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April 28, 2013

Sports briefs

Rangers drop second straight

MINNEAPOLIS – Kevin Correia pitched eight sharp innings, Justin Morneau homered and Minnesota sent Texas to a second straight loss for the first time this season, beating the Rangers 5-0 on Sunday.

Correia (3-1) gave up six hits, struck out two and walked one. He allowed only one runner to reach third base while lowering his ERA to 2.23.

Alexi Ogando (2-2) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings.

Royals, Indians split twin bill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

Jeremy Guthrie kept Cleveland off-balance, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon homered, and Kansas City romped past Cleveland 9-0 in the opener of the first day-night doubleheader in the history of Kauffman Stadium. The Indians came back to take the nightcap 10-3.

The doubleheader was caused by a rainout Friday night.

Pirates blank Cardinals

ST. LOUIS – Rookie Jeff Locke pitched seven innings of three-hit ball  in a 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday that gave the Pirates a series win and the NL Central lead.

Pittsburgh ended rookie Shelby Miller’s streak of 14 scoreless innings at home to start the season. The Pirates have won nine of 12 overall, leapfrogging St. Louis for first place.

Locke (3-1) has worked 13 scoreless innings while allowing five hits his last two starts. The Cardinals got just three singles and advanced two runners into scoring position against the 25-year-old left-hander, who earned the fifth spot in the rotation with a strong spring.

Miller (3-2) struggled to put away hitters and was taken out after 113 pitches and giving up two homers in 5 2-3 innings.

Spurs sweep Lakers

LOS ANGELES – Tony Parker scored 23 points, and the San Antonio Spurs completed their first-round sweep of the injury-plagued Los Angeles Lakers with a 103-82 victory in Game 4 on Sunday night.

Tim Duncan had 11 points and six rebounds for the second-seeded Spurs, who will face the winner of Denver’s series with Golden State in the second round. They’ll get plenty of rest after flattening the Lakers, who finished without three regular starters in their first opening-round exit since 2007.

In his final game before unrestricted free agency, Dwight Howard scored seven points before getting ejected early in the third quarter for arguing.

Pau Gasol had 16 points for the Lakers, who were swept from the postseason for the second time in three years despite a late courtside appearance by Kobe Bryant on crutches.

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