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    MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Masterson had no regrets about the pitch that cost him his chance at a no-hitter. Jed Lowrie Jersey . Masterson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley hit a bases-loaded triple and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. Masterson (11-7) had faced the minimum through six, allowing only a hit batter, when Brian Dozier led off the seventh with a broken-bat blooper to centre field that dunked in under the glove of a sliding Drew Stubbs for a double. That not only ended Mastersons attempt at making history, it briefly halted what had been a quick, decisive trip through the Twins lineup. Cleveland catcher Carlos Santana immediately went to the mound to check on the big right-hander. "He said, Maybe we should have started him off with a slider. I said, No, we wanted to challenge guys," Masterson said. "Thats what we do. I dont care if we have no hits or 100 hits, you still have to challenge guys. "Broken bat? Thats what you want. It falls in, but in my mind I get so many balls put in play Im like, somethings going to happen. Theres going to be a hit sometime. So lets just make sure when it does happen, we stay in our game and make sure it doesnt have a trickle-down effect," he added. Besides, by then the Indians were leading 6-0. "I thought what he did was good enough," manager Terry Francona said. The Indians led 3-0 on Mike Aviles sacrifice fly and two-run homer by Jason Kipnis when they loaded the bases with one out in the fifth on a walk to Kipnis and consecutive singles by Nick Swisher and Carlos Santana off starter Scott Diamond (5-9). With right-hander Anthony Swarzak warming in the bullpen, acting manager Terry Steinbach -- in charge because Ron Gardenhire had the flu -- visited Diamond on the mound. Diamond got Mark Reynolds to pop out to first for the second out, but Brantley hit a liner to the wall in right-centre for a standup triple that cleared the bases and ended Diamonds day. The Indians hit Diamond hard even when making outs -- 11 of the balls they put in play were solid line drives. That included Kipnis homer, which bounced off the top of the wall in left for his second opposite-field shot in two days. "My stuff was really bad," Diamond said. "I think I tried to overdo some things, and that kind of led to what happened." Diamond, the Twins best starter last season as a rookie (12-9, 3.59 ERA), gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks as the left-hander lost his third straight decision. He hasnt won since beating the Chicago White Sox on June 20, and his ERA rose to 5.53. "It seemed like Is throw one pitch and not be able to come back with the next one," Diamond said. "It was just a matter of trying to focus and not overthink things. I just battled myself the whole time." The Twins scored when Dozier came in from third on Joe Mauers one-out grounder to second that was bobbled by Kipnis for an error, his second in two days. But the first-time All-Star also homered for the second time in two days. "When he hits the ball the other way hes getting rewarded for it and its creating a ton of confidence -- and it should," Francona said. "Right now hes keeping everything fair and hitting everything with authority, and thats a good recipe for success." Masterson, who hadnt pitched since a no-decision against Toronto on July 10, finished the seventh before being pulled after 91 pitches for right-hander C.C. Lee. Masterson, also selected to his first All-Star team this year, was charged with an earned run on one hit and struck out eight in his first victory since June 30 against the White Sox. He lowered his ERA to 3.60 with his 13th quality start of the season. Masterson plunked Aaron Hicks in the elbow in the third inning, but Hicks was thrown out attempting to steal for the second out and Pedro Florimon grounded out to end the inning. That was as much as the Twins could muster against Masterson until the seventh, when Dozier looped the first pitch into shallow centre. NOTES: Indians RHP Corey Kluber could have his next start pushed back a day after leaving Saturday nights 3-2 loss after five innings because of a hip injury. Kluber said Sunday his left hamstring tightened up on him during the game and was sore, but he didnt anticipate missing his next scheduled bullpen session Monday. ... Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe has struck out six straight times -- and he fanned seven times in the series. He was pulled in the eighth for pinch-hitter Doug Bernier, who walked to reach base for the first time in the majors. The infielder was 0 for 4 in two games with the Colorado Rockies in 2008. Kendall Graveman Jersey . Cuban testified Thursday that he was upset when the companys CEO told him news that would reduce the value of his shares, for which hed paid $7.5 million. But he said he did nothing improper when he sold those shares over the next two days. Tony Phillips Jersey .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. .C. -- Chris Thorburn thinks one of the reasons the Winnipeg Jets have been successful under new coach Paul Maurice is that theyre playing together as a team. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan took exception with Colts owner Jim Irsays suggestion that the reason Indianapolis sat out Andrew Luck was because the Buffalo Bills coach doesnt let up in the preseason.Take a look at the tapes and see how many times we blitzed, so, Ryan said, before pausing to collect his thoughts.I can tell you one thing, (Colts coach) Chuck Paganos a good friend of mine, a legitimate good friend of mine. I have way more respect for him than I do others.Ryans comment was clearly directed at Irsay following Buffalos preseason-opening 19-18 loss to the Colts on Saturday night.Two hours before the game, Irsay announced on his Twitter account that the Colts would wait until next week for Luck to make his first preseason start.Irsay followed with a second tweet, by writing: Yes, there is some truth on this dark, rainy night; that my good friend Rex...has never heard of the word....PRESEASON. He closed the comment with a laughing face emoji and three exclamation points.Pagano said it was his decision to sit Luck against Buffalo. And Pagano didnt waver when reminded he was prepared to have Luck play a week earlier against Green Bay in the Hall of Fame game before it was canceled because of an unplayable field.Its one of the benefits that you get when youre the head coach, Pagano said with a smile. You get to decide who plays and who doesnt play.Minus Luck, backups Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris teamed up to pull out the victory.Tolzien, an offseason free-agent addition, shook off a slow start to produce two scoring drives in the first half. And then Morris, who was signed off Philadelphias practice squad in December, secured the win with a 57-yard touchdown pass to Chester Rogers with 10:42 remaining.The game wasnt without its late dramatics. Bills rookie third-stringer Cardale Jones nearly pulled out a comeback victory in the final seconds.Jones, who led Ohio State to the 2015 national championship, threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jarrett Boykin as time expired.But Jones failed to pull out the win by throwing an incompletion while attempting a 2-point conversion.INJURY UPDATEBills: DE IK Enemkpali was carted off late in the first half with what coach Rex Ryan called aa major knee injury. Reggie Jackson Jersey. Enemkpali hurt his right knee when his foot caught in the turf and he fell awkwardly while being blocked by Colts lineman Jonotthan Harrison. The Bills are already thin at outside linebacker with rookie first-round pick Shaq Lawson to miss the first month of the season after having shoulder surgery in May. Veteran backup Manny Lawson is expected to miss the entire preseason with a partially torn pectoral muscle.Colts: LB Sio Moore did not return after hurting his hamstring in punt return coverage early in the second quarter. RG Denzelle Good, starting in place of injured starter Hugh Thornton, did not return after hurting his knee and quadriceps in the first half. OT Kevin Graff sustained an ankle injury.ROOKIE WATCHColts: First-round pick, C Ryan Kelly, struggled against the Bills pass rush up the middle. On the Colts second possession, Bills S Corey Graham and LB Preston Brown burst up the middle and forced Tolzien to rush a pass that was nearly intercepted.Bills: Sixth-round pick, DB Kevon Seymour, broke up a 2-point conversion attempt by stripping the ball out of the hands of WR Quan Bray in the right corner of the end zone. On the Colts next possession, Seymour was in perfect position to break up a pass attempt to Tevaun Smith in the end zone.QB COMPARISONColts: Tolzien went 12 of 23 for 140 yards and a TD. Morris went 5 of 9 for 149 yards and a TD.Bills: Starter Tyrod Taylor played one series and finished 2 of 3 for 7 yards. Manuel went 10 of 18 for 91 yards. Jones went 11 of 21 for 162 yards and a TD.FLAG DAYRyans decision to have players run laps for jumping offside in training camp hasnt solved the Bills penalty problems. The Colts first scoring drive was partially set up by consecutive offside penalties. First DE Jerel Worthy jumped on second-and-9, and then Enemkpali jumped.The Bills were flagged 11 times for 106 yards, a season after they were among the NFLs most penalized teams.Weve got to turn the page on that. That was last years team, Ryan said.---AP NFL website: and Jerseys From China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2020 Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys From China Wholesale Authentic Jerseys ' ' '
      April 24, 2018 1:29 AM MDT