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No perfect bullpen strategy, but depth, flexibility help
DETROIT (AP) -- When the Detroit Tigers signed Joe Nathan before the 2014 season, they expected baseball's active saves leader to simply keep rolling. After a few too many bad outings, they traded for a backup plan in Joakim Soria, widely considered the top reliever on the market....

Grizzlies, Bulls wary even with big leads in playoffs
The Grizzlies and Bulls head into their games Monday night in complete control of their respective series, needing just one more victory to advance to the next round....

Capitals-Islanders Game 7 stirs 'Epic' memories
There's only been one Game 7 between the Capitals and Islanders, but it has stood the test of time - lots and lots and lots of time - as one of the great games in postseason annals....

LEADING OFF: Wainwright gets MRI, Russell ready for Wrigley
A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:...

NL teams experimenting with pitchers hitting 8th
Amid a testy start to the season (AP) -- looking at you, Bryan Price; also you, Royals, White Sox and Athletics - comes a bit of managerial creativity sure to put a smile on the face of any innovative Strat-O-Matic player....

Cavs sweep Celts as James scores 27 in 101-93 victory
BOSTON (AP) -- LeBron James dribbled out the final 20 seconds while players embraced as the Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Celtics....

After Wizards get sweep, Pierce takes jabs at Raptors, Drake
WASHINGTON (AP) -- At age 37, Paul Pierce is having a grand ol' time on this playoff run with the Washington Wizards....

A-Rod hits No. 659, Yanks beat Mets 6-4 to win Subway Series
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez is one big swing from matching Willie Mays. Whether the New York Yankees would celebrate that achievement - or pay for it, for that matter - remains to be seen....

Busch leads 291 laps in dominating Richmond victory
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Kurt Busch has spent time this year in a Delaware courtroom, then on NASCAR's sidelines as he served a three-race suspension for an alleged domestic assault on a former girlfriend....

Rose finds a new way to win 7th PGA Tour title
AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- It sounds like Justin Rose believes he's had a breakthrough in the Big Easy....

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