Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press - ABC6 - Providence, RI and New Bedford, MA News, Weather

Sports Minute: Here is the latest New England sports news from The Associated Press

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DETROIT (AP) - The Boston Bruins beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 last night for a 2-1 playoff series lead. Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period, and Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the game. Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout. The Presidents' Trophy-winning Bruins are ahead for the first time in the opening-round series.

DETROIT (AP) - Defenseman Matt Bartkowski was back in the lineup last night for the Bruins after missing Games 1 and 2 of the playoff series with the flu. Bartkowski replaced Andrej Meszaros, who appeared to be a healthy scratch.

BOSTON (AP) - Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 last night. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park. Ellsbury received a mixed reception in his first game as a visitor after seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.

BOSTON (AP) - Shabazz Napier of the NCAA champion Connecticut men's basketball team threw out the ceremonial first pitch before last night's Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Teammates stood behind him as he threw to catcher David Ross after being handed the ball by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy. Napier is a Boston native.

OSO, Wash. (AP) - President Barack Obama has congratulated Meb Keflezighi (kehf-LEHZH'-gee) on becoming the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon. The White House says Obama telephoned Keflezighi yesterday as Air Force One flew Obama to Washington state to survey damage from last month's massive mudslide that killed more than three dozen people.

(AP) - Meb Keflezighi's (kehf-LEHZH'-geez) Boston Marathon victory is a marketing opportunity for sponsor Skechers. A top company executive calls the title "a major accomplishment both for Meb and the brand." Skechers signed Keflezighi three years ago hoping he could help legitimize its foray into selling running shoes.

TODAY'S NEW ENGLAND SPORTS SCHEDULE:

MLB:

N.Y. Yankees (Pineda 2-1) at Boston (Lackey 2-2), 7:10 p.m.

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