K-Heart Sports – 07/30/22

K-HEART SPORTS – 07/30/22 – 0700
MINOT, ND – The State Class B American Legion Baseball Tournament is down to three teams.
American Legion Baseball
Class B
State Tournament – Garrison
Loser Out
MayPort def. Garrison, 6-2
LaMoure def. Hazen, 11-0 (5)
Cando def. Langdon, 4-2
Loser Out
LaMoure def. MayPort, 10-0 (6)
Today’s schedule
Langdon vs LaMoure, 1 pm
Cando vs Langdon/LaMoure winner, 4 pm (if Cando loses, second Championship is Sunday at 1 pm)
MINOT, ND – Today is the final day of the State Class AA Legion Baseball Tournament in West Fargo. Three teams enter the day with one lose each.
American Legion Baseball
Class AA
State Tournament – Young Field in West Fargo
#3 West Fargo Patriots def. #1 Fargo Post 2, 3-1
#5 Mandan Chiefs def. #7 Jamestown Eagles, 14-12
Today’s s schedule
#3 West Fargo Patriots vs #5 Mandan Chiefs, 12 pm
#7 Jamestown Eagles vs West Fargo/Mandan winner, 3 pm
MINOT, ND – Today is the second day of the State Class A Legion Baseball Tournament.
American Legion Baseball
Class A
State Tournament- Watford City
First Round
(E#4) Wahpeton def. (W#1) Williston Oilers, 11-0 (5)
(E#2) Casselton def. (W#3) Bismarck Senators, 8-2
(E#3) Fargo Jets def. (W#2) Bismarck Reps , 5-4
(W#4) Watford City def. (E#1) Kindred, 4-3
Today’s schedule
Loser Out
(W#2) Bismarck Reps vs (E#1) Kindred, 11 am
(W#1) Williston Oilers vs (W#3) Bismarck Senators, 1:30 pm
Second Round
(E#2) Casselton vs (E#4) Wahpeton, 4:30 pm
(E#3) Fargo Jets vs (W#4) Watford City Walleye, 7 pm
SAN DIEGO (ESPN) – It’s been a while since the San Diego Padres had a game like this. Jorge Alfaro launched a three-run homer, Luke Voit and All-Star Manny Machado each hit a two-run shot and the Padres enjoyed their first five-homer outburst in more than a year to beat the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins 10-1 Friday night. Kim Ha-seong and Eric Hosmer added solo shots for the Padres, who gave left-hander Blake Snell (3-5) all the runs he needed in the first inning. All-Star Byron Buxton homered for the Twins in the fourth, his 25th. Right-hander Joe Ryan (7-4) yielded all five Padres homers, including Machado’s and Alfaro’s in a six-run fifth, when all the runs scored with two outs. Ryan allowed eight hits and 10 runs in 4 2/3 innings, struck out seven and walked two. Twins RHP Sonny Gray (5-3, 3.52 ERA) and Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (8-3, 2.63) are scheduled to start this afternoon.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taking a day of regular training camp away from their team facilities, the Minnesota Vikings traveled for an afternoon practice at U.S. Bank Stadium as a way for the new coaching staff and players to become more comfortable with their gameday surroundings. Like many things under new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O’Connell, the trip offered a fresh outlook for a team needing one after missing the playoffs three of the past four seasons. Three days into camp, Vikings ownership is enjoying what it sees from its new leadership.
“The energy, the positivity, the communication, the collaboration, between the two of them and across the whole team and organization has been excellent,” Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf said after practice. “We couldn’t be more happy to have them on board. We’re really excited about the season and seasons because they work well together and I think the players, especially veterans who have said, ‘You know what, this is good energy and we are looking forward to playing with these guys and the leadership.’ It’s been positive from that standpoint. Can’t wait to get this thing going.”
With only one home preseason game this year, the team took the opportunity to practice at its sun-splashed downtown stadium. Former Vikings All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen spoke to the team after practice and the team surprised Allen by announcing he’ll be inducted into the team’s ring of honor this fall. The Wilf family, who approved the trade for Allen in 2008 after three playoff-less seasons, hope their most recent acquisitions pay off in the same manner. Allen had 85.5 sacks in six years in Minnesota and helped break the playoff drought in his first season with the Vikings. Minnesota made it to the NFC Championship in Allen’s second season.
“I remember like any trade, there’s nerves and anxiousness,” Wilf said “We gave up some picks for him and it was a lot of discussion about it, but it turned out to be one of the best things we did as ownership and in this franchise history is to get a player of his level here. Our first two seasons out of the block, we won the division. So, he made a big impact right away and we’re fortunate it worked out.”
Moving on from the disappointment of the final years of Mike Zimmer’s tenure as coach, the Vikings chose not to make dramatic, sweeping personnel changes. Instead, the Wilf’s believe a coaching change will be enough to get the team back in the postseason. All of the main offensive pieces, including quarterback Kirk Cousins, running back Dalvin Cook and receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen return in O’Connell’s new system.
“I do believe we have a great roster and I give Kwesi and Kevin a lot of credit,” Wilf said. “They did a great job of balancing a lot of factors to get us to be really competitive and I know our fans when they seem them starting tomorrow practicing, we have a lot of great talent here and more importantly it’s starting to gel together in terms of a new system and new leadership and they’re really taking well to it.”
Like the move for Allen, ownership made the leadership change hoping for immediate returns. “It burns all of us to get back to winning ways and competitiveness to be where we want to be, winning divisions and championships and competing,” Wilf said. “We feel we made a lot of great strides on that front and I can tell you the players are super energized and motivated as well. They don’t like losing. A lot of them have come from winning college programs or they are winners in their own right and they don’t like that taste either. “So, like I said before, there’s a lot of good energy and good positivity working toward these goals and I believe we’ll get there.”
SEATTLE (AP) — After more than two decades without a playoff appearance, the Seattle Mariners made a clear statement Friday night they intend to see their postseason drought come to an end this year. The Mariners acquired perhaps the top starting pitcher on the trade market, getting All-Star Luis Castillo from the payroll-paring Cincinnati Reds for four minor league prospects. Seattle has not been to the playoffs since 2001, the longest postseason drought in the four major North American professional sports.
“He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. He’s really established himself as a dominant starter,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said in Houston. “We’ve got a chance to do something really big here this year. You have to step out and take a chance once in a while if you ultimately want to get the reward, take a little risk. Dominant starting pitcher, and I’m anxious to meet him.”
At 54-47, the Mariners are in the second of three AL wild-card spots, a half-game in front of Tampa Bay (53-47) and two games ahead of Cleveland (51-48). Seattle won its final 14 games before the All-Star break, one short of the longest winning streak in team history and the best run by any club heading into the break since 1933. But the Mariners are 3-5 since, following an 11-1 loss at Houston on Friday night.
Acquired from Miami before the 2017 season, Castillo is a two-time All-Star with a 44-53 record and 3.62 ERA in six seasons. He has a $7.35 million salary this season, is eligible for arbitration next winter and can become a free agent after the 2023 season. He joins a rotation that includes Logan Gilbert, Robbie Ray, Marco Gonzales and Chris Flexen. Touted rookie George Kirby appears likely to be displaced, but Dipoto said the goal is to be creative to keep Kirby on a regular turn and contributing.

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