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Wong’s tiebreaking double in 8th helps Cardinals top Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kolten Wong homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night.

Wong finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs. He had a two-run homer in the second inning and a single in the fourth.


Jon Jay drew a one-out walk off Blake Treinen (0-2) in the eighth and moved to third on Yadier Molina’s single. Wong then sliced a double down the left-field line, scoring Jay to break a 5-5 tie.

Matt Adams added a solo homer in the ninth off Rafael Martin to close the scoring.

Kevin Siegrist (1-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his fifth save.

St. Louis won for the sixth time in seven games.


Bill Roth, longtime voice of the Hokies, leaving for UCLA

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Bill Roth is leaving after 27 years as Virginia Tech’s play-by-play voice to take the same job at UCLA.

Roth will work his last game as the voice of the Hokies at their spring football game on Saturday.

Roth was a 22-year-old Syracuse graduate when he was hired at Virginia Tech in 1988. He says he has a dozen family members in Los Angeles and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be closer to them or to work in iconic venues like the Rose Bowl and Pauley Pavilion.

Athletic director Whit Babcock says Virginia Tech will honor Roth’s long history with the Hokies with the creation of a scholarship it will award in perpetuity to a student-athlete at the school with an interest in communications or broadcast journalism.


Nationals place Felipe Rivero on DL, recall Matt Grace

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals placed pitcher Felipe Rivero on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and recalled pitcher Matt Grace.

The move for Rivero is retroactive to April 18, the team said before Wednesday’s game with the Cardinals. Rivero made his major league debut last Friday, giving up one earned run and three hits in the ninth inning of a victory over the Phillies.

Grace has yet to pitch in the major leagues. Last year, Grace posted a 5-1 record with a 1.17 ERA in 50 games total with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.

Washington selected him in the eighth round of the 2010 draft.


Nationals trade Cedeno to Dodgers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals traded left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeno to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday for cash.

Washington announced the move before its game with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 28-year old Cedeno has pitched in 25 games with the Nationals over the past three years with no record and a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings.

The team designated Cedeno for assignment on April 14.


Hoyas, Terps to resume men’s hoops rivalry next 2 seasons

WASHINGTON (AP) — Resuming a rivalry that dates to 1935, Georgetown and Maryland will play each other in men’s basketball each of the next two seasons.

The teams, which both finished ranked in the Top 25, will play at Maryland on Nov. 17 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, and at Georgetown’s main home floor, the Verizon Center in Washington, the following season.

Hoyas coach John Thompson III said Wednesday: “We don’t need to talk about all of the ghosts of the past. … It’s a series we both wanted to get started back up again.”

The teams have played 63 times, with Maryland holding a 36-27 edge, but they haven’t played since the 2008-09 season.


Leishman rejoins PGA Tour in New Orleans with new outlook

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — PGA Tour pro Marc Leishman expects his swing to be rusty at this weekend’s Zurich Classic, not that he’s terribly concerned about it.

His outlook is transformed since taking the past month off to be with family and tend to his two young boys while his wife, Audrey, fought off an infection that nearly killed her.

Leishman says that when his wife was in a medically induced coma, he wondered if he’d have to become a stay-at-home dad and hang up his clubs for a while. But Audrey is home now, progressing through what’s expected to be a months-long recovery.

Leishman says he doesn’t expect to contend at the TPC Louisiana, where the field includes several players in good recent form, including Justin Rose, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson.