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SEATTLE -- Michael Pineda pitched seven strong innings against his former team and was backed by four home runs as the Minnesota Twins defeated the host Seattle Mariners 11-6 on Thursday night, May 16, in the opener of a four-game series. Byron Buxton and C.J. Cron hit home runs in a seven-run fourth inning against Mariners right-hander Erik Swanson (1-5). Buxton hit a three-run shot and Cron's homer deep into the second deck in left field scored two as the American League Central-leading Twins took a 9-1 lead.
Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair was in an Atlanta hospital Thursday after a "very serious" medical emergency, according to TMZ Sports. However, a family member told the wrestling website Fightful.com that the situation "is not as grave or serious" as TMZ reported. Flair, 70, was admitted for a planned procedure he wanted to address before attending a Las Vegas wrestling convention on Memorial Day weekend, per Flair's son-in-law, Conrad Thompson.
The owners of Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the Kentucky Derby before a post-race disqualification earlier this month, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking a reversal of the decision. Gary and Mary West named the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, its members, staff and stewards -- who decided on the disqualification -- in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Frankfort, Ky.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer and Byron Buxton doubled in a run and also threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the eighth inning to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night, May 14. Kyle Gibson (4-1) allowed three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win as the Twins avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Blake Parker recorded the final four outs to pick up his seventh save.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Tommy La Stella went 3-for-5, including what proved to be the game-winning home run in the sixth inning, and Shohei Ohtani hit his first home run of the season to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night in Minneapolis. La Stella broke a 4-4 tie with his team-leading 10th homer of the season into the left field bleachers, becoming the first Angels' left-handed batter since Mo Vaughn in 1999 to hit 10 home runs in his first 36 games of a season.
DALLAS -- South Korea's Sung Kang flourished down the stretch to win on the PGA Tour for the first time, completing a long day by capturing the AT&T Byron Nelson in Dallas on Sunday, May 12. Kang shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to finish at 23-under 261 at Trinity Forest Golf Club, giving him a two-stroke victory. For Kang, 31, it was his 159th tournament appearance on the PGA Tour. He's the ninth first-time winner on tour this season.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Brad Keselowski, a non-factor for much of Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway, took his first lead with seven laps to go, survived a restart in overtime and went on to get his third victory of the season. The Team Penske Ford driver -- who has won at Atlanta and Martinsville in 2019 -- had to hold off the Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet of Alex Bowman. Bowman finished second giving him three straight runner-up finishes. It was Keselowski's 30th career win and second at Kansas.
CHICAGO -- The resurgent Chicago Fire offense led the team to another MLS win, besting the visiting Minnesota United 2-0 on Saturday night, May 11. Chicago (4-4-4, 16 points) has scored seven goals in its last two games after going three matches without scoring. The surge has taken the team from well back in the Eastern Conference into a possible playoff position, albeit early in the season.
MINNEAPOLIS -- C.J. Cron had four hits including a three-run homer, and Marwin Gonzalez also homered as the Minnesota Twins earned a doubleheader split with an 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night, May 11, in Minneapolis. Eddie Rosario finished with three hits, and Byron Buxton and Gonzalez each had two hits for Minnesota, which bounced back from a 5-3 loss in the opener to win for the fifth time in its last six games. The Twins improved to 11-2 following a loss.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jake Odorizzi allowed just one hit over seven innings, and Mitch Garver and Max Kepler homered to lead the Minnesota Twins to their fourth straight victory, 6-0 over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night, May 10. Odorizzi (5-2), the reigning American League Player of the Week after allowing six hits and pitching 13 scoreless innings in wins over the Houston Astros and New York Yankees, won his fifth consecutive start. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 20. He has allowed just three runs over 31 1/3 innings (0.86 ERA) in his past five starts.