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Last Update on April 18, 2015 05:34 GMT


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Trevor Plouffe led off the 11th inning with a soaring home run to lift the Minnesota Twins to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.

Plouffe connected against Bryan Shaw (0-1), sending a drive into the second deck in left field and getting swarmed by teammates as he hit home plate. Chris Herrmann had two hits, an RBI and some slick baserunning to help the Twins win their third straight.

Brandon Moss homered for the Indians (3-6), who fell to 0-3 in games pitched by AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber.

Kluber was perfect through five innings, but uncharacteristically erratic after that. He gave up two runs on three hits and struck out eight in eight innings. He also threw two wild pitches and hit a batter.

Blaine Boyer (1-1) went 1 1-3 innings for the win.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Michael Wacha pitched seven strong innings and Yadier Molina delivered a bases-clearing double to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

With the score 1-1, Matt Holliday led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right field. He went to third on a one-out double by Jhonny Peralta. After Jon Jay was intentionally walked, Molina lined the first pitch from Johnny Cueto down the left-field line that scored three.

Joey Votto gave Cincinnati a first-inning lead with his fourth homer, his third against St. Louis.

Matt Carpenter tied the game in the bottom of the inning after doubling, going to third on a groundout and scoring when he somersaulted over catcher Brayan Pena on Holliday's fly to center.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel has apologized to the team and its fans and asked for privacy during his recovery from an undisclosed substance problem.

Manziel released a statement through the Browns on Friday. He thanked doctors and staff at Caron, a Pennsylvania facility which specializes in the treatment of drugs and alcohol. Manziel was discharged last week following a 2 1/2-month stay.

Manziel says he takes "full responsibility for my actions" and he intends to "work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect."

Manziel, who earned his "Johnny Football" nickname while winning the Heisman Trophy as a freshman at Texas A&M, intends to attend Cleveland's offseason practices next week.

Earlier this week, he attended a Texas Rangers game followed by a visit to see the Dallas Mavericks play.

Manziel had a rough rookie season in 2014. He spent most of it as the team's backup before making two starts.

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Last Update on April 18, 2015 07:51 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' latest phenom struggled in his major league debut on Friday, while the New York Yankees' oldest player continues to enjoy a great start to the season.

Kris Bryant received a standing ovation at Wrigley Field before going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Cubs' 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres. He struck out on three pitches in the first inning, fanned in the fourth and whiffed in the fifth before grounding into a force-out to end the seventh.

Bryant played flawlessly at third, but the Cubs blew a 4-2 lead and lost it on Wil Myers' three-run homer in the seventh. Will Middlebrooks hit a two-run shot and Scott Shields improved to 2-0 for the Padres. Shields struck out nine and allowed three earned runs and five hits in six innings.

Hours later, Alex Rodriguez belted his 657th and 658th home runs in the New York Yankees' 5-4 win at Tampa Bay. A-Rod went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored while climbing within two of Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list.

Rodriguez is batting .344 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 10 games since serving a year-long suspension for violating baseball's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

Elsewhere in the majors:

-- Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) worked six shutout innings and Robinson Chirinos (chee-REE'-nohs) hit a solo homer as Texas downed Seattle 3-1. Nelson Cruz had three of the Mariners eight hits, but his home run streak ended at five games.

-- The reigning World Series champs absorbed their eighth consecutive loss. Arizona crushed the Giants 9-0 in San Francisco as A.J. Pollock went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. David Peralta had three hits and two RBIs to back Ryan Collmenter's four-hit shutout.

-- The Los Angeles Dodgers whipped Colorado 7-3 as Howie Kendrick supplied a two-run homer and three RBIs. Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored in the Dodgers' fifth straight win.

-- Mike Trout ripped a two-run homer and a three-run blast to finish with five RBIs in the Angels' 6-3 win at Houston. The game was tied 3-3 until Trout' three-run shot in the top of the eighth.

-- Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr moh-LEE'-nuh) hit a tiebreaking, three-run double in the seventh inning to propel St. Louis past Cincinnati 6-1. Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) surrendered Joey Votto's (VAH'-tohz) fourth homer of the season but allowed just four other hits in seven innings to move to 2-0.

-- Paulo Orlando tripled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to give Kansas City a 6-4 victory against Oakland and an 8-2 record. Omar Infante (ihn-FAHN'-tay) had two RBIs to help the Royals win a rematch of last year's AL wild-card game.

-- Minnesota earned its third straight win as Trevor Plouffe led off the bottom of the 11th with a solo homer to complete a 3-2 victory against Cleveland. The Twins trailed 2-0 against Corey Kluber until Chris Herrmann hit an RBI single and scored on a wild pitch.

-- Bartolo Colon is 3-0 in three starts after giving up just one run and six hits in seven innings of the New York Mets' sixth straight victory, 4-1 over Miami. Michael Cuddyer (kuh-DY'-ur) went 2-for-4 with the tiebreaking single and a run scored as the Mets improved to 8-3.

-- Bryce Harper belted a three-run homer and Danny Espinosa added a solo shot in Washington's third straight win, 7-2 over Philadelphia. Max Scherzer (SHUR'-zur) picked up his first win as a National, holding the Phillies to a run and four hits while striking out nine in eight innings.

-- Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Pittsburgh's 6-3 win over Milwaukee. Vance Worley allowed two runs in six innings as the Pirates dropped the Brewers to a major league-worst 2-8.

-- Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) was 4-for-4 with three runs scored as Atlanta outscored Toronto 8-7 to end a two-game skid. The Blue Jays lost despite cracking five home runs, including two each from Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson.

-- Xander Bogaerts (BOH'-gahrts) delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Boston past Baltimore 3-2. The Orioles enjoyed a 2-0 lad until Ryan Hanigan smacked a two-run homer in the fifth.

-- Detroit is 9-1 after Jose Iglesias hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a solo homer and David Price had to settle for a no-decision after giving up a run and four hits with nine strikeouts in eight innings.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen could miss the rest of the season following his surgery Sunday to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm. He worked four scoreless innings in five appearances this season before being diagnosed with the injury.

Stammen says there's no timetable for his return.


MILWAUKEE- (AP) -- Brewers All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez has been placed on the 15-day disabled retroactive to Thursday because of a strained right hamstring. Gomez left Wednesday's game in St. Louis with the injury and returned to Milwaukee to be examined.

The leadoff man is hitting .235 with a homer and six RBIs in eight games.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Washington Capitals played without their No. 1 goaltender tonight. They also played with a sense of desperation over the last two periods after dropping Game 1 of their Stanley Cup first-round series to the New York Islanders and falling behind 3-1 tonight.

Third-period goals by Nicklas Backstrom and Jason Chimera (chih-MEHR'-uh) sent the Capitals to a 4-3 triumph over the Islanders. The Isles enjoyed a two-goal lead until Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH'-kihn) scored with 3:51 left in the second period.

Washington outshot the Islanders 30-14 over the last two periods and 35-21 for the game.

Phillipp Grubauer stopped 18 shots while starting in place of Braden Holtby, who sat out because of an illness. Grubauer blanked the Islanders after Kyle Okposo's goal late in the second period.

The Islanders host Game 3 Sunday afternoon.

Montreal will head to Ottawa with a two-games-to-none lead. Carey Price stopped 29 shots and Alex Galchenyuk (gahl-CHEHN'-yuhk) scored 3:40 into overtime to send the Canadiens past the Senators 3-2. David Desharnais (day-ahr-NAY') set up second-period goals by Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH'-tee) and P.K. Subban (SOO'-ban) as the Habs took a 2-1 lead. Montreal stayed on top until Patrick Wiercioch (WEER'-kahsh) tallied with 6:35 left in regulation.

Pacrioretty was back in the Canadiens' lineup after missing the last three regular-season contests and Game 1 with an upper-body injury.

Mark Stone had two assists for the Senators despite suffering a microfracture of his right wrist in the series opener.

Game 3 is Sunday in Ottawa.

In the Western Conference, Nashville and Vancouver have evened their respective opening-round series at a game apiece.

Craig Smith delivered two goals and an assist as the Predators dumped Chicago 6-2. Nashville led 3-2 until Filip Forsberg, Smith and Mike Santorelli scored during a 2:19 span late in the third period. Colin Wilson notched his third goal of the series and Pekka Rinne (PEK'-uh REE'-nay) stopped 24 shots as the Predators set team playoff records for most goals and most lopsided victory.

The Blackhawks hot Game 3 on Sunday.

In Vancouver, Eddie Lack stopped 22 shots and the Canucks scored twice in the first 7:06 before completing a 4-1 win over Calgary. Alexandre Burrows set up the early goals by Daniel Sedin (she-DEEN') and Chris Higgins before Ronalds Kenins added his first NHL playoff goal early in the third period. Lack was in line for his first career postseason shutout until Kris Russell scored with 3:34 left.

The series shifts to Calgary for Game 3 on Sunday.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Craig Berube (beh-ROO'-bee) after the team missed a playoff berth this season with a 33-31-18 record. Berube went 75-58-28 with the Flyers and took them to the playoffs last season. He had one season left on his contract.

Flyers players gave, at best, lukewarm reviews this week of Berube.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Thursday.

Dr. Richard Shemin performed the surgery and said the 68-year-old former NBA and UCLA star is expected to make a full recovery.

The NBA's all-time leading scorer issued a statement before the surgery, saying he's looking forward to getting back to his usual activities soon and he asks that people cherish and live life to the fullest.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA could extend the season by a week next season to build in more rest for players.

Commissioner Adam Silver is committed to reducing the number of times teams have to play four times in five nights or on back-to-back nights. He thinks ending the season a week later next year could help, and says a decision should be made by early May.

He says that owners also had their first serious discussion about the playoff format, after the Oklahoma City Thunder missed the playoffs in the West with a 45-37 record that would've been sixth-best in the East.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State says coach Fred Hoiberg has undergone open-heart surgery to replace the aortic valve.

His doctor said the operation was a success, adding that "Hoiberg is in recovery and doing very well himself."

Hoiberg retired from the NBA following the 2004-05 season because of heart issues. He just completed his fifth season at Iowa State, leading the Cyclones to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and back-to-back Big 12 tournament titles.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') has expressed remorse and asked for privacy following a 10-week stay in rehab.

In his first public comments since he entered a treatment facility on Jan. 28, Manziel apologized to the Browns and their fans and acknowledged he has a long way to go to win back people's respect.

Manziel was discharged on April 11 and has not publicly disclosed what he sought treatment for.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Troy Merritt matched the course scoring record with a 10-under 61 to take a four-shot lead over Matt Kuchar and John Merrick at the midway point in the PGA's RBC Heritage at Hilton Head. Merritt tied David Frost's tournament mark set in 1994 and topped the leaderboard at 12-under 130, a stroke off the 36-hole event record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson.

Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk (FYOOR-ihk) and Kevin Kisner are five shots back.

Merritt's record-tying round came after Masters champ Jordan Spieth (speeth) fired a 62 to move back into contention, six shots back. Spieth opened with a 74 on Thursday, ending a string of 16 straight rounds below par.


KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- Sei Young Kim and I.K. Kim headed into today's third round of the LPGA's Lotte Championship with a share of the lead at 10 under. They enjoy a three-shot edge over Inbee Park. Six of the top seven on the leaderboard are from South Korea. The only exception is Paula Creamer, who is in a group four shots off the pace.


GWINNETT, Ga. (AP) -- Ian Woosnam was tied for the lead at 4 under with five holes left when first-round play in the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship was suspended because of rain. Tommy Armour III, Joey Sindelar, Gary Hallberg and Olin Browne were part of the five-way tie.

The round is scheduled to be completed Saturday morning at TPC Sugarloaf, followed by the second round. There is more rain in the forecast this weekend in Georgia.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Just two weeks before the big bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao (PAK'-ee-ow) bout, tickets for the most anticipated fight in recent times have yet to go on public sale. The two camps and the MGM Grand are locked in a standoff over allotments.

Mayweather's promoter said Tuesday that tickets would go on sale this week for the May 2 fight. But MGM officials have been tight-lipped about their availability. The hotel issued a statement saying there would be a "limited number of tickets available for sale" and that it is working with promoters to finalize a date for their release.


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