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K-Heart Sports - Friday - 08/16/19 - PM Edition

The Minnesota Twins will try to add to their slim lead in the American League Central as they play the second of a four-game series in Texas tonight against the Rangers....

    MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins will try to add to their slim lead in the American League Central as they play the second of a four-game series in Texas tonight against the Rangers. The Twins hit three home runs in drubbing the Rangers 13-6 last night. With 41 games left in the regular season, the Twins' 236 homers are 31 short of the MLB record set by the New York Yankees last year.

    Jake Odorizzi (13-5, 3.44) starts for Minnesota tonight. He got his first big league victory against Texas five years ago. Odorizzi threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his last start and has allowed one or no earned runs in 13 starts.

    The Rangers counter with Mike Minor (11-6, 2.90 ERA) who has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings and has won his last three starts since the trade deadline passed with him still in the Texas rotation. Minor is coming off consecutive 1-0 wins on the road.

    Minnesota leads Cleveland by 1/2 game in the AL Central. The Indians thumped the Yankees 19-5 in New York last night. Cleveland clubbed seven home runs Thursday night, matching the most ever allowed in a game by the Yankees.



     RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Bobby Wagner was back in pads and on the practice field for the Seattle Seahawks today although it remains unclear when, or if, the All-Pro linebacker will see any action during the preseason. Wagner missed most of the past two weeks following a minor procedure on his knee. He took part in Seattle's mock game on Aug. 3 then became a spectator.
     The question now is whether Wagner will see the field in one of Seattle's final three preseason games. It's unlikely he will play Sunday night when the Seahawks face the Vikings in Minnesota, but there's a chance he could play in the third game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Seattle has traditionally not played many - if any - starters in the final preseason game.
    Elsewhere in the NFL:

    - Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James will likely miss the start of the regular season because of a foot injury. The All-Pro safety suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot during Thursday's practices with the New Orleans Saints. He was wearing a walking boot as practice started today. This is the second straight year that one of the Chargers' defensive standouts will be sidelined for the start of the season due to foot issues. Defensive end Joey Bosa missed the first nine games last year because of turf toe.

    - A person familiar with the nature of the injury says New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson has a torn knee ligament that will sideline him for the season. Williamson injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the team's 22-10 preseason win at Atlanta on Thursday night. An MRI today revealed the nature and severity of the injury, according to the source who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not make an announcement. NFL Network first reported that Williamson tore his ACL. Williamson, one of the key pieces of the Jets' defense, was still in the game with mostly backups when cornerback Tevaughn Campbell dived for a pass into the end zone and hit into the linebacker's knee.


     ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Houston forward P.J. Tucker has withdrawn from consideration for USA Basketball's World Cup roster, meaning 14 players remain in consideration for 12 spots. Tucker withdrew today, citing a minor left ankle issue. He has twisted the ankle twice in the last several days and decided the best move would be to let it fully heal before going to training camp with the Rockets next month.
     The 34-year-old Tucker was the oldest player left in World Cup camp with the Americans. He had three points and three rebounds in the team's intrasquad scrimmage at Las Vegas on Aug. 9.
     The Americans will leave for Australia on Saturday for three exhibition games and several practices before cutting the World Cup roster down to 12 and heading to China.


     CINCINNATI (AP) - Long-time Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman will become the first inductee into the team's Hall of Fame who is not a player, manager or general manager. The franchise will honor Brennaman in April were he'll be the sole inductee. Brennaman announced in January that he would retire after the 2019 season - his 46th with the team. The hall's Board of Directors unanimously voted to change the organization's bylaws and allow Brennaman's induction. Brennaman says that means volumes to him.



     SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court has expanded a lawsuit by minor league baseball players alleging they are being paid less than minimum wage. Players sued major league teams in February 2014, claiming most earn less than $7,500 annually in violation of several laws. The Judge had granted class-action status to a California class of players back in March 2017 and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says class action status should be given to the Arizona and Florida classes, too.



     MASON, Ohio (AP) - Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty reached the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open for the first time and moved a step closer to the No. 1 world ranking. Barty overcame another challenging start for a three-set victory over Maria Sakkari. With one more win, the French Open champion can move up to No. 1 heading into the U.S. Open. On the men's side, top-ranked Novak Djokovic plays the final match at 9 pm eastern tonight against Lucas Pouille.



     ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after a plane they were on crash-landed Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired NASCAR driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation after the crash in east Tennessee. Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, a dog and two pilots. The airplane carrying Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced at least twice during its crash landing Wednesday. It went off a runway and through a fence before ending up on a Tennessee state highway.



     NEW YORK (AP) - Alibaba Group co-founder Joe Tsai has agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center from Mikhail Prokhorov in deals that two people with knowledge of the details say are worth about $3.4 billion. Terms were not disclosed today, but the sources say that Tsai is paying about $2.35 billion for the Nets - a record for a U.S. pro sports franchise - and nearly $1 billion in a separate transaction for the arena. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the transactions have not yet been completed. Tsai already had purchased a 49 percent stake in the team in 2018, with the option to become controlling owner in four years. Instead, he pushed up that timeline for full ownership of a team on the rise after signing superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in July.



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