Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Celtics look to close out Sixers
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Boston Celtics are out to finish off
their best of seven NBA Eastern Conference semifinal with a win in
Philadelphia tonight in Game 6. The Celts top the 76ers 3-2 after
winning Monday night's game in Boston, 101-85. All is not lost for
the Sixers however, as they are 4-0 this post season in games
following a loss. On the other hand the Celtics have routed the
76ers in two of the games played in the series.
Game 7, if needed, would take place Saturday in Boston.

Devils and Rangers resume play
NEW YORK (AP) -- The fifth game of the New Jersey-New York
Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final is being played tonight in
Madison Square Garden. The Devils tied up the best of seven series
two nights ago with a 4-1 win on home-ice. Being tied at 2-2 in a
playoff series this year is nothing new for the Rangers, This is
the third straight series the Rangers have been in that position.
The Rangers have lost three straight Game 2s after series-opening
wins and all three Game 4s following Game 3 victories.
The series boils down to being a best of three affair with two
of the games taking place in New York. Game 6 will be in Newark,
N.J., Friday night.

Busy day of afternoon play
UNDATED (AP) -- Six day games are on the agenda in Major League
In the American League, Baltimore is playing host to Boston in
Game 3 of that series. The Orioles remain in first place in the
American League East with a record of 28-16, while the Sox are last
in the division at 21-22, a game back of the Yankees. In the other
AL day games, Tampa Bay is entertaining with the Rays' James
Shields going for his seventh win of the season. Jared Weaver of
the Angels is also gunning for his seventh win of the year this
afternoon as LA of Anaheim is in Oakland. The final day game in the
junior circuit has Texas at Seattle.

A check of the National League day games shows Pittsburgh at
home to the Mets and San Francisco at Milwaukee. The Giants have
won the first two games of that series.

This evening the Phillies are home to the Nationals again. This
game features the first meeting between the two clubs with Cole
Hamels pitching since the game Hamels hit Washington's Bryce Harper
on purpose. Hamels, who is 6-1, is going up against Edwin Jackson
in tonight's game. The rest of the evening portion of the NL
schedule has the Reds, who have won four straight, playing host to
Atlanta; Colorado, which has lost six in a row, in Miami against
the Marlins; the Cubs, losers of eight straight, in Houston to play
the Astros; San Diego at St. Louis; and the Dodgers, winners of
five straight, at Arizona.

In the American League schedule tonight, Andy Pettitte
(PEHT'-iht) is back on the mound for the Yankees. He is 1-1 in his
comeback from retirement, with the win coming in his last outing.
This evening the Yankees continue their home series with Kansas
City. Cleveland looks to pad its lead in the American League
Central with another win over the Tigers. The Indians got the
better of the Tigers last night, 5-3, to up their lead over the Jim
Leyland managed team to four games. The White Sox are 3 and a-half
back of the Indians and tonight they are home to the Twins once

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