April 12 (Reuters) - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 2:30 PM ET on Wednesday:
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Scherzer leads Nats in clash with Cards
National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals host the St. Louis Cardinals while the World Series champion Chicago Cubs battle the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field in two of the 15 games on the Major League Baseball schedule. (BASEBALL-MLB-HIGHLIGHTS/, expect by 9 PM ET)
Mariners look to slow Springer, Astros
SEATTLE – The Houston Astros are off to a strong start thanks in part to their dominance of the Seattle Mariners. (BBO-MARINERS-ASTROS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 10:05 p.m. ET game, 700 words)
The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Wednesday schedule:
Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees 1:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit 1:05 p.m.
San Diego at Colorado 3:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Washington 4:05 p.m.
Chi. White Sox at Cleveland 6:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Toronto 7:07 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami 7:05 p.m.
Baltimore at Boston 7:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Chi. Cubs 8:05 p.m.
Oakland at Kansas City 8:15 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Angels 10:07 p.m.
Houston at Seattle 10:05 p.m.
Arizona at San Francisco 10:15 p.m.
News and notes from around the league. (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
Capsule recaps of Monday’s games. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m. ET, by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Nets resting six against playoff-pushing Bulls
The Brooklyn Nets plan to sit six players Wednesday in a game the Chicago Bulls must win to clinch the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. (BKN-BULLS-NETS-NEWS, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Wednesday schedule:
Denver at Oklahoma City 8:00 p.m.
Milwaukee at Boston 8:00 p.m.
Philadelphia at New York 8:00 p.m.
Atlanta at Indiana 8:00 p.m.
Dallas at Memphis 8:00 p.m.
Toronto at Cleveland 8:00 p.m.
Brooklyn at Chicago 8:00 p.m.
Detroit at Orlando 8:00 p.m.
Washington at Miami 8:00 p.m.
Minnesota at Houston 8:00 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Golden State 10:30 p.m.
New Orleans at Portland 10:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Utah 10:30 p.m.
Sacramento at L.A. Clippers 10:30 p.m.
News and notes from around the NBA. (BKN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7:30 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Rangers, Canadiens open playoffs
MONTREAL -- For the second time in three years, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers will square off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. When the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series starts Wednesday at the Bell Centre, Montreal will be looking to script a different ending. (HKN-RANGERS-CANADIENS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, expect ASAP after 7 p.m. ET game, The Sports Xchange, by Heather Engel, 700 words)
TSX Stanley Cup playoff coverage Wednesday:
NY Rangers vs. Montreal Canadiens, Game 1, 7:00 ET
Boston Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators, Game 1, 7:00 ET
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins, Gam 1, 7:30 ET
St. Louis Blues vs. Minnesota Wild, Game 1, 9:30 ET
San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers, Game 1, 10:00 ET
News and notes from around the league. (HKN-NOTEBOOK, expect first version by 9:45 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
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Defending champ Lee, Wie head LOTTE field
The LPGA Tour will get back to business this week when 144 golfers, including five of this season's winners, begin competition Thursday at the LOTTE Championship presented by Hershey at the Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, Hawaii. (GLF-LPGA-PREVIEW-LOTTE, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Steve Habel, 550 words)
Harbour Town brings new look to PGA Tour
Sometimes Mother Nature just inflicts her will, with the results a blessing rather than a curse. Occasionally it is a matter of addition by subtraction. That is the spin this week surrounding the RBC Heritage and the condition of the famed Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (GLF-PGA-PREVIEW-HARBOURTOWN, moved, The Sports Xchange, by Steve Habel, 611 words)
Kooch call alert: Kuchar among RBC faves
Ten players to watch in the RBC Heritage field this week on the PGA Tour, including Matt Kuchar. (GLF-PGA-ANALYSIS-10toWATCH, The Sports Xchange, by Tom LaMarre, 1,200 words)
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NATIONAL FOOTBALl LEAGUE
GOING DEEP: 2017 NFL Draft series
The Sports Xchange, NFLDraftScout.com and its team of NFL insiders make every selection in the draft in the team-by-team series, Going Deep.
NFC and AFC North teams moved Wednesday, including the Cleveland Browns, who own 11 total picks in the 2017 NFL Draft.
NFC and AFC East teams moved Tuesday.
Report: Browns mulling Trubisky, Garrett at No. 1
North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett are still in play for the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick. According to ESPN, the Browns are considering the two underclassmen with the top pick in the draft. (FBN-BROWNS-NEWS-GARRETT-TRUBISKY, moved, The Sports Xchange, 500 words)
Ole Miss QB Kelly undergoes wrist surgery
Quarterback prospect Chad Kelly of Mississippi underwent wrist surgery earlier this week, serving another blow to his chances of being selected in this month's NFL Draft. (FBN-NEWS-OLESMISSKELLY-SURGERY, moved, The Sports Xchange, 342 words)
Rams exercise option on DT Donald
The Los Angeles Rams exercised the fifth-year option on Pro Bowl defensive tackle Aaron Donald. (FBN-RAMS-NEWS-DONALD, moved, The Sports Xchange, 404 words)
News and notes from around the NFL. (FBN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7 p.m. ET, The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
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