Back to the AL: Phils Resume Interleague Play Against Mariners

Back to the AL: Phils Resume Interleague Play Against Mariners

Hey, it's interleague time again! Nothing quite like checking the ol' schedule to see if the Philadelphia Phillies are playing the Nationals or Padres or what and finding out that it's…The Seattle Mariners? Huh? The two teams have not faced off since 2005 and have played only six times total, with the Phils winning but one of the half-dozen contests. Ryan Howard has never even faced the Mariners, and no one on the lineup has faced Mariners rookie pitcher Michael Pineda, who will be taking the hill in Seattle tonight. It's just a nice little change of pace from the daily grind—even if the same-old, same-old has been particularly nice to the Phils over their recent seven-game winning streak.

Unfortunately, the storyline from this series that would have packed a little sizzle—Cliff Lee's return to the team that deadline-dealt him after just 13 starts last year—will not come to its fruition, as Lee's turn in the rotation will not come until the Cardinals series later next week. Instead, the Mariners will have to suffice with the come back of Mr. Raul Ibanez, seeing the team he played ten seasons (five partial and five full) for for the first time since signing with Philly as a free agent. Will Raul be greeted with boos upon his return, or with Rauuuuuuuls? Will we even be able to tell the difference?

Anyway, the Mariners appear to be continuing their recent pattern of trading off years of everyone thinking they'd be good and them sucking, and everyone thinking they'd suck and them being…almost good. This year, they've overperformed to the tune of a 35-34 record, good for just a game out of the division lead in the weak AL West this season. Pineda, pitching the series opener, is a big reason why—at 6-4 with a 2.72 and an impressive 3.48 K/BB ratio, he's an early front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year, and a potential rotation co-anchor with Felix Hernandez for years to come in the city of grunge. (Unless, of course, Felix gets traded to the Yankees in a month and a half. Damnation.) Also of interest will be the possible debut for the M's of second baseman Dustin Ackley, a highly touted call-up who was taken by Seattle with the #2 overall pick in '09.

10:10 first pitch from Safeco Field. We'll be throwing out no slouch ourselves in the pitching department, with Roy Oswalt suiting up tonight for the Fightins. Can we push for the double-digit win streak by the time the series wraps on Sunday?

Best of NBA: Russell Westbrook posts 5th straight triple-double in Thunder's win over Pelicans

Best of NBA: Russell Westbrook posts 5th straight triple-double in Thunder's win over Pelicans

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook became the first player with five consecutive triple-doubles since Michael Jordan had seven straight in 1989 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New Orleans Pelicans 101-92 on Sunday night.

Westbrook finished with 28 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists. The Thunder have won all five games during Westbrook's triple-double stretch. It was Westbrook's 10th triple-double of the season and the 47th of his career.

Enes Kanter had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Victor Oladipo added 15 points for the Thunder.

Anthony Davis, the NBA's leading scorer, had 37 points and 15 rebounds for the Pelicans. Buddy Hield, who led nearby Oklahoma to the Final Four last season, scored 16 points in his first game back in the state (see full recap).

Rose, Anthony help Knicks hold off Kings
NEW YORK -- Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony each scored 20 points and the New York Knicks held off the Sacramento Kings 106-98 on Sunday night for their eighth win in 11 games.

The Knicks took a 21-point lead in the first half, gave up 18 consecutive points in the third quarter but outplayed the Kings down the stretch to win their third straight overall and improve to 9-3 at home.

Brandon Jennings added 19 points for New York and Kristaps Porzingis finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 12 rebounds for the Kings, but shot just 9 for 30 and looked fatigued while struggling late while playing the entire second half (see full recap).

Ibaka's big night leads Magic past Pistons
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and blocked four shots, helping the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 98-92 on Sunday night.

Nikola Vucevic added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Magic.

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson made his season debut after missing Detroit's first 21 games with knee tendinitis. He had 18 points in 23 minutes. Marcus Morris led Detroit with 21 points.

Orlando won for the third time in four games while Detroit had its three-game winning streak snapped.

On Jackson's first possession, the Pistons went to their bread-and-butter play -- he and Andre Drummond running a high pick and roll. Jackson came off the screen and hit a 3-pointer, bringing a cheer from the small crowd. Jackson played the first 5:50 of the quarter as Detroit built a 16-10 lead (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens avoid winless California trip with SO win over Kings

Best of NHL: Canadiens avoid winless California trip with SO win over Kings

LOS ANGELES -- Paul Byron scored the clinching goal in the fourth round of the shootout, and the Montreal Canadiens avoided a winless swing through California with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.

Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist for the Canadiens, who won for just the second time in seven road games. Montreal had only one win in its previous 11 games in California before scoring three times in the four-round shootout.

Alexander Radulov and Andrew Shaw also scored and Carey Price made 27 saves for the Atlantic Division-leading Canadiens.

Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist apiece for the Kings, who lost for only the second time in eight games. Peter Budaj stopped 26 shots (see full recap).

DeKeyser gives Red Wings OT win over Isles
NEW YORK -- Danny DeKeyser scored 1:02 into overtime to give Detroit a victory over New York.

Mike Green scored twice and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and assist for Detroit, which improved to 4-1-2 in its last seven games. Peter Mrazek stopped 32 shots to improve to 3-0-2 in his past five starts.

Anders Lee, Johnny Boychuk and Josh Bailey scored for New York, which had won a season-high three straight. Jaroslav Halak finished with 30 saves.

Detroit's Frans Nielsen had an assist while facing his former team for the first time since leaving the Islanders for a six-year, $31.5 million deal with the Red Wings last summer. The 32-year-old Danish center was selected by the Islanders in the third round of the 2002 draft and had 119 goals and 230 assists over 10 seasons in New York (see full recap).

Late goal lifts Jets over Blackhawks
CHICAGO -- Andrew Copp scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:45 left, Bryan Little got his third goal in three games and Winnipeg edged Chicago.

Copp beat Scott Darling on the stick side with a shot from the right circle that slipped just inside the left post.

Chicago's Artemi Panarin scored with 6:54 remaining to tie it at 1, moments after Copp hit the post, to spoil Connor Hellebuyck's bid for a second shutout against Chicago in less than a month. Panarin completed a give-and-go with Patrick Kane, beating Hellebuyck to the glove side.

Hellebuyck finished with 25 saves and outdueled Darling, who started his second straight game for the Blackhawks in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford. Darling made 30 saves, including three on breakaways.

Little's power-play goal with 43.4 seconds left in the second period was his fourth point in four games since missing 23 with a lower-body injury (see full recap)