderson at home over stalwart Andrew Hammond after Ottawa lost the opening two games of the series. Anderson has played only four times since Jan. 21, going 1-2-1.

When Calgary hosts Vancouver tonight, It will be interesting to see if there is any carry over from the end of Game 2 when a major melee the final minutes that resulted in 132 penalty minutes. The series is tied at 1-all.

NASCAR-BRISTOL

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Rain has pushed back the start of the Sprint Cup race at Bristol.

If the weather clears, Matt Kenseth is well positioned to end a 51-race winless streak. The 43-year-old will start from the pole in the close quarters of the half-mile concrete bullring. Kenseth has three career wins at Bristol. Brad Keselowski starts from the outside of the front row.

INDYCAR-LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NAY'-vehs) starts from the pole today in IndyCar's Grand Prix of Long Beach. Juan Pablo Montoya gives Team Penske the first two spots for in the 80-mile race through the streets of downtown Long Beach.

FORMULA ONE-BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- Defending champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Bahrain Grand Prix from the pole position to strengthen his overall lead in the Formula One standings. It is his third win in four races this season and 36th of his career. Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) finished second, followed by Nico Rosberg.

GOLF-RBC HERITAGE

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Kevin Kisner are in a playoff for the title at the RBC Heritage. Both finished regulation at 18 under par. Furyk closed with an 8-under 63, while Kisner shot 64 in the final round.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-GREATER GWINNETT CHAMPIONSHIP

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Olin Browne has won the Greater Gwinnett Championship after constant rain forced the cancellation of the final round. It's Browne's first Champions Tour win in four years.

The 57-year-old Browne set the tournament record with a second-round 64 to take the lead at 12 under. Bernhard Langer then matched the record to move into second place, one shot back.

This is the first Champions Tour event to be shortened to 36 holes since the 2011 Insperity Championship in Houston.

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