ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas roughed up Anibal Sanchez in the Rangers' 7-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers last night. Sanchez gave up a season-high six runs in two and two thirds innings, his shortest start in almost two years. The right-hander yielded nine hits, walked two and struck out two in Arlington, Texas.
CHICAGO (AP) - Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 yesterday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series. It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1. The Red Wings have a chance to take the lead when this series between Original Six rivals shifts to Detroit for Game 3 tomorrow.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Lance Stephenson scored a playoff career-high 25 points and led a late 11-2 run last night, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York Knicks 106-99. Indiana is going to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. The New York native also had 10 rebounds at Bankers Life Field House.
CONCORD, North Carolina (AP) - Jimmie Johnson became the first 4-time winner of NASCAR's annual All-Star race, taking out yesterday's event to break a tie with the late Dale Earnhardt and teammate Jeff Gordon. It was fitting that he did it at North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway. That's a track where Johnson has dominated since his 2002 rookie season.
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