PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last night. Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period. Beau Bennett, Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen also scored for the Penguins. Jack Johnson, Mark Letestu and Derek Mackenzie scored for the Blue Jackets. Game 2 is Saturday night.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-85 last night. Although the Nets could have clinched the Eastern Conference's Number 5 spot with a win, coach Jason Kidd elected to rest his starters. Tyler Zeller scored 22 points with 11 rebounds and Dion Waiters scored 19 for the Cavs. They finished a disappointing 33-49 in coach Mike Brown's first season back and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
DETROIT (AP) - The Cleveland Indians held on for a 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers last night. Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple and Zach McAllister allowed a run and four hits in six innings. John Axford pitched the ninth for his fifth save for the Tribe, which had lost 18 of its previous 23 against Detroit.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 yesterday for their first winning series this season. Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer.
CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals have signed punter T.J. Conley, though Kevin Huber is expected to make a full recovery from a neck injury and a broken jaw. Conley punted in 16 games for the Jets in 2011 and didn't play in the NFL either of the last two years.
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