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Major League Baseball Results: Indians and Reds lose on Sunday

compiled from staff and wire reports

Francisco Liriano (mlb)

Delmon Young and rookie catcher Wilson Ramos each had four of Minnesota’s 20 base hits as the Twins got another outstanding start from Francisco Liriano in beating Cleveland, 8-3.

Ramos became the first Twins player with four hits in his major league debut since Kirby Puckett on May 8, 1984. Young homered and tied a career high with four hits.

Liriano, who is 4-0, struck out nine over seven innings. The left-hander allowed three runs, eight hits, walking three. He has a 1.50 ERA.

Minnesota’s Jim Thome homered off David Huff (1-4) to break a 2-all tie in the fifth. The 39-year-old slugger, who slugged his first 334 homers for Cleveland, tied Rafael Palmeiro for 11th on the all-time career list with 569.

Albert Pujols (mlb)

Chris Carpenter pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Albert Pujols broke the game open with a three-run double in the seventh, leading the Cardinals over Cincinnati 6-0. St. Louis finished with a 6-1 homestand and the Reds had a surprising 4-2 road trip.

David Freese homered for the third time in four games for St. Louis. which took two of three for its seventh series win out of eight this season. The Cardinals are a National League best 17-8.

Carpenter is (4-0) and has won seven straight decisions over the Reds and 13 in a row with a 1.86 ERA against NL opponents dating back to the 2009 season.

Miyazato wins Mexico tournament; Ochoa finishes 6th in farewell event

compiled from staff, wire and LPGA info

Ai Miyazato won her third LPGA Tour title of the 2010 season in Morelia, Mexico. She was fine until she started talking to about her friend, Lorena Ochoa.

Miyazato shot a 6-under par 67 on Sunday to win the Tres Marias championship, but was basically overshadowed by Ochoa’s last round before going into retirement to raise a family and focus on her charity foundation.

During the trophy ceremony on the 18th green, Miyazato broke down crying  as she thanked Ochoa for what she did for the LPGA Tour and here country, Mexico. Ochoa choose Ai Miyazato as her playing partner for the first two rounds.

Ai Miyazato (LPGA)

Miyazato, the 24-year-old Japanese star who swept the season-opening events in Thailand and Singapore after winning the Evian Masters in 2009 in France for her first LPGA Tour title, finished at 19-under par 273.

Stacy Lewis (66) was a stroke back, and Michelle Wie (68) was third at 17 under. Ochoa, the tournament winner three of the last four years, shot a 71 to finish sixth at 12 under.

The 28-year-old Ochoa has held the number 1 ranking since April 2007. LPGA staff members have said that she will relinquish it on Monday, with Jiyai Shin taking over. Shin won in Japan on Sunday. Ochoa will drop to number 2 and Miyazato moving up to number 3.

Michigan retired Barry Larkin’s #16 jersey over the weekend

compiled from staff, wire and Michigan Athletics info

Saturday May 1 was Barry Larkin Night up in Ann Arbor, Michigan as the University of Michigan baseball program retired the former Wolverine great Barry Larkin’s number 16 jersey. All of the fans in attendance at the Wilpon Baseball Complex (2,263) received a free baseball. However, the Wolverines lost to their arch-rivals Ohio State, 3-2 in 10 Innings.

The former Michigan baseball All-American Barry Larkin (1983-85) became the sixth number to be retired in the program’s storied history. Larkin has joined Don Lund’s #33 (1943-45), Moby Benedict’s #1 (1954-56), Bill Freehan’s #11 (1961), Ray Fisher’s #44 (head coach, 1921-1958) and Jim Abbott’s #31 (1986-88).

Barry Larkin as a Michigan Wolverine (UM photo)

During his three-year career at Michigan, Larkin led the Wolverines to the College World Series twice (1983-84) and was a two-time All-American selection (1984-85). As a freshman, Larkin had two doubles in a victory over Maine in the first game of the College World Series, leading the Wolverines to a third-place finish. The Wolverines finished seventh during his sophomore campaign as Larkin picked up the first of two consecutive All-America honors. The shortstop hit a career-high .368 during his junior year to earn national recognition for the second straight season.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native still ranks among the top 10 in five different single-season categories at Michigan. He is tied for second in triples (8), fifth in home runs (16) and fourth in total bases (150) while ranking third in runs scored (72) and fifth in runs batted in (66). His three-year career is one of the best for any Wolverine, ranking in the top 10 of five career offensive categories-third in triples (13), fifth in runs scored (172), seventh in slugging percentage (.590), ninth in stolen bases (44) and 10th in total bases (332).

After leaving Michigan, Barry Larkin was drafted fourth overall by his hometown Cincinnati Reds in the 1985 MLB Draft. The popular shortstop spent  a year and a half in the minors before being called up to the Reds, where he played for 19 years, including winning a World Series title in 1990 over the Oakland Athletics. In 1995, he was named the National League MVP while batting .319 and 51 stolen bases.

The three-time Gold Glove Award winner was also a 12-time All-Star and nine-time Silver Slugger honoree. Larkin became the first Major League Baseball shortstop to join the 30-30 club in 1996 when he hit 33 home runs and stole 36 bases.

Sunday Minor League Roundup: Clippers win; Dragons rained out

compiled from Columbus Clippers and Dayton Dragons info

Shelley Duncan Clippers (MiLB)

The Columbus Clippers received a nice pitching performance from starter Yohan Pino. He went six strong innings and the bullpen was strong again in a 6-3 win over the Syracuse Chiefs in Columbus.

Columbus started off quick with some early offense as Shelley Duncan and Brian Buscher each hit RBI singles in the 1st inning for a 2-0 lead that would be expanded upon in the 2nd inning. Jason Donald tripled home a pair of runs and then scored on a Carlos Santana double for a 5-0 lead that the Chiefs would never seriously threatened.

Frank Hermann threw two perfect innings of relief to lower his season ERA to 0.75. Jess Todd pitched a scoreless 9th for his 2nd save of the year.

Game three of the series will be a 6:35 first pitch Monday evening with Josh Tomlin throwing for Columbus against the Chiefs Shairon Martis.

Todd Benzinger Dayton Dragons Manager (Jim Thacker photo)

The Midwest League game between the Bowling Green Hot Rods and Dayton Dragons was postponed Sunday due to rain at Fifth Third Field.

The game has been rescheduled for 12:00 noon on Saturday May 22 at Fifth Third Field as the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

All tickets for the May 2nd game will be honored for the May 22nd 12:00 noon game only. Fans holding tickets to the May 2nd game do not need to exchange their current tickets for new tickets.

The Dragons (12-11) will be hosting the Hot Rods (5-18) on Monday May3 at 7:00 p.m. in the finale of the series as Dayton goes for the sweep.

Mayfair clinging to lead at Quail Hollow championship

compiled from staff, wire and PGA reports

Billy Mayfair (PGA)

Billy Mayfair has been winless on the PGA Tour for almost 12 years and he is on the verge of knocking down that door.

This past Monday, he won a qualifier which was very significant because it allowed him a tee time in the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Now, he has a chance to win a real tournament.

Mayfair kept the ball working his way on Saturday and kept the lead at Quail Hollow, shooting a 1-under 71 to take a two-shot lead over Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Carolina favorite Davis Love III.

A victory would be his first since the 1998 Buick Open, and the first time a Monday qualifier won on the PGA Tour since Fred Wadsworth in the 1986 Southern Open.

Mayfair lost his PGA Tour card after the worst season of his career, and a victory would sure take care of that. He only got into Quail Hollow because of a Monday qualifier that he almsot missed. Mayfair was late arriving in Charlotte, and had to race to the course to meet his tee time and then shot a 65, his best score of the year.

For a tournament that no longer has Tiger Woods, who missed the cut, it is not lacking in star power. Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera had a 73 and was in a group at 6-under 210 that included Pebble Beach winner Dustin Johnson (72) and J.J. Henry (71).

The 43-year-old Mayfair is a five-time winner and still is the only player to beat Woods in a playoff on the PGA Tour. That was in the 1998 Nissan Open, and he won the Buick Open later that year. That was his last win.

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