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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.

National Sports News

Last Update on April 19, 2015 02:42 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors posted the NBA's best regular-season record at 67-15, but they had a little trouble closing out a Game 1 victory in the Western Conference quarterfinals against New Orleans.

The Warriors saw a 25-point, fourth-quarter lead dwindle to four in the final minute before completing a 106-99 triumph over New Orleans. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson chipped in 21 and Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut (BOH'-guht) had double-doubles. Green finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Bogut added 12 points, 14 boards and five assists.

Anthony Davis allowed the Pelicans to trim their deficit by scoring 20 of his game-high 35 points in the fourth quarter. Quincy Pondexter had 20 points and nine rebounds for New Orleans, which stays in Oakland for Game 2 on Monday.

In other NBA playoff openers:

-- Derrick Rose shot 9-for-16 and had 23 points and seven assists to help the Chicago Bulls beat Milwaukee 103-91. It was Rose's first playoff game since suffering a severe knee injury in the opener of the 2012 playoffs. Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points for the Bulls, who had 52 rebounds and held the Bucks to 39 percent shooting.

-- Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime to lead Washington's 93-86 win at Toronto. Pierce went 4-of-7 from 3-point range to help the Wizards rebound from blowing a 15-point lead in the final nine minutes in regulation. Amir Johnson scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 15 for the Raptors, who have yet to win the opening game of a first-round series in seven postseason appearances.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning will head to Detroit after splitting their Stanley Cup first-round series at a game apiece.

Tyler Johnson scored twice and Ben Bishop picked up his first career playoff victory as the Lightning whipped the Red Wings 5-1. Johnson put the Lightning ahead to stay with a power-play goal 3:05 into the game. His second goal made it 4-0 with 38 seconds left in the second.

Alex Killorn provided the game-winner and Valtteri Filppula (val-TEHR'-ee FIHL'-puh-luh) had a goal and an assist to support Bishop's 23-save effort. Bishop blanked the Red Wings until Tomas Tatar (tah-TAHR') scored early in the third period.

Wings netminder Petr Mrazek (muh-RAH'-zehk) was pulled in favor of Jimmy Howard at the start of the third period after allowing four goals on 18 shots.

Game three is Monday in Detroit.

In other playoff action:

-- St. Louis and Minnesota are knotted at a game apiece after Vladimir Tarasenko registered his first career hat trick in the Blues' 4-1 triumph over the Wild. Tarasenko scored twice in a 4:43 span of the first period and completed his hat trick with an empty-netter. Patrik Berglund had the Blues' other goal and Jake Allen stopped 25 shots in his first career playoff win.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers will be picking first in the June 26 NHL draft.

The Oilers have won the draft lottery for the fourth time since 2010, giving them the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid. Edmonton entered the lottery with an 11.5 percent chance to win after finishing with the league's third-worst record in the regular season.

The Buffalo Sabres have the second pick and likely will choose Boston University forward Jack Eichel. They had a 20 percent chance to win the lottery after compiling the worst record.

Arizona will pick third, followed by Toronto, Carolina and New Jersey.


UNDATED (AP) -- Nashville defenseman Shea Weber won't travel to Chicago for Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference first-round series due to what the team describes as a lower-body injury suffered in Friday's 6-2 victory.

Meanwhile, Chicago rookie goalie Scott Darling gets the start in place of Corey Crawford in Game 3. Darling relieved Crawford in Game 1 after the veteran gave up three goals on 12 shots. Darling stopped all 42 shots he faced the rest of the way in the Blackhawks double overtime win.


-- Capitals goalie Braden Holtby says he's ready to return for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Sunday against the New York Islanders. He pulled himself from the lineup for Game 2 because of an illness.


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.


UNDATED (AP) -- The New York Mets own the second-best record in the majors leagues right now, thanks to their longest winning streak in five years.

Jacob deGrom (deh-GRAHM') tossed seven shutout innings and the Mets picked up their seventh straight win by holding off Miami 5-4. DeGrom left with a 5-0 lead after holding the Marlins to six hits and no walks while striking out eight. He has a 0.93 ERA through three starts and hasn't allowed a run since the first inning of his season debut, a span of 18 innings.

Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer and Travis d'Arnaud (dahr-NOH') poked a solo shot for the 9-3 Mets, who are 6-0 at home.

Elsewhere around the majors:

-- The Chicago White Sox jumped on Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez in a 12-3 pounding of the Tigers. Sanchez surrendered nine earned runs and was pulled after Jose Abreu's (ah-BRAY'-ooz) grand slam with one out in the fourth, one inning after Adam LaRoche launched a three-run blast.

-- Josh Reddick belted a three-run homer while Oakland scored five times in the fifth inning of a 5-0 shutout of Kansas City. Jesse Hahn and Jesse Chavez combined on a seven-hitter as the Athletics recorded their fifth shutout in 12 games.

-- Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) was superb in the New York Yankees' 9-0 laugher at Tampa Bay, holding the Rays to two hits and no walks while striking out eight in seven innings. Brian McCann was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Chris Young launched a grand slam during a seven-run seventh that broke it open.

-- Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') homered for the second game in a row and collected a career-high five RBIs as Pittsburgh thumped Milwaukee 6-2. The Brewers have dropped four straight to fall to 2-9, their worst 11-game start since 2002.

-- Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) and three relievers combined on a three-hitter as Houston blanked the Angels 4-0. Robbie Grossman and George Springer homered to back Keuchel, who is 2-0 after allowing two hits while striking out seven in six innings.

-- Kris Bryant collected his first two major league hits and reached base five times in the Chicago Cubs' 7-6, 11-inning win over San Diego. Bryant's first hit was an RBI single, and he also had an infield single in the 11th before Starlin Castro won it with a single.

-- Chris Tillman combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter as Baltimore downed the Red Sox 4-1 in Boston. Chris Davis gave the Orioles breathing room with a two-run homer in the ninth after Manny Machado and Caleb Joseph drove in fourth-inning runs.

-- Odubel Herrera had three hits and scored twice as Philadelphia beat Washington 5-3 to end a six-game losing streak Freddy Galvis had a pair of RBI singles for the Phillies, who had scored just 13 runs during the losing skid before ending the Nationals' three-game winning streak.

-- Toronto beat Atlanta 6-5 on Josh Donaldson's third homer in two days, a leadoff blast in the bottom of the 10th. Jose Bautista hit a two-run shot as the Blue Jays handed the Braves their first road loss.

-- Jason Heyward hit his first home run for St. Louis and Matt Carpenter drove in two runs in a 5-2 win over Cincinnati. Carlos Martinez allowed only a run and three hits in six innings of the Cardinals' fourth straight win.

-- Danny Salazar matched his career high with 10 strikeouts while pitching into the seventh inning of Cleveland's 4-2 victory over Minnesota. Roberto Perez had a home run among his three hits for the Indians, and Jason Kipnis stopped an 0-for-16 slide with an RBI single.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Fox Sports says it is hiring Pete Rose as a special guest analyst. The move comes as the all-time career hits leader awaits a response from his reinstatement request.

Rose agreed to the lifetime ban in August 1989 after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded he bet on the Reds to win while managing the team.

Rose applied for reinstatement shortly after new Commissioner Rob Manfred took over in January.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Troy Merritt shot a 2-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the RBC Heritage. Merritt stands at 14-under as he pursues his first win on the PGA Tour.

Defending champion Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) shot a 68 and is in a tie for second with Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner.

Masters champ Jordan Spieth (SPEETH) posted a 68 and trails by five shots.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Olin Browne's 8-under 64 has earned him the lead after two rounds of the Champions Tour's Greater Gwinnett Championship. His 12-under total gives Browne a one-shot lead over Bernhard Langer, who also posted a 64.


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 doesn't know how much longer he wants to take away a spot from younger players.


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