ST. LOUIS (AP) — Fernando Romero didn’t allow a run for the second straight start to begin his major league career, throwing six sharp innings to lead the Minnesota Twins over the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Monday night.
The victory was a season-high fourth straight for the Twins, who have won 13 of their last 16 games against National League opponents dating to last year.
St. Louis had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped, one night after finishing a weekend sweep of the rival Chicago Cubs at nearly 1 a.m.
Romero (2-0) permitted just three hits and struck out nine while throwing 97 pitches. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his debut last week, a win over Toronto.
Eddie Rosario helped keep Romero’s shutout streak intact in the first inning. The left fielder crashed into the wall and reached over it to catch what likely would have been a two-run homer for St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler.
Robbie Grossman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and Bobby Wilson knocked in two runs for Minnesota.
John Gant (1-1) gave up six hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings for the Cardinals.
Paul DeJong had three of St. Louis’ four hits.
MASON CITY — The NIACC baseball team wrapped up the regular season last night with a 15-6 win over the Luther College junior varsity at Roosevelt Field on Autism Awareness Night. After trailing 3-0 in the third, NIACC exploded for six runs in the third, four in the second, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. NIACC received homers from Shane Kelleher, Joey Werner, Bryce Ball, Nate VanKan and Roy Thurman III. NIACC now prepares for the Region XI Tournament in Clinton, where they are the second seed. Their first game is on Thursday at 6 o’clock against either the seventh-seed Northeast Community College or eighth-seed Iowa Lakes, who face each other in a play-in game on Wednesday night. The Autism Awareness jersey silent auction at the game raised over $2800 that will be given to the Children’s Autism Center in Clear Lake.
MASON CITY — The Clear Lake girls and boys captured the North Central Conference golf tournament titles on Monday.
== At the boys tournament at the Fort Dodge Country Club, the Lions shot a 316, with Clarion-Goldfield-Dows second with a 333 and Humboldt third with a 341. The Lions’ Tyler Eaton was the medalist with a 74. The Cowboys’ Zach Martin was runner-up with a 75. Clear Lake now prepares for the sectional tournament on Friday at Cedar Ridge in Charles City.
== At the girls tournament at the Mason City Country Club, Clear Lake won the title with a 387, Humboldt was second with a 399. The Lions’ Ashley DeLong was the medalist with an 89. Frances Carlson of Humboldt finished second with a 94, followed by Clear Lake’s Jordyn Barragy who finished third with a 95 and Mattie Krause who finished fourth with a 97.
ST. ANSGAR — The Newman girls won the Top of Iowa Conference East girls golf tournament at Acorn Park in St. Ansgar. The Knights had a team score of 412, Osage was second with a 428 while Nashua-Plainfield finished third with a 437. Newman’s Paige Walker was the medalist with a 92.
SHEFFIELD — In the Top of Iowa East boys tournament at Ridge Stone in Sheffield, Osage won the team title with 350, St. Ansgar was second with a 363 while West Fork was third with a 365. Newman’s Austin Eckenrod won a two-hole playoff for the medalist honors, edging Osage’s Drew Olson, as they both had a 75 in regulation.
ARMSTRONG — At the Top of Iowa West girls tournament at Armstrong, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura ran away with the tournament with a 407, Bishop Garrigan was second with a 442, with West Hancock third. The Cardinals’ Bailee Frayne was the medalist with a 75.
BRITT — At the Top of Iowa West boys tournament at Britt, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura also captured the team title with a 324. Garrigan was second with a 332 while Forest City finished third with a 344. Andrew Arndorfer of Garrigan was the medalist with a 69.
GREEN BAY — Former Hawkeye Josh Jackson was on the practice field for the first time as a member of the Green Bay Packers over the weekend as part of the Packers’ rookie minicamp.
Jackson talks more about what the weekend was all about.
Jackson is excited about the chance to get started.
The former Iowa standout was taken in the second round of the NFL Draft.
EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed four players who took part in their rookie minicamp, including wide receiver Chad Beebe, the son of former Buffalo Bills wideout and folk hero Don Beebe.
Beebe led Northern Illinois last season with an average of 14.9 yards per reception.
His father was a wide receiver and special teams player on all four of Buffalo’s Super Bowl teams .
The Vikings also signed cornerback Craig James (Southern Illinois), fullback Johnny Stanton (UNLV) and linebacker Brett Taylor (Western Illinois) from their camp last weekend.
Long snapper Nick Dooley, wide receiver Armanti Foreman, defensive tackle Caushaud Lyons and fullback Kamryn Pettway were waived Monday by the Vikings to make room on the 90-man roster. Foreman and Pettway were signed a week ago as undrafted free agents.