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K-Heart Sports - Monday - 08/12/19 - Morning Edition

Carlos Santana hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3....

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Carlos Santana hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Sunday to win the four-game series and forge another tie for the AL Central lead.
     The Twins tied the game with four hits in a two-run ninth against Brad Hand (5-3), using a single by Luis Arraez and a double by Marwin Gonzalez to extend the game.
     As pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza tried to score the winning run from first base, left fielder Tyler Naquin grabbed the ball off the bounce from the wall and zipped a throw to shortstop Francisco Lindor, whose relay home was in perfect position for catcher Kevin Plawecki to tag Adrianza with ease. That was Naquin's 10th outfield assist, moving into a tie for third in the majors.
     Twins closer Taylor Rogers (2-3) allowed a single, a walk and another single on a bunt by Greg Allen to load the bases with none out for Santana, who quickly erased the late-inning drama with one big swing. The All-Star first baseman has reached base at least once in 53 of his last 57 games since June 4, the exact date when the Indians began their surge. They're 42-17 during that span, the best record in the majors.
     Aaron Civale contributed another solid performance in his third major league start, tossing six smooth innings after Allen homered and Yasiel Puig hit an RBI double in the first inning to get the Indians going against All-Star Jose Berrios. Santana added an RBI single in the third for a 3-1 lead, before Berrios settled in to retire 11 straight batters.
     The Indians leaned on their trusty bullpen, with a baseball-best 3.19 ERA entering the game, to create a tie in the division race for the second time in three days. The Twins had sole possession of first place from April 27 until Friday, before bypassing the Indians again Saturday with a 4-1 victory. Their lead was as big as 11 1/2 games on June 3 and still 7 1/2 games on July 13.  
     Nick Goody record three straight outs in the seventh after the first two batters reached base. Oliver Perez pitched a perfect eighth. After Hand hit the big bump in the ninth, Hunter Wood pitched a perfect 10th inning to end the game.
     The Twins and Indians play seven more times, all in September.
     Berrios was aiming to bounce back from the worst start of his four-year career, having surrendered nine runs in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday as the Twins fell behind Atlanta 11-0 in a 12-7 loss. He was charged with three runs and six hits in six innings against the Indians.
     Civale permitted one run and four hits. Civale, the third-round pick in 2016 who came from the same draft class as fellow rotation members Shane Bieber (fourth round) and Zach Plesac (12th round), has allowed only nine hits, four walks and two runs with 18 strikeouts in 18 innings in the majors.
     Allen batted second and played center to give Oscar Mercado a break, just the second time this season he has taken one of the top five places in the lineup. In two games in the second spot, Allen is 6 for 11 with two homers, four runs, and three RBIs.
     The Twins have Monday off, one of just five left over the final seven weeks of the season.
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     Twins: LHP Martin Perez (8-5, 4.80 ERA) will take the mound to start a two-game interleague series Tuesday in Milwaukee, following an 11-hit, seven-run, six-inning performance in his last turn that put his spot in the rotation in question. RHP Chase Anderson (5-2, 3.70 ERA) pitches for the Brewers.


     WASHINGTON (AP) - Emma Meesseman scored a season-high 25 points, Elena Delle Donne had 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Washington Mystics beat the Minnesota Lynx 101-78 on Sunday.
     Aerial Powers added 20 points and Myisha Hines-Allen had 13 for the Mystics. Washington (17-7) has won three games in a row and eight of its last nine.
     Ariel Atkins hit a 3-pointer that gave the Mystics the lead for good and sparked a 14-4 run that made it 25-16.
     Odyssey Sims led Minnesota (12-12) with 20 points and eight assists.
     The Mystics shot 54.8% (34 of 62) from the field and made 27 of 29 from the foul line - their season high for free throw attempts and tying their season mark for free throws made.
     Washington, which leads the WNBA in scoring (87.3 points per game - more than five points higher than any other team in the league), scored at least 100 points for the third time this season.


     EAGAN, Minn. (AP) - Looking for solutions for their longtime kicking issues, the Minnesota Vikings traded for Kaare Vedvik from the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Vedvik has kicked and punted for Baltimore, which was set at the position with standouts Justin Tucker and Sam Koch.
     Vedvik spent the entire 2018 season on the non-football injury list for Baltimore after he was assaulted and suffered injuries. He was 4 for 4 on field goals and converted two extra-point attempts in the Ravens first preseason game, while punting twice for a 55.5-yard average.
     Minnesota has veteran kicker Dan Bailey, who missed seven field-goal attempts last season with a career-worst 75 percent conversation rate, and punter Matt Wile in training camp.


     UNDATED (AP) - Masahiro Tanaka and Aroldis Chapman combined on a four-hitter, Brett Gardner had an RBI double, and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 Sunday to end a two-game skid. Tanaka allowed three hits while pitching into the ninth inning, walking none and striking out four. The right-hander was pulled after Brandon Drury singled to begin the ninth. Chapman earned his AL-leading 31st save in 36 opportunities. Toronto's stretch of 15 straight games with a home run ended, as did New York's nine-game streak of multi-homer efforts.

     Elsewhere in the majors Sunday:

     - Kevin Pillar hit a tiebreaking triple that scored Evan Longoria with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning, closer Will Smith followed with a two-run single in his first career at-bat and the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6. Scooter Gennett homered into McCovey Cove and Mike Yastrzemski also went deep to help the Giants take three of four from the Phillies.

     - Justin Turner hit two of Los Angeles' four homers, and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball in the surging Dodgers' 9-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Turner and Cody Bellinger hit back-to-back homers in the first inning as the Dodgers finished 8-2 on a 10-game homestand with yet another dominant performance,

     - Yonder Alonso hit his 100th career homer during Colorado's four-run sixth inning and German Marquez pitched eight strong innings for the struggling Rockies, who beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 26 games. They are 13-31 since June 21.

     - Ryan Yarbrough came within an out of his first career shutout, Eric Sogard hit a solo homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0. Yarbrough retired his final 14 batters and struck out eight while throwing 8 2/3 innings of three-hit ball, but he was replaced after 99 pitches by Emilio Pagan for the final out.

     - The Atlanta Braves' bullpen overcame the residue of a punctured fire extinguisher, with four relievers combining to pitch three nervous innings and finish off the Miami Marlins 5-4. The win came less than 24 hours after the Braves allowed seven runs in the final three innings of a 7-6 loss.

     - Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run double against his former team and the Nationals bullpen finally locked down a lead in Flushing, lifting Washington over the streaking New York Mets 7-4. Nationals star Juan Soto sprained his ankle on Cabrera's bases-loaded hit in the seventh inning and left the game.

     - Kris Bryant capped Chicago's four-run seventh with a three-run homer, and the Cubs rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series. Ian Happ added a solo drive in the eighth as the NL Central leaders recovered after falling behind 3-0 in the fifth..

     - Mike Minor struck out 11 in eight innings, and the Texas Rangers beat Jordan Lyles and the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 to avoid a series sweep. Minor allowed four hits and walked one. Jose Leclerc finished the four-hitter for his eighth save, securing Texas' second win in six games.

     - Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler each homered twice and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 10-2 for a split of the four-game series between the worst teams in the AL Central

     - Anthony Bemboom hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning after Kole Calhoun's solo homer tied it in the eighth, leading the Los Angeles Angels past the Boston Red Sox 5-4 for a split of their four-game series. Shohei Ohtani had three hits with a two-run single for Los Angeles.

     - Rio Ruiz hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to carry the Baltimore Orioles past Houston 8-7, ending the Astros' eight-game winning streak in stunning fashion. After Houston scored three runs in the top of the ninth to go up 7-5, the Orioles answered in the bottom half against closer Roberto Osuna. A sacrifice fly by Chris Davis preceded Ruiz's clutch home run.

     - Chris Bassitt threw seven sharp innings, Matt Olson homered and the Oakland Athletics beat Lucas Giolito and the Chicago White Sox 2-0. Bassitt permitted four hits, struck out seven and walked two. Olson, Robbie Grossman and Chad Pinder had two hits apiece for the Athletics, who are fighting for position in the AL wild-card race.

     - Carlos Santana hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 to win the four-game series and forge another tie for the AL Central lead. Santana also had an RBI single in the third.

     - Lane Thomas hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning, Paul Goldschmidt and Dexter Fowler also homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-9. St. Louis rallied from an 8-4 deficit to sweep the three-game series and move into second place in the NL Central, two games behind the Chicago Cubs.



     BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Kevin Harvick has won a NASCAR Cup race at Michigan International Speedway for the second straight year, giving him two victories this year and 47 in his career. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver pulled away from the competition in his Ford and finished more than a second ahead of Denny Hamlin. Kyle Larson was third and was followed by Martin Truex Jr., Daniel Suarez and Kyle Busch in the Consumers Energy 400.



     JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Patrick Reed rallied from a two-shot deficit with three straight putts on the back nine at Liberty National that allowed him to win The Northern Trust and end 16 months without winning since his Masters title. Reed closed with a 2-under 69 for a one-shot victory over Abraham Ancer. The victory moves him to No. 2 in the FedEx Cup, assuring he will be at the Tour Championship in two weeks for a shot at the $15 million prize.



     NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) - Mi Jung Hur won her third LPGA Tour title with a brilliant final round at the Ladies Scottish Open on Sunday. The South Korean carded a closing 5-under 66 in wet conditions at The Renaissance Club to finish 20-under 264, four shots ahead of compatriot Jeongeun Lee and Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn.



     KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Simone Biles messed around and got a triple-double. And just about everything else too on her way to a sixth U.S. women's gymnastics title. The Olympic champion began her preparation for the 2020 Games by drilling her boundary pushing triple-twisting, double-flip (aka the "triple-double") at the end of her first tumbling run on floor exercise Sunday night. of the world has become.

     Biles had a two-day all-around total of 118.500, nearly five points clear of Sunisa Lee in second and almost eight points ahead of Grace McCallum in third. The 22-year-old took the top scores on floor, vault and balance beam and placed third on bars, bouncing back from a sloppy set Friday that left the greatest gymnast on the planet and admitted perfectionist seething.



     MONTREAL (AP) - Rafael Nadal won his fifth Rogers Cup title, beating Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday in just 70 minutes. The 33-year-old Nadal won the event for the third time in Montreal. The first came in 2005 at age 19 over Andre Agassi, and the second in 2013. Nadal won in Toronto in 2008 and 2018. The second-ranked Spanish star won his 83rd singles title and third of the year, following clay victories in Rome and at the French Open. He extended his tour record for Masters 1000 titles to 35, two more than top-ranked Novak Djokovic.



     TORONTO (AP) - Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years when Serena Williams retired because of an injury. Andreescu was up 3-1 in the first set when Williams called for a medical timeout. Less than a minute later, the chair umpire announced that Williams was retiring from the match, handing Andreescu her second WTA Premier title of the season.



     UNDATED (AP) - San Francisco 49ers tackle Shon Coleman will likely miss the entire season with a serious injury to his right leg suffered in the exhibition opener. The team said Coleman had surgery Sunday for a broken fibula and dislocated ankle. Coleman is expected to be placed on season-ending injured reserve. Coleman was hurt on San Francisco's opening drive of the game Saturday night against Dallas when teammate Najee Toran fell into his leg on a running play. His leg was placed on an air cast on the field and Coleman was taken off on a cart.

     In other NFL news:

     - Cornerback DeAndre Baker, the last of the New York Giants' three first-round draft picks, sprained his left knee in practice Sunday. Baker injured the knee doing individual drills early in the non-contact portion of the workout.

     - New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro has retired after a shaky start to training camp. The 28-year-old signed with New York during the offseason for a second stint with the team. He struggled with consistency during camp, and then missed two extra points in the Jets' 31-22 preseason-opening loss to the Giants. The Jets signed kicker Taylor Bertolet to replace Catanzaro.

     - The Minnesota Vikings have acquired a new kicker in a trade with Baltimore. Kaare Vedvik has kicked and punted for the Ravens, which were set at the position with standouts Justin Tucker and Sam Koch. Vedvik spent the entire 2018 season on the non-football injury list for Baltimore after he was injured in an assault.

     - The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran defensive end Sam Acho and released guard Vlad Duccasse. Acho has eight seasons of NFL experience and spent the past four with the Chicago Bears. Acho was released by Chicago in March. Duccasse is a nine-year veteran who had one season left on the three-year contract he signed with Buffalo in 2017.

     - Titans rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown has returned to practice after hurting his left leg on the opening day of Tennessee camp.

     - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach Darryl Drake has died. He was
62. The team said Drake, who joined the coaching staff in 2018, died early Sunday morning. Drake, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, played collegiately at Western Kentucky. He spent one season in the Canadian Football League .

     - Arizona Cardinals executive Ron Minegar has been arrested Saturday on suspicion of DUI. The 60-year-old Minegar is the Cardinals' executive vice president and chief operating officer.


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