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Litchfield’s Kinny, Pater, Whitchurch named to All-Tournament team

The Class AA boys basketball runner-up Litchfield Dragons had three players named to the All-Tournament team, seniors Zach Kinny, Riley Pater and Zach Whitchurch.

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In three games last week in Minneapolis, Kinny scored 45 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and handed out 14 assists, Pater scored 31 points, hooked 18 rebounds and made 9 assists, and Whitchurch scored 36 points behind 9-of-21 shooting from 3-point range.

Pelfrey sharp, but Twins fall 4-3 to Cardinals

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A shaky afternoon on the mound quickly became a most memorable day for Shelby Miller.

The 22-year-old rookie pitched into the fifth inning, then found out he’d won the fifth spot in the St. Louis rotation as the Cardinals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 Monday.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey struck out four, walked one and gave up one run and five hits in five innings. He has a 5.52 ERA after five spring starts.

The Twins optioned catcher Drew Butera to Triple-A Rochester and reassigned catcher Dan Rohlfing, outfielder Brandon Boggs and infielders Jeff Clement and Ray Olmedo to minor league camp.

Lohse, Brewers complete $33 million, 3-year deal

PHOENIX (AP) — Kyle Lohse waited all winter and finally found a home with Milwaukee.

Lohse and the Brewers completed a three-year contract worth $33 million on Monday, a big boost to their suspect rotation exactly a week before the season opener at home against Colorado.

Lohse enjoyed his best season in the majors last year, going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and helping the St. Louis Cardinals earn an NL wild-card spot.

Lohse is 118-109 with a 4.45 ERA in 12 seasons with Minnesota, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and St. Louis. He went 55-35 in five seasons with the Cardinals.

Trucks, who threw two no-hitters in 1952, dies

DETROIT (AP) — Virgil “Fire” Trucks, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in 1952, has died. He was 95.

Charter Funeral Home and Crematory in Calera, Ala., confirmed Trucks’ death but did not release a specific cause.

The two-time All-Star died Saturday near Birmingham, Ala. He pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58, helping the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series.

Trucks is one of five pitchers to throw two no-hitters in a season, according to STATS. The others were Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Nolan Ryan (1973) and Roy Halladay (2010).  

— Associated Press/Staff reports

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