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The best we can hope for in this life is a knothole peek at the shining realities ahead. Yet a glimpse is enough. It's enough to convince our hearts that whatever sufferings and sorrows currently assail us aren't worthy of comparison to that which waits over the horizon.

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K-Heart Sports - Monday - 08/26/19 - Morning Edition

C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered, Martin Perez pitched six solid innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the last-place Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday to win two of three in the weekend series....

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop homered, Martin Perez pitched six solid innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the last-place Detroit Tigers 7-4 on Sunday to win two of three in the weekend series.
 
     Minnesota increased its AL Central lead to 3 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians, who lost to Kansas City at home 9-8 in 10 innings.  
 
     Cron's three-run shot to center field broke open a 2-0 game in the fourth and gave Perez (9-5) plenty of cushion to work with. The left-hander allowed two runs and five hits for his first win since July 5. It was the second time in his last three starts that Perez went six innings and yielded two or fewer runs.
 
     Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd (6-10) permitted just four hits but was tagged for seven runs in six innings. He walked a season-high five, including the leadoff batter in each of the first three innings.
 
     Schoop hit a two-run shot off Boyd in the sixth. His 18th home run of the year was a line drive that barely cleared the fence in left field but gave Minnesota a 7-2 lead.
 
     The Twins have a major league-best 253 homers this season.
 
     The teams meet again next weekend for four games in Detroit.
 
     TRAINER'S ROOM
 
     Twins: Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said he thinks OF Eddie Rosario (hamstring) will be able to avoid the injured list despite not playing Sunday, the third straight game he missed. . OF Byron Buxton began a rehab assignment with Class A Cedar Rapids as he works his way back from an injured left shoulder that has kept him out since Aug. 1. Buxton doubled in his first at-bat with the Kernels on Sunday.
 
     UP NEXT
 
     Twins: RHP Michael Pineda (9-5, 4.26 ERA) takes the mound Tuesday as Minnesota begins a 10-game road trip against the Chicago White Sox. It will be Pineda's second straight outing against Chicago. He beat the White Sox last Tuesday.
 
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    MINNESOTA LYNX

     MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Napheesa Collier and Danielle Robinson scored 23 points each and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Las Vegas Aces 98-77 on Sunday.
 
     Sylvia Fowles added 14 points for the Lynx (15-15), who shot 59 percent from the field and reduced their playoff-clinching magic number to one with four games to go.
 
     Minnesota took the lead for good late in the second half and opened the third quarter with a 20-4 run to build a 65-47 lead.
 
     Sylvia Fowles added 14 points, Damiris Dantas scored 11 points and Odyssey Sims had 10 for the Lynx.
 
     Jackie Young had 14 points to lead the Aces (19-11). Liz Cambage added 12 points, and Sugar Rodgers and A'ja Wilson had 11 points each.
 
     Las Vegas entered the game 1 1/2 games out of the top two spots in the WNBA standings and missed an opportunity to close ground on the Connecticut Sun, who also lost on Sunday.

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     MLB-SCHEDULE-RESULTS

     UNDATED (AP) - It was a good weekend for the Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals as both clubs padded their division leads on Sunday. The Twins have regained a 3 1/2-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central, while the Cardinals moved 2 1/2 games in front of the Chicago Cubs.

     C.J. Cron (krohn) belted a three-run homer and Jonathan Schoop added a two-run blast as the Twins downed the Tigers, 7-4 to take the rubber match of the three-game set. Both round-trippers put the Twins ahead by five runs and give the team a major league-leading 253 home runs this season.

     Martin Perez allowed two runs and five hits for his first win since July 5.

     The Indians erased a four-run deficit in the ninth before falling to the Royals, 9-8 in 10 innings on Ryan O'Hearn's second solo homer of the game. O'Hearn hit a 2-2 pitch from Nick Goody to end Kansas City's four-game skid.

     Francisco Lindor ignited Cleveland's ninth-inning rally with a solo homer before Franmil Reyes unloaded a three-run bomb with two out.

     The Cardinals polished off a four-game sweep of Colorado as Matt Carpenter broke out of a 4-for-29 skid with three hits, including a solo homer in an 11-4 thrashing of the Rockies. Dexter Fowler drove in three runs and Lane Thomas added a pinch-hit homer in the seventh as the Redbirds won for the 13th time in their last 16 games.

     Ryan Helsley picked up his first career win with 2 1/3 innings of relief after Michael Wacha (WAH'-kah) was reached for three runs over 4 2/3s.

     The Nationals completed a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field as Anthony Rendon went 4-for-5 with a solo homer and a tiebreaking single that led Washington to a 7-5, 11-inning win against the Cubs. Juan Soto added three hits and Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 over six innings, helping Washington finish off its first sweep of Chicago since September 2012.

     Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Victor Caratini homered for Chicago,
which had won five straight before Washington reached the Windy City.

     Elsewhere on major league diamonds:

     - Josh Donaldson homered twice and Dallas Keuchel worked seven shutout innings as the Braves beat the Mets, 2-1 to wrap up a three-game sweep and retain a six-game lead over the Nats atop the NL East. Keuchel scattered four hits and struck out seven to help Atlanta earn its eighth consecutive win. Atlanta relievers had gone a team-record 25 innings without allowing a run until Todd Frazier hit an RBI single in the ninth, but the Mets stayed two games out of an NL wild-card berth.

     - Domingo German outdueled Clayton Kershaw and the Yankees belted three home runs in a 5-1 win against the Dodgers in the rubber match of the series. German picked up his major league-leading 17th win by allowing one run and four hits over 5 1/3 innings. DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and pinch-hitter Mike Ford went deep for the Yankees, who have won their last 11 games started by German.

     - The Marlins erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run sixth and improved to 9-7 versus the Phillies this season with a 3-2 victory. Aaron Nola had a shutout going before Jon Berti hit an RBI single and scored on Starlin Castro's two-run double. Winning pitcher Elieser Hernandez gave up two runs over six innings, including Rhys Hoskins' 25th homer of the year.

     - Robbie Ray returned from the injured list and gave up three hits over five scoreless innings to send the Diamondbacks past the Brewers, 5-2. Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker each homered for Arizona, which avoided a season sweep and kept the Brewers two games out of an NL wild-card spot. Milwaukee hurler Zach Davies has dropped his last five starts.

     - The Pirates completed a three-game sweep by torching Travor Bauer for eight runs in just three innings of a 9-8 victory against the Reds. Bryan Reynolds hit a bases-loaded triple in the second inning to put the Pirates ahead for good at 5-3. Pittsburgh leadoff hitter Kevin Newman went 4 for 4, was hit by a pitch and stole two bases in helping the Bucs send Cincinnati to its sixth straight road loss.

     - The Orioles salvaged a four-game sweep of Tampa Bay as Anthony Santander and Renato Nunez carried Baltimore's offense in an 8-3 romp over the Rays. Santander went 5-for-5 with a homer and Nunez drove in three runs in the Birds' second straight win. Rays reliever Jalen Beeks was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits over five innings.

     - Oakland's 5-4 loss to the Giants keeps the Athletics a half-game behind the Rays for the second AL wild card. Evan Longoria homered early and hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning as San Francisco gained a two-game sweep. Donovan Solano added four hits and an RBI for the Giants in Bruce Bochy's (BOH'-cheez) 4,000th game as a major league manager.

     - Framber Valdez gave up a run and only two hits over six innings before the Astros erupted in an 11-2 drubbing of the Angels. Jose Altuve homered to cap a seven-run eighth that put the game out of reach. Josh Reddick had three RBIs and Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 18 games as Houston stretched its lead in the AL West to 9 1/2 games over Oakland.

     - Manny Machado's two-run homer was the eventual difference as the Padres downed the Red Sox, 3-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. Manuel Margot hit a leadoff double and scored on Francisco Mejia's single before Machado unloaded his first home run in more than three weeks. Joey Lucchesi allowed one run and three hits in five innings to get to 9-7.

     - Reynaldo Lopez pitched five no-hit innings before leaving with dehydration and flu-like symptoms in the White Sox's 2-0 shutout of the Rangers. Shin-Soo Choo ended Chicago's no-hit bid with a leadoff single off Aaron Bummer in the sixth. Jose Abreu drove in both White Sox runs to reach 100 RBIs for the fifth time in six seasons.

     - Marco Gonzales has a career-high 14 wins this season after tossing three-hit ball over seven innings of the Mariners' 3-1 verdict over the Blue
Jays. Gonzales is 5-0 in his last six home starts, going at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs each time. Dylan Moore belted a solo homer and Kyle Seager added an RBI double in Seattle's sixth victory in eight games.

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     BASEBALL- LITTLE LEAGE WORLD SERIES

     WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Louisiana has claimed its first Little League World Series title. Marshall Louque hit a pair of doubles and drove in three runs to back Egan Prather in Louisiana's 8-0 rout of Curacao. Prather threw a two-hitter for the team from River Ridge near New Orleans, capping a tournament in which he won two games and struck out 19 over 14 1/3 innings. Louisiana took the title after falling into the loser's bracket with an opening-game loss to Hawaii.

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     GOLF-TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP

     ATLANTA (AP) -Rory McIlroy has captured the biggest cash payout in golf history by surging past Brooks Koepka in the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake to win the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize.

     One shot behind, McIlroy took the lead with a three-shot swing on No. 7 and never let Koepka or Xander Schauffele catch him. McIlroy closed with a 4-under 66, a score that would have won the Tour Championship in any scoring format. He finished four shots ahead of Schauffele.

     McIlroy joined Tiger Woods as the only players to win the FedEx Cup twice since it began in 2007.

     Meanwhile, Atlanta police say six people injured by debris from a lightning strike at the Tour Championship on Saturday have been treated and released. A powerful bolt struck a 60-foot pine near the 16th fairway about 30 minutes after the third round was suspended because of storms in the area.

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     LPGA-CP CHAMPIONSHIP

     AURORA, Ontario (AP) - Top-ranked Jin Young Ko closed with an 8-under 64 to win the CP Women's Open by five shots over Nicole Broch Larsen. The South Korean pulled away with six birdies on the back nine to finish the tournament at 26-under. Defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada finished in a third-place tie with American Lizette Salas, who fired a 64.

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     PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS-BOEING CLASSIC

     SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) - Brandt Jobe (johb) rallied from seven strokes down to win the Boeing Classic for his second PGA Tour Champions title. Jobe fired a final-round 9-under 63 and finished at 18 under, three shots ahead of Tom Pernice Jr. Jobe's come-from-behind victory spoiled a bid by Fred Couples to win his hometown tournament. Couples held a five-shot lead going into the final round before struggling on Sunday.

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     MLB-NEWS

     UNDATED (AP) - The Indians' playoff push was dealt a blow when the team had to place slugging third baseman Jose Ramirez on the injured list with a fractured hamate bone in his right hand. Ramirez was removed from Saturday's game in the first inning after swinging at a pitch. There is no immediate timetable for the return of Ramirez, who is hitting .254 with 20 home runs, 75 RBIs and a .788 OPS this year.

     In other baseball news:

     - Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was kept out of Sunday's starting lineup due to back tightness that also took him out of Saturday's game. Rizzo has a history of back issues, but manager Joe Maddon says the current tightness is in a different spot. Chicago also placed reliever Derek Holland on the 10-day injured list with a bruised left wrist and recalled infielder David Bote (BOH'-tee) from Triple-A Iowa.

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     TENNIS-US OPEN-BARTHEL

     NEW YORK (AP) - Mona Barthel has pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured right foot, allowing 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens to get into the field. Flipkens lost in qualifying at Flushing Meadows but now will participate in the main draw for the 11th time. The main draw begins play on Monday.

 

 

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