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CLEVELAND — After dropping two of three over the weekend to lowly Minnesota, the Indians open a two-game interleague series against Cincinnati with Cody Anderson (0-3) facing Reds left-hander John Lamb (0-1). UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game time 6:10 p.m.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James is back in a familiar place. It’s all new to the Toronto Raptors. James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, healthy and rested following a weeklong break, will have experience on their side when they open the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night against the Raptors, who have already survived two Game 7s in this postseason and don’t want their run to end. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.
BKN–RAPTORS-VALANCIUNAS OUT: Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of an injured right ankle. By Tom Withers.
TORONTO — Less than two weeks ago, Kyle Lowry was a struggling so badly that he stayed past midnight to work on his game after a tough playoff loss. Now a red-hot Lowry is carrying the Toronto Raptors into their first ever Eastern Conference finals. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 750 words, photos.
FBN–BRONCOS TIGHT ENDS
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Virgil Green has risen to the top of the Denver Broncos’ tight end corps with the offseason departures of Owen Daniels and Vernon Davis. He’ll lead a group that includes Jeff Heuerman, who missed his rookie season with a knee injury last year, and newcomer Garrett Graham. By Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m.