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Blackhawks blank Blues 2-0 in Game 3

CHICAGO (AP) - Corey Crawford made 34 saves in his third career postseason shutout, and the Chicago Blackhawks got back into their playoff series with the St. Louis Blues with a 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night.

Jonathan Toews scored in the first period and Marcus Kruger added an empty-netter as Chicago bounced back after a pair of overtime losses in St. Louis. Toews' 21st postseason goal was only the second score by a Blackhawks forward in the series.

Ryan Miller shook off another slow start and made 23 saves for St. Louis.


Indians slip past Royals 4-3

CLEVELAND (AP) - Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers, powering the Cleveland Indians over the Kansas City Royals 4-3 Monday night when a fearless squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment.

Kipnis connected in the sixth inning off Jeremy Guthrie, overcoming a 3-2 deficit. Brantley provided Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth.

Zach McAllister gave up six hits and overcame three errors - one on his errant throw. Marc Rzepczynski and Cody Allen pitched a hitless inning each, and closer John Axford worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.

Alex Gordon and Omar Infante each had two of the Royals' six hits.


Mejia sharp, leads Wright, Mets over Cardinals 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) - Jenrry Mejia pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, David Wright delivered another key hit and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Monday night.

Wright lined an early RBI single that extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Kyle Farnsworth earned his first save as the New York's newest closer.

On an evening when the Mets debuted new camouflage tops to salute the military, they looked sharp. The Cardinals lost for the third time in four games.

Mejia bounced back well from a torn blister on his right middle finger that limited him to five innings in his last start. The 24-year-old righty began the game by getting Matt Carpenter to look at three straight strikes, and rarely was in trouble.


Cardinals promote LHP Lyons, start him vs Mets

NEW YORK (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals have promoted left-hander Tyler Lyons from Triple-A Memphis and are starting him against the New York Mets.

The 26-year-old Lyons was set to pitch Monday night at Citi Field. Right-handed reliever Jorge Rondon was optioned to Triple-A.

Lyons will take the rotation spot held by Joe Kelly, who was put on the 15-disabled list last week. Kelly strained his left hamstring trying to beat out a bunt.

Lyons went 2-4 with a 4.75 ERA in 12 games for St. Louis last year, including eight starts for the NL champions. He made his major league debut last season and was with the Cardinals during four separate stints.

He was 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA in three starts at Memphis this year. He last pitched on Wednesday.


Blues' Backes out for Game 3 against Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) - Blues center David Backes has been ruled out for Game 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks because of an upper-body injury.

St. Louis, however, will have center Patrik Berglund for Monday night's game against the Stanley Cup champions, who trail the playoff series 2-0. Berglund missed three games, also with an upper-body injury.

Backes was wiped out by a big hit from Blackhawks defenseman Bren Seabrook in the third period of St. Louis' 4-3 overtime victory Saturday. The captain was helped off the ice and did not return.

Seabrook received a five-minute major and game misconduct penalty. He then was suspended for three games by the NHL.

Berglund was injured in the third period of St. Louis' 3-0 loss at Dallas on April 12. Berglund had 14 goals and 18 assists this season.


Blackhawks D Brookbank in for suspended Seabrook

CHICAGO (AP) - Sheldon Brookbank will replace suspended Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in the lineup for Game 3 against the St. Louis Blues.

Brookbank had two goals and five assists in 48 games this season. He hasn't played since Chicago's 7-5 loss at Nashville in the season finale April 12.

Brookbank will play with top defenseman Duncan Keith on Monday night as the Stanley Cup champions try to earn their first win of the series. It will be Brookbank's 19th career playoff game.

Seabrook was suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes in the third period of Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss in St. Louis.


Chiefs in discussion with Smith reps on extension

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs are speaking with representatives of quarterback Alex Smith about an extension that would keep him in Kansas City beyond next season.

Smith said Monday that his agent, Tom Condon, has been talking with the team about a new contract. Smith is due to make $7.5 million in the final year of a contract signed in 2012, when he was still with the San Francisco 49ers.

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have both expressed their desire to keep Smith in Kansas City, but his play last season underscored his value. Smith completed 66 percent of his passes with a career-best 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while leading a team that had been 2-14 to an 11-5 record and the playoffs.


Chiefs begin offseason workouts after long break

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Chiefs have gathered for the start of offseason workouts, giving coach Andy Reid an opportunity to provide an update on issues ranging from injuries to potential starters.

Reid said Monday that Eric Fisher, who will slide from right tackle to left tackle, had surgery on his left shoulder and to repair a sports hernia. Reid also said safety Sanders Commings had surgery for an undisclosed injury and has been cleared to work out.

The Chiefs will have to replace the tandem of Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz at right guard and Kendrick Lewis at free safety. Reid said that Rishaw Johnson will get the first shot at the offensive line spot and that Husain Abdullah is the front-runner for the safety job.


Unger chosen as GM for Cards' Triple-A affiliate

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Craig Unger has been hired as general manager of the Memphis Redbirds as the St. Louis Cardinals take over daily management of their Triple-A affiliate.

Unger joined the Cardinals organization in 2008. He helped return the team's radio broadcasts to KMOX, served as field producer for the 2009 All-Star game at Busch Stadium and coordinated the 2011 World Series victory parade. Unger is moving permanently to the Memphis area, where he's spent the past few months assisting in the ownership transition.

Unger said "this is a special moment in our team's history, with the best days ahead of us," in a statement Monday announcing his appointment.

Ben Weiss, who had been the Redbirds' general manager since 2009, is now a senior adviser assisting Unger in daily management of the team.

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