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K-HEART SPORTS - WEDNESDAY - 05/16/18 - PM EDITION

The Region 5 Baseball Tournament began today in Rolette....

    MINOT, ND - The Region 5 Baseball Tournament began today in Rolette. Northern Lights defeated Bottineau 8-4. The rest of the tourney will be in Rugby starting on Monday.

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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Dexter Fowler reached base four times and drove in two runs in his return to the lineup and the St. Louis Cardinals beat former starter Lance Lynn and the Minnesota Twins 7-5 this afternoon.
 
     Matt Carpenter had three hits after being demoted to seventh in the batting order, and Tommy Pham added two hits, including his eighth homer of the year. St. Louis had lost five of seven games, scoring more than three runs just once.
 
     Lynn (1-4) had control issues again, a surprising constant in his first season with Minnesota after six years with the Cardinals. He gave up three runs on four hits and four walks and threw 82 pitches in three innings.
 
     Jordan Hicks (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning in relief for St. Louis. Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas left after 4 2/3 innings after allowing two runs on two hits and two walks.
 
     Bud Norris allowed an inherited run to score on a wild pitch but secured five outs for his ninth save in as many chances.
 
     After declining the Cardinals' qualifying offer in the offseason, Lynn was left as one of the few big-name free agents lingering as spring training began and he eventually accepted a one-year, $12 million contract with the Twins. Lynn averaged 3.4 walks per nine innings in his time with the Cardinals, a number that has crept to 6.6 per nine innings entering first career start against St. Louis.
 
     Fowler had a two-run single off Lynn in the first and Jose Martinez added an RBI single in the second.
 
     Fowler, who entered hitting .146 this season, made just his second start in the past five games and had two hits and two walks.
 
     Carpenter made a start hitting lower than fourth in the lineup for the first time since 2015 after entering with a .140 average. He had an RBI double in the seventh and his first three-hit game of the season.
 
     Logan Morrison had an opposite-field solo homer for Minnesota in the sixth, his fifth of the season.
 
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     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota catcher Jason Castro will miss the rest of the season following surgery to remove the meniscus in his right knee. Castro tore his meniscus, was operated on Tuesday by Dr. Richard Steadman and had been expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Minnesota said today that Steadman found damage to be more extensive than an MRI indicated. As a result, Steadman performed a meniscectomy to remove the cartilage.
 
     Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey says Castro's rehabilitation will take five-to-six months, putting the 30-year-old on track to be ready for spring training. Castro has been on the disabled list since May 5. He hit .143 with three RBIs in 19 games and tried to play through knee pain for several weeks.
 
     In other MLB news:
 
     - The Mets have placed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip flexor. The move was announced by the team Wednesday and is retroactive to Monday. Cespedes played through the injury for more than a week before getting an MRI on Tuesday morning, which revealed the strain. Phillip Evans was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
 
     - The St. Louis Cardinals have placed struggling reliever Luke Gregerson on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. Gregerson, who signed an $11 million, two-year contract with St. Louis over the winter, has an 8.64 ERA in 12 appearances this season. The 34-year-old right-hander is the fourth Cardinals pitcher on the DL. He joins starters Carlos Martinez and Adam Wainwright and reliever Tyler Lyons.
 
     - Edwin Encarnacion was scratched from Cleveland's lineup against Detroit because of back spasms. The 35-year-old was slated to bat fifth Wednesday as the designated hitter, but a new lineup was announced about 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.
 
     - Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez has been put on the disabled list with a strained right groin, a day after he left a win over Kansas City in the sixth inning. Gomez signed a $4 million, one-year deal in March. He is hitting .200 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 37 games, striking out 49 times in 145 at-bats. Manager Kevin Cash says Jonny Field and Rob Refsnyder will get the majority of playing time in right field in Gomez's absence.
 
     - Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto has apologized for saying he doesn't care about Canadian baseball after being asked about James Paxton's recent no-hitter. Votto talked about Paxton's feat for the Mariners against the Blue Jays in Toronto in a Yahoo Sports podcast. The Toronto native said the question brought back feelings of resentment over not making Team Canada or being drafted by the Blue Jays.
 
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     HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Rockets try to bounce back from Monday's home loss to Golden State when they host Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals. The Rockets, who coughed up the ball 13 times in the opener, know they have to make fewer mistakes if they want to avoid heading to Oakland down 0-2. And the defending champion Warriors say they can't let up after opening a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014.
 
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     LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Winnipeg Jets head to Las Vegas for Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference finals. The Golden Knights won Game 2 in Winnipeg to even the series 1-1. In a battle of star goalies, the Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots on the way to Monday's 3-1 win, while Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for the Jets.
 
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     UNDATED (AP) - The Carolina Panthers say they've signed a "definitive agreement" to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management. The deal is subject to NFL approval. The Panthers said in a release the transaction is expected to close in July. Tepper has been a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2009.
 
     In other NFL news:
 
     - The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Nick Williams. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound Williams has played 22 games in his career with the Atlanta Falcons over the past three seasons and with Washington in 2013. He has 28 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns.
 
     - The Buffalo Bills plan to retire Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas' No. 34 jersey Oct. 29 when they host the New England Patriots. The five-time Pro Bowl selection played for the Bills from 1988-99 and was a part of four straight AFC championship teams. He spent his final season with the Miami Dolphins. Thomas will become the third player to have his number retired, joining quarterback Jim Kelly and defensive end Bruce Smith.
 
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     TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Phoenix has been awarded the fifth franchise in the new Alliance of American Football, which will begin play the week after the Super Bowl next winter. The team joins Memphis, Orlando, Salt Lake City and Atlanta in the league and will play in Sun Devil Stadium on the Arizona State campus.
 
     The Arizona entry's coach will be announced at a news conference Friday. Today it was announced that ex-Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson would coach at Salt Lake City. Erickson joins Michael Singletary (Memphis), Steve Spurrier (Orlando) and Brad Childress (Atlanta) as head coaches in the startup league.
 
     The Alliance will feature eight teams playing a 10-week regular season beginning Feb. 9, 2019 - the weekend after the Super Bowl - on CBS. There will be two playoff rounds and a championship game on the weekend of April 26-28.
 
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     ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Andy Johnson, who starred as Georgia's quarterback before going on to play running back with the New England Patriots for nine seasons, has died after a long illness. He was 65. Georgia issued a statement saying Johnson died early today in Athens.
 
     Johnson took over as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback in 1971 and led the team to an 11-1 record that included a Gator Bowl victory. He set a Southeastern Conference sophomore rushing record and finished second in the league with 870 yards on the ground, along with 13 touchdowns. Johnson started two more seasons for the Bulldogs and finished his career with 1,799 rushing yards, the most by a quarterback at that time.
 
     A fifth-round pick by New England, Johnson played 94 games - including 43 starts - before finishing his career with the USFL's Boston Breakers. He rushed for a career high 699 yards with six touchdowns for the Patriots in 1976
 

 

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