Gattis grand slam leads Braves past Twins 8-3
ATLANTA (AP) - Evan Gattis kept up an amazing rookie season with his first grand slam, B.J. Upton and Ramiro Pena also homered, and the Atlanta Braves finished off a sweep of the woeful Minnesota Twins 8-3 Wednesday.
The Braves stretched their winning streak to six games and made things easy for Paul Maholm (6-4), who allowed an unearned run in 7 1-3 innings.
Gattis struck less than 24 hours after his two-out, pinch-homer in the ninth allowed the Braves to pull out a 5-4 win over the Twins in extra innings. Swinging on a 3-0 pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth, he launched an opposite-field drive just inside the right-field pole.
Vance Worley (1-5) gave up eight runs in 3 2-3 innings in the Twins' eighth straight loss.
Twins' Plouffe has concussion, on 7-day DL
ATLANTA (AP) - The Minnesota Twins have placed third baseman Trevor Plouffe on the 7-day disabled list with a concussion after he was struck in the head by Dan Uggla's shin while breaking up an attempted double play.
Plouffe was injured in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
He remained down for a few minutes before walking slowly to the dugout, holding his head. During an examination for concussion-related symptoms, Plouffe showed sensitivity to light.
The Twins will wait a couple of days before giving him a concussion impact test. In the meantime, Minnesota has purchased the contract of Chris Colabello from AAA Rochester and will start him in right field for Wednesday's series finale against the Braves. Eduardo Escobar is starting at third base.
Lynx hungry after WNBA finals loss
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Lynx say there has been a different edge in training camp this season after they fell short in their quest to repeat as WNBA champions.
The Lynx steamrolled through the regular season last year, but lost to Indiana in their second straight appearance in the finals. Now the core of Seimone Augustus, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Rebekkah Brunson is back for another run.
Center Taj McWilliams-Franklin has been replaced by Janel McCarville in the only change to the starting lineup.
Moore says the team is trying to strike a balance between being happy with the success of 2 straight runs to the finals while also being determined to finish the job again this year.
The Lynx open the regular season June 1 against Connecticut.
Cabrera, Tigers down Indians 11-7 on rainy night
CLEVELAND (AP) - Justin Verlander overcame a rocky start and rain delay to get his fifth win and Miguel Cabrera hit another homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 11-7 on Wednesday night, sweeping the 2-game series between the AL Central's top teams.
Verlander (5-4) was two outs from qualifying for a victory, when the game was stopped with the Tigers leading 9-5 in the fifth. The right-hander came back after the weather break and finished the inning to get the win, ending a run of 5 straight victories by the Indians over former Cy Young winners.
The game was delayed 62 minutes by rain in the fifth and another 48 minutes in the eighth.
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