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SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Jamie McMurray was the pole-winner Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. It was McMurray's ninth career Sprint Cup pole, but first of the year. He also won the pole at Sonoma in 2007.
Marcos Ambrose qualified second, followed by Carl Edwards. Defending race winner Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur) qualified fifth.
STANLEY CUP FINALS
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Blackhawks ended a 49-year Stanley Cup playoff drought by winning it in 2010. They are one win away from capturing the trophy again.
Patrick Kane scored twice and the Blackhawks took a three-games-to-two lead in the finals by downing the Boston Bruins 3--1. Kane opened the scoring at 17:27 of the first period and tallied early in the second, giving him nine postseason goals.
Corey Crawford turned back 23 shots and blanked the Bruins until Zdeno Chara (zuh-DAY'-noh CHAH'-rah) scored on a blast from the point with 16:20 remaining.
Dave Bolland iced the victory by scoring into an empty net with 14 seconds left.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) had two assists before leaving with an injury. The captain took a big hit in the second period and did not play in the third.
The Bruins also lost one of their key players when Patrice Bergeron (pah-TREES' BEHR'-zhur-ahn) was injured in the second. It was unclear what happened to the center, but the team said he was taken to a hospital for observation.
The Hawks can wrap up the championship Monday in Boston. Should the Bruins win, Game 7 is Wednesday in Chicago.
(AP) -- Max Scherzer appears to have supplanted Justin Verlander as the ace of the Detroit Tigers' staff.
Scherzer is the first 11-game winner of the season, improving to 11-0 by yielding two runs and six hits while fanning six over seven innings of Detroit's 10-3 rout of Boston. Scherzer tossed shutout ball after David Ortiz hit a solo homer to put the Red Sox ahead 2-0 in the first inning.
Scherzer is the first pitcher to start 11-0 since Roger Clemens in 1997, according to STATS. The last to start 12-0 also was Clemens, during a 14-0 stretch to begin his AL MVP season in 1986.
Victor Martinez put the Tigers ahead for good with a grand slam in the first inning. He finished with five RBIs and three runs scored.
The Toronto Blue Jays were nine games under .500 and a season-worst 12 games off the American League East lead following a 10-6 loss to the White Sox in Chicago on June 10. The Jays haven't lost since, reeling off a 10-game winning streak that has them over .500 for the first time all season and within six games of the division lead.
Jose Bautista hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Blue Jays doubled up Baltimore 4-2. Bautista's 16th home run of the season came a half-inning after Taylor Teagarden knotted the score with a solo blast.
Maicer Izturis (MY'-sur ihz-TOOR'-his) also went deep for the Jays, who are one victory from matching the longest winning streak in franchise history. Toronto won 11 straight in 1987 and '89.
In other MLB action, pinch-hitter Vernon Wells was in a 9-for-87 skid before delivering a go-ahead, three-run double in the seventh to lift the New York Yankees past Tampa Bay 7-5. Wells came through after Wil Myers belted his first big league homer, a grand slam that put the Rays ahead 5-3 in the sixth.
The Chicago White Sox beat Kansas City 3-2 on Alejandro De Aza's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning. The Chisox have won the first two games of the series after starting 1-6 on their 10-game road trip.
Michael Bourn had three hits and three RBIs as Cleveland held on to earn its fourth straight win, 8-7 against Kansas City. Jason Kipnis also had three hits for the Indians, who scored six times in the first inning and improved to 8-2 since an eight-game losing streak.
Hector Sanchez hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th to give San Francisco a 2-1 win against Miami, ending the Giants' nine-game home losing streak to the Marlins. Giants right fielder Hunter Pence made a diving catch to rob Placido Polanco (PLAH'-sih-doh poh-LAHN'-koh) of a likely go-ahead single to end the 11th.
There was also a game-ending hit in Arizona as Jason Kubel (KOO'-bul) hit a two-run single off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Diamondbacks past Cincinnati 4-3. Jay Bruce's second home run of the game gave the Reds a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth before the D-backs rallied for their fourth consecutive win.
Nelson Cruz and A.J. Pierzynski (peer-ZIHN'-skee) each hit two-run homers as Texas doubled up St. Louis 4-2. Martin Perez allowed a run in each of the first two innings but gave up just two hits over the next five innings, retiring the last 10.
Zach Greinke (GREHN'-kee) struck out eight while allowing a run and four hits in eight innings to pitch the Dodgers past San Diego 6-1. Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez smacked solo homers for the Dodgers.
Colorado's five-game skid is over after DJ LaMahieu (leh-MAY'-hyoo) and Nolan Arenando homered in a 7-1 win at Washington. Jhoulys Chacin (JOO'-lees shah-SEEN') worked seven shutout innings and hit an RBI single off Dan Haren, who's 4-9 with a 6.15 ERA after surrendering six runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 300th career save by closing out a four-hitter in Milwaukee's 2-0 shutout of Atlanta. Brewers starter Donovan Hand worked 4 2/3 innings and gave up only two hits in his first major league start.
Philadelphia coughed up a 7-1 lead before topping the New York Mets 8-7 on pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen's leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in four runs as the Phillies knocked off the Mets for the 10th time in 12 tries since last August 30.
Houston won with a squeeze play as Ronny Cedeno's bunt scored Justin Maxwell in the bottom of the ninth to complete a 4-3 triumph over the Chicago Cubs. Nate Schierholtz hit a solo homer in the fifth to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead, but the lead evaporated when J.D. Martinez launched a three-run blast the following inning.
Harper not so sure about Nats' rehab schedule...Pagan goes for second opinion
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is not convinced he can begin a rehab assignment as quickly as his manager believes. Davey Johnson said Friday that he expects Harper to start a rehab stint Tuesday at Class A Potomac. But Harper, who has been sidelined since May 26 with left knee bursitis, said he thought he needed an extra day or two.
Harper says it depends how he feels over the weekend. Johnson responded by saying: "I'll have a conversation with him about that."
In other baseball news:
-- Boston Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz is not expected to start Tuesday, and there's no timetable for when the unbeaten right-hander might be ready to return from a strained neck. Buchholz did not throw a bullpen session Saturday, although he did do some flat-ground work. He's been on the disabled list since June 9 after opening the season 9-0.
-- San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan (pah-GAHN') will seek a second opinion from a specialist on his injured left hamstring, with surgery still an option. Pagan he says sustained a small tear when he re-aggravated the leg during a rehab game with Class-A San Jose on Thursday night.
---- Derek Jeter is back at Yankee Stadium, though he's still not sure when he'll be playing there next. The New York captain temporarily relocated his rehab from Tampa, Fla., to the Bronx as he recovers from his broken left ankle. He said before Saturday's game against the Rays that he wanted to "break things up" and be around the team.
NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) -- State police officers and dogs spent more than three hours searching the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Saturday as they investigate the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found a mile away.
Police have previously searched in and around the home as they try to figure out who killed Odin Lloyd, whose body was found about a mile from Hernandez's home.
An attorney for Hernandez has said he would not comment on the searches.
Three-way tie in Connecticut
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) -- Long-hitting lefty Bubba Watson lost a three-stroke lead late in his third round of the Travelers Championship and fell into a three-way tie for the lead with Canada's Graham DeLaet (deh-LEHT') and Charley Hoffman in Connecticut. Watson won this event in 2010.
Chris Stroud and Nick O'Hern are one shot off the lead.
LPGA-NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP
Lewis tied for lead
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) -- Stacy Lewis carded four straight birdies en route to a 6-under 65 that gives her a share of the lead through two rounds of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.
Chie Arimura and Beatriz Recari both equaled Lewis' 65 and are tied entering the final round with So Yeon Ryu.
The event is a primer for next week's U.S. Women's Open.
Stadler leads in Chicagoland
GLENVIEW, Ill. (AP) -- Craig Stadler has a two-shot lead over Bob Tway and David Frost through 36 holes of the rain-delayed Champions Tour Encompass Championship outside Chicago. Stadler is 12 under par following a 7-under 65.
BERLIN (AP) -- Jan Ullrich (yahn OOL'-rik), the 1997 Tour de France winner, has admitted for the first time that he received blood-doping treatment from a Spanish doctor during his career, according to an interview with a German magazine published Saturday.
Ullrich had previously acknowledged having unspecified "contact" with the doctor, but went further in an interview with the weekly Focus.
In February 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Ullrich for two years for blood doping.
Coaches banned from scouting teams in person
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An era is ending in college sports. The NCAA will ban coaches from scouting future opponents at most live games in all sports.
An NCAA committee proposed the ban because of improvements in video technology and the belief that live scouting could have a direct impact on fair competition. Other schools said the ban ran contrary to the NCAA's deregulation effort.
Yank loses in final at Eastbourne...Mahut wins in Netherlands
EASTBOURNE, England (AP) -- American qualifier Jamie Hampton's remarkable run at Eastbourne ended in defeat against Elena Vesnina (vehz-NEE'-nuh) of Russia in the final of the Wimbledon warm-up.
Vesnina won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. That halted Hampton's bid to become the first American woman to take the title since Chanda Rubin beat Conchita Martinez in 2003.
ROSMALEN, Netherlands (AP) -- Nicolas Mahut (mah-HYOO') of France has won his first ATP title at the age of 31, playing impeccable serve-and-volley tennis to beat second-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) 6-3, 6-4 in the Topshelf Open final.
Simona Halep won her second title in two weeks, beating Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 6-2 in a rain-interrupted women's final.
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