Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2014 5:29AM

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The Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 last night. Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno's wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Blue Jackets the win. The series moves back to Pittsburgh for Game 5 on Saturday night tied 2-2. 
The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 last night. Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control and Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game. Jonathan Broxton pitched a scoreless ninth inning, despite allowing two hits, for his third save. 
The Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 5-3 last night. Jason Kipnis drove in Nick Swisher with a two-out double in the seventh inning. The Indians tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall's bloop RBI single.
Indians manager Terry Francona doesn't believe struggling starter Danny Salazar is tipping his pitches. Salazar brought up the possibility he was giving away his pitches following Monday night's loss to Kansas City. The right-hander was chased in the fifth inning, dropping him to 1-7 in 14 starts since he won his major league debut in July.
Kansas City Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz has had surgery on his broken left arm. He was struck by a line drive during pregame batting practice on Monday. Kuntz was standing behind a protective net in shallow center field when he was hit by a ball off the bat of Salvador Perez.


The Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers enjoy two-games-to-none leads in the NBA's conference quarterfinals. LeBron James had 32 points, eight assists and six rebounds to lead the Heat past Charlotte 101-97, and LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 43 points in the Blazers' 112-105 triumph at Houston. Dallas and San Antonio are tied at a game apiece after Monta Ellis 21 points in the Mavericks' 113-92 blowout over the Spurs. 
Columbus, Dallas and Chicago were able to tie their respective Stanley Cup first-round series at two games apiece. Nick Foligno's overtime goal lifted the Blue Jackets past Pittsburgh 4-3, and Cody Eakin's third-period goal was the game-winner in the Stars' 4-2 triumph over Anaheim. Patrick Kane scored at 11:17 of overtime to complete the Blackhawks' 4-3 win over St. Louis.
The NHL has cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Minnesota Wild left wing for seven games for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie on Monday. If the term of the ban isn't finished during the playoffs, Cooke must complete it at the beginning of the next regular season. This is Cooke's sixth career suspension for various player safety violations, bringing his total of games banned to 34, including playoffs.
The Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first game played at Wrigley Field yesterday, but they also blew a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of a 7-5 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Martin Prado sparked the winning rally with a two-run single in the ninth, but the Cubs were still one out from a 5-4 win until Miguel Montero hit a game-tying single and scored on Aaron Hill's two-run triple. The pregame ceremony included Cubs Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins and Andre Dawson.
New York Yankees starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of last night's 5-1 loss in Boston after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck. The incident comes 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston.

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