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K-Heart Sports - Monday - 06/17/19 - Morning Edition

The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs won their weekend home series against the Hub City Hotshots, but lost the final game last night 16-6.....

    MINOT, ND - The Souris Valley Sabre Dogs won their weekend home series against the Hub City Hotshots, but lost the final game last night 16-6. The Hotshots exploded for a combined 14 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the victory. The Dogs won 5-0 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday. They're now a game over .500 at 11-10 on the season.

    Souris Valley will make-up a game with the Wheat City Whiskey Jacks tonight at Corbett Field at 7:05 pm. It's a make-up of the season opener that was rained out on May 24th. They will then travel to Brandon, Manitoba to play a regularly schedule three game series against Wheat City starting Tuesday.

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    MINNESOTA TWINS

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Martin Maldonado celebrated Father's Day by wearing a blue necktie on his chest protector and had three hits to lift the Kansas City Royals over the Minnesota Twins 8-6 on Sunday.
 
     Maldonado had several names scribbled on the tie, along with "Happy Father's Day." Pittsburgh Pirates backstop Elias Diaz wore the same tie in a game against Atlanta, which appeared to be provided by equipment manufacturer All-Star.
 
     Maldonado drove in two, one with a single during a three-run second inning and another with a double in the eighth.
 
     Jorge Lopez (1-6) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, giving up four hits, including a solo homer by Nelson Cruz in the seventh. Ian Kennedy allowed an RBI double by Max Kepler but struck out Cruz with two runners on to record his seventh save in nine chances. Cruz believed he had checked his swing on the strikeout.
 
     Jorge Bonifacio added two hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who had lost three of four. Kansas City was tied or leading in the eighth inning in three of the previous four matchups against the Twins this season but had lost all four games before hanging on Sunday.
 
     Martin Perez (7-3) surrendered five runs - four earned - in 6 2/3 innings for Minnesota. Kepler had four hits and Miguel Sano homered, but the Twins left the bases loaded three times and were 4 of 18 with runners in scoring position.
 
     Cruz had a two-run double in the eighth, but Wily Peralta entered and retired three in a row to strand two runners.
 
     TRAINER'S ROOM
 
     Twins: OF Byron Buxton was out of the lineup for the second straight day after being hit in the wrist by a pitch Friday night. Manager Rocco Baldelli said Buxton was available and that the team was being cautious. Baldelli said before the game that he wasn't sure if Buxton would be swinging a bat at all Sunday.
 
     UP NEXT
 
     Twins: RHP Jose Berrios (8-2, 3.01) starts today as Minnesota begins a three-game series against Boston. Berrios has allowed one earned run in three of his past four starts. The Red Sox will start RHP Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.69).
 
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    MINNESOTA LYNX

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Kayla McBride scored seven of her 22 points in a 14-3 closing run and the Las Vegas Aces overcame a sloppy start and beat the Minnesota Lynx 80-75 on Sunday.
 
     Kelsey Plum scored 21 points, including a career-high tying five 3-pointers. Liz Cambage scored eight of her 14 points in the fourth quarter and A'ja Wilson finished with 13 points for Las Vegas (4-3).  
 
     Cambage made a layup, McBride and Kelsey Plum hit consecutive 3-pointers and Cambage made two free throws that gave Las Vegas its first lead, 74-72, with 2:01 to play. Neither team scored again until Cambage hit two foul shots with 44.7 seconds remaining and McBride sandwiched four free throws around a three-point play by Minnesota's Damiris Dantas.
 
     Dantas tied her career high with 22 points for the Lynx (4-5), who have lost four in a row and five of six.
 
     The Aces committed eight of their 16 turnovers in the game's first seven-plus minutes as Minnesota jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter.
 
     Plum, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has set season highs for scoring in each of the last two games. After scoring 35 combined points in the first games this season, Plum has 40 points on 16-of-27 shooting while hitting 8 of 13 from 3-point range in wins over the New York Liberty (Friday) and Minnesota.
 
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     GOLF-US OPEN

     PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Gary Woodland has captured his first major golf championship by holding off the two-time defending U.S. Open champion. Woodland closed with a 30-foot putt for birdie to finish three strokes ahead of Brooks Koepka in the Open at Pebble Beach. The Kansas native shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a 13 under total.

     Koepka was within one shot of the lead with five holes remaining before closing with pars the rest of the way. Woodland's bogey on the par-3 12th allowed Koepka to close the gap, but he birdied the par-5 14th to regain a two-stroke edge.

     Woodland is the fifth player to break 70 in all four rounds of the U.S. Open. He also beat by one shot the score Tiger Woods posted during his 15-shot victory at Pebble in the 2000 U.S. Open.

     Koepka fell short in his quest to become the first player since Willie Anderson in 1905 to win three straight U.S. Opens.

     Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie and Justin Rose finished in a four-way tie for third and 7 under.

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     LPGA-MEIJER CLASSIC

     GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Brooke Henderson has become the winningest Canadian professional golfer. Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic for her ninth career victory. She broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark. The 21-year-old Henderson led wire-to-wire for her second victory in three years at Blythefield Country Club, closing with a 2-under 70. She also matched the tournament record of 21 under that she set in 2017. Lexi Thompson finished in a three-way for second with Su Oh and Nasa Hatakoa at 20 under.

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     SOCCER-WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

     PARIS (AP) - The U.S. women's soccer team has advanced to the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup by improving to 2-0. Carli Lloyd scored twice and the Americans followed Tuesday's 13-0 thrashing of Thailand with a 3-0 shutout of Chile. All three goals came in the first half, and the celebrations were more muted after the team was criticized for celebrating goals even after victory against Thailand was well in hand. Sweden also advanced out of Group F with a victory 5-1 victory over Thailand.

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     MLB-SCHEDULE

     UNDATED (AP) - The New York Yankees have beaten the White Sox in Chicago to maintain their half-game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East. Brett Gardner and Austin Romine each had four RBIs as the Yankees clobbered the White Sox, 10-3. Gardner and Romine each had two-run singles while the Yanks scored five in the third to take a 5-1 lead. Cameron Maybin added a solo shot in the seventh to give the Yankees home runs in 19 straight games.

     James Paxton helped New York gain a split of the four-game set, allowing two runs and eight hits over six innings of his first victory since April 26.

     In St. Petersburg, Brandon Lowe and Tommy Pham belted solo homers and Kevin Kiermaier added an RBI triple as the Rays topped the Angels, 6-5. Lowe also scored on a wild pitch in the eighth, which became a big play when Mike Trout launched a two-run homer in the ninth to make it a one-run game.

     Elsewhere around the major league diamonds:

     - Teoscar Hernandez hit two of the Blue Jays' five home runs in a 12-0 romp over the Astros. Freddy Galvis and Hernandez each hit three-run shots in a seven-run sixth, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. launched a long, two-run homer and Rowdy Tellez also went deep. Former Houston draft pick Trent Thornton scattered six singles and struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings.

     - Martin Maldonado celebrated Father's Day by wearing a blue necktie on his chest protector and providing three hits with two RBIs in the Royals' 8-6 victory at Minnesota. Jorge Bonifacio added two hits and two RBIs as Kansas City cut the Twins' lead in the AL Central to 10 games over Cleveland. Max Kepler had four hits and Miguel Sano homered, but the Twins left the bases loaded three times and were 4 of 18 with runners in scoring position.

     - Trevor Bauer tossed his first MLB shutout and the Indians completed a three-game sweep with an 8-0 thumping of the Tigers in Detroit. Bauer struck out eight and scattered four hits after going 0-5 in his previous eight starts. Cleveland rookie Oscar Mercado collected four RBIs, while Jason Kipnis homered and drove in three.

     - Marco Hernandez blasted a game-tying, solo homer in the ninth inning and the Red Sox erupted for five runs in the 10th to beat the Orioles, 8-6. Rafael Devers led off the 10th with a homer before Betts and Christian Vazquez added two-out, two-run singles. Josh Smith gave up a two-run homer to Stevie Wilkerson and a bases-empty drive to Trey Mancini in the 10th before Bosox nailed down its fifth straight win to move a season-high five games over .500.

     - Kyle Seager hit a two-run double as part of a four-run eighth in the Mariners' 6-3 comeback over the Athletics. Seager's double came soon after right fielder Mark Canha appeared to lose a flyball in the sun. Khris Davis and Ramon Laureano homered for Oakland.

     - Josh Donaldson and Tyler Flowers belted two-run homers as part of the Braves' 19-hit assault in a 15-1 laugher over the Phillies. Donaldson homered for the third straight game and had three hits for the second time in two days as Atlanta regained its 2  1/2-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East. Ronald Acuna Jr. also homered and Mike Foltynewicz allowed only one run in six innings of the Braves' ninth victory in 10 games.

     - Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd homer in the sixth inning and Russell Martin singled home the winning run in the eighth as the Dodgers rallied past the Cubs, 3-2. Alex Verdugo made a game-saving catch for the game's final out as Los Angeles expanded its lead in the NL West to 10 1/2 games. Chicago slipped to 3-10 in its last 13 road games and fell one game behind Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.

     - The Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by getting home runs from Eric Thames (thaymz) and Jesus Aguilar (AG'-ee-ahr) in a 5-3 win at San Francisco. Christian Yelich doubled twice and is batting .472 with five home runs during his season-high, 13-game hitting streak. Matt Albers pitched the fifth for the win, allowing just one inherited baserunner to score after relieving Chase Anderson with the bases loaded and no outs.

     - Pitcher Matt Strahm drew a pinch-hit, bases-loaded walk in the ninth to rally the Padres past the Rockies, 14-13. Greg Garcia was 4-for-5 with four RBIs for San Diego, including a game-tying, two-run triple. The two teams set a modern-era record by combining for 92 runs in a four-game series. Charlie Blackmon became the first player since at least 1900 with 15 hits in a four-game set.

     - The Cardinals managed just three hits and still beat the Mets, 4-3 on Paul DeJong's tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning. DeJong homered three times in the series to help St. Louis take three of four from New York. Paul Goldschmidt slugged a two-run homer for the Redbirds.

     - The Nationals gained a four-game split as Matt Adams homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs to lead a 15-5 dismantling of the Diamondbacks. Adams, Anthony Rendon and Kurt Suzuki homered off Arizona reliever Zack Godley, and Adams added a grand slam against Stefan Crichton in the eighth. Anibal Sanchez gave up two runs over six innings en route to his 100th career victory and third straight since an 0-6 start to the season.

     - Josh Bell's RBI double in the seventh inning broke a tie and lifted the Pirates past the Marlins, 5-4. Pittsburgh trailed 4-2 until Corey Dickerson's pinch-hit RBI double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara in the sixth. Melky Cabrera tripled home the tying run and scored on Bell's two-bagger to help the Bucs win the rubber match of the three-game set after ending a seven-game skid on Friday.

     - The Reds ripped the Rangers, 11-3 as Jesse Winker homered and set career highs with four hits and five RBIs. Yasiel Puig added a two-run shot and pitcher Sonny Gray tripled as Cincinnati avoided a three-game sweep. Gray gave up three runs and five hits over five innings, including homers by Shin-Soo Choo and Hunter Pence.

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     COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

     OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Vanderbilt and Mississippi State have has won their opening game in the College World Series.

     The No. 2 national seed got two homers from Austin Martin in a 3-1 win over Louisville. Martin homered on Reid Detmers' first pitch of the game and he went deep again in the seventh to break a tie. Drake Fellows came off a poor outing in the super regionals to pitch seven strong innings, yielding one run and seven hits.

     In Game 2, Marshall Gilbert hit a bases-loaded single to cap a four-run ninth and give the Bulldogs a 5-4 walk-off victory over Auburn. A wild throw by third baseman Edouard Julien allowed Elijah MacNamee to score the tying run. Gilbert was hitless in four at-bats before sending Mississippi State to its sixth straight tournament win.

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     MLB-NEWS

     UNDATED (AP) - The Yankees' acquisition of Edwin Encarnacion has been completed. The slugger is coming over from the Mariners for 19-year-old minor league pitcher Juan Then. Seattle is also picking up about $8.4 million of Encarnacion's roughly $16.4 million contract he is guaranteed. The 36-year-old Encarnacion has hit 21 home runs this season and has averaged 37 homers and 109 RBIs in his last seven years.

     Manager Aaron Boone says he plans to use Encarnacion primarily as his designated hitter and give him a few games at first base. Boone says he expects Encarnacion to be available when the Yankees open a three-game series against the Rays on Monday.

     His arrival meant the demotion of outfielder Clint Frazier, who was hitting .283 with 34 RBIs in 53 games.

     In other major league news:

     - The Mets have placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring and activated second baseman Robinson Cano from the IL. Syndergaard reached for his right hamstring after throwing a pitch in the seventh inning of New York's 8-7 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday. He is 5-4 with a 4.55 ERA this season.

     - The Phillies recalled left-hander Cole Irvin and have activated right-hander Pat Neshek from the injured list before Sunday's game in Atlanta. Neshek was placed on the injured list on May 25 with a right shoulder strain. Irvin is 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA in four games with Philadelphia this season.

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    NHL-CAPITALS-HAGELIN

     ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The Washington Capitals have signed winger Carl Hagelin to a four-year, $11 million contract. Hagelin netted three goals in 20 regular-season games with the Capitals after scoring just twice in 38 games with the Penguins and Kings at the start of last season. The team cleared the necessary salary cap space to re-sign Hagelin and others by trading defenseman Matt Niskanen to the Flyers for Radko Gudas.

 

 

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