PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points in his third game back from injury and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak to three games with a 105-98 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies last night. Reserve Mo Williams added 17 points and Wesley Mathews had 15 for the Blazers, who had five players score in double figures to avoid a three-game series sweep.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Kaman had 28 points along with 17 rebounds while starting at center for the vertigo-stricken Pau Gasol, Jodie Meeks scored 22 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped the Phoenix' Suns' six-game winning streak with a 115-99 victory last night. The undermanned Lakers shot 53 percent from the field.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Los Angeles Angels are about to begin the most important month of their season. The Angels host the Seattle Mariners on opening day today. Awful April performances in the last two years left the big-budget Angels playing catch-up all summer, and not even Trout could carry them all the way back.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seth Smith hit a tying homer leading off the eighth and Chris Denorfia singled home two runs to give the San Diego Padres a 3-1 victory against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in baseball's North American opener last night. Smith's first hit with the Padres came on a 2-0 pitch from Brian Wilson, who started the eighth after Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven scoreless innings.