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Johnson's trick leads Bolts...Marlins lose with new skipper...Verlander throws...Irving ready



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NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Johnson recorded a hat trick and the Tampa Bay Lightning evened the NHL's Eastern Conference finals at a game apiece by drubbing the Rangers 6-2 in New York. Alex Killorn chipped in a pair of third-period goals and had an assist, while Nikita Kucherov (KOO'-cheh-rahv) registered three assists. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Tampa.

MIAMI (AP) — Dan Jennings lost his first game as the Miami Marlins' manager, a 3-2, 12-inning setback against Arizona. Jennings was named skipper yesterday following the dismissal of Mike Redmond. Jennings had been serving as the Marlins' GM since 2013, a job that will now be handled by the team's front office.

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Tigers hurler Justin Verlander threw a 45-pitch bullpen session before last night's game against Milwaukee. The right-hander says he'd likely need a simulated game and at least one rehab start before making his major league season debut. Verlander has not pitched because of a strained right triceps.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving says he'll play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hawks tonight in Atlanta. Irving has been receiving treatment for tendinitis in his left knee and a sprained right foot. He played just 12 minutes in the Cavs' Game 6 win over Chicago.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge has had surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb. The team says it expects him to return to basketball activities in about eight weeks. The four-time All-Star averaged 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds during the regular season, playing with the injured thumb for part of that time.

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