Second-place Twins beat AL Central-leading Royals, 2-0

kc-royalsKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kyle Gibson threw eight innings of four-hit ball, Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar had RBI triples, and the Minnesota Twins beat the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 2-0 Thursday night.

Gibson (6-6) stranded a pair of runners in the eighth before turning the lead over to Glen Perkins, who remained perfect in 26 save attempts. Perkins is two saves shy of matching Eddie Guardado (116) for third-most in Twins history.

The Royals’ Chris Young (7-4) dodged trouble for most of 5 1/3 innings, the only run he allowed coming on a triple by Santana in the fifth. The big, lanky right-hander turned over a 1-0 deficit to the game’s best bullpen, but his offense was unable to bail him out.

Kansas City has lost four straight.

Late-inning offense carries Arizona to win

colorado-rockiesPHOENIX (AP) — David Peralta had a tiebreaking, two-run triple with two outs in the sixth inning Thursday night for the Arizona Diamondbacks, helping Jeremy Hellickson to his fourth straight win at home, 8-1 over the Colorado Rockies.

Hellickson (6-5) held the Rockies to a run on three hits in seven innings, striking out six in his first appearance against Colorado.

A.J. Pollock led off the sixth with a home run. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado’s first of two errors prolonged the inning before Peralta sent a hard grounder down the right field line to drive in Welington Castillo and Aaron Hill.

Yasmany Tomas continued to have success against the Rockies, lacing a two-run double in the seventh off reliever Scott Oberg. Tomas is 12 for 30 (.400 average) with three doubles and 10 runs batted in in seven games against Colorado this season.

Hill capped off the four-run seventh with a two-run double. Peralta, Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits each.

Wright Promoted to VP of Business Operations

dana wrightKEARNEY, Neb. – The Tri-City Storm have announced the promotion of Dana Wright to Vice President of Business Operations, effective immediately.

The position will oversee all day-to-day office operations for the hockey team, including marketing, promotions, gameday operations, merchandising and part-time employees.

Wright has been with the team in various capacities since 2008, previously serving in roles as the Vice President of Marketing and Merchandising, Financial Director/Graphic Artist, Corporate Sales Associate and Maintenance Staff.

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Altuve helps Astros sweep Royals with 6-5 win

kc-royalsHOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve had three hits and scored the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning to help the Houston Astros complete a three-game sweep of a the Kansas City Royals with a 6-5 win on Wednesday night.

The game was tied at 5 in the seventh when Kelvin Herrera (1-2) plunked Altuve on the forearm. Altuve stole second and reached third on a line out. He put Houston on top when he beat the tag at the plate on a fielder’s choice by Chris Carter.

The play was reviewed and upheld.

The Astros trailed early before taking a 5-3 lead after a four-run fifth inning. A two-run triple by Jarrod Dyson off Josh Fields tied it in the seventh before Altuve scored the go-ahead run.

Luke Gregerson (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Carter and Marwin Gonzalez hit solo homers for Houston and Evan Gattis drove in two runs.

Complex Named Hibner Stadium, Dillon Tennis Center

hibner stadiumThe soon to be completed University of Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex, located on 28 acres directly north of Nebraska Innovation Campus, has officially been named Hibner Stadium and Barbara Hibner Field for soccer and the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center.

In his third year as Nebraska’s Director of Athletics, Shawn Eichorst said the goal before building the new soccer and tennis complex was to develop a first-class on-campus facility that will provide the University the ability to recruit and develop the nation’s best and brightest student-athletes.

“We are very grateful to Chancellor (Harvey) Perlman, the Board of Regents and our tremendous supporters for their support of this wonderful project,” Eichorst said.

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McVeigh’s Double-Double Paces Australia to Win

Courtesy FIBA Europe/Megapress/L. Damianidis

Courtesy FIBA Europe/Megapress/L. Damianidis

Heraklion, Crete – Behind a double-double from incoming Husker freshman Jack McVeigh, Australia pulled off the only upset of the day at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship with a 69-56 win over Serbia on Wednesday.

McVeigh posted 18 points 6-of-15 shooting from the field, and went 6-of-7 from the foul line to lead Australia into the quarterfinals. McVeigh grabbed 12 rebounds, including three offensive caroms, and added team bests in both assists (two) and blocked shots (two) in 26 minutes of action.

Australia, which finished third in group competition, used a 13-2 run in the second quarter to build a double-figure lead and never look back over a Serbia team which finished second in its group.

A 6-foot-7 guard/forward, McVeigh is averaging 10.8 points per game and a team-high 6.8 rebounds per outing in four tournament games.

Australia will meet Turkey in the quarterfinals on Friday starting at 5:45 a.m. (central). Turkey is 4-0 in tournament play following a 73-63 win over Iran earlier today.

Butler leads Hahn, Athletics past Rockies 4-1

colorado-rockiesOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Butler hit his first triple in nearly three years and also singled, Jesse Hahn pitched six solid innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Wednesday.

Hahn (6-6) improved to 4-1 over his last six starts after giving up one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Tyler Clippard retired the final four hitters for his 14th save.

Butler, Josh Reddick, Mark Canha and Eric Sogard drove in runs as the A’s won the series. Billy Burns added two hits and scored twice.

Chad Bettis (4-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and four walks in 5 2-3 innings.

De La Rosa pitches Rockies to 2-1 win over Athletics

colorado-rockiesOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings to carry the Colorado Rockies past the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Tuesday night for their first interleague win of the season.

Charlie Blackmon singled to break a scoreless tie in the fifth. Nolan Arenado singled in the fourth to extend his major league-leading hitting streak to a career-high 17 games.

Troy Tulowitzki also singled and has hit in 14 straight for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game skid.

Colorado had been 0-7 in interleague games this season and had lost 14 straight in American League ballparks before De La Rosa and two relievers combined on a six-hitter.

The A’s were without ace Sonny Gray, scratched from his scheduled start before the game because of illness.

First Nationals swept by Grand Island to close home slate; Juniors split

np first nationalsThe North Platte First Nationals senior legion closed out their 2015 home slate with a pair of losses to Grand Island. North Platte fell 3-1 in game one and dropped game two 7-6. They dropped the final three games of an 11-game home-stand, going 7-4 during their 11-day stint at Bill Wood Field. Now 25-14 overall on the year, the First Nationals head to Lincoln for the July 4th Tournament which begins Friday afternoon at 2:30.

July 4th Tournament Schedule for North Platte First Nationals

The Junior Legion First Nationals split their doubleheader at Grand Island on Tuesday night, winning game one 10-2 in 5 innings and falling 9-6 in the nightcap. The Juniors will play in a tournament in Hastings over the holiday weekend.

Juniors Tournament Schedule for this weekend