Friday Sports Update – Soddies Blank Cardinals

Sod Poodles Blank Cardinals 1-0, Earn First Shutout In Franchise History

AMARILLO, Texas – The Sod Poodles earned their first shutout as a franchise with a 1-0 victory over the Springfield Cardinals Thursday night in front of 5,283 fans at HODGETOWN. Amarillo righty starter Reggie Lawson and number-29 Padres prospect was brilliant against the Cardinals as he tossed six and one-third innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. Amarillo’s lone run came in the first inning when Owen Miller advanced home via a fielding error. The Sod Poodles and Cardinals will play their final game of three-game series Friday night at HODGETOWN. Sod Poodles right-hander T.J. Weir will face off against Springfield southpaw Austin Warner. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Sunday is KGNC Fun Day with the Sod Poodles. The first 1,000 fans through the gates at HODEGTOWN will get a free “Friends” t-shirt courtesy of Northwest Texas Healthcare System. First pitch is at 1:05.

Astros Stumble to Twins

(Minneapolis, MN) — Brad Peacock failed to make it through four innings in the Astros’ 8-2 loss to the Twins in Minneapolis. Peacock yielded seven runs on eight hits and two walks. Alex Bregman homered in the first for the Astros. Tony Kemp’s sacrifice fly plated the other Houston run. The Astros are 5-and-5 in their last 10 games.

Astros To Play Next Two In Mexico

(Monterrey, Mexico) — The Astros are off today before opening a two-game series Saturday against the Angels in Monterrey, Mexico. Left-hander Wade Miley will start tomorrow for the Astros. Justin Verlander will be the Houston starter Sunday. The Astros will return home Monday to face the Royals at Minute Maid Park.

Minor Will Start Tonight For Rangers

(Arlington, TX) — Left-hander Mike Minor will start for Texas in the opener of a three-games series against the Blue Jays at Globe Life Park. Minor struck out a career-best 13 Mariners in his start. He is 3-and-1 with a 1.75 ERA in his last five starts. Trent Thornton will start for Toronto. The Rangers have lost seven of their last nine. The Rangers will embark on a three-city nine-game trip on Monday. Our pregame begins this evening at 6:30 on 710AM and 97.5FM KGNC.

MLB National League
New York Mets 1, Cincinnati Reds 0
San Diego Padres 11, Atlanta Braves 2
Colorado Rockies 11, Milwaukee Brewers 6
Washington Nationals 2, St. Louis Cardinals 1

MLB American League
Minnesota Twins 8, Houston Astros 2
Tampa Bay Rays 3, Kansas City Royals 1
Chicago White Sox 6, Boston Red Sox 4
Los Angeles Angels 6, Toronto Blue Jays 2

NBA Playoffs
Philadelphia 76ers 116, Toronto Raptors 95
(Sixers lead best-of-seven East semifinal, 2-1)

Rockets Back On Home Floor Tomorrow

(Houston, TX) — The Rockets will be home tomorrow night against the Warriors at the Toyota Center for Game Three. Golden State won the first two second round games in Oakland. It is all but a must win for Houston. Should the Rockets lose, they would have to win four consecutive games against the two-time defending champions to advance. Game Four will be Monday, also in Houston.

Harden Vision Improving

(Houston, TX) — Rockets guard Jame Harden said his vision was blurry, but improved, during a practice session. Harden says he still has discomfort in the left eye. He left in the first quarter in the Tuesday loss in Oakland after being struck in the eyes by Draymond Green in a rebound scramble. Harden missed more than 10 minutes, but scored 29 points after returning.

NHL Playoffs
Boston Bruins 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1
(Best-of-seven East semifinal tied, 2-2)

Colorado Avalanche 3, San Jose Sharks 0
(Best-of-seven West semifinal tied, 2-2)

Stars Play Blues Tonight In St. Louis

(St. Louis, MO) — The Stars will play the Blues tonight in the pivotal Game Five of the second-round of the best-of-seven series. Dallas won 4-2 Wednesday at home to even the series at two apiece. Both teams have claimed a victory on the road. Game Six will switch back to Dallas on Sunday afternoon.

PGA Wells Fargo Championship (at Charlotte, NC)
T1. Rory McIlroy (-5)
T1. Joel Dahmen (-5)
T3. Five others tied (-4)

145th Kentucky Derby Tomorrow

(Louisville, KY) — The first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown takes place tomorrow with the Kentucky Derby. The 145th Run for the Roses goes off around 6:50 p.m. Eastern at Churchill Downs. Game Winner is the new favorite after previous favorite Omaha Beach was scratched earlier this week. The second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, is May 18th.

FC Dallas Will Play Dynamo Next

(Frisco, TX) — FC Dallas will return to the pitch tomorrow facing the Dynamo in Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium. Dallas ranks fourth in the West with 17 points in nine games. The Dynamo have 16 points in seven matches.

Three Texas Teams In Top 25 In Baseball

(Undated) — Baseball America ranks three Texas teams in its top 25. Texas Tech is ranked number 11, while Texas A&M is 15th. Baylor checks in at 16th. The Red Raiders will open a three-game Big 12 series today at Oklahoma. The Aggies will host sixth-ranked Mississippi State in a SEC showdown. The game last night was rained out in College Station and will be made up as part of a doubleheader today. Big 12 leader Baylor will welcome Kansas to Waco for a weekend series beginning tonight. The Bears are 30-and-12 with a 12-and-5 conference record.

Former UT Standout Johnson To Retire As a Chief

(Kansas City, MO) — Derrick Johnson is retiring as a Chief. Johnson is the Chiefs career-leading tackler with 1,151 and a four-time Pro Bowl selection. The 36-year-old linebacker was a Kansas City 2005 first-round pick out of the University of Texas. He spent his entire career with the Chiefs with the exception on six games last season with the Raiders. He will sign a one-day contract with KC next week and then retire. His decision comes one day after his former teammate Jamaal Charles signed a one-day contract and retired. The Waco native won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defensive player and the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker in 2004 as a Longhorns senior.


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