NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals right-winger Alex Ovechkin and New York Islanders centre John Tavares were named finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy on Friday. The award is given annually to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team. The winner will be announced during the Stanley Cup final. Crosby and Ovechkin have previously won the award, while Tavares is a finalist for the first time. Tavares ranked third in the NHL with 28 goals this past season and led his team with 47 points in 48 games to help the Islanders secure their first post-season berth in six years. The 22-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., also ranked in the top 10 in the league in even-strength goals (19), power-play goals (nine) and game-winning goals (five). Crosby missed the final 12 games of the regular season due to injury, but still finished fourth in the league with 56 points and second with 41 assists. He had 17 multi-point games and a plus-26 rating to help the Penguins claim the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The 25-year-old native of Cole Harbour, N.S., previously won the Hart Trophy in 2007 and was a finalist for the award in 2010. Ovechkin became the first three-time winner of the Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy as the NHLs goal-scoring leader this season after scoring 32 goals in 48 games. He also finished third in the league in points (56), first in power-play goals (16), first in power-play points (27) and first in shots on goal (220). The 27-year-old Moscow native led the Capitals to an 11-1-1 record in April and their fifth Southeast Division title in the last six years. He previously won the Hart Trophy in 2008 and 2009 and was a finalist in 2010. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the award at the end of the regular season. The top three vote-getters were designated as finalists. 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Hargreaves began his career in 2008 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and has played with the Edmonton Eskimos and last season with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. BOSTON -- Mookie Betts hit three home runs and drove in a career-best eight runs, joining Hall of Famer Ted Williams as the only Red Sox players in over 100 years with a pair of three-homer games in a season and powering Boston over the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-2 on Sunday.Betts matched David Ortiz for the club lead with 26 homers.Dustin Pedroia had five hits and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer for Boston.Rick Porcello (16-3) became the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 12-0 at Fenway Park as Boston completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.Zack Greinke (11-4) was chased in the second inning.Betts had two chances to hit a record-tying fourth homer, but lined out to right and then grounded out in the eighth. The crowd chanted `Lets Go Mookie! before his final at-bat. Betts other three-homer game came against Baltimore on May 31.Michael Bourn homered for Arizona.CARDINALS 6, CUBS 4CHICAGO -- Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer, Brandon Moss had solo shot one out later and St. Louis used a five-run eighth inning to beat Chicago.Piscotty hit his 17th homer off setup man Hector Rondon (2-3), who entered with a 3-1 lead in his first appearance since Aug. 2 following a triceps injury. After pinch-hitter Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia singled, Piscotty lofted a shot to deep left-center field that put the Cardinals ahead 4-3.Moss added his 21st homer, then Randal Grichuk doubled in a run off Travis Wood.The Cardinals split a four-game series with major league-leading Chicago. The Cubs have lost two straight following an 11-game winning streak.Matt Bowman (2-4) got three outs in the seventh in relief of Mike Leake for the win. Seung Hwan Oh got the final five outs, including three strikeouts in the ninth, for his 11th save.PIRATES 11, DODGERS 3LOS ANGELES -- Josh Harrison and Adam Frazier each had four hits, Sean Rodriguez homered and had four RBI and Pittsburgh spoiled Brett Andersons return for Los Angeles with a five-run first inning.Rodriguez had a three-run homer and Jordy Mercer a two-run shot in the first to chase Anderson (0-1) from his first start since last October. Anderson returned from back surgery and left after one inning with a mild left wrist sprain.Jung Ho Kang added a solo homer during a four-run ninth to help Pittsburgh win for the fifth time in seven games against the Dodgers this season. Rookie Chad Kuhl (3-0) won his third consecutive start, holding the Dodgers to two runs and six hits over six innings.Joc Pederson hit his second homer in two games for the Dodgers. They have lost three of their last four, but remain one game back of San Francisco in the NL West.ORIOLES 8, GIANTS 7SAN FRANCISCO -- Jonathan Schoop hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning and Baltimore overcame a six-run deficit to hand struggling San Francisco another deflating loss.Matt Wieters tripled and had a career-best five hits to help the Orioles win for the third time in four games. Baltimore trails Toronto by a half-game in the AL East.Schoop homered off Santiago Casilla (2-4) with two outs after Manny Machado singled and Mark Trumbo walked. Baltimore trailed 7-1 after six innings, but got two runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings. Brad Brach (7-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Baltimore.The Giants led the NL West by 6 1/2 games at the All-Star break but have gone 9-18 since.METS 5, PADRES 1NEW YORK -- Steven Matz carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and New York won consecutive games for the first time in more than a month, beating San Diego.Alexei Ramirez slapped a one-out single over first base on Matzs 105th and final pitch in 96-degree heat. Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker homered for the Mets.Struggling to stay close in the wild-card race, the defending NL champions (59-58) hadnt strung together two wins since July 6-7 against Miami and Washington.Matz (9-8) won for only the second time in nine decisions over his past 14 starts. The rookie left-hander, a hometown favorite who grew up about 50 miles from Citi Field, struck out eight and walked two.The only Mets pitcher to throw a no-hitter was Johan Santana in June 2012 against St. Louis.Flores and Walker connected for solo shots off Clayton Richard (0-2).RAYS 12, YANKEES 3NEW YORK -- Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homer off Luis Severino, Evan Longoria added a three-run double against Luis Cessa to cap a six-run fourth inning and Tampa Bay past New York Yankees, which started eight players 26 years old or younger for the first time in 49 years.Longoria had an RBI double in the first and singled in the seventh, finishing the three-game series 7 for 11 with six RBI. His 74 hits and 47 RBI top visiting players at new Yankee Stadium.Logan Forsythe hit a second-inning solo shot and Dickersons homer, which stopped a 0-for-17 slide, put the Rays ahead 5-1. Nick Franklin had a three-run homer off Cessa in a four-run seventh.Jake Odorizzi (7-5) won his fourth straight decision, allowing five hits in six innings. He held the Yankees hitless for 6 1/3 innings on May 29 and led 1-0, then allowed Starlin Castros two-run homer.On another hot and steamy afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Baby Bombers Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit home runs. Judge became only the second player to homer for the Yankees in his first two big league games, lining an opposite-field drive over the right-field scoreboard to join Joe Lefebvre (May 1980).Severino (1-8) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.BLUE JAYS 9, ASTROS 2TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki and Russell Martin hit back-to-back home runs, Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts and Toronto beat Houston.Edwin Encarnacion hit his 33rd home run, a solo blast off Luke Gregerson, to help the AL East-leading Blue Jays won for the eighth time in 10 meetings with the Astros. Encarnacion and Baltimores Mark Trumbo are tied for the most in the majors.Tulowitzki went 3 for 4 with three RBI. He hit an RBI single in the first, singled and scored in the fourth, and homered in the fifth, his 20th.dddddddddddd Martin followed with a first-pitch blast off Mike Fiers (8-6). It was the seventh time this season Toronto has hit consecutive home runs.Stroman (9-5) allowed two runs -- one earned -- and five hits.Jason Castro homnered for the Astros. American League batting leader Jose Altuve went 0 for 4 and failed to reach safely for the first time in 44 road games.NATIONALS 9, BRAVES 1WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper hit an RBI double in his return to the lineup, Tanner Roark won his fourth straight start and Washington topped Atlanta.Anthony Rendon homered and drove in four runs. Chris Heisey added a solo home run.Harper had missed five straight games with a neck injury. The reigning NL MVP was set to sit out another, too, and wasnt in the original lineup -- the Nationals issued a revised lineup 90 minutes before the scheduled start and Harper was in right field.Harper doubled in the first inning, finished 1 for 3 with a walk and scored twice, a day after general manager Mike Rizzo said results of an MRI on Harpers neck came back clean.Roark (13-6) allowed one run over seven innings, while the Nationals tagged Braves starter Tyrell Jenkins (2-3).INDIANS 5, ANGELS 4CLEVELAND -- Abraham Almonte singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Cleveland sent Los Angeles to its 10th straight loss, 5-4 Sunday.The AL Central-leading Indians completed a four-game sweep. The Angels went 0-9 on their trip and are mired in their worst skid since an 11-game losing streak in 1999.Angels slugger Albert Pujols was ejected by plate umpire Clint Fagan after being called out on strikes in the eighth. Mike Trout was given the day off, ending his consecutive games played streak at 178.Trevor Bauer (9-5) gave up home runs to Ji-Man Choi and Geovany Soto, but got through six innings for his second straight win. Andrew Miller pitched two scoreless innings while Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 22nd save. Jered Weaver (8-10) allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.Jason Kipnis hit his 20th homer for Cleveland.TIGERS 7, RANGERS 0ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Fulmer pitched a four-hitter in Detroits second straight shutout of Texas, and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers.Fulmer (10-3) became the first Detroit rookie to throw a shutout since Justin Verlander 10 years ago. The 23-year-old right-hander retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced as the Tigers kept the AL West-leading Rangers scoreless over the final 21 innings of the three-game series.Ian Kinsler added a solo shot against A.J. Griffin (5-2) after striking out his first three times against the Texas right-hander. Miguel Cabrera hit his team-leading 27th homer in the ninth.Victor Martinez started the scoring with a two-run shot in the fourth, and J.D. Martinez hit his 100th career homer to knock out Griffin and give the Tigers a 6-0 lead in the seventh.PHILLIES 7, ROCKIES 6PHILADELPHIA -- Jimmy Paredes singled, doubled, homered and drove in three runs and Philadelphia held on to complete a three-game sweep of Colorado.Cesar Hernandez extended his on-base streak to 21 games with a fourth-inning walk and had an RBI single. The Phillies have won four straight games.Charlie Blackmon homered twice and doubled for the Rockies. Blackmon finished the series with five home runs, and he is batting .548 with eight homers and 14 RBI in his last nine games. The Rockies have lost three in a row and seven of eight.Jeanmar Gomez gave up two runs but got Gerardo Parra to pop out to center for the final out with the tying run on third base for his 31st save in 34 chances.Severino Gonzalez (1-2) gave up one run on two hits in two innings in relief of starter Adam Morgan, who was injured in the fourth inning. Tyler Chatwood (10-8) was the loser.MARINERS 8, ATHLETICS 4OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kyle Seager doubled twice and drove in four runs to help Seattle beat Oakland for its eighth victory in nine games.Adam Lind homered, Nori Aoki had three singles and Shawn OMalley added two hits and scored twice. The Mariners moved within 5 1/2 games of AL West-leading Texas.Wade LeBlanc (2-0) gave up three runs over six innings to earn his second win since being acquired from Toronto in June. Zach Neal (2-2) was the loser.Oaklands Khris Davis hit his third home run in three days. He became the first As player with at least 30 homers since Brandon Moss hit 30 in 2013. Ryon Healy and Brett Eibner also homered for the As.BREWERS 7, REDS 3MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun hit two homers, doubled and drove in six runs Sunday in Milwaukees victory over Cincinnati.Braun hit a two-run double in the first inning, a three-run homer in the second and his 22nd home run in the fourth. It was Brauns fourth multihomer game of the season and the 26th of his career. He is hitting .381 (32 for 84) with nine home runs and 21 RBI in 23 games since the All-Star break.Joey Votto homered, doubled and drove in all three Reds runs.Wily Peralta (5-8) allowed one run on four hits over six innings to earn his first win since June 11.Rookie Cody Reed (0-7) was tagged for six runs on five hits and three walks before being pulled after Brauns home run in the second. Braun homered later off reliever Keyvius Sampson.ROYALS 11, TWINS 4MINNEAPOLIS -- Paulo Orlando and Lorenzo Cain each had four hits and three RBI and Kansas City Royals won a road series for the first time since late June, beating Minnesota.Orlando homered, tripled and scored three times. Cain matched his career high for hits in a game.Edinson Volquez (9-10) threw six solid innings to snap his five-game winless streak. Chris Young pitched three scoreless innings for his first save.Orlando hit a three-run homer off Hector Santiago (10-7) in the fourth, capping a six-run inning. Orlando is hitting .368 (39 for 106) since the All-Star break.Brian Dozier hit his 26th home run for Minnesota. 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