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MINNEAPOLIS -- Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs and Jake Odorizzi allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season to help lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, April 17. Odorizzi (1-2) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Blake Parker retired all three batters he faced in the ninth, including two by strikeouts, to pick up his fourth save.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night, April 15, in Minneapolis. Hernandez finished with three hits, Randal Grichuk went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and Justin Smoak went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for Toronto, which won just the third time in its last 10 games. Sam Gaviglio (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief and Joe Biagini pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save.
NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson excelled in his Boston Marathon debut on Monday, navigating the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 7 seconds. The strong performance came about 36 hours after the 43-year-old Johnson drove 400 laps at Richmond Raceway in Virginia. Which begs the question: Is it tougher to run 200 to 500 miles in a NASCAR vehicle or run 26 miles on foot through the streets of Boston? "Twenty-six without a doubt," Johnson told the CBS station in Boston.
The 123rd Boston Marathon ended with a sprint to the tape Monday, as Kenya's Lawrence Cherono edged Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa by two seconds in one of the closest finishes in the event's history. Cherono outkicked Desisa in the final steps of the 26.2-mile race, winning in his Boston Marathon debut in 2:07:57. Desisa was denied his third Boston title. "It was something amazing," Cherono said. "It was not easy."
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- With an achievement already called one of the greatest comebacks in sports, Tiger Woods is on top of the golf world again. It came because of something he has done before -- he won the Masters. But it had been awhile, making it perhaps rating as more remarkable for one of the greatest competitors in all of sports. "One of the hardest I've ever had to win," Woods said of winning his fifth green jacket.
RICHMOND, Va. -- One of the raps against driver Martin Truex Jr. during his Monster Energy NACAR Cup Series career has been his inability to win at a short track. On Saturday night, April 13, he rubbed out that rap when he won the Toyota Owners 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the .75-mile Richmond Raceway. Truex, who won the 2017 Cup Series championship while driving for the now-defunct Furniture Row Racing, took the lead for good with about 100 laps to go and went on to get his first victory for his new team -- Joe Gibbs Racing.
AUGUSTA, Ga. --Italy's Francesco Molinari shot 6-under 66 to hold first place after the third round of the Masters on a day that Tiger Woods moved to a share of the lead briefly Saturday, April 13, at Augusta National Golf Club. Despite three pars to end his round, Molinari sits at 13-under 203 and holds a two-shot lead on Woods and Tony Finau going to Sunday's final round. Woods surged into a tie for the lead with three birdies in a four-hole stretch, capped by a 5-foot putt on the 16th hole. He finished the round with 67.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Rosario had two hits and drove in two runs, and three Minnesota relievers combined to pitch three shutout innings to help lead the Twins to a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon, April 13, in Minneapolis. Michael Pineda (2-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out five.
Green Bay Packers great Forrest Gregg died on Friday, April 12, at the age of 85, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced. Gregg, a favorite of legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, was a standout offensive tackle during Green Bay's dynasty in the 1960s. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. Despite being undersized, Gregg played in 188 consecutive games between 1956 and 1971, winning five championships with the Packers along the way. He spent his final season in Dallas, winning his sixth title in Super Bowl VI.
Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger was fired Thursday after three seasons, the team announced. "After evaluating the season, I determined that we need to move in a different direction in order to take us to the next level," general manager Vlade Divac said. "On behalf of the entire Kings organization, I want to thank Dave for his contributions to our team and I wish him all the best."