April 11 Sports Briefs

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Monster Energy extends NASCAR sponsorship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Monster Energy will remain the title sponsor of NASCAR’s top Cup Series through 2019 in an extension announced Tuesday. Monster is not expected to be back after next year as NASCAR will re-evaluate how it sells its sponsorship. The Monster contract with NASCAR is estimated to be worth $20 million annually. The energy drink company signed a two-year deal in late 2016. The initial contract was an instant success for Monster, which saw Kurt Busch drive a car sponsored by Monster Energy to victory in the Daytona 500. The brand is a strong fit for NASCAR as the series tries to energize its fan base and appeal to a younger demographic.

MLB: Pitcher Jake Odorizzi gets 1st win as a Twin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi grinded through six innings for his first win with Minnesota, and leadoff man Brian Dozier walked a career-high four times as the Twins beat the Astros 4-1 on Tuesday. Odorizzi (1-0) struggled with control on another cold night in Minnesota but eventually settled in during his first home start since being acquired from Tampa Bay in February. He allowed a run on five walks and five hits. Minnesota took advantage of Dallas Keuchel’s control problems to scratch across three runs in the first two innings. Keuchel (0-2) gave up three runs, five hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out six and left after 101 pitches. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for the save.

Mariners bounce back from blowout loss with 8-3 win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched into the sixth inning, Guillermo Heredia homered and Seattle bounced back from a blowout loss to rout Kansas City 8-3 on Tuesday. Hernandez (2-1), who was shelled his last time out in San Francisco, allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. His only big mistake came in the fourth, when Mike Moustakas turned on a 2-1 pitch and sent a two-run homer screaming into the right-field fountains.

Padres top Rockies 5-2 on Renfroe’s 3-run home run

DENVER (AP) — Joey Lucchesi got his first major league win thanks to a go-ahead three-run homer from Hunter Renfroe in the seventh inning as the Padres beat the Rockies 5-2 on Tuesday. Lucchesi (1-0) shut down Colorado in his third career start. He struck out eight and allowed just two unearned runs before leaving two batters into the seventh. Austin Hedges also homered, Jose Pirela had three hits and Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Renfroe hit the first pitch from reliever Brian Shaw (1-1) with two out in the seventh. It was his first homer of the season and came after a pair of two-out singles.

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