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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 18:39 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The NBA's second season gets under way today with four first-round playoff games. These are all best-of-seven series:

In Toronto, the fourth-seeded Raptors have the home-court advantage for Game 1 against Washington. The Raptors won their second straight Atlantic Division title and set a franchise record with 49 victories. After losing in the first round to Brooklyn in seven games last season, the Raptors will try to win a playoff series for just the second time in their 20-year history. It's been 14 years since Toronto's only postseason triumph, a five-game victory over the New York Knicks in April 2001.

In Oakland, the Golden State Warriors take the best regular-season record into the playoffs against a New Orleans team that didn't qualify for the postseason until the final night of the season when the Pelicans beat Gregg Popovich's San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors are hoping the Pelicans are a prelude to their championship march. New Orleans has a nothing-to-lose-and-everything-to-gain mentality in the franchise's first postseason appearance since 2011.

This evening in Chicago, the Milwaukee Bucks make the 80-mile trek from Beer Town to the Windy City to play the third-seeded Bulls. The Bulls expect to have all their starters available, a rarity to this point, and they still see themselves as a force in the Eastern Conference after earning the third seed with a 50-32 record.

And tonight, in the latest renewal of the Battle of Texas, the Houston Rockets are home against the Dallas Mavericks.


UNDATED (AP) -- New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi practiced yesterday and is expected to play in Game 2 of the playoff series with Pittsburgh tonight.

Girardi took a puck in the face in the third period of New York's 2-1 win in Game 1 on Thursday night. He immediately went to the dressing room and did not return. He was treated by a dentist after leaving the game.

The Pens-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden tonight is one of four Game 2's on today's playoff schedule. It starts with Detroit trying to take a 2-0 advantage against Tampa Bay when they play in South Florida. The Minnesota Wild can similarly take a 2-0 lead with a victory at St. Louis. And finally tonight, the Anaheim Ducks try to go 2-up on Winnipeg when they meet at the Pond in Anaheim.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was released from jail Friday night after his arrest for suspected cocaine possession at a Las Vegas resort.

KSNV-TV of Las Vegas reports Stoll was released on $5,000 bond from the Clark County Detention Center. He is accused of possession of controlled substances, including cocaine and Ecstasy.

He was arrested late Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool complex.

Stoll is an unrestricted free agent after struggling this season. He helped the Kings win Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014, but Los Angeles missed the playoffs this season.


UNDATED (AP)-- Kris Bryant will try again to jump-start his major league career.

After striking out three times during an 0-for-4 performance in the Chicago Cubs' 5-4 loss to San Diego Padres yesterday, the Cubs' prized phenom will get a second showing at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field.

Seeking their first World Series title in 107 years, the Cubs selected Bryant's contract from Triple-A Iowa and inserted him into their starting lineup as the cleanup hitter and third baseman yesterday.

The Cubs-Padres game is one of seven day games on a full slate of baseball today and tonight.

In the nation's capital, the Washington Nationals try for their third straight victory as they host Philadelphia. It's Jordan Zimmermann for the Nationals against Aaron Harang of the Phillies.

In Toronto, Alex Wood of the Braves takes on knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the Blue Jays in an interleague game.

The Detroit Tigers, at 9-1 off to their best start since winning the World Series in 1984, try to keep it going against the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers nipped the White Sox 2-1 yesterday.

The Minnesota Twins are home this afternoon against Cleveland. Phil Hughes will try for his first victory of the season for the Twins after opening with two defeats.

The St. Louis Cardinals continue their NL Central series against rival Cincinnati at Busch Stadium.

The final day game scheduled has Baltimore visiting Fenway Park to play the Red Sox.

The rest of the schedule is under the lights. The Mets take a five-game winning streak into their game with Miami, Pittsburgh hosts Milwaukee, Houston is home against the L.A. Angels, the New York Yankees visit Tampa Bay, Oakland is at Kansas City, the World Series champion Giants are home against Arizona, Texas is at Seattle and Colorado visits Chavez Ravine to play the Dodgers.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Troy Merritt takes a four-shot lead over defending champion Matt Kuchar (KOO'-char) and John Merrick entering today's third round of the Heritage Classic on Hilton Head Island. Masters champion Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) roared into contention with a 62 following his opening-round 74.

Troy Merritt tied the course record yesterday with a 10-under 61 in nearly perfect conditions at Hilton Head.


KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- Sei Young Kim takes a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Lotte Championship on the LPGA Tour. She's going for her second win this season on the LPGA Tour. Sei Young Kim won in the Bahamas in February in her second start as an LPGA Tour member.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Tommy Armour III birdied his last two holes to take the lead at 5-under 67 in the rain-delayed first round of the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship.

The round was suspended because of rain Friday. Second-round play is underway.

Armour is looking for his first win on the 50-and-over tour.

Ian Woosnam and Mark O'Meara shot 68 to join a group of six golfers in second place.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Two-time Masters champion Tom Watson says his next visit to play Augusta National might be his last. The 65-year-old says it's getting more difficult for him to compete on the PGA Tour and he doesn't know how much longer he wants to take away a spot from younger players.


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