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HOUSTON -- Justin Verlander gave up four hits and a run over eight innings to pick up his fourth win, and Michael Brantley, Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick each homered to lead the Houston Astros to a 7-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. It was the seventh straight victory for Verlander (4-0) dating back to last season. He struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while improving to 20-9 all-time against the Twins and becoming the first Houston starter to pitch past the seventh inning this season.
ST. PAUL -- Even without scoring a goal, Minnesota United managed to remain unbeaten in its new home after forging a 0-0 tie Wednesday night, April 24, against the Los Angeles Galaxy, In the second game at new Allianz Field, and the first night game, the Minnesota United defense was able to contain Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was held without a score for the first time in five games. Ibrahimovic had six goals over his previous four games.
HOUSTON -- Alex Bregman followed a two-run single in the fifth inning with a sacrifice fly in the seventh that sparked the host Houston Astros to a 10-4 comeback win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. The Astros snapped a three-game losing skid behind Bregman, designated hitter Tyler White (2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored), and left-hander Wade Miley, who retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced following a rocky first inning. Houston trailed 3-0 four batters into the game.
The Los Angeles Rams exercised quarterback Jared Goff's fifth-year option on Tuesday, putting him under contract through 2020. The option, which is guaranteed only for injury, will pay Goff an estimated $22.8 million. He is set to make $4.3 million in base salary in 2019, part of a rookie contract worth $27.9 million over the first four seasons.
HOUSTON -- Jorge Polanco recorded his second four-hit game of the season, including a two-run, two-out homer in the eighth inning to carry the Minnesota Twins to a 9-5 victory over the host Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series Monday, April 22, at Minute Maid Park. Polanco went 4-for-5 with a double and his fourth home run, a shot off Astros reliever Chris Devenski that eluded right fielder Josh Reddick before landing in the first row of seats. Polanco plated Max Kepler with his blast and took the starch out of the Astros' latest comeback attempt.
HILTON HEAD, S.C. — Taiwan's C.T. Pan won his first professional title by shooting 4-under-par 67 in the final round of the RBC Heritage on Sunday, April 21, at Harbour Town Golf Links here. Pan finished at 12-under 272, avoiding many of the late-round snags that tripped other contenders, giving him a one-shot victory over Matt Kuchar (67). Patrick Cantlay needed a birdie on the final hole to forge a playoff, but he ended up with a bogey and a round of 69.
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.