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Tigers and Yankees scoreless in ALCS

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Tigers and Yankees scoreless in ALCS

NEW YORK (AP) Andy Pettitte gave up two hits in a strong start and shortstop Jhonny Peralta made two difficult plays deny the Yankees with the bases loaded twice as the New York and Detroit were scoreless through three innings Saturday night in the AL championship series opener.

Peralta made a diving, backhand stop in the hole of Alex Rodriguez's grounder with the bases loaded in the first inning, then made a nice play an inning later on Robinson Cano's liner that caromed off the inside of Tigers starter Doug Fister's right wrist, a play that ended another bases-loaded threat.

In Game 2 on Sunday, Anibal Sanchez starts for Detroit. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch for New York in the first outing of his big league career on three day's rest.

Rodriguez was back in the New York lineup, batting sixth, after being benched for the deciding game of the division series against Baltimore. Fans gave him a standing ovation as he walked to the plate with two outs in the first. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Raul Ibanez all reached on walks by Tigers starter Doug Fister.

The 37-year-old third baseman had not hit as low as sixth since Joe Torre batted him eighth in the fourth and final game of the 2006 AL division series against the Tigers, according to STATS LLC.

Both teams were coming off difficult division series that each went five games. The Tigers beat the Yankees in 2006 and again last year, both times in the division series.

Fister got the win in Game 5 last year. He got off to a wild start in this one, walking three in an inning for just the second time in his career, according to STATS LLC.

With two outs, A-Rod hit a sharp groundball that Peralta dived to his right to snare. From his knees he threw to second base to just get Ibanez sliding in.

In the second, the Yankees used three two-out singles to load the bases, including Jeter's 200th postseason hit.

Cano, who was 2 for 22 in the division series, lined a ball off Fister's pitching hand. It went on a hop to a charging Peralta, whose throw barely beat Cano to first base. Cano slammed his helmet down.

Pettitte was making his 44th postseason start. He gave up singles to Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera in the first and Prince Fielder in the third but had little other trouble.

New York won the season series between the teams 6-4.

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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

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This Caps Stanley Cup tattoo has everyone's beat

Since the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup for the first time over one month ago, Caps fans, (and players), have rushed to their local tattoo parlor to get some ink commemorating the win.

We've seen the classic Capitals logo with the Stanley Cup, but nothing that comes close to the masterpiece that is Shane Peacher's tattoo.

Peacher tweeted to Joe B and Courtney Laughlin the finished tat: a work of art featuring Alex Ovechkin kissing the Stanley Cup for the first time as it's hoisted over his head.

Joe B replied making sure Shane had enough room on his other tricep for next year.

Shane replied that he's thinking of Evgeny Kuznetsov's iconic celebration that has since been dubbed the "birdman."

Shane got his Caps tattoo at the Helix Tattoo Lounge in Rising Sun, Maryland, by tattoo artist, Justin Holcombe.

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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