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Miller stops 34 shots to lead Sabres past Leafs

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Miller stops 34 shots to lead Sabres past Leafs

TORONTO, Ontario (AP) Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots to lead the Buffalo Sabres past the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Monday night.

Miller lost his shutout bid when Nazem Kadri scored on the power play with 1:42 remaining, his second goal of the season. Toronto's Joffrey Lupul appeared to tie it seconds later with goalie Ben Scrivens on the bench, but the goal was disallowed.

With Scrivens on the bench and Toronto on a late power play, Kadri was all alone to the side of Miller but couldn't get his stick on the bouncing puck in the dying seconds.

Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville had the goals for Buffalo.

Miller improved to 28-14-0 in his career against Toronto and came in with a 2.44 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He has more wins (28) against Toronto than any other team.

Miller was also solid in goal for Buffalo after a 27-save performance in the Sabres' 5-2 season-opening home win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.

Toronto outshot Buffalo 13-5 in the first, but it was the Sabres who had the period's lone goal as Hodgson opened the scoring at 8:51, deflecting Christian Ehrhoff's point shot past Scrivens for his second goal.

The Leafs had a prime chance to tie it when the Sabres took three straight minor penalties - giving the home team an extended two-man advantage - but the closest they came to scoring was captain Dion Phaneuf's slap shot going off the post.

Pominville put Buffalo ahead 2-0 at 4:51 of the second with his first goal of the season. The Sabres captain - who had three assists Sunday night against Philadelphia - took a nice setup pass from Thomas Vanek and finished the play off by firing a wrist shot through Scrivens' legs.

The assist was Vanek's sixth point of the season after registering two goals and three assists against Philadelphia.

NOTES - Attendance at the Air Canada Centre was 19,475. ... Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield participated in the ceremonial opening faceoff from space. ... Toronto won the season series last year 3-2-1 and was 3-0-0 at home vs. Buffalo. ... The Leafs opened the season with the NHL's second-youngest roster with an average age of 27.1 years. Only Columbus (26.9 years) is younger. ... Saturday's road win in Montreal marked the third straight season Toronto opened the campaign on a winning note.

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

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For the third time this season, the Orioles have put a position player on the mound

It is rarely a good situation when a team has a position player take the mound. Usually, it's because one team is losing by plenty of runs, and don't want to waste a bullpen arm on a game that has already been decided.

For the Orioles, a lot more has gone wrong than right thus far in 2019. They are 1-10 at home, and only two teams in all of baseball have a worse overall record.

On Monday, Baltimore was blown out by the Chicago White Sox, 12-2, behind three different four-run innings. With the game well in hand, the Orioles put catcher Jesus Sucre on the mound to pitch the ninth.

It's the third time Baltimore has used a position player to pitch this season. It's the second time in three days, as Chris Davis took the mound for the Orioles on Saturday. The 2019 season is just barely over three weeks old.

No matter how bad Baltimore was expected to be, this situation is never ideal.

Sucre did pitch a scoreless ninth, however. The next time the Orioles are in a lopsided game, don't be surprised if he takes the mound again.

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

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Brian Dozier's power on display once again with moonshot HR in Colorado

After a very slow start to the season, Nationals' second baseman Brian Dozier has been seeing the ball a lot better over the past few games.

On Monday, Dozier took Rockies pitcher Tyler Anderson deep in the fourth inning to give the Nationals a three-run lead, his third home run in the last four games.

He went deep against Miami twice over the weekend, both solo shots. The first came during Friday's 3-2 loss and the latter in Sunday's 5-0 victory.

This one, though, was a no-doubter. Take a look.

After staring for a brief second, Dozier didn't need to look any longer; he knew the ball was several rows into the seats. That altitude in Colorado definitely helped, as the home run landed 435 feet away.

Dozier has struggled to hit for contact thus far in 2019, posting just a .177 average entering Monday. But when the ball has hit the bat, it's traveled a long way.

For the Nationals sake, hopefully Dozier's power continues. They're counting on better production from the seven-year veteran than they have received thus far in 2019.

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