Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby, Malkin to Miss Start of Camp

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby, Malkin to Miss Start of Camp

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The Penguins will open training camp without their two best centers.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be held out of on-ice workouts that begin Friday because of unspecified injuries sustained while training.

Coach Mike Johnston said both appear to be short-term problems and that Crosby's is not related to the wrist injury that hampered him late in the regular season and during last year's playoffs.

"We'll see over the next few days," Johnston said. "I don't expect any of them to be long[-term]. When the trainers and doctors inform us at this time of year that we'd better be cautious with a few people, we're going to be cautious."

Johnston said the injuries occurred "probably in the last four or five days."

He also announced that right winger Kasperi Kapanen, the first- round draft choice who sat out a recent prospects tournament because of a broken finger, has been cleared to participate in camp.

Defenseman Olli Maatta, who is coming off shoulder surgery, will be allowed to engage in "limited contact" at the start of camp, while right winger Pascal Dupuis, who had major knee surgery in February, will be held out of contact for about a week.

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot, who had shoulder surgery, will skate in the morning but not take part in practices when camp opens, Johnston said.

-- Dave Molinari, The Pittsburgh Press

MLB: ANGELS CLINCH AL WEST

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

C.J. Cron hit a three-run homer for the major league-leading Angels (95-57), who wrapped up their first division crown since 2009 when Oakland lost to Texas about an hour after Los Angeles' game ended.

The Angels had already secured a playoff spot Monday. They have won 12 of 14.

RANGERS STOP A'S

OAKLAND, Calif. - Sean Doolittle allowed a three-run homer to J.P. Arencibia during a six-run ninth inning, and Oakland lost to the last-place Texas Rangers 6-1.

It was the fourth blown save in 25 chances for Doolittle (1-4) this season.

Oakland dropped into a tie with Kansas City for the AL's top wild card.

HAMELS HANDLES PADRES

SAN DIEGO - Cole Hamels dominated San Diego again as Philadelphia ended a three-game losing skid. The final was 5-2.

Hamels (9-7) struck out nine in seven innings and allowed one run. He scattered seven hits and a walk. It marked his 21st straight start in which he was charged with three runs or fewer.

Hamels, who attended nearby Rancho Bernardo High and grew up a Padres fan, is 9-2 against San Diego.

Eric Stults (7-17) went 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and six hits. His 17th loss tied the Phillies' A.J. Burnett, who lost Tuesday night, for most in the majors. …

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