The Phillies looked to build off their 7-5 victory on Sunday over the Brewers as they welcomed the Miami Marlins to town to open a three game series. Kyle Kendrick got the call for the Phillies and was spectacular. Kendrick allowed two runs on just six hits while going the distance for his second complete game of the season and the fourth of his career. Kendrick got some help from the offense as Dom Brown, once again, went deep for his 17th homerun of the year. It was his eighth homerun in eight games. Delmon Young followed up Brown's sixth inning homerun with a homerun of his own. The Phillies put up three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead then added to it with a four run sixth inning. They would roll to a 7-2 victory. More here.
It was one of the most anticipated Game 7s in recent memory as the defending Miami Heat looked to oust the Indiana Pacers, who forced a Game 7 with a 91-77 victory on Saturday. It started out slow with a tightly contested match through the first quarter with Indiana holding a 21-19 lead heading into the second quarter. The Heat would explode in the second quarter outscoring the Pacers 33-16 to take a 52-37 lead into halftime. It was all over after that as LeBron James would score 32 points and grab eight rebounds as the Heat advance to their third straight NBA Finals with a 99-76 victory. More here.
The NBA saw one of its all-time greats walk away from the game yesterday when All-Star point guard Jason Kidd retired after 19 seasons split between the Mavericks, Suns, Nets, and Knicks. Kidd, who spent last season with the New York Knicks, is widely considered to be one of the best passing and rebounding point guards in NBA history. He retires ranked second in NBA history in assists and steals behind John Stockton. He won a NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks and two Olympic Gold medals competing for the United States. The 40 year old still had two years remaining on his contract. More here.
BONUS HEADLINE! The Penguins and Bruins squared off in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night in Pittsburgh as Boston entered the series having won Game 1 4-0. Brad Marchand scored off a Sidney Crosby turnover at the point just 28 seconds into the game. he Bruins would score three more times, including once more by Marchand, in the first period to race out to a 4-1 lead after the first. They would score early in the third period to make it 5-1 and would add an empty netter to take Game 2 by a score of 6-1. They return home to Boston with a 2-0 series lead having outscored the Penguins 10-1 over the first two games of the series on the Penguins home ice. More here.