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     === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Saturday, April 19th ===
                      === Jays activate Reyes from DL ===
 Cleveland,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Blue Jays activated shortstop
 Jose  Reyes  from the 15-day  disabled list and  inserted him into the leadoff
 spot for Saturday's contest against the Cleveland Indians.
 Reyes  hasn't played  since aggravating a hamstring injury in his first at-bat
 of the season on Opening Day.
 The 30-year-old veteran flied out to lead off the game and did not come out to
 play  in the field in the bottom of the frame. An MRI exam taken the following
 day revealed mild inflammation in his left hamstring.
 A  four-time  All-Star, Reyes  batted .296  with 10  home runs,  37 RBI and 15
 stolen  bases last season,  but was limited to just 93 games due to a severely
 sprained left ankle.
 In  addition to the  Reyes move, Toronto placed first baseman Adam Lind on the
 15-day  DL,  selected the  contract of infielder  Juan Francisco from Triple-A
 Buffalo,  optioned  infielder Munenori  Kawasaki  to  Buffalo and  transferred
 infielder Maicer Izturis from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
 Lind  sustained a lower back injury on Tuesday in Minnesota and was originally
 listed  as  day-to-day before landing  on the  DL on Saturday. The 30-year-old
 lefty slugger has hit .324 with one homer and six RBI in 13 games this season.
 Francisco batted .341 with two homers and 11 RBI over 12 games at Buffalo this
 season  after clubbing 18 homers and hitting .227 over 124 combined games with
 Atlanta and Milwaukee in 2013.
 Kawasaki  was recalled from Buffalo on Tuesday after Izturis landed on the 15-
 day  DL with  a torn lateral collateral  ligament in his left knee, which will
 likely leave him sidelined for the rest of the season.
                  === Nats activate OF Span from 7-day DL ===
 Washington,  DC  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  The  Washington  Nationals  activated
 outfielder  Denard Span from the seven-day disabled list Saturday prior to the
 team's home game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
 Span sustained a concussion during an April 11 contest against Atlanta when he
 collided with Braves second baseman Dan Uggla while rounding first base in the
 eighth inning.
 The  30-year-old outfielder stayed in the game and played the remainder of the
 10-inning contest before being placed on the short-term DL the following day.
 Over  10 games  this season  entering Saturday,  Span batted  .222 with  three
 doubles, one triple and four runs batted in.
 To make room on the roster, Washington optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to
 Triple-A Syracuse.
 Souza  was recalled from  Syracuse after the injury to Span and made his major
 league  debut on April  13. The 24-year-old managed just one hit in five plate
 appearances over five games.
                      === Reds' Marshall comes off DL ===
 Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds activated reliever Sean
 Marshall  from  the 15-day disabled list  prior to Saturday's game against the
 Chicago Cubs.
 Marshall  missed all  of  spring  training due  to  inflammation  in his  left
 shoulder.  The 31-year-old  was  limited to  just 16  appearances  and 10  1/3
 innings last season because of a shoulder sprain.
 The  6-foot-7  southpaw posted  a 1.74 earned  run average in  2013 and owns a
 37-46 record with a 3.77 ERA and 16 saves over 381 major league games with the
 Reds and Cubs.
 Pitcher  Curtis  Partch, who tossed  4 1/3  scoreless innings over three games
 after  making the Opening Day roster, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville in a
 corresponding move.
           === Yankees designate Cabral for assignment; add Daley ===
 St.  Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees have designated
 pitcher  Cesar Cabral  for assignment just a  day after he hit three Tampa Bay
 batters in the same inning.
 Cabral  had trouble  finding the plate during  his short stint on Friday in an
 11-5  loss to  the Rays. He faced  six batters and allowed three singles while
 also plunking three.
 After  hitting Logan Forsythe  in the back with a pitch, Cabral was ejected by
 home plate umpire Joe West.
 Cabral  made four appearances for the Yankees this season and totaled one full
 inning.  He  was charged with three  runs on four  hits with two walks and the
 three hit batsmen.
 New  York  filled the  roster spot  by selecting the  contract of pitcher Matt
 Daley  from  Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Daley was  1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in
 four minor league games this season.
 The  31-year-old right-hander had a 1.04 ERA in nine spring training games and
 last  September  for the  Yankees  was  1-0  with  eight strikeouts  over  six
 scoreless innings in seven appearances.
     === Federer tops Djokovic to set up all-Swiss final with Wawrinka ===
 Monte Carlo, Monaco (SportsNetwork.com) - Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka
 will  meet  in an all-Swiss  final at the Monte  Carlo Masters after both were
 semifinal winners on Saturday.
 Federer  has  never won this  storied clay court  event, mostly because of the
 dominance  of Rafael  Nadal, but will get  a chance on Sunday after a 7-5, 6-2
 win  over defending  champion  Novak  Djokovic in  the  second semifinal.  The
 second-seeded Serb battled through an injured wrist in the second set.
 Three  straight times  Federer lost in the  final to Nadal, who won this title
 eight consecutive years before falling to Djokovic in last year's final. Nadal
 wasn't  around  for the semifinals  this year  after losing to fellow Spaniard
 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.
 Ferrer,  the 2011  Monte Carlo runner-up to Nadal, was unable to duplicate his
 success  from Friday as Wawrinka claimed a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) victory in the first
 Wawrinka dominated early on Saturday, winning the first five games. The second
 set  was tight until the tiebreaker, which Wawrinka opened by taking the first
 four points. Ferrer never recovered.
 "I  started really  well," Wawrinka said about his play Saturday. "I know when
 I'm moving well and I can dictate the game, I'm always good against him. I did
 a really good job, especially at the beginning."
 Wawrinka  won  the Australian Open earlier  this year for his first Grand Slam
 title  and on Sunday will try for his first Masters crown. He lost to Djokovic
 in the 2008 Rome final and fell to Nadal in last year's Madrid title match.
 The  third-seeded Wawrinka  will try for his  third title in as many finals in
 2014.  Before taking  the Aussie Open, he captured the season-opening event in
 However,  he had a tough time in March on the hardcourts in the United States,
 suffering  fourth-round  losses at both Indian  Wells and Miami. He'll carry a
 6-9 finals record into Sunday's match against Federer.
 Federer  is  78-38 all-time  in title matches  and will play  in his fourth of
 2014.  He  lost to  Lleyton Hewitt in  Brisbane to start  the year, beat Tomas
 Berdych in Dubai and lost to Djokovic at Indian Wells.
 It took just 75 minutes for Federer to exact a measure of revenge on Saturday.
 Federer  saved  two set points  while serving at 5-4  in the opening set, then
 broke  serve in  the next  game and  finished the  set with  an ace.  Djokovic
 appeared  to be  favoring his wrist between sets  and did not put up much of a
 fight in the second.
 "Of  course, I did  see that Novak was struggling at one point," said Federer.
 "For  me it was  more just making sure that from my side I was playing a good,
 solid,  tough match with some good defensive play sometimes, but mostly trying
 to stay on the offensive as much as I could."
 Djokovic  had  a 14-match winning  streak stopped, a  stretch dating back to a
 semifinal loss to Federer in Dubai. He was trying for a fifth straight Masters
 crown after pulling off the Indian Wells-Miami double last month.
 Federer improved to 18-16 lifetime against Djokovic and will carry a 13-1 mark
 against Wawrinka into Sunday's final. The lone Wawrinka victory, however, came
 in the 2009 quarterfinals of this event.
 "I  think it's  incredible that we are in the finals together," Federer added.
 "We've  been playing well for some time now. This one is clearly very special,
 especially  with the way  he's been playing the past few months, the number of
 hours  we  spent together on court  either playing doubles or practicing. It's
 really wonderful."
 Sunday's winner will collect $760,000.
            === Cibulkova, Vekic to meet for Kuala Lumpur title ===
 Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia  (SportsNetwork.com)  - Dominika  Cibulkova and  Donna
 Vekic  each  rallied for  semifinal victories  Saturday and  will play for the
 title at the Malaysian Open.
 Rain  delayed the  start of singles action Saturday and both semifinal matches
 were played at the same time.
 The  top-seeded Cibulkova  earned a 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-3 triumph over defending
 champion  Karolina  Pliskova of  the Czech  Republic, while the seventh-seeded
 Vekic  rebounded from  a disastrous  first  set and  claimed a  1-6, 6-3,  6-4
 victory over second-seeded Zhang Shuai of China.
 Vekic appeared on her way to resounding defeat after dropping the first set of
 her  match in a mere 21 minutes. She then reversed the momentum by winning the
 first  five games  of the second set and  broke early in the third en route to
 her third career final.
 The  native  of Croatia lost to  Daniela Hantuchova last year at the Wimbledon
 tune-up in Birmingham and also fell to Irina-Camelia Begu in the 2012 Tashkent
 It's  been  a rough year for  Vekic, who lost in  the first round of her first
 four events and had just four match wins in 2014 before rattling off four this
 week.  Her  best finish in  seven previous events  this year was a third-round
 loss to Petra Kvitova in Miami.
 "It's  amazing because  I didn't have a  great start to the year," said Vekic.
 "Until  a couple  of weeks ago I couldn't  win a match, and now I'm in another
 Cibulkova  withstood  17 aces from  Pliskova to advance  to her third final of
 2014.  She was the surprise runner-up to Li Na at the Australian Open and beat
 Christina McHale for the Acapulco crown in February.
 Three  of the  Slovak's losses this year  have come against Li, as the Chinese
 star  also  beat Cibulkova  in  the  quarterfinals  at  Indian Wells  and  the
 semifinals  in Miami. Saturday's win was her WTA-leading 24th match victory of
 "I'm  playing  so well this year,"  noted Cibulkova. "I think it's because I'm
 just trying to enjoy myself on the court."
 Cibulkova  is 4-6  all-time in  title  matches and  beat Vekic  in their  only
 previous  meeting  -- a 6-3,  6-2 triumph in the  second round at Indian Wells
 last month.
 Sunday's winner will collect $43,000.
               === Czechs open big lead over Italy in Fed Cup ===
 Ostrava, Czech Republic (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova
 were  easy  winners Saturday as  the Czech  Republic grabbed a commanding lead
 over Italy in the Fed Cup semifinals.
 Safarova cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Sara Errani in the opening singles
 rubber  before Kvitova  topped Camila Giorgi in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph. The Czechs
 need  only one point  on Sunday to wrap up the best-of-five tie and advance to
 the final.
 This  weekend's  matchup pits the last  five Fed Cup champions. Italy won last
 year  and captured the  crown in 2009 and 2010, while the Czechs were back-to-
 back champs in 2011 and '12.
 It's  also  the third straight year  the two powerhouse nations are meeting in
 the  semifinals. The Czechs  pulled off a 4-1 triumph two years ago in Ostrava
 and  the Italians were  3-1 winners last year in Palermo. Italy leads the all-
 time series, 5-4.
 The  Italians  will have to  rally from  an 0-2 deficit  for the first time in
 their storied Fed Cup history.
 Errani  will try to  get Italy on the board in the first reverse singles match
 on  Sunday  against Kvitova. Giorgi and  Safarova will then contest the second
 singles  match. The  doubles rubber is currently slated to feature Karin Knapp
 and  Roberta  Vinci for  the  visitors  against  Andrea Hlavackova  and  Klara
 There was little drama on Saturday.
 Safarova  had  her serve broken  twice early in  the opening match and trailed
 3-1,  but rallied and  won five of the next six games to take the opening set.
 Errani  then held  to start the second,  but failed to win another game as the
 Czech wrapped up the match in just 72 minutes.
 Kvitova broke serve to start the match and it proved to be the difference in a
 tight first set as neither player budged again. A Kvitova ace finished the set
 and  she broke to  start the second. Another break in the seventh game made it
 5-2 and the Czech held in a lengthy final game that featured five deuces.
 This  weekend's  winner will face the  Australia-Germany victor in the Fed Cup
 final in November.
              === Germany leads 2-0 over Australia in Fed Cup ===
 Brisbane, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber
 won  singles  matches Saturday  to  give  Germany  a commanding  lead  against
 Australia in the Fed Cup semifinals.
 Petkovic  defeated former  U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7),
 and  Kerber  made short work of  Casey Dellacqua in a  6-1, 6-0 rout for a 2-0
 advantage  in the  best-of-five tie. The Germans need just one point on Sunday
 to wrap up a berth in the final.
 "I  saw  two great matches and  I was very proud  of the performance of my two
 girls,"  said German captain Barbara Rittner. "There are still three points to
 go and tomorrow is a new day. I think the matches were closer than they look."
 On  Sunday, reverse singles will pit the 19th-ranked Stosur against Kerber and
 Petkovic  versus  Dellacqua.  The doubles match  has a German tandem  of Julia
 Goerges  and  Anna-Lena Groenefeld  taking on  an Aussie  duo of Dellacqua and
 Ashleigh Barty.
 Petkovic needed just 37 minutes to win the first set Saturday. She broke serve
 to  start  the match,  but Stosur broke  right back. It  was all Petkovic from
 there with three more breaks of serve.
 Stosur  broke for a  2-1 lead in the second set and was serving for the set at
 5-4  when Petkovic  broke to  even it.  The German  opened a  6-3 lead  in the
 tiebreaker,  but Stosur won  the next three points to keep it going. She saved
 another match point soon after, but could not stave off a fifth match point.
 "I had put myself in a good position in the second set so it was disappointing
 to lose it," said Stosur.
 Kerber  then had  no  trouble  in the  second  match  Saturday, polishing  off
 Dellacqua  in a mere 51 minutes. Kerber converted 6-of-10 break points and had
 her serve broken just once.
 "I  played very good," said Kerber. "Of course it is easier to go on the court
 when  your country is  leading 1-0, but I knew I had to play very good because
 Casey is playing very good at home."
 Australia  is 8-4  all-time against  Germany, including  a win  in their  last
 meeting in a World Group Playoff in 2012. The two nations first met in 1966.
 The  winner will meet  the Czech Republic-Italy victor in the Fed Cup final in
                   === Westwood leads Malaysian Open by 1 ===
 Kuala  Lumpur, Malaysia (SportsNetwork.com) - Lee Westwood carded a 1-under 71
 on Saturday to remain on top of the leaderboard of the Maybank Malaysian Open.
 Westwood, who is seeking his 23rd victory on the European Tour but first since
 the  2012 Nordea Masters, finished three rounds at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country
 Club at 14-under-par 202.
 "It  was tricky out there," said Westwood. "I didn't play as well as I did the
 first two days, but there were some difficult flags and it was really hot."
 Andy  Sullivan fired  a 6-under 66 to  jump into second place at 13-under 203,
 while  Julien Quesne  (69) sat in third at minus-10 and Nicolas Colsaerts (72)
 owned fourth at 9-under.
 Danny  Willett (72),  Masahiro Kawamura (70), Eduardo De la Riva (71), Ricardo
 Santos  (70),  Garth Mulroy (69)  and Rikard Karlberg  (67) shared fifth at 8-
 under 208.
 Westwood  has held  the lead  since the  end of  the first  round and  entered
 Saturday with a four-shot advantage.
 The Englishman opened his third round with a 20-foot birdie putt at the first,
 but  gave that  shot right back at the  second. He later rolled in a birdie at
 the fifth to move to 14-under and held a three-stroke lead at the turn.
 Westwood  converted an 18-foot  birdie at the 11th to stretch his lead to four
 strokes before Sullivan made a run at the lead.
 Sullivan  started his race  up the leaderboard with a string of birdies at the
 third,  fifth, sixth  and eighth around a  bogey at the seventh, moving him to
 He closed his round with birdies at the 10th, 12th and 16th pull within two of
 "I  played well again  and tried to limit my mistakes," Sullivan said. "I only
 made  one mistake, but I got it back straight away. I'm delighted with the way
 I finished."
 Westwood,  meanwhile, parred  six straight from the 12th to remain at 15-under
 before  a  finding a  bunker with his  second shot  at the 18th  en route to a
 closing bogey, which dropped his lead to just one entering the final round.
 "It  was a real  grind, but I'm leading going into the last round so I'm quite
 happy with that," stated Westwood.
 NOTES:  Westwood won  this  event  in 1997  when  it was  a  part  of the  co-
 sanctioning Asian Tour ... Sullivan is looking for his first career win on the
 European  Tour.  He has finished inside  the top five  in two of his last four
 starts ... Defending champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat withdrew prior to the start
 of the third round.
                   === Hamilton takes pole for Chinese GP ===
 Shanghai, China (SportsNetwork.com) - Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes claimed his
 third  pole  of the  season by  topping Red Bull  drivers Daniel Ricciardo and
 Sebastian  Vettel  in Saturday's rain-soaked  qualifying for the Chinese Grand
 In  wet conditions,  Hamilton made a lap around Shanghai International Circuit
 in 1 minute, 53.860 seconds to earn the top starting position for Sunday's 56-
 lap  race.  His 34th  career pole placed  him in sole  possession of fourth on
 Formula  One's all-time pole winners list. Hamilton had been in a tie with Jim
 Clark for most pole wins among British drivers in the history of F1.
 "It  was so slippery  out there, trying to find the grip, obviously not making
 mistakes on your lap, and really putting it together, especially when you have
 these guys [Ricciardo and Vettel] pushing you," Hamilton said. "It was a tough
 session. I really enjoyed it. The car was feeling great.
 "We  always have stuff  we can improve, but the team has done a great job this
 weekend.  It's a good  position for the race, and I hope we can follow through
 Hamilton  is attempting  to win his third straight grand prix this weekend. He
 started  on  pole and  won in Malaysia  on March 30.  One week later, Hamilton
 scored the victory in Bahrain after starting second there.
 Ricciardo  will  start on the  front row  with Hamilton after qualifying 0.595
 seconds behind him.
 "I  struggled  a bit  throughout the session,"  Ricciardo said. "Personally, I
 didn't feel like I was getting on top of the conditions, but then the last set
 of  inters [tires] right at the end of Q3, we managed to get a bit more out of
 it. I put a good lap together so pretty pleased to be on the front row."
 Vettel,  the  four-time defending  F1 world champion,  qualified third but was
 more than one second behind Hamilton.
 Nico  Rosberg, who  is Hamilton's  teammate, struggled  in Q3.  He placed  his
 Mercedes  fourth  on the grid. Rosberg  started on pole and finished second to
 Hamilton  in  Bahrain. He enters  this race  as the current world championship
 points leader.
 "I  had  two main problems today,"  Rosberg said. "I wasn't totally happy with
 the feeling on the brakes, which resulted in me locking up and going off on my
 fast  lap on the  second-to-last lap. Then on my final timed lap, I was half a
 second  quicker going  into the last corner,  but my time delta on my steering
 wheel display said that I was two-tenths slower. So I just took a big risk and
 spun because I mistakenly thought I had nothing to lose anyway."
 Fernando  Alonso  from Ferrari qualified  fifth, while Williams drivers Felipe
 Massa  and Valtteri Bottas took the sixth and seventh starting positions. Nico
 Hulkenberg from Force India was eighth.
 Toro  Rosso's  Jean-Eric Vergne  and Romain Grosjean  from Lotus completed the
 Grosjean's  teammate, Pastor  Maldonado, did not participate in qualifying due
 to  technical problems  he encountered during the final practice session, held
 earlier  in the  day. Maldonado will start at the race stewards' discretion in
 22nd.  He had  already faced  a five-place  grid penalty  for causing  a wreck
 between him and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez during the Bahrain Grand Prix.
 04/19 13:26:35 ET