Danny Duffy, Wade Davis and Greg Holland allowed one walk and no hits over the final four innings, and the Royals held on for a scrappy 5-4 victory over the Twins.
Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each had 24 points. Paul Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter, and the Nets beat the Raptors 94-87 Saturday in Game 1 of their first round series.
Klay Thompson scored 22 points and Golden State beat Los Angeles 109-105 after getting Blake Griffin and Chris Paul in foul trouble in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday.
Alcides Escobar had three hits and Omar Infante also drove in two runs for the Royals, who followed up a sweep at the hands of Minnesota last weekend by sweeping Houston and then taking the first of their three-game set against the Twins this weekend.
The St. Louis Cardinals lost 3-1 to the Washington Nationals with three errors, two coming in the pivotal seventh inning.
James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings, and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to right in the ninth. He struck out eight and walked three. During one dominant stretch, the runner-up for the 2013 NL Cy Young award retired 18 consecutive batters.
Puig's smuggling venture, first reported by Los Angeles Magazine, is a common way for Cuban baseball players to make it to U.S. professional leagues.
The 6-foot-8-inch All-American forward said Thursday he'll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.
Miami's path seems much easier, but James' team also appears more vulnerable than the one that was an overwhelming favorite in last year's playoffs.
Jeff Glasbrenner was three blocks from the finish when the marathon was halted by the two bomb explosions. This year, he's one of 4,781 runners taking the iconic race up on its offer to return — an opportunity to settle some unfinished business when they line up at the start again.
Milwaukee pitcher Wily Peralta allowed one run in six 1-3 innings, and Cardinals starter Joe Kelly left the game with left hamstring tightness.
The team will be owned by Arthur Blank, who also owns the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. He donned a traditional soccer scarf and was serenaded by a burgeoning fan group that calls itself "Terminus Legion," a reference to the city's former name.
Tempe Police Detective Kevin Mace said at a bail hearing in Phoenix that Darren Sharper's DNA was recovered from one of the women's clothing but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other woman.
The running back spent all day Tuesday with the Jets, signing with the team on Wednesday.
The former U.S. senator is banking on New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens to follow through after agreeing to sell them the Bucks for about $550 million. The deal is subject to approval by the NBA and its board of governors.
Cardinals starters are feeling right at home on the mound at Miller Park.
The St. Louis Blues players are getting healthy right on schedule as two key players return to the line up as the team prepares for Game 1 of the playoffs against Chicago Thursday.
For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who will testify for the defense could undermine the prosecution's efforts to prove Pistorius killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on purpose after an argument.
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