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BALTIMORE -- Mitch Garver hit two home runs and drove in five runs, Nelson Cruz had four hits including a pair of home runs and scored four runs and Eddie Rosario hit his fifth homer in three games as the visiting Minnesota Twins completed a sweep of its doubleheader with the Baltimore Orioles in a 16-7 victory on Saturday night. The Twins tied a team single-game record for home runs with eight long balls.
Since Major League Baseball resumed play in the days following 9/11, the New York Yankees have played "God Bless America" in the middle of the seventh inning during home games. Most games, the version played was that sung by Kate Smith in 1939. But this season, the team has stopped using Smith's version. And on Thursday, the New York Daily News reported the reason is because the Yankees "were made aware of Smith's history of potential racism."
MINNEAPOLIS -- Eric Sogard had a three-run double to highlight a five-run fourth inning and Justin Smoak, Randal Grichuk and Teoscar Hernandez each homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon, April 18, in Minneapolis.
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.