Thursday April 5th Local Sports

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Dozier homered for the third straight game, Miguel Sano drove in a pair of runs and the Minnesota Twins handed the Pittsburgh Pirates their first loss of the season with a 7-3 victory at frigid PNC Park on Wednesday night.

Dozier hit a drive off the top of the left-field wall in the third inning for his fourth home run in four days. Sano finished 3 for 5 and started Minnesota’s four-run rally in the sixth with an RBI single. He added another run-scoring single in the seventh. Eduardo Escobar also drove in two runs for the Twins.

Taylor Rogers (1-0) got two outs in the fifth to pick up the win.

Jake Odorizzi tossed six shutout innings last week against Baltimore but lasted just 4 1/3 innings against the Pirates, giving up three runs and five hits with three walks and just two strikeouts.

Next up for the Twins — they open their ninth season at Target Field this afternoon when Seattle visits. Kyle Gibson will start for Minnesota. Gibson threw six shutout innings in his 2018 debut last week against Baltimore.



DES MOINES — The 50th season of Triple-A baseball in Des Moines begins Thursday when the Iowa Cubs host the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a Pacific Coast League doubleheader. The franchise debuted in 1969 as the Iowa Oaks in the American Association and an affiliate of the Oakland A’s.

That’s Iowa Cubs President and General Manager Sam Bernabe who was hired as an intern for the club in 1983. The early years saw the Oaks become an affiliate of the White Sox and there was even one season with the Houston Astros before becoming affiliated with the Chicago Cubs in 1981. Bernabe says it was a perfect fit for a market that studies show favors the Cubs by a two-to-one margin over any major league club.

Bernabe says the other development that helped establish the long-term success of the franchise was the opening of Principal Park in 1992.

Bernabe with rapid development and more people living downtown the market continues to grow and the future looks bright. He is proud of what the franchise has become.

Today’s I-Cubs and Oklahoma City doubleheader includes Mason City native Jake Peter, who is on the roster for the Dodgers after being acquired in a trade involving the White Sox organization.



DES MOINES — Matt Woodley, a Des Moines native and former Drake men’s basketball standout, has joined the Drake men’s basketball coaching staff.

“Matt is a guy with an unbelievable passion for the game and teaching,” said Drake coach Darian DeVries said. “He has extensive basketball knowledge and experience from various levels of the game and has worked with some tremendous influences. We’re excited to have him back at Drake.”

Woodley boasts extensive and diverse experience at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. He has coached 21 future NBA players including Klay Thompson and Hassan Whiteside in addition to serving as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies D-League and an assistant for the franchise’s summer league teams.

As a three-year starter at Drake, Woodley played in 83 games and was twice named honorable mention All-MVC and the team MVP as a senior in 1999-00. He ended his career as the program’s all-time leader in three-pointers and steals. He remains the Bulldogs’ all-time steals leader with 194 and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Drake in 2000.

“Darian and I have been friends for 20 years and have always talked about coaching together,” Woodley said. “So, when this opportunity became available, it presented the chance to work with a coach that I believe in and who I know can create sustained, long-term success at Drake. My wife, who is a Drake graduate as well, and I are excited about coming home.”



MASON CITY — NIACC’s women’s soccer coach has stepped down. Daisy Simms was promoted to the head coach position back in December after spending the 2017 season as an assistant. Simms will have her working visa to stay in the United States expire today, meaning she’ll be returning to her native country of England with the hopes of returning to the United States someday to coach women’s soccer. NIACC men’s soccer coach Leo Discroll, who was the head women’s coach in 2017, will re-assume the women’s head coaching duties.



IOWA CITY — Iowa offensive line coach Tim Polasek has been pleased with the progress this spring. The Hawkeyes lost guard Sean Welsh and center James Daniels off last year’s team that finished 8-5.

Injuries a year ago forced the Hawkeyes to use a pair of freshmen tackles but that experience should pay off for Alaric Jackson and Tristan Wirfs.

Polasek says the goal is to make them comfortable at both tackle spots.

Iowa’s spring game is set for April 20th.



ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have clinched their sixth consecutive playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild. Ondrej Kase scored the tiebreaking goal on a rebound with 3:56 to play. Nick Ritchie also scored as the Ducks won for the eighth time in 10 games during their usual late-season surge to the postseason. Matt Dumba scored for the Wild.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild rookie forward Luke Kunin has undergone surgery to repair a torn ACL is in left knee. The Wild said Wednesday the surgery was successful and was performed by Dr. Michael Stuart at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Kunin suffered the injury on March 4 against Detroit. He is expected to return to play in about six to seven months.



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