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MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Indians beat Minnesota in the bottom of the ninth

CLEVELAND, OH -- Cleveland's Mike Aviles walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Indians a 4-3 win against the Twins in the third of four games at Progressive Field.  Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Yan Gomes hit a solo home run.  Reliever Jon Axford picked up his first win of the season, while Danny Salazar wasn't apart of the decision, but was strong in his six-and-one-third innings.  Salazar struck out seven and allowed three runs.  The Tribe have won two in-a-row.  Danny Santana and Brian Dozier each plated a run in the seventh for Minnesota to tie the game at three.  Casey Fien fell to 3-and-1 after allowing the game-winning hit.  Minnesota is 3-and-6 in its last nine.


The Twins and Tribe wrap up their four-game series at Progressive Field in Cleveland with a late morning first pitch.  Cleveland has taken two of three to move to 15-and-19.  Minnesota, meanwhile, slipped to 15-and-17 after losing 4-3 last night.  Justin Masterson gets the ball for the Tribe.  Masterson is 1-and-1.  Minnesota counters with Kevin Correia, who is 1-and-3.  First pitch today is set for 11:05 a.m.


The Minnesota Twins have called up relief pitcher Matt Guerrier.  The 35-year-old right-hander has appeared in seven minor league games this season, posting a 4.00 earned run average.  He made his big league debut with the Twins ten years ago and when he pitches in his next Twins game, it will mark his 394th career appearance in a Minnesota uniform  To make room for Guerrier, the Twins options pitcher Logan Darnell to Class AAA Rochester.  Darnell tossed three scoreless innings for the Twins on Tuesday.  


The Golden Gopher baseball team lost 3-2 to Concordia-Moorhead yesterday at Siebert Field.  The Gophers are now 23-and-20 on the season and will close out the home portion of their schedule with three games against Purdue this coming weekend.


The NFL Draft gets underway tonight with the first round from Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Rounds two and three are tomorrow with the final four rounds on Saturday.  The Minnesota Vikings hold the eighth overall pick in tonight's first round and have eight selections in all.  General manager Rick Spielman says there's a good balance of talent in this year's draft pool.  Spielman says he and his staff have gone over countless scenarios to better prepare for tonight's selection.


 Johnny Manziel says any NFL team that doesn't pick him will regret it.  The former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner told reporters yesterday he hasn't heard from the Texans on whether they'll take him with the first-overall pick in tonight's NFL Draft.  Manziel says he just wants to play, and wants to be better than he was in college.  There is a chance he could slip to the No. 8 slot in the draft, which currently belongs to the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikes will likely draft a quarterback in this draft at some point, but the team has given no indication whether it would be in the first round.


 The Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee has submitted its final proposal to host Super Bowl 52.  U-S Bank C-E-O Richard Davis co-chairs the bid committee and says they will make their presentations to team owners May 20th.  At that time, Davis says, all 32 teams will be present and probably more than one owner per team will be on hand. The co-chairs gave few details about their proposal to NFL owners, saying they don't want to give anything away to Indianapolis and New Orleans, the other cities competing for the big game.


The Minnesota Wild look to even their NHL Western Conference semifinal series with the Chicago Blackhawks tomorrow night in Game Four at Xcel Energy Center.  The Wild blanked the Blackhawks 4-0 in Game Three on Tuesday at home and now trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven set.  The Wild will have the services of forward Matt Cooke tomorrow night.  He is coming off of a seven-game suspension after an illegal hit in the Colorado series.  After tomorrow's game, the series shifts back to Chicago for Game Five on Sunday. Tomorrow's game begins at 8:30 p.m.


  The Pittsburgh Penguins are one win away from the Eastern Conference Finals.  Evgeni Malkin (ev-GHEN-ee  MALL-kin) tallied a goal and an assist as the Penguins doubled up the Rangers 4-2 at Madison Square Garden to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.  Pittsburgh can close out the series at home in Game Five on Friday.


The two higher seeds answered in their Game Two's Wednesday night during the Conference semifinals.  The Pacers pulled out an 86-82 win over the Wizards behind a breakout game from center Roy Hibbert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.  Hibbert posted 28 points and nine rebounds.  Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook just missed out on being the first two teammates in playoff history to compile triple-doubles in the Thunder's, 112-101, blasting of the Clippers in Oklahoma City.  Both series are tied up at one  


Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, who at one time coached the Timberwolves, is slow paying up on a promise to his Washington team.  Wittman said he would attempt a dunk if the team beat the Chicago Bulls in the first-round.  Washington won the series in five-games, as well as Game One in their second-round matchup with the Pacers.  The 6-foot-6 Wittman, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, is 54 years old.


THE PLAYERS Championship begins this morning from TPC Sawgrass in Florida.  Current World Number One Tiger Woods is the defending champion but will not be playing due to a pinched nerve in his back.  Former World Number One Lee Westwood is among those teeing off at 6:15 a.m.


Get used to watching the Olympics on NBC.  The International Olympic Committee said Wednesday it's awarding the U.S. broadcast rights for the Olympic Games to NBCUniversal through 2032.  The blockbuster agreement is valued at more than seven-and-a-half-billion dollars.  NBCU gets the American broadcast rights across all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, Internet and mobile.  NBC has held the American broadcasting rights of the Summer Olympics since 1988 and the broadcasting rights to the Winter Olympics since 2002.