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MINNEAPOLIS - Andrew Albers threw his first career shutout in just his second big league start as the Minnesota Twins blanked the Cleveland Indians, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game set at Target Field. Albers (2-0), who pitched 8 1/3 shutout innings in his debut on Aug. 6, gave up a pair of hits and struck out two without issuing a walk. Albers became the first Twins pitcher to start a career with 17 1/3 scoreless frames.
The Prescott Pirates and Ellsworth Hubbers both advanced to the regional finals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs. Both teams won their respective first round games Saturday afternoon, Prescott in Osceola and Ellsworth in Altoona. The Hubbers downed Rib Lake 11-5. They will take on Brill with the first pitch at 3 p.m. this afternoon at the regional in Altoona. The Pirates just edged Onalaska 2-1 at Oakey Park in Osceola.
Organizers of the 130th Pierce County Fair couldn't have asked for better day of weather to draw the large crowds to the Fairgrounds in Ellsworth Saturday. Parking lots were full for much of the day, especially for annual Ellsworth Funster Demolition Derby which once again packed the Granstand with over 3,000 fans and had thousands of dollars worth of prize money. The spell of good weather was broken by Sunday morning rain but forecasts indicate the weather will clear up for the final day of the fair's 2013 run. Today is Salute to Veterans Day where all Veterans receive free admission
HAGER CITY - A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Hager Heights Drive-In Restaurant Saturday afternoon. According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department report, at 3:27 p.m. Jacob Knecht, 48, of Minneapolis was standing at the driver's side window of a 2007 Saturn speaking to the occupant when he was struck from the side by a 1997 Dodge Ram truck driven by Jerry Sullivan, 77, of Bay City. Sullivan was looking for a parking spot coming into the parking lot from 170th Ave. Knecht was reportedly knocked to the ground in front of the Saturn.
KENOSHA - Kenosha Police say a boy who fell from a second-story window has died. The 4-year-old boy had been in the hospital since the incident on Friday, his death was announced yesterday. Police are not giving out many details at this time, saying the incident is still under investigation.
CHICAGO (Sports Network) - Conor Gillaspie hit the go-ahead single in the bottom of the sixth and the Chicago White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak to the Minnesota Twins with a 5-4 victory on Saturday. The White Sox were down, 4-3, entering the inning but chased Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (4-10) after Avisail Garcia led off the frame with a single and Jordan Danks walked. Both advanced on Josh Phegley's sacrifice bunt after Anthony Swarzak replaced Pelfrey. Blake Tekotte hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Garcia and tying the game.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - In the final round of the PGA Championship today, Wisconsin native Steve Stricker is in position to make a move for the top spot on the leaderboard. In a two-way tie for fifth (five-under for the tournament), Stricker trails leader Jim Furyk by four strokes.
MARTELL - A two-vehicle accident led to an injury late Friday afternoon at the north intersection of Hwys. 29 and 63 in Martell Township. A little after a 5 p.m. an accident report came into Pierce County Dispatch. The two-vehicle accident led to a rollover of one of the vehicle which came to a rest on its roof in a field on the west side of the road. The driver of the vehicle was reported with a head injury. Ellsworth Ambulance and Fire services were at the scene along with Pierce County Sheriff's officials.
The Ellsworth Area Ambulance Service (EAAS) agreed to increase its per capita rate of service at its last meeting back on July 16. A report on this meeting was given by trustee Rick Sweig at the most recent Ellsworth Village Board meeting back on Monday, Aug. 5. The rate is going up for the first time in two years and is also going up due to a long-range plan to offset wages and expenses. The rate was raised from $13.50 to $15.00. The EAAS also agreed to pursue buying a used ambulance from Plum City for no more than $30,000.
The Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs began last evening with four games played. La Crosse topped Whittlesey 8-1 in Rib Lake; Chaseburg-Coon Valley Blues whipped up on the Eau Claire Bears 15-0 in Coon Valley; Whitehall blanked Bruce 8-0 in Altoona and Osceola topped Grantsburg 9-4 at Oakey Park in Osceola. Both Ellsworth and Prescott play their first round games this afternoon. Prescott plays at approximately 2 p.m. in Osceola against Onalaska and Ellsworth is scheduled to play at 3 p.m. in Altoona against Rib Lake. If both teams win today they will play at 3 p.m.