From Comcast SportsNetPHOENIX (AP) -- Johnny Cueto leads the majors in wins and has his sights set even higher.Cueto scattered four hits over seven innings for his 17th victory and the Cincinnati Reds beat the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Tuesday night."All I can promise is to try and keep going because I want to win 20 games," Cueto said through a translator. "I felt better as the game went on. I was able to gather more strength and continue."Cueto (17-4) gave up two runs, struck out one and walked five for his eighth victory in nine decisions. The right-hander lowered his NL-leading ERA to 2.48."He's feeling it every time he goes out there," Reds manager Dusty Baker said.Ryan Hanigan hit a two-run single and Todd Frazier added a two-run triple for the Reds, who won for the third time in four games and stretched their lead in the NL Central to seven games over St. Louis.Jonathan Broxton pitched the eighth and Aroldis Chapman closed it out for his 33rd save and 25th straight, tied with Texas reliever Joe Nathan for the longest active streak in the majors.Wade Miley (14-9) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out five for the Diamondbacks, who have lost five straight and seven of nine."The first couple of innings everything was up," Miley said. "I was able to make the adjustment, but it didn't work out."Arizona opened a 1-0 lead in the first when Gerardo Parra doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Kubel.But the Reds rallied in the second and flipped the momentum with a long at-bat.Frazier led off the inning with a single and Miley got ahead of Scott Rolen 1-2. Rolen then fouled off two pitches, took a ball, fouled off two more, took a third ball and fouled off five pitches in a row before drawing a 15-pitch walk."I'd have rather singled on the first pitch," Rolen said.Baker thought the battle affected Arizona's rookie left-hander."That took a whole inning out of him," Baker said. "Foul off a pitch, foul off a pitch -- he was trying everything. That takes a lot out of a pitcher."Chris Heisey singled to load the bases and Frazier scored on a wild pitch before Hanigan lined a two-run single to center for a 3-1 lead.John McDonald reached on a fielder's choice and scored on a double to left by Parra in the fifth to pull the Diamondbacks to 3-2.Frazier tripled home Brandon Phillips and Ryan Ludwick in the eighth against Matt Lindstrom, who was making his Arizona debut after being traded from Baltimore for Joe Saunders on Sunday."We were just up the one run so that little cushion was helpful," Frazier said.NOTES:Phillips stole second in the eighth, his 11th stolen base in 12 attempts. ... Miley needed 54 pitches to get through the first two innings but threw only 53 over his final five. ... Reds RHP Mat Latos (10-4) will look to bounce back from a rough outing when he pitches Wednesday against LHP Patrick Corbin (5-5). Latos allowed seven runs and nine hits Friday against St. Louis for his first loss since July 18. Corbin will be the third straight rookie the Diamondbacks send to the mound.
When the Capitals take the ice in Game 6, they will be playing for their playoff lives. After losing Game 5 on Saturday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Caps must win on Monday or their season will be over.
In order to do that, the Caps will have to change some things. First, they have to figure out how to win at home, something they have yet to do in this series. Second, they will have to find a way to get to Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been dominant the past three games. Alex Ovechkin also needs to win the matchup against the fourth line since he has only two five-on-five points through five games. Finally, the defense will have to be better. Matt Niskanen took the blame for Game 5, but really it was a tough night all around.
Where: Capital One Arena
When: 8:00 p.m. ET
How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning, Game 6 will be broadcast on NBCSN
Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Lightning Game 6 on NBC Sports' live stream page.
WHEN IS GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING PLAYOFF SERIES?
Game 6 of the Capitals vs. Lightning 2018 NHL Playoff series takes place on Monday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Capital One Arnea.
WHAT CHANNEL IS GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING ON?
The TV broadcast of Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is on NBCSN. Capitals pre- and postgame coverage takes place on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)
6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 on NBCSN
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
WHERE CAN I STREAM GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING SERIES?
Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is available to stream online on Monday, May 21 live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.
WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING?
Capitals projected lines:
Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly - Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson
Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos
Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.
Lightning projected lines:
Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev
Andrei Vasilevskiy starts with Louis Domingue as backup.
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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 21, one day before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.
Redskins player one-liners, offense
A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on offense; the defense will be up tomorrow.
—It seems likely that Alex Smith will jump right into the leadership role on the offense, unlike his predecessor, who often seemed to be a reluctant leader.
—Since Smith has missed a few games with injuries here and there, the chances of the team needing Colt McCoy to come in and win a key game are greater than they were the past three years.
— Kevin Hogan has from now until the end of the season to show that he can be a viable No. 2 quarterback to help ensure that he has a job here in 2019.
—It’s been a while around here since expectations were this high for a player picked late in the second round but Derrius Guice will try to meet them.
— Chris Thompson could be ready to participate in OTAs but look for him to get a very light workload if he puts on a helmet at all.
—If Rob Kelley wants to be a regular on the 46-man game day inactive list he will have to play a lot of special teams, something he has done sparingly in his two years in the league.
—Since the team likely will monitor Guice’s workload as a rookie, Samaje Perine will get some carries in key situations this year.
—While Josh Doctson does need to get more chances to use his huge catch radius and take balls away from defenders, he also could benefit by working to get more separation on a regular basis.
—Smith was one of the best deep ball throwers in the league last year and if he is going to maintain that status he will need to look for Paul Richardson at least a few times per game.
—After his play leveled off in his second and third years in the league, will Jamison Crowder have a contract year breakout?
—It will be interesting to see what Maurice Harris can do if he stays healthy and get some consistent playing time.
—Will Trey Quinn be a project or will the last pick in the draft have some instant impact on the offense?
—Jordan Reed could be an All-Pro or he could be a cap casualty in 2019.
—The numbers say that Vernon Davis needs to have Reed on the field to be consistently productive; he had no more than two receptions in any of the last six games.
—Jeremy Sprinkle will be relied upon to block and play special teams and anything he produces in the receptions department will be a bonus.
—After making the Pro Bowl while dealing with a serious knee injury last year, who knows what Trent Williams can accomplish if he can, you know, practice during the week.
—Right now Shawn Lauvao is the Redskins’ starter at left guard but a trade or free agent signing could change that in a heartbeat.
—Jay Gruden has a great deal of confidence in Chase Roullier as the starting center and the hope is that he keeps the job for many years to come.
—Will Brandon Scherff take the next step and attain All-Pro status?
—Morgan Moses dealt with injuries to both ankles last year, but he was the only offensive lineman who didn’t miss at least two starts.
—If I had to bet right now I’d say that Ty Nsekhe will start the season as the backup tackle on both sides and not as the starting left guard.
—As long as Nsekhe is the swing tackle, Geron Christin is likely to be inactive on game days.
—Tyler Catalina will have to battle his way onto the roster but his ability to play both guard and tackle will land him on the 53.
—Tony Bergstrom is the answer to the question, “Who is the Redskins backup center?”
Tandler on Twitter
It’s possible, depends on Settle’s ability to adjust to the NFL game. We’ll see.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) May 20, 2018
—Minicamp (6/12) 22
—Training camp starts (7/26) 67
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 81
The Redskins last played a game 140 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 112 days.
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