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Four more playoff games Sunday

UNDATED (AP) — Sunday brings four more first-round NBA playoff games.

The Milwaukee Bucks are starting things off in Chicago with a two-games-to-one lead over the Bulls. The Bucks bounced back from a loss in Game 2 to dominate the Bulls 111-81 without injured Khris Middleton. It was the most lopsided home playoff defeat ever for Chicago. Middleton is expected to miss the remainder of this series after spraining his left MCL in Game 2. He is eyeing a return in the conference semis, assuming the Bucks get past the Bulls.

Next, Golden State looks to complete a sweep of the Nuggets in Denver. With its Game 3 win, the Warriors have won at least one road game in each of their last 24 playoff series. The string began with a road victory in the Mile High City during the 2013 playoffs.

The Atlanta Hawks are looking to even up their series with the Miami Heat in Game 4. Atlanta rallied from a 16-point deficit in Game 3 to beat Miami 110-110, slicing the Heat’s lead in the Eastern Conference series to 2-1.

The Phoenix Suns are going for a 3-1 lead over the Pelicans in New Orleans. Things got chippy in Game 3 Friday night, with the Pelicans’ Jaxson Hayes being ejected for slamming into the Suns’ Jae Crowder from behind in the second quarter. But the Suns say the shot inspired them as they beat the Pelicans 114-111.


Yankees try to sweep Cleveland…Reds try to avoid 12th straight loss

UNDATED (AP) — Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees are trying for a three-game sweep of Cleveland, a day after rowdy fans at Yankee Stadium pelted Guardians outfielders with bottles, cans and debris after New York rallied for a 5-4 win. Yankees stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and other New York players rushed toward the wall in right-center field, trying to calm the crowd. Security personnel joined the effort to quell the disturbance.

Cole pitched a career-low 1 2/3 innings last time out in Detroit. He matched his career high of five walks and allowed two runs and one hit, throwing just 37 of 68 pitches for strikes.

Elsewhere on Sunday’s schedule:

— The Cincinnati Reds have lost 11 straight for the first time since 2016, and now they’re facing St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright in the finale of their weekend series against the visiting Cardinals. Wainwright is 10-15 with a 5.29 ERA in 36 career appearances against the Reds. It’s his only losing record versus a major league team he has more than one decision against. After splitting its opening four-game series at Atlanta, Cincinnati has been swept by the Guardians, Dodgers and Padres and has lost the first two games of the series with St. Louis. Nick Lodolo tries for his first big league win.

— Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw faces the Padres for the 44th time in his decorated career. He is 22-9 with a 2.09 ERA against San Diego, including 1-2 in three starts last year. The Padres counter with left-hander Sean Manaea (mah-NY’-ah). San Diego won 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday night to snap a 10-game losing streak to the rival Dodgers, who had outscored the Padres 57-23 during a streak that dated to Aug. 24.

— Bryce Harper and the Phillies host Milwaukee at night in the finale of a three-game series. Philadelphia sends Aaron Nola to the mound against Brewers lefty Eric Lauer. Milwaukee’s pitching staff has a 2.32 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 62 innings over the past seven games. Harper, last year’s NL MVP, is batting .345 with six RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.


Pirates add RHP Beau Sulser to weary pitching staff

CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have added another arm to their weary pitching staff, bringing up up right-hander Beau Sulser from Triple-A Indianapolis.

It’s the first major league promotion for Sulser, the brother of Miami Marlins reliever Cole Sulser. Beau Sulser turns 28 on May 5. He went 1-2 with a 2.13 ERA in three starts with Indianapolis.

To make room on Pittsburgh’s 40- and 28-man rosters, outfielder Anthony Alford was designated for assignment. Alford was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Friday after being sidelined by a right wrist sprain.

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