Sports briefs 5-6-14: Reds' Bruce has surgery on knee cartilage

JOE KAY AP Baseball Writer Published:

CINCINNATI -- Reds right fielder Jay Bruce had surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and will be sidelined for about a month.

Bruce was scratched from the starting lineup Sunday because of a sore knee but pinch hit and struck out during a 4-3, 10-inning win over Milwaukee. He had tests Sunday night that detected the tear.

The Reds have been hit hard by injuries since spring training. They're currently missing starters Mat Latos and Tony Cingrani, catcher Devin Mesoraco, closer Aroldis Chapman and now their cleanup hitter.

Also, centerfielder Billy Hamilton missed the last three games with a sprained left hand, hurt while he made a diving catch. He's expected back for a series that starts tonight in Boston.

• Baseball

Giambi to DL: Jason Giambi is back on the disabled list. He could soon have familiar company.

The Indians placed Giambi on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf muscle on Monday, and the team may soon have to make a roster move with center fielder Michael Bourn, who missed his second straight game with a tight hamstring -- the same one he had surgically repaired in October.

Ray to debut: The Detroit Tigers have cleared the way for Robbie Ray to make his major league debut.

The Tigers took first baseman Jordan Lennerton off their 40-man roster, outrighting his contract to Triple-A Toledo on Monday. And after Detroit beat the Houston Astros 2-0, it optioned right-hander Jose Orega to pitch for the Mud Hens.

• Basketball

Paul leads Clippers: Chris Paul made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 32 points to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat Oklahoma City 122-105 on Monday night in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal.

Paul, who had never made more than five 3-pointers in a game, had 10 assists. Blake Griffin scored 23 points, Jamal Crawford had 17 and J.J. Redick added 12 for the Clippers, who shot 55 percent from the field and made 15 of 29 3-point attempts.

Pacers struggle: Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Trevor Ariza added 22 to lead Washington past top-seeded Indiana in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Wizards won a second-round game for the first time since 1982 and are 4-0 on the road in this year's playoffs. They ended a 12-game losing streak at Indiana that dated to April 18, 2007, and they did it by nearly leading from wire-to-wire.

Paul George and George Hill had 18 points each for Indiana.

Tourney to DC: A person familiar with the plans says the Big Ten Conference will announce today that its basketball tournament is going to be held at Washington's Verizon Center in 2017.

The conference said Commissioner Jim Delaney would appear at a news conference at Verizon Center today but did not say why.

The 2017 Big Ten tournament will be the 20th.

Lauds Durant: LeBron James of the Miami Heat says Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant would be a deserving winner of the NBA MVP award.

It's expected that Durant will be announced as this season's MVP later this week. James says: "Much respect to him and he deserves it. He had a big-time MVP season."

• Hockey

Kings up 2-0: Jonathan Quick made 36 saves, Marian Gaborik scored his third goal in two games, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series.

Alec Martinez also scored for the Kings, who opened their first playoff series against their local rivals with two victories at a road arena packed with their own fans.

Fleury shining: Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby scored his first goal of these playoffs, and Marc-Andre Fleury earned his second shutout of the Rangers in two nights.

The Penguins, who lost the opener in overtime, lead the semifinal series 2-1.

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